Teen diver lets live shrimp clean his teeth

Published: Monday, October 07, 2013 @ 7:19 PM
Updated: Monday, October 07, 2013 @ 7:19 PM

While snorkeling in Bali, a teenager from Massachusetts decided to mock the behavior of fish and lure shrimp into his mouth to clean his teeth.

And it worked.

Russell Laman, 13, has been diving with his dad for seven years. They found a fish "cleaning station" where the shrimp waited for "customers," near an outcrop of sponge growing on rock, and Russell opened his mouth wide, holding his breath for longer than 40 seconds.

With his mouth open, his father caught the shrimp on camera doing their job, cleaning between teeth, looking for particles of food.

Russell said the shrimp darted out of his mouth as he closed it slowly, getting ready to reconnect with his air supply.

So how was it, compared to the standard dental cleaning?

"It felt like tiny little dentists picking away at my teeth and scuttling around my mouth. It tickled a little but not too badly."

Maybe don't try this at home!

Jeep unearthed from dune after 40 years

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 12:43 PM
Updated: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 12:43 PM


            Jeep unearthed from dune after 40 years

A crowd gathered this week to watch a bulldozer pull out a Jeep that had been stuck in a dune in a Massachusetts town for 40 years.

The Cape Cod Times reported that the Jeep Wagoneer was inside a garage that became overtaken by the dune in Truro years ago. 

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The town would not let the owners move the sand because of concerns about the dune system.

However, town officials recently changed their approach to the shifting sands and asked the family to remove the vehicle.

The rusty Jeep was dragged out, worn down by years of salty air. It was loaded onto a truck piece by piece to be taken away, presumably to the dump. 

Florida deputy's co-workers share embarrassing post on social media

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 10:59 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 10:59 PM


            Florida deputy's co-workers share embarrassing post on social media

Even police officers can make a mistake when they are in a rush, which is why the Volusia County Sheriff's Office posted a picture that poked fun at one of their own. 

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Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Grant told the Daytona Beach News-Journal the deputy was waiting out the rain in DeLand, Florida, while topping off his tank and forgot about the handle. But don't worry, police reported that "no gas pumps were harmed in the making of this photo."

 

When you're just in a hurry to get back on the job...
No gas pumps were harmed in the making of this photo.

Posted by Volusia County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The photo has been liked and shared thousands of times.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood tweeted that the officer won't be in trouble.

"Not going to Hose a guy for being Pumped to get back to work," he jokingly tweeted.

Oklahoma town abolishes dancing ban

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 9:04 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 2:31 PM


            Oklahoma town abolishes dancing ban

An old law that left folks feeling "Footloose" in Henryetta, Oklahoma, is set to be abolished.

City officials abolished strict rules on dancing Tuesday after organizers had to cancel a Valentine's Day dance.

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Organizers said the law was overlooked for the past 50 years, but it was illegal to dance in some parts of the city.

Two store owners said they wanted to raise money for renovations at their store with a special event above their downtown business.

When they began advertising their dance, though, they hit a roadblock, and people began accusing them of breaking the law.

It turns out that a 1977 city ordinance prohibited public dances within 500 feet of a school or church. It caused the cancellation of the store owners' event, but now work is underway to abolish the dancing ban.

Many say they will be dancing in the streets now that the ban is abolished.

The council voted to abolish the ban at a council meeting scheduled for Feb. 21. 

WATCH: Coyote chases doctor out of office

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 11:56 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 11:56 AM


            WATCH: Coyote chases doctor out of office

A doctor in South Carolina got a huge surprise when a coyote followed him into his office.

Surveillance video from outside the office shows the doctor and the animal entering the office last week. Moments later, the doctor bolts out the door with the coyote close behind him.

Dr. Steve Poletti said he was minding his own business when he walked into the office and didn’t even notice the coyote. He thought it was a dog at first.

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“It kind of bared its teeth and started growling,” Poletti said. “I kind of put my hands up and jingled my keys, and the coyote took a step back, and basically I came back here and pushed the exit button and took a run for it.”

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The doctor called police, who referred him to animal control officers, who then suggested the doctor hire a trapper.

Mount Pleasant’s mayor said that’s the protocol, but she would not comment further on the town’s response until she could talk to her staff.