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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!

Police investigating after 10 venomous arachnids found in Petco bathroom

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 2:39 PM

10 Venomous Arachnids Found in Petco Bathroom

Police are investigating after spiders and scorpions were found in containers in a pet store.

Police were called to Petco on Waverly Road around 2:45 p.m. Friday after containers with the arachnids were found in a bathroom.

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According to police, a total of 10 venomous scorpions were found in the boxes: five Asian forest scorpions, one Brazilian scorpion and four six-eyed sand spiders.

North Andover and environmental police are investigating just how the arachnids ended up in the bathroom and are reviewing surveillance video at the store.

Fish fall from sky with rain in Mexico

Published: Saturday, September 30, 2017 @ 12:23 PM



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People in a coastal town in Mexico witnessed a strange sight this week: fish appeared to fall from the sky during a light rain.

Civil defense officials in Tampico said small fish were found on the sidewalk Tuesday, according to a post on the agency's Facebook page.

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The phenomenon has been recorded since ancient times, The Associated Press reported. It is believed that waterspouts, which are tornadoes over water, can suck fish into the air and the wind carries them until they are tossed to the ground.

5-foot-long python found in Massachusetts manhole

Published: Saturday, September 30, 2017 @ 10:39 AM

Dangerous Snakes

Department of Public Works and Parks employees made a wild discovery in a Massachusetts town Friday.

The workers found a 5-foot python in Worcester’s water drainage system. 

The exotic snake was discovered when the crew lifted a manhole cover  during routine maintenance. 

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The snake is not native to the U.S. and was likely someone's pet. Officials suspect it  escaped and found its way into the storm drain. 

"This wasn't a very subtle looking snake. This was, like, bright-colored yellow and red stripes, so it looked rather ominous and it was a sizeable one at that," said Phil Guerin, the director of sewer and water operations. 

Animal control quickly seized the snake and placed it in a facility. 

"This is a tropical python. Somebody probably had it as a pet (and) it either escaped, or it was (once) a cute little pet (but) not so much when it’s six feet and it just ate your dog, I suppose," Guerin said. 

DPW staff members joked that it’s clear the city's water systems are good and clean if they can support such wildlife. 

New Bible-based claim says world will end Saturday

Published: Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 3:59 PM
Updated: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

New Religious Claim Says World Will End September 23

If you have plans for Saturday, you might want to change them. Well, if you believe a new claim that says the world is going to end Sept. 23, that is.

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Christian publication Unsealed foretells the coming of the rapture in a four-minute YouTube video called "September 23, 2017: You Need to See This."

Why Saturday? According to David Meade, the date is derived from verses and numerical codes in the Bible. 

For example:

"Jesus lived for 33 years. The name Elohim, which is the name of God to the Jews, was mentioned 33 times (in the Bible)," Meade told The Washington Post. "It's a very biblically significant, numerologically significant number. I'm talking astronomy. I'm talking the Bible . . . and merging the two."

Ed Stetzer, a pastor and executive director of Wheaton College's Billy Graham Center, takes issue with Meade and his claims.