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!

8-foot alligator found under conveyer belt in Florida

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 9:41 AM

Workers at Port Canaveral found an 8-foot gator hiding under a conveyor belt Friday.

Employees at Ambassador Services aren’t sure how the alligator ended up in the cargo area and on their jobsite.

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“They were walking parallel toward the conveyor, and they were just down toward the warehouse when they heard a hissing and snarling sound,” said Ambassador Services employee Mike Noyes. “They looked down to see what it was and they were nose-to-nose with about an 8-foot gator.” 

The animal didn’t make the capture an easy one.

Trappers couldn’t coax the alligator out of the cargo area, so a forklift operator had to lift the platform.

“We ended up having to take a forklift and lifting a platform and getting him to come out,” said Florida Fish and Wildlife trapper Frank Robb.

The gator was euthanized and removed from the work site with the same forklift.

The forklift operator said lifting an alligator was a first in his career.

Hair spray can explodes in hot car, cracks windshield

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:57 PM

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A Washington woman returned to her car after work Tuesday and found her windshield badly cracked, but it was the object stuck in the windshield that really shocked her.

On closer observation, Karmen Ayres discovered that it was a can of hair spray she had accidentally left in the backseat of the car, KGW reported.

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"It launched like a rocket," Ayres told KGW. She was surprised that the can could explode with such force and do that much damage to her car. 

High temperatures caused the can to explode. KGW reported that it reached the low-90s in the Vancouver area Tuesday. 

Mail not delivered because postal carrier spooked by snakes, resident says

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 6:57 PM

Residents of one Kentucky neighborhood were mystified as to why their mail was not being delivered.

After about a week of no mail delivery in a Lexington community, a concerned citizen called the post office and was told that the mail carrier had been spooked by the number of snakes in the neighborhood, according to LEX18.

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The post office told the resident that the mail carrier said he saw 50 snakes in the area. The resident disputed that account, telling LEX18 that she'd only seen one snake while walking her dog.

Mail delivery service in the neighborhood should resume soon, according to the post office.

Police: Family finds drunken stranger in child's bed

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 3:26 PM

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A family in Virginia discovered an uninvited guest in their home early Friday morning, and he wasn't leaving any time soon.

Disree Jarman told WVEC that her 4-year-old son announced that someone was in his bed. When Jarman and her husband investigated, they found a man passed out on the child's bed.

Jarman and her husband tried to rouse the man, but when they couldn't wake him, they called police. It took three officers to get the man, Daulton Tumser, out of the bed, according to WVEC.

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Police said the man appeared to be heavily intoxicated. He carried a California driver's license and a military identification card.

Jarman told WVEC that she thinks Tumser entered the home through a door that she failed to lock while letting the dogs out.

Tumser was arrested for public drunkenness, but Jarman said her family will not press further charges.