Powerball winner finds $50,000 ticket thought to have been thrown away

Mark Perdue is several thousand dollars richer, thanks to a Powerball lottery ticket he bought back in October that he thought his wife had accidentally thrown away.

Perdue, the president of Kiriu USA, was recently checking the condition of the company car in anticipation of a visitor needing the vehicle. He opened the door and sat in the front seat.

“I look down and saw it [the ticket],” Perdue tells the Kentucky Lottery website. “I picked it up and I saw October 30th and I said, ‘That’s my ticket!’”

Perdue said the company vehicles are rarely driven and suspects the ticket may have fallen out of his pocket the last time he used it.

Perdue and his wife showed up at the lottery headquarters with the winning ticket the following day and walked away with a check for their winnings — after taxes, $36,000.

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Pilot draws male genitalia in the sky with the message, “see ya”

(NOTE NATURE) It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a … penis?

Social media is buzzing over the talented pilot who inexplicably spent six hours drawing male genitalia in the sky with the words, “see ya,” inside.

The risqué aerial artwork was spotted by FlightRadar24, an online flight tracking service that was unable to identify the pilot; only that the plane took off at 8:47 p.m. on Saturday night and landed at 2:47 a.m. on Sunday at the Bellefontaine Regional Airport in Ohio, according to Gizmodo.

“Wow that’s nuts!” a user replied to FlightRadar’s post of the image on X, formerly Twitter.

The bigger question people are trying to tackle is, “Why?” We’ll just have to think long and hard about it. 



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Doctors remove 150 bugs from man’s nose

A Florida man is breathing a sigh of relief now that 150 bugs taking up residence his nose have been removed.

The man recalls he started feeling “off” back in October, but recently began experiencing swelling and constant nosebleeds, according to WTLV-TV.

“Over a couple hours my face just started swelling, my lips swelled, I could hardly talk,” he added. “I couldn’t even get up to go to the bathroom without my nose starting to bleed.”

Doctors at HCA Florida Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida were shocked to discover the invading insects feeding on the inside of the patient’s nose and sinus cavity.

The man said that he doesn’t know how they got inside his nose, according to the outlet, but that it’s possible he wasn’t as diligent as he should have been when it comes to washing his hands after handling dead fish.

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Woman mows down gravesites because she was “late for an appointment”

A South Carolina woman was arrested for running over multiple tombstones at a cemetery in Lavonia, Georgia, recently because she was late for an appointment.

Police shared on Facebook that the unidentified woman drove down Interstate 85, “through Lavonia, and into the Lavonia Cemetery,” adding, “Once she damaged several graves, she ran on foot but was quickly captured.”

The woman explained her actions by saying she was “late for an appointment.”

A follower who appeared to witness the incident commented, “What appeared to be a black Kia Sol flew over the RR tracks with law enforcement in hot pursuit … “

“I told my husband, ‘Well if the driver doesn’t survive their pitiful choice at least it’s a short trip to the cemetery,’” she joked.

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The Philadelphia Phillies are scrapping $1 hot dog nights following unruly fan behavior

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — For more than a quarter-century, Phillies fans considered dollar hot dog night among the best ballpark promotions — but the team has now decided it was the wurst.

Those dog days of April — when Philly weather is cold and the wieners are a steal — are going, going, gone.

The Phillies officially ended the popular promotion Thursday and replaced dollar dogs on select dates with a 2-for-1 deal at two April games at Citizens Bank Park.

A statement from the team said the change was made “based on the organization’s ongoing commitment to provide a positive experience for all fans in attendance.”

What wasn’t positive about dollar dog nights?

Armed with projectile frankfurters, some unruly Phillies fans began chucking their favorite Hatfield meat during a game last year, and the dogs soared like cans of corn throughout the stands and onto the field. The demand for the discount dogs also led to clogged lanes — if not arteries — on the concourse, and the cramped spaces led to security and safety concerns.

Who needs snowballs?

An April 11 game last season turned into a Philly food fight when fans — largely good-naturedly — tossed their ballpark franks in several sections, leading to multiple ejections.

“It wasn’t just the throwing,” said John Weber, senior vice president, Phillies ticket operations and projects. “It’s the concourse, the crowds of everybody being at the same X amount of stands. But obviously, you know, the throwing was a little bit of a tipping point.”

To be frank, the Phillies don’t necessarily need to slash prices these days to pack in crowds. The Phillies started the promotion 27 years ago when they still played at cavernous Veterans Stadium to try and boost ticket sales on an otherwise dreary game night.

But the Phillies doggedly stuck with the food-frenzy deal through the decades, even as they rose again to become one of the best teams in the National League. The Phillies topped 3 million fans last season — and scheduled three dollar dog nights for two April and one May weeknight game when attendance is generally down compared to weekend games.

“The idea originally was much more family-orientated, four, five, six people and having a discounted concession item,” Weber said. “As it’s morphed over time, it’s gone more to a younger demographic, which is great as well, especially in the April, May timeframe.”

The Phillies BOGO nights this season are April 2 against the Reds and April 16 against the Rockies.

Aramark did not provide sales totals for 2023.

The company said ahead of the 2022 World Series when the Phillies played the Houston Astros that 1 of every 3 fans eats a hot dog at Citizens Bank Park and an average 6,951 hot dogs were sold per game — enough to line Ashburn Alley five times.

The Phillies kept a running dollar dog sold tally on the scoreboard for each game they were marked down.

The Phillies first caught blowback in 2022 when they tried to scale back from three dollar dog nights to two.

The unpopular move failed to cut the mustard with fans — even in the highest branches of state government. Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey responded to a writer for the Crossing Broad website who complained about the decision with a post on social media that read, “I agree, more Dollar Dog Nights. @Phillies Let’s do this.”

Casey was a hot dog hero when one more dog night was added to the schedule.

He took a high road on Thursday, posting on social media, “Double ( hot dog emoji ) sounds like a great way to fuel up for #RedOctober.”

Phillies fans still grilled the decision on social media.

By mid-afternoon, one apparel shop already had a T-shirt made lamenting the decision with the inscription “RIP dollar dog night. Pork Flew. Heads Rolled.”

“Our goal is to always give a great fan experience,” Weber said. “If you were there at the game, it was not a great experience.”

If cheap meats are still your thing at the old ballgame, head across the state to Pittsburgh, where the Pirates will hold at least six $1 hot dog nights. Just a long relay throw south down I-95, the Class-A Wilmington Blue Rocks offer $2 dog Wednesdays.

The Texas Rangers sell dollar dogs at every Wednesday home game and the Minnesota Twins put extra buns in the oven for their $1 dogs on each Tuesday home game. The Kansas City Royals are among the teams that still offer low-cost hot dogs.

Just not in Philly anymore, where some bad apples spoiled the Phillies’ appetite for a good-dog deal.

“Hopefully our fans will still come out and view two hot dogs for five dollars as a value and support the team in those two April dates that we have,” Weber said.

Hey, there is still a chance in Philly to always snag a free hot dog — just catch one out of the Phanatic’s famed hot dog launcher.

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‘Iron Man’ pilots race in jet suits against a backdrop of Dubai skyscrapers

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pilots lined up on a runway in Dubai on Wednesday and fired up their seven jet engines with an ear-splitting roar. But they weren’t preparing to fly an airplane — they were the aircraft.

This city-state in the United Arab Emirates, known for being home to the world’s tallest building and other wonders, hosted what it called its first-ever jet suit race. Racers zipped along a route with the skyscrapers of Dubai Marina looming behind them, controlling the jet engines on their hands and their backs.

And if it sounds like Iron Man, the Marvel comic book character made internationally known by actor Robert Downey Jr., the pilots say it is exactly like that.

“The closest analogy would be that dream of flying … and then go wherever your mind is taking you,” said Richard Browning, the founder and chief test pilot for Gravity Industries, the firm that put on the race with Dubai. “And yes, the world of Marvel superheroes and DC Comics, they have created that dream book with CGI, and we’ve got the closest I think anybody’s ever got to to delivering that for real.”

Gravity previously drew worldwide attention when it equipped one of its jet suits on a U.K. Royal Marine, who landed on a ship at sea several years ago. In the time since, they’ve traveled widely with the suits and pursued other military applications for them before coming up with the idea of a competition with the Dubai Sports Council.

The races on Wednesday saw pilots wear 1,500-horsepower jet suits, more powerful than most luxury sports cars and using the same kind of fuel used by Dubai-based long-haul carrier Emirates’ Airbus A380s and Boeing 777 aircraft. Pilots lined up on a runway used at the Dubai Marina by Skydive Dubai, the thrill-seeking firm associated with the sheikhdom’s Crown Prince Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, with some parachutists coming down as they prepared their jet packs.

Then came what pilot Issa Kalfon referred to as “the moment of truth.” The engines roared and pilots jumped and leaned forward. And like a helicopter takes off, so too did the pilots as they sped around obstacles in a water channel near the site. Organizers said they picked the water site to allow for higher speeds and for safety as the pilots skimmed a short distance above the water.

The jet suit currently can reach speeds of 80 mph (128 kph), Gravity says. The pilots did pick up speed during their heats, with two actually bumping into each other but remaining in the air as a crowd watched in wonder.

“It’s pretty amazing to see that they can do this in Dubai and they have these guys flying over the water,” said Jennifer Ross, 50, a U.S. citizen from Houston who now lives in Dubai. “It’s kind of like astronauts flying around in space.”

While known for its beaches, bars and bazaars, Dubai has long been a city fascinated by flight, particularly as it hosts the world’s busiest airport for international travel. The city has been pursuing for years the idea of flying taxis as well.

Dubai also has grown into an adventure capital as well. XDubai, which also is associated with Sheikh Hamdan, has run zip line attractions over Dubai Marina and its downtown by the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

There are risks, however. In 2020, Vincent Reffet, one of Dubai’s original “Jetmen” as part of a separate venture, died in a crash during training after gaining fame for once flying alongside an Emirates double-decker A380.

Kalfon, who ended up winning the race and hoisting a golden jet turbine, acknowledged getting nervous before his flights, but described the jet suit as safe and easy to handle.

“Everything’s hot, it’s running, the engines are screaming at you,” Kalfon said. “And the flag drops, and it’s just — you absolutely go for it.”

There was one crash during Wednesday’s race. Emirati pilot Ahmed al-Shehhi smashed into the water during his heat, going feet first but immediately popping back up to give a thumbs-up to rescuers. An announcer described him as having just 12 days of training before the race. The smell of jet fuel came off his unit as technicians carried off a boat afterward.

Meanwhile, onlookers gaped at the jet suits, with several saying they couldn’t wait to go for a ride themselves.

“You can see the best show you can ever see in Dubai because people are flying — they are flying in the sky,” said Pratik Vyas, 35, of Gujarat, India, who works in an import-export business. “It’s a next-level tech. It’s really, really nice because if you’re a big fan of Iron Man, you know, Tony Stark, it’s Iron Man tech.”

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McDonald’s customer pummels worker for touching drink lid

A McDonald’s customer in Boston flipped his lid over a lid, punching a worker at the fast food chain.

The 34-year-old male attacked the employee, “striking him several times w/fists & register,” after the employee “touched the lid of his drink,” Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Transit Police shared on X, formerly Twitter.

The suspect was arrested and taken to MBTA police headquarters for booking, while the employee was treated at the scene for his injuries, the department tells the New York Post.



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Sunshine State launches inaugural Florida Man Games

Floridians have earned a reputation for providing us with some pretty crazy stories — a distinction they celebrated on Saturday, February 24, with the inaugural “Florida Man Games.”

Dubbed “the most insane athletic showdown on Earth,” it included events like the Evading Arrest Obstacle Course, and the Category 5 Cash Grab challenge, in which contestants tried to snag as much money as they could in a wind-blowing booth. And, of course, beer-belly wrestling.

The games were the brainchild of St. Augustine native Pete Melfi, owner of media outlet The 904 Now. “We thought, ‘How can we really play on these Florida Man headlines that we hear so much about?’ Someone gave me the idea to make it into an athletic competition,” Melfi said, according to WOFL-TV.

It was “an opportunity to live that Florida Man life for a day,” he added.

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Texas man nabs illegal $1M payday eavesdropping on wife’s work calls

A Houston, Texas, man has pleaded guilty to making money off the stock market by eavesdropping on his wife’s calls while she was working from home.

Tyler Loudon, whose wife was an associate manager in mergers and acquisitions at an internationally-based oil and gas company, made $1.7 million in illegal profits from the purchase and sale of stock market shares, according to a release obtained by ABC News. By listening in on his wife’s calls, he learned that her company was planning to purchase a travel center operator business.

“Unbeknownst to his spouse, Loudon used the non-public information about the expected acquisition to purchase 46,450 shares ahead of the public notice,” said the release, after which, the travel center operator’s stock price increased, and Loudon “then sold his shares for a substantial profit.”

As part of his plea agreement, Loudon agreed to forfeit the $1.7 million in illegal proceeds.

Loudon faces up to five years in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine.

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Japan’s “naked man festival” stripped after more than 1,000 years

These are just the bare facts: Japan’s Somin-sai festival, better known as the “naked man festival,” has sadly come to an end after more than 1,000 years.

The festival, held annually on the seventh day of the Lunar New Year, features hundreds men, gathering at the Kokusekiji Temple in Oshu dressed in loin cloths, who wrestle each other, per UPI. The big prize: a bag of talismans blessed by the temple’s chief priest.

“This decision is due to the aging of individuals involved in the festival and a shortage of successors,” Daigo Fujinami, chief priest of the Kokusekiji Temple, explained on the temple’s website. “While efforts were made to continue the festival to the best of our abilities, in order to prevent last-minute cancellations or disruptions in the future, the decision to cancel the festival itself has been made.”

Kikuchi Toshiaki, 49, this year’s winner and a member of the festival’s preservation association, tells NHK, “It is sad that the festival is ending. I participated in hopes that it would be a memorable festival.”

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Hotel passes frozen Trader Joe’s entree off as fancy room service meal

Imagine ordering room service at fancy hotel and realizing that pricey meal you ate was actually a frozen entree from Trader Joe’s.

That’s what TikToker Ellie McLemore, who goes by the handle @elle_pooh, realized after discovering that her $20 cacio e pepe was actually a $3.79 prepackaged dinner, stored in a “communal refrigerator.”

“My husband Josh went to grab us some things for breakfast,” she tells People. “He went to look for almond milk for my coffee in the refrigerator next to the buffet and that’s when he made the discovery of all the prepackaged foods.” That also included a chocolate lava cake they’d had for dessert the night before.”

Many users were outraged as well, including one who commented, “I would’ve lost my mind.”

Still, others theorized the markup was a fee for the service.

While McLemore acknowledges the unnamed hotel’s right to jack up the price of frozen food for their business, she thinks described it as a “chef-driven menu” featuring “original artisan food” is a misleading, to say the least.

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World’s oldest dog stripped of title

Bobi, the Portuguese pooch declared the world’s oldest dog by The Guinness World Records last year, has been stripped of his crown following an investigation into whether his age actually exceeds 30 years as claimed.

Bobi’s owner insists the dog has been alive for 32 years — way beyond the breed’s life expectancy — though he doesn’t have any concrete evidence to prove it, according to GMSR Entertain.

Validating such claims requires documentation that can come from government registries, institutional papers, or media records. That can can prove to be tough for pets, given that reliable documentation, such as vet registries, embedded microchips and digital databases, for the most part, don’t extend before 1990.

Bobi’s title now reverts back to Bluey, an Australian cattle dog that died in 1939 at 29 years, 5 months old.

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