June 10 (UPI) — The iconic “Mystery Machine” van from the 2002 movie Scooby-Doo is available for three nights in Southern California on Airbnb.
Airbnb has announced that the Mystery Machine is listed for three one-night stays on June 24, 25, and 26, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film’s release.
The van is decorated with “throwbacks” from 2002, including a Sugar Ray album with portable CD player, lava lamp and vintage television for Scooby-Doo night vision.
The stay also includes meals and snacks, mystery games, and a virtual greeting from “host” Matthew Lillard, who played Shaggy in the film and its sequel.
“I’ve been channeling Shaggy since the live-action adaptation in 2002, and he’s been a part of me ever since,” Lillard said in Airbnb’s announcement. “I look forward to welcoming guests into the world of the Mystery Inc. gang as an Airbnb host and giving them a summer vacation they’ll never forget – monsters not included!”
The Mystery Machine is available for reservation from June 16 at 1 p.m.
June 10 (UPI) – An escaped alpaca has been spotted running through the busy streets of Birmingham, England.
A video posted to the @imjustbrum Instagram page shows a ‘llama’ running down Soho Road near Bobby’s Punjabi Food Corner.
While the post identified the animal as a llama, experts said it was actually an alpaca, a smaller member of the same animal family.
Another video posted on TikTok by user @sach_shn shows the alpaca running along Soho Road as a man tries to grab it.
The alpaca was last seen heading towards a residential area. It is not known where the animal came from and if it was safely captured.
June 9 (UPI) – Two people have been rescued after being trapped in a large chocolate tank in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, emergency crews confirmed Thursday afternoon.
The two people became trapped in the tank at the Mars Wrigley factory in Elizabethtown.
The borough has a population of approximately 11,600 and is located approximately 18 miles southeast of Harrisburg.
WHP-TV in Harrisburg reported that the two fell into the tank, which was waist-deep in chocolate.
The two were apparently not seriously injured when they were taken to hospital, according to Penn Live.
Crews were called to the factory around 2 p.m. after workers became trapped.
Mars Wrigley did not immediately comment on the situation.
June 9 (UPI) — A Virginia lottery player bought 54 tickets with the same numbers for a single Pick 4 draw — and won $236,400.
Elisha Chapman, of Smithfield, told Virginia Lottery officials that she bought her tickets for the May 17 Pick 4 evening draw at the Harris Teeter store in Suffolk.
Chapman’s tickets bore the numbers 1-4-0-6, and these are the winning numbers in the draw.
“I was so excited,” recalls the winner. “I jumped up. I ran outside in my pajamas to tell my daughter!
Chapman bought 40 of the tickets with an “exact order” bet, winning him $5,000 per ticket. The other 14 tickets were purchased with a “50/50” bet, earning him $2,600 per ticket.
The winner went to the lottery headquarters to collect the total prize.
“It’s awesome,” she said. “I still can’t believe it.”
Chapman said she plans to use her winnings to take care of her family.
June 9 (UPI) – Firefighters teamed up with other agencies in Odisha, India to rescue a leopard that had fallen into a deep well and was unable to climb back up.
Odisha Fire Department tweeted a video showing the leopard rescue in Sambalpur district.
Firefighters and Forest Department officials used a wooden plank tied to a rope as a flotation device to keep the leopard from running out in the water. Rescuers then lowered a ladder into the well to allow the feline to climb up safely.
Officials said the leopard was unharmed and released into the wild.
(Fox) A man who raps about ATM theft has been arrested for stealing an ATM. Ladesion Riley, 30, was one of four people arrested Monday in Tennessee.
The Nashville Police Department said the four plotted to rob an ATM technician while he was servicing a Bank of America machine.
Darius Dugas, 27, Sashondre Dugas, 32, and Christopher Alton, 27, of Houston, Texas, were also arrested. The four were picked up just after leaving a motel.
According to the police, two of them approached the victim from behind and told him not to do anything stupid and to hand over the money.
Detectives were able to determine that one of the getaway vehicles, a Hyundai Elantra, was leased from Hertz. Using information provided by Hertz, detectives, with the assistance of aviation units, found the Hyundai and an accompanying brown Jeep parked at Motel 6 in Dickson.
Detectives observed what appeared to be cash being loaded into the Jeep. When the Dugas and Riley couple drove away from the motel in the Jeep, and as Alton drove away in the Hyundai, Dickson’s police moved in with the help of the Nashville Police Department and the FBI.
The vehicles stopped and the four were taken into custody without incident. Police released photos of the money found in the trunk.
The four face federal charges and the FBI is investigating whether they have committed similar thefts elsewhere.
Riley performs under the name “213 Jugg god” and has released music videos on YouTube.
His latest song is called “Make it Home” and refers to ATM theft.
The Houston Police Officers Union mocked him in a Facebook post after his arrest, saying, “IRONY: When you do a rap song called ‘Make It Home,’ about the bank going to juggle and hit ATMs out of state and then don’t make it to his house in Houston.”
Jugging is slang for following unsuspecting victims to rob them.
The police union also noted that Riley was already on bail with a lengthy rap sheet.
(NPR) The Mars Perseverance rover is 130 million miles away and doing important work for humanity. And while he may not have found water yet, he did manage to find what is called his favorite stone. A few months ago, a stone the size of a potato got stuck in the left front wheel of the rover. He accompanied the journey over more than eight kilometers of Martian surface. NASA says this is a record. Although this companion does not count as an intelligent life form.
(Fox) A Delaware State Police dive unit recovered a vehicle from the bottom of a creek on Monday.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) had contacted state police to help with a 1994 Hyundai Elantra from Broad Creek in southwest Delaware.
The Hyundai was recovered in about 16 feet of water, police said.
Police said the vehicle was not reported as missing or stolen.
Photos shared by Delaware State Police show the car broken and weathered. No further details were released.
(Huffington Post) You should have seen the one that got away.
When Richard Kesar of Shelbyville, Indiana, took his friend Jon Hoop fishing on the Ohio River last week, the goal was for Hoop to land his first blue catfish.
Well, he did, but this fish came with a secret surprise: a sex toy to be precise. (Warning: the photo below is not safe for work.)
“We noticed when we put him in the boat that his stomach was huge,” Kesar told Bloomington Indiana Fox affiliate WXIN. At first he assumed it was because of the eggs or maybe wild animals the fish had eaten.
“It’s common to find other fish, sometimes turtles, muskrats and other animals,” he told the station.
It wasn’t until later that day that he pressed on the catfish’s abdomen and felt two hard objects that he knew couldn’t be eggs.
When they returned to Kesar and opened the catfish, they discovered what was inflating the fish’s belly: a foam ball, part of another fish and, oh, a pretty big dildo. Or, as Kesar called it, “the other object.”
Kesar posted photos of the catfish and this “other object” on his Facebook page, where he immediately garnered, uh, interest to the tune of more than 19,000 shares on Friday afternoon.
It also created challenges for him as the father of a three-year-old girl.
“When he came out, Jon, my wife and I started laughing,” he told WXIN. “My wife immediately covered my daughter’s eyes and turned her away.”
The girl keeps asking what it is, but that’s probably a conversation for another time.
Kesar told HuffPost via Facebook that Hoop had the catfish, but he didn’t think his fishing buddy “ate it yet.”
In the meantime, he still has the “other object”, but probably not for very long.
“I have no use for it,” he said.