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Mar 26, 2015
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No elephants were harmed in the making of this post

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Two elephants support a stranded eighteen-wheel truck in danger of tipping over in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana in this March 24, 2015 handout photo. REUTERS/
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office/Handout via Reuters

Forget AAA.

An 18-wheeler containing a cargo of elephants wound up stranded on the shoulder of the road in Louisiana, about to tip over, Reuters reports. The driver — yes, he’s an elephant trainer — removed his elephants from the trunk (pun intended) and instructed them to prop up the vehicle. The elephants saved the day, pushing the giant truck back upright. Both elephants left the scene unscathed.

Mar 26, 2015
via Reuters FYI

No elephants were harmed in the making of this post

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Two elephants support a stranded eighteen-wheel truck in danger of tipping over in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana in this March 24, 2015 handout photo. REUTERS/
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office/Handout via Reuters

Forget AAA.

An 18-wheeler containing a cargo of elephants wound up stranded on the shoulder of the road in Louisiana, about to tip over, Reuters reports. The driver — yes, he’s an elephant trainer — removed his elephants from the trunk (pun intended) and instructed them to prop up the vehicle. The elephants saved the day, pushing the giant truck back upright. Both elephants left the scene unscathed.

Mar 25, 2015
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Birds of a feather poop together

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Poop-producing villains. REUTERS/Eric Miller

Who let the dogs out? The U.S. Park Service, potentially.

The federal agency may soon employ dogs – border collies, to be specific – to chase off and ultimately reduce the Canada goose population at popular Washington, D.C., landmarks, according to Reuters. It’s not that Canadian geese are unpatriotic per se (though the irony is rich); the birds drop up to three pounds of feces each per day, presenting undeniable problems. The goose poop is reportedly damaging the pumps and filters in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and generally fowling up the Washington Monument grounds in the nation’s capital.

Nothing scatological ahead — just more news you might have missed:

 

Don’t give us your poor, your tired or your skilled

The United States ranks near-last among major world economies when it comes to welcoming skilled immigrants, a new study shows.

Mar 24, 2015
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Garbage. Garbage everywhere.

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Rubbish covers the banks of Cunha channel, which flows into Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

That’s not a buoy — that’s a wad of plastic garbage.

Rio de Janeiro’s mayor says that Guanabara Bay, the site of the sailing events for the upcoming 2016 Olympics, will not be as clean has he had promised the Games officials, Reuters is reporting. With roughly 500 days to go before the Olympics, Mayor Eduardo Paes calls the water pollution “a  lost opportunity” for the city, but claims that sailing contests will move forward as planned. Still, sailors may want to avoid falling in the water.

Mar 24, 2015
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Garbage. Garbage everywhere.

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Rubbish covers the banks of Cunha channel, which flows into Guanabara Bay, in Rio de Janeiro March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

That’s not a buoy — that’s a wad of plastic garbage.

Rio de Janeiro’s mayor says that Guanabara Bay, the site of the sailing events for the upcoming 2016 Olympics, will not be as clean has he had promised the Games officials, Reuters is reporting. With roughly 500 days to go before the Olympics, Mayor Eduardo Paes calls the water pollution “a  lost opportunity” for the city, but claims that sailing contests will move forward as planned. Still, sailors may want to avoid falling in the water.

Mar 23, 2015
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A new Confederate fight

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The design of a proposed ”Sons of the Confederacy” Texas state license plate is shown in this handout illustration provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles March 20, 2015. HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

 

The Supreme Court is not afraid to mess with Texas.

The U.S. high court will begin hearing arguments for a case involving a Confederate flag specialty license plate, Reuters reported. Texas had rejected a proposed vanity plate design that bore the Confederate flag and announced that the driver was a self-described “Son of the Confederacy,” after public outcry over the symbol’s long and persistent association with racism and slavery. Sons of Confederate Veterans says the move was a violation of free speech.

Mar 23, 2015
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A new Confederate fight

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The design of a proposed ”Sons of the Confederacy” Texas state license plate is shown in this handout illustration provided by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles March 20, 2015. HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

 

The Supreme Court is not afraid to mess with Texas.

The U.S. high court will begin hearing arguments for a case involving a Confederate flag specialty license plate, Reuters reported. Texas had rejected a proposed vanity plate design that bore the Confederate flag and announced that the driver was a self-described “Son of the Confederacy,” after public outcry over the symbol’s long and persistent association with racism and slavery. Sons of Confederate Veterans says the move was a violation of free speech.

Mar 19, 2015
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Birds of a feather

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Characters in the upcoming Angry Birds movie to be released in 2016. REUTERS/Rovio

Angry Birds, big screen.

The world-famous Angry Birds game may not be as popular as it once was (looking at you, Candy Crush), but designer Rovio is betting on its success as a movie, Reuters reports. The 3D animated film, expected to cost around $80 million to make, is slated for release May 2016 . If it’s anything like the game, you will be hooked on the movie for the first 45 minutes, frustrated and unable to understand minute 46 (rewinding and replaying it several times), before inevitably giving up and walking out of the theater.

Mar 19, 2015
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Birds of a feather

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Characters in the upcoming Angry Birds movie to be released in 2016. REUTERS/Rovio

Angry Birds, big screen.

The world-famous Angry Birds game may not be as popular as it once was (looking at you, Candy Crush), but designer Rovio is betting on its success as a movie, Reuters reports. The 3D animated film, expected to cost around $80 million to make, is slated for release May 2016 . If it’s anything like the game, you will be hooked on the movie for the first 45 minutes, frustrated and unable to understand minute 46 (rewinding and replaying it several times), before inevitably giving up and walking out of the theater.

Mar 18, 2015
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Your iguana is totally baked

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A kitten sits in a box during a charity event at a central park in the city of Bobruisk, southeast of Minsk, August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

 

Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses — and weed for my glaucomic cat.

A Nevada state lawmaker wants to make medical marijuana available for sick pets, Reuters is reporting. Pet owners would need veterinary confirmation that their critters suffer from an ongoing, debilitating condition – and would somehow need to prove that pot can lessen the symptoms of said condition. (They’d also need to prepare for munchies of animalistic proportions.) If the legislation goes into law it would broaden Nevada’s already more liberal approach to marijuana: It’s currently one of 23 states that permits the use of cannabis for medical purposes.