Czech Hunter Reports Rifle-Stealing Deer To Police

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Czech police are seeking help in an unusual case after a deer turned the tables on hunters and snagged a pursuer’s rifle on his antlers before running away.

The deer, frightened by a dog, ran toward one of the hunting party, tore his sleeve and caught a strap of a 0.22 Hornet rifle on his antlers, police said on Tuesday.

“The rifle, which the hunter had slung over his left arm – fortunately without ammo – slipped on the deer’s antlers and disappeared with him,” the police said.

Police said another hunter later spotted the deer about a kilometre (0.6 miles) away, still carrying the gun.

“The hunters searched the forest but did not find the gun. He had no other choice than to report the incident to the police,” the police said, adding anyone who finds the weapon should contact authorities.

Donald Trump prophecy: Bible preacher claims Trump ‘will remain President’

Pastor Flurry said: “The Bible has a lot to say about Donald Trump and his presidency.

“The main prophecies are in the book of Kings and in Amos 7, and several other passages speak more generally about America under his leadership.

“God cannot lie! These end-time prophecies must and will be fulfilled!

“The prophecy in Amos 7 is crucial to understanding the 2020 election.

“It is about Mr Trump, and much of it is yet unfulfilled!”

According to the evangelist’s interpretation of scripture, the prophecy warns the world to wake up but the world has ignored these warning – a warning he believes parallels the US election.

The passage reads: “And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more.”

UFO sighting: ET hunter claims ‘ominous’ alien craft spotted over Mexico – ‘Looks real’

“The texture is off. I wish we had some clear footage of some of this stuff.”

And Stephan Rodinguest agreed, writing: “The footage is flat, has no dimensions, I think shooting from the screen television while playing some movies about UFO. “

However, at least one viewer of the strange footage appeared convinced they had just seen a UFO.

K.D. McCoy commented: “That’s no balloon! A balloon wouldn’t be that stable at that altitude! Something is going to happen soon!”

Utah Monolith stolen by four assailants says witness

hunters and conspiracy theorists were sent into a frenzy on November 18 when a helicopter flyby from the Utah Department of Public Safety found a huge metal structure in the middle of the Utah desert. The mysterious monolith popped up without reason and warning, leading experts to be baffled over its discovery. However, as mysteriously as it arrived, the monolith vanished over the weekend of November 28.

The strange 12 ft (3.7m) high metal oblong prompted wild speculation across the internet, with theories ranging from an art installation to a film prop – and even aliens.

Some claimed that aliens took it back to their home planet, but a photographer who managed to track down the monolith says he saw a group of people take the strange object away.

Nature photographer Ross Bernards posted to Instagram to give a detailed account as to what happened.

He said: “On Friday, 3 friends and myself drove the 6 hours down to the middle of nowhere in Utah and got to the ‘trailhead’ around 7 PM after passing a sea of cars on our way in.

“We passed one group as we hiked towards the mysterious monolith, while another group was there when we arrived, and they left pretty quick after we got there.

“For the next hour and 40 minutes we had the place to ourselves.

“I had just finished taking some photos of the monolith under the moonlight and was taking a break, thinking about settings I needed to change for my last battery of drone flight when we heard some voices coming up the canyon.

“We were contemplating packing up our things as they walked up, so they could enjoy it for themselves like we did.

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“Then all four of them came up and pushed it almost to the ground on one side, before they decided to push it back the other when it then popped out and landed on the ground with a loud bang.

“They quickly broke it apart and as they were carrying to the wheelbarrow that they had brought one of them looked back at us all and said ‘Leave no trace’.”

As to why Mr Bernards did not stop the assailants, he said that ultimately he believes they were inadvertently doing a good thing.

Thousands of people had been trekking through the dangerous, isolated desert, permanently altering the landscape with their cars.

Is Dunkin’s $500 Tandem Bike Real? An Investigation.

This holiday season, beloved coffee chain Dunkin’ decided to sell a branded bicycle — and it took me for a ride.

The company formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts has rolled out a line of merchandise emblazoned with its iconic orange and pink logo. Items ranged from the expected — hoodies and jogger sweatpants — to the less conventional — a dog leash and a duvet cover, for example.

Then there was the $500 tandem bicycle.



Dunkin’ website

Online reactions to the unusual offering ranged from enthusiasm to befuddlement — especially as the bike remained available for purchase after other, perhaps more practical, Dunkin’ merch sold out.

The product description promises the bike to be “insanely fun” and “easy-riding,” but offers little else in the way of specifications. There’s no info on size, weight or gearing — details you’d hope to have before deciding to slap down a cool half-grand in the name of coffee brand loyalty.

The more I looked at the bike, the less I understood. While I’ve never ridden a tandem bike myself, I’ve seen a handful in my lifetime, and something about the Dunkin’ one didn’t add up. Could the back rider sit on it without tipping the whole thing backward? Did it make sense to have the back pedals on top of the derailleur? Was this really just a single-rider frame with some extras haphazardly welded on?

As GearJunkie’s Adam Ruggerio put it: “It reminds us of those renderings of bikes drawn from memory. They look almost rideable, just not quite — kind of like if M.C. Escher was a frame welder.”

The $500 price tag also seemed low for a tandem — or “sketchy as hell,” as one Reddit user on the site’s r/bikeboston forum wrote. A bicycle built for two can easily cost upward of a thousand dollars, like Trek’s $1,359.99 bike or Co-Motion’s $2,995.00 model.

But one cannot write a tandem takedown on assumptions alone. I reached out to bike experts.

“At first glance at this photo, this is not a tandem that is rideable,” said Zoe, a longtime salesperson at WheelWorks bike shop in Belmont, Massachusetts, who declined to give a last name. “The rear end of the bike is totally wrong, from the crank to the double chain, and we would not guess that it can work with the physics of this planet.”

The price, Zoe added, seemed low — “most single bikes start at about $500 — a two-person would start at four figures at minimum.”

Tandem bike riders cycle along the seafront on June 24 in Weymouth, United Kingdom. Here, the tandem bike frame is clearly lo



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Tandem bike riders cycle along the seafront on June 24 in Weymouth, United Kingdom. Here, the tandem bike frame is clearly longer than the one depicted on the Dunkin’ website.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Kevin McCutcheon, owner of Tandem Cycle Works in Denver, via email. The rear seat’s position behind the rear wheel, he said, would make handling the bike difficult and possibly unsafe.

“In my opinion, this design would make rider weight distribution such that the front end could be very light and the steering could be potentially less than responsive,” McCutcheon said.

While the balance might be an issue, McCutcheon said he could see how the bike could work from a mechanical standpoint. 

“There are two chains on the bike, which is normal on a tandem: the right side chain is the drive side where the gears can be changed, the left side is the timing side, where the chain connects [the two riders] together to keep them synchronized and pedaling in unison,” McCutcheon said.

Still, he pointed out that the timing chain going to the rear pedals and rear wheel was “odd.” Without being able to see the bike from the other side, however, he wasn’t able to determine exactly how it might work.

It was difficult to find a tandem bike for sale that resembled the Dunkin’ bike — suspicions confirmed by bike sellers I contacted. But it wasn’t the only one out there. A search for “tandem bike” turns up an image of this white model that looks identical to the Dunkin’ one.

Eerily similar, no?



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Eerily similar, no?

I reached out to Macdeonia-based photographer Ljupco Smokovski, who created the stock image seen above, to ask whether the bike was real. In an email, he confirmed that it is a photograph of a real bicycle, albeit a unique one.

“Nothing is photoshopped,” Smokovski said. “It is a custom-made bike that we borrowed for a shoot from a friend of a friend who has ridden it and still rides it with a partner.” So, if Dunkin’ is selling a bike, it likely isn’t this exact one.

“How it came to be offered for sale by Dunkin Donuts I really have no idea,” Smokovski added.

When I reached out to Dunkin’ for more information, an outside public relations representative sent me specs on the “Micargi Sport tandem,” which features a Shimano derailleur, shifters, and 7-speed freewheel. It weighs 60 pounds and measures 81 by 27 by 7 inches. Measurements seemed promising — it meant there was a physical thing to be measured.

The rep said Dunkin’ began fulfilling orders on Nov. 23, and provided an additional photo of the bicycle.

A breakthrough! Another photo of the bike was what I needed, proof the mechanical wonder was indeed real and not just a cursed fever dream of 2020. I opened up the link.

It was an entirely different bike.

An image of the Dunkin' tandem bike provided by the company.



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An image of the Dunkin’ tandem bike provided by the company.

This just led to more questions: If this was the version of the bike that Dunkin’ customers would receive, then what was the clearly different one doing on its website? Why bother mocking up two bikes at all? Why can’t we just have nice things — among those an uncomplicated, simultaneously niche and outlandish gift for iced cappuccino devotees?

If this were the image on Dunkin’s online shop to begin with, I might not have started this mystifying journey at all. Shoddy photo-editing notwithstanding, this version is at least less brain-breaking to envision in our physical world, with a longer frame, higher handlebars and additional space between the rear pedals and the rear wheel. It looks like a tandem bike. I could actually picture two people riding this down a sun-dappled street to pick up a to-go cold brew order without imminent risk of bodily harm.

Googling “Micargi sport tandem” shows the same bike for sale on ChubbysBikes.com for $499.00. It can also be found on the Micargi brand website, although it’s sold out.

It’s unclear why Dunkin’ chose to use a different photo to advertise its bike. The company’s spokesperson responded to follow-up questions by directing me to the original photo that started it all.

But it is somewhat reassuring to think that anyone who adds the mythic Dunkin’ bike to their cart will hopefully, 10 or 15 business days down the line, receive a rideable bike instead of the confounding model advertised on its site.

And if the Dunkin’ model is being sold for just $1 more than a generic equivalent, some fans might find it worth the splurge. After all, the difference is less than a cup of coffee.

UPDATE: Nov. 30 — Dunkin’ has updated its original listing of the tandem bike, now including specifications in its description and featuring a different photo.

Dunkin' tandem bike, take three.



Dunkin’

Dunkin’ tandem bike, take three.

Monolith now appears in Romania after disappearance from Utah

Fans of mystery were sent into a furore on November 18 when a mysterious metal structure was discovered in a remote region of the Utah desert, USA. Officials of the Utah Department of Public Safety found the huge metal monolith in a remote region of the Utah desert during a helicopter flyover of the region.

The structure baffled experts, as there was no origin explanation for the strange object, which was 12ft (3.7m) high, with theories ranging from an art installation to a film prop – and even aliens.

However, the monolith disappeared at some point over the weekend of November 28, with no trace of its exit.

But another twist in the tale has seen a similar object pop up in Romania.

The monolith, which stands at 13 ft tall, was found on the Batca Doamnei Hill in northern Romania, where the ruins of a fort built by the ancient Dacian people between 82 BC and AD 106 remains.

Monolith now appears in Romania after disappearance from Utah

Monolith now appears in Romania after disappearance from Utah (Image: AFP PHOTO /www.ziarpiatraneamt.ro)

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The monolith, which stands at 13 ft tall, was found on the Batca Doamnei Hill in northern Romania (Image: AFP PHOTO /www.ziarpiatraneamt.ro)

The local mayor of Piatra Neamt, Andrei Carabelea, stoked the alien theory fire with a statement on Facebook.

He said: “There is no reason to panic for those who think there is still life in the Universe.

“My guess is that some alien, cheeky and terrible teenagers left home with their parents’ UFO and started planting metal monoliths around the world.

“First in Utah and then at Piatra Neamt. I am honoured that they chose our city.

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The Utah monolith disappeared (Image: DPS)

“Beyond the conspiracy theories that can be tempting, I’d like to see this randomness as further proof that our city is special. For the earthlings and (maybe) not only.”

However, Mr Carabelea said that any pesky aliens should have sought planning permission before planting the structure.

He continued: “I would have appreciated their bold gesture more if they had followed the rules and followed the legal steps to obtain a building permit.

“We will try to clarify the legal situation of the monolith and discover the impudent.

“However, we will be tolerant of them if the new goal will attract more tourists.”

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What is the Drake Equation? (Image: EXPRESS)

The helicopter pilot who discovered the first monument in Utah believes the structures are part of a “new wave” of art installations.

Bret Hutchings told local Utah news channel KSLTV: “I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big 2001: A Space Odyssey fan.”

However, others are convinced that the statues are of extraterrestrial origin. Prominent alien hunter Scott C Waring stated that when the first metal structure was discovered in Utah, he thought aliens placed it there.

He said on November 19: “The metal monolith was just sticking out of the desert floor and no explanation of how it happened or why it took place.

“This could be the first signs of an alien base under the ground or a sign that alien needed an antenna-like device to allow other aliens to homier on their location – looks 100 percent alien to me.”

The Timing Of This Town’s Christmas Lights Switch-On Couldn’t Be Funnier

Comedy. It’s all about … timing.

Video shared on Twitter by BBC Radio Somerset on Friday showed the lights illuminating before local dignitaries had finished plunging the detonator that was appearing to turn them on.

Check out the video here:

It’s rightfully spreading some festive cheer online:

Utah monolith mysteriously vanishes ‘Perhaps it was an alien probe and it just went home’

On November 18, officials of the Utah Department of Public Safety discovered a huge metal monolith in a remote region of the Utah desert during a helicopter flyover of the region. Experts were baffled by the strange object, which was 12ft (3.7m) high, with theories ranging from an art installation to a film prop – and even aliens.

But as quickly as it was discovered, the monolith has now disappeared – even though state officials refused to reveal its location to the public.

This has naturally got chins wagging, with some conspiracy theorists claiming aliens are responsible for removing it.

Prominent alien hunter Scott C Waring stated that when the metal structure was first discovered that he thought aliens placed it there.

He said on November 19: “The metal monolith was just sticking out of the desert floor and no explanation of how it happened or why it took place.

“This could be the first signs of an alien base under the ground or a sign that alien needed an antenna-like device to allow other aliens to homier on their location – looks 100 percent alien to me.”

Now that the structure has vanished, Mr Waring is once again sticking to his guns by claiming that extraterrestrials removed it.

Mr Waring wrote on UFO Sightings Daily: “The legendary Utah monolith has vanished, disappeared, left, gone home.

“Visitors to the site said it was there on Friday, but on Saturday it was gone. All signs of it were gone.

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One person, Riccardo Marino, claimed that when he managed to track down the location of the monolith, it had already vanished.

Mr Marino wrote on Instagram that the structure had obviously been stolen by another explorer, who left not so subtle clues.

Mr Marino said: “All that was left in its place was a message written in the dirt that said ‘bye b*tch’ with a fresh pee stain right next to it.

“Someone had just stolen the statue, and we were the first to arrive at the scene”.

Archaeology: ‘Greatest manuscript discovery’ proves Bible IS God’s Word, claims expert

Professor Meyer said: “Before the discovery of the Isaiah Scroll, which dates to shortly before the time of Jesus Christ, about 100 to 150 BC, the oldest known copy of the book of Isaiah dated to around 1,000 AD.

“When the Great Isaiah Scroll is compared to its counterpart in the Allepo Codex, there is little to no difference; they are virtually the same.

“The few textual variants that do exist aren’t even theological, but instead grammatical in nature.

“It is evident by comparing these documents from over 1,000 years apart that the Jewish scribes took great care in faithfully transmitting the Biblical record.

“As archaeology has demonstrated, the Hebrew Bible, on which modern translations of the Bible are based, hasn’t changed. God really has preserved his Word.”

There are, however, some differences between the Qumran scroll and latter iteration of the Book of Isaiah.

For instance, the ancient manuscript appears to miss parts of verses nine and 10 in its second chapter.