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Workers at a Coca-Cola factory in France opened a shipping container expecting to find orange juice and found cocaine. The container that arrived from Costa Rica held about 815 pounds — or 370 kilograms — of the drug hidden with the OJ. In the 19th century, the cola contained coca leaves but never coke, according to the company.
A vibrating, anti-aging skin roller forced a Southwest Airlines flight to evacuate in New Mexico before takeoff. Passengers were ordered off the plane after the suspicious-looking device was discovered in the back of a seat.
About 1,500 undocumented Americans washed into Canadian territory after the tide turned on a river party. The U.S. revelers were taking part in the annual Port Huron Float Down on the St. Clair River when severe weather struck. Strong rains and hard winds sent them floating on inner tubes and inflatable rafts into Ontario, where they were rescued by the Canadian Coast Guard. Most were under the influence of alcohol, and none were paddling with passports. Canada sent them home by bus.
Donald Trump showed some huevos when he made his recent trip to Mexico. He’s not very popular there. In fact, Mexicans have created a small industry out of making Trump piñatas — and then beating them to a pulp. They’ve also created a video game in which players can throw soccer balls, cactus leaves and tequila bottles at a cartoon image of the Donald.
Students at the University of Texas-Austin staged a unique protest against a new state law making it legal to carry concealed handguns on college campuses. For the “Cocks Not Glocks: Campus (Dildo) Carry,” students were packing sex toys. Hundreds of dildos were distributed at a campus rally to protest gun violence and the “campus carry” law.
Rick Perry is ready to take his Texas two-step on a national stage. The forgetful former GOP presidential candidate and Texas governor will join the cast of the wildly popular Dancing With the Stars. So will Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte, who caused an international stir when he falsely claimed to have been robbed while attending the Summer Games in Rio.
Citing sexism, the government of Burkina Faso banned the Miss Bim-Bim contest, an annual pageant of big female buttocks. Reuters said an advertisement for the male-organized contest showed two women, fully clothed, with extraordinarily large behinds. Laure Zongo, minister for women and the family of the west African nation, said in a statement, “Our role is to do everything to avoid damaging the image of women.”
A Georgia pastor and anti-gay political activist was arrested on charges of aggravated child molestation involving a young male member of his congregation. Ken Adkins, 56, came under fire earlier this summer when he tweeted “homosexuals got what they deserved” after the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. They didn’t deserve it — and neither did his alleged victim.
The World Gravy Wrestling Championships recently took place in Lancashire, England, to raise money for a local hospice. Contestants competed on a padded gravy pool at the Rose ‘n’ Bowl pub in bouts that lasted about two minutes. The pub is known for its rich gravy dishes, in particular the homemade steak and mushroom pie, according to Yelp.
A 17-year-old boy in Mexico City died after receiving a hickey from his girlfriend. Doctors theorized that the skin-sucking created a blood clot that traveled to the teen’s brain and caused a stroke.
A survey released by the American Sociological Association finds a majority of Americans believe in the traditional, sexist division of household labor between husbands and wives. Nearly three-quarters of respondents said female partners in heterosexual couples should be responsible for cleaning, cooking and washing, while the males should handle outdoor chores and auto insurance. The survey also shows most Americans believe household chores should be divided based on masculinity and femininity in gay couples.
A Florida man is back in jail after clicking “like” on a Facebook photo posted by a witness in a case against him. A judge revoked the man’s bond, saying he violated a court order to avoid any contact with his ex-girlfriend. He must now remain in jail until his case is resolved.