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Arrests, Injuries At Keene State College Pumpkin Festival After Unrest

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — Huge crowds including Keene State College students and visitors to an annual pumpkin festival in New Hampshire became unruly Saturday, leading to injuries and arrests.

College officials provided few specifics on the melee but said Keene State students and out-of-town visitors were involved. The school said in a statement that off-campus gatherings escalated at locations around the city. Keene State student Ellery Murray told The Boston Globe she was at a party that had drawn a large crowd when people started throwing things. She said police responded in riot gear and used tear gas to break up the crowd.

“People were just throwing everything they could find — rocks, skateboards, buckets, pumpkins,” she said. “People just got too drunk.”

The Southwestern New Hampshire Fire Mutual Aid organization said on Twitter that several people were injured from thrown bottles at a party involving hundreds of people.

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan said state and local safety officials worked to defuse what she called “the situation.”

Hours after the commotion broke out, emergency officials said they were still working the scene and couldn’t provide any details.

College President Anne Huot said in an emailed statement that the festival has been promoted by others “as a destination for destructive and raucous behavior” and the college had tried on the front end, in working with the city and campus, to prevent this from happening.

“We deplore the actions of those whose only purpose was to cause mayhem,” she said, adding that the students involved will be held accountable.

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Sculpture Resembling ‘Butt Plug’ Removed After Vandals Strike

PARIS (AP) — A controversial green art installation on Paris’ tony Place Vendome has been taken down after being vandalized overnight.

The inflatable sculpture called “Tree” vaguely resembled a Christmas tree but evoked for others, including its creator, the artist Paul McCarthy, a giant anal sex toy.

Guide wires holding the sculpture in place were severed by vandals sometime overnight, according to French media reports. The sculpture was deflated and folded up on Saturday.

Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin blasted the vandalism, calling it “a serious attack on the principle of artistic freedom.”

The temporary exhibit is part of the FIAC contemporary art exhibition in Paris.

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Bizarre Sea Creature Caught In Singapore Looks Like Kraken Come To Life

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Good thing this fisherman got a video of his catch (above), because otherwise he’d never have been able to convince folks of the bizarre creature he hauled in while angling off the Singaporean island of Pulau Ubin.

“I know that area has a lot of seaweed, so I thought that was what I had hooked up,” 53-year-old Ramlan Saim told Singapore’s English-language newspaper The Straits Times. “But then when I put it on the boat it started to move like an alien.”

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So what is this freaky thing?

According to Discovery News, it’s likely a basket star, an invertebrate related to the starfish.

Basket stars start out with five arms, from which smaller appendages sprout over over time. The creatures can re-grow their limbs — which have small sharp hooks on them to capture prey — if someone or something breaks them off.

Not that we’re going anywhere near that thing.

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Japanese Sex Doll Doubles As Unique Drink Dispenser (NSFW)

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A realistic-looking sex doll that dispenses drink with a squeeze of its breasts is a titillating sight at Japanese bachelor parties.

The drink-dispensing doll costs $5,000, according to Gizmodo, but presumedly the money spent can be recouped by charging people for the chance to serve themselves.

In fact, several of the people in the video make a point of massaging the right breast thoroughly before getting refreshments from the left, Geekologie reports.

No word on when — or if — the drink-dispensing sex doll will make it to America.

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‘Overwhelming’ Stink Leads Cops To Massive Illegal Lobster Stash

It was one shell of a bust, but the officers had probable claws.

Cops in South Africa got tipped off to a foul odor on Thursday. They arrived to find a pickup truck with a tarp covering its bed, and an “overwhelming stench” of fish coming from it.

When they searched it, they uncovered 3,725 illegal spiny saltwater lobster tails in the back. That’s an amount worth about $6,400.

In South Africa, spiny saltwater lobsters are called crayfish, not to be confused with the smaller freshwater variety common to the United States. South African law prohibits the farming and possession of the crustaceans, due to their environmental impact.

Police located the owner of the truck and arrested her on charges of crayfish possession. The tails were confiscated.

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Ebola Halloween Costume: Sick In A Good Way Or Just Sick

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As Halloween approaches, some costume companies are hoping to scare up sales based on current events.

First, HalloweenCostumes.com tried to capitalize on the popularity of Jasmine Tridevil — the 21-year old Florida woman who claimed to have had a third breast inserted between the two she was born with.

Now BrandsOnSale.com is finding a way to sell last year’s “Breaking Bad” costumes by marketing them as “Ebola Containment Suits.”

The $79.99 costume comes with a face shield, breathing mask, safety goggles and blue latex gloves, but boots are not included. The costume’s web page promises buyers calls the Ebola outfit the most “viral” costume of the year and say the wearer is “sure to be prepared if any outbreak happens.”

Outbreak? Maybe. Outrage? More likely. But no matter how you feel about the costume, it is only that. The suits are not in any way meant to protect the wearer from disease.

Because people have died from the virus, media outlets like the Atlantic have dubbed the Ebola Halloween getup as the worst costume of the year.

BrandsOnSale CEO Johnathon Weeks insists the costume is in the true spirit of the holiday.

“You can go on any website for a zombie mask for an eight-year-old with cuts and scars all over their face,” he told the Atlantic. “It’s Halloween, it’s one day, if people are that serious about it, they don’t know what Halloween is about.”

However, some people like Philadelphia physician’s assistant Maria McKenna think the Ebola costume is sick — and not in a good way — since two fellow medical practitioners have tested positive for the disease.

McKenna, who works with post-surgical patients at a hospital, told the Associated Press the idea of riffing on the crisis for Halloween “definitely rubs me the wrong way.”

“Normally I think that irony and humor is funny, but this thing with the costumes, is it really that funny? I mean, Ebola’s not even under control yet,”

New York Post columnist Kyle Smith is suggesting people not be so deadly serious about the Ebola costumes.

“Since everybody dies, when we make fun of Ebola we’re just mocking our own fears of death,” he said. “Pretty much the whole purpose of Halloween is to whistle past the graveyard, to score one small point against the Grim Reaper by having a quick giggle before he cuts us all down with his mighty scythe.”

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Dog Halloween Costumes Are The Shih Tzu

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Did you promise yourself you would never become that person? You know, the person who takes their dog everywhere, carries him around in a little bag decked out in canine accessories and even – ugh – dresses him up for Halloween?

Too bad, because dog costumes are adorable. Thanks to our friends at PetSmart, we got to our dogs got to sample some of the season’s best, and we returned with some truly fetching pictures. If you’re looking to have the cutest dog on the block, let these pups show you how it’s done.

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Mouthless ‘Elephant’ Pig Born In China

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Some people may be familiar with the South Park episode “An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig.” Rest assured that this unfortunate creature had nothing to do with that.

From the looks of its long snout, one might get the impression that this piglet is part elephant, but it isn’t. The peculiar pig was born from a 550-pound sow earlier this month in Northeastern China. Sadly, the piglet was born without a mouth, and died about two hours after it was born.

Photos from October 17 show the carcass of the piglet, which was frozen in order to preserve it.

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