Illinois pet pig turning heads with skateboarding skills

March 20 (UPI) — A family’s pet pig is turning heads in his owners’ Illinois town after picking up an unusual hobby: skateboarding.

Norbert, a 150-pound black-and-white pig belonging to Vincent and Alicen Baran, has become a familiar sight to Buffalo Grove residents after learning to ride a skateboard.

“People just really enjoy seeing a pig do things that normally pigs don’t do,” Vincent Baran told WLS-TV. “I took one of my old skateboards and put it out and literally within seven days he was able to get his hooves on the board and push with his other hooves.”

The couple said Norbert is an expert at several tricks commonly associated with dogs, including shaking hands and spinning, but the skateboarding gets him the most attention.

“He’s not always graceful but it’s definitely a unique thing to see,” Alicen Baran said. “It’s just the craziest thing to see him kind of roll on by.”

Norbert has also become famous on social media after his owners started casting him in recreations of famous music videos from pop punk bands including Blink 182 and New Found Glory.

Agent Elvis

Elvis trades in his jumpsuit for a jetpack when he joins a secret government spy program to help battle the dark forces that threaten the country.

Wedding the irreverence of Adult Swim to the kinetic animation style of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Agent Elvis” is a psychedelic head trip that takes that old story about Elvis Presley’s fascination with the FBI and running (and jumping and kicking) with it. Produced with Priscilla Presley, it’s certainly weird, although given all the ’70s references, it’s frankly hard to envision for whom this is intended.

Working with a cynical agent named CeCe Ryder (Kaitlin Olson), who isn’t a big fan, Elvis’ entourage includes not only Priscilla (who voices herself) but his pal Bobby Ray (Johnny Knoxville), mother-figure Bertie (Niecy Nash) and a homicidal chimp culled from the space program, because once you’ve come this far on the bizarro scale, why not?


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Dangerous Minds

‘Don’t Look in the Basement’ (1973)

These movies have a clue in their title. You could say the whole fricken plot’s in the title. Don’t Go in the AtticDon’t Look in the BasementDon’t Answer the Phone, you know the kinda thing. Don’t do any of these things OR ELSE! You know it’s gonna end up bad. And that’s part of the attraction.

Most movies with a big ol’ Don’t in their title promise a gory flick featuring some dumb numb nuts sophomore who ignores the advice on the poster ends up kebabbed by nightfall. The idea is simple—stick to the rules or end up dead. It’s a well-worn trope: the myth of Eve and the apple, or Bluebeard’s latest squeeze snooping in the closets, or the enquiring Pandora opening that goddam box of hers. Hindsight’s great but not when you’re dead—for Pete’s sake…

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Weird News

Woman Finds Husband’s Body In Closet 8 Months After Reporting Him Missing

A woman who reported her husband missing eight months ago has found his body in the couple’s home. Jennifer Maedge called police on April 27 to say 53-year-old Richard had told her he was coming home from work early. However, while his car was in the driveway when she got home, Richard was nowhere to be found.

It wasn’t until she went looking for the Christmas decorations over the holidays that she realized her “missing” husband was actually right there in their home all along.

“I decided to put the Christmas tree up, and I was looking for a tote of Christmas ornaments. That’s when I discovered him,” Jennifer told the Bellville News-Democrat of the moment she discovered Richard.

She went on say that there was tons of junk in the closet and she never goes in there, hence the reason it took her so long to find her husband. But while her story might seem somewhat suspect, KTVI claims a coroner’s report found that Richard Maedge died by suicide. His body was said to have been “mummified” by the time he was discovered.

The coroner also said that Richard’s body would have stopped smelling pretty quickly after it decomposed. However, before things got to that stage, Jennifer Maedge had police out to the house on two occasions to investigate a “strange odor” in the house. Eventually, they decided it was all down to the trash scattered all around the property. A plumber was hired to fix broken sewage pipes and eventually, the smell went away. Little did they know that the problem was far from solved.

Richard Maedge’s sister, Marilyn Toliver, criticized police for not finding her brother during their two searches of the house. However, she’s glad the family finally knows what happened. “Even though we didn’t want the outcome that we had, it’s still an outcome that we can put him to rest,” she said.

Jesus Built My Hotrod

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Some wake up music.

Soon I discovered that this rock thing was true
Jerry Lee Lewis was the devil
Jesus was an architect previous to his career as a prophet
All of a sudden, I found myself in love with the world
So there was only one thing that I could do
Was ding a ding dang my dang a long ling long

Ding dang a dong bong bing bong
Ticky ticky thought of a gun
Everytime I try to do it all now baby
Am I on the run
Why why why why why baby
If it’s so evil then?
Give me my time, with all my power
Give it to me all again (wow)
Ding a ding a dang a dong dong ding dong
Every where I go

Everytime you tell me baby
When I settle down
Got to get me a trailer park
And hold my world…

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Out-Of-Sight Photos from around The World 


What the circus looked like in 1931, Brooklyn, NY


Mount Fuji, Japan

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Venice sunset


Village in the Alps

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Heavy clouds moving into Duluth, Minnesota

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Blue Lake Michigan water in Chicago

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Guy changing a bulb on top of the Penobscot building in Detroit

07.03.2007 השבוע עברו לוחמי פלוגת  החילוץ וההצלה ‘רותם’ של פיקוד העורף אשר מורכבת מלוחמים                ולוחמות אימון לפני לחימה במרכז הארץ.                                   צילום: אביר סולטן , דובר צה”ל.

Israeli Defense Force Search and Rescue soldier

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Pingualuit Crater, northern Quebec

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Temples in Burma


Seattle sunrise

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Apocalyptic sunset in Tel Aviv


Amazing topography in China


Little guy has a front row seat


A ship in deep trouble