This bear couldn’t break into a pot shop’s dumpster — so it took the whole thing

Bud Depot employee nicknames the bear Cheeseburger ‘because of all the good food he’s been trying to get’

When a Colorado black bear was unable to pry open a dumpster behind a cannabis shop, the animal made off with the whole thing instead.

Surveillance footage from The Bud Depot in Lyons., Colo., caught the hungry creature bursting through a locked fence door to access the garbage bin.

After trying in vain to get through the dumpster’s metal locks, the bear stands up on its hind legs and carefully drags it through the fence door and out into the alley for several metres before finally giving up.

“Seeing the video of that definitely blew my mind,” Bud Shop employee Nikko Garza told As It Happens guest host Megan Williams.

Garza says he’s seen the bear — or at least one like it — around the area a few times in the small mountain town.

Usually, he said, it goes for the nearby restaurant dumpster, because The Bud Depot keeps its trash behind a locked fence.

But this time, he said, the bear burst through the door like Jack Nicholson in The Shining. 

“But I imagine he’s a lot friendlier,” he said. “Instead of running toward you, he’ll run away.”

Garza has nicknamed the bear Cheeseburger “just because of all the good food he’s been trying to get.”

“He loves this grease trap back there,” Garza said, referring to the restaurant’s dumpster. “He loves just rubbing up against that.”

And it’s a snack the bear was after at the Bud Depot too. Garza confirmed it wasn’t trying to score the shop’s weed supply.

“I imagine he could probably smell something from the shop, but as far as the dumpster goes, we don’t have any cannabis products in there.”

The animal ran off, but Garza says he’s spotted another bear, or possibly the same one, once more since the dumpster incident.

Local wildlife officials say they are keeping an eye out for more.

It’s Time to ‘See Them Aliens’: The Area 51 Raid Is Underway

Big day today: Across the country, agitated swarms of concerned citizens have assembled to force the government’s hand on issues of immediate importance. To be clear: I’m not talking about the Global Climate Strike, although given the urgency of the goal there — hammer the must-act-yesterday nature of the climate crisis into diplomats’ brains ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit — I can see where you might think that. No, I’m talking about a strange happening unfolding in Nevada, where hundreds of extraterrestrial enthusiasts have descended upon a mysterious desert military base.

“Yes, friends, it’s finally time to “see them aliens.” The big Area 51 raid is happening now, and it looks every bit as unhinged as we ever could have hoped.

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Back in June, a California Man named Matty Roberts made what he thought would be a hilarious joke: a Facebook event inviting any and all interested parties to “storm Area 51” on September 20, because “they can’t stop all of us” from barging in if we “Naruto run” as a unit.

They,” in that equation, seemed to refer to the United States Air Force, which uses Area 51 as a base; “all of us” would appear to mean anyone who clicked attending, a digital army that quickly ballooned to roughly 2 million people. This was, as you might imagine, a more enthusiastic response than Roberts anticipated. “I waited for like three days and there were like 40 people and then it just completely took off out of nowhere,” Roberts told CNN affiliate KLAS-TV in July. “I was just like, the FBI’s going to show up at my house, and it got a little spooky from there.”

Why Area 51?

Because if you believe the rumors-slash-conspiracy-theories, Area 51 is where the government conducts tests on the bodies of dead aliens and on their wrecked flying machines. The government has classically gone out of its way to keep Area 51 off the public’s radar, which naturally only makes people more curious about what goes on in there.

Got it. So did people actually show up?

Oh hell yes, although not millions of them. CBS estimates turnout to be somewhere in the “hundreds,” basically a lot of people doing this:

The itinerary changed after Roberts realized his joke had taken on a life of its own. Instead of storming the base, the crowds would peaceably assemble for a music festival called “Alienstock” in nearby Rachel, Nevada, a tiny town with a single motel.

Roberts planned to put on the event with the help of his original co-host, Brock Daily, and a woman named Connie West. According to the New York Times, however, Roberts and Daily abandoned ship over concerns that Alienstock would turn out to be “FYREFEST 2.0,” and directed their followers to a Bud Light-sponsored event in Las Vegas instead. Still another gathering — Storm Area 51 Basecamp in nearby Hiko, Nevada — beckoned believers to two days of alien talks, starting today.

Early this morning, about 100 people reportedly gathered at the gates of Area 51, drawing law enforcement to the scene. Based on on-the-ground footage posted to Twitter, this cohort was small but jazzed: One person blasted “The Final Countdown,” an Arrested Development-famous tune by the band Europe, from a boombox. Meanwhile, a few amped dudes chanted “clap them cheeks,” apparently a reference to aliens’ preferred methods of human testing: the anal probe.

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A guard and a dog showed up from inside of the gate of Area 51.

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America’s Strangest and Weirdest Conventions

For the last three years, American photographer Arthur Drooker has been to a dozen conventions across the country, photographing some of the quirkiest gatherings such as mermaids, clowns, Santas, fetishists and Lincoln look-alikes. Yet, he has barely begun. According to one estimate, America holds a staggering 1.2 million conventions, conferences, and trade shows every year. That’s nearly 3,000 gatherings every day! These unusual gatherings allow like-minded people to congregate, bond, and express themselves.

“Regardless of what they’re about, where they’re held or who attends them, all conventions satisfy a basic human urge: a longing for belonging,” says Arthur Drooker. “At conventions, people who share similar interests, even obsessions, come together to bond and to be themselves without fear, apology or explanation. The outside world doesn’t matter. In fact, for the weekend duration of most conventions, the outside world doesn’t even exist.”

 

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Association of Lincoln Presenters, Natchez, Mississippi.

 

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Santa Drill Team, Santa Celebration, Tampa, Florida.

 

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Brony Parade, BronyCon, Baltimore.

 

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At Ease, Military History Fest, St. Charles, Illinois.

 

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Mermaid Matrimony, Merfest, Cary, North Carolina.

 

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Zoo, Anthrocon, Pittsburgh.

Anthrocon (abbreviated AC) is the world’s largest furry convention, taking place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania each June or July. Its focus is on furries: fictional anthropomorphic animal characters in art and literature. The convention was first held in 1997 in New York State, and draws over 5,000 attendees annually. Anthrocon 2016 drew 7,310 attendees, with 2,100 fursuiters participating in the fursuit parade.

 

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Fetish Con, at Tampa Hilton, Florida

 

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World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships, Springfield, Illinois

 

Las Vegas convention stats:

How many conventions are held per year?

21,306 were held last year.

That is 58 conventions a day being held in Las Vegas, however, since conventions usually last 2-3 days, there would be well over a 100 conventions on the go on any given day.

How many delegates attended?
2015 saw 5,891,151 attendees.
 
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The 37th ‘Vent Haven Convention bills itself as ‘the oldest and largest annual gathering of ventriloquists’ This one in Cincinnati.

 

And last, but not least, the Celebrity Impersonator Convention.

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opening night at the International Guild of Celebrity Impersonators & Tribute Artists' fourth annual World Convention of Famous Reflections at the Stardust Resort & Casino August 7, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.


 

Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us

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Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us is a Facebook event planned for September 20, 2019, at Area 51, a United States Air Force (USAF) facility within the Nevada Test and Training Range, to raid the site in search for extraterrestrial life. The event was created by Matty Roberts, who confirmed it was comedic and disavowed responsibility for any casualties if people actually attempt to raid the military base. Roberts posted the event on June 27, 2019. Over 2 million people have responded “going” and 1.5 million “interested” on the event’s page. The event and the music festival planned in conjunction was canceled due to poor planning, concerns of safety and legality, and lack of infrastructure, which Roberts announced on his “Alienstock” website.

Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews said government officials were briefed on the event and discouraged people from attempting to enter military property. Nevada law enforcement also warned potential participants in the event against trespassing. The event, although purely comedic, has had an effect on businesses both locally in Nevada and around the United States, which are creating preparations for visitors and products for people going.

Area 51 has been the subject of many conspiracy theories regarding aliens since the 1950s, when some individuals reported seeing UFOs at the location of the base, around the time the military started flying CIA U2 spy planes in the area. The CIA declassified documents related to Area 51 and recognized its existence in 2013. Conspiracy theorists believe aliens, UFOs, or secrets related to them are stored at Area 51. In June 2019, The Pentagon provided a briefing on UFOs encountered by Navy pilots to members of Congress. U.S. president Donald Trump had also been briefed on UFOs.

College student Matty Roberts, the creator of the event, came up with the idea after watching Area 51 conspiracy theorist Bob Lazar and filmmaker Jeremy Corbell on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast on June 20, 2019. Lazar claimed to have worked with alien spacecraft when working at an underground facility at Area 51.

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On July 10, speaking with The Washington Post, Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews said officials were aware of the event, and issued a warning saying: “[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces”, adding: “The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets”. A public information officer at Nellis Air Force Base told KNPR that “any attempt to illegally access the area is highly discouraged”.

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Impact
Lincoln County
In August 2019, Lincoln County officials drafted an emergency declaration and a plan to pool resources with neighboring counties, anticipating the region being overwhelmed by a crowd of 40,000 people. The county has just 184 hotel rooms, and officials expected the local cellphone network to be unable to cope with the additional traffic, as well as expressing concern over crowding at campsites, gas stations and public medical services.

The town of Rachel posted a caution on its website, advising attendees to be “experienced in camping, hiking and surviving in a harsh desert environment and have a vehicle in good shape”. They advised that the town would likely be unable to provide sufficient food, water or gas to visitors, and expected local law enforcement to be “overwhelmed”. The website warned that local residents would be ready to “step up to protect their property”, adding that “It will get ugly.”

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Business
Business owners in and around Rachel, Nevada, a town of just 56 people just outside of the base, have made preparations for visitors who want to go to Area 51. Connie West, co-owner of the Little A’Le’Inn restaurant and inn, has had all 13 rooms of the inn booked and plans to open up 30 acres for camping and might create merchandise for the event. Las Vegas businessman George Harris is planning to hire bands to play at an annual festival called “The Swarm”. Matty Roberts has also expressed interest in a music festival to be made outside Area 51. Kosmic Kae, owner of the shop Aliens R Us in Boulder City, says that even though the shop is 170 miles away from Area 51, business has increased due to fascination regarding aliens.

Other businesses around the U.S. have based products and services on this event. A collection of merchandise related to the event from online retailers was launched. Bud Light plans to release a promotional alien-themed beer label and promised a free beer to “any alien that makes it out” as long as a tweet with the new design gets 51,000 retweets. Fast food restaurant Arby’s has planned to deliver food with a special menu to the event.

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This Russian takes Crazy to a whole new level

Charges for Russian after stunts atop Toronto skyscraper

An “urban explorer” has been charged after he was seen in an online video leaping and doing somersaults atop a downtown Toronto skyscraper.

In a video posted to YouTube, Russian stuntman Oleg Cricket can be seen leaping, sliding and rolling on the ledge of a skyscraper. In another shot, he appears to be jumping between beams, with the CN Tower as his backdrop. In one of the final shots, Cricket is shown doing a handstand on a ledge, high above city streets.

Police arrested Cricket on Nov. 12, 2016. He has been charged with breaking and entering and mischief, Toronto police say.

Cricket is well-known for his vertigo-inducing acrobatic feats atop skyscrapers in various cities. He records his stunts and puts them on YouTube and other social media channels, where his followers number in the hundreds of thousands.

Another man who was allegedly with Cricket is facing the same charges.

The Building, 8 Mercer St

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