The season premiere of the show South Park this week parodied the proliferation of the new “smart speaker” devices, such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, which allow users to speak aloud in order to set alarms, get answers to questions and even play music. Many Twitter users reported the South Park characters’ voices set off their own, real-world devices while they watched the show.
In Denville, New Jersey, police say they were called to a Burger King restaurant last Friday night for a woman going into labor. They say the parents were on the way to the hospital but got stuck in traffic and had to pull over. Officers and emergency responders then helped the woman deliver a healthy son. According to the Associate Press, the same patrol officers went back to the restaurant the next night for a report of another woman going into labor. Authorities say the couple was heading to the hospital when the woman started going through severe contractions. Officers helped deliver another baby boy in the couple’s vehicle.
In DeWitt, Michigan, a real estate agent selling a house next to a cemetery is promoting it with a sign that says “quiet neighbors.” He says the message immediately came to mind when he saw the four-bedroom house. He told the Lansing State Journal that he hadn’t previously used humor to market a house. But he says “there’s not much point to life” without some fun.
In Covina, California, a man walked into a pizza restaurant with intentions to rob it. However, the place had just been robbed three hours earlier and there was still a police officer on site providing help. The owner, who was cleaning up after the first burglary flagged that officer and the second would-be burglar was arrested.
In Easton, Pennsylvania, police say a man’s GPS led him to drive down a bike path in a park. However, the path narrowed, so the owner tried to turn around. He couldn’t go that way either due to a tunnel under a low bridge. The (Easton) Express-Times reports the motorist’s car rolled off the path and wound up in the Lehigh River.
In London, England, a family discovered a 7-inch long, 2-inch wide, pink, striped item under a bed in their home. They feared it was a dangerous lizard. According to Reuters, they called an animal welfare charity to capture it. An animal collection officer from the charity said she warily approached the “lizard” after being alerted to its presence. She said it wasn’t very light so she got out her torch to see better and realized… it was a dirty sock.