Hey Nemo, could you light a match?
Canadian and British scientists say herring make flatulent sounds at night and may be using them to talk to each other, according to CBC News.
The secret noises made by herring have become the subject of research by scientist Ben Wilson of the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre in Vancouver and his British colleagues.
Researchers always knew herring have a heightened sense of hearing, but Wilson is looking into how herring squeeze bubbles out of swim bladders through an anal pore at night.
The result is a strange warbling that resembles flatulence and Wilson and his team are trying to get to the bottom of why they do it.
According to CBC News, the scientists say it appears the fishy noises are playing a social role, as they tend to make it mostly in the company of others.
Wilson said the naughty noise could also be intended to keep predators away or could just be a side effect of staying buoyant.
The fish flatulence study on herring, mostly found in the waters of the northern hemisphere, appeared in the Web issue of the Royal Society's Biology Letters.
— Thanks to Out There reader Tim B.
Itsy Bitsy Spider Breaks Man's Leg
Hmm, maybe these karate classes aren't going so well.
A 19-year-old Australian man broke his leg in two places while trying to kick a spider, according to The Courier-Mail.
Paramedics flew the teen to Liverpool Hospital on Jan. 12 in stable condition from a property about 15.5 miles west of Mittagong after the overeager spider slayer tried to boot a large Huntsman spider around 1 p.m., NRMA CareFlight told the paper.
The vigor of the teen's kick broke his right leg in two places and also killed the huntsman, The Courier-Mail reported.
The Australian Museum lists the huntsman as a more-or-less harmless species — adding that the badge huntsman can cause an irregular pulse, pain, headache and vomiting.
— Thanks to Out There reader Alex K.
Hey, I Asked You to Lend Me a Hand!
CHEMULT, Ore. (AP) — State troopers are used to having angry people throw strange things at them — but a pair of prosthetic legs?
Trooper Don Newcomb got hit with the appendages after stopping a vehicle for driving the wrong direction on Highway 97, police said. The trooper asked the driver to leave the SUV after allegedly smelling alcohol on his breath.
The driver initially refused to get out and a passenger, 53-year-old Joel Kackstetter, got out and told Newcomb that he would rip his head off, police said.
Once Newcomb finally got the driver to the patrol car, he chased Kackstetter, kicking him from behind. It was then than Kackstetter threw both of his legs at Newcomb, according to a police report. One missed him but the other hit the trooper in the chest.
Kackstetter was booked Saturday on suspicion of menacing, assaulting an officer, interference with an officer, criminal conspiracy and resisting arrest. His bail was set at $45,000. The driver was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, resisting arrest and attempted assault of an officer.
— Thanks to Out There readers Brett P. and Kim S.
Hey Buddy, Did You Fall In or What?
BERLIN (AP) — When a 58-year-old motorist stopped at a highway rest stop to answer the call of nature, he had no idea how cruel nature could be.
The man found himself trapped in a toilet stall Friday morning when the lock froze. The stop was along a highway near the Bavarian town of Lichtenau.
The man finally got help when someone occupied the stall next to him, heard his story and called police on his cell phone.
In all, the man spent about an hour in the chilly stall. Police described him as "thoroughly frozen through, but in good general health."
Subway Riders See Their First Full Moon
NEW YORK (AP) — From the waist up, they looked like perfectly normal commuters. That wasn't good enough for police.
Eight pranksters who dropped their pants and showed their underwear on the subway on Sunday were taken into custody and issued summonses for disorderly conduct. All were ultimately released, said Improv Everywhere, the group that organized the stunt.
The group said more than 160 riders participated in the fifth annual No Pants Subway Ride before police halted their No. 6 train about 5 p.m.
Charlie Todd, who founded Improv Everywhere in 2001, said it's not his group's intent to offend. He said he wants to create scenes of chaos and joy in public places around New York.
"It was our intent to make people laugh," he said. "We try to give people a great story to tell."
Todd, a teacher and performer, said the police overreacted when they turned a harmless event into something that inconvenienced lots of subway riders. A judge will determine whether those issued summonses will be punished.
— Thanks to Out There readers Tony L. and Laura P.
— Click in the photo box above to see a picture of the full moon on the subway.
I Always Knew Bank Robbers Were Garbage
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Rochester woman opened a garbage can to toss out the trash and was startled to find a man hiding inside.
Turned out he was a bank robbery suspect trying to evade police.
A Citizens Bank branch was robbed around 11a.m Saturday when two men entered and gave a note to a teller. No weapon was shown, but the teller gave the men some money and they ran off.
Police quickly caught one of them, Anthony Bradley. Later, police were called for the report of a man hiding in a garbage can. Officer John Nobrega captured the man a few streets over from where he had been hiding.
That suspect was identified as 22-year-old Welton Eldridge. He and Bradley were charged with robbery.
Wow, She's Really Got One Foot in the Grave!
MONMOUTH, Ore. (AP) — She's OK now, but for a while an Oregon woman had one foot in the grave — literally.
Over the weekend, 81-year-old Clara Connelly was visiting the cemetery where her husband is buried, when she slipped on soggy ground.
One of her legs sank knee-deep into a fresh gravesite. She was unable to free herself for almost an hour.
Connelly's head was near a stone marking the resting place of her sister and brother-in-law. She said she laid her head on the stone and prayed and eventually managed to pull her leg free.
She told the Salem Statesman Journal that people are always joking about having one foot in the grave — but in her words, "I actually experienced it."
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Andrew Hard.
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