When Philip and Joan Worth's cat Brumas went out for a walk last Friday near his Devon, England, home, he was the same shade of white he'd always been.
When he came back later that day, the 9-year-old male was a delicate shade of pink.
"He was pink — Barbie pink," Joan Worth told the BBC. "His head, ears and right down his body, although not underneath, had gone a quite brilliant pink."
The next day, Brumas was taken to the vet, who found nothing wrong with him and also said the color was nothing toxic.
"We have thought about everything as to how this happened, from him being covered in some form of cow treatment to children's poster paints," said Philip Worth.
It doesn't seem to be paint, as Brumas' fur isn't matted. None of the Worths' five other cats have been affected.
"He seems fine, he's eating well," observed Joan Worth, "and the other cats aren't terribly bothered."
TV Shows Girl How to Capture Alligator
TARENTUM, Pa. (AP) — Crocus, a 2-foot pet alligator escaped from his backyard enclosure, but was captured by a girl who used what she learned on a nature TV program.
Nicki Hilliard and several friends saw the animal swimming in the Allegheny River (search).
Hilliard said she learned how to catch the animals safely by watching the television show "Crocodile Hunter." The secret is to grab the animal's snout and hold its mouth closed.
The kids put the animal in a beverage cooler and took it to the police station, where it was locked inside a cell until owner Belinda Thomson arrived to claim it.
Thompson said neighborhood cats opened the fence in her back yard, enabling Crocus to escape.
— Thanks to Out There reader Shannon O.
Alaska Man Demands New Cannonball
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Yale Metzger wants the Anchorage Police Department (search) to replace his cannonball.
He called police last week to have them examine the cannonball he'd found. Instead, he said, the bomb squad showed up at his house with a remote-controlled robot, hauled away the cast-iron ball and blew it up.
Metzger, 45, an attorney, found the 4-inch, 8-pound, cast-iron ball last summer on some land he'd bought in Cordova, down the coast. He threw it in the back of his pickup, where it rolled around for a year, then brought it home to Anchorage.
Concerned the ball could be explosive, Metzger called police to come take a look at it.
The bomb squad took one look and treated it like a bomb seconds away from blowing up.
"Could it have exploded?" Metzger asked. "Sure. So could a meteor fall out of the sky and hit your truck."
"A cannonball is nothing more than a large grenade," countered bomb squad head Sgt. Ray Jennings. "It could have sent metal flying blocks."
The cannonball was blown up at the Anchorage landfill. Sgt. Jeff Morton said a secondary explosion occurred and a different color of smoke blew out, indicating the cannonball had been filled with volatile black powder.
"We're not going to put a bomb technician's life in jeopardy over a cannonball or anything else," Jennings said. He called Metzger "an idiot" for bringing the bomb into town and for questioning the bomb squad's decision to destroy it.
Metzger wants the police to buy him another cannonball on eBay.
"I was going to make a doorstop out of it," he said. "They owe me a cannonball."
Bank Robbery Turns Out to Be Rent Dispute
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — What seemed to be a bank robbery turned out to be a bizarre landlord-tenant dispute.
On Friday morning, a man went into an office at a US Bank (search) with a note that read: "This man has a gun and wants my money."
He was referring to his ex-landlord, who was waiting in the lobby.
By the time police arrived, the ex-landlord was gone, and the man sitting in the office told police, "No! No! No! I'm not trying to rob the bank!"
The man told police he was going down the street in his wheelchair Friday when his ex-landlord pulled up in his car, said he had a gun and would use it if the man didn't pay his back rent.
The man said his former landlord also said he'd return the ex-tenant's possessions, including a breathing apparatus.
Police investigated and learned that the ex-tenant did indeed have an account at the bank.
Officers then headed to the former landlord's house, where he told police the man who handed the bank employee a note used to live in his garage and owed him $400.
Thursday night, the landlord said his ex-tenant called and told him to meet him at the bank in the morning.
The ex-landlord said he obliged, but became uncomfortable and left, and never had a gun.
Joplin police Cmdr. Jim Hounschell said detectives have determined that whatever happened Friday, it wasn't an attempted bank robbery.
Chocolate Will Kill You
LONDON (AP) — German saboteurs designed an exploding chocolate bar for a campaign of sabotage against Britain in World War II, according to documents released Monday by the British National Archives. There was no evidence, however, that such lethal treats were ever deployed.
The chocolate bomb (search) was illustrated in documents which also explained that it was intended to blow up seven seconds after someone tried to break off a piece. The sketch of the device, labeled in English, was apparently made by British agents.
"The bomb is made of steel with a thin covering of real chocolate," the note said. "When the piece of chocolate at the end is broken off the canvas shown is pulled, and after a delay of seven seconds the bomb explodes."
Other German designs included bombs disguised as tins of plums, throat lozenges, shaving brushes, batteries, wood, coal and stuffed dogs.
British agents did intercept one bizarre innovation — bombs disguised as cans of peas.
"German espionage and sabotage in Britain reached the level of 100 percent incompetence in World War II," historian Christopher Andrew told a press briefing before the documents were released.
The archives also released copies of some printed material attributed to German saboteurs. One read: "To the men of Britain and Eire. You have proved yourselves a race of abject cowards unwilling to leave your Mamas' & Wifey's apron strings and fight me. You lice, vermin, spawn of prostitutes."
Andrew, the official historian of the security service, said the effort is so bad that he thinks it may have been a spoof cooked up by British civil servants.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.
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