Sometimes you get criminal masterminds who are able to carry out intrepid jewelry heists, or make off with millions of dollars in cash, all to outwit the police and stay on the run, forever getting away with the perfect crime.
Then, you get these guys.
Two police officers were genuinely taken aback when a man cut in front of them to demand the money from the till at a local coffee shop. After a moment of realization, the officers (in full uniform) arrested the offender and probably had some blunt questions about his eyesight capabilities!
When a distraught woman called the police after her jewelry went missing, she was in tears over the missing heirlooms, broken window and totaled home. Officer Meharu at the scene did his best to calm her down, and when her father called he could tell she was more relaxed. Too relaxed, perhaps. She began speaking in French to her father about the elaborate scam that she almost got away with. Officer Meharu was fluent in six languages, and yes, French was one of them.
In Germany, a bank thief was so impressed with himself that he couldn’t help but taunt the police that were trying desperately to track him down. Sending email after email, he corrected details of the crime, giving vague hints at his real identity, and was laughing at them…right up until they traced his email address and threw him in jail!
Many criminals are caught because they made some small error along the way, but for these hoodlums, it was obviously down to their own (shall we say?) intellectual capabilities!
Halloween is a mysterious and scary holiday, but then again that’s what makes it so fun. The eerie nature of the annual celebration has produced some strange myths and urban legends. Here are 7 you should take with a grain of salt this year:
Despite the fact that there are almost no cases of this happening, parents still get worked up every year, worrying that their kids will find a razor blade or a poisoned apple in their treat bag. This simply doesn’t happen. But don’t just take my word for it.
University of Delaware sociology professor Joel Best had investigated reports of “Halloween sadism” tracing all the way back to 1958, and says he’s never come across a “substantiated report” of a child being harmed or killed because of tampered treats.
Although, there was one case of a man killing his own son using poisoned Halloween candy. Ronald Clark O’Bryan – nicknamed The Candy Man – laced his son Timothy’s Halloween treats with cyanide in order to collect on his life insurance policy.
Oddly enough, this dark and spooky holiday has more to do with Christian traditions than Satanic ones. Researchers are still divided on Halloween’s origins, but most agree that it began with an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain – which is older than the Devil himself. During the festival, Druids would try to contact the dead.
Over the last few hundred years, Samhain rituals have blended with English folk traditions and modern marketing to make the holiday we know and love. In particular, The Christian holiday of All Hallow’s Eve, the day before All Saints Day, probably inspired Halloween more than Satan did.
Maybe we’d like to think so – after all we spend a lot of money on candy, costumes and decorations – but this old chestnut isn’t even close to the truth. The National Retail Federation tracks how much the average American spends on Halloween, and says that the country as a whole spent around $8 billion on the holiday in 2012.
To put that number in perspective, Christmas costs us somewhere in the ballpark of $580 billion. We even spent $12 billion on Mother’s Day gifts (poor dads, Father’s Day spending peaked at just over $11 billion).
The actual second most expensive holiday is Valentine’s day, which trailed Christmas with a measly $17 billion.
You can’t blame parents for worrying about their little ones on Halloween, but there’s more fiction than fact in stories of child abusers searching for vulnerable kids while they go door to door. In fact, most states have strict laws that prevent registered sex offenders from handing out candy, or even decorating their homes for the holiday.
In reality, the anti-sexual abuse organisation Stop It Now! says that 85% of abusers know the children they abuse. A stunning 47% are actually related to the children. So there’s not much need to worry about predators while trick or treating.
Have you heard rumors of animal cruelty on Halloween? Here’s what the experts say…
Every year, we all eat more Halloween candy than we likely should. Whether you raid your kid’s stash, or you go buy the cheap stuff on November 1st, everyone has their guilty pleasures. It can start to get repetitive year after year.
That’s why you need to keep your eye out for all the new candy that will be hitting the shelves for 2017! TRICK OR TREAT!
Instead of chocolate on the outside, the wafers are covered in pumpkin pie flavored creme. Sounds like a portable pie, if you ask me!
Dark chocolate filled with white chocolate, Cookies & Screeem M&M’s are almost definitely going to be your new addiction.
It’s like my favorite things combined…peanut butter and Butterfingers. You can get a bag of the fun-size skulls this year, but let’s be honest: any size is fun size.
The white flavor is a total mystery and won’t be revealed until mid-October, but grab a bag now so you can start guessing!
Anything Reese’s I’m on board for, and you can find these exclusively at Target.
Peeps used to just be an Easter treat, but now you can get them for Halloween, too! But I’d hardly call these cats spooky.
Nothing screams fall food like a delicious caramel apple. They’re crunchy, sticky, and sweet, and are so much fun to eat! Give your friends and family their own individual caramel apple making kits for Thanksgiving this year! All you need are mason jars, caramels, mini M&Ms and apples. It’s a super easy gift that everyone will love.
8 oz wide-mouth mason jars
Individually wrapped caramels
1 tsp water
Add your Mini M&Ms and Caramels into your mason jar and secure the lid.
Place two strands of string under the mason jar.
Place your apple on the lid of the mason jar and secure using the string.
If these are gifts, you can stop here! Read below for how to make the caramel apples.
To make the caramel apple, untie the string, remove the apple, and unwrap the caramels.
Add the unwrapped caramels and 1 tsp of water to a small bowl. Microwave until melted.
Push a cake pop stick into the base of your apple and roll the apple in the melted caramel.
Next, roll the caramel coated apple into the Mini M&Ms (you can use other toppings if you like).
Can Thanksgiving dinner get any more delicious than it already is? Apparently it can! These Candy Pretzel Turkey Bites are a super delicious treat that your whole family will love. The salty and sweet combo is awesome, and since they’re really easy to make you can have your kids give you a hand in putting them together.
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
Lay pretzels on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place one Rolo on each pretzel. Bake until the chocolate softens (about 1 minute).
Decorate your turkeys while the chocolate is still soft! Insert 3 pieces of Candy Corn along the top for the feathers, place two candy eyeballs towards the middle of the Rolo, and take one Reese’s Pieces and turn it sideways and insert it below the eyes.
Any parent sending their children out on Halloween night to trick-or-treat has the thought of tainted candy sitting in the back of their mind. Will some strange and deranged dirt-bag drop poisoned candy into my kid’s bag in order to cause them harm?
We have all heard the story of “The Candy Man”, a sick individual who goes out of his way to poison the candy he hands out to random children, in some sort of sick and twisted murder lottery, but how true is the story?
Most of us don’t eat chocolate for the health benefits, mainly because there aren’t a lot of them. Dark chocolate can be healthy in small quantities, but more often than not, chocolate is seen as something that will ruin your skin, not fix it.
Recently, the world was introduced to ruby chocolate, which is the first new type of chocolate created in 80 years.
“We don’t add flavorings, we don’t add coloring, or additives: it’s purely coming out of this bean, and its all natural,” Peter Boone, chief innovation and quality officer for Barry Callebaut said. “It’s a dedication to years of research into the artisanal processes of making chocolate. But it was also luck that we found this potential in the bean 13 years ago.”
And if you thought that was exciting, then you’ll LOVE Estechoc, which boasts itself as both candy and skin care.
So how can a piece of chocolate really help your complexion?