May 18, 2013 |
Jake "The Snake" Roberts, a former WWF star wrestler from 1980s and '90s, turned up at the Braves-Dodgers game on Friday night to lead the Turner Field crowd in the traditional singing of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch. Roberts, who has battled drug and alcohol addictions, is living in the Atlanta area with former WWF star "Diamond" Dallas Page in an effort to pull his life together as he attempts a comeback to the ring. The man credited with the finishing move known as the DDT -- yes, after the pesticide, in which one of the wrestlers in a front forelock vaults himself backward and his opponent lands head-first into the mat -- had been sitting incognito in a hat and wig near a dugout.
May 1, 2013 |
An annual spring ritual draws curiosity-seekers -- those not afraid of serpents--to the plains of central Manitoba, Canada , where the arrival of warmer weather brings with it mating season for scads of snakes. Conservation Manitoba, a government agency, boasts that at Narcisse Snake Dens "you can see more snakes at a glance than anywhere else in the world. " Each spring, tens of thousands of non-poisonous, red-sided garter snakes emerge from their subterranean winter homes to bask on the balmy plains and reproduce.
April 16, 2013 |
Animal Planet needs to get its cameras trained on the Burrill brothers, Casey and Brady , at Valencia West Ranch High. They are quickly becoming adept at capturing and eradicating rattlesnakes. Call them "Rattlesnakebusters. " Since August, 11 rattlesnakes have been found on or near the West Ranch baseball diamond and sent to rattlesnake heaven. The diamond is located near a hill that's probably a nice home to lots of rattlesnakes. Coach Casey Burrill and his brother, Brady, the top assistant, have been the primary trackers of rattlesnake intruders.
April 12, 2013 |
SWEETWATER, TEXAS - Kyndra Vaught caught everybody's attention when she arrived at the rattlesnake roundup here in West Texas last month wearing her crown and rhinestone cowboy boots. “Are you the snake charmer queen?” shouted a man selling rattlesnake head canes, porcelain rattlesnake “eggs” and snakeskin wallets. “You need a snake.” Kyndra, 17, let him drape an oversized plastic rattlesnake over her shoulders as she posed for photos. She had just been named Miss Snake Charmer the night before, part of the roundup pageant detailed in Friday's Los Angeles Times.
March 19, 2013 |
Jay Leno's ascension to the host's chair at "Tonight Show" was tumultuous. And now it's looking like his exit might be rocky too. Relations between the comic and his NBC bosses have soured in recent days, with Leno calling them "snakes" during Monday's monologue. "You know the whole legend of St. Patrick, right? St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, and then they came into the United States and became NBC executives," Leno joked, as some in his studio audience gasped.
March 16, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- You've heard of snakes on a plane, but roaches on a bus? Passengers on a Greyhound bus headed to New York City on Friday may have wished for deadly vipers to slither up the aisles, as they did in the 2006 movie "Snakes on a Plane," instead of the bugs that began crawling over them shortly after they had left Atlantic City, N.J. The creepy stowaways began making their appearance about 15 minutes into the trip, forcing the driver to...
March 7, 2013 |
It feels like the end times are coming to little Brewster, R.I., one of those anonymous towns that used to have an economic purpose - fishing, quarry mining, farming, textiles - but now pretty much just holds beds for commuters who work in other places. First, a newborn baby disappears from its crib in the local hospital, replaced by a large yellow snake. Then a stranger in town is stabbed and scalped in his car out by the Great Swamp, the site of historical atrocities during the Colonial era and local legends ever since.
March 1, 2013 |
Row Adventures based in Idaho offers an early season discount on Snake River trips that zip through Hells Canyon, North America's deepest river gorge. Whitewater rapids and luxury camping are the calling cards for four- to six-day trips that are on sale for adults and children until Monday. The deal: The sale applies to trips of at least four days on selected Snake River trips this spring and summer. Adults take $200 off the price; children 16 and younger take $200 off four-day trips and $300 off five- and six-day trips.
February 19, 2013 |
A Burmese python may be a huge, fat, lumbering beast of a constrictor snake, but it's not easy to find in the wild. Nearly 1,600 professional and amateur snake hunters recently stomped through Florida's Everglades in the state's first Python Challenge. They caught exactly 68 pythons out of the tens of thousands of Burmese pythons that are believed to have infested the Everglades since the early 1980s. "They're gosh-darned hard to find," said Frank Mazzotti, a professor at the University of Florida who helped organize the month-long challenge, which ended Feb. 10. The contest is designed to raise public awareness of the pythons, an invasive species that crushes and eats native birds, mammals and reptiles.
February 11, 2013 |
The Chinese new year, the Year of the Snake, could leave the stock market snake-bitten. Sunday ushered in the Chinese New Year but, investors may wish it hadn't. The Year of the Snake is the only one of the 12 Chinese lunar calendar years in which the Standard & Poor's 500 index has a losing record, according to researcher Capital IQ. Since 1900, the benchmark index is down an average of 2.9% in the Year of the Snake, according to Capital IQ. It has risen in only three of the nine snake years since 1900, marking the worst performance of the any of the named lunar years.