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Which U.S. City Has the Worst Drivers?

If opinions counted, the city with the worst drivers would be the city that has the most people surveyed, because everyone is sure their home town has the worst drivers. But Slate combined figures for fatalities, drunk driving fatalities, pedestrian strikes, and insurance claims, and ranked the cities with a population over 150,000 people with the worst drivers. Three of the top five cities are in Florida. Miami ranked at the top of this admittedly unscientific ranking, followed by Philadelphia, Hialeah, Tampa, and Baltimore.

Man Drank $102,000 in Historic Whiskey

Patricia Hill owned 104 bottles of valuable whiskey that came with the mansion she bought and converted to a historic inn in PIttsburgh. The Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey was distilled in 1912, and was hidden under a staircase. The property had been sold several times before Hill found it during a remodeling project.

[Police chief] Pritts said that Hill put the whiskey bottles in the basement while the main floors were being renovated. John Saunders, 62, was a caretaker who lived in the basement and was expected to safeguard the booze.

"You know, to watch over them and keep them secure. I guess that was a mistake," Pritts said.

Hill discovered that 52 of the bottles had been emptied in March 2012, and reported it to police. All four cases of whiskey had been emptied within about a year, Pitts said.

Saunders denied that he consumed the vintage alcohol, but police tested the empty bottles to see if they matched Saunders' DNA. After seven months of testing, police confirmed that Saunders' DNA was found on the bottles, and charged him with felony theft and receiving stolen property, Pritts said.

The whiskey was valued at $102,400, but it's doubtful that restitution will be made. Saunders' attorney told the court that Saunders is waiting for a liver transplant.

Bear Rescued from Bear-proof Dumpster

Game warden Adam Smith had to rescue a bear cub from a bear-proof dumpster in Azusa, California. The problem was that someone had left the lid open. When the lid somehow slammed shut, one of two cubs was inside. The mother bear tried to lift the lid, but …it's a bear-proof dumpster. Smith used his lights and siren to keep the mother bear away while he raised the dumpster lid. The cub jumped out and headed off into the darkness with his mother and sibling. You can see a video of the rescue

Shopper Horrified to Find Piece of Chicken in Package of Chicken

A woman in Phoenix, Arizona, spotted a package of chicken breasts at her local Safeway store that had a bonus in it: a chicken foot. No, she didn't buy the package, but she took a picture and posted it to Twitter, along with her opinion of disgust. She then contacted news organizations about the outrage, and CBS asked if they could use her photograph. Other social media users laughed about it, even calling the chicken foot a bonus. At least the package makes clear what kind of meat is in it.

Woman Takes Horse Into McDonalds

A woman in Whitefield, Greater Manchester, UK, rode up to a McDonalds drive-through on a horse. The drive-through clerk refused to serve her, citing company policy. That apparently did not sit well with the woman, because she then walked inside the outlet …still on horseback! The horse pooped on the floor, the police were called, and she was issued a ticket.

A spokesman for Whitefield police said on their Facebook page: “The sight and smell of this caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat, as well as staff members.

“Officers arrived at the location and woman was issued a fixed penalty notice for causing alarm and distress to other customers and staff.”

The policy, which most likely is in place to keep the driveway clean, completely backfired in this case.

Trousers Found Inside Tree

A 100-year-old old tree in Shelbyville, Indiana, held a secret inside for years. Brent Montgomery noticed the locally-famous Old Linden Tree had a leaning branch that was causing damage to a brick wall, so he trimmed it off. The tree had a hollow in it, and in that hollow was a pair of pants! There is no knot leading to the hollow, so the tree must have grown around them. The pants, which are still attached to the tree, have a button but no zipper, and are splashed with paint. Grover Museum Director Candy Miller is researching what is known of the trousers to see if they can be reliably dated.