The search for a Colorado pastor continues in northern New Mexico four days after Paris Wallace was reported missing while hunting for the elusive Forrest Fenn treasure. The Daily Sentinel reports tips from fellow treasure hunters, including Wallace’s friend Wendell Smith, helped police locate the Chevrolet Tahoe Wallace was driving. There police found a receipt for equipment, including rope, that was purchased locally.

Per an earlier Sentinel report, authorities also located a rope believed to belong to Wallace tied to a rock leading across the Rio Pueblo, a tributary of the Rio Grande. Wallace’s backpack was found floating miles downstream…


An Australian man may have outdone pretty much everyone when it comes to perfecting the marriage proposal. Using only first names, the man named Terry tells HuffPost the story of how he gave his girlfriend Anna a necklace on their one-year dating anniversary. Using Huon pine, a wood native to Tasmania, he carved the necklace himself, and she wore it almost every day for the next year. What she didn’t know was that inside the necklace he’d hidden an engagement ring.

“It was literally under her nose,” writes the Independent. Flash forward to November 2016. They took a trip to…


Southern Comfort will soon be seen in a new bottle — and replete with whiskey. (Image via PRNewsFoto/Southern Comfort)

Southern Comfort bills itself as “the spirit of New Orleans,” but the generic grain-neutral spirit base it contains (an ingredient not far removed from vodka) doesn’t exactly scream “Deep South character.” The Sazerac Company, owner of the college-staple brand, wants to change that perception — and hopefully sales — by reintroducing whiskey into the mix in redesigned bottles set to hit shelves in July, the New York Times reports.

Sazerac, which VinePair notes also owns the Buffalo Trace bourbon and Bowman Brothers whiskey brands, wants to dump the “liqueur” association it believes consumers often attribute to Southern Comfort, bringing it…


These were the conditions on Mount Elden on Tuesday. (Image via Coconino County Sheriff’s Office)

There are people who love pizza, and then there are those who’d climb a mountain in a snowstorm just to get their hands on a cheesy slice. A hiker from Flagstaff, Ariz., is apparently among the latter group. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office says a search-and-rescue team had to come to the aid of the 30-year-old hiker, who got stuck in heavy snow on Mount Elden during his quest for a free pie Tuesday morning, reports the Arizona Republic.

The unidentified hiker, wearing only shorts and a tank top, had been racing to the mountain peak in order to win…


The Paris National Museum of Natural History has specimens going back to the 1700s. (Image via Museum of Natural History)

A priceless and “irreplaceable” collection of pressed flowers from France encountered biosecurity officials in Australia recently — and the National Museum of Natural History in Paris is not happy about what happened next. The box of rare daisies collected in the 1850s — which was being shipped to the Queensland Herbarium for research purposes, per the Australian Broadcasting Corporation — was incinerated by quarantine officials who said the paperwork had been filled out incorrectly, the BBC reports. …


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When scientists dropped a human carcass in the woods to study its decomposition, they expected the usual suspects such as vultures and raccoons to show up to speed things along. Their cameras, however, also picked up an expected visitor: a deer. In fact, it’s the first time a deer has been documented scavenging on human bones, reports National Geographic.

It actually happened on two separate occasions during the experiment at the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility in San Marcos, Texas, a locale perhaps better known as a “body farm.” Researchers published their findings in Journal of Forensic Sciences, and they could…


Dr. HH Holmes. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

For some who chose Dr. HH Holmes’ hotel as their lodging during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, it was a deadly mistake. The 19th-century serial killer, born Herman Webster Mudgett, had fashioned a 100-plus-room house of horrors well-equipped for making people disappear: a building of soundproof, windowless rooms; gas vents controlled from Holmes’ bedroom that could be used to asphyxiate guests; and a macabre basement complete with a dissecting table.

As for what he allegedly did with the bodies — he confessed to killing 27 or 28 — the Washington Post reports many were stripped down to bone via acid…


There’s an emerging tick-borne disease spreading across the US, and it has infectious disease experts sounding the alarm. The so-called Powassan virus, which the CDC reports is related to West Nile, is still very rare, with only about 75 cases reported in the past decade. But it is far more worrisome than Lyme disease, in that it’s transmitted much more quickly (under an hour versus 24 hours) and can be fatal — the virus can cause meningitis and brain inflammation called encephalitis. An “important change in the ecology” of the virus is behind the emerging concern, reports the Yale School…


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“Chaos ensued. The masseuse panicked and jumped onto the Jet Ski with the captain.” That’s not a line from a romance novel set at sea but part of a lawsuit filed after a pricey surf outing allegedly went horribly awry. Courthouse News reports five Californians and three Australians paid a sum of $30,400 to embark on a two-week, wave-filled adventure in the Indian Ocean. Instead, they claim the “legendary surfing excursion vessel” M/V Quest 1 sank a few days after departing on July 19, 2015, from Indonesia for the Mentawai Islands.

Per the suit, things took a turn on July…


Ann Shelvin, left, and Tracy Gallow are accused of bullying an 11-year-old student at Washington Elementary School in Opelousas, La. (Image via St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office)

The bullying epidemic may have hit a new low. Two Louisiana teachers were arrested and accused of harassing an 11-year-old girl, reports CNN. The victim’s first teacher, Ann Marie Shelvin, was removed from the school after the student’s mother got the school board as well as local authorities involved in Opelousas. Police say Shelvin threatened to fail three other students if they didn’t fight the victim, and reportedly told her to “go and kill herself.”

Tracy Gallow, a former teacher’s aide who took over Shelvin’s classroom, continued harassing the victim in retaliation for reporting Shelvin’s abuse, deputies say. …

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