Do you hear what I hear? That was the question Wednesday as a short audio clip sparked a social media debate about whether the word being heard is "yanny" or "laurel." How one hears it is similar to how people viewed a dress on the internet three years ago and raised questions of whether the mind and ear can be out of sync. The scientific explanation centers more on the quality of the recording and the resonance of speech sounds.
CUMBERLAND, Wis. (AP) - Police had praise for students who created an illusion for a senior class prank that appeared to show a car crashed into the principal's office. Students at Cumberland High School in Wisconsin used a junk car, some bricks, some tape and a black tarp to make it look like the car had crashed into their school.
SALINE, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan engineering company employee has been fired after police determined she baked laxatives into brownies intended for a departing colleague's send-off. Saline police Chief Jerrod Hart says officers confiscated the tainted confections May 3 after another employee tipped off management. No one ate the brownies.
NEW YORK (AP) - A couple of urban island-dwellers have found buried treasure in their backyard - but so far the pirates are nowhere in sight. WCBS says a safe containing about $52,000 worth of property - including diamonds, gold, jade and soaking wet cash - has been uncovered on Staten Island. Matthew and Maria Colonna Emanuel always thought the rusting hulk of metal jutting out beneath some trees was just a cable box.
SEATTLE (AP) - A retired Alaska state lawmaker says a naked passenger was tackled and detained on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Anchorage, Alaska. Former state Sen. Johnny Ellis said on Twitter that the incident happened Monday after the man ran from the front of the plane to the back, yelling and waving. Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said in a statement Monday night that Alaska Airlines flight 107 from Seattle landed without incident in Anchorage.
LULA, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia beekeeper says thieves stole dozens of hives, taking off with up to $20,000 worth of equipment. Don Kuchenmeister tells WSB-TV the hives disappeared Sunday morning. With more than five decades of experience in beekeeping, including 35 years as a commercial beekeeper, Kuchenmeister operates Dixie Bee Supply in Banks County, where he often teaches disabled vets his craft.
BERLIN (AP) - Police called in a crane to lift five fugitive water buffalo off a highway in western Germany during an operation that lasted about nine hours. News agency dpa reported that the buffalo, including two calves, escaped from a field Sunday night and walked onto the A3 highway near Leverkusen. The road was closed temporarily. Police said they initially corralled the animals using two trucks and several patrol cars, but weren't able to get them off the road.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) - A book nearly five decades overdue has been returned to the San Francisco Public Library. The copy of Eldridge Cleaver's memoir "Soul On Ice" was due back at the Eureka Valley branch Dec. 9, 1970, making it 47 years, four months and 29 days late. The library's late fee would've been $1,731.70 if it didn't cap the fine at $10.01. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the paperback's cover is detached from its spine and there's a hole in the title page.