From a dog accidentally shooting his owner while playing to a family of raccoons falling through a family's roof, here's a look at some of the strangest headlines from the past week.
A sticky mess: liquid chocolate spills onto Polish highway
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A tractor-trailer has overturned on a Polish highway, spilling tons of liquid chocolate that are solidifying into a huge sticky mess.
The private broadcaster TVN24 showed images of an overturned truck surrounded by brown chocolate covering six lanes on the A2 motorway, blocking traffic in both directions.
Rescue officials said the liquid chocolate was solidifying as it cooled and would require large amounts of hot water to clear away.
Senior brigadier Bogdan Kowalski with the fire brigade of Slupca, a town in western Poland, said, "the cooling chocolate is worse than snow."
TVN24 reported from the site of the accident that the driver was taken to a hospital with a broken arm. The accident occurred in the morning when there was little traffic and nobody else was hurt.
Raccoon family drops through ceiling of Michigan home
SHERIDAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A family of raccoons created a chaotic scene when they fell through a ceiling and into the living room of a Michigan home.
The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that a homeowner in Sheridan Township sought help Friday after the raccoons fell from an attic. Police and firefighters easily picked up the four baby raccoons, but the mother eluded capture.
She bit a responder's gloves before hiding in a closet. The Albion Department of Public Safety posted video of the response on its Facebook page.
Police said in a statement that a dog catcher pole was used to collar the raccoon. No people or animals were injured in the incident.
The raccoons were taken away and released into the wild.
Colorado woman cited after microwave blows up urine sample
DENVER (AP) — A Colorado woman has been cited by police after a container of what appeared to be urine blew up as she was heating it up in a microwave at a 7-Eleven.
Police say the incident occurred in the convenience store chain's Aurora location last week when the clerk heard a loud bang and saw 26-year-old Angelique Sanchez take a white plastic bottle out of the microwave.
A police report says when confronted by the clerk, Sanchez wiped a yellow liquid that smelled like urine onto the floor and walked out.
Police located Sanchez at a nearby clinic where she had planned to take a urinalysis test for a potential employer.
The Denver woman was issued a summons for damaged property. She could not be reached for comment.
Iowa man says his dog shot him while they were playing
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — With best friends like these, who needs enemies?
An Iowa man says his dog inadvertently shot him while they were roughhousing Wednesday.
Fifty-one-year-old Richard Remme, of Fort Dodge, told police he was playing with his dog, Balew, on the couch and tossed the dog off his lap. He says when the pit bull-Labrador mix bounded back up, he must have disabled the safety on the gun in his belly band and stepped on the trigger.
The gun fired, striking one of Remme's legs. He was treated at a hospital and released later that day.
Remme told The Messenger newspaper that Balew is a "big wuss" and lay down beside him and cried because he thought he had done something wrong.
Hungry bear breaks into California home, snacks on fruit
NORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A hungry bear broke into a California home and snacked on bread and fruit before sheriff's deputies were able to chase it away.
The Placer County sheriff's office posted a video of the bear inside the house on its Twitter account Thursday.
Today, this hungry & fearless bear broke into a home at Northstar, North Lake Tahoe, to get some groceries. Homeowners called us, and our deputies were able to get him out of the house, after he snacked on some fruit & bread! Please use utmost caution if you encounter bears! 🐻 pic.twitter.com/2Ztwek00Cv— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) May 3, 2018
Bears are coming out of hibernation and deputies say this particular bear broke into a house at Northstar, North Lake Tahoe for groceries.
The homeowners called for help. In the video, the bear can be seen on a kitchen island.
Maryland county has 2nd odd encounter with groundhog
ELDERSBURG, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a groundhog tried to attack a Maryland woman just days after a deputy shot and killed another groundhog that was acting oddly.
Humane Society of Carroll County Executive Director Karen Baker tells the Carroll County Times the groundhog came after and "made contact" with a woman in an Eldersburg parking lot on Tuesday. She believes it tried to bite the woman, who was able to get into her car without injury.
The groundhog was taken to the shelter to be euthanized.
Baker says the lot wasn't close to the Eldersburg road where a Carroll County sheriff's deputy shot a groundhog that was blocking traffic and behaving unusually.
Baker says groundhog behavior is affected by the current mating season, but they're typically not aggressive.
Couple get up-close view of moose that stares through window
MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire couple have gotten an up-close view of a moose that wandered into their yard, right up to their window.
The couple caught the moose's surprise visit on video and posted it on YouTube, where it has received thousands of views since Tuesday morning. The video shows the moose nibbling leaves on a tree across the street outside the couple's Merrimack home and then walking up to the home and standing inches away from the camera.
Resident Nichole DiVietro posted on Facebook it was her first time seeing a moose. She says she named the moose Mooshy, after her sister, Michelle, who recently died.
'Joggling' record: Man sets mark for running while juggling
BOSTON (AP) — It won't land him a spot in the Olympics, but a Massachusetts college student has run one of the fastest miles while juggling — an endeavor called "joggling."
Zach Prescott ran a 4 minute, 43.2 second-mile on Tuesday while juggling three lacrosse balls.
The junior business student who is on Boston University's track and cross country squads told The Boston Globe it's all about focus and rhythm. Once he gets used to the speed when he's running, "you're pretty much just juggling in place."
If verified, his time would beat the previous world record by .6 seconds.
A Guinness World Records spokeswoman says the organization is aware of Prescott's feat and working to determine whether he beat the current record, set in 1986, a process than can take several months.
Drunken man's choice of bed causes Munich commuter chaos
BERLIN (AP) — An intoxicated man's ill-advised decision to spend the night on a freight train caused commuter chaos in Munich as police had to shut down all traffic at a busy station to look for him.
Munich police said Monday they received an emergency call at 5:20 a.m. from a man who said he'd woken up in a container on a train near the Pasing station, Munich's third largest, and couldn't get out.
But police say the 25-year-old city man was so drunk when he entered the container he wasn't sure where it was.
Police shut down all rail traffic and went train-to-train, eventually finding him at 6:20 a.m.
In total, 86 trains were affected with 1,280 minutes of delays, 37 cancellations and 21 partial cancellations. The man faces trespassing-related charges.
Museum to display mummified monkey found in air duct
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A mummified monkey that was found in the air ducts of a former department store in downtown Minneapolis last month is going on display.
The Star Tribune reports that the Science Museum of Minnesota plans to display the monkey in its St. Paul lobby, which requires no admission fee.
The remains were discovered last month in the air ducts of what used to be the flagship store for the Dayton's department store chain, which was owned by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's family.
Dayton recalled working at the store in the 1960s when one of the floors was transformed into a rainforest display, complete with live monkeys and birds. He said one monkey got loose and scurried into an air duct. It was not seen again.
Can you spare a dime? Truck full of coins crashes in Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brother can you spare a dime? How about 8 million of them?
A semi-trailer truck hauling $800,000 worth of dimes crashed Tuesday into a guard rail on an interstate near Las Vegas, spilling thousands of coins on the side of the road.
State troopers established a crime scene so a recovery team could collect the money,
The Nevada Highway Patrol says the truck was heading south on I-15 about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Las Vegas when it hit a guard rail in the early morning.
KSNV-TV reported Wednesday the truck was hauling the money under a contract with the U.S. Treasury Department when it dumped the load and several bags split open.
The driver and a passenger were taken to a hospital. Their injuries aren't considered life-threatening.