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'Terror owl' frightening residents of Dutch town

Residents have been advised to carry umbrellas for protection.
By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   March 1, 2015 at 11:52 PM
PURMEREND, Netherlands, March 1 (UPI) -- Residents of Pumerend, a Dutch town about 10 miles north of Amsterdam, are on the lookout for an unusually aggressive eagle owl.

Dubbed the "terror owl" by local news media, the two-foot-tall creature has injured more than 20 people in recent weeks, including several elderly inhabitants of an assisted-living complex.

Victim Niels Verkooijen described the attack as "like having a brick laced with nails thrown at your head."

The Pumerend town council said in a statement on its website that they are seeking permission to capture the owl, a protected species.

European eagle owls, which can grow to a wingspan of six feet, aren't usually aggressive. Officials believe that the owl may have been raised in captivity, so it seeks out humans for food.

Meanwhile, residents are being urged to protect themselves with umbrellas when venturing outdoors.

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Canadians are turning the politicians on their money into Spock

The same thing was done with Snape from Harry Potter.
By Thor Benson Contact the Author   |   March 1, 2015 at 6:25 PM
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TORONTO, March 1 (UPI) -- Canadians are drawing on their money to make politicians look like Spock from Star Trek, in honor of recently deceased Leonard Nimoy.

Canadian Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, who appears on Canada's five dollar bill, has been the most common face to be turned into Spock.

"This series of Canadian bills was an easy target," CDR's publisher Todd Falkowsky told Quartz. "The existing portraits are quite large and can be improvised with easily, and the color of our $5s are the same blue as Spock's uniform."

Nimoy died in Los Angeles on Friday at the age of 83.


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