Here's Why Manholes Explode Each Winter in New York City

Categories: WTF?, Weather

Besides train delays, canceled flights, and countless piles of lovely slush, the city's wintry conditions are also causing manhole covers to spontaneously pop out of the ground and, in some cases, do serious damage to pedestrians. Within the last 48 hours, there have been more than 200 cases of manholes smoking, catching fire, or even exploding, according to Con Ed.

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WTF is Betsey Johnson Doing?

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We're so confused about Betsey Johnson, you guys. Aren't you? What is she doing? Although we'll always love her for helping us fulfill our dreams of looking like a punk rock, glitter-infused cupcake at prom, its been a bumpy road for fans of the nutty 70-year-old designer.

First, in April 2012, she was all, I'm bankrupt and going out of business! And we were like, OH NO (but also a little bit oh yes because everything in her stores went on crazy sale, right down to the mannequins). Then, less than six months after her stores liquidated their stock, she was all, I'm making a comeback! She showed a retrospective of her previous designs at Fashion Week last fall and, since then, has started tweeting pictures of her new designs. Turns out, bankruptcy is a good look for her. So we all rallied and decided our confectionary-inspired fashion didn't have to stay lost in the early 2000s forever.

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Terrorism, Kiddie-Porn, and Sword Play: Federal Reserve Bomb Plot Just Got Weird

Categories: Terrorism, WTF?
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis' possible co-conspirator was arrested yesterday in California.

The failed plot to blow up the Federal Reserve building in lower Manhattan yesterday just made the jump from terrifying to bizarre -- a man identified in federal court filings obtained by the Voice as a possible co-conspirator of 21-year-old Ahsan Nafis was arrested yesterday on kiddie-porn charges after authorities in San Diego reportedly found more than 1,000 images of child erotica on his computer.

But it gets even better.

Police also found a video of Nafis' possible cohort involved in some sort of sword-play. He apparently shot the video himself. On an iPhone. He's an adult -- who plays with swords.

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Random Ass-Stabbing Leaves Queens Man Bloody, Confused

Categories: Crime, WTF?

We'll spare you the "better watch your ass" puns and get right to the point: there's a random ass-stabber on the loose in New York and he's already claimed one victim.

As you can see in the video above, the man in the white shirt walks up to a man in line at a deli in the Forest Hills section of Queens and repeatedly stabs him in the ass. The suspect then runs out of the store.

It makes literally no sense.

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This Is A Video Of An Upstate Man Having An Orgasm Over A Train *UPDATED*

Categories: WTF?
UPDATE: the traingasm video apparently is a spoof. Click here for details.

Remember how creepy that Youtube video of a guy crying over a "double rainbow" was? Well, he's got some competition in the creepy-weirdo department.

A video currently is trending on Youtube of an Upstate man having a similar a train.

There are grunts, screaming, and "chills."

"Oh my god! Wooooo! Listen to that horn! She's beautiful. Ahhhhhhh. Ahhhhhhhh. Oh my god," the man says when the train blows its horn.

It's creepy, it's weird, and you can watch the entire thing below.

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Bloated Pig/Rat-Monster Washes Up On Shore Of East River

Categories: Animals, WTF?
Denise Ginley
If anyone's missing a gigantic, bloated pig/rat-monster, it's been found on the bank of the East River -- and it's disgusting.

The above photo -- and others you can see after the jump -- were taken under the esplanade along the East River by a woman named Denise Ginley.

It's unclear what this thing actually is -- there's some chatter that it's the second-coming of the "Montauk Monster," which was found washed up on the shore near Montauk in 2008 and determined to probably be a bloated raccoon. This monster, however, looks more like a bloated pig or rat -- if you ask us, anyway.

We're no experts in disgusting, bloated water vermin, though, so we've contacted experts at the Bronx Zoo to see if they can tell us what this thing actually is. We'll let you know what they have say -- meantime, see some more photos of this monster below.

UPDATE: An animal expert tells Gothamist -- which first reported on this bloated mess -- that it likely is a dog. That said, those ears look awfully swine-y -- or pit bull-y (we don't know what the F to think).

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Abuse and Molestation: There's Insurance Coverage For That?

Categories: WTF?

It turns out there is insurance coverage for sexual abuse and molestation.

This was brought to our attention by last week's Daily News article that claimed that in the wake of so many recent sex abuse scandals, the city is requiring all contractors who come into contact with youth to carry abuse and molestation insurance coverage so that insurance companies would carry the cost of abuse claims rather than taxpayers. But that's only partially true.

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The Ku Klux Klan's New Ally: The ACLU

Categories: Racists, WTF?
Despite being a group of racist, knuckle-dragging hillbillies, members of the Ku Klux Klan are entitled to the same rights as anyone else -- so says the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Klan members in a lawsuit over an Adopt-a-Highway program in Georgia.

Just to get the laughter out of the way before we go any further, the Klansman behind the lawsuit, Harley Hanson, considers himself the "exalted cyclops of the Georgia Realm of the International Keystone Knights of the KKK."

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NBC Advertises 'Recent Job Opportunities' Right Before Kicking Sue Simmons To The Curb

That was awkward.

As you may have heard, NBC Channel 4 fired Sue Simmons after 32 years when it didn't renew her contract. Last night, the channel chose to use their final ad spot right before Simmons' final broadcast to advertise for "recent job opportunities" at NBC!

"Learn more about NBC New York's recent job opportunities by logging onto, or by calling our toll free number!" a chirpy voice said, before the camera went to Chuck Scarborough and a dour looking Simmons, who looked like a woman about to face the guillotine.

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WTF Was A Guy Doing With $20,000 In Cash At JFK Airport (Besides Leaving It On A Luggage Cart)?

Categories: WTF?

The Queens County District Attorney's Office announced yesterday that a baggage handler at JFK Airport was arrested on theft charges after he took $20,000 from a computer bag a traveler mistakenly left on a luggage cart last month.

In its announcement of the alleged theft, the Queens District Attorney's Office fails to address what we consider to be one of the more obvious questions: what the fuck was a guy doing walking around JFK Airport with $20,000 in cash?

The office's spokeswoman, Helen Peterson, offered up a "no comment" when the Voice asked her that very question -- which only adds to the mystery.

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