Stranger Than Fiction (Sept. 16)

Everyone knows that the news can happen anywhere at anytime, but every so often something happens that is just so out of the ordinary that we’re left wanting more. Here are just some of the riveting headlines from around the web that have peaked the interest of Long Island Weekly today, Sept. 16, 2014.

(Creative Commons)
(Creative Commons)

1. Olive Garden Defends Breadstick Policy

In this story from the Associated Press, Olive Garden franchise owners stand by their promise of “all-you-can-eat” breadsticks, claiming it conveys “Italian generosity.”

According to AP reporter Candice Choi, the company’s remarks are in response to a nearly 300-page critique from hedge fund Starboard Value.

For more on the Olive Garden’s breadstick policy, check out the AP story here.

2. 10-year-old pet goldfish undergoes brain surgery


George, the goldfish (Photo Courtesy of Lort Smith Animal Hospital)
George, the goldfish
(Photo Courtesy of Lort Smith Animal Hospital)

You’re not mistaken, this is a real news story. Earlier today, KTLA news in Los Angeles, Calif., reported on an Australian animal hospital’s micr0-surgery to remove a brain tumor from a pet goldfish named “George.”

In the story, the owner, who spent hundreds of dollars to have the growth removed, claims “George” was being bullied by other fish. The surgery was a success and “George” is now recuperating at his tank at home.

For more on “George’s” incredible procedure, check out KTLA’s story here.

3. Tim Dog, Rapper Accused of Faking His Own Death, Confirmed Dead

(Photo from YouTube)

This earth-shattering gem from Rolling Stone magazine, shows new evidence confirming that, yes, in fact, Georgia-rapper Timothy James Blair, aka Tim Dog, died in Feb. 2013.

According to the story, speculation was raised after a prosecutor issued an arrest warrant for the rapper, which reports that he had been living with his wife and daughter in a new home. However, would uncover the truth by locating his death certificate.

For more about Tim Dog’s death, check out Rolling Stone‘s story here.

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