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Remember that time, 110 years ago, when Harry Houdini escaped the belly of a ‘sea monster’ in Boston?

In September 1911, Houdini stuffed himself inside of what people dubbed a “giant sea monster” while on stage at a local vaudeville theater, a challenge he accepted after a group of area bigwigs dared him to give it a shot. → Read More

No bones about it: One year later, the popularity of Home Depot’s 12-foot skeleton endures. But good luck finding one

Halloween fans have been calling Home Depot stores across the region hoping to track down one of these elusive 12-foot skeletons, which can fetch more than double the $299 retail price on the secondary market. → Read More

A Maine city’s series of strange events gives off some serious Stephen King vibes

The latest fascination came this week, when a 19th century gravestone was found in the middle of a winding, rural road, with little indication how. It’s enough to make even a skeptic wonder: Is Westbrook somehow a magnet for peculiar phenomena? → Read More

Watch out — soon, ‘zombies will shamble across intersections,’ Salem tells residents

After being canceled last year due to COVID-19, the annual “Zombie Walk” is back on this season in the spookiest city this side of the country. → Read More

‘Live Poultry, Fresh Killed’ sign stays local after East Cambridge Business Association buys it at auction

The association purchased the cherished — yet slightly macabre — “Live Poultry, Fresh Killed” sign during a competitive auction outside of Mayflower Poultry Co. on Thursday afternoon, assuring it will stick around in the area as it has for decades. → Read More

This Boston woman wants to break the Guinness world record for fastest time traveled to every MBTA station

Maya Jonas-Silver grew up in Boston taking the T. In a few weeks, she’s moving to New York City. But before she goes, she has one last thing she wants to do on Friday: become a transit-riding champion. → Read More

A duck named ‘Munchkin’ likes to drink ice water out of Dunkin’ cups. She has millions of fans online

This duck loves Dunkin’, and millions of people love to watch her on social media clicking her beak and sipping on the cool beverages. → Read More

This Mashpee resident is highlighting the ‘ridiculous’ posts found in people’s hometown Facebook groups

Welcome to Anthony Varela’s “The Town Facebook Group Ridiculousness,” the best of the worst things you read from your neighbors. → Read More

‘Dude, hold my beer’: Cape Cod resident hooks great white shark while fishing from Nauset Beach

Matt Pieciak was playing a game of cornhole on Nauset Beach around noon on Sunday when there was a sudden pull on his fishing pole, which he had propped up in the sand near the shoreline. He had hooked a great white shark. → Read More

What is a ‘Yart Sale,’ exactly? Somerville is hosting its first one

On August 14, Somerville is hosting its first “Yart Sale,” a citywide event that welcomes artists of all calibers to set up shop on their porches, or in their yards and driveways, and sell their artwork to passersby. → Read More

The strange saga of Jamaica Plain’s abandoned ‘Tiger Car’

On Monday, the derelict vehicle on Weld Hill Street was towed away to the great relief of neighbors who had been glaring at its inertia since it arrived last winter. → Read More

‘This guy was lucky’: Coast Guardsman based on Cape Cod helps rescue bear attack victim in Alaska

While on a recent mission, Lt. junior grade A.J. Hammac, spotted a man desperate for help, the words “S.O.S.” scrawled on the roof of his shack. → Read More

‘Jon Hamm held my dog today’: South End woman meets ‘Mad Men’ star while walking her dog

Jon Hamm has been in the Boston area filming the reboot of the 1985 movie, “Fletch,” for the last month. → Read More

Part of the popular Madame Sherri ‘castle’ steps crumbled in New Hampshire woods

Fans and visitors of the historic stairs lamented the loss of the upper tier of the steps, which look like they were plucked from a fairytale. → Read More

‘He was a big boy’: A large koi was found swimming through the flooded streets of a Connecticut town

Reese Hutchison found what he described as a roughly 10-pound orange fish with black stripes swimming through the shin-deep floodwaters. He and his son caught the fish in a bucket and returned it to a nearby pond. → Read More

Watch: ‘Crazy firework and lightning show’ in Somerville as celebration and storm collide

Somerville’s annual fireworks display, which took place at Trum Field, was interrupted by spurts of jagged lightning cutting across the night sky Wednesday. → Read More

Video: Great White Shark feasts on seal ‘close to shore’ in Provincetown

Dom Richmond said the apex predator was roughly 20 to 30 feet away from where the waves were breaking on the sand. → Read More

This teacher buys old photos of strangers from flea markets — then tracks down their relatives to return them

Chronicling her efforts on a Facebook page called “The Photo Angel,” Kate Kelley, a special education teacher who lives in Attleboro, buys batches of decades-old images that have been cast aside and forgotten. She then scours genealogy sites for relatives or descendants, hoping to reunite them with the photographs. → Read More

Polar Beverages hopes to land a space on the new Worcester-themed Monopoly game that’s coming out

The family-owned business is looking to expand its footprint by putting its brand on a coveted square on the upcoming Worcester-themed version of the classic board game Monopoly, set to hit shelves later this year. → Read More

‘From USB to debt-free’: This couple is ‘trading up’ items online until they can pay off their student loan debt

They began with a USB drive. That was traded for a used dome chair, which was then swapped for a foam roller and other gym accessories, and so on. To date, they’ve bartered more than a dozen items — each slightly more valuable than the last. → Read More