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    Newsflash! Some people just need to lighten up, seriously. 

    Francis Schmidt is a teacher of art and animation at Bergen Community College in New Jersey. He did something so not outrageous and so not threatening that the aftermath seems not just unjust, but silly. Mr. Schmidt posted a photo of his 7-year-old daughter wearing a Game of Thrones T-shirt and he was suspended from his job. What? Huh? And no, this is not some kind of joke. This really happened.

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    A 9-month-old baby died after his father says he accidentally forgot to drop him off at the babysitter's in the morning and instead left him in the car for hours while he went to work. The incident, which is one of so many similar stories it's becoming difficult to keep track of them all, took place on Wednesday in San Jose, California, where temperatures soared to 81 degrees.

    The father, who works for a vending machine company from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., was supposed to drop his baby off at his sister-in-law's house. He says there was a "misunderstanding" and he forgot to do so. When he returned to his vehicle after work, he was reportedly inconsolable after discovering his baby was unconscious from the heat and that he was responsible. The child was declared dead shortly after paramedics arrived on the scene.

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    And in today's episode of Teenagers Do the Darndest Things, we have three teen boys who are going to cost taxpayers in Portland, Oregon major money: They trespassed and one decided to go and urinate in the city's reservoir. The fact that a young boy chose to relieve himself in a major, important body of water rather than, oh, I don't know, waiting and using a public toilet is reason enough to make you shake your head and wonder. Now consider the consequence of their actions: city officials are going to have to dump 38 million gallons of potentially contaminated drinking water thanks to their thoughtlessness.

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    Two years ago, Catalina Clouser smoked marijuana at a friend's house before placing her 2-month-old on the ROOF of her car and driving 12 miles to her home before she realized the infant was not actually in her car. Sounds like a parent's worst nightmare, doesn't it? Something you could totally picture yourself doing while in the midst of major postpartum fatigue? The difference is Catalina was under the influence of drugs and let this affect her decision-making abilities when it came to her child.

    Thankfully, her baby was found in the middle of a Phoenix highway by a passerby and was completely unharmed. Catalina, who is now 21, pleaded guilty to child abuse and DUI and was recently sentenced -- to a mere 16 years of probation.

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    On Tuesday a woman, Ana Trujillo of Texas, was convicted of murdering her boyfriend with a stiletto shoe. She stabbed him 25 times in the face with a 5 1/2 inch blue stiletto heel. On Friday, at the punishment phase of her trial, Trujillo's lawyer argued that it was a crime of passion fueled by self-defense and pleaded for a light sentence to reflect that. He asked for two to 20 years. The jury felt differently.

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    You would think someone who spends his time doing something as illegal -- and disgusting -- as exchanging images of children having sex would be an absolute genius at hiding his vice. Lucky for all of us, 61-year-old Michael Murray is not that savvy and will now get exactly what he deserves for his immoral actions. The man recently dropped off his laptop at a Best Buy store in New York to be repaired, but failed to delete a slideshow of young girls having sex with older men -- which popped up when one of the store's technicians rebooted his computer.

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    Remember when the worst thing that happened at your college spring break party was someone would drink too much and flirt with someone else's boyfriend, causing a massive amount of d-r-a-m-a? Well, multiply that frenzy by about a thousand percent and you still won't even get close to the "Deltopia" beach party that took place this weekend in California and resulted in absolute mayhem. About 15,000 revelers, mostly students from the University of California, Santa Barbara, were in attendance, and by the end of the day, 44 people -- including 6 police officers -- were injured, and almost 100 people were arrested.

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    You'd think a judge would know how to behave properly in the courtroom -- especially one famous for being a judge. Apparently not. Judge Joe Brown was arrested and sentenced to five days in jail on March 24 for a "shocking outburst in a Memphis, Tenn., juvenile court."

    Then again, after 15 years of dramatic cases on his reality court show, perhaps Judge Brown forgot what is considered appropriate courtroom behavior.

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    Imagine you're shopping for shoes and a strange man asks you if you'd like some help trying on a pair. Okay, you probably think, the guy isn't wearing a name tag but I guess he's just a helpful salesman? Oh, but then he begins nonchalantly placing your toes into his mouth so he can suck on them.

    Sure doesn't happen every day, does it? But when it does, as it did to Erika Porras as she was minding her own business and picking out footwear at a Walmart in North Carolina, you can bet your bottom dollar you're going to be spooked out and get police involved. And then you discover this isn't the man's first time getting in trouble with the law for loving the taste -- texture, smell, what is it exactly?! -- of feet. And that's when things begin to get really strange.

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    One teen in Pennsylvania took his high school Shakespeare readings a little too literally when he allegedly sent his romantic rival a scratch-and-sniff birthday card filled with the deadly poison ricin.

    Nicholas Helman, who is 19, reportedly sent the card to his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend in an attempt to scare her and win her back. The day after mailing it, Nicholas confessed to a co-worker at his job at Target about what he had done, and the co-worker immediately contacted the police -- just moments before the intended recipient's sister was about to retreive the mail.

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