Imagine having the job of an astronomer. You’re lightyears away from anything you’re looking at, yet it’s your job to explain to people what’s going on in space. It’s almost an impossible job, yet the world’s best minds have provided many explanations for what they find. Now there are a group of strange stars which have scientists baffled all over again.
It’s not uncommon for stars to blink every now and then, but typically there is a pattern, and scientists put it down to passing planets. Over 87 days, two stars that are close to each other flickered 28 times, but scientists don’t know why.
The stars are known as HD 139139, and they were spotted acting strangely by the Kepler space telescope. Kepler’s job is to find stars by searching for regular decreases in their light source. That is typically caused by a planet passing between the star and the telescope, which are called transits.
Unlike Anything Ever Seen
Although the transits would be a reasonable explanation, they come in fours and don’t happen all that often. The timings seemed completely random, and it’s thought that something strange is going on in space. It could be a planetary system, but it would be extremely complex and is highly unlikely.
Another explanation is that it’s an asteroid releasing dust, but that is also doubtful. The last suggestion is that it could be some form of alien activity, but Andrew Vanderburg of the University of Texas says humans often blame aliens. Vanderburg says we often blamed things we don’t understand on aliens, only for it to be explained later that it’s something else.
While it’s unlikely to be aliens, something strange is going on in space and scientists will be working hard to figure out the explanation for the mysterious blinking stars.
The Brotherhood Of Law Enforcement
Police officers are some of the bravest and hardest working members of our society. While the job can be dangerous an unpredictable, many law enforcement officers will often find themselves in hilarious and absurd situations. It’s not every day you see a cop carrying a comrade in his arms as he brings him to safety. It’s photos like this one that really make us appreciate how much law enforcement officers sacrifice on a daily basis and the brotherhood they share.
Storm Trooper Meets State Trooper
This Star Wars fan thought he could get away with carrying his blaster around in public without a permit. He learned quickly that he was poorly mistaken when these police officers said to him, “May our excessive use of force be with you.” After roughing the stormtrooper up a bit, these cops searched him from head to toe, patting down his space suit up until they were absolutely positive he was clean and not a danger to those around him.
This citizen was utterly disgusted with the way these law enforcement officers were blocking the road, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. Without any weapons nearby, he needed to use his surroundings to launch a thorough and well-calculated offensive against these riot police. He acted resourcefully and made quick use of a nearby cow to lay down some milk spray cover fire while waiting for his reinforcements to throw cheese and complete the dairy onslaught.
What initially started as a routine traffic stop for a missing tail feather quickly escalated to an all-out police chase when this ostrich refused to pull over to the side of the road for these moped officers. This massive bird is not only a danger to himself but also to everyone in that residential neighborhood. When the cops were finally able to subdue the suspect, they ran a background check only to discover that he was actually violating probation.
Why Did The Officer Cross The Road?
This officer found himself in the middle of a high-speed pursuit when one daring and disorderly chicken decided to cause a ruckus on the freeway. After the officer called in for backup, the suspect was apprehended and taken into custody. On his court date, the suspect was acting rather disrespectful and cocky, so the judge gave him the harshest punishment possible. It will be quite a while before this jailbird will see the world outside of a cell.
Not Clowning Around
The look on his face says it all. Ronald McDonald ran out of tricks up his sleeve when the law finally caught up to him on this fateful day. The usually overjoyed clown can be seen in this photo frowning and waving goodbye to his adoring and loyal fans as he is carted away in the back of a police cruiser. Unfortunately for Ronald, there are no ball pits, happy meals, or McFlurries where he will be spending the next few years.
Puppy Pat Down
This isn’t the first time this dog has been taken into custody. As a core member of the Ruff Riders, one of the most notorious doggy motorcycle gangs in America, he’s had his fair share of run-ins with the law. While it may seem far-fetched based on his adorable outfit, don’t be fooled. This guy is a hardened criminal and is wanted all across America for engaging in lewd acts with unsuspecting stuffed animals, tampering with fire hydrants, and harassing mailmen.
The Right To Remain Funky
This cop knows how to bring the funk while getting you to work safely and on time. His killer dance moves can brighten up any commuters’ dreary morning. At any given time, he can bust out into fan favorites such as the Electric Slide, Maccerina, Cotton Eye Joe, the Cupid Shuffle, or even the newest move he’s been working on, the Gangnam Style. A little-known fact, he is also a renowned limbo champion, as demonstrated with his incredible flexibility in this photo.
These law enforcement officers are taking their partnership to the next level and have even taken the time out of their busy weekly schedule of busting perpetrators and eating donuts to learn some new tricks on their shiny new police motorcycle. This particular stunt is called the Two-Cop Torpedo. The donut-eating duo perfected the Torpedo just in time for the annual Parade of Police. It ended up being a crowd favorite and even took home the award for best trick.
Partners In Crime-Fighting
This loyal canine won’t leave his partner’s side no matter what. Even when it comes to a trip to the bathroom, these partners are inseparable. There are no words that can describe the deep bond they share. Even when they are off duty, this officer and his dog do everything together. Whether it’s arresting criminals, high-speed car chases, eating, sleeping, watching TV, or taking care of other sorts of business, you’ll rarely see this cop without his best bud.
High Speed Pursuit
This cop made a pretty risky move when he got out of his car to pursue this criminal on foot without any backup. He’s clearly a loose cannon cop who doesn’t play by anyone’s rules but his own. Rumor has it. He was a former All-American track star, and we’re certain that his sprinting background came in handy when he needed to apprehend this speedy perpetrator. This massive turtle wasn’t going down without a fight. But eventually, the law prevailed, and he was captured.
Bear With Me
Mama Bear’s not going to like the looks of this one. Yet again, Bear Cub needed to be brought home by the police after a long night of raiding local campsites for leftover food and causing mischief. This photo captured the exact moment when this officer dialed the cub’s mother. You can see the look of desperation in the cub’s eyes. The last thing he wants is to be grounded just before the big end of the year field trip.
Above The Law
There’s really nothing more emasculating than needing to stand on the hood of your car in order to check a suspect’s eyes during an in-field sobriety test. However, when the driver you pull over just happens to be the 7’8″ starting center for the Serbian national basketball team, there’s not a lot of other options. Maybe next time, this officer will remember to put his favorite step stool in the trunk of his car before heading out to patrol the freeway.
If police in America thought their jobs were difficult, they really should take a look at this photo of a law enforcement officer from Canada attempting to take down a moose that weighs close to a thousand pounds. The officer must have been a former linebacker in the Canadian Football League because his form his spot-on. Notice how he breaks down with his eyes on his opponent’s hooves, patiently waiting to anticipate his next move. His technique is absolutely flawless.
Let Him Off With A Warning
Let this be a lesson to all those kids who have been saying, “it could never happen to me!” Those children, who think it might be acceptable to get behind the wheel after a few juice-boxes, could something valuable from this photo. Sure, he might only be six years old, and yes technically his vehicle is not a real car. But regardless, the long arm of the law reached this young man, and he’ll never drive under the influence of apple juice again.
Blowing His Cover
Whoever decided on the design for the undercover police cars in this town should be fired as soon as possible. We’re not here to play the blame game, but all signs point to the infamous Carl being responsible for this terribly obvious blunder. There’s no way that any officer has ever had a successful undercover arrest while operating this vehicle. At least Carl remembered to take off the flashing blue and red lights from the roof. But still, Carl, please do better next time.
Police officers in England are riding in style these days with their fuel efficient, low center of gravity, high horsepower buggies. These cops know how to enforce the law while also saving the environment and looking fantastic in their classy and chic vehicles. Aside from concerns regarding if these officers can hold their own in a high-speed police chase, we can’t help but wonder where the arrested criminals are supposed to sit while they are being brought into the police station.
Anyone who’s ever parked their car illegally, just to run into the post office, grocery store, or gas station for ten minutes, and returned only to see the infamous orange boot locked around the front wheel of their car understands the frustration and anger on this cop’s face. This law enforcement officer came back from his donut run and found that his car had been booted. It turns out that even cops aren’t immune from those pesky parking enforcement officers.
Trapping The Speed Trap
When it comes to speed traps, even police officers understand that drivers simply slow down until they are no longer within range and then proceed to drive normally. After weeks of watching driver after driver get pulled over at this particular intersection, the owner of this sign decided to be a good samaritan and offer a warning of the police presence that lurks behind the sign to the citizens passing through. It truly warms the heart to see strangers looking out for each other.
Calling For Backup
Young cops need to learn the ropes as fast as possible if they want to make it as successful law enforcement officers. The training is grueling, and once they finish, their work is far from over. Day in and day out, they need to prove that they have what it takes. One could say that life as a police officer is sink or swim. These cops have clearly taken a wrong turn, not only on the road but possibly on their career path as well.
A Sticky Situation
For all those out there who wonder what purpose those orange striped traffic indicators serve, here’s your answer. It turns out that they are not just thrown onto the roads, freeways, and highways to inconvenience drivers and that they are actually useful symbols for where and where not to drive. This police officer decided to put these indicators, which she probably placed on the road, to begin with, to the test and she wound up stuck in some wet concrete.
Biting The Hand That Feeds
Nice try officer. We all see what you’re trying to do here with this not-so-random routine traffic stop. While this officer may think that he’s pulling a fast one, he should understand that he is only feeding into the negative donut-loving stereotypes about law enforcement officers. Unfortunately for him, the United States tends to frown upon police corruption. So if he thought he’d be able to score some Boston cream bribery out of this one, he has been poorly mistaken.
A Spelling Infraction
Beware the Fulton County Poice department. They have been breaking down doors, bringing in suspects for questioning, and have even offered a cash reward to whoever comes forward with information leading to the arrest of the criminal who stole the “L” off of their police car. Whether it was meant to be a threatening gesture, or just a prank, the Fulton County Sherriff has issued a statement letting the public know that they are taking this act of vandalism very seriously.
Someone Call The Fashion Police
It’s hard to take a traffic violation ticket seriously when it’s given by an officer who doesn’t even know how to dress himself properly. Maybe this officer woke up on the wrong side of the bed that morning. Or perhaps he was simply in a rush as he put the orange vest on. In either case, we’re just glad that the individual who was being pulled over had the courage to pull out their phones to capture this hilarious wardrobe mishap.
Usually, during training exercises like this one, police officers look pretty cool as they use ropes and harnesses to repel from the side of a building. This cop requested from his buddy to capture a cool photo of him for his Instagram. Little did he know, however, that his friend was about to capture an incredibly embarrassing moment as his belt gave way and his pants ended up around his ankles while he dangled there and all of his comrades laughed hysterically.
Bustin’ A Move
This police officer is breaking all of the preconceived notions that cops don’t know how to have fun. There’s really no better time to practice those dance moves for that upcoming wedding than while directing traffic in the middle of a busy intersection. This groovy cop doesn’t even need music to bust out his best moves. He even incorporates his dancing into his traffic directing, leaving drivers smiling from ear to ear while also keeping them safe and preventing accidents.
Running On Empty
Sometimes when duty calls, police officers simply need to drop everything and get to the scene of the crime before it’s too late. That is exactly what happened to car number 1801, featured in this photo. The officer driving this car was in the middle of refueling when he got the call and needed to jump into action. Without even removing the gas pump from his tank, he put the pedal to the medal and ended up ripping out the entire hose.
The Flippin Police
Perpetrators beware. The Flippin Police are on patrol, and they are not to be messed with. Some consider the Flippin Police to be one of the most hardcore police departments in the entire country and for good reason. In just two years they’ve completely transformed their county into a virtually crime-free area. Their use of extreme and sometimes questionable tactics has struck fear into the hearts of any criminal or perpetrator who dares to cross paths with the Flippin Police.
Using satellite navigation can be so frustrating these days. One second you’re taking a shortcut along a beautiful winding mountain road, and you’re making great time on the way to your cousin’s wedding. The next second you discover that your over-trust in technology has backfired and brought you to a road that doesn’t actually exist. You now need to back-track and give up precious hours. You show up in the middle of the ceremony, and your cousin never forgives you. Thanks a lot, Google Maps.
We’re Going To Need A Bigger Cop Car
Nothing can ruin a police officer’s day like having to arrest a giant. This unlucky cop probably needed stilts just to pat down this over-sized human. He was then given the challenging task of needing to cram this extra large gentleman into the back of his cop car. While the vehicle may have the word “equipped” written along the left side, we seriously doubt that it was truly equipped to arrest a perpetrator who happened to be bigger than the car itself.
Do You Know Who I Am?
Yet again, Bruce Wayne forgot to renew his license plates on the bat-mobile. On top of his expired plates, Batman also had a tail-light out. This just goes to prove that even if you happen to be a millionaire vigilante superhero and savior of Gotham City, it still doesn’t make you exempt from following basic traffic laws and regulations. The Dark Knight will definitely think again before leaving his mansion to fight crime without double checking his bat-mobile for violations.
This cop chases down criminals the only way he knows how- using his 4-year-old niece’s bike. We know what you’re thinking and don’t worry he always takes the training wheels off before each shift. When he’s not fighting crime, this officer spends his free time playing with his collection of Barbie Dolls, inviting the neighbors over for tea parties with his stuffed animals, and watching Disney’s Frozen on repeat as he sings along to every word of “Let It Go.”
An Apeeling Weapon
The Mexican police department suffered some pretty serious budget cuts this past year. In addition to replacing all weapons with bananas, they’ve also swapped out tear gas canisters with oranges, handcuffs with silly string, and police dogs with guinea pigs. While it is still too early to say what kind of impact these changes will have on the crime rate in Mexico, experts predict that these changes will certainly have some serious consequences for police departments all across the nation.
This police force is taking a very different approach to tackling the issue of drivers operating vehicles while under the influence. Instead of demanding they drive sober, or requesting that they find a designated driver, these cops are doing exactly the opposite. Studies have proven time and time again that, when people are told what to do, more often than not, they will do the opposite. These daring cops decided to put this theory of reverse psychology to the test.
The Best Parking Spot In The Department
This Thomasville police officer is the most efficient worker in the whole department and has won officer of the month for three months straight. His secret has to with not wasting a single minute of the day. Some of his favorite time-saving techniques include shaving and brushing his teeth in the shower, laying out his clothes the night before, working through his lunch break, and, last but not least, driving his car straight into his office to avoid wasting time parking.
You are obviously not supposed to drink and drive. But, looks like this young driver here did just that. She thought she could just flaunt the law and escape justice, however, the long arm of the law caught up with her.
We wonder what she drank? Milk? We’re sure that the judge would punish her severely for that. While it’s not easy to be a cop, we kinda hope to see more photos like this.
Just Another Day in Montreal
What happens when the police want to go on a protest? Well, they can’t really stop working, because you know, it’s the police. Instead, they just refuse to wear their ordinary uniform and put on these ludicrous pants.
We wonder if criminals still took them seriously, because we wouldn’t and just walk away with our stolen candy. We’re joking, of course — but, as it seems, they definitely do things differently there in Canada.
Supporting the Community
We guess that this is one of the brighter aspects of police work. It’s easy to forget that apart from fighting crime, cops have a really important part in keeping the community together.
They don’t work against it as they are part of it. So, what’s better than showing support if not by encouraging these runners? Unless they’re running away from the police, of course. Somehow, though, we don’t think that’s the case here.
Arrested in Style
This picture was taken by a random stranger who spotted this female police officer in a local grocery shop. She asked the female police officer what’s the deal with those pink handcuffs.
She said that they come in all kinds of colors, but she prefers using the pink ones when arresting male suspects. Does anyone have a problem with this? If you do, we just wish to remind you that you have the right to remain silent, because anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
There’s something about kids, especially boys, and being fascinated by the police force. This seems to be one of those heartwarming cases. Sometimes, all you have to do to make a kid’s day is give him a tour of the local police station, or just do as these men did — pretend that you’re under the control of the Force.
Looks like this little Darth Vader here is having the time of his life with these two bobbies! We’re glad they went along with it. This is a super endearing photo, after all.
Cars: Police Edition
Looks like someone there was really enthusiastic about Pixar’s Cars, and also happened to have some pretty good snow drawing skills. Do you honestly think it’s that easy to just stick a finger in the cold snow and create something out of it?
Well, we hate to break it to you but it’s not. The anonymous artist gets 10 points for accomplishing this — plus two additional points if they’re a cop.
Every good cop knows that the best way to solve a crime is to carefully follow the trail of evidence. One piece of evidence often leads to another and all the way to the perpetrator.
In this case, this trail of evidence was a false one. Made of doughnuts, it led the unsuspecting cop to a trap! He was lucky to be saved by his fellow police officers.
Sometimes, criminals escape justice, despite the best efforts of everyone involved in the law enforcement agencies. However, when things like this happen, it fills our hearts with pride and joy.
This is justice in its purest form. Why waste a good (and fancy) vehicle simply because it was used by a criminal? Now, they’re putting it to good use. This is the true meaning of law enforcement and saving local taxpayers’ money.
If you’ve ever watched Game of Thrones, you probably remember a character called “The Mountain.” This tall police officer reminded us of him. If you were thinking about committing a crime, you might want to reconsider.
We certainly wouldn’t want to be detained by this big guy. Although, if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that size can be misleading. Who knows? Maybe this female police officer is the one you should be more worried about.
Fasten Your Seatbelt
If you get caught for not wearing your seatbelt while driving, perhaps you should wear it when you’re being taken to the precinct. As it seems, this person didn’t learn their lesson and left an imprint of their face on the headrest.
Maybe they didn’t want to give their fingerprints so they thought that an imprint of their face would be good enough? In any case, we hope it didn’t hurt too much.
If you’re familiar with the police force, you probably know that they have a special unit called K-9 — or the canine unit. They use these dogs in a variety of ways. You can bet that these four-legged cops know what they do.
They certainly help fight crime. It doesn’t mean that you can’t share some happy moments with them. After all, when they’re off duty, they act like any other dog. This means you can hang around with them in the park or play fetch.
Normally, a dog owner would report a missing dog — but, what about the other way around? This is clearly the case here. This doggo lost sight of his owner, exactly 12 seconds ago, and he came to the precinct to report that his beloved owner is missing.
We bet that a cat wouldn’t even notice if its owner went missing, assuming that it recognizes you as its owner in the first place.
Training a police dog is similar to training a police officer. They both start off as cadets in the police academy, then they go through a rigorous training process, and ultimately become an integral part of the police force.
The problem with police pups is that they’re easily fooled, and can’t be really much of use. We have to admit, though, that they’re very fluffy and cute. Too bad that won’t help the police force stop criminals.
This is actually very noble of our trusted police force. This pigeon built its nest inside a cop car. So, instead of shooing it away and clearing the nest, they just marked off the area and let her be.
Isn’t it just sweet and heartwarming? This once more shows that there are brighter aspects to the mundane police work. Who said it’s all about catching criminals? Sometimes, you get to do things for animals too.
Caught on Camera
If you’re interacting with a cop, under no circumstances should you just ditch everything and run away — even if you’re innocent. Chances are that you will get yourself into a lot more trouble than you already are.
This cop picked up the suspect’s phone and uploaded a selfie of himself, advising him to come to the local police station to reclaim it. We’re thinking that he’ll let the cops just have it…
Laying Down The Law
As comfortable as that grass looks, we can’t help but wonder if maybe there was a better place for this law enforcement officer to catch a quick power nap. He was so tired, apparently, that he didn’t even have time to prop up his motorcycle along the side of the road. Meanwhile, his partner, rather than bringing him to a bed, decides that now is the perfect opportunity to send their buddies a funny photo of his partner sleeping on the job.
What do Superman, Spiderman and Cat Woman all have in common? A jail cell. These superheroes found themselves in some trouble after the annual Superheroes Ball in Venice Beach. What initially began as a night of laughing, dancing, and mingling between the Marvel and DC colleagues, quickly escalated when Captain America started flirting with Superman’s date. The heroes, along with their posses, decided to settle their differences out back. When the cops showed up, Captain America fled, leaving these three to face the consequences.
Tired Of Driving
Just in case stealing the wheels off of any old car wasn’t risky enough, some daredevil decided to take it to the next level and steal the wheels of a local police car. Maybe the thief just needed some spare cash, or maybe they just wanted to pull an epic prank. In either case, it’s safe to say that this officer won’t be taking part in any high-speed chases down the freeway anytime soon thanks to this culprit.
Dozing Off On-Duty
While crime may never sleep, police officers certainly do. Even the toughest of law enforcers can get hit at any moment with an aggressive case of the Mondays. This particular cop was just about to finish her lunch break when she was blindsided by a bout of extreme weariness. Just as she was getting ready to leave her bench, she began to feel her eyelids getting heavier and heavier. She tried to fight it, but the forces of exhaustion were just too much for her.
Once again, relying on GPS has led someone astray. This poor driver was on the way to his son’s baseball game at the local high school when his Google Maps instructed him to take a sudden sharp right turn. The unlucky owner of the red sedan noticed he was no longer on the road but was hoping to make it to the bottom of the staircase before anyone saw. Unfortunately, two officers just happened to be directing traffic at an intersection nearby.