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The Bigfoot (not pictured) captured by the trail camera turned out to be a black bear.
flickr user Robert Emperley / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

A recent photo from Michigan flew around the internet: a trail cam photo showing the rear end of a big, dark-furred "something or another."

See it below:

Some believed the big critter was a Bigfoot, until a second photo from the same trail cam showed it was in fact a bear.

But that is not deterring the quest to find and photograph a Bigfoot - or, if you will, Sasquatch.

Rylee, a 10 month Belgian Malinois made her way back to her family.
screen grab from Associated Press video / Associated Press

These stories always amaze me. They're like a little window into a world we barely understand: how animals interpret and navigate the world around us.

Word of Rylee's feat is making the rounds as news agencies pick up on what happened over the weekend.

Rylee, a 10-month-old Belgian Malinois, was lost overboard in Lake Michigan this past Sunday.

I’ve been covering politics for a long time, and inevitably, in every election year, amid the high drama and low insults, something happens that is just plain silly.

This year, as you may have noticed, has not been a typical presidential election in any way, shape or form. But what you might call the "Trumpville Follies" is not the only contender for what you might call the "Eugene Ionesco Prize for Best Real Example of the Theater of the Absurd."

Brett Masserant
Courtesy of Brett Masserant

What's the most number of push-ups you've ever done?

No matter what your answer, you're got nothing on Brett Masserant of Utica.

Last Sunday, Masserant attempted to set two Guinness World Records: one for the most push-ups in one hour, and then for the most push-ups in eight hours.

Masserant pounded out 2,268 push-ups in the first hour, and in the following seven hours brought that total to 13,186.

In 2008, the American Dialect Society voted the "recombobulation area" in the Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee as the most creative word of the year.
http://bit.ly/1rFrzRK / Flickr - http://bit.ly/1rFrzRK

Are there words in your vocabulary that make you wonder how they got there? We posed that question on social media and asked our listeners what strange words and phrases they would like to know the origin of.

Luckily for us, University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan was nearby to help. She studies linguistics and the history of the English language and is the host of That's What They Say.

Some of the submissions from our listeners include cattywampus, kitty corner, the whole nine yards and more. Some of our listeners have gone through the award-winning "recombobulation area" in Milwaukee

Tracy Samilton / Michigan Radio

I was still getting my bearings after arriving in Havana, when I spotted a chicken wandering the street. Nobody was chasing it with a frying pan. It seemed sure of itself, as if it considered itself no different from the human passersby. 

Mercedes Mejia / Michigan Radio

When President Obama announced a resumption of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba in the fall of 2014, we kept our eyes and ears open for possible Michigan-Cuban stories to tell.

It didn’t take long to discover there are quite a few.  The Michigan Agribusiness Association has been wooing Cuban officials for years now, hoping to sell Michigan-grown produce in a new market.  You want black beans, Cuba?  We got your black beans in Michigan.

A Minute with Mike
Vic Reyes

 

Although Old Man Winter is still huffing some gray skies and cold air at us, for many of us Michiganeers this week marks the official start of summer.

Why?

(sound of bat cracking and crowd)

That’s right, the start of the Detroit Tigers 2016 season.  I’m willing to bet,most of you might make at least one annual pilgrimage to a Tigers’ game. And given that this state is known for its motor vehicles, you’ll need to find a place to park.

Which leads me to my warning: Unlike baseball, the rule book for street parking in Detroit isn’t quite clear.

Workers in Holland applying a special ice to the tulip beds.
YouTube screen grab / City of Holland

Early tulip blooms have hampered the annual Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan in past years.

Sometimes it gets so bad that locals simply call it "Stemfest."

This year's festival is being held from May 7 through May 14, and the city of Holland has come up with a way to guarantee that visitors will be greeted with vibrant petals.

Watch below:

Jeff Daniels and Stephen Colbert on "Community Calendar."
YouTube - screenshot

It wasn't quite Between Two Ferns, but Jeff Daniels and Stephen Colbert did sit beside a fern-like plant when delivering Chelsea, Michigan's "Community Calendar."

Check out a rundown of Chelsea's March events below:

Tattoo artist Carrie Metz-Caporusso applies her first Flint tattoo of the day.
Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

Carrie Metz-Caporusso had an idea: Use her skills to create a one-day fundraiser for the people in Flint.

She came up with a tattoo design to represent the drinking water crisis in Flint, posted her plan on Facebook, and waited for folks to show up.

Watch what happened below:

Mike Perini / Michigan Radio

As people across the nation celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, many a Michigander will celebrate what some folks endearingly call Pączki (poonch-KEY) Day by eating a mega-calorie packing deep-fried Polish doughnut.

Over the past few decades, Michigan lost more residents than any other state. That means thousands of our kind relocated to a metro-area which may be lacking a Polish-American population, and therefore, lacking places to purchase a precious Pączki.

Community Vibe: A visit to Hell (Michigan)

Jan 13, 2016
Emily Fox / Michigan Radio

Go to Hell.

Michigan Radio's Emily Fox did, as part of our Community Vibe series, where we're exploring one interesting thing about different towns across the state.

Emily takes us now to Hell Michigan, to meet the leading hellion of the village. 


All Things Considered host Jennifer White is leaving Michigan Radio for WBEZ.
Michigan Radio

Changes are coming to what you hear on Michigan Radio later this month.  

Host Changes

Jennifer White, Michigan Radio’s All Things Considered  host, has announced that she will be leaving the station later this month.

Manspreading, presser, vape on 2015 list of Banished Words

Dec 31, 2015
Gabrielle Emanuel / Michigan Radio

So, Lake Superior State University has started a conversation with stakeholders of the English language.

The university has identified problematic words that are breaking the Internet and ruining the Queen’s English.

In a tradition that dates back more than four decades, the university picked words that are misused, overused or generally useless.

Tom Pink, who helped selected 13 banned words from over 2,000 submissions, says ‘so’ was the most nominated word on this year's list.

The biggest Environment Report stories of the year

Dec 30, 2015
Kalamazoo Valley Bird Observatory

About 44 feet below the surface of the water, 12 miles northeast of Sandusky in western Lake Erie

The Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE) discovered the wreck on August 28th. It was believed to be a vessel called the Argo that sank in 1937.

Ali Lapetina / Michigan Radio Detroit Journalism Cooperative

It's been just over a year since Detroit emerged from bankruptcy. As 2015 draws to a close, it will be the first full post-bankruptcy year for Detroit.

For city residents, life continues. Some city services have improved, many people are optimistic about the city's future, and some people see no difference at all.

We asked photographer Ali Lapetina to take her camera all over the city in a single day, and shoot pictures from before sunrise until after sunset.

Our most popular Stateside stories this year

Dec 28, 2015

Do you say Meijer or Meijer’s?

A lot of us have a real habit of adding that possessive "s" to a store or company’s name. Is it just a Michigan thing?

Is it art or just a mess? You had a few thoughts.

Carson Brown wants to make people think critically about what he calls the American landscape, and he’s not talking about mountains and vistas.

What it takes to make snow when nature's not cooperating

Dec 24, 2015
Paula Friedrich / Michigan Radio

Artificial snowmaking is a complicated process, but it's one that's important to ski resorts this year as Michigan's weather stays balmy.

While it's possible to go really granular in explaining how snow guns work (everything from humidity to water pressure can change when snow can be made), it boils down to four basic "ingredients."

Click through the slideshow at the top for your snowmaking basics.

The magic of kayaking on freezing water

Dec 17, 2015
Tamar Charney

During the summer, cars with kayaks or canoes on top are a common site. But even in the winter – when you'd expect to see skis – you can sometimes spot a kayak on the roof rack. One of those kayak-toting cars of winter is mine.

There's nothing wrong with kayaking in the summer. I do it all the time, though some weekends it's hard to escape the hordes of drunk tubers on the river or the throngs of pontoon boats on the lake.

Winter kayaking is a whole different scene.

A Minute with Mike: Move the Holidays

Dec 16, 2015
Vic Reyes

Even if you're a devout atheist, the end of December can be quite stressful. There's a lot of expectations to fulfill in a limited amount of time.

 

Jim Harbaugh pleads his case. Michigan's head coach first arrived in Ann Arbor as a kid in 1973.
MGoBlog / Flickr - http://michrad.io/1LXrdJM

At a recent press conference, Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh was asked how he was preparing his team for the upcoming games with Penn State and Ohio State.

Harbaugh responded that he coaches them like it's playoff football: If you win, you get to keep playing.

He likened the games to the pick-up basketball games he played at Pattengill Elementary in Ann Arbor.

The "Holy Quintet" in Detroit.
Kevin Fox / Fox Photography

Halloween is Saturday, but that won’t stop people from dressing up early.

Youmacon kicks off in Detroit today.

It’s the biggest anime, gaming, and comic convention in the state. The event is in its 11th year, and – along with a lot of other “cons” around the state – it continue to grow.

The popularity of these conventions piqued Lorraine Schleter’s curiosity, so she posted her question to MI Curious:

Rachel Titiriga / Flickr

A bump in the night, a creaky floor in the attic, a scuffling sound across the room…. The causes?  Maybe the house is settling, a strong wind, a small rodent, or maybe the sounds came from an unknown realm or even, the other side.

Samantha Harris is the founder of the Michigan Paranormal Research Association, based in the Traverse City area. After an “encounter” at an early age, Harris has dedicated herself to researching and documenting the unknown. She has experience with hauntings and dealing with “entities.”

My relationship with VW just isn't the same anymore

Oct 12, 2015
Even the view from my panoramic sunroof isn't helping.
Bruce Berrien / Flickr - http://michrad.io/1LXrdJM

I found my Jetta Sportswagen TDI in 2013.

I bought the car after extensive research, and it was exactly what I needed -- roomy but sporty, solid construction, room in the back for my dogs, excellent safety ratings, and the sweet, sweet gas-mileage-and-carbon-footprint cherry on top of that automotive sundae.

I was seduced. I "spreche die Deutsch."

The last couple of years I have raved to friends and family about my Jetta -- how I can drive to Chicago and back on one tank of gas. I loved how impressed my friends were by the panoramic sunroof.

Even my parents liked this car.

What's your favorite apple? Honeycrisp, by far

Oct 8, 2015
Paula Friedrich / Michigan RAdio

We asked, you answered: Honeycrisp is the best apple. If we're being real, it wasn't much of a contest. Almost 50% of you voted for the Honeycrisp in our poll for "'Best Apple to Eat." 

A clear showing of Michigan's refined culinary palette--Honeycrisp apples are known to be kind of a "diva" to grow. 

The winning numbers were sold in Michigan.
Powerball / screen grab

The winning ticket to a $310.5 million Powerball jackpot was sold in a small town in southwestern Michigan.

Michigan Lottery officials are urging the winner to step forward. The jackpot can be paid over 30 years or the winner can choose a lump sum of about $197 million before taxes.

Part of a polished Petoskey stone.
Michelle Pemberton / Wikimedia Commons

Tim O'Brien might be regretting the fact that he talked to reporters about the 93-pound Petoskey stone he found near Northport, Michigan.

The Grand Rapids Press story on his haul was the "most read" thing on MLive this morning.

And the stone continued to build momentum on Twitter:

The Friends of the Historic Masonic Temple / https://www.facebook.com/bcwizardfest?fref=ts

Grab your wizard's hat and wand, Bay City is the place to be this weekend.

It's the first-ever Wizard Fest, A Harry Potter Fan Festival running this Friday through Sunday around Bay City.

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