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The happiest place on earth might be in Anaheim, California, or Orlando, Florida, or wherever you might happen across hundreds of knockoff wax Disney figures, each stuffed with about a pound of crystallized ice methamphetamine.

"This is a family-based theme, a Disney theme," DEA Atlanta Special Agent in Charge Robert Murphy told Atlanta's Fox 5, "but there's nothing good about what this would do to any family if this hit the street." We couldn't have put it better ourselves.

Teacher Arrested for Classroom 'Fight Club'

Some stories just leave you shaking your head -- like news about Bill Cosby or anything recent involving Lindsay Lohan. And things take a special turn when the story involves teachers behaving badly or children getting hurt.

After a series of events that combines both, a former substitute math teacher has been arrested and charged for essentially supervising a classroom "fight club." It's hard to see what a fight club has to do with math, but at least the teacher can use his skills to add up the amount of jail time he's facing if convicted.

We trust our doctors with a lot of personal information and a lot of power. And when they tell us they're going to use 85 percent of our husband's sperm and 15 percent of a donor's sperm for an artificial insemination procedure, we tend to believe them. The only problem, it would seem, is that there are now affordable DNA registry sites like, Ancestry.com, where we can find out that our doctor instead used all of his own sperm to impregnate us, knew the child that was subsequently born was his biological daughter, and never revealed that fact.

And that's when we sue.

In-N-Out Seeks Restraining Order Against YouTube Prankster

Some people will do anything for 15 minutes of internet fame. Much of it is harmless, some completely reckless, and some just sort of annoying. A 27-year-old YouTube prankster is finding out that occasionally stunts can also get you into legal trouble. In-N-Out Burger is seeking a restraining order against the YouTube star after a series of pranks inside two of their L.A. restaurants.

Man Gets DUI for Riding a Horse on a Freeway

Everyone knows that you can get arrested for driving a car under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. But, even though DUI stands for "driving under the influence," you can actually get a DUI for "driving" things other than cars as well. For example, the police recently arrested a man for a DUI because he was riding his horse on a Southern California freeway.

The man was arrested after failing a field sobriety test, and had a blood-alcohol level of more than double the legal limit in California, according to CHP. Interestingly enough, this isn't the first time a person has been arrested for a DUI while riding a horse.

Psychic Pleads Guilty to Scamming People

Psychics are supposed to know what's coming, that's why people go to them, after all. But it seems that one psychic in Maryland didn't see her arrest coming. Gina Marie Marks, who used the name Natalie Miller when conducting business, was arrested at Miami International Airport and has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of felony theft. She now faces up to 6 years in prison for scamming $340,000 out of her clients.

Landlord Caught on Camera Drinking Tenant's Liquor

Here's something that would have you questioning your roommate: coming home to find that your alcohol bottles are drained and finding puddles of urine on the floor. This is exactly what happened to a couple living in an apartment in Half Moon Bay. For months, Paul Arihara and Leina Sarafina would notice their alcohol bottles getting lower and would smell urine. At first, Arihara blamed Sarafina for secretly drinking the liquor and her dogs for the smell of urine. But, after her denials, the couple decided to set up cameras to record their apartment while they weren't home.

Colorado legalized it, to a degree. It might be legal to consume marijuana and even grow a little of your own. Trading four pounds of "homegrown black market" weed for a sheriff's SUV on Craigslist?

Not so much.

A delivered package mysteriously going missing from your doorstep is a real problem. CNBC reports that 10 percent of us will be victims of package theft, which will only increase during the holiday season. And while we could take precautionary measures like having packages delivered to our workplaces or requiring signatures for delivery, where's the fun in that?

Instead, let's rig an empty box with some fishing wire and a 12-gauge shotgun blank that goes off when someone tries to steal the box.

There are all kinds of scams out there: the omnipresent grandparent scam; the finger-painting scam, so popular in the posh kindergartens these days; and, of course, the fake baby funeral scam.

And there's the classic, shoot yourself and your significant other in a faked home invasion to get settlement money from the property manager scam; an oldie, but a goodie.