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Dog survives after 4-inch BBQ skewer pierces kidney

A 9-year-old dog in the United Kingdom is lucky to be alive after swallowing a wooden kebab skewer which later pierced through her kidney.

Last month, the Yorkshire terrier Lilly began showing signs of discomfort, such as vomiting and diarrhea. She also had a fever. When her owner Norma Mackay took her to a veterinarian in Dewsbury, West Yorks, an ultrasound revealed a sharp object had pierced through one of the dog’s kidneys.

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Lilly made a swift recovery and went home the day after surgery. (SWNS)

“It was on this ultrasound scan that the stick could be seen passing through her left kidney. We were all stunned. None of us have ever encountered something like this before,” Natalie McQuire, a veterinarian who treated Lilly, told South West News Service (SWNS), a British news agency.

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The skewer can be seen in an ultrasound image. (SWNS)

The dog required surgery to remove the four-inch skewer, which she likely ate when Mackay held a barbecue roughly four weeks before Lilly fell ill. Veterinarians said the skewer passed through Lilly’s intestine, across her abdomen, and through her kidney, according to SWNS.

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The 4-inch long skewer and the pierced kidney which had to be removed. (SWNS)

“Lilly underwent surgery to remove the stick, which was found to have passed all the way through the kidney and was sticking out from either side. Unfortunately, due to the skewer’s length and the damage caused, it was not possible to save the affected kidney so this was removed at the same time,” added McQuire.

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The surgery was a success and Lilly is now recovering.

“Lilly made a fantastic recovery from her surgery. She was kept overnight on intravenous fluids to help support her remaining kidney before being sent home the following day,” McQuire said. “Her owner was as surprised as everyone else at the findings.”

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Ashley Graham embraces growing baby bump in nude video: ‘It’s a journey’

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Ashley Graham’s baby bump is growing every day, and the model shared she is learning to embrace her new shape.

The mom-to-be shared a nude video of herself on Instagram which shows off her growing belly.

“Getting bigger and bigger and trying to embrace my new body every day,” the model, 31, wrote on Monday. “It’s a journey and I’m so thankful to have such a supportive community.”

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Graham announced in August she was expecting her first child with Justin Ervin, her husband of nearly a decade.

“Nine years ago today, I married the love of my life. It has been the best journey with my favorite person in the world!” she wrote at the time. “Today, we are feeling so blessed, grateful and excited to celebrate with our GROWING FAMILY!”

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“Life is about to get even better,” she wrote, wishing her hubby a happy anniversary. Her video shows the two playfully messing around with the camera position, until her pregnant belly shows.

“Surprise!” the two say, before giggling and sharing a kiss

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Restaurant diners flee after former employee and friend return for ‘terrifying’ rampage: ‘Glass everywhere’

Two women in southern California were recently busted for vandalizing a restaurant where one of the offenders used to work. The former employee allegedly used a bat to bash a television, table settings and plates, causing thousands of dollars in damages.

On Oct. 5, around 1:30 p.m., Passion Shenay Coleman and Laglennda Damona Carr allegedly entered the Maggiano’s Little Italy in Costa Mesa, wearing face paint and sweatshirts with the hoods “pulled tight in an effort to conceal their faces,” the Orange County Register and KTVI reported.

Coleman, 27, and Carr, 24, surprised lunch patrons with yelling and “disruptive” behavior as they caused mayhem, according to KTVI. Coleman, a former employee, is said to have smashed the TV and dishware with a bat. Both women were described as “swinging wildly,” the Register reported.

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Laglennda Damona Carr (pictured left) and Passion Shenay Coleman (pictured right) were arrested on Oct. 5 for allegedly vandalizing a Costa Mesa restaurant.  (Costa Mesa Police Department  )

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“Panic hit the place,” witness Robert Christiansen told the outlet. “Personally, this was one step from them having a gun and going off in the place. This person was completely unhinged, just lost it.”

Christiansen claimed that at one point, he and his wife Kim heard one of the women shout “I’m not good enough? Take that,” as she vandalized the restaurant.

“There was glass everywhere,” he went on, adding that it was “terrifying” to see everyone in Maggiano’s so afraid.

The Register reported that Coleman and Carr went on to smash the bar, where a small fire soon ignited – though it remains unclear if the flames were intentionally set or simply a by-product of the damage.

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No Maggiano’s staffers or patrons were injured during the rampage, the Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) said in a statement.

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On Oct. 5, around 1:30 p.m., Passion Shenay Coleman and Laglennda Damona Carr allegedly entered the Maggiano’s Little Italy in Costa Mesa, pictured, before wreaking havoc. (Google Maps)

Christiansen praised the Maggiano’s employees’ composure in handling the situation.

“They were amazing, they took care of everybody and got them outside quickly,” he told the Register.

Law enforcement officials soon arrived and stopped Coleman and Carr from fleeing the scene in a car. Both women were detained and eventually booked into jail on suspicion of assault with a criminal threat, felony vandalism, burglary, and felony conspiracy to commit crimes, according to the CMPD statement.

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Coleman was treated at a local hospital for cuts on her hands and booked into jail on a $500,000 bail. She was also hit with a misdemeanor warrant for a suspended license. Carr’s bail, meanwhile, was set at $25,000.

Two hours earlier, around 11:40 a.m., Coleman is said to have entered the same Maggiano’s location, making criminal threats and throwing a plate at an employee before fleeing. The restaurant worker called the police to report the incident, though Coleman could not be located at the time, the CMPD release said.

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Jana Kramer, Mike Caussin reveal marriage troubles after she found a woman had sent him a topless photo

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Jana Kramer and Mike Caussin revealed that their marriage is in a tough spot after she discovered an unknown woman sent him a topless photo.

In the latest episode of her podcast, “Whine Down with Jana Kramer,” the couple told the story in detail. Caussin, a recovering sex addict, revealed that he received a topless photo on Oct. 5 from a woman he says he doesn’t know. The former NFL player deleted the text, but Kramer found it on his Apple Watch.

During the podcast episode, Kramer still seems unclear as to whether or not she believes Caussin, given his history of cheating on her.

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“I saw it, and … my heart just fell. I was like, it’s here. It’s happened again. I’m such a f—ing idiot … Like, how is this happening again?” she said (via Us Weekly). “I don’t want to live this kind of life. We just moved into this beautiful house, and we had our second kid, and we fought so hard. Why is this happening again?”

The couple separated in 2016 after she found out about his infidelity, but they renewed their vows in 2017. In March, Kramer revealed that Caussin had a relapse in 2018. Although he said at the time that he never had sex outside the marriage after being caught in 2016, the incident colored her opinion of their current situation.

“Whether he ends up meeting with someone or not … That last relapse, he almost did, and I was going to sign the papers,” she explained. “So it’s like, he gets even close to the fire, and I’m gone. I’m like, does he not know that and realize that and love our family enough?”

In the uncomfortable episode, Kramer explains that she can’t trust her husband because he’s successfully lied to her in the past.

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“So I’m kinda caught in this weird, like, what do I believe? Was it just a fluke? I don’t know,” she said. “So I’m like, do I keep asking for signs, or are these my signs to f—ing get out of Dodge? Sorry, this is just really fresh.”

Caussin acknowledged his mistake in deleting the text, noting that Kramer finding something like that can be “extremely triggering” given his past behavior.

“It’s just one of those things that’s just difficult to navigate. It’s beyond hurtful to see Jana hurt and upset and feel things that she feels because of the things I’ve done in the past.”

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The podcast ends with Kramer saying she can’t yet look at her husband. However, she took to Instagram on Monday to give a small update on life after the very raw episode aired.

“Today is a tough one. Our podcast episode that aired this morning was one we almost didn’t let air at all,” Kramer wrote over a selfie of herself in bed. “Up until a day ago mike and I wanted to pull the episode completely and just not have an episode for today because it was that heavy for us.”

She continued: “The thing though is because Mike and I work together the show must go on and I realize we can’t just cancel things because we are in a bad spot. So instead I put my big girl pants on and started to record with mike after a very long and intense 24hours of not talking to each other.”

She explained that they eventually decided to release the episode in the hopes that their communication on the matter would help other couples going through something similar. She concluded her caption with an update on how they’re doing with the photo drama.

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“Because the podcast didn’t end great…today we are good, and have grown stronger from it. See that’s the thing, if you’re both willing to fight you can get stronger on the other side,” Kramer wrote.

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‘Pregnant’ woman has 6-inch, 3-pound mass removed from uterus

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A Chinese woman whose friends thought she might be pregnant due to her swollen abdomen and sudden weight gain recently had a 6-inch, 3-pound growth removed from her uterus. The woman, identified as “Ms. Shi,” said she checked into Yangzhou Maternity and Child Health Care Hospital last month for her symptoms, which included heavy menstrual periods and dizziness.

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The woman had experienced heavy bleeding and weight gain over the last several months. (AsiaWire)

“I gained weight and everyone thought I was pregnant,” the 38-year-old told AsiaWire.

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An examination and scans revealed a ball-shaped growth taking up space in her uterus, which was causing the swelling and her other symptoms.

“The tumor was so big it made her seem like she was five or six months pregnant,” Dr. Huang JingBing told AsiaWire. “It was about [6 inches] across, and weighed over [3 pounds].”

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She said her friends assumed she was pregnant, but it wasn’t until she started experiencing dizziness that she sought medical attention. (AsiaWire)

Huang and his team removed the mass and said Shi should not experience any long-term complications.

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While unusual, uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths in the uterus that range in size and can distort or enlarge the uterus. Symptoms may include heavy menstrual bleeding, longer menstrual periods, pelvic pressure, frequent urination, difficulty emptying bladder, constipation, and backache or leg pain, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Ovarian tumors are the result of abnormal cell growth. Benign tumors are slow-growing and do not spread to other parts of the body, but their exact cause is not always known, according to the University of Colorado’s department of gynecologic oncology. Treatment typically involves surgical removal, and fertility is often unaffected, although most commonly occur in women of childbearing age.

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Ecuador’s government flees capital as violent protests erupt in wake of fuel price hikes

Ecuador’s president is accusing his political rivals of trying to orchestrate a coup this week after violent protests tied to rising fuel prices forced his government to relocate away from the country’s capital.

Officials say about 350 people have been detained so far for blocking traffic, interrupting public services or attacking police following President Lenín Moreno’s decision to end government subsidies that have been keeping fuel prices down. Moreno says the subsidies have cost the government heavily in recent years and dropped them in a bid to stimulate Ecuador’s economy, but scenes coming out of Quito showed protesters throwing stones and marching through the streets in response.

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Indigenous anti-government protesters who traveled from their communities arrive on foot to Quito, Ecuador, on Monday. (AP)

“[This] is not a protest of social dissatisfaction faced with a government decision but the looting, vandalism and violence show there is an organized political motive to destabilize the government,” the embattled leader said during a televised address Monday, according to The Guardian.

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He went on to accuse political rivals of attempting a coup and joining in on the protests but did not provide any evidence. Moreno also said he moved his government from Quito to Guayaquil for the time being.

Crowds in Quito on Monday broke into the comptroller general’s office and vandalized the National Assembly building in what its Congress described afterward as an “attempt to take over the seat of parliament,” The Guardian reported.

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Protesters cover from tear gas behind a banner which says “Out Lenin,” during an anti-government protest in Quito, Ecuador, on Monday. (AP)

The protests also resulted in the death of one man who was struck by a car, the newspaper added, citing Ecuador’s government.

Moreno’s announcement last week to end the subsidies doubled the price of diesel overnight and sharply raised gasoline prices. It initially triggered a strike by transport workers that ended a few days later, but clashes involving youths and also members of Ecuador’s indigenous communities have kept up pressure on the government.

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Soldiers work to remove a boulder place there by protesters to block the Simon Bolivar highway in Quito, Ecuador, on Monday. (AP)

The government says economic paralysis from the street protests is costing the country $70 million a day, a situation that is likely to fuel public dissatisfaction the longer it continues. In addition to the elimination of the subsidies, Moreno has announced labor reforms meant to help stimulate the economy.

The widespread unrest reflects a sense of alienation among many people who were already suffering economic hardship. Economic problems in Ecuador stem from the high public indebtedness Moreno inherited from the 2007-2017 administration of President Rafael Correa.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ecuador’s government flees capital as violent protests erupt in wake of fuel price hikes

Ecuador’s president is accusing his political rivals of trying to orchestrate a coup this week after violent protests tied to rising fuel prices forced his government to relocate away from the country’s capital.

Officials say about 350 people have been detained so far for blocking traffic, interrupting public services or attacking police following President Lenín Moreno’s decision to end government subsidies that have been keeping fuel prices down. Moreno says the subsidies have cost the government heavily in recent years and dropped them in a bid to stimulate Ecuador’s economy, but scenes coming out of Quito showed protesters throwing stones and marching through the streets in response.

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Indigenous anti-government protesters who traveled from their communities arrive on foot to Quito, Ecuador, on Monday. (AP)

“[This] is not a protest of social dissatisfaction faced with a government decision but the looting, vandalism and violence show there is an organized political motive to destabilize the government,” the embattled leader said during a televised address Monday, according to The Guardian.

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He went on to accuse political rivals of attempting a coup and joining in on the protests but did not provide any evidence. Moreno also said he moved his government from Quito to Guayaquil for the time being.

Crowds in Quito on Monday broke into the comptroller general’s office and vandalized the National Assembly building in what its Congress described afterward as an “attempt to take over the seat of parliament,” The Guardian reported.

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Protesters cover from tear gas behind a banner which says “Out Lenin,” during an anti-government protest in Quito, Ecuador, on Monday. (AP)

The protests also resulted in the death of one man who was struck by a car, the newspaper added, citing Ecuador’s government.

Moreno’s announcement last week to end the subsidies doubled the price of diesel overnight and sharply raised gasoline prices. It initially triggered a strike by transport workers that ended a few days later, but clashes involving youths and also members of Ecuador’s indigenous communities have kept up pressure on the government.

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Soldiers work to remove a boulder place there by protesters to block the Simon Bolivar highway in Quito, Ecuador, on Monday. (AP)

The government says economic paralysis from the street protests is costing the country $70 million a day, a situation that is likely to fuel public dissatisfaction the longer it continues. In addition to the elimination of the subsidies, Moreno has announced labor reforms meant to help stimulate the economy.

The widespread unrest reflects a sense of alienation among many people who were already suffering economic hardship. Economic problems in Ecuador stem from the high public indebtedness Moreno inherited from the 2007-2017 administration of President Rafael Correa.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mysterious ‘cosmic web’ that sticks the universe together pictured for first time

The cosmic web responsible for ‘gluing’ the far-flung galaxies of the universe together has been directly observed for the first time ever.

Scientists using the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope were able to spot an ancient cluster of galaxies 12 billion light-years away that are linked together by a network of gas filaments.

The cosmic web theory is central to current explanations of how the universe formed after the Big Bang.

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However, until this observation, there had only been indirect evidence to suggest it existed.

Prof Michele Fumagalli, an astrophysicist at Durham University and co-author of the work, said: “It is very exciting to clearly see for the first time multiple and extended filaments in the early universe.

“We finally have a way to map these structures directly and to understand in detail their role in regulating the formation of supermassive black holes and galaxies.”

The research team were able to directly detect the web by using intensive equipment designed to pick up the faintest of structures.

Galaxy clusters are known for being the most tightly gravitationally-bound structures in the universe.

They can contain hundreds of thousands of galaxies.

It has been predicted that 60% of the hydrogen created during the Big Bang can be seen as long filaments strung out across space in the cosmic web.

By mapping out some of the light emitted by hydrogen within a galaxy cluster called SSA22, the team were able to identify individual filaments of gas that make up a web-like structure between galaxies.

Erika Hamden, an astrophysicist at the University of Arizona said: “These observations of the faintest, largest structures in the universe are a key to understanding how our universe evolved through time, how galaxies grow and mature, and how the changing environments around galaxies created what we see around us.”

It is thought that the cosmic web is the scaffolding of the cosmos and provides the framework for galaxies to form and evolve.

The latest observations support this theory by revealing supermassive black holes, starbursting galaxies and lots of active stars all at the intersections between the filaments.

First author of the research Hideki Umehata said: “This suggests very strongly that gas falling along the filaments under the force of gravity triggers the formation of starbursting galaxies and supermassive black holes, giving the universe the structure that we see today.”

The cosmic web has been observed before but only as short blobs of gas beyond galaxies.

Umehata noted: “Now we have been able to clearly show that these filaments are extremely long, going even beyond the edge of the field that we viewed.

“This adds credence to the idea that these filaments are actually powering the intense activity that we see within the galaxies inside the filaments.”

The findings have been published in the journal Science.

This story originally appeared in The Sun.

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NASA: Ancient Mars oasis could have supported life

NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered evidence of an oasis on Mars more than 3 billion years ago, leaving scientists to wonder whether the Red Planet was capable of supporting life.

The research, published in Nature Geoscience, looks at data Curiosity has collected from the Gale Crater, the 150-mile-wide basin the rover is exploring. The scientists behind the study pointed out the rocks that are enriched with mineral salts as evidence of “shallow briny ponds that went through episodes of overflow and drying,” according to a statement from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

“We went to Gale Crater because it preserves this unique record of a changing Mars,” said the study’s lead author, William Rapin, in the statement. “Understanding when and how the planet’s climate started evolving is a piece of another puzzle: When and how long was Mars capable of supporting microbial life at the surface?”

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The network of cracks in this Martian rock slab called “Old Soaker” may have formed from the drying of a mud layer more than 3 billion years ago. The view spans about 3 feet (90 centimeters) left-to-right and combines three images taken by the MAHLI camera on the arm of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

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The Gale Crater, which is believed to be between 3.5 and 3.8 billion years old, serves as a reminder of the difference between Mars’ climate then, which was wet, to the desolate, arid climate it has today.

Mars once had a very wet surface, covered in wide, raging rivers. Water may be the lifeblood of our planet, but it’s unclear whether Mars ever supported (or still supports) life.

Rapin and his team analyzed the salts they found in a 500-foot-tall section of sedimentary rocks known as “Sutton Island,” visited by Curiosity in 2017.

He speculated that Sutton Island could have looked like the saline lakes that are seen on South America’s Altiplano, believed to be influenced by the climate in the same way Gale was. “During drier periods, the Altiplano lakes become shallower, and some can dry out completely,” Rapin added. “The fact that they’re vegetation-free even makes them look a little like Mars.”

The next steps for researchers will be to understand how long it took for Gale Crater to go from a shallow, briny lake to the arid, desolate region it is now.

“Finding inclined layers represents a major change, where the landscape isn’t completely underwater anymore,” said team member, Chris Fedo, in the statement. “We may have left the era of deep lakes behind.”

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This animation demonstrates the salty ponds and streams that scientists think may have been left behind as Gale Crater dried out over time. The bottom of the image is the floor of Gale Crater, with the peak being the side of Mount Sharp. (Credit: ASU Knowledge Enterprise Development (KED), Michael Northrop)

“We can’t say whether we’re seeing wind or river deposits yet in the clay-bearing unit, but we’re comfortable saying is it’s definitely not the same thing as what came before or what lies ahead,” he added.

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The Curiosity rover, which celebrated its seventh anniversary on the Red Planet in August, has made several remarkable discoveries, including finding “unusually high” levels of methane and a “shiny” object believed to be a meteorite.

NASA hopes the Curiosity rover, which “has a few more years before its nuclear power system degrades enough to significantly limit operations,” can provide additional clues about the planet prior to the launch of the Mars 2020 rover mission.

In November, NASA announced that it has selected the location where its Mars 2020 rover will land on the Red Planet. The rover is expected to reach the Martian surface on Feb. 18, 2021. NASA’s long-term goal is to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s.

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Newark Airport passenger tried to bring large sword on plane

You can’t board with a sword, sir.

A Brazil-bound traveler passing through a New Jersey airport was recently scolded by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials for trying fly with a large sword as a carry-on item.

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On Friday, an unidentified man heading to São Paulo brought the weapon in a box to a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport’s C Terminal, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein told Fox News.

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On Friday, an unnamed man heading to São Paulo brought the weapon in a box to a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport’s C Terminal, TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein told Fox News. (Transportation Security Administration)

“He said he thought he could travel with it as a carry-on item because of its value. Of course, no weapons can travel in the cabin of a plane regardless of value,” Farbstein said.

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“Doesn’t matter to TSA how much the weapon is worth. No weapons should be brought in the cabin of a plane,” she later added on Twitter.

Complying, the passenger checked the blade with his airline for safe transportation. The sword traveled to South America in the belly of the aircraft, in accordance with safety regulations.

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According to the TSA’s official policy on the weapon, swords are forbidden in carry-on bags, but are allowed to be transported in checked bags.

To ensure safe shipping through the entire journey, “any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors,” the TSA notes.

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Other notably kooky items that security screeners have flagged at Newark airport this year include a golden grenade and a pet snake. (iStock)

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Other notably kooky items that security screeners have flagged at Newark airport this year include a golden grenade and a pet snake.

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