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OMELETS! Wednesday, December 3, 2014
A crash of three tractor-trailers on I-24 near Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Nov. 9 left a pileup of one truck's load of eggs, another's pallets of cheese, and the other's boxes of meat.
AMERICAN SCENE Wednesday, December 3, 2014
"Drunken Trombone-Playing Clown Fires Gun From Garage, Police Say" was the headline of an Oct. 21 story on MLive.com from Grand Traverse County, Michigan, which also reported that the man was wearing camo pants.
ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE Wednesday, December 3, 2014
A November story from Leigh-on-Sea, England, reported a Senegal parrot (apparently feeling restive with its owners on holiday) managed to pick two locks on its cage and fly away. The second lock had been installed as insurance after an earlier …
CRY FOR HELP Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Mr. Jenya Bolotov, 26, a Russian, became an Internet sensation in November (on Facebook, YouTube and several news sites) by releasing photographs showing a seven-year obsession with modifying his face to resemble that of a platypus. He stretched …
LEAST COMPETENT SHERIFF'S EMPLOYEE Wednesday, December 3, 2014
After consulting with the FBI, military and state law-enforcement and security agencies, the sheriff of Dickson County, Tennessee, concluded his only option to rescue his departmental records database from malicious malware was to pay a $500 ransom …
HOLEY HAT Wednesday, December 3, 2014
In the U.S.'s fourth reported case, a state issued a driver's license even though the applicant was photographed wearing a colander (as a "religious covering," the only "hats" legally permitted in such photos). Jessica Steinhauser said the motor …
TMI Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Kansas lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred in November for his comically bad (24 separate deficiencies) defense of double-murder suspect Phillip Cheatham in 2005 (Cheatham got a new trial). Hawver admitted to the jury his client was a "shooter of …
NAMES IN THE NEWS Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Arrested in November in Gainesville, Florida, on sexual assault charges but exonerated three days later when accuser Jeremy Foster was caught lying: Mr. Phuc Kieu, 58. Arrested in October for burglary of a Kohl's department store in Alhambra, …
THE CREATIVE CLASS Wednesday, December 10, 2014
To spark interest in the new leisure center opening in spring 2015 in Selby in North Yorkshire, England, the management company WLCT sponsored a contest to name the center, with the prize a year's free membership. On Nov. 5, General Manager Paul …
SCARY 'BAMA SCHOOLS Wednesday, December 10, 2014
In October, a mother charged that officials at E.R. Dickson School in Mobile, Alabama, first detained her daughter, 5, for pointing a crayon at student as if it were a gun, then pressured the girl to sign a paper promising not to kill anyone or …