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WELL, OF COURSE! Wednesday, November 26
The owner of the world’s largest corn maze (63 acres), at Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, California, told Sacramento’s KOVR-TV in October that “several” times this season, visitors called 911 to help them out of the maze. Said owner Matt Cooley, “When it’s dark, all you see is corn.”
CLICHÉS COME TO LIFE Wednesday, November 26
In a $460,000 police-brutality settlement with the city of Birmingham, Alabama, in October, plaintiff Anthony Warren will receive $1,000, with the rest going to his lawyers. The un-angelic Anthony is serving 20 years for running over an officer during a high-speed car chase in 2008; he took a beating once officers caught him.
THE WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART Wednesday, November 26
Condemned California inmate Steven Homick, 74, finally took his last breath on Nov. 5 — more than 29 years after committing the two murders that put him on Death Row. However, Homick died of natural causes (the 65th condemned California man to go like that in the last 35 years).
FOREIGN PRESS GEMS Wednesday, November 26
“Dwarf Stripper Gets Bride Pregnant on Her (Bachelorette) Night,” an October report on LasCincoDelDia website in Spain, after the husband was surprised “his” wedding-night consummation resulted in a baby born with dwarfism.
LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS Wednesday, November 26
Employees of Marshalls department store in Longmont, Colorado, said they’d been hearing noises but were unable to locate the source for several days until finally, on Nov. 10, they summoned firefighters, who tore out an interior wall and freed a weak, injured Paul Felyk, 35, who’d been trapped between that wall and an exterior wall after falling through the roof. A scrawled note near him was three days old. Burglary charges were filed against Felyk, who has a substantial rap sheet.
UPDATE Wednesday, November 26
The desert sands of the Arabian Peninsula are fine-grained and smooth — unable to be used in manufacturing or, especially, the concrete industry crucial to the massive upscale developments in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and other countries.
Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks publisher of state secrets who remains holed up in the embassy of Ecuador in London, has signed on with an Icelandic licensing agent to sell Assange-branded high-end clothing, shoes and various household goods in India …
When a stampede killed pigs and induced sows' abortions on a farm near York, England, two years ago, the operator of a noisy hot-air balloon denied responsibility, referring to a court order keeping balloons 500 meters away. Using GPS coordinates …
GOVT TOOLS Wednesday, December 3
Comprehensive Pentagon studies of America's nuclear missile infrastructure released in November (following disturbing reports of readiness failures) included the revelation that nuclear warheads had to be attached with a particular wrench, even …
FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT Wednesday, October 8
Dutch inventors Bart Jansen and Arjen Beltman struck again recently when Pepeijn Bruins, 13, asked them to help him grieve over his pet rat, Ratjetoe, who had cancer and had to be put down. Having heard of the inventors’ work, Pepeijn asked if they could have Ratjetoe stuffed and turned into a radio-controlled drone.
 
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