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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 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 …
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 …
UPDATE Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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.
LEAST COMPETENT CRIMINALS Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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.
FOREIGN PRESS GEMS Wednesday, November 26, 2014
“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.
THE WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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).
CLICHÉS COME TO LIFE Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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.