May 26, 2018 - June 1, 2018
kittens. (AP Photo)
Rescuers bitten after
for domestic kittens
San Antonio (AP) — Three well-meaning
people suffered bites when the kittens they rescued after hearing them
mewling in a San Antonio alley turned out to be ravenous bobcat cubs.
The caretakers found the blue-eyed, stub-tailed
pair of young bobcats and, thinking they were Bengal kittens, took them
in. They fed the bobcats milk from pet-feeding bottles, but realized
something was amiss when the aggressive animals tore the bottles apart
and bit them.
They called animal control officers and a wildlife
rescue group took the wild cats away. Workers intended to wait in the
alley hoping to find the mother and reunite her with the cubs.
dispute in Germany:
Man arguing with a parrot
Berlin (AP) —A resident in Loerrach,
near the German-Swiss border, called the emergency number to report his
concerns about loud shouting from a next-door apartment that had been
going on for some time.
Police said that officers sent to the scene found
there was a loud argument going on — but it was between a 22-year-old
man and a parrot. The man told them he had been annoyed with the bird,
which belonged to his girlfriend.
The parrot responded to being shouted at with loud
noises of its own. Police said it couldn’t speak but could bark like a
Since no one was hurt, the officers left.
tourists spark anger
in Vietnam over map on shirts
Hanoi, Vietnam (AP) — A group of
Chinese tourists wearing T-shirts depicting the country’s territorial
claims in the disputed South China Sea has sparked anger in Vietnam.
The tourists arrived at the Cam Ranh international
airport last week and after going through the immigration, took off
their coats to reveal T-shirts featuring the so-called “nine-dash line”
demarcating Beijing claims to nearly the entire South China Sea. Vietnam
is one of the rival claimants.
State-run Tuoi Tre newspaper reported that
Vietnamese authorities confiscated the T-shirts. Some readers
commenting on the newspaper’s website called for the deportation of the
More than 4 million Chinese arrived in Vietnam last
year, accounting for about 30 percent of total foreign arrivals in the
Southeast Asian country.
praise Wisconsin students
for prank that was illusion
Cumberland, Wis. (AP) — Police had
praise for students who created an illusion for a senior class prank
that appeared to show a car crashed into the principal’s office.
Students at Cumberland High School in Wisconsin
used a junk car, some bricks, some tape and a black tarp to make it look
like the car had crashed into their school.
Police arrived on the scene only to realize it
wasn’t really a wreck. The Cumberland Police Department wrote on
Facebook that it was “one of the best senior pranks.”
The school district also congratulated the students
for their ingenuity.
‘Joggling’ record: Man sets mark
for running while juggling
Boston (AP) — It won’t land him a
spot in the Olympics, but a Massachusetts college student has run one of
the fastest miles while juggling — an endeavor called “joggling.” Zach
Prescott ran a 4 minute, 43.2 second-mile while juggling three lacrosse
The junior business student who is on Boston
University’s track and cross country squads told The Boston Globe
it’s all about focus and rhythm. Once he gets used to the speed when
he’s running, “you’re pretty much just juggling in place.” If verified,
his time would beat the previous world record by 0.6 seconds.
A Guinness World Records spokeswoman says the
organization is aware of Prescott’s feat and working to determine
whether he beat the current record, set in 1986, a process than can take
May 19, 2018 - May 25, 2018
(Sharla Wilson via AP)
pug’s apology to neighbor makes noise online
(AP) — A Pittsburgh pug’s apology for his
separation anxiety-induced howling is making some noise.
The 11-year-old dog
named Charleston Chew and his owner Sharla Wilson just moved into a new
apartment. Sharla said Charleston is nearly blind and since his vision
started going, his separation anxiety ramped up. Since the move, he’s
been bumping into walls and will meander into a corner and start howling
until she rescues him.
So Wilson wrote up
an apology from Charleston and taped it to a neighbor’s door. It
explains he’s old and very sorry for his howling. Neighbor Megan Jones
snapped a photo of the note and posted it on Twitter saying “You can
howl all you want Charleston, honey!’” The tweet has received nearly
450,000 likes and launched his internet fame.
Drunken man’s choice of bed causes
Munich commuter chaos
Berlin (AP) —
An intoxicated man’s ill-advised decision to spend the night on a
freight train caused commuter chaos in Munich as police had to shut down
all traffic at a busy station to look for him. Munich police said they
received an emergency call at 5:20 a.m. from a man who said he’d woken
up in a container on a train near the Pasing station, Munich’s third
largest, and couldn’t get out.
But police say the
25-year-old city man was so drunk when he entered the container he
wasn’t sure where it was. Police shut down all rail traffic and went
train-to-train, eventually finding him at 6:20 a.m.
In total, 86 trains
were affected with 1,280 minutes of delays, 37 cancellations and 21
partial cancellations. The man faces trespassing-related charges.
New way to see art? Paris museum
welcomes naked visitors
Paris (AP) —
Visitors at a leading contemporary art museum in Paris didn’t leave only
their coats in the cloakroom — they left all their clothes. The Palais
du Tokyo museum opened its doors to nudists for a special visit earlier
this month. It’s part of growing efforts by France’s tiny nudist
community to encourage acceptance of clothes-free activities, after a
nudist restaurant and nudist park opened in the French capital.
The museum visit
was arranged before regular opening hours so the nudists wouldn’t mingle
with other visitors. They viewed an exhibit of contemporary works
focused on “Discord.” Organizers said they are hoping to attract younger
members and get rid of “complexes” around their nudist practices, which
they don’t wanted “limited to beaches, summertime or a certain category
of the population.”
A sticky mess: liquid chocolate spills onto Polish highway
Poland (AP) — A tractor-trailer
overturned on a Polish highway, spilling tons of liquid chocolate that
solidified into a huge sticky mess.
broadcaster TVN24 showed images of an overturned truck surrounded by
brown chocolate covering six lanes on the A2 motorway, blocking traffic
in both directions.
said the liquid chocolate was solidified as it cooled and would require
large amounts of hot water to clear away. Senior brigadier Bogdan
Kowalski with the fire brigade of Slupca, a town in western Poland,
said, “the cooling chocolate is worse than snow.”
Fruit’s pungent smell mistaken for gas leak, prompts panic
Australia (AP) — The pungent smell of the
rotten durian fruit at an Australian university library was been
mistaken for a gas leak, prompting an evacuation of the building.
Specialist crews wearing masks searched the Royal Melbourne Institute of
Technology university campus library, but all they found was rotting
durian in a cupboard.
About 600 staff and
students had cleared the building.
A Metropolitan Fire
Brigade spokesman said the smell alarmed staff and students as it
permeated the air-conditioning system. Durian, a tropical fruit known
for its strong smell, is commonly banned from hotel rooms and public
transport across Southeast Asia.
May 12, 2018 - May 18, 2018
50 Shades of
Neustadt? Germans’ bondage prompts false alarm
Berlin (AP) -
German police say they rushed to an apartment in the southwestern town
of Neustadt after receiving a call about suspected domestic abuse - only
to barge in on a voluntary class on Japanese bondage. Neustadt police
said Thursday a concerned neighbor called to report that two men were
abusing a half-naked woman in a nearby apartment. When police arrived
they instead found the tenant, a teacher of Japanese Shibari,
instructing a couple in the basics of erotic bondage. In a statement
headlined “Fifty Shades of Neustadt,” police said “the couple was well
and in a good mood” when they inquired about their situation Wednesday
night. They even offered to have the officers participate in the class,
but the police politely declined.
0.5K charity road race in Texas starts and ends with a beer
(AP) - So many people have registered for
a very short road race near San Antonio that no other “underachievers”
are allowed to enroll. The first Boerne (BER’-nee) 0.5K took place May 5
in the city of the same name. Organizers say their city permit won’t
allow more than 100 “fellow underachievers” on the 546-yard (499-meter)
course. Race entry costs $25. The event is raising funds for Blessings
in a Backpack, which provides foods at the weekend for underprivileged
children. There’s also a VIP option: For big shots not wishing to expend
any energy, a 1963 Volkswagen bus will transport them the length of the
course for an extra $25. A couple of brewpubs are sponsoring the event,
and participants will get free beer at the start and finish lines.
Airline passenger fined after keeping free airline apple
Denver (AP) -
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has fined a woman $500 for not
declaring she was bringing a free apple into the U.S. that she received
on her Delta Air Lines flight from Paris. Crystal Tadlock tells KDVR-TV
in Denver that flight attendants had passed out the apples and she
placed it in her carry-on to save for her flight from Minneapolis to
Denver. Her bag was randomly searched by Customs. Tadlock says the agent
asked her if her trip to France was expensive and when she said yes he
told her it was about to get more expensive after charging her $500.
Delta says it recommends all passengers comply with Customs regulations.
Customs declaration forms ask passengers if they are bringing any fruits
or vegetables into the country.
German cops nab pair with 130 pounds of stolen chocolate
Berlin (AP) -
Two people are under investigation in Germany after being caught in
possession of some 60 kilograms (130 pounds) of stolen chocolate.
Braunschweig police said Thursday a 35-year-old woman was nabbed by an
alert cashier at a supermarket on Tuesday as she checked out only a few
items but had 9 kilograms (about 20 pounds) of purloined chocolate
concealed under her floor-length skirt. Upon further investigation,
police found another 50 kilograms of chocolate bars, boxes of chocolates
and other confectionery stashed in five bags with her 39-year-old
accomplice in a car outside. Police say “even for those with a high
affinity for chocolate the amount of candy found could not be considered
for personal use.” The two are under investigation for commercial
shoplifting. Officers have confiscated the sweets.
2 men use signs to spread happiness
(AP) - Two New Hampshire men are trying
to spread some positivity in Nashua with their feel-good signs. NH1
reports Greg Amaral and Wendell Walker have stood in downtown Nashua
with signs carrying positive messages each weekend since Easter Sunday.
They say their goal is to encourage people to be happy and follow their
dreams. Photographer Craig Michaud shared a picture of the pair on
Facebook. Michaud tagged Mayor Jim Donchess, who later shared the post
on his page. Donchess appreciates Amaral and Walker’s campaign. He says
they’re helping Nashua become “a city of kindness.” Amaral says they’ve
seen “an outpouring of beautiful people” since they started their
mission. The duo welcomes anyone who would like to join them.
Michaud via AP)
May 5, 2018 - May 11, 2018
of the term ‘best friend’ is silly
Georgetown, Mass. (AP) - A
Massachusetts family is looking for a new preschool for their 4-year-old
daughter because her current school has barred use of the term “best
friend.” Christine Hartwell says her daughter, Julia, appeared sad
recently when she came home from the Pentucket Workshop Preschool in
Georgetown. The little girl told her mother she was upset because her
teacher told her she couldn’t call one of her classmates her “best
friend.” School officials did not comment. But, in a letter to the
Hartwells they said, it had been their experience that the use of the
term “best friend,” even when used in a loving way, can lead some
children feeling excluded. Hartwell called the ban “outrageous” and
“silly.” She says children should be allowed to speak from their heart.
mufti issues fatwa
against buying Facebook ‘likes’
Cairo (AP) - Egypt’s top mufti has
issued a fatwa, or a religious decree, saying that buying Facebook
“likes” is prohibited under Islam because it’s a form of fraud and
deception. Grand Mufti Shawki Allam regularly issues all sorts of
fatwas, usually in response to questions by Muslims seeking religious
guidance in matters related to even the most trivial issues. The
questions are asked of the Dar al-Ifa, the Sunni Muslim institution in
charge of religious rulings, mainly based on the Muslim holy book of
Quran and the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. The mufti posted on the
institution’s Facebook page earlier this week that it is “religiously
prohibited” to pay someone to click a “like” on a promotion. Allam says
“it’s deceptive,” citing Muhammad’s saying, “He who deceives is not of
for ‘inappropriate message’
Seattle (AP) - Washington State’s
transportation department has apologized for an “inappropriate message”
that appeared on one of its traffic signs. Motorist Ruslan Kozlov tells
KCPQ-TV he was driving on Interstate 5 south Tuesday afternoon when he
spotted the message “U Suck” on an overhead sign. The transportation
department said it was “clearly a mistake” that was caused by a
“training error.” The agency says it’s taking steps so it doesn’t happen
network named ‘remote detonator’ prompts gym evacuation
Saginaw Township, Mich. (AP) - A
Michigan gym patron looking for a WiFi connection found one named
“remote detonator,” prompting an evacuation and precautionary search of
the facility by a bomb-sniffing dog. The Saginaw News reports nothing
was found in the search Sunday at Planet Fitness in Saginaw Township,
about 85 miles (140 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. Saginaw Township
police Chief Donald Pussehl says the patron brought the WiFi
connection’s name to the attention of a manager, who evacuated the
building and called police. The gym was closed for about three hours as
police responded. Pussehl says there’s “no crime or threat,” so no
charges are expected. He notes people often have odd names for WiFi
connections. Planet Fitness says the manager was following company
procedure for when there’s suspicion about a safety issue.
doll triggers major police
operation in Germany
Berlin (AP) - An apparent headless
body that prompted a major police operation in southern Germany has
turned out to be a doll. Police in Baden-Wuerttemberg state say a
passer-by spotted what appeared to be a clothed but headless corpse
covered in blood lying by a stream in Remstal, near Stuttgart, late
Monday. Officers cordoned off the suspected crime scene and firefighters
were called to retrieve the body, which was lying in an inaccessible
place. In a statement Tuesday, police said that only once firefighters
reached the site were they able to determine that it was, in fact, a
Sueddeutsche Mediengesellschaftdpa via AP)
April 28, 2018 - May 4, 2018
Moose stomps man’s foot
in Alaska after he kicks her
Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - A man was
injured north of Anchorage after a moose that he had just kicked stomped his
foot in return, state officials said. KTVA-TV reported the man escaped major
injuries in the encounter Thursday with the moose and her calf. “It sounds
like the moose were on a trail and in this case, it sounds like the guy was
trying to go through them,” State Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken
Marsh said. “That’s never a good idea.” The two moose left the area after
the man had his foot stomped, said Alaska Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.
“I am not a biologist, but as a lifelong Alaskan I would advise people not
to go around kicking moose,” Peters said. Moose have vast leg strength,
Marsh said. “If you get into a kicking contest with a moose, guess who’s
going to win?” he said. South-central Alaska has seen a number of violent
incidents involving moose this spring, including a man who had a moose swipe
at him with its hoof while feeding it and a cocker spaniel attacked by a
moose in an Anchorage yard. Marsh said moose sightings are on the rise as
females prepare for calving season in mid-May.
of ‘zombie’ raccoons
Youngstown, Ohio (AP) - Police are
investigating reports of “zombie-like” raccoons in northeast Ohio. WKBN-TV
reports Youngstown police have received more than a dozen calls in the past
three weeks about raccoons acting strangely in the daytime. Photographer
Robert Coggeshall says he was playing with his dogs outside his home last
week when one such raccoon approached them. Coggeshall says the animal would
stand on its hind legs, show its teeth and fall over backward. The raccoon
Coggeshall saw and 14 others police responded to were euthanized. The state
Department of Natural Resources says the animals were likely suffering from
distemper, not rabies. The viral disease causes coughing, tremors and
seizures and leads raccoons to lose their fear of humans. Authorities are
asking residents to report raccoons behaving unusually to their local police
made day care staff
feel high were drug-free
Bangor, Maine (AP) - Officials say
cookies dropped off at a Maine day care center that staff members complained
made them feel high contained no illicit substances. About a dozen staff
members at Watch Me Shine day care in Bangor reported feeling intoxicated
Feb. 14 after they ate Valentine’s Day cookies dropped off by a parent. The
Bangor Daily News reports police seized the remaining cookies for testing.
Sgt. Wade Betters said Monday that none of the cookies tested positive for
controlled substances. Police don’t know what caused the staff to feel funny
and say no charges are pending. The day care now prohibits outside food for
children and staff, and no children ate the cookies.
reported running through
streets of New York - or not
New York (AP) - A false report of a tiger
in the streets of New York has caused a social media frenzy. WNBC says the
New York Police Department got a call around 8:30 a.m. Thursday about a
tiger in Harlem. People on Twitter described a notification from the Citizen
app that said police were responding to unconfirmed reports of a loose tiger
running around the street. Shortly thereafter, police confirmed that there
was indeed a wild-animal sighting. It was a raccoon.
firehouse opens doors
during blizzard for prom
Forest Lake, Minn. (AP) - Firefighters
came to the rescue for a group of Minnesota high school students when a
blizzard struck during their prom. The Forest Lake Fire Department opened
its firehouse for three hours on Saturday so the students could pose for
prom pictures. With as much as 15 inches (38 centimeters) of snow in the
forecast, the students couldn’t take photos outside for what they called
#BlizzardProm. The students posed in their formal clothes on firetrucks and
in the firehouse.