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Weird National Briefs (02/15/2017)

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WENATCHEE, Wash. - A second semitrailer-truck full of apples has crashed into the Columbia River.

The truck crashed into the river near East Wenatchee on Thursday, just days after a truck loaded with apples crashed into the river in Grant County.

The Washington State Patrol says the driver in Thursday’s crash was not injured, but the truck was submerged next to Highway 2, about 10 miles north of East Wenatchee.

The Spokesman-Review reports the trailer broke open and apples were floating down the river toward the Rocky Reach Dam.

The first incident happened on Monday afternoon and the driver of that truck was injured. The trailer stayed intact and floated downstream until it reached a sandbar. Officials are trying to find a way to remove the trailer.

TME – Our guess is that they do not in fact like them apples.

Knock knock …

HANAHAN, S.C. - No one seems to know why there’s an orange alligator in a pond near Charleston.

Residents joke the gator used too much self-tanning lotion. Or maybe it’s a fan of the Clemson Tigers, who are known for their orange colors.

Residents living near the pond in Hanahan say they’ve seen the orange or rust-colored alligator a number of times.

Photos show the four- to five-foot-long alligator on the banks of a retention pond at the Tanner Plantation neighborhood.

Jay Butfiloski with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says the color may come from where the animal spent the winter, perhaps in a rusty steel culvert pipe.

Experts say the alligator will shed its skin and probably return to a normal shade soon.

TME – Orange you glad we didn’t say crocodile?

Kick off the Sunday shoes

HENRYETTA, Okla. - A small Oklahoma town is echoing the story line of ‘80s movie “Footloose” by canceling a Valentine’s Day dance because of an arcane city ordinance enforcing a strict moral code.

KTUL-TV reports that the organizer canceled the dance in Henryetta because it would have taken place 300 feet from a church, in violation of an ordinance that forbids dancing within 500 feet of a place of worship.

Mayor Jennifer Clason, who was born in Henryetta, says she always knew about the old city ordinance but that it has never been enforced. Police Chief Steve Norman says his department has no interest in doing so.

Clason says city councilors will consider abolishing the ordinance during their Feb. 22 meeting.

The town of 6,500 is 90 miles east of Oklahoma City.

TME – We assume Kevin Bacon is angrily gymnastics-dancing in a barn somewhere.

This week in internet idiocy

Someone bid nearly $100,000 on eBay for a Cheeto that bears a resemblance to slain gorilla Harambe.

The seller said he found the cheese snack in a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. Bidding began at $11.99 on Jan. 28. It ended early Tuesday morning with a winning bid of $99,900. The listing showed a picture of the Cheeto side-by-side with a gorilla climbing a tree.

Harambe has become fodder for internet jokes since his death last May. He was shot by handlers at the Cincinnati Zoo after dragging a small boy who had gotten into his enclosure.

TME – Well, that’s it for civilization – we had a good run.

Crazy taxi

PHILADELPHIA - Police say a naked man stole a taxi and recklessly drove through a crowded park in a posh section of Philadelphia.

Police say the man attacked a woman who was getting out of a cab Monday afternoon. The driver of the taxi says he then got out to help the woman, and that’s when the man undressed and stole his cab.

Police say the suspect drove through Rittenhouse Square, hit three parked cars and crashed into a curb before being apprehended.

The suspect was taken to a hospital. His condition is unknown. The woman who was attacked is expected to be OK. No one else was hurt.

TME – This is what happens when you stumble into a “GTA” mod.

Up the creek

OAKLYN, N.J. - Police say a New Jersey man rescued from a creek had no idea how he got there.

NJ.com reports that a public works crew was on its way to Peters Creek in Oaklyn when workers found the man stuck up to his waist in mud around 7 a.m. Monday. The employees called emergency responders who were able to rescue the man by using an amphibious vehicle.

The 58-year-old West Collingswood man was taken to a hospital for cold exposure.

Investigators say the man remembered watching the Super Bowl, but could not recall how he ended up in the creek.

TME – This is why you don’t make Super Bowl bets while drunk.

What’s new pussycat?

WAILUKU, Hawaii - A Maui woman has been reunited with her cat that went missing about 15 years ago.

The Maui News reported that Tori Takayesu received a call last month saying her cat had been found and was at the Maui Humane Society. The female cat named James was traced back to the Makawao resident through a number tattooed on her ear when she was spayed at the shelter years ago.

Takayesu says her family had James for a short period of time before the animal disappeared in 2001.

She says she wasn’t convinced the cat could be the pet she lost more than a decade ago until she went to pick up James at the shelter last week.

Takayesu says the 16-year-old cat is in good shape and “right back where she belongs.”

TME – Always a little embarrassing to have to move back in with the ‘rents.

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