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Weird National Briefs (02/22/2017)

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ALBANY, N.Y. - It was quite a night for a New York state college basketball fan who made a half-court shot to win a $500 gift card and received a marriage proposal seconds later.

Erin Tobin took part in a Dunkin’ Donuts promotion during Thursday night’s Manhattan-Siena game at the Times Union Center in Albany. As the company’s mascot stood nearby, the 30-year-old Siena graduate and season ticket holder banked in her half-court, one-handed heave.

After celebrating, Tobin turned around to see the mascot’s giant coffee cup costume being removed to reveal her boyfriend, 31-year-old Steve Duckett, on his knee and holding an engagement ring. A very surprised Tobin said yes as the crowd cheered.

Adding to an already big night, Siena beat Manhattan 94-71.

TME – We wonder what he would have asked if she had missed.

Squirrel!

MERIDIAN, Idaho - A pet squirrel named Joey prevented a burglary attempt in Idaho last week by scratching the teen suspect when he tried to break into a gun safe, police said.

The unidentified teenager told officers that the squirrel’s attack “scared him, obviously, because he wasn’t expecting to have, you know, a squirrel come flying out of nowhere at him,” said Officer Ashley Turner of the police department in Meridian, a Boise suburb. “So basically he said he took what he could and left as fast as he could.”

The squirrel’s owner, Adam Pearl, said Joey has lived in his house for about six months after he was found in a flower pot by a friend’s daughter when he was about one week old.

“He’s not like a dog and walks up and lets you pet him,” Pearl told the Meridian Press. “I guess the temperament would be more towards a cat - if he wants attention, then he’ll come and let you know.”

Joey eats nuts and greens, and spinach is his favorite. He buries some of the nuts in houseplants inside Pearl’s house and uses a litterbox.

“He trained himself,” Pearl said.

Joey’s reward for his vigilance were Whoppers, the squirrel’s favorite candy.

Pearl had planned to release Joey into his backyard in the spring.

“But now, I don’t know,” he said. “I’m kind of torn.”

TME – Officially the most adorable theft deterrent ever.

Butt why?

BOSTON - Several people came into Boston Barber & Tattoo Co. on the day of New England Patriots Super Bowl victory parade seeking team tattoos, but one request was a little cheekier than the others.

A man, wearing a No. 12 Tom Brady jersey, wanted a likeness of the star quarterback on his backside.

Shop employee Emily Arsenault tells boston.com that the unidentified man told them he had decided the night before that he wanted a Brady tattoo on his left butt cheek.

Tattoo artist Catarina Quintino took two or three hours to get the job done.

After, the man wasn’t shy about letting shop employees snap a few photos of the artwork.

Arsenault says the Brady butt tattoo is the most memorable she’s seen.

TME – A bit cheeky, don’t you think?

No good deed

CLAYTON, N.Y. - A New York high school basketball player who helped rescue an ice fisherman from Lake Ontario was kept from suiting up for a game because the heroics caused him to miss the team bus.

WWNY-TV reports Lucas Patchen was among the volunteer firefighters in Clayton who rescued a stranded fisherman from a drifting ice slab Saturday.

He missed the Thousand Islands High School team’s departure for a road playoff game later that day.

The school requires that any player not riding on a team bus call the coach or athletic director. The teen says he was unable to call while the rescue was underway.

Thousand Islands Superintendent Michael Bashaw says the district is proud of Patchen, but that the student knew the policy. But Bashaw also says he’s willing to consider changing the rule.

TME – That’s cold.

Fowl play

TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. - Where do you hide a 1,000-pound chicken?

That’s what sheriff’s deputies in Alexander County, North Carolina, are trying to figure out as they search for the concrete statue that disappeared from a farm west of Taylorsville over the weekend.

While the chicken may be heavy, it’s only 3 feet tall.

Deputies think the statue was taken sometime between 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday from the driveway of the farm.

Chief Deputy Tod Jones told the Hickory Daily Record the statue’s base was found several miles away. Jones said the statue is valued at about $1,100.

Alexander County is near Hickory, about 60 miles north of Charlotte.

TME – Concrete’s all well and good, but we prefer our chickens abstract.

Run-derwear

PHILADELPHIA - Some Philadelphia joggers weren’t joking when they said they were going for a “brief run.”

In briefs, boxers, bras and bloomers, they ran three-quarters of a mile in a Valentine’s Day-related charity event benefiting sick children.

Saturday’s annual Cupid’s Undie Run featured 1,000 people in their underwear and little else, except for maybe some body paint. Participants ran through streets near the city’s sports stadiums.

Similar events took place in other cities. Money was raised for the Children’s Tumor Foundation to help research neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors in the nervous system. The incurable disorder can cause physical deformities, blindness, deafness and chronic pain, usually in adolescents.

Cupid’s Undie Run is a fun run, not a race. Organizers say there’s no winner other than the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

TME – Now THAT’S how you do a fun run.

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