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Weird National Briefs (03/01/2017)

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Mother knows best

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - A Pennsylvania college student’s mother reminded him to take out the trash _ by sending it to him in a care package.

Eighteen-year-old Connor Cox tells WHTM-TV that his mother sent two boxes to him at Westminster College in New Wilmington last month.

One contained food and other goodies. The other contained garbage.

When he called her to ask whether that was a mistake, Cox says his mother told him, “No, that’s the trash you were supposed to take out” during a recent visit home.

Cox, who has three sisters, says he doesn’t have a normal mother-son relationship, calling her his best friend and saying, “She knows what to say at the exact time she should say it.”

TME – She also sent him three dirty socks and a streaked pair of briefs.

Hit and trot

BERLIN - Police in Bavaria say they were able to track down a man responsible for a hit-and-run by following the hoof prints and manure left behind by the horse pulling his carriage.

Police in Grafenrheinfeld said the 78-year-old man scraped a car parked at the side of the road Tuesday as he trotted through the town near Schweinfurt, the dpa news agency reported.

The man continued on without reporting the accident, but an eyewitness reported the incident to police. Police say the trail of hoof prints and manure led them to the suspect’s stable and he confessed to the accident when confronted.

He’s responsible for about 2,000 euros ($2,100) in damage.

TME – That charge is horses—t!

Pop-Tart pop-up

NEW YORK - Pop-Tarts might not just be for breakfast anymore.

Kellogg’s is giving the public a taste of some unique flavor combinations featuring the morning time treat by transforming its New York eatery into a Pop-Tarts Cafe this week.

Some of the menu items include a personal Pop-Tart pizza, chili Pop-Tart fries and tarty tacos.

Visitors to the Times Square restaurant can also sample milkshakes made from the pastry.

The pop-up Pop-Tarts Cafe is open through Sunday.

TME – Once you pop, you can’t stop.

Presidential pizza

REYKJAVIK, Iceland - Iceland’s president’s strong views on pizza have caused an international stir.

Gudni Th. Johannesson disclosed his opposition to pineapple on pizza to Icelandic high school students last week. Icelandic media reported that he said he’d ban the fruity topping if he could.

It proved Johannesson’s most controversial statement since he took up the largely ceremonial post last year.

Amid a social-media storm, Johannesson released a statement on Facebook, stressing that he does not have the power to ban pizza toppings, and is “glad that I do not hold such power.”

The former history professor says he “would not want to hold this position if I could pass laws forbidding that which I don’t like. I would not want to live in such a country.”

For pizza, however, “I recommend seafood.”

TME – He’s not wrong – pineapple on pizza is an abomination.

Everybody cut loose

HENRYETTA, Okla. - Kick off the Sunday shoes: Dancing in public is now legal throughout Henryetta.

City leaders voted Tuesday to abolish an ordinance on dancing, the Tulsa World reported. The dance ordinance, with a penalty of $25, prohibited dance halls within 500 feet of a church or public school.

In February, resident Joni Insabella decided to host a dance above her store, which is within 500 feet of a church. The city’s Chamber of Commerce posted about the event and called Insabella a rule breaker on Facebook and accused her of getting special treatment, because of her husband, who’s the city’s attorney.

“We wanted just a good, clean, fun event. As I said, we know we’re in the Bible Belt. We weren’t having alcohol or anything. We just wanted it to be fun for the community,” Insabella said.

After the event was canceled, Mayor Jennifer Clason decided to look over the ordinance.

Clason, the city’s first female mayor, said when the dance ban resurfaced it received national attention for its similarity to the 1980s film “Footloose,” which tells the story of a small town banning dancing and rock music. She said prior to the cancelled event, she’d never heard of the ordinance preventing dancing.

Previously, dances were held at the city’s churches and schools without repercussions, said Clason.

TME - *Insert obligatory Kevin Bacon joke here*

Tennis anyone?

ROME - Fifty-five employees at a Naples public hospital, including doctors and nurses, are under house arrest for allegedly clocking in, then disappearing from their posts, including one physician spotted hopping a cab to play tennis, another suspect who allegedly worked as a hotel chef while on duty at the hospital, and others who slipped off to go shopping.

Carabinieri police said Friday that 94 Loreto Mare hospital employees are being investigated in the fraud probe. Over two years, police trailed suspects and filmed them, including one person who swiped the electronic badges of as many as 20 other no-show colleagues to make it appear they were at work.

Previously, workers elsewhere successfully challenged in court the government’s vow to fire goldbrickers.

TME – When they say “work smarter, not harder,” you still have to, you know, work.

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