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Weird National Briefs (08/16/2017)

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Come kale away

HAMBURG, N.Y. - An event billed as the world’s healthiest eating competition will have competitive eaters including Badlands Booker and Jim Reeves taking on mountains of kale.

Sunday’s second annual Kale Yeah! Competition at the Erie County Fair comes from an unlikely partnership between the Independent Health Foundation and Major League Eating.

Prizes total $4,000.

Nigeria’s Gideon Oji took the inaugural title last year, consuming 25 1/2 16-ounce servings of the leafy green vegetable - served raw with oil and vinegar - in eight minutes.

One of the most famous competitive eating events is the annual hot dog eating contest held every July 4th at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island, New York.

TME – We look forward to next year’s quinoa contest.

Taco tantrum

ATHENS, Ala. - Authorities say an Alabama man whacked his twin brother with an aluminum baseball bat because he didn’t want to share tacos.

The News Courier reports that 19-year-old Tyler Dukes of Athens was arrested by Limestone County sheriff’s deputies Thursday and charged with second-degree domestic violence.

A criminal complaint states that Dukes’ twin brother and grandmother brought food home with them. But Dukes became “irate” because he didn’t want to share tacos and didn’t get a drink he wanted. Deputies say he hit his twin brother in the back and head with the bat, cutting the twin deeply.

Dukes later told a deputy that his twin is “always disrespecting me.” He remains jailed without bail. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.

The twin was released from a hospital after treatment.

TME – So now we have confirmation on which twin is the evil one.

Going to the dogs

NEW YORK - The dog days of summer have arrived in New York City.

A three-day art exhibition curated expressly for dogs is attracting hundreds of canines to a lower Manhattan marina.

You won’t find any pictures of dogs playing poker at this show, which runs through Sunday.

The idea is the brainchild of art critic Jessica Dawson. She says she was inspired by her rescue dog Rocky, a tiny morkie (Yorkshire terrier and Maltese). She says Rocky regularly accompanies her to exhibits of the human variety and sometimes enjoys the shows more than she does.

The 10 works are strategically placed at canine eye-level. At one exhibit, four-legged critics were allowed to lift a hind leg as if expressing their opinions on a work called “Fountain.”

Organizers predict about 500 visitors daily.

TME – It’s the Museum of Modern Arf.

Immaculate intrusion

ARLINGTON, Va. - A Virginia man returned home from a trip and found that his apartment had been broken into _ and cleaned.

Arlington County Police say in a crime report that shortly after 12 a.m. Monday, a man returned to his Arlington apartment after a trip. He called police when he noticed that his apartment appeared to have been cleaned and some items had been moved around. Nothing was missing.

WRC-TV reports the man told police he doesn’t employ a maid. Police say the mystery cleaner unlawfully entered the apartment.

TME – The epitome of a clean getaway.

It’s not delivery…

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas highway officials shut down westbound lanes of a cross-country interstate for four hours so crews could pick up pizza.

An 18-wheeler containing DiGiorno and Tombstone frozen pizzas scraped a bridge support and sliced open its trailer Wednesday, spilling the pies across Interstate 30 in front of the Arkansas Department of Transportation office just south of Little Rock.

Agency spokesman Danny Straessle said the bridge suffered only cosmetic damage. He says “there were some people shaken up” but that no one was hurt.

The westbound section of I-30 was closed for four hours and was closed eastbound for an hour too while crews cleared away the mess.

Straessle says the pizza sauce, the cheese and pepperoni, plus some spilled diesel left a “slippery spot.”

TME – We can only pray that the shipment of Hot Pockets is unharmed.

Theft is no yolk

HEREFORD TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Authorities are trying to crack the case of an egg thief who’s been stealing from a roadside stand in rural Pennsylvania.

Stand-owner Denise Timer said Wednesday that she set up a security camera after about 100 eggs and small amounts of cash were stolen from her Hereford Township property over the last month and a half.

Police have linked the thefts to a man who was caught on camera rummaging through the egg cooler the same day that a dozen eggs and $6 in change were taken.

Timer says she now only puts out a dozen eggs at a time, but they were also recently stolen.

The suspect is believed to drive a white van and has a tattoo of what looks like a bull’s head on his right forearm.

TME – This is un-egg-ceptable behavior.

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