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Weird National Briefs - October 9th, 2013

October 9, 2013
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Tipping point

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - An Oregon bartender got the tip of a lifetime this week.

The Register-Guard newspaper reports that a customer at Conway's Restaurant and Lounge in Springfield often tips bartender Aurora Kephart with unplayed tickets for the state lottery's Keno game.

This time, one of those tickets turned into a $17,500 winner.

Kephart says the look on the customer's face was incredible. The 25-year-old tried to give him back the ticket, but he wouldn't take it.

After collecting her money, she gave the patron some of her winnings.

Kephart says she plans to use her share to buy a new couch and then save the rest.

TME Gotta love those 10,000 percent tippers.

Must-see TV

STAVANGER, Norway - In its latest experiment with live coverage of mundane events, Norway's public broadcasting network plans to dedicate five hours of air-time to an attempt to break the knitting world record.

The NRK network says the Nov. 1 broadcast will be preceded by a four-hour documentary on how the wool off a sheep's back turns into a sweater.

NRK producer Rune Moeklebust said Friday that 'it's kind of ordinary TV but very slow, although they'll be knitting as fast as they can.'

The Norwegians hope to break the current non-stop knitting record of 4 hours 50 minutes, held by Australia.

Live TV in Norway has already enticed viewers with minute-by-minute salmon fishing, a five-day broadcast from a cruise-ship, and several hours of watching a fire burn itself out.

TME We foresee a game show version called 'A Stitch in Time.'

That takes the cake

KELSO, Wash. - A woman in Washington State brought her child's birthday cake into a courthouse, thinking that would be safer than leaving it in the car with her dog. She realized her error when a stranger grabbed and ate handfuls of the cake.

The chocolate cake passed through a metal detector and was sitting on a table when it was attacked.

Cake and frosting went flying when a Cowlitz County sheriff's deputy grabbed the cake molester and took him to the ground. The Daily News of Longview says more deputies rushed to help Tuesday, only to end up smeared with frosting.

Deputy Joe Connor told KATU-TV that 50-year-old Robert Fredrickson was arrested for investigation of third-degree theft. The Daily News says the man had been on his way to a court appearance.

A local grocery offered to replace the cake.

TME 'Cake Molester' would be a pretty sweet band name.

Poopy payback

HELENA, Montana - A man who painstakingly gathered and reassembled parts of five $100 bills eaten by his golden retriever has been reimbursed by the U.S. Treasury for the damaged currency.

The Independent Record reports Wayne Klinkel received a $500 check Monday.

His 12-year-old dog, Sundance, downed all but half of one of the bills in December. Sundance snacked on the cash in the family vehicle while Klinkel and his wife ate at a restaurant.

Klinkel says he carefully picked through the dog's droppings to recover parts of the bills and his daughter recovered more when the snow melted.

Klinkel cleaned and reassembled the bills, put them in plastic bags and sent them to the U.S. Treasury in April.

TME We hope Sundance eats the reimbursement; then the check will be in the male.

True love

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. - A central Pennsylvania judge has agreed to a drug dealer's chivalrous request to spend five extra years in prison in exchange for letting the man's live-in girlfriend avoid a felony conviction and the resulting loss of her business, a bar.

The Altoona Mirror reports that Blair County Judge Timothy Sullivan agreed to the unusual request, telling the defendant, 38-year-old Sean Graham, 'Chivalry is not dead.'

Graham will spend 15 to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing nearly 10 ounces of cocaine and two guns found when the couple's home was raided in March 2011.

Under the deal, Graham's live-in girlfriend pleaded to a lesser misdemeanor and received 11 to 23 months in jail.

Graham told the judge he agreed to the deal because the raid was 'all my fault.'

TME Chivalry's not dead you just have to buy it by the gram.

Texting troubles

SPARTA, N.J. - Authorities say a New Jersey man mistakenly sent a text message to a police detective to set up a drug sale and now faces charges.

Authorities say a detective received the text message on his new cellphone Friday night. The sender had said he had a quarter pound of marijuana for sale and wanted to meet at a pizza parlor.

Nicholas Delear Jr., of Sussex, met later that night with an undercover police officer but fled when he became suspicious. Police soon stopped his vehicle, but the 33-year-old Delear refused to consent to his vehicle being searched.

Authorities obtained a warrant after a police dog detected drugs in the vehicle. They found four plastic bags containing marijuana and other paraphernalia.

TME And this is why you should regularly update your contacts.

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