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July 11, 2012

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It's the pits

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) - There was a big upset at the annual International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship in southwestern Michigan.

For the first time in 20 years, the winner was not named Krause or Lessard.

Ronn Matt of Chicago won the competition Saturday afternoon by spitting a pit 69 feet at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm near Eau Claire, just north of the Indiana border.

Members of the Krause and Lessard families have dominated the event since 1992.

Brian ``Young Gun'' Krause of Dimondale holds the world record of more than 93 feet, and has won the past two years.

But Krause finished fifth Saturday with a spit of 52 feet, 10 inches.

Owner Herb Teichman launched the tournament on a lark nearly four decades ago. It now attracts competitors from the U.S. and beyond.

TME: Sometimes life is a bowl of cherries. And spitting.

Weeve no idea why someone would do this

CHICAGO (AP) - Three thieves battered through a wall, crawled close to the floor to dodge motion detectors and stole six duffel bags filled with human hair extensions from a Chicago beauty supply store.

The Chicago Tribune reported Saturday that the hair extensions were worth $230,000.

Store owner Don Shin says the criminals took his best merchandise. He thinks the culprits will try to sell the extensions on the street or to salons. The thieves broke through a wall from an attached empty storefront at about 2 a.m. Saturday.

Extensions can be made from artificial or human hair. They are used in salons to add length and volume to a hairstyle.

Shin says the thieves didn't take any of ``the cheap stuff'' and ``knew what they were doing.''

TME: Police are telling people to be on the lookout for someone fabulous.

How many flags would the woodchuck chuck?

HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) - Who would steal flags from Civil War graves?

Authorities in Hudson, N.Y. believe they have found the culprit in a rash of cemetery flag thefts: woodchucks.

Mayor Bill Hallenbeck tells the Register-Star that police used cameras and confirmed that the flags were in the woodchucks' burrows.

Around 75 flags were reported missing from Civil War graves in the days leading up to and following Independence Day.

Hallenbeck said he was glad the culprit wasn't a human resident. He said some flags are now coated with a substance that attracts woodchucks.

Woodchucks are also known as groundhogs. They are excellent burrowers.

Hudson is a city of about 7,000 on the shore of the Hudson River 30 miles south of Albany.

TME: Puxatawny Phil refused to comment on the story.

Have you seen a monkey?

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Searchers trying to find an 8-pound monkey that escaped more than a week ago are now playing sounds of a baby monkey to try to recapture the wayward animal.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center spokesman Chad Campbell told the Winston-Salem Journal that someone reported seeing the monkey in southwestern Forsyth County on Friday. But crews didn't see the animal when they arrived. This particular type of monkey, called a macaque (muh-KAK), escaped from the Wake Forest University Primate Center.

Campbell says searchers have set up humane traps and are playing baby monkey calls to lure the animal. Officials hope the monkey will respond to the calls because she is a breeding animal used in research.

The 16-year-old macaque is originally from Indonesia and has been in captivity since 2008.

TME: When we ask if people have seen macaque we get slapped.

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