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Hop to it!

SEATTLE - Some Seattle residents are getting out and hopping with their neighbors. 

They stenciled a 1.8-mile-long hopscotch course on sidewalks through the Central District, and they invited folks to head out Saturday and hop the route. A number of community events were planned along the way. 

Also scheduled: an attempt to break the world record for most people hopscotching at once. According to Guinness World Records, the existing record is 358 and was set in London in 2011. 

Organizer Lori Kane says the neighbors heard about a similar hopscotch event in Detroit last year and thought it sounded like fun. 

The hopscotch course is only temporary. It was stenciled with a paint made of flour, sugar, cornstarch, water and food coloring, and will wash away after a few rains. 

TME Next up: a game of foursquare a mile long on each side.

Kids today

NEWCASTLE, Wyo. - A Wyoming high school senior who built a nuclear reactor was disqualified from the International Science and Engineering Fair this month on a technicality. 

It seems that 18-year-old Conrad Farnsworth of Newcastle had competed in too many science fairs. 

According to the Casper Star-Tribune, the infraction was reported by the former director of the Wyoming State Science Fair, who later did not have her contract renewed. Officials at the University of Wyoming, which sponsors the state event, said after the international fair that the director acted outside her authority. 

The newspaper reports Farnsworth is one of only about 15 high school students in the world to successfully build a nuclear fusion reactor. Farnsworth says his disqualification was silly. 

He graduated this month and plans to attend the South Dakota School of Mines.

TME This has 'supervillain origin story' written all over it. 

Vigilante vandalism

VALLEJO, California - A California man is facing vandalism charges after authorities say he painted a crosswalk on a street, allegedly telling officials it was needed. 

Fifty-two-year-old Anthony Cardenas was arrested Thursday morning in the Northern California city of Vallejo and booked into jail on suspicion of felony vandalism. Solano County Sheriff's Lt. Brad DeWall says workers spotted Cardenas committing the vandalism at a city intersection. 

The intersection already has three crosswalks. 

DeWall says Cardenas also painted lines through those. 

State transportation workers painted over Cardenas' alleged crosswalk later in the day. A police cadet had been posted at the intersection until then to keep pedestrians from using it. 

Cardenas remained behind bars Friday on $15,000 bail. DeWall says he did not have an attorney. 

TME He crossed out the crosswalks? How delightfully meta.

We're going streaking!

CINCINNATI - A Cincinnati man has been given a jail outfit to wear after being arrested on a charge that he ran naked into his street while drunk, then took refuge in a dryer. 

Police say 39-year-old Shaun Welsh caused alarm early Wednesday when he ran without any clothes on in his neighborhood. They said he was found hiding in a neighbor's dryer. 

Welsh pleaded no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct while intoxicated. He was ordered to remain in jail for five days. 

A message was left Thursday for his attorney. 

TME Naked, drunk and in a dryer is no way to go through life, son.

Get the lead out!

BERLIN - German doctors say a man spent 15 years with a pencil in his head following a childhood accident. 

Aachen University Hospital says the 24-year-old man from Afghanistan sought help in 2011 after suffering for years from headaches, constant colds and worsening vision in one eye. A scan showed that a 4-inch pencil was lodged from his sinus to his pharynx and had injured his right eye socket. 

The unnamed man said he didn't know how the pencil got there but recalled that he once fell badly as a child. 

The German doctors removed the pencil and say the man has recovered. 

Hospital spokesman Mathias Brandstaedter said Wednesday the case was presented for the first time at a medical conference this week. 

TME Wasn't this an episode of 'The Simpsons'?

Thick as a brick

ALGONAC, Mich. - A long-distance swimmer plans to swim 22 miles across Lake St. Clair this summer while hauling dinghies filled with 2,000 pounds of bricks. 

Jim Dreyer has made direct crossings of each of the five Great Lakes. He's scheduled to begin his swim on Aug. 5 from the Clinton River Boat Club near Algonac, and the event is to raise funds and awareness for Habitat for Humanity. 

The swim is expected to take 30 hours and end at Aug. 6 at Detroit's Belle Isle. 

Dreyer tells The Grand Rapids Press that this effort will be one of his most challenging. 

He's partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Michigan to help fund building projects for up to 75 affiliates through the Cornerstone Strength Swim Campaign. 

TME Those masonry companies will try anything to reduce shipping costs.

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