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Weird National Briefs - (02/18/15)

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Flower power

SALT LAKE CITY - A Utah woman says she has smashed the world record for catching bridal bouquets at weddings and now is seeking recognition for it.

Salt Lake City's Jamie Jackson submitted an application Wednesday to Guinness World Records, saying she has caught 46 bouquets since 1996 and has the documentation to prove it.

The current record of 11 bouquets caught by Stephanie Monyak of Pennsylvania has stood since 2004.

Jackson said she has attended as many as 100 weddings over the years because of her family's connections to musical theater and their church. She jokes that what started out as a hobby has turned into 'her sport.''

'It is something that you have to plan for and you have to be very strategic where you place yourself,'' she told KSL. 'My strategy is to be right up in the front because a lot of time the brides don't know how far they are going to throw it.

'A lot of times it will hit a ceiling, it'll hit a chandelier ... I've had many, many catches where I've had to jump for it. And I've hit little kids by accident.''

Before she could apply to Guinness, Jackson had to track down all the brides whose bouquets she caught to obtain documentation and photos.

TME When a bride throws a bouquet, this lady's throwing elbows.

That's some pig!

KENT, Wash.- One student in a suburban Seattle dog agility class is drawing a lot of attention, and not just for her athletic skills. Amy is a pig.

Amid the barking of corgis, collies and Labradors, visitors will sometimes hear a snort. And there's Amy, jumping through the hoop, balancing on the teeter-totter, retrieving the dumbbell and zipping through the play tunnel.

Lori Stock owns 5-month-old Amy and says her indoor pig is a quick learner and very motivated by food rewards.

KOMO reports that Amy has already graduated from puppy manners class and has moved on to agility and obedience at the Family Dog Training Center in Kent.

Training center president Kathy Lang says that's a first, though she recalls a pygmy goat did attend several training classes.

TME No word on whether the pig is terrific, radiant and/or humble.

Pants-off dance-off

HELENA, Mont.- A Montana legislative panel moved to kill an indecent exposure bill Wednesday after the lawmaker who introduced it said he thinks yoga pants should be illegal.

Members of the House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to table House Bill 365, which Rep. David Moore introduced Tuesday.

The proposal would have expanded the definition of indecent exposure to include garments that give the appearance of a person's buttocks, genitals, pelvis or female nipple.

The Republican from Missoula said he wouldn't have a problem with people being arrested for wearing such provocative clothing such as tight-fitting beige garments. Moore also said yoga pants should be illegal.

Although members of the committee giggled about the bill, no discussion was allowed before a voice vote to table it.

TME That town is going straight to hell. Probably in some sort of handbasket.

Bacon mistakes

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.- A judge has dismissed charges against a Massachusetts woman who threw uncooked bacon and sausage inside a police station while saying she was there to 'feed the piggies.''

Lindsey McNamara, of Ashland, was charged with disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property after the Dec. 26 incident, which was caught on video surveillance.

Police say the 24-year-old McNamara entered the Framingham station with a box of meat and started throwing it and smearing it on the dispatch window.

A judge Wednesday dismissed the destruction charge, saying police had provided little evidence that McNamara had damaged anything.

The MetroWest Daily News reports that the judge said the charge could be restored if police can prove damage.

The disorderly conduct charge will be dismissed upon payment of $150 in court costs.

TME Thus implying that not only are they pigs, but that they're cannibals to boot.

Anchors aweigh

BOSTON- This was one hull of a traffic jam.

A large truck towing an even bigger boat broke down in downtown Boston, snarling traffic in the heart of the city's bustling Financial District.

WCVB-TV reports the 43-foot yacht Maggie Mae was being hauled Wednesday to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for the New England Boat Show that starts Saturday when the truck stalled.

Boston's narrow streets are tighter than usual because of heavy snow accumulation over the past two weeks.

Workers eventually got the truck and boat out of the congested neighborhood.

TME From there, it was smooth sailing.

Aged justice

WASHINGTON, Pa.- A 75-year-old man helped in the arrest of a shoplifting suspect at a Pennsylvania mall by tackling him and threatening to break his arm if he tried to escape.

Charlie Burton, of Fombell, says he was a vendor at the Washington Crown Center mall for a gun show when he saw an officer struggling with the suspect, 29-year-old Jonathan Fekete Jr.

Police say Fekete was trying to get away after taking $200 worth of clothes from a Macy's store Saturday.

Burton says he ran over to help, grabbed the man's arms and forced him down. Burton says, 'He started hollering his arm hurt, and I said, `Quit struggling or I'll break the thing.'''

Fekete is jailed. Court records don't list an attorney.

TME Youth is no match for Old Man Strength.

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