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Weird National Briefs (04/03/2019)

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Everything surfs on Dunkin’

HAMPTON FALLS, N.H. - A New Hampshire man placed second in an innovation contest after fashioning a surfboard out of hundreds of used Dunkin’ Donuts coffee cups.

Thirty-two-year-old Korey Nolan, of Hampton Falls, spent seven months collecting the cups for a competition put on by surf brand Vissla called Creators and Innovators Upcycle Contest. The Portsmouth Herald reports Nolan’s board is made out of 700 cups.

Nolan also used more than 30 plastic straws and other materials in his board. Most cups came from family members who gave them to Nolan, though some were picked up from the roadside.

The Herald reports Nolan compressed the raw materials together and finished the board using bamboo, epoxy and more. The top honors went to Titouan La Droitte, who built a board out of 150 aluminum cans.

TME – Wait until you see the Zamboni made out of Tim Hortons cups.

Can-tastrophic

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Police have arrested three juveniles suspected of crashing a display of 1,800-food cans collected for an Alaska food bank.

The chest-high structure built by 17 engineering students at Anchorage’s Dimond High School was displayed at the Dimond Center mall.

The display was the only student structure in an annual “Canstructure” competition, which raises food donations for the Food Bank of Alaska. Architecture and engineering firms entered a dozen other entries.

Anchorage police say the suspects slammed their bodies into the display Sunday night and fled.

Two suspects are from Dimond High. The third is a home-school student. Police forwarded vandalism charges on all three to juvenile authorities.

The food was valued at $2,300. Many of the cans were damaged. The food bank is evaluating whether damaged cans can be accepted.

TME – In this case, those who can … can’t.

Illicit excuse

DUNDEE, Fla. - Authorities say a Florida man didn’t want to show up for his shift at a Hardee’s restaurant, so he called 911 and reported he’d just been robbed.

WFTS-TV reports that 32-year-old Brian Anderson of Dundee told dispatchers Tuesday that two gun-carrying men took his necklace, money and his phone before jumping into a car and driving away.

Polk County sheriff’s deputies went to the scene and quickly realized that a robbery never happened.

In a Facebook post, the agency said Anderson confessed, adding that “on the bright side, Brian didn’t have to go to his 11 a.m. shift at the restaurant.”

Anderson is charged with misusing the 911 system and knowingly giving false information to law enforcement.

TME – If nothing else, calling in robbed is a bold strategy.

Spooky market

WILMINGTON, Mass. - A New England supermarket chain is spiriting away rumors that one of its stores is haunted.

A spokeswoman for Market Basket says in a statement to The Boston Globe that “as far as we know all of our stores ghost-free” after someone posted on social media this month about seeing an apparition at a store in Wilmington, Massachusetts.

The person said the ghost was “an old Victorian era woman in her nightgown ... near the frozen peas.” Hundreds of people weighed in, including others who claimed to have seen a ghost in the store.

Justine Griffin, the Market Basket spokeswoman, says that if there is anything to the ghost story, it’s probably because she’s “attracted to our Victorian-era prices.”

TME – “The only scary things here are our LOW LOW PRICES!”

Pit bull pipe dream

CLAREMONT, N.C. - A pit bull intent on chasing down an opossum was foiled when he ended up wedged around 100 feet (30 meters) into a pipe in North Carolina.

Claremont Rescue Chief Eric Jones said in a Facebook post that his agency was called late Tuesday night to the scene, where Rocky the dog’s worried owner stood. The rescuers dug holes in different locations to try to find Rocky, eventually locating him at a junction between the cast iron and corrugated pipe.

News outlets report the rescue took around two hours. Aided by an electric saw, rescuers were eventually able to free the 2-foot-tall dog from the 1-foot-tall pipe.

City officials say Rocky and his owner were very happy to be reunited, and Rocky was instructed his opossum-chasing days were over.

TME – Not to be a jerk, but that’s not how you play possum.

Skunked beer

BILLERICA, Mass. - A skunk that somehow got its head stuck in a discarded can of Bud Light beer is being cared for by veterinarians in Massachusetts.

Animal control officers in Billerica posted a picture of the unfortunate critter on Twitter, calling it “amazing” that its head could fit into such a small opening and noting it gave new meaning to the term “skunked beer.”

Police said the skunk was taken to Tufts Wildlife Clinic in North Grafton, Massachusetts after being found on Wednesday. The plan was to sedate the skunk before removing the aluminum beer can, then monitor the animal for a few days before returning it to the wild.

TME – That skunk may have a drinking problem.

Later, gator

JUPITER, Fla. - A massive gator weighing over 700 pounds and measuring nearly 12-feet long has been caught in South Florida.

A spokeswoman for Jupiter Police says a trapper caught the unusually large gator near an office park Thursday after a business owner reported it. The reptile weighed nearly 750 pounds and is being taken to a gator farm in central Florida.

The department posted pictures of officers wrangling the gator. Photos of the reptile have been shared more than 800 times.

The Sun Sentinel reports alligators are especially active in South Florida during warm weather. Their mating season runs from April through June.

TME – Just another day in the Sunshine State.

Last modified on Wednesday, 03 April 2019 12:10

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