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Weird National Briefs - 10/22/14

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Racy race

JAY, Fla. - A nudist resort in the Florida Panhandle is organizing some streaking for a good cause.

The Northwest Florida Daily News reports that Hidden Lake Resort in Jay is hosting a clothing-optional 5K on Nov. 1.

Race-day events will include a 'Blue Moon Skeleton Dip,' a pot-luck dinner and a midnight hay ride.

Resort officials say the race organizers are hoping for a good turnout. The event is being held to raise money for veterans' organizations in the region and to encourage younger nudists to become members of the resort.

TME Because there's nothing as attractive as a well-aged nude jogger.

Hot dog!

DUBLIN- An Irish cinema may have just bought the world's most expensive hot dog for an unfairly fired worker.

Ireland's employment appeals court on Thursday ordered Dublin's Cineworld to pay Carl Meade 20,000 euros ($25,640) for canning him over his illicit discount on a workplace snack.

Cineworld said it used surveillance footage to show Meade buying an extra-large hot dog, but paying only for a regular, and taking a slightly pricier brand of candy than what appeared on his signed receipt.

The total difference in cost between what he bought, and what he consumed? One euro ($1.28).

A three-judge panel found that the employer should have considered Meade's contention that he'd made an innocent mistake.

Meade worked three years for Cineworld before his 2012 dismissal for gross misconduct.

TME They wanted to charge him with a felony, but it was really just a misde-wiener.

Marathon man

CHICAGO- Authorities say a wanted man attempted to flee pursuing officers by blending into the sea of Chicago Marathon runners.

WLS-TV reports police say Bryan Duffy of Chicago ran from officers Sunday after they approached him. Police say the 29-year-old man jumped into a group of marathon runners in hopes he could make an escape. But police were ultimately able to tackle and arrest Duffy.

Police say the man was carrying 10 capsules of MDMA, also known as Molly or ecstasy.

Duffy is charged with possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. He was also charged with reckless conduct for endangering the marathon runners.

His bail is set at $10,000.

TME Apparently ecstasy is not a performance enhancing drug.

Do the Dew

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Authorities says an Albuquerque man arrested for drunken driving tried to get out of his predicament by offering deputies a free gift in exchange - Mountain Dew.

KOAT-TV reports that Luis Rodriguez-Neri was arrested Monday shortly after Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies found his car smashed into a light pole.

Deputies say Rodriguez-Neri told them he had 'six shots of Bacardi' before getting behind the wheel. Authorities say he refused field sobriety alcohol tests.

While at the South Valley Command Center, deputies said Rodriguez-Neri offered them Mountain Dew if they let him go.

He faces charges of aggravated drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident and bribing a public official.

It was not known if he had an attorney.

TME If he'd thrown in some Doritos, he might have had a shot.

Port-a-Potty problems

SAN JOSE, Calif.- A major San Francisco Bay Area highway was shut down after a truck carrying portable toilets crashed and spilled blue deodorizer onto the roadway.

California Highway Patrol Officer Matt Rasmussen tells KNTV that the crash on southbound Interstate 280 in San Jose was reported around 5:15 a.m. Wednesday. The toilets on the truck were not carrying sewage but did contain dozens of gallons of blue deodorizer - at least some of which spilled onto the road.

The truck overturned after crashing with a BMW that had spun out. Several other vehicles also crashed. The CHP says all the injuries were minor.

All the lanes were open again around 7 a.m.

TME Now that's a crappy commute.

George Romero's 'Miracle on 34th Street'

ST. PAUL, Minn.- Police have cited a 21-year-old man they say entered a St. Paul home drunk and dressed as a Santa Claus zombie, terrifying a 16-year-old girl who locked herself in a bathroom.

St. Paul police said Monday the University of St. Thomas student was cited for trespassing and taken to a detoxification center Saturday. Police found him asleep in the house hours after a Zombie Pub Crawl in Minneapolis.

Neighbor and Ramsey County Judge Margaret Marrinan tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press a 14-year-old boy fled from the house and called for help when he discovered the intruder. She says his 16-year-old sister locked herself in a bathroom to call their parents.

The teens' father said that no one in his family 'will ever think of Santa the same way.'

TME Fat, drunk and undead is no way to go through life, young man.

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