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Weird National Briefs - February 19th, 2014

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Sneak attack!

SEATTLE - Seattle police say a muddy, bloodied man flagged them down in a park to report he'd been run over with a bicycle and punched by a man who growled at him.

Police say the victim fought back as he was being punched and scratched, biting the attacker's hand. That stopped the attack. The victim reports the attacker then informed him he was 'the toughest guy he has ever wrestled.' With that, the attacker fled.

The unidentified victim says this all happened Tuesday morning. As he walked his dog in the park, he passed a man sitting on a bench drinking coffee. As the victim walked by, the man on the bench growled at him. Moments later, the victim says he heard a noise, turned and saw the suspect racing toward him on a bicycle.

TME We didn't know Hulk Hogan could even ride a bike.

Dromedary doings

PALMDALE, Calif. - A camel created a ruckus in rural northern Los Angeles County when it got out of its enclosure and chased cars until it was rounded up.

Sheriff's Deputy John Cereoli says the camel was reported to have escaped from someone's property in the Acton area at 8:38 a.m. Friday and the incident lasted about a half hour.

The deputy says the camel was not injured.

Corrals and other animal enclosures are commonplace in the unincorporated high desert area north of Los Angeles.

TME How did this not happen on a Wednesday?

This week in criminal masterminds

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Authorities say it was a 'selfie' that led detectives to a suspect in the burglary of a Southern California church.

U-T San Diego reports that detectives found a phone at the Chula Vista crime scene, where a laptop, cash and watches were stolen.

On the phone was a photo the suspect had apparently snapped of himself.

Residents recognized the man in the photo, and police arrested 26-year-old Adam Howe on Tuesday.

A search of his belongings uncovered property believed to be stolen from the Hilltop Tabernacle Church.

Further investigation led to the arrest of two other people.

Police say they've now linked Howe to thefts at a nearby mobile home park after residents recognized his picture in media reports.

A phone number listed in Howe's name rang without an answer Thursday.

TME Probably too late to plead the Fifth on this one.

Triple-dog dare gone wrong

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. - An Easthampton middle school student, in a scene straight out of the movie 'A Christmas Story' got their tongue stuck to a metal pole.

Fire Chief David Mottor says firefighters responded to White Brook Middle School at about 8 a.m. Wednesday, when temperatures were well below freezing.

Mottor tells The Republican that firefighters poured warm water on the student's tongue, freeing it.

The student was not injured.

The student's age and gender were not released.

In the 1983 movie, a character named Flick gets his tongue stuck to a metal pole after being triple-dog dared to do so.

TME Can we all agree that this is Scut Farkus's fault?

What's in a name?

NEWARK, Ohio - A central Ohio woman who loathed being named Sheila and wanted a moniker reflective of her personality has legally changed her first name to Sexy.

A Licking County judge on Tuesday approved the request from the 41-year-old Pataskala woman formerly named Sheila Ranea Crabtree.

In her application, Crabtree called her given name 'the ugliest one out there.' She said if the court didn't allow the switch to Sexy, she'd try to delete her given name and be known legally by her middle name, which she has used for years.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Crabtree told a judge her husband and teenage daughters approve of the change. When the judge asked why she chose Sexy, Crabtree said she's fun and free-spirited and thought the change would make her complete.

TME Anyone else delighted that this took place in Licking County?

Under the sea

HARRIMAN, Tenn. - They're taking a roll of duct tape with them when they scuba dive down to what is intended to be their undersea home for 72 days in a first-ever venture that could break a world record.

That way, 'if one of us decides they want to leave, the other one is going to duct tape them to the chair until they get over it,' said Bruce Cantrell, joking.

Cantrell, an associate professor at Roane State Community College, and adjunct instructor Jessica Fain are about to embark on what college officials call the 'most unique educational experience' in Roane State's history.

They're going to live and teach in a high-tech lab anchored 21 feet deep in an ocean lagoon in Key Largo, Fla.

And if they manage to tough it out in the tiny lab and not resurface for 72 days, they will break a Guinness world record set in 1992 for an undersea stay.

The more important facet, said Cantrell, is the novel educational effort that's planned there.

Each week, they will conduct half-hour interviews with notables ranging from Buzz Aldrin - the second astronaut to set foot on the moon - to renowned international experts on all facets of marine science.

TME This is a core course for those students looking to major in supervillainy.

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