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Weird National Briefs - February 5th, 2014

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A new city rule allows taxi drivers to tack on a $50 fee to fares who soil their vehicles, requiring the driver to leave the road and clean up.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that drivers hope the fee, which went into effect at the end of 2013, will serve as a deterrent.

The rule says drunken passengers who soil cabs 'with bodily fluids or solids' can be charged as long as drivers post a sign and verbally explain the fee.

Drivers must assess the fee at the end of the ride. If a passenger refuses to pay, the driver can call police.

TME Are we alone in thinking that it's totally worth $50 to poop in a taxi?

Not-so-grand theft

CHICAGO - Chicago police say a man who allegedly tried to steal a woman's car got a big surprise when she handed over the keys - then shut him inside her garage.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 21-year-old Andre Bacon is charged with attempted vehicular hijacking and theft and was ordered held Sunday in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Police say Bacon approached the woman Saturday and repeatedly demanded that she give him the keys to her 2012 Acura MDX, which was parked in her garage.

She did, but then closed the door behind her and called police. Police reports say Bacon was trapped inside until officers arrested him around 7:30 p.m.

He allegedly was sitting in the driver's seat with the keys in the ignition when police got there.

TME Like the saying goes: when God closes a door, wait patiently until the cops show up.

Mastication mastery

JOHNSTON, Iowa - A 120-pound Nebraska woman has set another record during the Adam Emmenecker Challenge at Jethro's BBQ n' Pork Chop Grill in Johnston

The Des Moines Register says Molly Schuyler, of Bellevue, Neb., on Sunday downed the 5-pound championship meal in four minutes and 50 seconds, paring more than 2 minutes off her old record. The competition is named for a former Drake University basketball player.

Schuyler says she wasn't feeling so well after so much competition over the past few days.

On Friday she won $22,000 at Philadelphia's Wing Bowl by consuming 363 wings in 30 minutes. On Saturday she won the Pancake Bowl at the International House of Pancakes in Urbandale. Later in the day she won again at the Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival.

TME And thus a legend was born

Twelve if by air

MINNEAPOLIS - A craft brewer had a plan to deliver beer to thirsty ice fishing anglers on a Minnesota lake until the Federal Aviation Administration stepped in and grounded the idea.

Lakemaid Beer would deliver a 12-pack of its lager to anglers on central Minnesota's Lake Mille Lacs using a drone. It would take orders using GPS coordinates.

Lakemaid president Jack Supple tested the idea on Lake Waconia and then posted a video on the brewer's Facebook page. The Star Tribune says that's when the FAA caught wind of the business plan and told Supple his commercial use of an unmanned aircraft isn't permitted.

So for now, the Stevens Point, Wis., brewer will deliver its beer to retailers by land. Lakemaid's promotional tagline is 'great fishermen need great beer.' It just won't be delivered by air.

TME Best drone strike ever.

Cobra casino

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - An eastern Pennsylvania casino is trying to dispel a bizarre rumor.

The Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem says an online rumor about snakes biting patrons is completely false.

Casino spokeswoman Julia Corwin tells The Express-Times that there have been no reported incidents of snakes at the Sands. She says if it was true, the critter would have been captured by the casino's sophisticated surveillance cameras.

The rumor circulating on Facebook claims someone went to their doctor with some kind of bite, and the doctor diagnosed a snake bite and asked immediately whether the patient had recently visited the Bethlehem casino.

State police, who operate the Sands Casino Station inside the facility, report 'absolutely zero snakes' there, according to state Trooper William Ortiz.

TME Kind of gives rolling snake eyes a whole new meaning.

Das Furzenrind!

BERLIN - A herd of dairy cows nearly lifted the roof off their barn in central Germany when methane released by the animals caused an explosion.

Police in Hesse state said in a statement that a static electric charge apparently triggered the detonation, and a spurt of flame, on Monday at a farm in Rasdorf. The roof was slightly damaged and one cow suffered light burns. No people were hurt.

Police say 90 cows are kept in the shed and it wasn't clear why quantities of methane had built up. Bovine belching and flatulence releases large quantities of the gas.

TME David Hasselhoff was unavailable for comment.

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