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Weird National Briefs - November 27th, 2013

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Llama on the lam

HOLLY TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A llama spotted wandering for nearly six months in Michigan has been captured and is getting a new home. reports the llama that Kathy Kuzma calls 'Dolly' was found Saturday in Oakland County's Holly Township, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit.

Kuzma has been on the lookout for the animal, which had been wandering her neighborhood. On Saturday, Lisa Davenport came to Kuzma's house to get a look at the llama. Davenport has three llamas of her own along with other animals at a Michigan farm.

The women walked into a field to give the llama some food, and Dolly stood still instead of being her usual skittish self. They then coaxed the llama into a barn.

Davenport plans to take the llama back to her own farm.

TME Folk heroes have been born of less.

Purloined poultry

SEATTLE - Seattle police say three roommates heard an intruder enter their house and rifle through their refrigerator.

When they got out of their beds and walked out to the living room, they found the front door they'd left unlocked was standing wide open. Though the front window, they could see a man chowing down on leftover chicken taken from their kitchen. The man then walked away.

Police say on their website that officers responded to the roommates' call early Thursday morning but the suspect was gone.

The roommates told police the leftover chicken was the only thing missing.

TME Authorities suspect fowl play.

Wild wassailing

NEW YORK - The NYPD has no tolerance for an annual holiday tradition known as SantaCon.

Lt. John Cocchi of the Midtown North Precinct sent a letter to bar owners in his precinct asking them not to serve alcohol to patrons dressed as Santa Claus during the Dec. 14 event this year.

He says 'having thousands of intoxicated partygoers roam the streets urinating, littering, vomiting and vandalizing will not be tolerated in our neighborhood.'

Cocchi says the negative impact of the charity bar crawl 'will far outweigh the short-term benefit.'

The event website offers a code for participants to follow, including not drinking 'more than Santa can handle.'

According to the Daily News, the webmaster for SantaCon's home page wrote: 'SantaCon is just a silly, fun thing to do.'

TME Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus a drunk, drunk Santa Claus.

Love at first bite

love bite

RICHLAND, Wash. - A Richland couple's wedding night ended with the bride going to jail for biting the groom.

Police say the couple argued and fought Saturday night at the Red Lion Hotel in Kennewick following the ceremony.

Sgt. Ken Lattin says the 40-year-old bride was the aggressor in the fight and bit her 31-year-old husband.

Lattin told the Tri-City Herald the man stood by his bride and refused to give police a statement or allow them to take a photo of the bite mark.

TME Coming soon: '50 Shades of Gray The Later Years.'

Back seat baby

PHILADELPHIA - A woman giving birth in the back seat of a taxi got some help from a quick-thinking Philadelphia police officer.

Kimberly Anderson tells KYW-TV that her son wasn't supposed to be born for a few weeks.

But when she started feeling contractions on Friday morning, she took a cab to the hospital.

The infant started coming out before they arrived. So the taxi driver flagged down Officer Gary Kustra.

Kustra says the newborn wasn't breathing. He says he cleared out the baby's passageways until the boy started to cry.

Mother and son were taken to the emergency room, where doctors praised Kustra's actions. It was the officer's first baby delivery in 11 years on the job.

Anderson and her son Sadeem are expected to be fine.

TME No word on how much the fare was.

Fungus among us

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. - A town near Philadelphia that's famous for fungus will ring in 2014 with a giant mushroom.

The 700-pound, stainless steel toadstool will be lowered from a crane Dec. 31 as residents of Kennett Square count down to the New Year.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the sculpture will be more than 7 feet wide and 8 feet tall.

Kennett Square calls itself the mushroom capital of the world because area farms account for about half of U.S. mushroom production.

The mushroom joins a slew of quirky New Year's Eve traditions in Pennsylvania.

In Bethlehem, residents celebrate Jan. 1 by lowering an 85-pound statue of a Marshmallow Peep, since the treats are made locally. In Easton, officials drop a 10-foot-tall lighted crayon because the city is home to Crayola Inc.

TME The mayor of that town sounds like a fungi.

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