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Weird National Briefs - Sept 11, 2013

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Spicy subterfuge

COLUMBUS, New Mexico - Authorities say an immigrant suspected of entering the country illegally attempted to make his journey in a shipment of red chile.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at a New Mexico border checkpoint said the man was discovered Thursday face down among a commercial load of the spicy stuff.

Columbus Port Director Robert Reza says next to the 'highly intoxicated' 35-year-old was a bottle of tequila.

The man, who authorities described as a Mexican national, told agents that he climbed into the commercial hopper while it was being staged in Mexico. He got into the truck-full of chile in hopes of catching a ride to Chicago, the El Paso Times reported.

Agents said he got less than 100 yards into New Mexico before he was discovered. He will be returned to Mexico, officials said.

The red chile shipment was later released.

TME Nothing like a border crossing you can measure on the Scoville scale.

Spelchek iz importunt

MOORHEAD, Minn. - Students who worked on the Moorhead High School yearbook this year have learned a hard lesson about proofreading, after misspelling the Minnesota school's name on the front cover.

A Forum News Service report says the 2013 yearbook arrived this week with the school's name spelled 'Moorehead.'

Moorhead school officials say the mistake slipped past an adviser and two classes of students who worked on it during the school year. They finalized it after graduation and sent it to be printed this summer.

The district can't afford to reprint the yearbooks. Principal Dave Lawrence says one option is to use a high-quality adhesive label to cover the mistake.

District spokeswoman Pam Gibb says people feel very bad about what happened.

The yearbook's title is 'Moments Fade, But Memories Stay.'

TME Like anyone needed another reason to make fun of a school named 'Moorhead.'

Go Speed Racer!

NEW YORK - The NYPD has identified the driver who allegedly posted an Internet video of himself speeding around Manhattan in just over 24 minutes.

Police on Thursday arrested 30-year-old Christopher Adam Tang of Manhattan. They charged him with reckless driving, reckless endangerment and other charges. Police also seized his 2006 BNW Z4.

The video was posted on Aug. 28.

With a camera mounted on the dashboard, the video records the car traveling southbound on the FDR Drive from 116th Street to Battery Park and then up West Street back to 116th Street. Along the 26.4-mile loop, it stops for six red lights.

Electronic dance music provides the soundtrack as a stopwatch superimposed on the screen keeps time: 24 minutes and 7 seconds.

There was no listing for Tang in Manhattan.

TME He was shooting for zero to moron in 24 minutes flat.

Pachyderm Popsicle

VIENNA - Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is reporting the first live birth of an elephant through artificial insemination using frozen sperm.

Zoo veterinarian Thomas Voracek calls the birth of the female calf on Wednesday evening 'a milestone.'

It's relatively common for elephants to be impregnated using artificial insemination, but Voracek said Thursday that using frozen sperm successfully is an important contribution to the preservation of the species. That's because the method allows sperm to be used over a longer period.

The zoo says the sperm came from Steve, a wild bull elephant at the Phinda game reserve in South Africa's Kwazulu-Natal province. The baby's mother, Tonga, has been at the zoo in Vienna since 1998.

TME We're trying desperately not to think too hard about the logistics of this.

A honey boo boo?

SALT LAKE CITY - What appears to be red honey is showing up in some Utah beehives and state officials say it may be coming from bugs feasting on candy cane byproduct.

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food officials say they've received several complaints about the odd-colored goo in hives in Davis, Salt Lake and Utah counties. They say the bees were apparently fed the byproduct that came from a candy factory.

Officials say they don't have any reason to call the red substance unsafe, but advise beekeepers not to mix it with normal-colored honey and to report it to the state.

Regulators are investigating whether the substance can be considered honey. Beehive State standards define honey as a product that originates from a floral source.

TME We blame Willy Wonka.

Wouldn't it be nice?

CLEVELAND - A northeast Ohio couple had planned every detail of their wedding _ except for the sound check of a Beach Boys concert next door during their ceremony.

A few bars of 'God Only Knows' played as Mark Kent and Jaime Diadium exchanged vows next to the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland last month.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/17uYbzg) reports that when the band found out about the timing of its sound check, the newlyweds' guests were told they could attend the concert for free. Many of them wandered over for a couple of songs.

When the bride stopped by the concert, she was brought on stage for the encore and played the tambourine next to Mike Love as he sang 'Fun, Fun, Fun.'

TME Just don't let Brian Wilson near the cake. Or the bride, for that matter.

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