Wednesday, 14 October 2015 00:11

Weird National Briefs - (10/14/15)

Dance fever

D'IBERVILLE, Miss. - The owner of a D'Iberville liquor store has asked for help identifying a woman shown on surveillance video dancing after apparently stealing a bottle, and a man putting a bottle or two down his pants.

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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 17:32

Weird National Briefs - (10/07/15)

What a relief!

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco officials say they plan to double the number of walls painted with pee-repellent paint because the program to stop people from peeing in public places is working.

Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru tells the San Francisco Chronicle eight more walls will be painted next week in three of the most problematic neighborhoods.

In July, the public works department painted nine walls in the Tenderloin, the Mission and South of Market neighborhoods.

The surfaces make urine bounce right back onto the shoes and pants of unsuspecting relief-seekers.

The paint was first used in Hamburg, Germany, where beer drinkers often can't be bothered to find a bathroom.

Signs over the walls read, 'Hold it! This wall is not a public restroom. Please respect San Francisco and seek relief in an appropriate place.'

TME Don't make them call the San Francisco Pee D.

The Origin of Feces

BRADENTON, Fla. - The South Florida Museum in Bradenton will open a new exhibit, one that leaves many feeling slightly grossed-out.

The Bradenton Herald reports that on Saturday, the museum will launch 'The Amazing Coprolite Collection.'

Coprolite is fossilized poop.

The exhibit is George Frandsen's Guinness World Records-certified world's largest private collection of fossilized dung - 1,277 individual coprolites from 15 states and eight countries.

In August, two paleontology specialists from the Florida Museum of Natural History inspected all the specimens in the collection to verify authenticity. More than 30 had to be 'flushed' when they were determined to be fake poop.

TME What a crappy museum.

Flatulent firing

TRENTON, N.J. - One of New Jersey's top pork roll makers is being sued by the wife of an employee who she says was fired for passing too much gas in the office.

The Home News Tribune reports that Louann Clem says in the lawsuit that her husband suffered serious consequences from gastric bypass surgery. Those included extreme gas and uncontrollable diarrhea.

The lawsuit alleges that Case Pork Roll Co. President Thomas Dolan complained about the side effects and told Rich Clem to work from home because he made the office smell. His wife also worked there.

But owner Tom Grieb says neither of them was fired. He says business wasn't good and they didn't want to take a pay cut and walked out.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory damages.

TME You'd think a pork roll company would be sympathetic to gastrointestinal distress.

Merry election season!

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A man whose legal name is Santa Claus is running for a City Council seat in the tiny Alaska town of North Pole.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Claus has launched a write-in campaign for the office. Claus, whose driver's license bears his legal name of Santa Claus, is the president of the North Pole Chamber of Commerce.

Two seats on the City Council are up for election. No one filed for office, however, during the regular filing period.

TME Santa Claus is coming to townoffice.

Another one drives the bus

WAUKEE, Iowa - An Iowa school district had to dispatch a second bus and driver to pick up students because the first driver quit midway through her morning route.

The incident occurred Tuesday morning in Waukee. Waukee Community School District spokeswoman Nicole Lawrence says no students were endangered.

The driver picked up some students and took them to school before returning the bus to the district lot. The second bus was sent out when district administrator learned some students had not been picked up.

It's not clear what made the bus driver quit so abruptly. A representative for the district bus service contactor did not return calls seeking comment.

TME She determined that driving a bus is the route of all evil.


UPPER DARBY, Pa. - Police in the Philadelphia suburbs say the Man of Steal was undone by his Superman T-shirt.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports 18-year-old Kyree Henneghan was charged with two Upper Darby burglaries that police linked him to because of the shirt.

Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood says a man wearing a T-shirt with the Superman shield broke into one home on Sept. 24 and a second on Tuesday. In that heist, the homeowner walked in and Henneghan bolted with a laptop computer.

Henneghen made a not-so-speedy getaway on his BMX bicycle and police found him a short time later - still wearing the Superman shirt - trying to sell the computer to men in a car.

Online court records don't list a defense attorney. Henneghan is in the Delaware County jail.

TME It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a stolen laptop!

No TNT for TSA

DENVER - A wedding gift was no joke to TSA agents checking bags in a screening room at Denver International Airport.

An agent watching an X-ray monitor spotted wax and fuses inside a checked bag at the airport.

TSA said the bride and groom's names both start with a 'T,' so their wedding souvenirs were labeled TNT.

The incident happened Sept. 22.

TSA wrote issued a statement on Instagram that there was a 20-minute evacuation while bomb specialists checked the bag.

They determined that while the wax and fuses were on bottles that said TNT, inside was just bath salts. The bottles were wedding favors for guests.

TME What a dynamite idea!

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 21:56

Weird National Briefs - (09/30/15)

Youth gone wild

WICHITA, Kan. - A young would-be robber wielding an unusual weapon demanded cigarettes but ended up getting nervous and leaving a Wichita QuikTrip empty-handed.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 20:14

Weird National Briefs - (09/23/15)

That blows

LINCOLN, Neb. - Two men have been struck by blow darts in separate Lincoln attacks.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015 22:47

Weird National Briefs - (09/16/15)

Sweet shoplifting

ALTOONA, Pa. - Police in Pennsylvania say a repeat shoplifter has been caught with his pants up - but full of raspberry cookies.

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Tuesday, 08 September 2015 22:46

Weird National Briefs - (09/09/15)

Power wheels

MENDON, Utah - Plastic Barbie Jeeps aren't just for kids anymore.

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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 20:51

Weird National Briefs - (09/02/15)

Dog-eat-dog politics

BURLINGTON, Ky. - She might be a bit shaggy, but Lucy Lou wants to run for president _ and she comes with political experience.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015 22:27

Weird National Briefs - (08/26/15)

Criminal record

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The thieves that have twice hit a Providence vintage record store took the 'Stairway to Heaven' and made off with 'Money.'

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015 19:03

Weird National Briefs - (08/19/15)

Nude in Wisconsin, Vol. 1

WAUKESHA, Wis. - Waukesha police say a naked pickup truck driver rammed two squad cars before crashing his vehicle during a wild chase near Carroll University.

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Wednesday, 05 August 2015 20:53

Weird National Briefs - (08/05/15)

Prosthetic drumstick

CLINTON, Mass. - This chicken leg isn't for eating.

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