Wednesday, 12 September 2012 11:55

September 12, 2012

Borough councilman beef

MOUNT JEWETT, Pa. - Two borough councilmen from northwestern Pennsylvania are sparring over an alleged spoof of country music star Toby Keith's hit song ``Red Solo Cup.''

The Bradford Era reports Monday that Mount Jewett Councilman Jim Troutman wants fellow councilman Brett Morgan to resign. That's because Troutman claims Morgan changed the lyrics to the song during the town's annual Swedish Festival last month to make an allegedly insulting reference to Troutman's trash-hauling business, Troutman Sanitation.

Morgan didn't immediately return a call to respond to Troutman's claim that Morgan substituted the words ``Red Roll-Off Truck'' _ an alleged reference to a kind of garbage truck _ while on stage at the festival Aug. 10.

The song celebrates disposable cups commonly used at drinking parties.

The newspaper says the councilmen have long been rivals in the borough about 115 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

TME Nobody fusses and/or feuds like minor elected officials.

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:08

August 29, 2012

Casino cougar (not that kind)

RENO, Nev. - A mountain lion has been caught after trying to slip into a casino in downtown Reno, Nevada, ahead of the breakfast rush.

Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy says the young male cat's behavior was 'almost the equivalent of being a stupid teenager.'

Healy says coming-of-age cougars often end up where they shouldn't after being chased out of a territory by adults.

Guests at Harrah's reported seeing the 100-pound cat trying to walk into the casino Friday morning. When the animal couldn't negotiate the revolving door, it hid under an outdoor stage in a nearby plaza.

State wildlife officials tranquilized the roughly 2-year-old cat and plan to release it into the wild after tagging it for participation in a University of Nevada, Reno study.

No injuries were reported.

TME He just wanted to put down two bills on Detroit winning the Super Bowl.

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012 12:28

August 22, 2012

Is nothing sacred?

RYE BROOK, N.Y. - Bryan and Jordan Silverman are creators of toilet tissue printed with ads, and sometimes with coupon codes that can be read by cellphones. The Journal-News says in a story Sunday that the brothers expect their product to appear this fall in the Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library.

Twenty-two-year-old Jordan Silverman came up with the idea for Star Toilet Paper in 2010. His 18-year-old brother tells the newspaper that he was initially skeptical but came to see it as advertising to 'a really captive audience.'

The brothers from Rye Brook have entered their concept in a contest run by Entrepreneur magazine.

TME If they call the TP discount codes 'poopons,' we're totally in.

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012 12:45

August 15, 2012

What's the buzz?

NEW YORK - A vibrator giveaway that attracted long lines for 10,000 free sex toys came to an abrupt end when New York City told the promoters to pack it up.

The Trojan condom company set up 'Pleasure Carts' on Wednesday in two Manhattan neighborhoods. Nearly 300 people had lined up at each of the hot dog-style carts.

According to the New York Post newspaper, a city representative told the promoters to shut down because of crowds.

One of those on line, Melody Henry, grumbled that Mayor Michael Bloomberg 'doesn't want anyone to have fun.'

The city says the promotional event could resume at a later date with proper permits.

TME No word on when the replacement Neck Massager Carts' will hit the streets.

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Wednesday, 08 August 2012 14:09

August 8, 2012

A harsher reality

INDIANA, Pa. - Police have charged two out-of-state men with robbing two other men in western Pennsylvania by claiming they were recording a video for a reality TV show called 'You Just Got Robbed.'

Police in Indiana, Pa., tell The Associated Press the incident happened about 1:20 a.m. and that the suspects apparently attend a nearby technical school. They're identified as 21-year-old Randall Smith, of Templehill, Md., and 18-year-old Artie Goodwine, of Memphis, Tenn.

Police say one of the men put the victims into headlocks while the other recorded the robbery - in which $20 was taken from one of the victims - on a cellphone.

Online court records don't list attorneys for the men. Smith has posted bail but Goodwine remained in the Indiana County Jail on Monday, about 45 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

TME Sign those hoodlums to a development deal! 'You Just Got Robbed' is gonna be *huge*.

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Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:49

August 1, 2012

Presented without comment

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville police say a Prospect man is getting a tough lesson on ethics that probably can't be found in a book.

The Courier-Journal reported that campus police arrested Terry J. Davis on Wednesday and charged him with stealing a textbook called 'Resolving Ethical Issues' from the University of Louisville's Health Sciences Center.

Police say Davis later tried to sell the book to Gray's College Bookstore in Louisville.

The arrest report said surveillance video cameras captured the theft and attempt to sell the book.

TME Seriously you can't make this stuff up.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 13:10

July 25, 2012

Goatman Begins

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah wildlife officials want to talk to a man spotted in the mountains wearing a goat suit amid a herd of real wild goats.

Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources says the person is doing nothing illegal, but he worries the so-called 'goat man' is unaware of the dangers.

Sixty permits will be issued for goat hunting season in September in the same area in the mountains above Ogden, north of Salt Lake City. Douglass also says the goats could be dangerous.

A man hiking along Ben Lomond peak in the Wasatch Range spotted the goat man on Sunday. Douglass says the hiker took blurry photographs and it was clear they weren't altered.

He says the man may just be a wildlife enthusiast.

TME And Christopher Nolan just found the centerpiece of his next trilogy.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Wednesday, 11 July 2012 11:29

July 11, 2012

It's the pits

EAU CLAIRE, Mich. (AP) - There was a big upset at the annual International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship in southwestern Michigan.

For the first time in 20 years, the winner was not named Krause or Lessard.

Ronn Matt of Chicago won the competition Saturday afternoon by spitting a pit 69 feet at Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm near Eau Claire, just north of the Indiana border.

Members of the Krause and Lessard families have dominated the event since 1992.

Brian ``Young Gun'' Krause of Dimondale holds the world record of more than 93 feet, and has won the past two years.

But Krause finished fifth Saturday with a spit of 52 feet, 10 inches.

Owner Herb Teichman launched the tournament on a lark nearly four decades ago. It now attracts competitors from the U.S. and beyond.

TME: Sometimes life is a bowl of cherries. And spitting.

Published in Weird National Briefs
Tuesday, 03 July 2012 12:30

July 4, 2012

Team Jailbird

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) A New Mexico woman was arrested and spent a night in jail for not returning the book 'Twilight' and two-DVD set 'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' back to the library on time.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Lori Teel was arrested and handcuffed at her Portales home in front of her five small children earlier this month for the $36 worth of library materials not returned since 2010.

Her attorney says arrest warrants were mailed last year to an address at which Teel hadn't lived since childhood, but Teal was arrested by officers investigating a disturbance.

Her charges were dismissed.

TME: We happen to think anyone who reads Twilight' should go to jail.

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Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:11

June 27, 2012


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Police say a 42-year-old father and his 15-year-old son are facing charges after the pair got into a violent altercation with the owners of an Albuquerque medical marijuana dispensary.

KOAT-TV reports that police say the fight last week began after Raul Garay was denied medical marijuana and threatened the owner of Zia Health and Wellness with an airsoft gun.

The owner told police that Garay also bit him and the owner's son, a dispensary employee.

Police say Garay's son then struck the owner of a marijuana dispensary in the back with a golf club during a melee in the parking lot.

The elder Garay was charged with aggravated assault and child abuse. The son was charged with two counts of aggravated battery.

It was unclear if either had attorneys.

TME Apparently, they hit up the bath salts dispensary first.

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