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Weird National Briefs (04/04/2018)

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Mature remarriage

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A half century after getting a divorce, a Kentucky couple plans to get married again.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports 83-year-old Harold Holland and 78-year-old Lillian Barnes will exchange wedding vows on April 14 in Lexington. Their grandson will perform the ceremony at Trinity Baptist Church.

Holland and Barnes first got married on Christmas Eve in 1955. They had five children together before splitting up. Holland says his job kept him away from the family and that the breakup was “100 percent my fault.”

Both remarried and their spouses died in 2015.

After that, Holland and Barnes attended a family reunion, and by last December, they were talking marriage again.

Holland says, “We decided we want to walk the last mile together.”

TME – If at first you don’t succeed … wait 50 years and see what happens.

Stripped safety

FOSTER, R.I. - A Rhode Island nudist campground is looking for a lifeguard, and the uniform is cheap: nothing.

The Providence Journal reports Dyer Woods Nudist Campgrounds’ help wanted notice for a lifeguard this summer says qualified candidates must have “excellent communication skills” and the ability to “work as part of a team.”

Campground president Jim Johnson says the lifeguard can wear a swimsuit but it’s not necessary.

The campground offers swimming, hiking, volleyball and a sauna for people who aren’t afraid to bare it all.

Johnson says there’s “really no difference” between the Dyer Woods camp in Foster and a regular campground. He says “it’s a family campground and people just show up to relax.”

Johnson says once people try going au naturel in nature they’ll “fall in love with it.”

TME – Be sure to use a LOT of sunscreen.

Literal carpooling

OKALOOSA ISLAND, Fla. - A Florida family found a new way to carpool when their car ended accidentally rolled into a swimming pool.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s officials said in a Facebook posting that a woman thought she put her car in park when she ran back into her apartment to grab some money Tuesday. But the blue car with her husband and daughter inside crashed through a gate and ended up in a swimming pool.

Deputies responding to a “car in pool” call said everyone was OK. But the car had to be pulled from the bottom of the pool.

Okaloosa Island is in Florida’s Panhandle.

TME – Were they heading to swim lessons?

Estate sale escapades

LONGMONT, Colo. - A Colorado woman says her house was ransacked by people who mistakenly thought it was the site of an estate sale.

The Daily Camera reports Mary Andrews says she left her Longmont home unlocked and came back Friday morning to find people taking items from her house.

Longmont police told Andrews it was a “very, very bad misunderstanding.”

Andrews says a house just a few doors down was having an estate sale, and somehow someone got into her house and began spreading the rumor that an estate sale was going on there and that everything was free.

Despite the mix-up, Andrews says people should have found something odd about an estate sale where everything was being given away at no cost.

Police say they have closed the case because they do not have any suspect leads.

Longmont is about an hour north of Denver.

TME – Sounds like a great way to clean out a garage.

Bawdy to bunny

MANSFIELD, Ohio - Police say an Ohio woman has been arrested for making lewd comments to an Easter Bunny.

Authorities say they were called to Richland Carrousel Park in Mansfield on Saturday after the woman made the comments while taking a picture with the Easter Bunny. Police report she began to ride the carousel after making the comments.

Arriving officers reported the 54-year-old appeared to be intoxicated, with slurred speech and unsteadiness on her feet.

The woman was arrested for drunkenness and transported to the county jail in Mansfield, about 70 miles north of Columbus. Authorities say she was issued a summons to appear in court and has since been released from jail.

TME – You don’t even want to know what she said to Santa.

Cat(nap) burglar

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Police say they caught a suspected burglar snoozing inside a Connecticut home.

Officers responded to the break-in around 7 a.m. Sunday in New Haven. The homeowner wasn’t inside at the time, but she watched the suspect through a surveillance system.

Police say they found the 27-year-old suspect sleeping on the living room sofa.

He has been charged with third-degree burglary and first-degree criminal trespass.

TME – Breaking and entering can be very relaxing.

Eye denied

CONCORD, N.H. - An artist who projected an image of a gigantic eye gazing over Main Street in New Hampshire’s capital city is shutting it down after two years.

Artist Tom Devaney created the projection of his right eye from his studio in Concord. A few other eyes made guest appearances.

Devaney tells the Concord Monitor he’s making space for new works.

The project caught the eye of passers-by and became quite the conversation piece. Devaney says it was born from 3D video mapping techniques he was working on. Video of the blue-green eye moving and blinking were projected onto a foam board structure.

Devaney says he could operate the eye remotely from home. He also had a camera in the studio to see who was looking at it. He’s holding a Say Goodbye to the Concord Eye send-off Thursday.

TME – Apparently, the eyes no longer have it.


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