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Weird National Briefs (05/08/2019)

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Hot to trot

FRANKFURT, Germany - Not far from the glass and steel towers of Germany’s banking capital, a 22-year-old Arabian mare is causing a stir with her languid daily strolls through a Frankfurt neighborhood.

Owner Werner Weischedel says his old nag Jenny, who’s recently found social media fame after a local news show about it went viral, has been taking her 20-kilometer daily jaunts for 14 years - preferring to escape the confines of her home field to nibble on tasty vegetation on the Main river banks.

“Everybody knows her,” the 79-year-old said Tuesday.

Jenny ambles along cobblestone streets and pedestrian paths, avoiding joggers, families and vehicles.

Surprised newcomers occasionally call authorities, so she wears a note on her neck: “My name is Jenny, I didn’t run away, I’m just going for a walk.”

TME – Just your standard equestrian pedestrian.

Carry-on crap

JUNEAU, Alaska - Politics can stink.

That was the message delivered by a traveler to airport inspectors in Alaska who found moose nuggets inside his carry-on bag.

KTOO Public Media reports the man told agents he collects the droppings and likes to present it “for politicians and their bleep policies.”

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein says the discovery didn’t warrant writing a report and the man was sent on his way with the poop.

It’s not known if it was the same person, but a man was seen passing out baggies of moose nuggets at the Capitol on the same day as a protest against the governor’s proposed budget.

TME – Nice to see people who really give a s—t.

Cute commute

BOSTON - A surprise passenger hitched a ride on a Boston commuter trolley, frightening some people at first, but warming their hearts when it willingly snuggled in a human passenger’s arms.

Commuters say a squirrel bounded onto a Red Line trolley Monday morning at an aboveground stop, prompting some passengers to hop onto their seats.

Passenger Rosanne Foley, the executive director of the Boston Landmarks Commission, posted a Twitter photo of the squirrel resting on another person’s arm. She tells someone even tried to feed the rodent a piece of granola bar.

The rodent rider was let off by passengers at another aboveground station.

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority spokeswoman Lisa Battiston commended the kindness of passengers but warned against interacting with wild animals on a train.

TME – We would watch HBO’s “Squirrel and the City.”

Manning the hose

LYNN, Mass. - A Massachusetts firefighter police say walked naked into a Rhode Island convenience store on a dare to buy a soda says it never happened.

Lynnfield fire Capt. John Walsh was charged with disorderly conduct after an employee at the Middletown store reported the nude customer April 3.

Walsh and a woman, both clothed, were pulled over a short time later. The police report says when asked, Walsh admitted entering the store naked on a dare from his girlfriend.

Walsh tells The Daily Item of Lynn “The bulk of the allegation is untrue” and disputes the officer’s report. Walsh, a 40-year department veteran, says he’s a defense attorney and would never counsel a client to answer such a question from police.

He’s on paid leave and is due back in court May 10.

TME – You usually have to buy a calendar to get that kind of show.

Bee aggressive

TEMPE, Ariz. - An Arizona woman is recovering from more than 20 bee stings after heavy winds blew a hive off a tree and it landed on her head.

Firefighters in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe say it happened Monday afternoon as the woman picked up her child from daycare.

Assistant Chief Andrea Glass says the woman happened to be walking under the tree where the hive was when wind blew it off.

The National Weather Service says wind gusts around metro Phoenix reached 45 mph.

Glass says the woman was stung 20 to 30 times on and around her head.

She was evaluated and opted to have her husband drive her to a hospital.

Firefighters sprayed the hive with foam because of its proximity to the daycare and a school.

TME – The whole town was buzzing.

Reptile dysfunction

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - An iguana injured when a man pulled the lizard from under his shirt and threw it at an Ohio restaurant manager remains in protective custody as a humane society awaits court permission to provide medical treatment.

WEWS-TV reports the Lake County Humane Society outside Cleveland says the iguana named “Copper” by police has a broken leg, metabolic bone disease and other ailments and needs surgery costing around $1,600.

Authorities say the iguana’s owner was crouched in a booth at a Perkins Restaurant in Painesville on April 16 when he threw a menu at a waitress and then tossed the lizard at the manager when he intervened. Painesville is roughly 30 miles northeast of Cleveland.

The iguana’s 49-year-old owner has been charged with cruelty to animals and disorderly conduct.

TME – What kind of monster takes an iguana to a Perkins?

Gigantic garage sale

MINNEAPOLIS - The Kentucky Derby isn’t the only spectacle on the first weekend in May. There’s also the 100 Mile Garage Sale.

The annual bargain shopping event along both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the Mississippi River has been happening for more than two decades. The sale follows Highway 35 in Wisconsin from Fountain City to Prescott and Highway 61 in Minnesota from Red Wing to Winona.

Pat Mutter, executive director of a convention and visitors bureau in Winona, Minnesota, says the sale draws people from around the country. It is sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Partners, which runs a website that lists the sales, addresses and brief description of inventory.

Lake City, Minnesota, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michelle Larson says the sale also benefits local restaurants and convenience stores.

TME – Technically, it’s a 176,000-yard sale.


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