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Weird National Briefs (05/30/2018)

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Bunny funny business

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A Gainesville man who neighbors say is responsible for a outbreak of loose rabbits in their neighborhood has been fined by the city for a second time.

The Gainesville Sun reports that 57-year-old Von “Aspen” Ruder owns about 25 rabbits, surpassing the city’s two-bunny limit.

On Friday, Ruder was fined by Gainesville’s code enforcement department for $521.50. In March he was cited $271.50.

In February, Ruder unsuccessfully petitioned the city to establish a medical exception that would allow him to keep the rabbits. He said the rabbits help with his Tourette’s syndrome and PTSD from losing his leg more than 30 years ago in a rock-climbing accident.

Ruder denies being the cause of the rabbit outbreak in the quite community, though he admits that some breed and get loose.

TME – Folks must be hopping mad.

Headstand and deliver

KETCHIKAN, Alaska - A 71-year-old woman has completed her mission of performing a headstand in all 50 states.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports retiree Anne Bruinooge checked the last state off her list Thursday as she laid down a mat and did a headstand outside of the Alaska newspaper’s office.

Bruinooge says she has been traveling around the country for the past decade, doing headstands in every state that she and her husband visit.

Bruinooge, who is an avid participant of yoga, says her motivation was simply “the fun of doing headstands.”

Bruinooge says she isn’t sure if anyone else has ever attempted to do a headstand in each state.

TME – She’s got a good head on her shoulders.

Feathered fracas

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - A tractor-trailer made a fowl mess when it rolled over in Washington state. It dumped about 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers across Interstate 5.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Rick Johnson says the driver told investigators he fell asleep at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday north of Tacoma and lost control of the truck, which hit a guardrail and overturned.

The truck was hauling the feathers from a poultry facility to a rendering company in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Canadian company recycles animal byproducts into ingredients for items including pet feed and soap.

The News Tribune newspaper of Tacoma reports traffic backed up for 11 miles as crews scooped up the feathers.

Johnson said the driver would be cited for negligent driving.

TME – At least it wasn’t 40,000 pounds of bricks.

Fool’s gold

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Fake promotional gold bars apparently appeared so much like the real thing that someone broke into a western Michigan flooring shop to take them.

WXMI-TV reports Old to Gold Hardwood Floors owner Rowdy Lapham arrived at work Monday to find his store in Grand Rapids burglarized. Foam rubber gold bars featuring the company’s logo were strewn about.

A rock was used to break through a window around 2 a.m. Sunday. The burglar was seen on surveillance video roaming through the shop.

Employee Nick Butler tells WZZM-TV that the thief may have walked past a window and saw the stack of bars and “thought, wow, someone forgot to put these gold bars away.”

The squeezable bars are for stress relief. Butler says the company’s motto is stress-free flooring.

TME – All that glitters …

Zombie alert!

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - Officials say they still don’t know who sent a “zombie alert” to residents of a Florida city following a power outage.

Lake Worth spokesman Ben Kerr says an independent investigation is underway to determine who was behind the message sent to some 7,880 customers during a 27-minute power outage Sunday.

During the city’s own investigation, Kerr says officials determined that no current or former employees edited the pre-prepared message to include the warning of a zombie invasion. He tells the Palm Beach Post that “no one was fired for it.”

Kerr said a hacking issue came up during Hurricane Irma last September. But that issue was dealt with quickly. He added that officials thought they got to all the messages, “but it turns out there was one hiding in the system.”

TME – Would anyone be surprised if the zombie outbreak started in Florida?

Car trouble

CANTON, Conn. - What might be the world’s hairiest vandal has destroyed the interior of a Connecticut woman’s car.

Linda Morad tells WFSB-TV she was house-sitting in Canton last Friday when she noticed her car lights on and heard strange noises. She called police.

Officers found a full-grown bear that had somehow gotten into Morad’s car and could not get out.

Police opened a door, ran to the other side of the vehicle, and the bear scampered into the woods.

The car’s exterior was almost untouched, but the car’s interior was torn to shreds. Morad says her insurance company tells her the vehicle is totaled.

There was no food in the car, but Morad had taken some garbage to the dump earlier that day. She thinks the smell attracted the bear.

TME – He was just seeking the bear necessities.

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