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Weird National Briefs (06/20/2018)

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Fireball fiasco

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Add Fireball to the menu served up by Arkansas roads.

Two tractor-trailers collided Thursday on Interstate 40 in central Arkansas, causing one to spill hundreds of mini-bottles of the cinnamon-flavored whiskey on the highway.

Over the past year, Arkansas drivers have endured a veritable feast spilled on their roadways. Trucks carrying bourbon, frozen pizzas, pasta sauce and gin have all dumped their wares on the asphalt.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Danny Straessle says investigators are still looking into the cause of Thursday’s wreck, which caused major delays in both directions for a few hours.

He says one truck’s cab caught fire and at least one person was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

TME – It could have been worse – at least it wasn’t Allen’s.

Tailpipe tizzy

WINSTED, Minn. - A young woman endured an exhaust-ing ordeal when she got her head stuck in a truck’s oversized tailpipe at a Minnesota music festival.

Firefighters used a power saw to free the woman from her predicament at last weekend’s Winstock Music Festival in Winsted, about 40 miles west of Minneapolis. Video of the rescue was posted on Facebook.

KARE-TV reports that it’s unknown how she ended up with her head in the tailpipe, but alcohol may have been a factor: The McLeod County Sheriff’s Office says she was cited for underage drinking and escorted out.

TME – She had grand plans, but it was nothing but a pipe dream.

Dog days

SPRING LAKE PARK, Minn. - “Roof! Roof!” He was practically begging to be rescued.

Firefighters in the Minneapolis suburb of Spring Lake Park on Friday managed to help a 180-pound (82-kilogram) Saint Bernard named Whiskey who had gotten stuck on the small roof of the overhang at a side door of his home.

The homeowner’s mother was housesitting when Whiskey pushed out a window screen and jumped onto the second-story overhang.

She and police tried to coax him back inside with dog treats, but to no avail, so firefighters with a ladder truck were summoned. One firefighter on a ladder and two inside eventually managed to pull Whiskey safely into the house.

TME – How much is that doggie on the rooftop?

Beaver’s booze ooze

TAMWORTH, N.H. - Beaver-flavored whiskey, anyone?

A New Hampshire distillery has a new bourbon, Eau De Musc, flavored partly by the secretion from a beaver’s castor sacs.

Tamworth Distilling says the secretion, called castoreum, has a history of being used as a flavoring and is on a small list of FDA ingredients called “generally recognized as safe.”

The distillery says on its website castoreum “exhibits bright and fruit qualities (raspberry) and rich leathery notes along with creamy vanilla aroma,” common among barrel-aged spirits.

Other ingredients are raspberry, Canadian snakeroot, fir needles, birch bark (tar oil and regular oil) and maple syrup.

TME – Scoff all you like – that’s dam good bourbon.

Prodigious paper plane

FITCHBURG, Mass. - Residents of a Massachusetts city are hoping to set a world record for the largest paper airplane.

The Revolving Museum of Fitchburg revealed a 64-foot-long (19.5-meter-long) plane at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport on Tuesday. There was no plan to fly the nearly 1-ton (0.9-metric ton) contraption.

Fitchburg artist Jerry Beck tells the Sentinel & Enterprise he wanted to break the world record for the largest paper airplane to take flight but the hangar it was built in was too small to accommodate a wide enough wing span to support the glue-shellacked plane.

A construction crane held the plane aloft.

Two people measured the plane at 64 feet and 6 inches long, which Beck says makes it is the largest of its kind. He’s asking Guinness World Records to add a new category.

TME – This is what happens when you get bored in the world’s largest study hall.

Bedside matter

MEDFORD, Mass. - A recent college graduate desperate to recover a family heirloom mistakenly left curbside when he moved out of his apartment is plastering his neighborhood with signs warning, “My mother will kill me.”

Colin Trimmer is offering a reward for the return of his great-grandmother’s iron and brass bed frame, given to him by his mother when he moved into his apartment near Tufts University.

The bed frame was left curbside last month by new tenants of the apartment, who mistakenly thought Trimmer had already moved out and it was trash.

Trimmer’s mother, Carol Kazmer, tells the Boston Globe the bed frame was one of the few items her grandmother had to leave to her 17 grandchildren.

She says the bed frame is “just a thing,” but she’d like it back and the reward would be “sizable.”

TME – We assume Angela Lansbury is a person of interest.

Get out the vote

RUSO, N.D. - The man believed to be North Dakota’s oldest mayor has breezed to another term, winning unanimously in a vote that saw 100 percent turnout.

Ruso Mayor Bruce Lorenz captured all three votes cast in the state’s smallest incorporated city, the Minot Daily News reported.

The 86-year-old retired rural mail carrier estimates he’s been mayor for more than three decades. He said he forgot Tuesday was election day until his daughter reminded him.

“I’ll have to go down the street and see if I can find a cigar,” he quipped.

Recent health issues have caused Lorenz to move into an assisted living facility in Minot, which may limit his duties as mayor.

“My health went to pot this spring,” he said. “I can’t even walk anymore without a walker. Life gives us some strange roads. We’ll see what takes place.”

Lorenz said he’ll still serve as mayor. He does have a platform - he wants to get rural water service in the McLean County town.

“We need rural water but it’s too expensive for just a couple of people,” he said. “Ruso is pretty small all right.”

In the only other contest on Tuesday’s ballot, Terry Roloson was re-elected to City Council after also garnering all three votes cast.

TME – Every vote counts.

Last modified on Tuesday, 14 August 2018 19:46

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