University of Houston student Jehv M. looked at a blank wall in his local McDonald’s and saw opportunity. Hoping to boost Asian representation in the burger chain’s advertising, Jehv created a poster featuring himself and a friend touting McDonald’s French fries. They bought used McDonald’s uniforms at a thrift store as disguises, then boldly hung the poster in a Pearland, Texas, location as customers ordered and ate around them. United Press International reported that 51 days later, the poster still hung on the wall unnoticed, as was shown in a photo on Jehv’s Twitter feed. As of Sept. 4, it was not clear whether management at McDonald’s knew of the poster’s origins.
Another Day Of Skpying With The Elf
Kimberel Eventide, 36, believes her purpose here on Earth is to help human beings become elves, just as she has. A resident of Illinois, Eventide says she is a Pleiadian Starseed — an “Otherkin” who first realized she was an elf after she read the Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. She spends her time dressing as an elf in silk, velvet or nature-inspired clothing and pointed elf ears; she doesn’t wear the fake ears all the time because “[her] own ears have a slight point to them.” Eventide’s husband supports her elfdom but “he does not understand it and does not watch many of my videos,” she said. “I am an Elven spiritual teacher who offers personal Skype online sessions to help individual souls.” Her mission, called “Projectelvenstar,” is designed to help human beings transform themselves into High Elves. “Ears are optional,” she says, “but can become a byproduct of becoming extrasensory and hearing better over time.”
High School Really Does Stink
In Memphis, Tenn., Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson was looking for a temporary home for Kirby High School’s 800 students after closing the school due to a rat infestation. The problem started in mid-August, when district personnel uncovered a rat’s nest during a renovation project. Eighty rats were trapped at the school and poison was set out. When students returned after Labor Day, poisoned rats began dying within the school’s walls and the stench became overwhelming. Calling the situation an “unavoidable act of nature,” Hopson said he expects students to return in early November.
But No Cotton Candy Covered In Cotton Candy?
Minor league baseball teams come up with some wacky promotional ideas. “Sugar Rush Night” at the Erie, Penn., SeaWolves game on June 23 didn’t disappoint. One highlight was the cotton candy hot dog: a wiener nestled in a cloud of cotton candy, then sprinkled with Nerds candies. Brave SeaWolves fans could top off the meal with a cotton candy ball: ice cream covered with sprinkles and enclosed in cotton candy. Maybe the sugar rush was too much for the players; they lost 5-3 to the Altoona, Penn., Curve.
Crooks With Two Right Feet Score
Thieves in Roanoke County, Va., hit the same shoe store twice in July and August, stealing shirts, hoodies, jackets — and right shoes. Thirteen shoes meant for a right foot were taken from Clean Soles, where store operator Rob Wickham said he typically displays right shoes and keeps the mates behind the counter. They’re “not much good unless you have two right feet,” said Wickham. A 17-year-old suspect has been charged with the July break-in.
Fire Me, I Fire At You
Djuan Lewis, 23, landed a new job at Benada Aluminum Products in Sanford, Fla., on Aug. 30, a Thursday. On Sunday morning, his boss fired him. After his dismissal, Lewis waited for his boss for two hours outside the business, then chased him and his girlfriend for a mile and a half, shooting at their car and hitting the rear bumper, trunk and right rear tire. Neither the supervisor nor his girlfriend was hurt. Sanford police arrested Lewis and charged him with attempted murder.
A Golden Opportunity
Three men in Westborough, Mass., are out $306,000 after falling victim to a scam. Joseph Boakye, 31, of Worcester is one of two suspects wanted by Westborough police for allegedly selling 15 kilograms of counterfeit gold dust. In July, the victims met Boakye and his accomplice at an Extended Stay America hotel and tested the gold dust for authenticity. Apparently satisfied, they paid $26,000 in cash and transferred $280,000 into a Bank of America account, after which they received a locked Sentry safe that supposedly held the gold dust. Boakye told them they would get the combination to the safe after the transfer cleared. But two days later, when they were unable to open the safe, the victims called a locksmith. Inside was counterfeit gold.
Stuck In A Life Of Crime
A homeowner in Toluca Lake, Calif., looked at video from his surveillance camera and saw a person on the property. But it wasn’t until the next day, when he looked around for damage, that he found a man stuck between a wall and a garage. Reportedly, it took firefighters more than an hour to free the unnamed man, a suspect wanted in connection with a burglary the night before. Los Angeles police arrested him for trespassing.
Keep It Positive … Or Else
Monica Walley of Holden Heights, Fla., wrote a negative online review Aug. 20 about the Daybreak Diner in Orlando, accusing the restaurant of refusing service to her disabled mother. The negative review didn’t sit well with the diner owner’s son, Michael Johnson, or his housemates, Jesse Martin and Norman Auvil. That evening, as the three sat drinking beer, Martin looked up Walley’s address, then they drove to her home, where Auvil, 42, shot three rounds into the house. “I actually could feel the air from the bullet as it passed by me,” said Ken Walley, Monica’s father. “I didn’t think anybody was crazy enough to do something like this over something so small,” Monica Walley said. Auvil was arrested Aug. 30 and charged with shooting into a dwelling, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Billy Warren Pierce, Jr., 44, an inmate of the Pasco County, Fla., Jail, already awaiting trial on charges of capital sexual battery of a child, tried to hire a fellow inmate to kill his victim and her family. The unnamed inmate told detectives that Pierce offered him $9,000 and instructed him about how to get into the house, even suggesting using a gas line fed through a window as the murder method. Jail staff obtained a contract signed by Pierce, detailing the targets of the killing and the agreed-upon price. When told he would be charged with solicitation of murder, Pierce objected, “But I haven’t paid him any money yet.”
When You’re Not Donna
A man in Tameside, Manchester, England, is trying to figure out who painted “Pay your bill, you b****rd” on the side of his house, deflated the tires on his car and cut his brakes. “I was dumbstruck because I don’t owe anyone anything or have any problems with anyone,” the man, who wanted to remain anonymous, told Metro News. On the next night, July 20, someone set fire to his neighbor’s van and painted on his house again; this time: “Pay your bill, Donna.” But he doesn’t know who Donna is. The man has hung a sign over the vandalism saying, “Donna does not live here,” and he and his nephew are taking turns guarding the house. “Someone has obviously upset someone,” he said, “and I am stuck in the middle of it.”
Montgomery, Ala., resident Kayla Rahn, 30, had been trying for months to lose weight. Instead, she experienced dramatic weight gain and pain in her stomach. She became short of breath when taking just a short walk. Finally, Rahn’s mother took her to the emergency room at Jackson Hospital, where doctors discovered a growth attached to her ovary and removed what turned out to be a 50-pound, benign cyst. The cyst resembled a large watermelon in size. “This is one of the largest I have ever seen,” Dr. Gregory Jones told reporters. “We are very excited things went well for her.”
A naked man opened the door to firefighters responding to a house fire in Niceville, Fla., and said “I’m sorry” before closing the door in their faces. James Cunningham, 53, later admitted to police he’d had two liters of vodka and had smoked marijuana before trying to bake cookies on his George Foreman grill. The experiment went wrong when the grill and cookies caught fire, so he covered them with a dry towel, which also caught fire. Firefighters said if he’d been in the house any longer, he could have died from smoke inhalation.