The U.S. Dept. of Transportation recently announced that miniature horses have been cleared to fly in all cabins of commercial planes as emotional support and service animals. The agency called “dogs, cats and miniature horses” the “most commonly recognized service animals.” However, the Association of Flight Attendants has urged a tightening of rules about the animals because of “rampant abuse” of service animal designations.
Thanks For The Useless Electronics
In one night, more than 50 old-fashioned television sets were deposited on the front porches of homes in Henrico County, Va. Henrico Police Lt. Matt Pecka said the culprits were caught on several doorbell cameras, with one of the videos showing a person wearing TV-shaped headgear while dropping off the TV. A similar phenomenon took place last year in nearby Glen Allen, where 20 sets were left on porches. Pecka said the only crime that might have been committed is illegal dumping: “We don’t believe there’s any reason for the community to be alarmed.”
A Twitter user known only as “Dorothy,” was banned from her phone by her mom in early August after she became distracted while cooking and started a fire. But that didn’t stop her. First she tweeted from a Nintendo 3DS gaming device, but Mom caught on quickly and posted that the account would be shut down. The next day, Dorothy tweeted from her Wii U, assuring followers that while Mom was at work, she’d be looking for her phone. Finally, with no other options left, Dorothy reached out to Twitter from an unlikely source: her family’s LG smart refrigerator. “I am talking to my fridge what the heck my Mom confiscated all of my electronics again,” she posted. The post went viral, even prompting LG to tweet about it with the hashtag #FreeDorothy.
Between A Rock And A Rock
Cambodian farmer Sum Bora is lucky to be alive after spending almost four days wedged between boulders in the jungle northwest of Phnom Penh. As Bora was collecting bat guano for use as fertilizer, he slipped while trying to retrieve the flashlight he had dropped down a crevice. After three days, his brother found him and alerted authorities, who worked 10 hours to free Bora from the hollow where he was trapped. He was transported to a local hospital.
They Weren’t Even Roaches
Larry Adams, 61, of Daytona Beach, Fla., came out swinging late at night, complaining that neighbors were playing their music too loudly in the parking lot of their apartment complex. Adams emerged from his apartment threatening to shoot them. He brandished nunchucks, which he immediately hit himself in the head with. Police officers said Adams also sprayed everyone with roach repellent, causing them to cough. “We’re not even roaches, so what are we getting sprayed with roach spray for?” wondered neighbor Cici Sylvester. Adams, sporting a goose egg on his forehead, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
For 68 years, Francis and Rosemary Klontz of Sacramento, Calif., have cemented their bond by coordinating their outfits — every day — for almost seven decades. Francis lets his wife pick out his clothes each morning: “She just lays it out for me, and I don’t have to worry about a thing!” he said. The couple sing together, performing at church, hospitals and around the house. They started dating in junior high school in Auburn, Wash., and the dressing alike custom started when Rosemary’s mother bought them matching shirts. “We’ve been matching ever since,” Rosemary said.
A Gwinnett County, Ga., medical examiner has resigned after wildly misinterpreting the cause of death for 61-year-old Ray Neal of Lawrenceville. Despite reports by police and witnesses of large amounts of blood on the floor and walls at the scene, investigator Shannon Byers initially ruled Neal had died of natural causes. But when his body arrived at the funeral home, employees discovered a hole in his neck. Neal was returned to the morgue for an autopsy, which revealed the dead man had been stabbed several times. Police are now investigating the death as a murder.
The Devil Is In The Details
A mass brawl broke out in a buffet area of the P&O cruise ship Britannia, which was bound from Bergen, Norway, to Southampton, England. Witnesses told staff that the fight started when one passenger became angry that another was wearing a clown outfit. The angry passenger said he had specifically booked a cruise with no fancy dress. Another witness said the clown had crashed a black-tie party. P&O later said in a statement there was no clown, and Hampshire police confirmed: “There is no information to suggest that a clown or anyone wearing fancy dress was involved in this incident.” A number of passengers were injured in the brawl by flying furniture and plates. Two passengers were arrested, then later released.
A young man identified only as Akash, who lives in Haryana state in northern India, received a brand-new BMW from his parents for his birthday. But Akash, who had nagged his parents for a Jaguar instead, told police the BMW was “a little small for him and his friends inside.” So he pushed the new vehicle into a river, where it sank into deep water and had to be pulled out with a crane. “The youth was arrogant and kept insisting that he be given a Jaguar,” police said. “We could only afford to give him a BMW,” said his father. “We never imagined he would do anything like this.”
A man in a wheelchair approached a teller at a First National Bank on Pittsburgh’s South Side. The man, thought to be in his 60s, handed the teller a note demanding cash, but then “suddenly abandoned his robbery attempt and exited the bank,” a police statement read. Police and FBI agents were on the lookout for the reluctant robber, but there were no photographs or video of him to aid them.
Washington State Highway Patrol Sgt. Kyle Smith stopped along Highway 518 near Seattle to see if a driver parked on the shoulder needed assistance. He observed the driver inside with eight mobile phones, neatly arranged in a square all set to play Pokemon Go. Smith did not issue a ticket to the driver, but he did warn him to put the phones away and move along, as the shoulder is meant only for emergency stops.