A Foundation Of Bowling Balls

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A Foundation Of Bowling Balls

David Olson was demolishing the back steps outside his home in Norton Shores, Mich., when he found more than 160 bowling balls buried in the sand under the home. Olson said many of the balls are in bad condition, and they all had spiral grooves cut into them. Former employees of a Brunswick plant nearby got in touch with him, explaining that workers used to take scrapped balls to use as an alternative to gravel or sand. Olson donated eight balls for a local church to use in a bowling ball cannon at a pig roast; his stepfather plans to use some as legs for custom furniture.

Just Put Your Beer On Top Of The Well

Colin Steer, of Plymouth, U.K., was replacing some floor joists in his home when he noticed a dip in the floor near the bay window in the living room. “I immediately thought someone must have buried someone under there or that we had a sinkhole,” he later said. What he found under the floor was a well. Since then, Steer has been digging down into the well, having cleared more than 20 feet of debris, including a sword he believes could date to medieval times. While the home was constructed in 1895, Steer believes the well may be 500 years old. “At the bottom of the well is about 4 feet of water,” Steer said. He has sampled the water and deemed it crystal clear. He hopes to dig down another several feet and then extend the structure up into the living room and use it as a coffee table.

Nudists Chased By Deer

Deer are not native to Australia. That might explain why two nude sunbathers in Royal National Park, south of Sydney, ran into the bush when a deer startled them on a nudist beach. The two men became lost and called for help, summoning a police rescue helicopter to pluck them from the forest. Unfortunately for them, they were found to be in violation of a COVID-19 lockdown and both were fined.

Big Truck Go Boom

South Los Angeles was the scene of a huge explosion that injured 17 people after a detonation of illegal fireworks went horribly wrong. The Los Angeles Police Dept. had seized more than 5,000 pounds of commercial-grade fireworks from the home of 27-year-old Arturo Cejas and had moved 10 pounds of “improvised explosive devices” into a special armored truck designed for controlled detonations. The blast was bigger than the police expected. It flipped cars and shattered windows over a two-block area. Neighbors described it as “a really hard earthquake.” The top of the armored vehicle that held the explosives, which weighs 1 ton, fell to the ground blocks away, smashing a roof before landing in a yard. Cejas was held on $500,000 bail; LAPD called on national ATF teams to help with the investigation.

Big Crime Moves In On Eyelashes

U.S. Customs agents seized 3,000 pairs of false eyelashes at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. The eyelashes were intended for a beauty supply store in New Orleans. But they were unlabeled and hadn’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Customs spokesperson Matthew Dyman said. Unregulated falsies can lead to allergic reactions, eye irritation and other maladies. “There’s no telling what’s on those eyelashes,” Dyman said.

What’s In A Name?

In the U.K., the mother of a teenager formerly known as Alexa said that her daughter had to change her name and move schools to escape bullying and teasing related to the Amazon smart speaker’s default name. Another mother said her 6-year-old daughter is already being tormented: “‘Alexa, play disco.’ I think it’s affecting her confidence. Adults make fun of her, too.” And Lauren Johnson of Massachusetts, whose daughter is 9, said, “The whole thing is a step beyond ‘normal’ teasing and bullying. It’s identity erasure. The word Alexa has become synonymous with servant or slave.” In response, Amazon reminds users that “we also offer several other wake words customers can choose from, including Echo, Computer and Amazon … We’re saddened by the experiences you’ve shared, and want to be very clear: bullying of any kind is unacceptable, and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms.”

Happy Accident

Barrington, N.J., resident Louis Angelino III works at a liquor store. But lately he’s been cleaning friends’ houses to make some extra cash. One day in June, Angelino was scheduled to clean the home of his friend Mark. He showed up to clean, found the key under the mat and spent 2 1/2 hours making the townhome sparkle. That’s when Mark called him to see if he’d been able to get the job done, and Angelino said, “I’m literally in your living room right now playing with your cats.” Mark replied: “Louis, I don’t have any cats.” Turns out Angelino had written down the wrong address and tidied up a neighbor’s home instead. Mark left a note for Tom and Beth Motzel, explaining the mix-up. Tom arrived home before his wife and called her, saying, “You won’t believe it. Someone broke into our house and cleaned the entire thing, Swiffer and all.” Beth has dubbed Angelino the Cleaning Fairy, and his business is taking off.

Most Likely To Offend

Hollister Tryon, of Glastonbury, Conn., was charged with felony computer crimes after he hacked into a database to edit entries in the Glastonbury High School 2021 yearbook. School administrators discovered a quote from Adolf Hitler that was attributed to George Floyd under a senior’s photo in the yearbook. Another student’s quote was edited to include drug references and the name of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the convicted Boston Marathon bomber.

Medical Mystery

Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, was in the news when he went under observation at the Armed Forces Hospital in Brasilia while doctors tried to determine the cause behind his hiccups. Bolsonaro had been hiccupping for more than 10 days — even at public events. The leader is no stranger to weird health scares. While he suffered from COVID-19 last year, he was bitten by a large emu-like bird. For his part, he thinks the hiccups may be related to medicines he was taking after dental implant surgery.

Bad Boy Of Yellowstone

Kyle F. Campbell has been banned from Yellowstone National Park for five years for a series of incidents that landed him with a 60-day jail sentence, five years of unsupervised probation and a fine. The mayhem started with Campbell and his friends being denied access to their kayaks because they were drunk. The group moved to another part of the park, where Campbell threatened a security guard who had asked him to drive more slowly. Park rangers placed him in handcuffs and put him in their patrol car, where he banged his head on the glass until they removed him. One ranger and Campbell got into a struggle, and he was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct. But he wasn’t finished. Back in the patrol vehicle, he tried to kick out the back window and had to be placed in leg restraints. Then he was forcibly sedated on the way to a hospital. Rangers found empty alcohol bottles and marijuana in Campbell’s car.

Upside Down, Naked And In Pain

In Santa Ana, Calif., firefighters responded to a call about a woman who was wedged, naked, between the concrete walls of two buildings. Workers at a nearby body shop had heard the woman screaming but couldn’t figure out where she was. “The cops came in and got on the roof and looked between the two walls and she’s all naked,” one said. “She was screaming in pain. She was upside down, too.” The space was less than a foot wide, and firefighters had to cut a hole in the concrete and pull her out. As for how she got there, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Thanh Nguyen called it “a mystery to all of us here right now.”


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