High school students in the Meade County school district of Kentucky are attending school dressed as and acting like … cats. One grandmother is upset because her two grandchildren don’t want to go to school anymore. “Apparently, from what I understand, they’re called ‘furries,’” she said. “They identify with animals. These people will hiss at you or scratch at you if they don’t like something you’re doing. The students are told they can’t wear hats or Budweiser shirts in school, but they can wear cat ears, cat tails, masks, leashes. It doesn’t make sense.” Superintendent Mark Martin says the problem is being handled on an individual basis.
Duct Tape Can Fix Stupid
On a Frontier Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Miami, Maxwell Berry of Norwalk, Ohio, brushed his hand against a female flight attendant’s backside, then spilled a drink on his shirt. He then went to the restroom and shortly thereafter emerged without his shirt. An attendant helped him get another shirt from his carry-on bag. Berry then walked around the plane for 15 minutes before groping several female flight attendants. As a male flight attendant came near him, Berry punched him in the face. At this point, other passengers took matters into their own hands and restrained Berry by securing him to his seat with duct tape. When the flight landed, he was taken into custody and charged with three counts of battery.
Horses Spooked By Squatting Wrestler
Olympic equestrians competing in the jumping qualifier on Aug. 3 had to overcome a particularly spooky obstacle. The jumps and barriers were decorated in Japanese themes. Next to jump 10 was a crouching sumo wrestler that horses and riders approached from behind. “As you come around, you see a big guy’s butt,” explained British rider Harry Charles. Several of the horses in the competition pulled up before the jump. Balking at an obstacle earns penalty points, affecting a team’s entry into the finals. “You know, horses don’t want to see a guy, like, looking intense next to a jump; looking like he’s ready to fight you,” said Teddy Vlock of Israel. But Scott Brash of Britain was nonchalant: “To be honest, you expect flashy course designs in the Olympic Games. If it was just plain old jumps, it’d be just like any other week.” The sumo wrestler was eventually removed from the obstacle course, along with a nearby patch of cherry trees that riders thought might be spooking the horses.
Foosball In The Vatican
Pope Francis has a new toy that’s delighting him: a foosball table. A Tuscany-based table football association, Sport Toscana Calcio Balilla, presented the pope with the game on Aug. 18. He immediately set up a match with Natale Tonini, president of the club. Pope Francis is a big fan of soccer and of his home club, San Lorenzo, in Argentina.
Don’t Ignore The Bees
Sara Weaver and her husband found their dream farmhouse in Skippack, Penn., and bought it in a rush in the dead of winter. They decided to forgo an inspection. However, they did notice that the seller’s disclosure mentioned “bees in wall.” It wasn’t until the weather warmed in the spring, however, that the Weavers became aware of the extent of the bee colonies. When Allan Lattanzi, a beekeeper in the area, came to remove them, he ended up with 450,000 bees in three colonies. The Weavers paid $12,000 for the removal, which involved taking slate tiles off the outside wall one by one. Lattanzi estimates the bees had been there for 35 years. He had been called to the residence once before, but at that time, the owner didn’t want to pay for the removal of the bees. When the Weavers took ownership, the house “was so dirty,” Weaver said. “Now that I’m thinking about it, I originally thought it was dirt on the windows that I cleaned, but it was probably honey because there were drip marks.”
Stuck In Kentucky
Charles Mullins, 65, was arrested and charged with arson after there was a fire at his home in Boone County, Ky. According to police, firefighters were called to Mullins’ home around 3:15 that morning. Mullins admitted he started the fire by turning on the gas stove, pouring gasoline around the house and then lighting a piece of paper. Mullins said God had told him to start the fire and leave Kentucky, which he probably won’t be doing for some time now. He was held on $25,000 bond.
Typical Case Of Ear Biting
James Lenn Williams of Port St. Lucie, Fla., faces multiple battery charges after an incident at a hotel in Key West. Williams and three friends were on vacation when things turned ugly. After one of the women in the party passed out, Williams tried to transport her back to the hotel room in a wheelbarrow while pouring beer on her and berating her. The other man in the group became angry and a fight ensued, during which “Williams … pushed the male victim to the ground and began choking him. The male victim stated that Williams bit part of his ear off while the others were trying to separate them,” the report stated.
Milford, Maine, has been fighting a problem with rats for some time. The possible solution came to light during a recent select board meeting. The town health officer Chris Liepold said he had discovered that one resident had been providing a feast for wildlife in her backyard — a pile of corn and sunflower seeds 20 feet wide and a foot deep. A neighbor installed a camera near the pile and found that along with deer, coyotes and bears, “a lot of rats” were visiting the spread. Griffin Dill, an integrated pest management professional at the University of Maine, explained: “If there’s one person who’s not keeping up their end of the bargain (in fighting rats community-wide), the problem is going to be an immense challenge.” The generous feeder may be asked to pay for the removal of the pile, but their actions don’t appear to break any laws.
In London, Ont., a homeowner took matters into his own hands when he ran his car into a neighbor who had been urinating on his lawn. The impact of the car threw the victim several meters and caused a gash on the back of his head. The driver was charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle and causing bodily harm.
Burning Up The Road
Vahan Mikaelyan, a Russian mechanic and hot-rod enthusiast, has converted a VAZ-2106 Zhiguli car (also known as a Lada 1600) into what he calls the “Dragon” — a vehicle that shoots flames out of its headlights. The fire shoots out 20 feet. Mikaelyan said he will use the car in a race in which he will set another car on fire. “Friends, you have seen the powerful fire my Dragon spits,” he said. “Therefore, we will burn the losing car with the Dragon. Make your cars better! There is going to be a hot car battle.”
Throwing Shade On The Mayor Of Nagoya
Toyota Motor Corp. publicly scolded the mayor of Nagoya, Japan, for “biting” an Olympic gold medal at an event celebrating medal-winner Miu Goto, a softball pitcher. Mayor Takashi Kawamura pulled down his mask and pretended to chomp on Goto’s medal for photographers. Social media objected. Some suggested Goto pay for a replacement medal because of the germs he transferred. Toyota was sterner: “It is unfortunate that he was unable to feel admiration and respect for the athlete. And it is extremely regrettable that he was unable to give consideration to infection prevention,” a statement read. A chastened Kawamura made a televised apology, saying he would “reflect on” his actions.
Construction Workers Go For Floral Scents
Two Polish companies are joining forces to make construction workers’ lives more pleasant. Budimex and Lotos have created a floral-scented asphalt with a mixture of natural and synthetic oils that neutralize the typical smell of asphalt. “At times one could smell the scent of flowers, which made working more pleasant,” said Slawomir Szpak, a foreman for Budimex. The company is planning to introduce the new compound on a wider scale.
Black Bear Turns To Crime
Kristin Levine of Bristol, Conn., was recently the victim of a porch pirate. But the thief was an unusual one: a black bear who was filmed walking across Levine’s driveway with an Amazon package in its mouth. Fortunately, the bear wasn’t much interested in the contents (toilet paper) and dropped the item in her neighbor’s yard. “I knew nothing in there was going to be irreplaceable, so it was a fun afternoon for sure,” Levine said.
You Mean I Have To Pay For This?
Erick Minto recently walked into a convenience store in Wawa, Fla., and asked for some free food. When the clerk refused, Minto allegedly pulled out a knife and pointed it at the worker, uttering a quotable line: “Don’t make me do something stupid for a Snickers bar.” The clerk handed over the candy bar, but Minto left the store without it. Minto later told Pinellas County Sheriff’s officer that he was “attempting to trade the knife for a Snickers bar.” He was charged with armed robbery.