December 1, 2016
Aussie Clad Only In Underpants Leads Police To Crash Suspect
Brisbane, Australia (AP) A bystander dressed only in underpants helped police arrest an unlicensed driver who allegedly crashed a car into an Australian takeout restaurant on Thursday then fled.
Daniel McConnell said he was lying in bed at home in the Brisbane suburb of Hendra at 2 a.m. when a car slammed into the front of a neighboring fish-and-chips shop, which had closed for the night.
“I’ve come outside and I’ve seen all of this commotion over here and I was in me jocks,” McConnell told Australian Broadcast Corp., referring to his briefs.
McConnell said he saw the driver run away and gave chase.
“All I had was me undies on and he started to take off up the street and I said: ‘What are you doing, mate?’ and I started following him. He’s like: ‘Don’t be a hero,’” McConnell said.
McConnell said he returned home to grab his keys then gave chase again in his car, still nearly naked.
Police arrived and McConnell flashed his headlights to grab their attention.
Queensland state Police acknowledged that McConnell had directed them to the street where the 35-year-old driver was arrested.
The driver will appear in court in January charged with unlicensed driving, a police statement said. More charges are possible.
Grumpy Cat Counts Down The New Year With Top Pet Peeves
New York (AP) Grumpy Cat’s got a message just in time for the holidays and she doesn’t care how you feel about it.
In vintage David Letterman style, the grumpster has posted her Top 10 pet peeves on her new blog at Pawculture.com, but absent is the multimillion-dollar thing that might just annoy her the most: money talk.
As in, exactly how many truckloads of Benjamins is that cat worth these days, what with gobs of licensed products, endorsement deals and other projects stuffed into her short four years on the planet?
Her human, Tabatha Bundesen, wouldn’t say or even come close to providing a ballpark. She has, in the past, debunked the idea that the Friskies brand ambassador is now a $100 million sensation.
“Every day is still kind of a pinch me moment,” Tabatha summed up.
The tiny and extremely mellow cat’s other human, Bundesen’s brother and Grumpy empire overseer, Bryan Bundesen, also wouldn’t remotely discuss Grumpy’s bank during a recent New York media swing.
So about those pet peeves. Among them:
“If one more person tells me to smile, I’m going to lose it.”
Grumpy’s permanent frown has to do with a condition she was born with, feline dwarfism. So get over it.
“I have had it up to here with the social media. I don’t want friends in real life. What makes you think I’d want them on a computer?”
Yeah, so forget those 1.9 million followers on Instagram and 10 million on Facebook.
“Humans love selfies. I know this because they always ask to take them with me. But what is up with those sticks?”
We feel you on that one, Grumpy.
Town Expecting No Holiday Lights Now Has Hope
Exeter, NH (AP) A New Hampshire town that said it wouldn’t be decorated with holiday lights this season because of code issues with a utility now has a glimmer of hope.
The Portsmouth Herald reports that Exeter town officials have been talking to Unitil and are looking to get an electrician to install a needed meter and utility pole panel so they can set up their lighted garlands.
Unitil installed some new poles this summer that changed the overall electric layout of downtown. Scott Wade of Unitil had told officials that the garlands get close to energized electrical lines; they can’t be within 40 inches.
Unitil has offered to do some line work, and the local fire and public works departments are pitching in to get holiday lights up.
Feds Show No ‘Love’ For New York Roadway Signs
Albany, NY (AP) The Federal Highway Administration isn’t showing any “Love” for some tourism signs along New York highways.
Officials with the FHA and the New York state Department of Transportation will meet next month to discuss the removal of more than 500 “I Love NY” signs from state roadways.
Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau will meet with DOT Commissioner Matt Driscoll at the FHA’s Washington office sometime in December to formulate a plan for taking down the signs.
The FHA has threatened to cut nearly $1 billion in federal funding to the state if the signs aren’t removed.
State officials have long contended that the signs help promote tourism and provide valuable information about New York’s attractions.
FHA officials say the signs don’t conform to federal standards and are dangerous because they contain so much information that drivers can become distracted.
5,000 Fish In Ice Under Japan Skating Rink Spark Uproar
Tokyo (AP) An amusement park in western Japan sparked an uproar after it displayed about 5,000 dead fish in the ice at a skating rink, forcing the park to close the attraction.
Space World received a flood of criticism on social media after opening the rink on Nov. 12. It was closed Sunday.
About 25 different kinds of fish could be seen under the 250-meter (820-foot) -long ice circuit. The park in the city of Kitakyushu opened the “Ice Aquarium” as an “attraction never heard about.”
Japanese broadcaster NHK showed the fish frozen in ice on a blue floor, so it looked like they were swimming below the ice. Some formed a school to spell out “HELLO” or make an arrow-shaped sign in the ice.
The general manager of Space World, Toshimi Takeda, said many critical messages were posted on social media, some condemning the concept as abusing living things.
Takeda said that the fish in the ice had been intended “to give the feel of the ocean to the ice skating rink,” and that the amusement park is “extremely remorseful to have invoked such unpleasant feelings.”
Space World said the fish were purchased from a fish market, and were dead before the water was frozen. The operator plans to hold a memorial service for the fish once they’re taken out of the ice.
Wildlife Cameras Capture Jokers Dressed As Lions
Gardner, KS (AP) Motion-activated cameras intended to capture images of mountain lions in a Kansas park have instead snapped pictures of pranksters dressed as animals, monsters and Santa Claus.
Police said they found the images on the two cameras at the park in Gardner on Monday.
Interspersed among images of skunks and coyotes were photos of people wearing costumes pretending to be lions wrestling, a gorilla, various monsters and an old person with a walker. And of course Santa made an appearance during the three nights of high jinks.
Cpl. Robert Huff said it was “pretty comical” and “creative.” The pranksters have not come forward.
The cameras were established this month to investigate reports of mountain lions. No mountain lions were detected.
Gardner is 30 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City, Missouri.