September 3, 2015
Southern New Jersey Man Digs Up Live Cannonball In Backyard
Cape May Court House, NJ (AP) The Atlantic City bomb squad was dispatched to a southern New Jersey home over the weekend after a man dug up a live cannonball in his backyard.
Police say the Lower Township man was digging behind his West Bates Avenue home when he discovered the explosive Saturday.
Police say the brass-capped cannonball was approximately 5 inches in circumference and was stamped “4k, 85mm.”
Officials say the bomb squad took an x-ray of the device and determined it was fully functional.
The cannonball was later detonated in an unpopulated area.
Police say the discovery is not unusual for this part of the state, but residents are advised to never touch or move any found artillery shells.
Originally fired as solid projectiles, cannonballs developed over time to include fuses and explosive materials.
Monk Relaxing Atop Wind Turbine Spotted By Drone
Portsmouth, RI (AP) A Benedictine monk who works at a private Rhode Island school has discovered that finding solitude is no easy feat, even 175 feet in the air.
Brother Joseph Byron was recently relaxing atop the Portsmouth Abbey School’s wind turbine ‚ as he often does‚ when a drone zoomed in.
Video taken by the drone, owned by a Californian on vacation, shows Byron sprawled across the turbine’s flat surface, with views of Narragansett Bay in the background.
The footage was posted online this week.
Byron said Friday that alumni he hadn’t heard from in years are contacting him after seeing the video.
He says he found the drone interesting at first but was annoyed after it zoomed by a second time.
Byron says he climbs the turbine, which was installed in 2006, because he enjoys the view.
List Limits Booze Sales For City’s Habitual Drunks
Aurora, IL (AP) The police department in Illinois’ second largest city is going to compile a “habitual drunkard” list to help fight public intoxication.
Aurora Police Department Sgt. Tom McNamara says the list will have “certain clientele” whom police and fire departments see regularly. The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports that includes people whom police and fire personnel transport six times or more in a 120-day period.
The City Council approved keeping the list this week as part of an overhaul to city liquor laws. Aurora is roughly 40 miles west of Chicago.
Police say the goal is public safety. Those on the list won’t be able to purchase liquor in Aurora and local businesses are expected to comply.
Authorities say they got the idea from Madison, Wisconsin, which has a similar policy.
China Enlists Monkeys To Keep Birds From Spoiling Big Parade
Beijing (AP) China is leaning on the animal kingdom - including a squad of nest-wrecking monkeys - to ensure its military parade commemorating the end of World War II goes smoothly.
To minimize the chances of birds striking engines during the many airplane flyovers connected to the Beijing parade, state media reports say, the military has used falcons to chase away birds and a team of trained macaques to flush nests out of trees around the pilots’ training grounds.
“We bought two monkeys in April last year from Henan province. After one month’s training, the macaques mastered the skill of taking apart birds’ nests,” air force official Wang Mingzhi was quoted as saying by China News Service. Three more monkeys were later added to the team, which can dismantle up to 60 nests per day in return for rewards, Wang said.
Other air-clearing measures in the capital include bans on kites, balloons and sport pigeons. Beijing’s airports will be closed for three hours.
Beware Manspreading, Wine O’Clock: New Oxford Words
London (AP) Manspreading is so widespread it’s now a word. The term, coined by commuters, refers to men on public transport who splay their legs wide apart and encroach on neighboring seats. It’s now been added to OxfordDictionaries.com.
The free online dictionary of current usage, created by the publishers of the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, issued its quarterly update Thursday of new words that have gained widespread currency in the English language. Here’s a sampling from the list:
-beer o’clock, n: the appropriate time of day to start drinking beer
-wine o’clock, n: same as above, only with wine
-Brexit, n.: a term for the potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the 28-nation European Union
-Grexit, n.: a term for the potential withdrawal of Greece from the 19-nation eurozone, the countries in the European Union that use the shared euro currency.
-butt dial, v.: calling someone accidentally with your mobile phone in a rear pocket
-cat cafe, n.: a caf√© or similar establishment where people pay to interact with cats housed on the premises
-fatberg, n.: very large mass of solid waste in a sewerage system, consisting especially of congealed fat and personal hygiene products that have been flushed down toilets
$20 Found On Street Leads To $1 Million Lottery Win
San Francisco (AP) A San Francisco Bay Area man won $1 million in the California Lottery after buying a winning ticket with money he found at the airport.
The California Lottery said Sunday that Hubert Tang had not bought a lottery ticket in 10 years. When he found a $20 bill on the street outside San Francisco International Airport last week, he used it to buy two scratch-off tickets at a market in Millbrae.
One of them led to the $1 million top prize.
He told the California Lottery that he was in shock when he won.
“I scratched the ticket outside of the store. I told my friend who I was with that I didn’t know if it was real but, ‘I think I just won a million dollars,’” Tang said in a statement. He wasn’t immediately available for comment Monday.
Tang, who works as a bartender, plans to save the money for now. Lottery officials said the store will receive a $5,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket last Wednesday.
He also has a second chance to win up to $25,000 for the other ticket he purchased that was not a winner. Tang says he may begin leaving $20 bills on the street in random places to spread his good fortune.