September 5, 2013
Marijuana Wrapped Arrow
Shot At Squirrel?
Bellingham, WA (AP) A man is accused of trying to get marijuana into a Washington state jail by attaching it to an arrow he shot onto the roof.
A Whatcom County sheriff’s employee saw the man step out of his pickup truck and use a bow to launch the arrow toward the jail’s second-floor recreation area, but it missed its target.
Sheriff Bill Elfo says the man, identified as 36-year-old David Wayne Jordan, was arrested for investigation of introducing contraband into the jail, resisting arrest and obstructing law enforcement.
The Bellingham Herald reports Jordan served 20 days in the jail earlier this month for assault and resisting arrest.
The sheriff says Jordan told deputies he had been aiming at a squirrel, but he couldn’t explain why he needed to attach marijuana to the arrow to go squirrel hunting.
Colonel Meow’s 9-Inch Hair Sets Guinness Fur Record
Los Angeles (AP) This is fur real. Colonel Meow has 9-inch hair.
That’s good enough to put the Himalayan-Persian mix into the 2014 edition of the Guinness World Records book, due out Sept. 12.
Owners Anne Marie Avey and Eric Rosario, of Los Angeles, say the 2-year-old cat got its name because of his epic frown and fur.
It takes both of them to brush the cat’s fur three times a week.
Three independent veterinarians verified the length of the colonel’s hair and submitted their findings to Guinness before he won the title.
Avey says the 10-pound cat has his own website, Facebook page and YouTube channel with more than 2 million views.
Avey says there’s one other thing Colonel Meow does quite well too:
He sheds up a storm.
Two-Tone Lobster, Orange And Brown, Shown In Maine
Portland, ME (AP) Maine has seen its share of blue lobsters, orange lobsters, albino lobsters and calico lobsters. But one on display at a Portland research facility has all of those turning green with envy.
The lobster at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute is half orange and half brown.
The lobster was caught by lobsterman Jeff Edwards and was donated by Ship to Shore Lobster Co. in Owl’s Head.
Research Institute spokesman Steven Profaizer says it’s being kept in a tank used by the LabVenture education experience. For the program, the institute transports about 10,000 students each year.
As for the lobster, it is indeed rare. The Lobster Institute at the University of Maine tells WMTW-TV this type of two-tone lobster is one in 50 million. Only albino lobsters are rarer.
Ohio Man Who Threatened Police Holds ‘Idiot’ Sign
Cleveland (AP) A man who threatened officers in Cleveland is making a court-ordered public apology by standing near a police station with a sign describing himself as an idiot.
A judge had ordered 58-year-old Richard Dameron to stand outside a local police station with a sign bearing an apology. He began the vigil Monday and must stand outside for three hours each day for the rest of the week.
Dameron was convicted of threatening officers in 911 calls.
His public shaming isn’t the first of its kind in the city. The Cleveland judge who sentenced Dameron previously made a woman wear an “idiot” sign in public for driving around a school bus.
UMASS Students Feast On 15,000 Pound Fruit Salad
Amherst, MA (AP) In what’s become an annual tradition, the University of Massachusetts celebrated the start of the new academic year with a delicious, healthy, record-breaking dish.
About 500 students and staff at the Amherst campus on Monday sliced, diced, pitted and peeled 150 varieties of fruit to create a salad weighing more than 15,000 pounds. The salad was mixed in a 15-foot diameter swimming pool.
It included 20 varieties of apples weighing more than 3,600 pounds; 19 varieties of melon weighing more than 2,500 pounds; peaches, bananas, oranges and berries as well as more exotic fruits including quince, passion fruit and rambutan.
A Guinness World Records representative certified the record.
UMass in recent years has started the semester with record-breaking seafood stews and stir fries.
London Skyscraper Accused Of Melting Jaguar
London (AP) Motorists may want to think twice about parking in front of the half-built London skyscraper known as the Walkie-Talkie.
That’s because the glare off the skin of the new building is so intense that at least one Jaguar owner says it caused part of his vehicle to melt.
And that’s not all: Locals say the building’s heat also burned a hole in the welcome mat of a barber shop across the street.
“We were working and just saw the smoke coming out of the carpet,” said shop owner Ali Akay. “This is a health and safety issue. They should have looked into this before they built it.”
Similar problems have plagued other modern buildings, including in Los Angeles, when neighbors of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall reported heat buildups that required corrective measures.
In a joint statement, developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf said they are taking the complaints seriously and looking into how the building reflects sunlight. The 37-story tower - one of the most distinctively shaped skyscrapers in London’s financial district - is expected to be completed in 2014.
The apparent problem came to public attention when businessman Martin Lindsay told reporters that his Jaguar’s mirror, panels and hood ornament had all melted from the concentrated sunlight reflected from the building.
Man Plants Mystery Seeds, Gets Pot Ticket
St. Johnsbury, VT (AP) A 73-year-old man who was given the first civil marijuana ticket in a Vermont town says he had planted some seeds he found in a box and “got spanked” by police after it grew into a pot plant.
William Reynolds was issued a $200 civil ticket by St. Johnsbury police after authorities seized a potted 2 1/2-foot-tall marijuana plant from his Main Street apartment.
Police say they saw no indication Reynolds was a pot smoker or had other marijuana plants.
Reynolds tells the Caledonian Record he doesn’t smoke marijuana and was “playing around” with the seeds he found.
He says he “did wrong” and won’t contest the ticket.
Vermont decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana on July 1.