November 28, 2013
852 Thai Children Set Human Christmas Tree Record
Bangkok (AP) Christmas is not a holiday in predominantly Buddhist Thailand, and its palm trees outnumber pines, but the country still set a world record with its holiday spirit.
One of the country’s largest shopping malls arranged a publicity stunt involving 852 schoolchildren dressed in green and red hoodies to break the Guinness World Record for the largest human Christmas tree. They outdid a German record of 672 participants in 2011.
To the relief of parents, and the chagrin of a few teenagers, the children were not hoisted onto a human pyramid shaped like a conifer.
The record was set in 15 minutes, 29 seconds.
Guinness representative Fortuna Burke certified the feat, counting on a clicker as children filed onto an outdoor verandah at Siam Paragon mall, the event’s organizer. Once in place, the children waved as a drone flew overhead to capture aerial images.
Thais also set other off-beat records this year. On Valentine’s Day, a couple set a record for longest kiss (58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds).
Costco Apologizes For California Bible Flap
Simi Valley, CA (AP) A Costco store in Southern California drew some unwanted attention this week after labeling some of its Bibles as fiction.
The Los Angeles Times reports Wednesday that Discovery Church pastor Caleb Kaltenbach recently came across the Bibles with ``Fiction’’ written on the price tag while shopping for a gift at a Costco store in Simi Valley.
He took a photo and posted it on social media with the comment: ``Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION Hmmmm...’’
Costco has since apologized, saying in a statement a distributor mislabeled a small percentage of Bibles before they were sent to the store.
The company said it is correcting the mistake for future distribution.
Town To Ring In New Year
With Giant (Non-toxic) ‘Shroom
Kennett Square, PA (AP) A town near Philadelphia that’s famous for fungus will ring in 2014 with a giant mushroom.
The 700-pound, stainless steel toadstool will be lowered from a crane Dec. 31 as residents of Kennett Square count down to the New Year.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the sculpture will be more than 7 feet wide and 8 feet tall.
Kennett Square calls itself the mushroom capital of the world because area farms account for about half of U.S. mushroom production.
The mushroom joins a slew of quirky New Year’s Eve traditions in Pennsylvania.
In Bethlehem, residents celebrate Jan. 1 by lowering an 85-pound statue of a Marshmallow Peep, since the treats are made locally. In Easton, officials drop a 10-foot-tall lighted crayon because the city is home to Crayola Inc.
‘Dolly’ The Wandering Llama Caught In Michigan
Holly Township, MI (AP) A llama spotted wandering for nearly six months in Michigan has been captured and is getting a new home.
Mlive.com reports the llama that Kathy Kuzma calls “Dolly” was found Saturday in Oakland County’s Holly Township, about 40 miles northwest of Detroit.
Kuzma has been on the lookout for the animal, which had been wandering her neighborhood. On Saturday, Lisa Davenport came to Kuzma’s house to get a look at the llama. Davenport has three llamas of her own along with other animals at a Michigan farm.
The women walked into a field to give the llama some food, and Dolly stood still instead of being her usual skittish self.
They then coaxed the llama into a barn.
Davenport plans to take the llama back to her own farm.
Burgled Tattoo Shop
Offers Body Art For Inside Info
Berwick, PA (AP) The owner of a Pennsylvania tattoo shop that was broken into is putting up an unusual reward for information leading to arrests‚ free tattoos and piercings for life.
Brandon George of Permanently Scarred Tattoos in Berwick posted the offer on his Facebook page after he found the door kicked in Thursday morning and a TV and other gear stolen.
He told The Press Enterprise of Bloomsburg that the break-in cost him several thousand dollars.
George says he thinks more than one person was involved because it would take several people to move his 70-inch TV and other equipment.
As for the tattoo and piercing offer, he says, “I’d do that in a heartbeat. That offer is good.”
OKC Bomb Squad Says Suspicious Item Was A Burrito
Oklahoma City (AP) A burrito caused a minor scare at an Oklahoma City police briefing station after a man brought the foil-wrapped object in for analysis.
Oklahoma City Police Capt. Dexter Nelson says a man discovered a Thermos-type container in his lawn Thursday afternoon and brought it to a police briefing station. Nelson says the container was heavy and had tinfoil protruding from the lid, so the man considered it suspicious.
The Oklahoman reports that officers told the man to leave the container outside and the police bomb squad X-rayed the item. The analysis determined that it was only a burrito.
Although it was harmless, police aren’t laughing at the incident. Nelson says anyone who finds a suspicious object should call authorities‚ not bring it to a police station themselves.
Palin’s Official SUV Listed On eBay! Who Cares?
Anchorage, AK (AP) Sarah Palin’s Alaska hometown is auctioning an SUV she drove when she was mayor, years before she skyrocketed to fame.
The small town of Wasilla listed the 1999 Ford Expedition with 74,188 miles on eBay Monday with a minimum bid of $10,000. The listing’s photo shows the tan SUV with a cardboard cutout of Palin in the driver’s seat.
A 1999 Ford Expedition in excellent condition at that mileage has a Kelly Blue Book value of $2,318 in the Wasilla area. But city officials are hoping Palin’s role in history will bring out fans willing to pay a lot more.
“We put it out there to get a better return on taxpayer dollars by listing it as her car than just selling it ‘as-is,’” Public Works Director Archie Giddings said Wednesday. “It may have some value to somebody ... knowing who had it originally.”
No bids had been submitted as of Wednesday afternoon. The listing expires Nov. 27 at midnight Alaska Standard Time.
Palin drove the vehicle during her second term as mayor, which ended in October 2002. The cardboard cutout of her used for the eBay photo was borrowed from the local Chamber of Commerce, which has the life-size image on display for visitors, Giddings said.
After her stint as mayor, Palin went on to become Alaska’s governor and Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s running mate in 2008. She resigned as governor in 2009, about halfway through her first term.
Thief Scoops Up Kitty Litter At Salisbury Shelter
Salisbury, MA (AP) Kittens doing the potty dance at a Salisbury shelter had good reason.
Officials at the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society say someone stole the shelter’s entire supply of kitty litter over the weekend.
Liz Pease, director of operations, says five or six 40-pound bags of wood pellets, which are used as kitty litter, stored in the shelter’s unlocked shed behind the main building were taken. The bags cost about $6 each.
Pease tells The Daily News of Newburyport that she suspects someone stole the wood pellets to heat their home. The wood pellets control odor better than traditional kitty litter.
The roughly 60 cats in the no-kill shelter avoided accidents because volunteers started dropping off bags of kitty litter.
Pease says the shed will be locked from now on.