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February 13, 2014

NJ Festival Lets You Eat, Drink, Floss With Bacon

Atlantic City, NJ (AP) Get ready for bacon like you’ve never eaten, drunk or worn it before.

Bacon milkshakes. Chocolate-covered bacon shaped like roses. Bacon-flavored toothpaste, dental floss and lip balm. Bacon bourbon, margaritas, beer and vodka. Bacon ice cream sundaes. A BLT sandwich with a full pound of bacon.

They’re all on the menu this week as one Atlantic City casino stretches the bounds of good taste and cardiovascular health with Bacon Week. The festival at the Tropicana Casino and Resort gives new meaning to the term “pigging out.”

The idea of a bacon festival is not as far-fetched as it might sound. Americans eat about 1.5 billion pounds of bacon a year, according to the National Pork Board. And the website bacontoday.com counted nearly 30 bacon festivals around the country from late April through December 2013, many of whose tickets sold out in minutes.

“Bacon is like heaven,” said Nadina Fornia, of Egg Harbor Township. “If you’re going to die, die with bacon on your lips and a BLT in each hand.”

She was drawn to the casino Monday by the promise of bacon in far-out forms, including milkshakes and beer (not in the same glass, thankfully.) She also heard about the bacon-infused vodka.

James Sanders, of New York City, was in heaven trying as many free samples of bacon-flavored items as he could get his hands on.

“I love me some bacon!” he exclaimed between bites of ... something. “I don’t even know what this is, but it’s got bacon in it. And it’s good!”

Sanders said eating bacon is a multilayered experience.

Woman Battles Raccoon, Which Attacked Her In Bed

Hingham, MA (AP) A Massachusetts woman is recovering after battling a rabid wild raccoon that awakened her in bed.

Seventy-three-year-old Ginny Ballou of Hingham says she was asleep Wednesday morning when she felt something on her face. She thought was her cat.

She said the raccoon clamped onto her face, biting her chin and lip. She managed to pry it off, and it left the room after she beat it with her bedside telephone.

Police and a state environmental officer trapped the animal, which was euthanized. The state health department said Thursday it tested positive for rabies.

Ballou has stitches on her face, and wounds on her hands. She’s undergoing preventive rabies treatment. She believes the raccoon got in through a cat door.

She tells Boston’s WBZ-TV, ``It’s something I’ll never forget. It was that scary.’’

Pope’s Harley Goes Under Auction Hammer In Paris

Paris (AP) A Harley-Davidson motorcycle donated last year to Pope Francis is being sold at a Paris auction to benefit charity.

It’s unknown whether the pontiff ever rode the custom 2013 Dyna Super Glide that was a gift from Willie Davidson, a retired Harley-Davidson designer and grandson of the company’s co-founder.

The pope’s hog is expected to fetch between 12,000 and 15,000 euros ($16,000-$20,000) when it goes under the hammer Thursday at the Grand Palais, said Ben Walker, head of collector motorcycles at the auction house Bonhams, which is organizing the sale.

Money from the sale will be donated to the Rome-based charity Caritas Roma, which runs a soup kitchen and a hostel for the homeless in the eternal city.

New Mexico Ambulance Hijacked With Sleeping Worker

Albuquerque, NM (AP) Authorities say an Albuquerque ambulance worker catching some sleep in the back of his vehicle woke up to find himself the victim of a carjacking.

Police have arrested a man and a woman accused of driving off in the ambulance around 3 a.m. Saturday while it was parked outside Lovelace Medical Center in downtown Albuquerque.

Police spokesman Elder Guevara says the employee was asleep in the vehicle’s rear but was able to jump out when the ambulance slowed near an intersection.

Officers then pursued the ambulance as it headed eastbound, and then westbound, on Interstate 40.

The ambulance finally came to a rest on I-40, over Tramway, after authorities used spikes to deflate the ambulance’s tires.

Police have not released the names of the suspects or the victim, who was uninjured.

PETA Member Wants Roadside Memorial For Chickens

Gainesville, GA (AP) An animal rights advocate wants to place a roadside memorial in Georgia to remember several chickens killed in a highway wreck.

A member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed an application for the memorial Wednesday with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that, if approved, a memorial would be placed at the Hall County site where a truck hauling live chickens overturned Jan. 27.

Sarah Segal of Atlanta writes in her application that she wants to place a 10-foot tombstone memorial for one month on the right of way of U.S. 129 to mark the deaths of the chickens.

The driver of the chicken truck and the other vehicle involved were not seriously injured.

At Last! A Use For That Singing Fish Your Ex-Boyfriend Gave You

Rochester, MN (AP) Big Mouth Billy Bass apparently got the best of a would-be burglar in Minnesota. Authorities in Rochester say the motion-activated singing fish apparently scared off an intruder who tried to break into the Hooked on Fishing bait and tackle shop.

The novelty bass had been hung near the door and would start singing “Take Me to the River” whenever someone entered the shop.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office says the fish was found on the floor after the intruder knocked it down while breaking the door to get in late Sunday or early Monday.

Sgt. Tom Claymon tells the Star Tribune the would-be burglar left without stealing anything, including cash that had been left in “a very visible spot.”

Man-In-Undies Sculpture Causes Stir; College Likes It

Wellesley, MA (AP) A remarkably lifelike sculpture of a man sleepwalking in nothing but his underpants has made some Wellesley College students a bit uncomfortable, but the president of the prestigious women’s school says that’s all part of the intellectual process.

The sculpture entitled “Sleepwalker” of a man in an eyes-closed, zombie-like trance is part of an exhibit by sculptor Tony Matelli at the college’s Davis Museum. It was placed at a busy area of campus on Monday, a few days before the official opening of the exhibit, and prompted an online student petition to have it removed.

The sculpture is a “source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault” for many, according to the petition, which had nearly 300 signees on Wednesday.

The petition started by junior Zoe Magid called on President H. Kim Bottomly to have the artwork removed.

That appeared unlikely, according to a joint statement issued Wednesday by Bottomly and museum Director Lisa Fischman.

“The very best works of art have the power to stimulate deeply personal emotions and to provoke unexpected new ideas, and this sculpture is no exception,” the statement said. The sculpture “has started an impassioned conversation about art, gender, sexuality and individual experience, both on campus and on social media.”

The sculpture was placed outdoors specifically to get a reaction and to connect the indoor exhibition with the world beyond, Fischman said.

 

 


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February 7 - Snoozing Judge Sent Home For Nap


 

 

 

 

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