July 10, 2014
Performer Drapes, Lights
Firecrackers On Body
Coopersville, MI (AP) John Fletcher gets a bang out of firecrackers especially those he wraps around himself.
The 51-year-old Michigan performer’s act includes setting off 10,500 firecrackers attached to his body, The Detroit News reported Saturday.
“I guess I’m a little nuts,” said Fletcher, who goes by the name Ghengis John the Human Firecracker. “I got a little bit of ‘Hey, look at me.’”
He performed last weekend before 300 people and four firefighters at a motorcycle rally in the western Michigan town of Coopersville. It was one in a string of shows that Fletcher said would be his last.
He has yet to keep those promises.
“He’s getting too old,” Sharon Warner, a friend of Fletcher’s, told the newspaper. “I’ve been telling him that a long time.”
Fletcher said that over 16 years, he has set off 600,000 firecrackers attached to his body. His ribs have been fractured 17 times and once Fletcher says he was knocked unconscious. He also has been burned.
Ohio Man’s Online Potato Salad
Funding Nets $37Kt
Columbus, OH (AP) An Ohio man who jokingly sought $10 to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad has raised more than $37,000 from a crowdfunding Internet site.
Zack “Danger” Brown, of Columbus, says he’s now considering throwing a huge public potato-salad party with the money, which started pouring in after his request took on a life of its own.
Six days into the campaign, he’s raised money from more than 3,400 backers worldwide.
The 31-year-old co-owner of a software company says he hasn’t been getting much sleep.
Brown tells The Columbus Dispatch that he did it for the “pure enjoyment and silliness of life.”
Fugitive Poses In Newspaper, Gets Caught - Go Figure!
Bloomsburg, PA (AP) An alleged New York bail-jumper was arrested on his Pennsylvania college campus after he posed for a news photographer and police spotted his picture in the paper.
Authorities caught up to 25-year-old Jacob Close after he took part in the (Bloomsburg) Press Enterprise’s weekly “Your Opinion” feature, answering a question about the controversy over the Washington Redskins’ name.
Police say Close jumped bail in a drug and drunken-driving case in Ithaca, New York, several years ago. The Press Enterprise reports he was arrested Sunday at Bloomsburg University’s student recreation center. University police knew Close was wanted but weren’t aware he was on campus for the summer until his photo was published.
Close was held on $25,000 bail pending extradition to New York. Court records don’t list an attorney for him.
Finnish Couple Wins Wife
Carrying Race By Small Margin
Helsinki (AP) A Finnish couple has narrowly won the 19th World Wife Carrying Championships a quirky competition in which men race to be the fastest while carrying a female teammate.
Ville Parviainen and Janette Oksman cleared the grueling 253.5 meter (278-yard) obstacle course in 63.75 seconds on Saturday, less than a second ahead of Britain’s Rich Blake Smith and Anna Marguerite Smith.
Thirty-six couples from a dozen countries including Australia, Japan, and the United States took part in the race, which was held in the central Finnish municipality of Sonkajarvi, north of the capital, Helsinki.
The rules stipulate that the woman must be over 17 years of age and weigh at least 49 kilograms (108 lb). Despite the event’s name couples don’t have to be married, and organizers say male contestants could “borrow a neighbor’s wife” if they didn’t have a female companion.
The men can carry their teammate in various ways, though a popular method is for the woman to hang upside-down with her legs around the male contestant’s shoulders.
Finland has established itself as a prime venue for unusual events including international air guitar, swamp soccer and mobile phone throwing competitions.
Buddhist Monks Who Set Off
Fireworks Didn’t Know Of Ban
Albuquerque, NM (AP) They’ll likely be mindful of any future fireworks ban.
Albuquerque authorities say, among the more than a dozen citations for illegal fireworks handed out July 4th, one was given to a group of Buddhist monks, KRQE-TV reports.
Albuquerque Fire Department inspector Darrick Pino said the citation was written after authorities stumbled upon an audience watching a fireworks show from the Hoi Phuoc Buddhist Temple.
The monks were setting off a treasure trove of illegal fireworks, including Roman candles and mortars, Pino said.
Albuquerque was under fireworks restrictions due to high fire danger.
A woman with the temple told authorities the monks don’t watch TV, listen to the radio or read newspapers. She said the monks didn’t know there was a fireworks ban.
“It’s still your responsibility to know the laws of the land,” Pino said.
The citations can carry a fine of up to $500 or 90 days in jail.
Red Bull Spills Onto I-95 In Florida Truck Crash
Rockledge, FL (AP) Call it a different kind of energy jolt. Thousands of gallons of Red Bull spilled onto Interstate 95 in central Florida after two tractor-trailers collided.
The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened Monday evening near Rockledge.
Troopers say the truck hauling more than 30,000 pounds of Red Bull was heading north when the driver tried to move over to the center lane because another truck was disabled on the shoulder of the road.
When the driver swerved back into the outside lane, his truck sideswiped the parked vehicle.
The trailer on the first truck ripped open and the energy drink spilled onto the road.
The driver of the truck was ticketed for failure to maintain a single lane.
No injuries were reported.