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  1. Sidle_fan

    Sidle_fan Hit and Run

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    Must be a very smart bear, wierd some animals just might be smarter than "a few" humans. :lol:
     
  2. Dynamo1

    Dynamo1 Head of the Swing Shift

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    Mmmmmmmm: Fizzy, Bottled Ham
    Nov 9, 11:26 PM (ET)

    SEATTLE (AP) - Coming soon next to the Coke and Pepsi in a store near you: ham-and latke-flavored soda to make your holiday feast complete. It even will be kosher, the company making it says - including the ham.

    Jones Soda Co., the Seattle-based purveyor of offbeat fizzy water, is selling holiday-themed limited-edition packs of flavored sodas.

    The Christmas pack will feature such flavors as Sugar Plum, Christmas Tree, Egg Nog and Christmas Ham. The Hanukkah pack will have Jelly Doughnut, Apple Sauce, Chocolate Coins and Latkes sodas.

    "As always, both packs are kosher and contain zero caffeine," Jones said in a statement.


    The packs will go on sale Sunday, with a portion of the proceeds to be given to charity, the company said.

    Jones' products feature original label art and frequently odd flavors. Last year's seasonal pack was Thanksgiving-themed, with Green Pea, Sweet Potato, Dinner Roll, Turkey and Gravy, and Antacid sodas.

    For its contract to supply soda to Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks, Jones came up with Perspiration, Dirt, Sports Cream and Natural Field Turf. The company - fortunately or unfortunately - prides itself on the accuracy of the taste.

    Jones also makes more traditional flavors, including root beer, cherry and strawberry sodas.
     
  3. Desertwind

    Desertwind Head of the Day Shift

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    COUPLE RESCUE WOMAN FROM APPROACHING TRAIN

    Mineola, N.Y...An off duty police officer and her husband, a volunteer fire chief, rescued a woman from her stalled car seconds before a train smashed into it. The 63-yr. old driver apparently mistook the Long Island Rail Road tracks for a road, last Thrusday evening, suthorities said. Her car became stuck on the rails with a train fast approaching. Randi LoCicero, an off duty Police officer from New York and her husband Anthony ran to the car as the crossing gates came down. A the trains horn blared, the couple yanked open the door, and pulled out the woman who need crutches to walk.. everybody's fine!

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  4. Dynamo1

    Dynamo1 Head of the Swing Shift

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    Here are some more "Here's your sign" moments.

    Best to Use Tools When Loosening Lug Nut

    Nov 12, 6:12 PM (ET)

    SOUTHWORTH, Wash. (AP) - A man trying to loosen a stubborn lug nut blasted the wheel with a 12-gauge shotgun, injuring himself badly in both legs, sheriff's deputies said.

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    Wisconsin Cop Shocked by Own Taser
    Nov 12, 7:19 PM (ET)

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A police officer has been reprimanded for accidentally discharging a Taser, causing an injury - to the police officer.

    Madison police released a report Monday on the July 31 incident, without revealing the officer's name or gender. The department said the Taser accidentally discharged during a standard checkout procedure.

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    Snake Bite No. 44 'Definitely the Worst'
    Nov 12, 6:09 PM (ET)

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Maybe "Cobraman" should consider a new line of work. Ray Hunter, 44, of Port St. Lucie is still hospitalized nearly two weeks after being bitten by an eastern diamondback rattlesnake. He said it's his 44th venomous snake bite and it's "definitely the worst."

    "Cobraman," who is licensed to possess venomous snakes, got the 5- 1/2 foot rattlesnake from animal control officers.

    Hunter was bitten on the right hand while cleaning his snake cages, but managed to drive himself near the hospital despite feeling like he was drunk.

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    'Honest Living' Painting Brings Arrests
    Nov 12, 6:43 PM (ET)

    LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) - It took a painting called "An Honest Living" to catch a pair of crooks, police said. The oil, which depicts a blues band, was one of 250 works that burglars stole from the Laguna Beach home of artist John Cosby in April.

    The paintings were valued at $750,000.

    About two weeks ago, a Texas collector of Cosby's work noticed "An Honest Living" being offered on eBay for the bargain price of $1,500.

    Cosby was notified and contacted a police detective, who tracked the advertiser.
     
  5. Dynamo1

    Dynamo1 Head of the Swing Shift

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    Cows Escape Trailer at Utah McDonald's
    Wednesday November 14, 9:05 am ET

    Cows Rounded Up After Trailer Gate Opens at McDonald's Parking Lot in Northern Utah

    WEST HAVEN, Utah (AP) -- McDonald's? The burger joint? Stampede!

    Eight cows escaped from a trailer when the rear gate opened as the driver pulled into a McDonald's. It took about two hours to round them up Monday.

    "Maybe they were going to ... hop in the freezer, save the middleman," Weber County sheriff's Sgt. Dave Creager said.

    Lt. Kevin Burns had another theory: "They didn't like their future."

    The roundup was called "Operation Hamburger Helper." A nearby resident even hopped on his horse.

    "I thought my eyes were lying," said Wayne Sanders, who was at a truck stop next door. "I don't know where they came from, but I'd say they'd have to weigh 800 pounds apiece and they were on a pretty good trot."
     
  6. Dynamo1

    Dynamo1 Head of the Swing Shift

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    Yet another bull story...

    Cows Escape From Truck in La. Wreck

    Nov 15, 3:20 PM (ET)

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Police warned drivers Thursday to watch out for cows that may have strayed from a tractor-trailer that flipped over on an interstate.

    More than 100 head of cattle escaped. Shreveport police and Caddo Parish sheriff's deputies caught most of the cows after the wreck late Wednesday, but said a few might still be on the loose.

    Some cows died, some fell off the I-220 bridge and at least one was hit by a car.

    The wreck happened when a number of cows shifted their weight, police said. A stretch of the interstate was shut down after the wreck.

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    S.D. Man Downs 5.5 Ounces of Hot Sauce
    Nov 15, 4:08 PM (ET)

    TEA, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakotan may be new world-record holder when it comes to swallowing Tabasco sauce. Levi Johnson of Tea drank 5.5 ounces of the hot sauce, or nearly 3 bottles, in 30 seconds at a sports bar in that community.

    The Guinness Book of World Records lists the previous record at 5.07 ounces. Johnson's feat must be verified by Guinness publishers before it is considered official.
     
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    Desertwind Head of the Day Shift

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    CAT RETURNS MONTHS AFTER MAN SEES IT IN BEAR'S MOUTH

    Anchorage, Alaska...THe night Banger vanished, a neighbor heard the black and grey tabby yowling. He ran out and saw Banger dangling from the mouth of a Grizzly that had roamed into the yard and left with the cat as a snack. So much for Banger, said owner Allison Sayer, until a few week's ago. 4 months after disapearing into the Eagle River woods, the cat reppeared less than half a mile where it was last seen, 2 lbs lighter but otherwise intact :confused: Banger's fantastic journey lasted another week, long enough for a visit to the vet and a plane ride to the owners to home in Sitka. Sayer, 28, didn't see the "Wild Kingdom" encounter her neighbor described. Maybe a bear took the cat, or maybe the neighbor didn't see what he thought he did, maybe it was a rabbit, not a cat. If a bear really did snatch her, she's one lucky kitty. Rick Sinott, a bear expert with the Fish & Game Habitat, said grizzlies occasionlly take cats, but they rarely escape. These days, Bayer watches Banger more closely and always knows where she is!

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    Desertwind Head of the Day Shift

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    POLICE SAY NAKED MAN CAUSED THREE ACCIDENTS

    Brandywine Hundred, Del.

    A naked drunk man was arrested after he caused 3 accidents by running into highway traffic, police said. Two people stopped to try and help 26-year old Ardonas Gilbert of Chester, PA. who was running naked through and along the southbound lanes of Interstate 95, last week, but kept cursing at them and punched them, Deleware police said. Gilbert then ran into traffic, causing 3 separate accidents as motorists tried to avoid him. No one was seriously injured. Gilbert was charged with two counts of assult, and a single count of being drunk and naked on a public highway!

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    19Th December 2005 - Doncaster, England
    TWO ARMED MASKED MEN RAID FISH AND CHIP SHOP DEMANDING A LARGE FISH, TWO PORTIONS OF CHIPS AND A SMALL CURRY.

    I think there is a possibility this is a missprint...

    Drommie

    XOXOXOX
     
  10. Dynamo1

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    Honest Man Returns Mistaken $2 Million Check
    Nov 26, 4:54 PM (ET)

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - There are probably a million ways Jerry Mika could spend $2 million dollars. Trouble is, he couldn't cash the check. Expecting a $15 refund from the Utah Department of Commerce, the Draper man opened his mail recently to find a $2,245,342 check.

    "I kept trying to find a way to make it legitimate so I could cash it," he said. "I did think about all the things I could do with the money ... who wouldn't?"

    Mika returned the check - a mistake that occurred when an employee entered a serial number, not an amount - to state finance offices Wednesday.

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    London PA Voice Fired for Slamming Tube
    Nov 26, 12:39 PM (ET)
    By RAPHAEL G. SATTER

    LONDON (AP) - The woman behind the gentle, even voice which warns London's subway commuters to "Mind the gap" was fired after telling a newspaper she thought the transit network was dreadful.

    Emma Clarke has been recording messages for London's sprawling subway network, popularly known as the Tube, since 1999. In addition to warning passengers to watch their step in walking between subway cars and the platform, she also reads the trains' stops, tells Londoners how long they have to wait until their next ride, and delivers service updates.

    Transport for London, the body responsible for running the subway, said Monday that Clarke, 36, was fired for telling The Mail on Sunday she avoided using the subway whenever possible.

    "The thought of being stuck in the Tube with strangers for minutes on end and having to listen to endless repeated messages of my own voice fills me with horror," she told the paper.

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    South Dakota Town May Rename Hooker St.
    Nov 26, 4:56 PM (ET)

    WHITEWOOD, S.D. (AP) - If the Rev. David Baer has his way, the Whitewood City Council will change the name of one of the northern Black Hills town's streets.

    Hooker Street doesn't quite lend itself to a family atmosphere and is offensive to some residents in the town of about 800 people, according to Baer.

    It's actually named after a Union general from the Civil War, but Baer said that even renaming it to General Hooker Street might not be much better.

    Any renaming would affect one resident and six water bill accounts, said Brenda Lindstrom, Whitewood city finance officer.

    The council is expected to discuss the request its Dec. 17 meeting.
     
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    Desertwind Head of the Day Shift

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    BRACLELET FOUND IN CHICKEN AFTER 25 YEARS :eek:

    Fairmount, Minn. [AP]..It won't fit him anymore, but a Massachusetts man has his metal idenity bracelet back after it was found inside a chicken gizzard in this southern Minnesota city..more than 25 years after he lost t n his grandfathers barn. Aaron Giles, 31, of Gloucster, Mass, lived in Fairmount as a child and played hide-and-seek and other games with his brothers in their grandfathers barn near Sherburn. "I would spend most of my time out at his farm and that's the only place I can think of that I would have lost it", Giles said, adding he thinks he lost it when he was 4 or 5 years old. The barn was dismantled a few years ago, andf the materials were used to construct another barn in rurual Elmore, about 45 miles away. He thinks his bracelet was imbedded in the barns materials whey they moved. Workers at Olsen Locker in Fairmount were cutting the meat of chickens that came from an Elmore farm when when of them, came across a shiny object in a chicken gizzard. THe name and phone # was still engraved and visible. "It's the strangest story I've ever heard of in the meat business, I've heard of livestock swallowing things, but not wever a chicken" He was able to track down Giles father, who had moved to Arizona and sent the bracelet to him. "It was in immaculate shape, everything was perfect, and the engravings still intact. "What a surprise" he stated. "I have no plans to lose it again"

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    MAN ACCUSED OF TRAFFICKING BEAR PARTS

    San Diego, CA...California State Fish and Game wardens have arrested a San Diego man for illegally trafficking black bear parts. Officials say undercover wardens arrested Huong Tovan in Redding, CA. on Saturday while he was trying to buy bear gall bladders :eek: Tovan, 54, faces up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine for selling bear parts. officials said Tovan ran a bear gall bladder processing operation, and the parts were probably going to be sold on the medicinal market in Southeast Asia. The investigation began in October when wildlife officials recieved an anonymous tip. Bears can be hunted in California, but it is illegal to buy or sell their parts!

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    Driver Passes Test, Then Hits Building
    Dec 3, 9:49 PM (ET)

    HOUSTON (AP) - A student driver passed his test Monday, then crashed the car into the Texas Department of Public Safety building. No one was hurt.

    The man was parking the car when the vehicle went over the curb and hit a wall of the brick building, creating a small hole, DPS spokesman Tom Vinger said.

    The driving examiner was not in the car, Vinger said.

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    Hmmmm. Something's Different About You
    Dec 3, 11:04 PM (ET)

    STOYSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Police said a Somerset County man fled a traffic stop, went home, shaved his mustache and changed his clothes, and reported the truck he was driving as stolen.

    Conemaugh Township police said they stopped Robert Sadlon, 50, for a broken taillight on Thanksgiving night and he ran off. Later, the same officer went to Sadlon's home near Stoystown to investigate the reported theft. There, he found a just-shaven Sadlon in different clothes.

    Sadlon is charged with drunken driving, escape and related charges.

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    Texas Police Hop to It to Catch Kangaroo
    Dec 3, 9:58 PM (ET)

    LEWISVILLE, Texas (AP) - Lewisville police had to hop to it to catch a kangaroo that fled from a veterinarian's yard. Maynard the red kangaroo is now back at an animal hospital, after his frolicking chase videotaped by a patrol car's camera.

    Police joined animal control officers Sunday after getting a call about a kangaroo dashing around a neighborhood. The animal was bouncing around as people scampered after the 3-foot-tall critter.

    Maynard, who's being treated for a respiratory ailment, was finally cornered and caught.
     
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    FERAL CAT SURVIVES 19-DAY STINT AS A JAR HEAD

    Bartlett Tenn... Tabittha Cain has fed a feral cat she calls Wild Oats for several years, but now she's thinking of changing the feline's name to Survivor. She says the cat survived for 19 days with a peanut butter jar stuck on it's head.[how it got there, they don't know] "we tried to get her, but because of the type of cat, you can't cath them" says Ms. Cain. The family saw the cat several times with the jar on it's head and tried in vain to catch it. But after not seeing the cat for a week, the Cains feared the worst. "I thought she was going to die with that jar on her head" said Cain, 25. They found the once chubby cat on Wednesday, really thin and to weak to flee. The caught her with a fishing net, and use some oil to pry off the jar. They then gave her some water and some food and she then went to sleep, glad her ordeal was over.. "I've heard of cats having 9 lives, but never this long", the vet checked her out, says she probably lived off her excess fat!

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    Dynamo1 Head of the Swing Shift

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    More weird news concerning animals...

    Cougar Nearly Joins SD Woman in Hot Tub

    Dec 8, 9:48 PM (ET)

    DEADWOOD, S.D. (AP) - A relaxing soak in a hot tub came to an abrupt end when Marlene Todd came eye to eye with a mountain lion in her backyard.

    "I was kind of hidden, sitting with my back up against the side of the tub, and I heard a little rustling sound in the needles right beside me," she said.

    Todd said she thought it might have been her house cat until she saw "this big, tan, hairy body" just 4 inches away.

    "I didn't realize what it was until it took a leap and jumped up on the side of my hot tub," Todd said.

    The cougar was cornered somewhat because the deck stairs blocked its retreat. It would have to go up and over the hot tub.

    "It just took a leap. It jumped on the side of the hot tub," Todd said of the Thursday morning encounter. "We locked eyes, and it kicked off of the hot tub and ran away. When it jumped, it flipped my robe into the hot tub."

    She summoned Deadwood police, who surmised the big cat was stalking some deer in the neighborhood and may have been attracted to the warmth of the hot tub on the frosty morning.

    "Now I know what a goldfish feels like when the cat is staring in its bowl," Todd said.

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    Horse Survives Plunge Into Frozen Pool
    Dec 7, 11:01 PM (ET)

    DORSET, Vt. (AP) - A horse was rescued after accidentally taking an icy plunge in a swimming pool. Jet, a 6-year-old quarterhorse, walked onto the frozen in-ground pool Thursday and broke through six inches of ice into about 3 1/2 feet of water, becoming trapped.

    "It just looked like a meadow to him, and he stepped on the ice," said his owner, Janet Waite.

    The animal shook uncontrollably and was losing strength as several rescue attempts failed, according to Vermont State Police Cpl. Gary Shuhart, who responded to the incident after being flagged down by a passerby.

    Finally, rescuers broke the ice in a corner of the pool and got a rope around the horse's neck, pulling him to safety and wrapping him in a blanket. He was taken to a veterinarian and treated for a cut to his left hind leg.
     
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