Odd Stories

Tow company charges man $48K to pull his Jeep out of mud pit

More on this WALPOLE, Mass. — A Massachusetts man whose Jeep got stuck in a mud pit while off-roading with his girlfriend says a towing company is charging him $ 48,000. Joel Ramer says the Jeep landed in a mud pit last week in Walpole, near Boston. It took 12 hours for police and Assured Collision to pull the vehicle …

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Officer dressed as homeless man catches drivers using phones

BETHESDA, Md. — A Maryland police officer went undercover dressed as a homeless man to catch people who were using their phones while driving. Cpl. Patrick Robinson went undercover Tuesday morning equipped with a police radio and a body camera. He held a sign that read, “I am not homeless. I am a Montgomery County police officer looking for cell …

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Stray cat in Cairo airport irks authorities before review

CAIRO — A stray cat is darting around Cairo’s international airport, flustering authorities trying to catch it days ahead of a major international inspection. Security men were called in Wednesday to try to capture the rebellious feline, which had been fed by some passengers and staff in recent days but has now been declared persona non grata by authorities ahead …

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Oh, deer: Vermont hotel to serve $75 road kill-inspired menu

More on this BURLINGTON, Vt. — A fish and wild game supper is featuring some Vermont road kill on the menu. New York’s WPTZ-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1XzjhoS ) Hotel Vermont will offer three animals injured or killed on the road as it hosts the Wild About Vermont event on Nov. 7. The event will feature a game supper with donations from …

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Man shoots self in foot, bullet also hits 9-year-old boy

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Authorities say a man shot himself in the foot and the round went through a floor, hitting a 9-year-old sleeping boy. KRON-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1LYGdGy ) Wednesday that the shooting occurred at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday at a San Jose apartment complex. Police say the man who fired the gun and the boy were both taken to a …

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Oregon man arrested, accused of stealing woman's underwear

More on this PORTLAND, Ore. — Officials say a Portland man has been arrested for breaking into a neighbor’s home and stealing women’s underwear. The Oregonian reports (http://goo.gl/ItlBxM ) that Daniel Kowatch, 24, told police he had thought about breaking into a neighbor’s home many times just to see if he could get away with it. He reportedly did that …

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Show me your hands, or moves, dancing officer says to teens

WASHINGTON — Show me your hands, or your dance moves. A D.C. police officer helped defuse a fight between teenagers in a Washington park by challenging one of them to a dance-off. Seventeen-year-old Aaliyah Taylor says a woman officer arrived Monday and when she saw Taylor dancing to the popular song, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” the officer laughed and said …

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Woman guilty of serving papers on behalf of sovereign Texas

More on this By Associated Press KERRVILLE, Texas — A woman who claims she’s a representative of the sovereign nation of Texas was convicted of issuing fraudulent court papers ordering a judge and lawyer to appear before an “international common law court.” A jury northwest of San Antonio found Susan Cammack guilty Wednesday of simulating a legal process, the San …

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Already home to a ski hill, Emirates may get a snow park

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Already home to a ski hill inside a mall, the sunbaked deserts of the United Arab Emirates soon may be home to a snow park too. Officials with Abu Dhabi’s Reem Mall, scheduled to open in 2018, say they plan to build a 125,000-square-foot (11,600-square-meter) snow park inside the mall. In a statement Wednesday, …

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Man gets a pretty penny _ $5K _ cashing in coin collection

More on this RUSTON, La. — After more than 45 years of saving pennies, a Louisiana man decided it was time to cash them in. The News-Star reports (http://tnsne.ws/1GxgPuQ ) that 73-year-old Otha Anders, of Ruston, took 15 five-gallon plastic water jugs full of the coins to the bank on Tuesday. His grand total: A deposit of $ 5,136.14 into …

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