Friday, January 21, 2022

Odd Stories

Maine brewer makes beer out of live lobsters, sea salt

PORTLAND, Maine — A Maine brewer is offering a quicker way to consume two of the state’s summertime staples: beer and lobster. Oxbow Brewing is serving up beer brewed with live Maine lobsters and a dash of sea salt. Brewmaster Tim Adams says the lobsters were placed in a mesh bag and suspended in a kettle full of boiling wort …

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Police: Man drove drunk, carried box of beer on lawn tractor

More on this WASHINGTONVILLE, Pa. — State troopers say they had to use a rope to corral a man who was driving drunk on his lawn mower with a box of beer. The Daily Item reports (http://bit.ly/1IjFMKs ) 25-year-old Tyler Anspach also threatened a trooper after he was arrested on July 13 while driving his tractor in Montour County, about …

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Footbridge saved from mall where 'Dawn of the Dead' was shot

MONROEVILLE, Pa. — The last visible feature of a suburban Pittsburgh mall that appeared in George Romero’s 1978 zombie classic “Dawn of the Dead” is being given new life. A small footbridge from the Monroeville Mall will be removed and taken to the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. The footbridge is being taken down as part of a …

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18-year-old's video of gun-firing drone spurs investigation

CLINTON, Conn. — An 18-year-old Connecticut man may be in trouble with federal aviation officials after posting a video online that shows shots being fired from a drone that had been jury-rigged with a handgun. The FAA said Tuesday it is investigating whether Austin Haghwout of Clinton violated its regulations, which prohibit the careless or reckless operation of a model …

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California woman offers home as prize in dessert contest

More on this ANTIOCH, Calif. — A Northern California woman is offering a sweet deal on her 1906 Craftsman home in Jackson. She’s trading it for a great dessert. The Contra Costa Times reports (http://bayareane.ws/1Kilwqm ) that Erin Allard is hosting a dessert contest with the 2,267-square-foot century-old home as the grand prize. The four bedroom, two bathroom home has …

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UK lawmaker defends making 14 cent expenses claim

LONDON — A British lawmaker is defending claiming 9 pence ($ 0.14) on expenses for a short car journey, saying such claims may look “odd” but the mileage adds up. Conservative lawmaker Rob Wilson said the 322-meter (352-yard) journey in March 2014 was a “constituency engagement.” He also made several other small claims for short journeys, including 13 pence for …

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Swiss army moo-ves out to keep cows cool during heat wave

BERLIN — Cows sizzling under Switzerland’s summer sun are getting help from an unexpected ally: the Swiss army. Soldiers have been ordered to help keep cows in the far west of the country cool amid a weeklong heat wave. Army spokesman Urs Mueller says troops are erecting eight artificial reservoirs in the Jura mountains to supply cows with drinking water. …

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Thieves steal ATM machine, but it falls out of getaway van

LYNNWOOD, Wash. — Snohomish County authorities say two thieves suspected of stealing an ATM machine from a business made it as far as the parking lot, but the machine fell out of the getaway van. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said Monday that deputies have recovered the ATM machine. They believe two men backed up a white van to a business …

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Toll operator says he was fired for not charging driver

More on this By The Associated Press ENGLEWOOD, Fla. — A 77-year-old Florida man has been fired from his job as a toll booth operator after reportedly using his own money to pay a toll for a tractor trailer whom he had undercharged. Vladislav “Sam” Samsonov had worked at the Gasparilla Island bridge toll booth in southwest Florida for almost …

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State police: Drunk driving suspect found naked on barn roof

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. — State police say a drunken driving suspect ran away from the scene of a central Pennsylvania crash but was found on a nearby barn roof — naked — and arrested once he fell off. Online court records don’t list an attorney for 20-year-old Daquan Tate, of Hollidaysburg. State police say he faces drunken driving charges for crashing …

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