July 9, 2015
Broadway Theatergoer Tries To Recharge Phone Onstage
New York (AP) There’s loud talking, snoring and, of course, phones ringing. But theater etiquette might have taken a turn for the bizarre on Broadway last week with a dead cellphone.
A patron at the Tony Award-nominated play “Hand to God” on July 2 climbed onstage just before the show began to try to recharge his phone in what looked like an outlet. Ushers at the Booth Theatre quickly converged, and the young man was pulled off the stage.
A public announcement was made warning patrons to avoid any similar acts, and ushers were stationed near the offender in case anything else untoward occurred.
He apparently got the message.
Actress Sarah Stiles tweeted: “#fullmoon or #idiot?”
The attempt to recharge was, in the end, pointless: The onstage outlet was just a prop, created by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt, whose set is a realistic depiction of a basement of a church in Texas.
A production spokesman confirmed the incident Tuesday.
The act was at least in keeping with the anarchic nature of the show.
Playwright Robert Askins’ bracing comedy mixes violence, swearing, brutal honesty, parental failure, church hypocrisy and plenty of sex of both human and puppet varieties.
Sleepy Man Breaks In, Drinks
Tabasco, Gets To Take Nap
Berlin (AP) A man is in hot water after allegedly stealing a bicycle, pitching it through a Berlin restaurant window, then entering and quaffing half a bottle of Tabasco sauce telling authorities he was thirsty.
Police spokesman Jens Berger said Tuesday the 34-year-old was intoxicated, but it wasn’t clear why he went for
the bottle of Tabasco to quench his thirst. He says the man may have mistaken it for a tiny bottle of liqueur, popular in Germany.
Neighbors alerted police overnight after hearing the window smash. The man was arrested inside the restaurant.
Berger says after telling police he had broken in because he was thirsty, he said all he wanted to do was sleep and was given the opportunity in an overnight holding cell.
Police Seek Help After Nut Theft & Post Mug Shot Of Squirrel
Shelby Township, Mich. (AP) Police in suburban Detroit are having a little fun while asking for help from the public in figuring out who swiped roughly 28,000 pounds of packaged nuts.
The Shelby Township Police Department says a truck and trailer packed with 18 pallets of walnuts and other snack nuts were taken the weekend of June 27.
Police say the truck and trailer were found July 1 in Detroit, but the nuts worth more than $128,000 were gone.
The department on Tuesday issued an appeal for information on its Facebook page‚ posting a mug shot of a squirrel along with details of the case.
Police in the Macomb County community have had a few noteworthy animal encounters recently, rounding up a goat in a parking lot and capturing a stray pig.
Rain Makes Annual Mud Day For Kids Even Muddier
Westland, MI (AP) A steady downpour made this one of the muddiest Mud Days yet.
Rain before and during the 27th annual event in suburban Detroit that’s open to kids 12 and younger created conditions that were conducive for maximum filthiness.
Aidan Ruggiero (ruh-ZHAIR’-oh) was covered from head to toe in muck, with only his eyes and mouth visible.
Asked how it felt, the 8-year-old from Livonia, Michigan, said: “I’m going to say ‘fantastic.’ I want to be coming back every year.”
Wayne County parks workers spent a week creating the 75-by-150-foot mud pit, which consisted of 200 tons of topsoil and 20,000 gallons of water.
Tuesday’s fun also included wheelbarrow races and a game of limbo.
And after it was over, firefighters were on hand to hose off the kids.
Friends Trying To Hand Off
Rice Cooker Cause Bomb Scare
Lincoln, RI (AP) Police say two friends trying to hand off a rice cooker at a Rhode Island casino caused a brief security scare.
The Twin River Casino in Lincoln wasn’t evacuated but the parking lot was temporarily closed Saturday morning until police determined there was no threat.
WPRI-TV reports a man told casino security he saw the cooker next to a car in the parking lot at about 9:40 a.m. Casino security, officers with the Lincoln and state police, and the state fire marshal’s office responded. Police reviewed surveillance video and located the woman who left the cooker. She said she was meeting a friend who wanted to borrow it.
The friend had already gone inside, so they agreed over the phone that she would leave the cooker next to her friend’s car.
State police said their story checked out, and the two friends apologized.
Teen Catches Math Error In Golden Ratio At Boston Museum
Boston (AP) A 15-year-old high school student visiting Boston’s Museum of Science has uncovered a math error in the golden ratio at a 34-year-old exhibit.
Virginia resident Joseph Rosenfeld was visiting the museum on a recent family trip when he saw something that appeared wrong with the equation.
Joseph noticed minus signs in the equation where there should have been plus signs.
He left a message at the desk and later received a letter from the museum’s exhibit content developer, Alana Parkes, informing him the equation would be corrected.
Parkes wrote that the mistake had been there for a “very long time” without being noticed.
Joseph tells www.Boston.com that catching the error was exciting.
He hopes to return to the state someday to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Woman Arrested After Calling 911 Over Chinese Food
Alliance, OH (AP) An Ohio woman has been arrested after calling 911 to complain about an order of Chinese food.
Police say the 44-year-old Alliance woman called the emergency number late Monday afternoon to say the Chinese food she’d ordered from a local restaurant was “not up to par for her liking.”
After police determined the woman had no real emergency, she was arrested and charged with misuse of 911, a misdemeanor.
She’s scheduled to appear in court this week.