October 8, 2015
Advice From Grandma
Saves The Day
Great Falls, Mont. (AP) - A Montana bow hunter is recovering after he survived a grizzly bear mauling by remembering a tip from his grandmother and shoving his arm down the animal's throat.
Chase Dellwo, 26, was hunting with his brother northwest of the town of Choteau on Saturday when he came face-to-face with a 350- to 400-pound male grizzly, the Great Falls Tribune reported.
Dellwo was walking up a creek bed, hoping to drive a herd of elk to a ridge where his brother was waiting.
He was only 3 feet from the bear when he noticed it. He said the grizzly had been sleeping and didn't see him coming, possibly because of the snow, rain and 30 to 40 mph winds.
Dellwo said he only had time to take a few steps back before the bear knocked him off his feet and bit his head. ``He let go, but he was still on top of me roaring the loudest roar I have ever heard,'' Dellwo said.
The bear then bit Dellwo's leg and shook him, tossing him in the air. As the bear came at the man again, Dellwo recalled a story he read in a magazine.
``I remembered an article that my grandmother gave me a long time ago that said large animals have bad gag reflexes,'' he said. ``So I shoved my right arm down his throat.'' The advice worked, and the bear left.
Dellwo rejoined his brother, who drove him to a hospital. Dellwo received stitches and staples in his head, some on his face, a swollen eye and deep puncture wounds on his leg. ``I want everyone to know that it wasn't the bear's fault. He was as scared as I was,'' Dellwo said.
Careful... Pee Bounces Back!
San Francisco (AP) - San Francisco officials say they plan to double the number of walls painted with pee-repellent paint because the program to stop people from peeing in public places is working.
Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru tells the San Francisco Chronicle eight more walls will be painted next week in three of the most problematic neighborhoods.
In July, the public works department painted nine walls in the Tenderloin, the Mission and South of Market neighborhoods.
The surfaces make urine bounce right back onto the shoes and pants of unsuspecting relief-seekers.
The paint was first used in Hamburg, Germany, where beer drinkers often can't be bothered to find a bathroom.
Signs over the walls read, ``Hold it! This wall is not a public restroom. Please respect San Francisco and seek relief in an appropriate place.''
Scary Lucy Statue Gives Halloween An Extra Twist
Lakewood, NY (AP) - It's a role ``Scary Lucy'' was born to play: Frightening people at Halloween.
A bronze statue of Lucille Ball that drew worldwide scorn earlier this year for its unflattering depiction of the ``I Love Lucy'' star has provided inspiration for an annual haunted house event in a mall near her western New York town.
Event planner Scott Mekus says an actor portraying the statue will be part of the Chautauqua Mall's ``Haunting at the Mall'' during weekends through Halloween.
The life-size statue was unveiled in 2009 in a park in the village of Celoron, on Chautauqua Lake.
In April, a statue replacement campaign launched on Facebook gained renewed interest in the wake of local media stories on the statue, which was called Scary Lucy for its grimace-like facial features.
Smelly Hiding Place Discovered
Eugene, Ore. (AP) - A woman wanted on identity theft charges has been arrested in Oregon after a construction worker lifted the lid of a portable toilet to find her hiding inside.
The Register-Guard reports that 27-year-old Treasure Dawn Shockey, who had two warrants for her arrest, ran when police in Eugene tried to talk to her Saturday.
Police say a witness told them she saw the woman run through her yard and climb a fence onto the property of the Eugene Swim and Tennis Club.
About 20 minutes later, a construction worker told police he had lifted the lid of a port-a-potty and been surprised to see her inside. Police say Shockey left the toilet and they arrested her.
Football Player Voted Homecoming Queen
Seaside, Ore. (AP) - A Seaside football player has been crowned homecoming queen, replacing her helmet with a crown during halftime.
The Daily Astorian reports that 17-year-old Whitney Westerholm won the title during Seaside High School's homecoming game at the end of September. The placekicker earned her spot on the football squad her senior year.
Westerholm says she receives the same training as her male counterparts and didn't experience any resistance from the rest of the team, saying the boys were very accepting.
She and another girl, fellow kicker Taylor Barnes, say they feel removed from the team because they are kickers, not because of their gender.
Farmer Displays Woolly Mammoth Bones
Lima Township, Mich. (AP) - A barn in southeastern Michigan suddenly has become a natural history museum since bones from a woolly mammoth were discovered by a farmer while he was digging in a soybean field.
More than 200 people have stopped at Jim Bristle's farm in Washtenaw County, west of Ann Arbor, since Friday.
``I'm just so glad to see the enthusiasm, and it's not just from the kids,'' Bristle told The Ann Arbor News.
``The adults who come out here are overwhelmed by this. I guess I'm a bit overwhelmed by it also.''
Scientists from the University of Michigan and an excavator recovered about 20 percent of the animal's skeleton last week in Lima Township. Aside from the pelvis, they found the skull and two tusks, along with numerous vertebrae, ribs and both shoulder blades from a woolly mammoth that lived up to 15,000 years ago.
Bristle said he's donating the discovery to the university.
``I'd like it to go to a place where more people can see it and we can learn more about history from it,'' he said. ``Really it's just the right thing to do.''