August 4, 2016
It's So Hot In New York That Manure Is Bursting Into Flames
Throop, NY (AP) How hot is it in upstate New York? So hot that horse manure is bursting into flames.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation says it received multiple complaints July 5 about the smell and smoke emanating from a burning pile of horse manure at a property in the town of Throop, in the Finger Lakes region 20 miles west of Syracuse.
The responding officer learned that the owners of a horse stable had been storing the manure in large piles that frequently spontaneously combusted in the excessive heat and dry conditions.
DEC officials say a shift in the prevailing winds carried the odor of burning manure into the neighbors’ windows.
It took three local fire departments two hours to douse the burning manure.
Heck Yeah! Rednecks Hold Their (Blanking) Summer Games
Hebron, ME (AP) There were no world-class athletes or top-notch sporting venues, but there was cold beer, barbecue and a muddy tug-of-war Saturday at the event formerly known as the Redneck Olympics.
The event, now officially known as the “Redneck (Blank)” after the real Olympics threatened to sue, also featured bobbing for pig’s feet, a greased watermelon haul and toilet seat horseshoes.
If that’s not redneck enough, then there was a wife-hauling contest and free mud runs for big-tired trucks. Crowds were encouraged to get into the act during the “competition,” but actual athletic skills were not a requirement. For example, one of the events called the “beer trot” featured an obstacle course that participants traversed while carrying a beer in each hand. The goal was to finish quickly‚ without spilling.
There were faux gold, silver and bronze medals for winners. But these aren’t Olympic events. The U.S. Olympic Committee put the kibosh on the “Redneck Olympics” name in 2011, Brooks said.
That doesn’t mean rednecks went down without a fight.
On Saturday, T-shirts were emblazoned with “Redneck Olympics” with “Olympics” crossed out.
Brooks said his event is more fun and affordable than the real Olympic Games, which he believes has grown too big for its britches.
“The average redneck couldn’t afford to go the Olympics,” he said.
Vandal Spray Paints 'I'm Drunk' On Side Of Police Station
Portsmouth, NH (AP) Police in one New Hampshire city are trying to find out who spray painted “I’m drunk” on the side of their station over the weekend.
Portsmouth police Sgt. Chris Kiberd says officers noticed Sunday morning that someone had spray painted the message at some point during overnight hours.
The police department posted on its Facebook page that officers immediately began working to remove “this artist’s thoughtful and insightful creation.”
Kiberd says surveillance cameras are placed around the municipal complex but none were recording in the area where the graffiti was discovered. Other cameras reportedly captured two males with hoods covering their heads fleeing from the scene around 1 a.m. Sunday.
Police are continuing to investigate and ask that anyone with knowledge come forward.
English Bar Blocks Cell Phones, Tries To Get Patrons Talking
London (AP) A new English cocktail bar offers something truly old-fashioned on its menu: the chance to talk to real people instead of staring down your cell phone.
The Gin Tub in Brighton has won rave reviews in its first week of business by installing a cell signal blocker and placing throwback rotary phones at its tables. They can be used to dial patrons at neighboring tables or the bar for another round.
The Gin Tub is reckoned to be the only British pub blocking cell phones by using a Faraday shield built into its ceiling, an exception in Britain’s 2006 Wireless Telegraphy Act that otherwise outlaws the use of signal blockers.
Proprietor Steve Tyler says: “Mobile phones have killed pubs. When you go out socially, you don’t need social media.”
Boston Police Add $89,000 Ice Cream Truck To Patrol Fleet
Boston (AP) The Boston Police Department has unveiled an $89,000 ice cream truck as the newest addition to its patrol fleet. The truck, adorned with balloons and Boston police decals, was introduced Monday at police headquarters in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood. It will be used as part of “Operation Hoodsie Cup,” a community policing initiative that has distributed roughly 120,000 free ice cream cups since 2010.
Commissioner William Evans says he would’ve called you crazy if you told him 30 years ago that the BPD would have an ice cream truck as part of its fleet, but the goodwill it generates is “undeniable.”
The truck was purchased by the Boston Police Foundation. Local dairy company HP Hood has donated all of the ice cream for distribution.
Oregon State Fair To Feature Marijuana With Security Guards
Portland, OR (AP) A new crop will be featured at the Oregon State Fair this year: marijuana.
The Oregonian/Oregon Live reports that the fair awards prizes for the curviest vegetable or the most misshapen fruit. This year, marijuana plants will also be on display -- and will be judged by a panel of growers before the fair.
The Oregon Cannabis Business Council is sponsoring the exhibit. Chairman Don Morse says nine plants will be displayed in a greenhouse and monitored by a security guard.
Only people age 21 and older will be allowed inside.
Fair spokesman Dan Cox says the exhibit is a nod to the newly legal status of cannabis. Morse says, however, that those hoping for a sample will be disappointed.
The fair runs Aug. 26 through Sept. 5.
After Pokemon Go Players Knock On His Door, Man Files Suit
San Francisco (AP) A New Jersey man is going to federal court to keep “Pokemon Go” players off his lawn.
Jeffrey Marder, of West Orange, says strangers began lingering outside of his home after the popular game was released last month. At least five people knocked on his door and asked to get into his backyard to catch a Pokemon placed there virtually by the game, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in California.
The suit against game makers Niantic Inc., Nintendo Co., and The Pokemon Company seeks class action status for others who have had Pokemon stops and gyms placed on their property.
The lawsuit says the defendants “have shown a flagrant disregard for the foreseeable consequences of populating the real world with virtual Pok√©mon without seeking the permission of property owners.”
Spokespeople for the companies weren’t immediately available to comment on the suit. The location-aware game provides virtual rewards for players who visit real sites designated as “Pokestops” in the game. Several locations, such as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan and the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., have asked to be removed from “Pokemon Go.”