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July 17, 2014

Great Fall Too Much, Humpty Dumpty To Be Rebuilt

Salem, OR (AP) The nursery rhyme proved right: Humpty Dumpty couldn’t be put together again.

But the owner of an Oregon tourist attraction vows to build Humpty anew.

Last weekend, two men planning a photograph jumped on the wall where the statue of rebar, cement, sand and plaster had sat for 40 years.

And, you know how it goes: Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

Sculptor Roger Tofte tells the Salem Statesman Journal Humpty was in too many pieces to fix, but the two men offered to pay for a new one. He says it will take a month to build.

The 84-year-old Tofte has been running the Enchanted Forest along Interstate 5 south of Salem since 1971. It’s 20 acres of rides and sculptures based on fairy tales and nursery rhymes.

Man Claims Kingdom So Daughter Can Be Princess

Abingdon, VA (AP) A Virginia man says he has claimed a kingdom in Africa so his daughter can be a princess.

Jeremiah Heaton told the Bristol Herald Courier that he recently trekked to a small, mountainous region between Egypt and Sudan called Bir Tawil. No country claims the land.

Heaton says he planted a flag designed by his children there so that he could become a king‚ and more importantly, so his 7-year-old daughter Emily could be a princess. They named the area the Kingdom of North Sudan.

Shelia Carapico, a professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond, says Heaton would not have political control over the land without legal recognition from neighboring countries, the United Nations or other groups.

Heaton says he hopes to get Sudan and Egypt to recognize the kingdom.

Store Accepts A 25-Year Old Gift Certificate

Worcester, MA (AP) A Massachusetts pop culture store has honored a 25-year-old gift certificate.

Sierra Wales, assistant manager at That’s Entertainment in Worcester, says a longtime customer recently brought in the $10 gift certificate bought in 1989.

She tells The Republican newspaper that the gift certificate had been sitting in a drawer for years. The customer had been meaning to bring it in for some time and finally remembered over the Fourth of July weekend.

She noted that the gift certificate was older than most employees and had actually been bought at the store’s old location.

The customer used it to buy a graphic novel.

The 34-year-old business sells comic books, graphic novels, toys, sports memorabilia, music and other pop culture items.

Wales says, “When we say it never expires, we really mean it.”

Pilot Mistake Puts Ping-Pong Balls Raining On Highway

Blackfoot, ID (AP) A pilot who dropped 3,000 pingpong balls that were redeemable for prizes missed a crowd assembled for the stunt and instead hit a nearby interstate.

Organizers immediately called off the contest. Aaron Moon and helpers on Saturday told revelers at Blackfoot Pride Days not to risk retrieving the pingpong balls amid high-speed traffic because organizes still planned to pass out the prizes.

Most of the pingpong balls could have been exchanged for candy, but some were worth gift certificates up to $100.

Moon says a new pilot attempted the drop this year, but apparently didn’t understand that pingpong balls lose speed quickly and drop straight down.

Blackfoot Police Chief Kurt Asmus tells the Idaho State Journal that no charges are planned, but police plan to work with organizers next year.

Pig That Menaced Children Seen Again In Maine

Oakland, ME (AP) Police in the Maine town of Oakland say a pig that menaced two children walking through the woods has scared another passer-by.

They’ve now closed the walking trail near two schools where the pig has been seen. Police said the pig confronted the children walking along the trail last week and was “screaming at the kids and chasing them.”

The Morning Sentinel reports that following that scare, a woman took refuge on the side rail of a wooden bridge on Monday after seeing the 80-pound black-and-white pig. She wasn’t attacked.

Police searched for the pig but found only tracks. They are working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the school district and animal control officers to capture the pig.

The town wants to reunite the pig with its owner, who doesn’t face charges.

Class Ring Lost 40 Years Ago Found In Greece

New York (AP) More than 40 years after a New York man last saw his high school class ring, the love token his wife had until their wedding night popped up on a Greek island.

How it got to Naxos after it disappeared with his bride’s purse at their wedding reception is a mystery. But earlier this month, the ring arrived by mail on Staten Island.

“It doesn’t fit me anymore,” said Stan Ostapiak, a retired police officer. “But my wife will put it back on her key chain, so we can go steady again.”

Ostapiak, 69, graduated from a Manhattan high school in 1962. About a decade later, his wife’s clutch purse was stolen with the ring inside‚ the night they were married.

Fast forward four decades: a young Greek man on the island of Naxos came across the ring in his late father’s belongings, with the name of the now defunct Seward Park High School in New York engraved inside. After some research on the Internet, the finder got in touch with the head of the school’s alumni association, which contacted Ostapiak, a resident of the city’s borough of Staten Island. The ring soon arrived by registered mail, polished and gleaming in a new box.

“I hope this ring brings you joy and happiness, and maybe some old memories,” the sender, Vasilis Polykretis, wrote on a postcard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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