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POSTED October 11, 2012 8:55 p.m.

SQUIRREL DINNER PREP MAYBE SPARKED MICHIGAN FIRE: HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a blaze that displaced dozens of people from a southwest Michigan apartment complex may have been sparked by a resident trying to cook a squirrel with a propane torch.

Fire Chief Jim Kohsel tells MLive.com that the resident apparently planned to eat the animal and was burning off its fur on a third-floor deck at the building in Ottawa County's Holland Township when the fire broke out Wednesday. Flames spread to the roof. Kohsel says eight apartments are destroyed and others damaged.

Kohsel says a firefighter broke a toe. No residents were injured.

WELSH RESTAURANT SORRY FOR SERVING BOOZE TO CHILD: LONDON (AP) — A restaurant chain has apologized for accidentally serving alcohol to a toddler in Wales, calling it a case of human error.

The BBC reported that 2-year-old Sonny Rees was taken to a hospital emergency room after drinking whiskey at his second birthday party at a Frankie and Benny's restaurant in Swansea.

His mother said he was clearly intoxicated. She said she tasted his drink after noticing that he was making a funny face. At the hospital, the staff monitored his vital signs and later gave him the all-clear.

NW PA. MAN HONORED FOR PERFECT ROTARY ATTENDANCE: BRADFORD, Pa. (AP) — Robert Kirk has spent 52½ of his 85 years doing one thing exceptionally well: attending Rotary Club meetings.

The northwestern Pennsylvania man is being honored by the service organization's international magazine, The Rotarian, for never missing a weekly meeting in those 52-plus years.

Kirk lives in Bradford, about 130 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, but has taken advantage of a rule that allows members to attend meetings in other states and countries.

A world traveler who enjoyed free trips because of his son's employment with a major airline, Kirk has attended Rotary meetings in all 50 states and 33 foreign countries. He estimates he's kept his perfect attendance streak alive by attending 400 to 500 meetings in other locations.

The Bradford Era reports Kirk also braved a blizzard in Denver, and checked out of a hospital to attend meetings.

SOFTBALL-SIZED EYEBALL WASHES UP ON FLORIDA BEACH: MIAMI (AP) — It's not that body parts never wash ashore on Florida beaches. But usually it's not an eye the size of a softball.

State wildlife officials are trying to determine the species of a blue eyeball found by a man Wednesday at Pompano Beach, north of Fort Lauderdale.

They put the eyeball on ice so it can be analyzed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg.

Agency spokeswoman Carli Segelson says the eyeball likely came from a marine animal, since it was found on a beach. Possible candidates include a giant squid, a whale or some type of large fish.

MAINE DRIVERS WARNED OF ZOMBIE DANGER: PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Drivers may have gotten a chuckle out of an electronic message board in Maine warning of zombies, but city officials were not amused.

The sign at a Portland road construction site was changed by a hacker to read "Warning Zombies Ahead!" on Wednesday morning. It originally read "Night work 8 pm-6 am. Expect delays."

City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg says the signs are a safety precaution and changing it could have led to driver distraction.

 

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