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  • Mower, tooth in a box, Vishnu doll in New Jersey beach trash

    POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — The bizarre trash items plucked from New Jersey’s beaches last year might be enough to cause nausea or heartburn. But don’t worry, a bottle of Pepto-Bismol was among the items collected. Among the items listed by a New Jersey environmental group were a lawn mower, a saw blade, an […]
  • Tiger reported running through streets of New York _ or not

    NEW YORK (AP) — A false report of a tiger in the streets of New York has caused a social media frenzy. WNBC says the New York Police Department got a call around 8:30 a.m. Thursday about a tiger in Harlem. People on Twitter described a notification from the Citizen app that said police were […]
  • Vermont bistro owner offers gift for return of cutout

    SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont restaurant owner is offering a $100 gift certificate to the person who returns a life-size cardboard cutout of himself that was stolen from an airport. Bob Conlon said Wednesday he has no idea why anyone would want to steal the advertisement for Leunig’s Bistro. WCAX-TV reports Conlon would […]
  • Ad touting ‘World Famous Big Blue Bug’ goes up on I-95

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The nearly 60-foot long blue termite that overlooks Interstate 95 in Rhode Island is now even harder to miss. Big Blue Bug Solutions put up a billboard in Providence on Tuesday alerting drivers that their building and its “World Famous Big Blue Bug” are only a mile away. Company vice president […]
  • Threat of closure spurs surge in sales for Necco Wafers

    REVERE, Mass. (AP) — The maker of the colorful Necco Wafers has experienced a surge in sales since announcing it might close unless it finds a buyer, and a Florida woman offered to exchange her 15-year-old car for one company’s wafer inventory. Necco stands for New England Confectionery Company. It announced in March that 395 […]
  • Handwritten note lands man Volkswagen bus of his dreams

    LINDENHURST, N.Y. (AP) — A man has the car of his dreams eight years after he slipped a note inside the window of a blue 1971 Volkswagen bus that the then-16-year-old called his “future car.” Kyle Cropsey of Lindenhurst, New York, received a call last week from Cris Mead, of Oakland, California. Mead’s father, Cornelius, […]
  • Workers discover mummified monkey in old department store

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Workers renovating the old Dayton’s department store in downtown Minneapolis have discovered a mystery: the mummified remains of a monkey. Crews found the carcass last week in an air duct on the seventh floor of the century-old building. Cailin Rogers is a spokeswoman for the Dayton’s Project, an office, retail and restaurant […]
  • Naked and unafraid: Nude man jogs through Baltimore streets

    BALTIMORE (AP) — With Baltimore temperatures hovering around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, a naked jogger may have pruned, but he certainly proved to be no prude. The Baltimore Sun reports that the sight of the naked man jogging through downtown Baltimore jolted commuters during Monday’s morning rush hour. In addition to clothes, the man eschewed shoes […]
  • Jail job applicant not hired, arrested instead in theft case

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A woman applying for a job at a New Hampshire county jail has been arrested because it turns out she was wanted on a charge in Maine. Police say Kristina Hoefs, of Manchester, applied for the job on Friday at the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections. But workers soon realized she […]
  • Police, fed up with lingering cold weather, ‘arrests’ winter

    DEPEW, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York police department fed up with lingering cold weather has placed winter under arrest. The Post-Standard reports the Depew Police Department wrote Friday in a humorous Facebook post that it had arrested the season. Police said any more snow winter produces would be held against it in court. […]