FARMER SEES MESSAGE, BUT CAN'T DIVINE IT
A holy cow in Connecticut, perhaps? Or maybe a divine bovine? A calf with a white marking on its forehead in the approximate shape of a cross was born last week at a dairy farm in Sterling. Owner Brad Davis tells WFSB-TV he thinks the marking may be a message from above, though he's still trying to figure out what that message might be. The mostly brown calf is half Jersey, half Holstein. Neighborhood children have named it Moses. But wait. The chairman of the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Ric Grummer, tells the Norwich Bulletin newspaper it's not unusual for a Holstein cow to have a white marking on its head. But Grummer concedes the cross shape is unusual.
RED OR WHITE WINE?
Today's menu special is rodent
So, the world's largest rodent is widely consumed in Venezuela. And Bolivia has plenty of the rodents. Hmmm. Why not catch and export the capybara to Venezuela? That's just what indigenous communities from Bolivia's eastern lowlands plan to do with the hog-sized, hairless jungle rodent, which grows to 145 pounds. And the plan comes with the approval of the Friends of Nature Foundation environmental group. The foundation says the rodent needs to fetch $4.45 a pound to generate a profit.
return of Napoleon
Maybe it was case of writer's block
The library in Toledo, Ohio, was not expecting this Christmas gift, all the way from Beverly Hills, Calif.: The biography Napoleon by Emil Ludwig recently arrived — 60 years after vanishing. A note explained. "I removed this book from your stacks in 1949 and did not check it out. I apologize. It's an excellent book and in good condition," the note said. The person who signed it "An ex-Toledoan" also wrote, "Carrying guilt for 60 years is a terrible thing." Library spokeswoman Rhonda Sewell says the package came as a shock. She says the holiday season may have moved the sender to right a longtime wrong.
LOST AND FOUND
Good thing it didn't end up in trash
You find all kinds of things in red tin cans. $10,380, for instance. The owner of such a can left it on a Kmart customer service counter in Des Moines, Iowa, where it sat for four days until employees became curious and looked inside. Police came and took the can for safekeeping, returning it to Joe Heithoff after his wife heard talk on the radio about a found can and called Tuesday to claim it. Police say Heithoff may have been having a reaction to medication Nov. 29 when he left it.
The speedy bar stool
It turns out that Kile Wygle, the Ohio man with a motorized bar stool that got him arrested for drunken driving, didn't serve time in jail, as previously reported. Instead he spent three days in a driver education program.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources