Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Global Bizarre

Stolen donuts, Thai rats and breaking stuff

Police priority

Cops find the motivation to find stolen van

A van stolen in Moline, Ill., at 5 a.m. Thursday drew a more than measured response from authorities by the time it made it into Iowa. Nine officers from four agencies participated in a high-speed chase — at more than 100 mph — through two counties in pursuit of the van. It is certainly possible that this is a pure coincidence, but the van was stolen from Donut Delite. "What strikes me as a bit out of the ordinary is the number of officers who were able to respond," Rich Vander Mey, assistant Tama County attorney, told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. "I don't know whether the fact that the stolen vehicle contained donuts has anything to do with that." The bakery donated the goods in the van to the officers. "They probably deserved it," said manager Sharon Wainwright. They caught and arrested the driver.


Thailand serious about rat problem

Thailand's Health Ministry has launched a national campaign against rats. And just to show how serious they are in the mission, they've decided to eradicate the Health Ministry of its own infestation of the rodents, and about 50 have been caught in the Bangkok compound in the past few days. "Rats are commonly found wherever there is food, debris and garbage — not just at the Health Ministry," said Health Minister Chaiya Sasomsup. The ministry wants to reduce the rodent population before rainy season starts in May, when standing water can harbor diseases carried by the rats.


History of breaking stuff pays off

Ed Byrne of Cornwall, England, claims he is the world-champion block breaker after busting up 55 concrete blocks in 4.86 seconds recently. "People think it's a lot easier to break blocks than it actually is. I make it look easy," he told the Daily Telegraph after breaking the old record of 17.49 seconds in addition to the blocks. For his next trick, Byrne, a black belt, wants to break the record for most blocks broken in one shot, which currently stands at 31. "I used to break things when I was a kid for fun with my friends."


Illinois flake ... going, going, gone?

Late Friday night, the auction closed on the frosted flake in the shape of Illinois. In the final hours, bidding was over $1,300. Emily and Melissa McIntire of Chesapeake, Va., put the flake up for sale after Emily found it on her spoon while eating breakfast last week. The first auction of the flake was canceled by eBay due to a violation of a food policy after bidding had climbed to $200,000. The sisters say they weren't disappointed, though, because they didn't believe the huge bids were legitimate. As hard as that is to imagine.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at [email protected]

Stolen donuts, Thai rats and breaking stuff 03/21/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:45am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. 7 creepy podcasts to get you in the Halloween spirit


    Halloween is all about scary stories. The holiday itself is based on a compilation of creepy tales from history going back thousands of years.

    Television network AMC recently debuted an immersive new podcast, Deadly Manners.
  2. Police: Before a shot was fired after Spencer's UF speech, men gave Nazi salutes and chanted about Hitler


    Gainesville police have arrested three men they say are responsible for the shooting after Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida on Thursday.

    Texas men Tyler Tenbrink, 28; William Henry Fears, 30; and Colton Gene Fears, 28 all face attempted homicide charges for a shooting following Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida. (Gainesville police)
  3. Koetter: QB Jameis Winston will start Sunday vs. Bills


    After five days of uncertainty, Jameis Winston will be starting at quarterback on Sunday as the Bucs play at Buffalo, coach Dirk Koetter announced Friday afternoon.

    Bucs QB Jameis Winston, shown against the Patriots two weeks ago, will start Sunday at Buffalo after being sidelined with a shoulder injury last week. Dirk Koetter announced that he was starting after watching him throw at practice Friday.
  4. Florida's 'Turtle God' is ailing. What happens to his remarkable collection of specimens?


    OVIEDO — In a small town about five miles from the University of Central Florida there stands a two-story yellow house built in the 1920s. A modest sign mounted on the wall next to the front door says, "Chelonian Research Institute."

    The main room at the Chelonian Institute in Oviedo Florida. - Peter Pritchard sounds British but he's lived in Florida for five decades, running the Chelonian Institute in Oviedo Florida, which holds the world's largest collection of turtle specimens (some of them bones or shells, some of them live turtles or tortoises). Time magazine has declared him a hero of the planet and other turtle experts say he is to turtles what Dian Fossey was to gorillas. He's been instrumental in helping other species, too, including the Florida panther. He has traveled the world studying turtles.
  5. Photos: Maroon 5's PJ Morton slides into Tampa for an electric set at Crowbar


    While the rest of Tampa was off partying with Bruno Mars at Amalie Arena, a much smaller group of fans were getting down with Maroon 5 at Crowbar.

    PJ Morton performed at Crowbar in Tampa on Oct. 19, 2017.