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The skinny: After asking, Colorado finds its moon rock

Lost and found

After asking, Colorado finds its moon rocks

When a college student determined that the state of Colorado was given two sets of moon rocks in 1974, it set off an obvious question: Where is the other one? One was found in the state history museum a decade ago and is now displayed at the state Capitol. After the story broke that the other one was missing, someone called former Gov. John Vanderhoof, who accepted them on behalf of the state in 1974, to see if he knew where they were. He did. It was on his wall at home. He said he offered it to museums, but no one wanted it. On the black market, it is estimated to be worth $5 million.

Rescue mission

Get help, but try not to knock out power

A man, unidentified in any official report for reasons that will be obvious soon, was out boating on Wollaston Lake in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. His boat was stuck in the ice, and he became lost. So to help rescuers find him, he chopped down four power poles. The thinking — if you want to call it that — was that power companies would figure out where the problem was and come get him, reports the StarPhoenix of Saskatoon. It worked, but hundreds of people ended up without power for more than 30 hours as a result. Officials acknowledge that the plan worked, but suggest a bonfire. "You should stay away from power lines, that's rule No. 1," SaskPower spokesman James Parker said. "But obviously this man was in a desperate situation and thought he had to do that."

Animal kingdom

Sheep thieves bring wrong car to heist

In a story sure to bust stereotypes, police in Flaxmere, New Zealand, stopped a car for no reason really, other than the fact that it was jam-packed with 14 sheep. And two people. The people were arrested and charged with stealing the sheep from local farms. The New Zealand Press Association reports that the sheep were tied up and crammed into a Mazda four-door. Police described the incident as "disgusting and an unnecessary act of cruelty." Two of the sheep died in the car.

They have ways of making pigeon sing

Police in India believe they have caught a Pakistani spy and have the alleged spy under armed guard. The alleged spy is a pigeon. Not figuratively. Literally. The little white bird was found near the border of Pakistan, apprehended by a resident and taken to police. The bird had a ring around its leg and an address and phone number from Pakistan stamped on its body, which is going to be hard evidence for the bird to refute. Officials said they think the bird had already dropped off its message, but no trace was found.

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

The skinny: After asking, Colorado finds its moon rock 06/01/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 10:43pm]
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