Apple for the teacher? You can do better
Sacramento State psych professor George Parrott had what he thought was a great way of encouraging teamwork among his students. He required his students to bring him snacks. Exactly how this encouraged students isn't totally clear, but apparently it has worked for him for 39 years. Two weeks ago, there were no snacks, so he walked out of class and left the students to fend for themselves. This encouraged some students to enlist in some collective effort with the administration of the school. "He's been told by the dean not to repeat the behavior," school spokeswoman Kim Nava told the Sacramento Bee.
Another way fast food is bad for you
Whitley Allen Teslow, 21, has turned himself in to police in Cedar Falls, Iowa, in connection with the late-night break-in and hamburglary of a McDonalds, reports the Des Moines Register. Someone broke into the fast food place, one that was not open 24 hours, apparently, and made himself a burger, fries and a drink. At any other time of day, it would have just been a value meal, but since he had to break in, it was a crime. Teslow decided to turn himself in after media reports showed surveillance video of the caper, and the perp looked exactly like Teslow. He was charged with third-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and fifth-degree theft. It is unclear if there is sixth-degree anything.
Farmers shell out to protect pecans
The pecan market is up to record levels, and while that's great for pecan farmers, it is creating a headache: pecan thieves. Georgia farmers are having such problems with theft that they are setting up surveillance cameras and hiring security guards to patrol their grounds. "Some of these pecans are approaching a nickel in value apiece," said farmer Bucky Geer. "It makes them too tempting to steal." A five-gallon bucket can hold about $38 worth of nuts, and some thieves come in with ladders and poles and can get away with thousands of dollars in pecans. Under Georgia law, once stolen property hits $500 in value, its a felony, and district attorneys are getting ready for a busy season.
Man jumps, jumps, jumps, jumps …
Pat Moorehead decided to celebrate his 80th birthday last week by jumping out of a plane 80 times in one day. In a move the defies mathematics as much as it does gravity, he managed to pull off the stunt in just over six hours, reports the Press-Enterprise of Riverside, Calif. That's not even five minutes between jumps. For six hours. Hmmm. According to witnesses, three planes were used. Moorehead was taken to an altitude of at least 2,000 feet, jumped, was met with a fresh parachute and new plane, and repeated. Moorehead says he has made more than 6,000 jumps since his first in 1969.
Compiled from wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.