MOOSE WILL TELL YOU: HE'S JUST 5 BUT REALLY LOUD
For 5-year-old Andrew Polasky, being loud has paid off. Andrew, who lives with his parents, Janessa and Ray, on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, was the winner of this weekend's moose-calling contest at the Alaska Zoo. He really hasn't been around moose that much, even though they're ever-present in Alaska's largest city. Instead, he's more used to deer from his native Wisconsin. So what's his secret for winning a moose-calling contest? His mom says he just likes making a lot of noise, and, she says, "He's good at it." For his victory, Andrew won a calendar, a $25 gift certificate to an Anchorage restaurant — the Moose's Tooth, of course — and a moose cutout to hang on his wall.
a TOUCH OF RED
Showing their faith by adding tattoos
City Church of Anaheim holds Sunday services in a punk rock nightclub and collects offerings in KFC buckets. Now come tattoos with the California church's logo. The Orange County Register reports about a dozen people got inked with the red-heart logo, fulfilling the pledge they made if the church doubled its normal attendance to 200 after the first year of operation. Pastor Kyle Steven Bonenberger told worshipers that God "tattooed your name on his heart" and it was time for an everlasting commitment to God and the church.
A STUNNING END
Critic brings out beast in musician
In Madison, Wis., a street musician apparently upset by criticism of his music didn't try a new tune. Instead, he bashed a man over the head with his guitar, slammed another person into a wall and wrestled with an officer before being arrested. Police spokesman Joel DeSpain told the Capital Times that Brandin Hochstrasser, 31, known as "Bongo Jesus," was performing Thursday when a 54-year-old man knocked his music. DeSpain says things got so heated that an officer used a stun gun to subdue and arrest Hochstrasser.
Chocolate lovers, head to Armenia
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. The world's largest chocolate bar entered Guinness World Records on Saturday at 9,702 pounds, made by the Grand Candy factory in Yerevan, Armenia. The bar is about 19 feet long, 9 feet wide and 10 inches thick. The factory owner, Karen Vardanyan, said that the bar was produced to mark the 10th anniversary of the company. It will be divided up and handed out Oct. 16. Yum.
Compiled from Times wire services and other sources.