Sunday, February 25, 2018
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The skinny: Oh, the flea-manity! Circus troupe wiped out

Unseasonable cold weather has claimed the lives of an entire troupe of 300 performing fleas in Germany. Flea circus director Robert Birk says he was shocked to find their tiny corpses in their transport box. But the upcoming dates will be honored. The Associated Press reports that an insect expert at a nearby university was able to "train" 50 fleas in time for the first show Sunday. For the record, fleas require no training. They simply are sorted by their general tendencies to leap or crawl and then fitted with wire harnesses to pull chariots or be pinned down to kick light balls.

Lonelyvilles: The places that sex ignores

According to MissTravel.com, a web dating site that hooks people up to take trips together, poor Greensboro, N.C., is the least sexy U.S. city. That's based on the reluctance of people to share a romantic adventure there. It has been rejected all 107 times it has been offered. MissTravel.com founder and chief executive Brandon Wade explains: "When it comes to setting, there's frankly nothing sexy about North Carolina." Ouch. Other losers include Richmond, Va., Atlantic City, N.J., Beverly Hills Calif., and Atlanta. Tampa Bay, Orlando and Miami, by the way, get mentioned as desirable, but Jacksonville is rated the eighth worst romance city in the nation.

Had to happen: Idea: Add guns to crime zones

"My hypothesis is that criminals have no intention of dying in your hallway," reasons University of Houston graduate student Kyle Coplen as he explains his plan to distribute weapons to people in high crime areas. Coplen's nonprofit Armed Citizen Project is soliciting donations on its website to distribute about 100 single-shot, 20 gauge shotguns, the Houston Chronicle reports. Recipients must pass a background check, have been in their home a year and complete the organization's safety and tactical course. Of course, there are critics. Ladd Everitt of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence says the plan "is like distributing cigarettes in a community with a high incidence of respiratory disease."

Hmmmm Dept.: Urine for a good time

The Lehigh Valley's IronPigs Triple-A baseball team is introducing an innovation for stadium men's rooms. A "urinal game system" will let fans participate in, ahem, a live-stream video game, New York's Daily News reports. The system turns on when a user approaches. Skilled angling of personal output during a 55-second game guides a snowmobile down an alpine road and over plump penguins. The game system was sponsored by the Lehigh Valley (Penn.) Health Network to raise awareness about prostate health.

Compiled from wire services and other sources

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Florida beach beset by stinging man-of-war creatures

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Beachgoers in one part of central Florida are encountering dozens of stinging sea creatures known as the Portuguese man-of-war.Florida Today reported Sunday that a number of people on Brevard County beaches have suffered stings from...
Published: 02/11/18
Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

Florida judge arrested in undercover prostitution sting

NAPLES, Fla. — A Florida judge has been arrested along with five other men in an undercover police prostitution sting. The Naples Daily News reports that Lee County Circuit Judge Jay B. Rosman was arrested along with the others after arranging...
Published: 02/11/18
Border agents to search for banned Valentine’s Day flowers

Border agents to search for banned Valentine’s Day flowers

SANTA TERESA, N.M. — Customs agents will step up searches for banned flowers meant for Valentine’s Day being smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico over worries about diseases and pests, federal officials announced.Agriculture specialists will be station...
Published: 02/10/18

Florida teen dies from gunshot wound he sustained while trying to kill trash animals

MYAKKA CITY, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida teen died after accidentally shooting himself with a handgun. New outlets reports that 15-year-old Wyatt Austin Ballard Hall died Thursday night at his Myakka City home, southeast of Tampa Bay. Th...
Published: 02/10/18
Deputies help deliver baby at Florida State Fair

Deputies help deliver baby at Florida State Fair

TAMPA — Two deputies helped a woman deliver a baby at the Florida State Fair on Friday, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Deputies Roberto Ramirez and Henry Echenique heard a woman asking for help sometime after 4 p.m. because her...
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Florida boy climbs into arcade claw machine but firefighters save the day

Florida boy climbs into arcade claw machine but firefighters save the day

Under the hashtag #youneverknowwhatsgonnahappen, the Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department reports extricating a boy Wednesday from an arcade claw machines. Apparently seeing no reason to wrestle with the contraption to get one of the stu...
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UPS Store clerk caught on video kicking out client who didn’t speak English

UPS Store clerk caught on video kicking out client who didn’t speak English

They say that you can get by in Miami even if you don’t speak English, but you can’t get by without Spanish. Not all Miami residents like that linguistic imbalance. Some don’t talk about their discontent, some whisper it, and a few...
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