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The skinny: Russia wants to know what politician told the aliens

Illegal Aliens

Russia wants to know what gov. told aliens

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is the governor of the Russian republic of Kalmykia, which is roughly analogous in power to the assistant to the lieutenant governor of Rhode Island. By which we mean very powerful, in the event the assistant to the lieutenant governor of Rhode Island reads this. That aside, Ilyumzhinov reports that in 1997, he was abducted by aliens, who came to his Moscow apartment and escorted him to their space ship, where they interrogated him telepathically because they were short of oxygen. Digest that a second. Okay, now that that's out there, a Russian parliamentarian wants Ilyumzhinov questioned — by President Dmitry Medvedev — to determine if he gave up any secrets to the aliens. After, expect Vladimir Putin to question the aliens.


Check address twice, dig once

Peter Collard of Brisbane, Australia, is asking neighbors if they were planning to put in a pool. Weird question, maybe, but he was curious, because while he was out, two guys showed up at his house with a backhoe and started digging up his well-maintained yard, ripping out 10 palm trees and concrete edging. He didn't ask them to. His real estate agent happened by and asked them what they were doing, and when it was suggested that there was no work ordered at that house, they loaded up and left in a hurry. Collard estimates $18,000 worth of damage, and his insurance company told him the damage is not covered.

Police reports

Good deed reward from a bad deed

According to the FBI, a woman and her daughter were window shopping in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday when they came upon a homeless man and gave him some money. Some time later, a man ran past the mother and daughter and handed them each $100. Before your heart gets too warm, it turns out the man had just robbed the Huntington Bank. "We won't know until we catch him what he was thinking," FBI Special Agent Harry Trombitas told the Columbus Dispatch. "We don't know if he saw (the exchange with the homeless man.)" The mom and daughter handed over the cash when they learned of its ill-gottenness.

Air travel

Dry luggage incurs an additional fee

David Dever wants to know why his suitcase was not on the carousel in Indianapolis when he got back from New York. He paid the $25 and for that expected the bag to make it all the way. But somehow, it ended up in a retention pond at an apartment complex about 15 miles from the airport. WISH-TV reports that a worker at the apartments found it and called Dever to return it. No one knows how it got there. What makes this story a true miracle is the airline refunded Dever's $25 baggage fee.

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

The skinny: Russia wants to know what politician told the aliens 05/05/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 10:28pm]
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