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IN GOVERNOR'S NEIGHBORHOOD, DORA HAS TREATS

Ahhhh, sweet

Trick-or-treaters in Olympia, Wash., who knock on the door of the governor's mansion should not be alarmed when Dora the Explorer answers. It is not the result of a poorly advertised recall election, or even a coup. It's just Gov. Chris Gregoire's Halloween costume. The whole first family will get in on the act, with Gregoire's husband, Mike, dressing up as Boots the monkey, and their dog Trooper playing the role of Swiper the fox. In Washington, it's a big deal to go see how the governor's family is dressed for Halloween, and as many as 1,600 people come by. Four days after Halloween, Gregoire faces re-election.

Dearly departed

Walkway turns out to be monumental

A worker in Ann Arbor, Mich., pulled up a series of 100-pound granite slabs that had been serving as a walkway only to make an eerie discovery. When he flipped over one of the slabs, he saw that it was engraved: "Beloved Wife, Mother Viola T. Bagnasco, 1901-1969." Others had similar inscriptions. A maker of monuments in the city theorizes that the stones contained errors and were discarded, not that they were stolen from a cemetery.

Misplaced vices

Don't view porn on office computer

A man in Sweden has resigned after using company computers to access porn. It gets worse. Accessing the porn allowed a virus to gain access to all of the company's computers, knocking out the whole network. It gets worse. He was a priest and the network he knocked out was that of the Church of Sweden. "Priests are people too," Archbishop Anders Wejryd told Britain's Metro. "But I have no understanding at all for someone sitting and surfing for porn on the parish computers."

Don't get drunk before driving test

It is understandable to be a little nervous before going to take the test for your driver's license, but it is a terrible idea to try to take the edge off with four gins before you go to take it. Police in Arad, Romania, withdrew the application of Monika Cristescu, 20, after finding her blood-alcohol level to be twice the limit. A spokesman said she showed up late, started giggling and shouted out the answers to the written test with other applicants in the room. She will be allowed to try again as soon as she shows up sober.

Compiled from Times wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@sptimes.com.

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