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THE SKINNY

ENOUGH SAID

!$%@ this %$^&##^ cursing ban

"I'd like to open up this megaphone ... to let anybody who wants to take the stage join me here and give the town of Middleboro, Mass., a piece of their (expletive) mind," cried protest organizer Adam Kokesh during a 60-person demonstration Monday against the town's cursing ban. A Town Meeting approved the ban and fines to back it up 183-50 earlier this month. Protester Derrick J. Horton, 23, who said he'd just gotten out of jail for a "victimless crime spree," summed up his opinion neatly: "I feel like it's a human right to use one's mouth as one pleases as long as you're not putting it on other people," No arrests were made, the Standard-Times of New Bedford, Mass., reports.

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JUST GRATE

Raccoon helped out of tight spot

Public utility workers in Dearborn Heights, Mich, sprung into action recently when they came across a baby raccoon with its head stuck in a storm sewer grate. Public Works Director Bill Zimmer called on fellow employees to gently pull off the grate and then coat the critter liberally with vegetable oil and dish soap. The little raccoon was squeezed out, given a bath and set free unharmed, the Detroit Free Press reports.

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EWWWWW

Talk about your bad seat-mates

Kenya Airways has grudgingly given a Swedish woman a partial refund for forcing her to remain seated during an overnight flight from Amsterdam to Tanzania next to the corpse of a fellow flier, the Christian Post reports. Lena Pettersson, said the man was sweating and suffering convulsions in view of the flight attendants as their flight was about to take off. She said he man died shortly after takeoff. "Of course it was unpleasant, but I am not a person who makes a fuss," Pettersson said. She said flight attendants moved most other passengers around her to empty seats away from the corpse, but once the vacant seats were taken she was left sitting across the aisle from the blanketed stiff. After months of complaining, Pettersson got a refund of $713 -- half the price of her ticket.

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HUNKA HUNKA TROUBLE

Elvis' tomb has left the auction block

The Forest Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., has abandoned plans to sell the crypt where Elvis Presley was once buried. Fans worldwide railed against the idea and demanded it be kept as a shrine, the Commercial-Appeal newspaper reports. Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien's Auctions, said he was disappointed but understood the cemetery's change of heart. Julien said he expected the empty tomb to sell for more than $500,000. The King's remains were moved to Graceland in 1977.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.

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