Odd News -- January 30, 2009

DAD IN A BOX
DAYTON, Nev. (AP) - Six-year-old Gabriel Hurles in Dayton, Nevada was so engrossed in his birthday cupcake at a party in his classroom that he didn't notice the huge gift waiting to be opened. A classmate told him: `That's one big, giant present. See what you got, Gabriel." Gabriel peeled back the wrapping paper to find probably the best gift ever. It was his father, an Army mechanic home on leave from his second tour in Iraq. Gabriel shouted "It's my dad! Hi, Daddy." Army Specialist Casey Hurles hadn't seen his son since June. When he learned his leave would coincide with his son's birthday, he came up with the idea to become the birthday gift in that big box.

DOPE REPORT - GOOGLE EARTH
ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) - You can't hide from Google Earth. Some marijuana growers in Switzerland found that out. While using Google Earth, Swiss police just happened to find a two-acre marijuana plantation hidden inside a corn field. The cops were only looking for the address of a couple of farmers suspected in an alleged drug ring. Google Earth gave them unexpected evidence. They wound up arresting 16 people and seizing more than a ton of dope.

DUMB AND DUMBER - NEW ZEALAND PRISONERS
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Dumb, meet Dumber. Two New Zealand prisoners who were handcuffed together foiled their own getaway. They ran out of a courthouse to freedom. But, they forgot they were joined at the wrist. They ran to opposite sides of a light pole, slammed into each other and fell to the ground. Jailers got them as they struggled to their feet.

GENDER-BENDING CHEATER
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) - Dressing as a girl when you're a guy, in order to take a high school Regents exam for someone else, only works in sitcoms. It didn't work for a 17-year-old boy from upstate New York. Now the boy is in some serious detention. Deandre Ellis was arrested on a felony charge. City school officials say a monitor verifying that each student was taking the proper exam suspected something wasn't right when the name on the test and the person taking it didn't match. A closer look revealed the test-taker was a boy masquerading as a girl.

SEWAGE DOG
KALAMA, Wash. (AP) - Remember this about dogs: if they get wet, they will shake themselves off. Vigorously. So, get out of the way if you don't want to be sprayed. A police officer in Kalama, Washington will remember that the next time he rescues a dog from a tank of sewage. A stray chocolate lab had jumped into the liquid at a sewage treatment plant and then couldn't swim in the foamy mix of you-know-what. The police officer was able to reach into the tank. He grabbed the sinking dog by the ear and then, pulled it out by the scruff of its neck. The officer felt lucky because he only got one sleeve dirty. But, the soggy and stinky pooch then did what dogs always do when they've gotten wet. It gave itself a vigorous shake. And, the officer was sprayed from head-to-toe with sewage.

ROGUE NEWSPAPER DELIVERYMAN
PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. (AP) - If the newspaper keeps arriving at the doorstep, there's no reason to think something's up. But, some people in rural New Jersey are surprised to find out their paper delivery man may not have been legit. At one time, Michael Farrell really was the paper carrier for the the Express-Times. Then, when he was no longer working for the paper, he kept right on delivering copies to his customers. But, police say at this point, he wasn't paying for the papers. They say he'd been stealing them. But, his customers didn't know the difference because he kept delivering the papers and collecting money.

by Rosalie Fox

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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