Odd News -- March 9, 2009

MARIJUANA PEPSI
BELOIT, Wis. (AP) - You might think a name like Marijuana Pepsi is right of out an old Cheech and Chong stoner flick. But Marijuana Pepsi Sawyer is the real name of a Beloit, Wis., high school teacher. An aunt remembers the name Marijuana Pepsi seemed to fit right into the post-Woodstock era of the early 1970's. But Sawyer says it was tough growing up with that name. She says from the teacher taking attendance in class, to filling out paperwork, her name is never ignored. Sawyer tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel people always think she's joking. While she's named Marijuana, Sawyer says she's never touched the stuff herself.

UFO CONFERENCE
LAUGHLIN, Nev. (AP) - Cari Barlow might not look like an alien. But she says she's part Reptilian. Barlow was at the recent International UFO Congress Convention & Film Festival in Laughlin, Nev. According to Barlow, she's a human-alien hybrid and says she can even write the Reptilian language. So, how did Barlow come to realize she wasn't of this world? She says it was when she shape-shifted in front of her ex. Barlow adds she fits right in at the UFO convention.

FORGOTTEN BIRTHDAY
FLINT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Happy 108th birthday Mattie Caldwell! Or is it 111? She's not sure. But she's celebrating with family and friends in Flint Township, Mich., about 55 miles northwest of Detroit. Medicare records show her birth date as March 5, 1901. But an old family Bible lists 1898 as the year of her birth. There's no legal record because she was born at home. Be it 108 or 111, Caldwell is happy. She tells The Flint Journal this birthday is special. She's a great-great-great-grandmother to at least seven. She adds she stopped counting a while ago.

ANIMAL CONTROL TAXI
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Taxi driver Margaret Grassie wants to take animal lovers for a ride. She's offering to give pet owners and their animals a free ride to the vet's office for spaying or neutering. Grassie works for a Charleston, W.Va., taxi company. She says her boss is allowing her to use an old van for the animal transport service. Grassie hopes her offer will encourage senior citizens and others without cars to have their pets fixed.

LURE COLLECTION
SULPHUR, La. (AP) - Tom Ashe is "hooked" on art collecting. But the tiny sculptures he prizes also look tasty to fish. Ashe is a fishing lure collector. In the days before mass production, lures were often carved from wood and hand-painted. The Louisiana fisherman tells The American Press newspaper that the boxes are even rarer than the old fishing lures. He says when a angler bought a lure, he just threw the box away. So, few of those boxes exist today.

BACK IN JAIL
WOODBINE, Georgia (AP) - Harry Jackson didn't get caught breaking out of jail. He was nabbed trying to break back in. According to Camden County, Ga., Sheriff Tommy Gregory, deputies found a jail door unlocked over the weekend. He says Jackson had opened a door to the exercise yard and climbed the outer fence. Deputies say they spotted Jackson trying to sneak back into the lockup with 14 packs of smokes. Authorities believe the cigarettes were stolen from a convenience store about a block away. Jackson now faces new charges of breaking out of jail and burglary.

by Jamie Friar

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


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