And in other news this week …

Published 9:44am Monday, January 13, 2014

As you all know I occasionally like to share some of the odd, strange, weird or funny stories that have come my way recently. Today is one of those times so here goes.
•In Oklahoma, a 33-year-old man has been charged with the murder of his stepfather by giving him a wedgie that caused the victim to suffocate on his own underwear.
A drunken family fight led to the man grabbing his stepfather’s underwear and allegedly pulling the elastic waistband over the man’s head and around his neck. The medical examiner’s office said the cause of death was asphyxiation and blunt force trauma.
Apparently the waistband left ligature marks around the victim’s neck and blood splatter was found in different areas of the house.
•The Dutch government is partially funding a project that pays alcoholics in beer to clean the streets of Amsterdam. Those who sign up to work receive five cans of beer for five hours of work.
The program aims to help those with, “… social problems, the homeless, the poor, drug users and those with psychiatric problems.”
•In Connecticut, law enforcement is looking for a man who crashed his vehicle into a gas station, stole a banana and ate it before departing. Nothing else was stolen.
A store surveillance video shows a station wagon repeatedly backing into the store until the glass doors were broken. The banana heist subsequently followed.
•Experts are hypothesizing a “frost quake” or “ice quake” in Wisconsin that shook homes in the affected area. The cryoseism supposedly was the result of freezing ground water.
Residents called authorities to report a loud cracking sound Tuesday about 6 p.m. The local sheriff’s department investigated, but was unable to identify the source of the sound.
A University of Wisconsin seismologist said the sound may have been a cryoseism – a phenomenon that results from water freezing and expanding in the soil and bedrock.
•Friday night a new television program debuted – Spike TV’s “Ten Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty.” The show revolves around an expedition to the Pacific Northwest to try and discover the creature known as Bigfoot or Sasquatch.
The network assembled nine teams of hunters for the eight-week-long series. The reward is $10 million for irrefutable proof of Bigfoot’s existence.
The teams are charged with returning with both DNA proof and visual evidence that Bigfoot is real. Three judges will determine if any of the teams are successful in their quest.
Each week, a team will be eliminated from the hunt. The last team left will receive $100,000 even if they don’t present irrefutable evidence of Bigfoot.
Until next week … and bless your hearts.

Peggy Blackburn is managing editor of The Wetumpka Her­ald and Elmore County Weekend. She can be reached at 334-567-7811. Her email address is peggy.blackburn@TheWetumpkaHerald.com.

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