Gov. Scott Walker was punked at a pizza restaurant while he was campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination in New Hampshire. Two 20-somethings enthusiastically confronted Walker and asked him to pose with them behind a homemade sign that read, “Walker 4 president.” But as Walker put his arms around Tyler McFarland, 23, and Giselle Hart, 20, they flipped the sign. The new sign Walker posed with looked like a large fake check for $900 million from Charles and David Koch.
Location, location, location
In 1976, the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., received a tree from Japanese bonsai master Masaru Yamaki in celebration of the American bicentennial. It wasn’t until 2001, when Yamaki’s grandsons came to visit the tree, that the arboretum learned of its amazing history: The now 390-year-old tree was within a 4-mile radius of where the atomic bomb landed on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. “It was up against a wall,” Jack Sustic, the bonsai’s curator, told The Washington Post. “It must have been the wall that shielded it from the blast.”
Failed cover up
A New Jersey man wanted for stealing $21 worth of underwear led police on a two-hour car chase in two states. Robert Ritter, 54, was accused of stealing a pack of underwear as a well as a package of T-shirts and of shoving a security officer at a supermarket, according to police records. When officers ran Ritter’s license plate, they found two warrants for his arrest. Ritter hit two Philadelphia police vehicles in his attempt to evade police.
Less deadly, but are they silent?
Shreddies, the UK-based company that created fart-filtering underwear, is now applying its odor-absorbing Filtrex technology to jeans and pajamas. “You can wear your Shreddies Jeans and Pyjamas with your regular underwear, team them with a pair of Shreddies pants for double protection, or if you’re feeling brave, why not skip the underwear completely!? You’ll never have to worry about those moments again,” the company boasted in a press release. The jury’s out over whether the products can also muffle the sounds associated with passing gas.
The Franklin County, Kentucky, Sheriff’s Office has made two drug arrests since putting a ‘report your competition’ post on Facebook. Responders can remain anonymous while turning over rival drug dealers’ addresses, cell phone numbers and hours of operation. The strategy, which is bringing in information as well as national attention, has been adopted by other police jurisdictions. Millions of people saw the post after the rapper Ludacris put it up on Instagram.
A Wisconsin dentist is dealing with angry phone calls because he has the same last name as the Minnesota dentist accused of killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe. Mathew Palmer of Janesville says he has received dozens of calls since officials in Zimbabwe identified a Minnesota dentist — Walter Palmer — as the American hunter who killed the beloved lion. Someone even signed him up for a computer-automated messaging service that calls him every hour to recite cat facts. The 40-year-old says he’s since changed his phone number. He also emphasizes that he’s not a hunter.
Texas recently changed its state academic guidelines, taking all mention of the Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow laws out of history books. This comes at a time when the political right has intimidated the College Board into adopting new history curriculum guidelines that minimize slavery, violence toward Native Americans and the growing influence of social conservatives. Instead, there is increased coverage of World War II battle victories.
A gay-basher picked the wrong victim when he attacked Daniel Lennox-Choate at a Manhattan newsstand. After the basher sucker-punched the West Point grad, his husband Larry Lennox-Choate, also a West Point grad, threw him into the street and gave him a beat down. “He left covered in his own blood with his tail between his legs … like the coward loser he is,” Larry Lennox-Choate posted on Facebook. “This guy might not pick two guys who went through Plebe Boxing next time,” he added. The Lennox-Choates were the first same-sex couple to be married at West Point.
A man who claimed to be Tarzan has been arrested after he allegedly climbed a tree and tried to get into the monkey exhibit at a Southern California zoo. A zookeeper called 911 to report that a shirtless man plastered in mud had climbed about 20 feet into a tree at the bird exhibit at the Santa Ana Zoo. Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told City News Service that the man was high on methamphetamine.