Among the seashells, sandcastles and ocean waves at the Jersey Shore last year, beachcombers also sighted a whoopee cushion, a parking meter, human poop, an engagement announcement, a stun gun, a ski pole, a set of vampire teeth, a clay sculpture of the baby Jesus, 563 condoms, some bra padding and 3,200 tampon applicators.
Apple a day, or so
A study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine raises questions about the old “apple a day” adage. Researchers reported that apple eaters had slightly fewer doctor visits than apple avoiders — those who ate fewer than one apple daily — or none. However, that difference disappeared when the researchers considered weight, education, health insurance, race and other factors that can explain the frequency of medical visits. Also, the researchers found that apple eaters are less likely to smoke, which could explain better health.
San Francisco police say 91 weapons were taken off the street in a gun buyback event in which guns were bought with cash from medical marijuana dispensaries.
Police Officer Grace Gatpandan said the haul included three assault rifles, including an AR¡15 military style rifle worth thousands of dollars that was bought back for $200.
Music legend Willie Nelson is jumping into the movement to commercialize marijuana and plans to roll out his own brand of cannabis that he intends to make “the best on the market.”
The singer-songwriter announced in a statement on April 20 that Willie’s Reserve will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, two states where recreational use of the drug is legal.
Frustrated with dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets, an increasing number of apartments in Seattle are opting to use DNA testing to identify the culprits.
The Seattle Times reports that a company called BioPet Vet Lab from Knoxville, Tennessee, is providing its PooPrints testing kits to 26 apartment and condo complexes and homeowners associations in the region.
A Pennsylvania man in Wilkes-Barre thought he could ward off an arrest for public drunkenness by making himself untouchable. As police approached the apparently intoxicated man, he dropped to the ground and rolled around in dog waste. He then told police they couldn’t arrest him covered in feces. But they did.
A restroom at a Wal-Mart in eastern Indiana has been closed indefinitely after an employee discovered a working meth lab inside.
State police say a Wal-Mart employee alerted police after seeing a man he described as suspicious enter the restroom late one night with a backpack and leave without it. The Star Press reports that members of a state police meth suppression team removed the dangerous chemicals.
Some inmates at the Maricopa County Jail in Arizona did a double-take after seeing actress Pamela Anderson serving their lunches.
The former "Baywatch" star was in Phoenix this week to help promote Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio's all-vegetarian meal program.
Since the late 1990s, Hoaxes.org has monitored April Fools' Day and collected the best hoaxes for its archives.
The former president and current chancellor of fundamentalist Christian Bob Jones University apologized for saying in 1980 that gay people should be stoned, calling his comments reckless and inflammatory.
In a statement issued by the university earlier this week, Bob Jones III called his comments "reckless" and "inflammatory rhetoric" made during the heat of a political controversy. At the time, ministers were at the White House to oppose extending Civil Rights Act protections to gays.
The son of Alabama’s chief justice — who has made national headlines recently for his efforts to block same-sex marriage in the state — has been arrested on drug charges.