Thelma, Louise and a chick

Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium in Auckland, New Zealand, celebrated World Penguin Day — observed April 25 — with the announcement that its same-sex pair of king penguins known as Thelma and Louise are fostering a chick. Seven of 18 penguin species are found in New Zealand.

Heard it about Grapevine?

Federal inspectors with the IRS and Postal Service raided the Grapevine, Texas, offices of televangelist Benny Hinn in April. About 50 agents executed a search warrant and removed boxes of material. Hinn — the head of Benny Hinn Ministries and the World Healing Center Church — was in Paris at the time. He was investigated in 2007 by the Senate Finance Committee over the use of church-owned airplanes, luxury homes and credit cards. Hinn has referred to donations to his ministry as “sacrificial giving.”

Marketing Mar-a-Lago

The State Department and U.S. embassies in the United Kingdom and Albania were caught marketing President Donald Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago club. The club — dubbed the Winter White House — is open to dues-paying members and Trump’s guests. A State Department blog post by Share America celebrated the Florida club’s builder and owner. The post was removed as critics denounced using the federal government to promote the president’s private enterprise. “The intention of the article was to inform the public about where the president has been hosting world leaders. We regret any misperception and have removed the post,” a notice read.

On the market

The Chicago Tribune recently reported that Trump Tower in Chicago has an unusually large number of condominiums for sale or for rent. Close to 11 percent of the 98-story building’s 486 residential units are for sale. Real estate agents said people who paid upward of $1.5 million for their condos don’t want to see demonstrators on a regular basis, which has been the case since Trump’s inauguration.

Clang, clang, clunk

The operators of a hockey arena in Pennsylvania recently banned cowbells because fans pitched them onto the ice to celebrate a playoff win by the Erie Otters. Erie Events said in a statement the decision was made to create a “safer environment” for everyone.

Cluck, cluck

French artist Abraham Poincheval in late April succeeded in hatching chicken eggs. In late March, the artist began imitating a mother hen, incubating 10 eggs with his own body heat inside a glass vivarium at the contemporary art museum Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Poincheval sat on a chair, wrapped in a blanket, over a container holding the eggs and left for no more than 30 minutes a day. A spokeswoman for the museum said nine of the eggs hatched — and the chicks were taken to a country farm.

And gobble, gobble

Yes, those are turkeys. Earlier this spring, wild turkeys were seen in backyards in Appleton, prompting police to advise people to enjoy seeing the wildlife but don’t call out law enforcement. A tweet from the police department read, “Turkeys in the city? Yep. Please feel free to take a photo. However, you don’t need to report their presence to us. We know they exist.”


Oscar Mayer Weinermobile

Driving history

The Wisconsin Historical Society is now responsible for keeping the 1969 Oscar Mayer Weinermobile polished. The Madison Oscar Mayer factory due to close later this year donated a number of items to the historical society, including the iconic Weinermobile, made of a fiberglass mold on a Chevy frame. A 1952 model is on exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan.

Drunken policing

A police officer in Austin, Texas — whose duties included administering Breathalyzer tests — lost his job after a self-administered test showed his blood-alcohol concentration above the state limit for drivers. The officer’s supervisor was suspended 60 days after only telling the officer to stay out of service until sober.

Unicorn vanishes

Starbucks began selling the Unicorn Frappuccino April 19, a dizzyingly sweet drink that changed colors and flavors with the stir of a straw. Demand for the drink was so high that the Unicorn vanished from many North America stores long before the campaign was scheduled to end April 23.

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