Tag Archives: strange but true

The one about rubber chickens and horse fashion

Grand effort: A 10-day comedy festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan, included an attempt to break the record for tossing the most rubber chickens. Participants came up short, tossing 738 toy birds into a ring outside city hall. A church in Ontario, Canada, holds the record — 999 rubber chickens. The comedy festival, Gilda’s LaughFest, raised money for families dealing with cancer and is named for the late comic Gilda Radner.

Ain’t no sunshine when he’s here

Was that “tout” or “flout” the idea of an open, transparent government? Scott Walker recently issued Executive Order No. 189 to “promote open and transparent government.” The order was issued as a part of Sunshine Week, which exists to celebrate and promote open records, public access to government meetings and adequate notice of hearings and forums. The Walker administration has come under repeated fire for governing outside of the sunshine and last summer his office was involved in an attempt to gut the state’s sunshine laws. Yet in a news release the governor claimed, “We go above and beyond what is required by the law when it comes to public records requests to make sure we are being as open and transparent as possible for our citizens.”

Styling on the course

Emma Sandham-King, a former apprentice with Alexander McQueen, has fashioned a three-piece Harris Tweed suit for a race horse. Morestead, a champion racer on the English circuit, modeled the latest fashion at Cheltenham Festival. The designer spent four weeks making suit for the 10-year-old chestnut gelding.

Wrong reservation?

A pink-haired waitress in Des Moines received advice instead of cash for a tip: “Tips are only for normal looking people,” the customer wrote on the bill. The restaurant’s name is Zombie Burger, a self-described “post-apocalyptic chic” joint that encourages servers to express their individualism.

Top cheese

A cheese made in the United States won the World Championship Cheese Contest for the first time since 1988. The top prize was awarded to a smear-ripened hard cheese made in Monroe by Fitchburg-based Emmi Roth USA. The last cheese from the U.S. to win the competition was when Dale Olson of Burnett Dairy Cooperative in northwestern Wisconsin won for a string cheese.

One-sided forum

The Latino-Jewish Alliance scheduled a forum on March 29 at Milwaukee Area Technical College featuring Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates JoAnne Kloppenburg and Rebecca Bradley. But Bradley, who has been under fire for writing hateful columns about gays, feminists and Democrats during her college days, withdrew from the event without explanation on March 22. Kloppenburg still plans to attend.

Thumping Trump

The hacktivist collective Anonymous posted a video declaring “total war” on Donald Trump, saying it aims to bring down many of his sites and to uncover embarrassing information on April Fool’s Day. “We need you to shut down his campaign and sabotage his brand,” said a masked individual in the video. The collective also has posted unverified personal information about Trump, including his Social Security number.

Getting rid of big government, Dixie style

When Birmingham, Alabama, voted to give its lowest-paid workers a $2.85 raise, Republican Gov. Robert Bentley signed a bill banning Alabama cities from raising their minimum wages. But he recently gave four of his cabinet members an 80 percent increase over their previous $91,000 salaries, which amounted to $73,405 raises.

Fishing for a fine

Law enforcement in Fort Lee, New Jersey, ticketed a 41-year-old truck driver who’d been using fishing line to flip his license plate and avoid paying tolls on the George Washington Bridge into New York City. With fishing line and a hinge on his plate, the driver could flip the plate and avoid camera detection. But apparently only for so long.

How to dominate media

Donald Trump appears to have special phone privileges when it comes to Sunday morning news shows. He’s the only presidential candidate allowed to call in live during broadcasts, and he’s done it nearly 30 times.

Spared rib

A 60-year-old woman checked into Yale-New Haven Medical Center in May 2015 to have portions of a potentially cancerous rib removed. But when she awoke, doctors realized they’d operated on the wrong rib. In a recently filed lawsuit, the woman claims physicians lied to her to cover up the mistake before rushing her back into surgery the same day to correct it.

WiGWag: News with a twist

New research from the American Museum of Natural History suggests the dodo — an extinct bird whose name became synonymous with stupidity — was fairly smart. — PHOTO: Pixabay
New research from the American Museum of Natural History suggests the dodo — an extinct bird whose name became synonymous with stupidity — was fairly smart. — PHOTO: Pixabay


New research from the American Museum of Natural History suggests the dodo — an extinct bird whose name became synonymous with stupidity — was fairly smart. The science suggests the overall size of the dodo’s brain in relation to its body size is on par with its closest living relative, the moderately intelligent pigeon. The researchers said the dodo came to be considered dumb because it was driven to extinction by humans. Now, of course, the record shows humans to be the dummies.


Give Gov. Scott Walker a hand. He still knows how to get people fired up. Walker posted a picture on Twitter of his right hand along with a message that said, “Photo of my hand before signing 58 bills into law today.” Instead of applause, the tweet drew photo responses showing a variety of other hand gestures, some of them predictably profane. It only took minutes for a Hands of Walker parody account to pop up. Its description? “I sign bills.”


Despite social media-fueled rumors to the contrary, the Brewers’ furry, four-legged mascot, officially known as Hank the Ballpark Pup, has not been replaced by a prettier impostor. Dramatic changes in the pup’s appearance got cynical people talking, but the Brewers confirmed that the naysayers were barking up the wrong pooch. “This is definitely the original Hank, and this a notarized document from Hank’s veterinarian,” chief operating officer Rick Schlesinger said at a news conference, holding the document up in his hand as if making a closing argument. The document confirmed the healthier, well-groomed Hank is the same matted bichon frise mix that walked on to the team’s spring training complex in Phoenix two years ago.


Management of the Little Buffalo State Park in Pennsylvania recently ordered the removal of about 40 gnome homes made in tree roots, hollow logs and on stumps. Crafter Steve Hoke created the humble abodes to attract visitors but park officials were concerned about an impact on wildlife habitat.


To compensate for their shamelessly low wages, some Uber drivers have begun fining riders up to $200 for allegedly vomiting in their cars. In Tampa, Florida, Uber fired a driver after multiple passengers complained about being charged for puke that was documented with faked photos. In West Hollywood, California, a woman was charged $100 for a bodily fluid cleanup after getting into an Uber car while wet from a rainstorm, CBS reported.


Four people in the Memphis, Tennessee, area have been killed in the pursuit of luxurious hair extensions. Bundles of high-quality hair are worth hundreds of dollars, making hair theft a lucrative crime. According to a popular theory, demonic spirits are behind it all. “Whose-ever hair I was wearing on my head, that heifer had a bad omen and that bad omen followed her from India and came on top of my head, and I took on her spirit,” one woman said on YouTube. Another woman warned, “Do you know the history of the hair’s original owner? What type of spirit did that person have? You may be buying a person’s hair and their demonic spirit.”


George C. Nichopoulos died in late February at the age of 88. “Dr. Nick” was Elvis Presley’s doctor for 11 years before The King died of heart disease on Aug. 16, 1977. Years later, the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners revoked Nichopoulos’ medical license, finding he had over-prescribed addictive drugs to at least 13 patients, including Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.


Two Albuquerque Girls Scouts picked a cleverly strategic place to sell Girl Scout cookies — outside a marijuana dispensary. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reported that a Junior Girl Scout and a Brownie set up shop outside Ultra Health and sold more than 60 boxes. Acknowledging pots’ association with the munchies, Ultra Health manager James Gambling said he invited the scouts and offered to donate $1 for every box the girls sold. But a Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails spokeswoman said selling cookies outside medical marijuana dispensaries is against scout rules.


Law enforcement in Mount Healthy, Ohio, issued an alert for a “serial thief” who stole $847 worth of Rogaine and Prevagen from a Walgreens store. The suspect was believed to be bald and driving a white Jeep. Police are “scratching our heads at this, no pun intended,” detective Chris Jones told WCPO-TV. But WiGWag thinks the pun was intended.


A bartender in Vienna, Austria, was hit with a fine — about $77 — for a loud burp. The man’s ticket, which he displayed on Facebook, said he violated “public decency with a loud belch next to a police officer.” The citation prompted hundreds of people to commit to joining a “Loud Belch flash mob” at the scene of the crime.

WiGWag news with a twist: Feb. 25 edition

Suit and tie and buff

An ad campaign featuring two men — one wearing a suit and tie and another wearing an unbuttoned shirt exposing a bare chest — had the city council in Wales’ capital city hot-tempered and bothered. The council banned the ads from Squirt.org, an international gay cruising and hookup site, from buses and bus stops. The transit commission in Toronto followed suit, removing Squirt.org posters from subway cars and stations.

Made for Jerry Springer

A couple was arrested for having sex in a glass-enclosed cabin on a Ferris wheel over the Las Vegas Strip. Philip Frank Panzica III told local media he was in Vegas to get married, but not to his Ferris-wheel companion. He and his fiancée had a fight after he accused her of being pregnant with another man’s child. So, he headed to the Strip, got drunk on margaritas and wound up with another woman, performing intimate acts that were recorded on cellphone by people in the next car. His fiancé, a foregiving soul, bailed him out of jail.

In the running

A Federal Election Commission database shows 2,399 statements of candidacy for president in 2016. Some of the candidates you’ve seen on the debate stage or followed in the news. Others? Well, the list includes at least two perennial candidates — God and Jesus — as well as D-23 Megatron, Riff Raff, Kylo Ren, Luther T. The Merciless, Dank Ass Weed, Trump: the Muslim Dictator, Toy Testicles, Cracked Fourpounder, Mister Grump, Anus the Goat, Yoda Starwars, Disco Daddy, Vladimir Putin and the Antichrist, who is not AKA Ted Cruz.

Be afraid, be very afraid

A survey of 1,000 people conducted by a San Francisco market research group found the No. 1 fear for Americans is another mass shooting. No. 2: the election of Donald Trump as president. About 45 percent of those polled said they were extremely afraid of a Trump presidency. No. 3 was a tie — the fear that “Islamic terrorists will strike the U.S. in a massive attack” and the fear of a financial crisis.

Equalizing sex laws

Responding to a new Kentucky law requiring women to receive face-to-face medical counseling detailing possible health risks from abortion, a legislator introduced a bill requiring men to obtain spousal consent prior to obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction. The Democrat’s law also would require that such prescriptions only be issued to married men who swear with their hand on a Bible that they will not use the pills to commit adultery.

Fishy excuse

A Wisconsin man convicted for the 10th time of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated offered a fishy defense. He claimed his blood-alcohol level was above the level allowed by his probation terms because he’d been eating beer-battered fish. Jurors didn’t take the bait and the 76-year-old now faces up to 12.5 years in prison. 

Hate-fried brain

Following an anti-Semitic rant on social media, shock rocker Ted Nugent faced calls for his ouster from the National Rifle Association’s board of directors. The notorious hate monger posted pictures of 12 American Jewish leaders with Israeli flags beneath a headline saying they are the men and women “really behind gun control.” Nugent also posted a photo of Nazis rounding up Jews during the Holocaust and described gun-control advocates as “soulless sheep to slaughter.” The NRA issued a statement saying board members do not speak for the group as a whole.

Wonderous bread

A report in Natural News, a health and wellness magazine, raises questions about the content of commercially packaged bread. Labels on packaged loaves often show the ingredient L-cysteine, a nonessential amino acid added to speed industrial processing. L-cysteine, according to Natural News, is made from the world’s cheapest and most abundant natural protein source — human hair. “The hair is dissolved in acid and L-cysteine is isolated through a chemical process, then packaged and shipped to commercial bread producers. Ew!


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called for a protest against a New Hampshire winter carnival event billed as “Greased Pig on Ice.” The organization sent out an action alert condemning the event for “subjecting these highly sensitive animals to such a chaotic and violent ordeal, rife with screaming participants.” PETA called off the protest after learning the event didn’t involve pigs. Instead, a “Greased Pig on Ice” is a man in a pig costume skating with dollar bills tied to his costume’s tail.

Unholstered and unhinged?

Jeb Bush posted a photograph on Twitter Feb. 16 that showed a gun engraved “Gov. Jeb Bush.” His text said, “America.” In a day, the tweet got more than 22,000 likes and more than 22,000 retweets. And fueled lots of jokes. Author Sarah Weinman posted “America” and a photograph of actress America Ferrera. @Election_data posted a photograph of a squirt gun and “Britain.” Mashable posted a photoshopped image of Bush’s gun engraved with “Please clap.”

WiGWag: Of beauty queens, billionaires and doughnut trails

Doh, Ohio

The Butler County Visitors Bureau in Ohio rolled out the Donut Trail earlier in January, announcing the county boasted a doughnut shop for every 20,000 residents — one of the highest numbers of shops per capita in the Midwest, according to someone who’s counting. BCVB director Mark Hecquet said the trail is a “great way to explore Butler County” — and undoubtedly add some bulge to the butt.

Very high heel

A town in southwest Taiwan is building a “church” in the form of a Brobdingnagian high-heel shoe made of metal and blue glass tiles. When completed, the structure will stand nearly 56 feet tall at the heel and 36 feet wide. Despite its name, the Cinderella-inspired building will not host religious services. Its goal is to attract tourists. 

Super-size shoes

Speaking of big shoes, new science from Cambridge’s Department of Zoology explains why Spider-Man can’t exist. The study, a look at how animals scale smooth, vertical surfaces, suggests the superhero would need size 114 sticky feet to walk up a wall like a gecko. 

Brits diss The Donald

British Parliament formally debated a proposal to ban Donald Trump for his hate speech against Muslims after more than 500,000 Brits signed a petition supporting such a ban. Although no final vote was taken, Trump was repeatedly denounced as “a buffoon,” “a demagogue” and “a joke.” One member referred to Trump as “an idiot” five times in three minutes, according to The Washington Post.

Resigning reign

Stormy Keffeler resigned her title of Miss Washington USA after pageant officials learned she failed to disclose a DUI conviction. She was stopped by police last April for driving on flat tires and was arrested for driving under the influence. She pleaded guilty and served two days in jail a month before she won the crown.

Big fish, little pool

“Duuun dun duuun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun BOM.” Florida wildlife officials were called on to find out how a five-foot blacktip shark ended up making a splash in a swimming pool in Hypoluxo. The woman who found the shark said she saw two young men running from the pool.

Papal Fiat

One of two Fiats used by Pope Francis during his September 2015 visit to Philadelphia was to be auctioned on Jan. 29 as part of the Philadelphia Auto Show black tie gala. Proceeds were earmarked for select archdiocesan  ministries and The Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania. Francis has made a point of using modest cars to emphasize simplicity.

Fresh junk

Nadkins is the very apt name for a new men’s grooming product designed to refresh gentlemen’s crotches. The moist wipes, also dubbed “Male Jewels Refresher Towelettes,” were created by Joe Caccamo, who said in a news release, “Let’s face it, when a man is uncomfortable down there, he is generally uncomfortable all over, making for a miserable day.”

Single white female seeks…

A new dating website debuted in time for Valentine’s Day: wherewhitepeoplemeet.com. The service made a splash when a billboard went up in Utah, where about 88 percent of the population is white, according to census data. The billboard, which has since been removed, showed a white couple in an embrace and encouraged passersby to “join for free today!” — provided they’re white.

Wisconsin’s Don Quixote

Manitowoc police say an intruder at Lincoln High School wanted to get to the top of the school’s tower because he thought he was a knight in a castle. Police Capt. Larry Zimney says the 58-year-old man admitted to using marijuana and alcohol before the incident, which prompted a brief lockdown. The man was hallucinating but, thankfully, unarmed.

Health concern

A passenger with uncontrollable flatulence prompted a fellow airline passenger to hand a note to a flight attendant: “I don’t know if you can make an announcement. But if you can, you should say that whoever is farting in the areas of rows 10 to 12 should definitely see a doctor because they might have ass cancer.”

Dude, don’t forget breath mints

White Castle’s 25th annual Valentine’s Dinner includes sliders, shrimp nibblers and strawberry and cream waffles. “For a lot of our Cravers, White Castle is where they first met, so enjoying sliders together on Valentine’s Day brings back a feeling of nostalgia,” said Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle.

WiGWag: News with a twist | Dec. 17, 2015

Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman

It’s expensive to have a uterus in the United States. Currently 40 states, including Wisconsin, impose a tax — either a regular sales or gross receipts tax or a luxury tax — on tampons and other menstrual products. In some states, such taxes are categorized as “sin taxes.”

All lit up 

At a promotional event for the new Star Wars film, Lupita Nyong’o, who plays Maz Kanata in the movie, wore a dress equipped with blinking LED lights. The dress is part of the Made With Code initiative launched by designer Zax Posen and Google to encourage girls to embrace computer science. The dress fits perfectly with the #AskHerMore project, which encourages red carpet reporters to ask actresses questions about more than their gowns and jewelry. 

Potty mouth is the least of their troubles

Two Fox commentators were given two weeks to cool their heels after crossing the network’s line for criticism of President Barack Obama. Fox Business Network’s strategic analyst Ralph Peters was suspended for calling the president a “total pu**y” on the air during a discussion of an Oval Office speech on terrorism. Fox contributor Stacey Dash was suspended for saying Obama “didn’t give a sh*t” about the speech during a morning broadcast. Fox said in a statement the two men “made comments on different programs that were completely inappropriate and unacceptable for our air.”

A green tradition that’s survived Republicans

Wisconsin is ranks No. 5 in the U.S. for love of green-bean casseroles, according to the Del Monte Green Bean Index. Interestingly, Wisconsin was the only state in the northern half of the country to make the top five. Ranking above Wisconsin, in order, are Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Florida. Del Monte estimates 30 million green-bean casseroles were served on Thanksgiving tables this year. Now we’re wondering how much Beano was sold in the state during the holiday.

What art thou smoking, Romeo?

He’s considered Western literature’s premier genius and maybe researchers have discovered at least part of his inspiration. A team from a South African university was loaned 24 “tobacco pipe” fragments from Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon property. Eight tested positive for cannabis residue and two had remnants of Peruvian cocaine.

Leo doesn’t bear it

There’s a rumor circulating that the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio is raped by a bear in the critically acclaimed film The Revenant. Twentieth Century Fox, which is releasing the film, has made public statements denying that such a scene exists.

Going pro-life

Missouri State Rep. Stacey Newman, D, has proposed a way of curbing the high rate of gun violence in her state: regulate gun purchases as tightly as abortion services. Newman pre-filed a bill that would make it just as difficult to buy a weapon as to get an abortion — including imposing a 72-hour waiting period for prospective gun buyers and requiring them to receive information about alternatives to guns, like “peaceful and nonviolent conflict resolution.”

Boasting burglar

A Pennsylvania man is facing charges of burglary and theft after allegedly breaking into a taxicab company where he once worked. Investigators followed an obvious clue — the burglar was seen on security video wearing a sweatshirt stenciled with his name. The shirt and the stolen goods were found in his home.

Lighting sparks

A councilwoman in Roselle Park, New Jersey, walked out of a meeting and resigned her post after learning that the city would call a “tree lighting” ceremony a “Christmas tree lighting” ceremony. Charlene Storey later rescinded her resignation but she skipped the ceremony, which she said cut “non-Christians out of the loop.”

‘See my new gun?’

The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a man accidentally shot his friend with a semi-automatic handgun at a gun show in Phoenix. At the Crossroads of the West Gun Show, where loaded firearms are prohibited, the shooter was looking at his recent purchase when it discharged.

Oh deer

A Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania removed a Facebook photo of a nun with a 10-point buck she bagged after the post drew criticism from anti-hunting and animal rights activists. The diocese removed the image, complaining that animal rights activists responded with “vulgar comments, using profanity and even an obscene photograph.”

On the books

Students at Newport Middle High School have won a contest that challenged them to find “New Hampshire’s Dumbest Law.” The winning entry was a 40-year-old ban on harvesting seaweed at night. A GOP state representative has filed a bill to repeal it. 

WiGWAG: WESTBORO V. KIM DAVIS and other wigs and wags


The media harlots of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church were not about to let the Kim Davis controversy go without getting in on the publicity. Davis glowed in the national spotlight in September by going to jail rather than issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, citing her religious beliefs. Westboro members staged a protest at the office of the “fake Christian” (their words), accusing her of adultery, divorce and general harlotry — and not of the media kind.

Bare not necessity

And now we’ll really find out who was buying Playboy for the articles. The magazine Hugh Hefner founded in 1953 will cease to publish fully nude photographs of women. Still, the magazine will feature a PG-13 “Playmate of the Month” and WiG isn’t expecting that to win Playboy any accolades from Ms.

Hairy situation

Alerted by a passerby that bearded men with a black flag were acting suspiciously at a castle ruins in southern Sweden, police found to their relief that it wasn’t an ISIS group but a meeting of hirsute do-gooders. The co-founder of the Swedish chapter of the Bearded Villains said the incident ended with police acknowledging their mistake and even ignoring the brotherhood’s illegal parking. Bearded Villains promotes equality and does charity work.

Please, don’t shoot the bears

Gun advocates pressured the city of Houston into forcing the Houston Zoo to lift its ban on long firearms and are taking aim at other zoos with longstanding bans on weapons, including Milwaukee’s. Parents and children gathered at the Houston Zoo earlier this fall to protest the lifting of the weapons ban. The signs they carried read, “Panthers not Pistols” and “Hey Gun Lobby, quit monkeying around.”

The real Siri

Susan Bennett, a resident of suburban Atlanta, has broken her silence and revealed that hers is the voice of Siri, Apple’s voice-activated virtual assistant. Apple won’t confirm it, but an audio-forensics expert with 30 years of experience studied both voices and said he’s “100 percent” certain the two are the same. Bennett, who won’t divulge her age, fell into voice work by accident in the 1970s.

Subway spinach supply

This is the stuff urban legends are made of, but not the stuff Italian sub sandwiches should contain. A man claims a sandwich ordered at a Subway in Lincoln City, Oregon, contained a dead mouse. The customer said his friend asked a Subway employee to add spinach to his Italian sub. The employee scraped the bottom of a bin and plopped the spinach and a mouse on the bread. A health inspector later determined the rodent probably arrived in the spinach.

Cleanup on aisle four

Shoppers at a Target store in California had to cover their kids’ ears when what sounded like the soundtrack of a porn film starring two women blasted from the store’s audio system. “I heard female voices making sexual noises and telling each other ‘Do this’ and ‘Do that,’” a mom who was present told the San Jose Mercury News. “My son asked me, ‘Why are they hurting the ladies?’ And I said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s OK.’” 

Mayor Claus

The voters of North Pole, Alaska, recently elected a write-in candidate to the city council. His name is Santa Claus and he’s the former president of the North Pole Chamber of Commerce. 

Married on the run

Stephanie Reinhart wanted a short and sweet ceremony. Mark Jockel wanted a big wedding surrounded by friends and family. The couple compromised by marrying at the 8-mile mark of the Chicago Marathon in the city’s Boystown neighborhood. Reinhart wore a white running outfit and held flowers. Jockel wore a tuxedo T-shirt. They exchanged vows under a garden arch decorated with race medals. The couple, who met two years ago through the Chicago Area Runners Association, were married in less than four minutes, surrounded by thousands.

Fair and phony?

A regular guest commentator on Fox News is being held on charges of falsely claiming he worked as an “Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer” for the CIA for nearly three decades. Federal authorities arrested Wayne Simmons, 62, after a federal grand jury indicted him on charges of major fraud, wire fraud and making false statements to the government. Prosecutors say Simmons had a “significant criminal history, including convictions for a crime of violence and firearms offenses.”

Trump mask hot in Mexico

Two of the hottest Halloween costumes in Mexico this year are the country’s most wanted man — and its most hated. Striped prison jumpers and detailed latex masks representing the mustachioed, twice-escaped drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman are selling like hotcakes. Another popular getup this year is Donald Trump, the most hated man in Mexico. A fast-selling mask captures Trump with mouth agape and caricatures his signature blond combover.

WiGWag: Wagging about Donald Trump, Kim Davis, Glenn Grothman and more

Fox fix

Donald Trump’s “boycott” of Fox News lasted less than a week — not quite Gandhian in proportion. After Fox canceled an on-air appearance, Trump tweeted on Sept. 23 that the network “has been treating me very unfairly & I have therefore decided that I won’t be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future.” But he was back on the cable network in six days, telling Bill O’Reilly, “You’re always fair.” 

Now he’s an action figure

Speaking of Donald Trump, a company has created an action figure of the bombastic tycoon, complete with toupee. It even talks. “I think he’ll dig it,” said Emil Vicale, owner of Herobuilders.com. “It’s huuuuuge.” 

Thou shalt not …

WiG wants to remind Kim Davis and the Liberty Counsel of that bit in the Ten Commandments about not lying. Davis is the Kentucky clerk who, citing religious beliefs, has refused to issue marriage licenses to gays, failing in her job and violating the U.S. Constitution. The Liberty Counsel is her legal representation. At a recent gathering of Christian right voters in Washington, D.C., LC attorney Mat Staver displayed a photo of what he alleged were more than 100,000 people who gathered in a soccer stadium in Peru to pray for Davis. It turns out that the photo was taken more than a year earlier, during a five-day “Jesus Loves You” convention. Later, after several statements refusing to acknowledge the misinformation, Staver called his use of the photograph an “honest mistake.” Maybe Davis’ adulteries and four marriages were honest mistakes, too. And don’t get us started on her “meeting” with the pope.

What a ‘guy’ …

U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin played on the GOP attack team that grilled Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards during a House hearing on Sept. 29. Grothman took a “what’s in it for me” approach and informed Richards that “as a guy” he doesn’t need to go to Planned Parenthood and has plenty of options. Richards informed the guy that each year Planned Parenthood’s 22 health centers in Wisconsin serve 65,000 people, many of them lacking lots of options.

Odd couple

Conservative GOP state Rep. Joel Kleefisch and Democratic state Sen. Lena Taylor of Milwaukee overcame partisanship through sportsmanship. The duo went turkey hunting together early one recent fall morning and posted pictures from the experience on their respective Facebook pages. Taylor bagged a bird.

Fox fix

Donald Trump’s “boycott” of Fox News lasted less than a week — not quite Gandhian in proportion. After Fox canceled an on-air appearance, Trump tweeted on Sept. 23 that the network “has been treating me very unfairly & I have therefore decided that I won’t be doing any more Fox shows for the foreseeable future.” But he was back on the cable network in six days, telling Bill O’Reilly, “You’re always fair.” 

Now he’s an action figure

Speaking of Donald Trump, a company has created an action figure of the bombastic tycoon, complete with toupee. It even talks. “I think he’ll dig it,” said Emil Vicale, owner of Herobuilders.com. “It’s huuuuuge.” 

Costumed sexism

The Representation Project, a feminist watchdog group, is protesting the Halloween costumes the national Party City chain is marketing to girls. The group notes that less than 7 percent of Party City’s costumes marketed to girls are based on occupations. And even those costumes are highly sexualized — like the girl cop costume with a short skirt, black vinyl boots and handcuffs that’s more suggestive of a streetwalker than a police officer walking the streets. Meanwhile, the group had praise for Target and Disney for “reducing gendered marketing to kids.”

The pope and the dope

A publicity stunt featuring a life-size wax figure of Pope Francis appearing to wave from the back of a convertible caused some confusion before the real pontiff showed up in New York City. Officials at Madame Tussauds New York debuted their wax pope by showing off the white-robed figure around Manhattan in a popemobile-like car hours before Francis’ plane arrived. A surprised onlooker called police after mistakenly believing the figure was actually the pope.

A gift from heaven?

Maya Donnelly awoke to what sounded like thunder in the early morning hours, but dismissed it as a typical monsoon storm and went back to sleep. Later that morning, she looked in the carport at her home in Nogales, near the U.S.-Mexico border, and saw pieces of wood on the ground. She found a bulky bundle wrapped in black plastic. Inside was roughly 26 pounds of marijuana that authorities say was worth $10,000 and likely dropped by a drug smuggler’s aircraft. 

Will you take this pizza …?

Memories Pizza, the Indiana restaurant that said it would refuse to cater same-sex weddings, did just that — without even knowing it. Before marrying his partner in Illinois, Robin Trevino, of the sketch comedy group GayCo, drove to Walkerton, Indiana, and picked up pizzas that he and his husband later served to their wedding guests. He captured it all on video, of course.

Burning with fear 

A man with an apparent case of arachnophobia caused a fire at a suburban Detroit gas pump by putting a lighter to what he says was a spider near his fuel door while he was gassing up. A clerk shut off the pump from indoors and called the fire department. The pump was destroyed, but the driver was fine. No word on the spider. 

WiGWag: The one about the bloody Donald and a senior moment

Senior moment

The publisher of two weekly newspapers in New Hampshire targeting people over 50 wanted Scott Walker to advertise to its readers ahead of 2016’s first-in-the-nation primary in that state. The publisher sent out two sample copies of the paper and a solicitation letter addressed to Walker. But the package was sent to Walker at Wisconsin Gazette’s office. For some reason, publisher Bill Balam thinks we’re the governor’s campaign office. Obviously, he’s never read the paper. 

Gleeks in their glory

More than 1,500 items from the TV series Glee — set pieces, props and costumes — were auctioned on the Web in mid-September. Among the items: the 15 handmade Glee character puppets from the “Puppet Master” episode, Blaine’s and Kurt’s “Warblers” uniforms, costumes worn by Brittney Spears, Demo Lovato and Idina Menzel, and designer items by Badgley Mischka and Tom Ford.

Invisible but not forgotten

Fox News viewers have heard a lot about transgender people in recent months, but they’ve never actually seen or heard a transgender person on the network. According to a Media Matters study, Fox News failed to have a single transgender person as a guest for the 27 segments it did on transgender-related issues over the course of nine months, “even as it continues to produce inaccurate, dehumanizing coverage of transgender people.”

JetBlue goes yellow

An Oregon man faces charges after authorities say he urinated on passengers on a flight from Anchorage to Portland. A police report says passengers and airline employees told officers that about 30 minutes before landing, Jeff Rubin, 27, stood up and began urinating through the crack between the seats in front of him — and onto the passengers sitting there. Then he lost his balance and fell backward, splashing urine on passengers, seats and luggage. He was arrested when the flight landed.

Bloody Donald

During the first GOP debate, Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly asked Trump to explain his misogynistic remarks. That prompted Trump to tweet a comment about Kelly, saying that she was so angry at him, “You could see there was blood coming out of her you know what.” The entire world knew what, including Portland artist Sarah Levy. The next time her Aunt Flo arrived, she responded to Trump’s insult in kind, creating a caricature of his face with her menstrual blood. Levy said she’ll auction off the original and sell prints on estsy, donating proceeds to an immigrant rights group. 

Cruising to court

A Connecticut man issued a speeding ticket for traveling at 112 mph on the interstate in Vermont had an interesting reason for exceeding the limit by about 60 miles. He was due in traffic court for a speeding ticket.

Jailhouse blues

An Ohio sheriff says a guard mistakenly put a murder suspect in a holding cell with another inmate who was about to testify against him. A fight ensued.


The state of Pennsylvania has fined a barbershop $750 for refusing to cut a woman’s hair. The gender discrimination complaint was filed against Barbiere in Washington, Pennsylvania, which is advertised as a high-end barbershop. The owner maintains that the shop is a getaway for guys — where they can hang out, enjoy complimentary beer or wine and get a trim. He says a woman’s presence would ruin the environment.

Dead man donating

Scott Walker’s next-to-the-last campaign finance report showed he received checks from a California man who died before making the contributions. Walker’s records show he received two contributions of $100 on Feb. 18 and May 8 from Martin Anderson of Palo Alto. The report listed Anderson’s occupation as “retired.” But Anderson, who worked at the conservative Hoover Institution, died on Jan. 3. Maybe GOP donors should have to send in documentation proving they’re alive with every donation. And why not drug test them, too?

WiGWag: Collie candidate for prez and a wall around Walker

Canine candidate

Lucy Lou, a border collie, has served as mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, since 2008. About 135 people live in the unincorporated community, where the canine’s handler recently announced the dog plans to run for the nation’s highest office. Lucy Lou already defeated one human, nine dogs, a cat, an opossum and also a jackass to win the mayoral race, so she might run strong against Donald Trump.

Toasted transports

Authorities in Aurora, Illinois, say they are borrowing a tactic from Madison and compiling a “habitual drunkard” list. Police and paramedics in the Chicago suburb plan to name people who’ve required personal transport at least six times in 120 days. That list will go to local bars and retailers, which are supposed to refuse to sell liquor to their best clients. … Right.

Color blind

A study from sociologist Asia Friedman at the University of Delaware explores whether blind people characterize others by race. She interviewed 25 individuals who are blind and found they categorize people by race far less often than do sighted people, who assign a race to almost everyone they see. Friedman said of those she interviewed, “Their thinking is deliberative rather than automatic and even after they’ve categorized someone by race, they’re often not certain that they’re correct.”

God is everywhere but work?

A study conducted using smartphones finds that people feel higher levels of spiritual awareness in the morning, when attending worship or meditating, and when listening to music, reading or exercising. Spiritual awareness tends to be much lower for people when at work or playing video games. 

Bare protest

Hundreds of people gathered in a Minneapolis park on a recent Sunday afternoon to protest laws requiring women to cover their chests while men can legally bare their skin. The gathering, held in conjunction with national “Go Topless Day,” drew a variety of states of dress and undress, with some women fully exposing their breasts and others covering their nipples with colorful tape. Some men wore bikini tops and bras in a show of solidarity.

Betty White has ‘Bones’ to pick

After wrapping up her TV stint on Hot in Cleveland earlier this year, 93-year-old Betty White immediately took a role on Bones this coming season. Her character, Dr. Beth Mayer, is brought in to assist in a fantasy football murder case.

The sky is falling — again

The odds of dying from an asteroid impact are one in 700,000 — much less than the odds of being struck by lightning (one in 3,000) or finding a pearl in an oyster (one in 12,000). But end-time Christianists are creating a panic on the Internet with their prophecy that an area around Puerto Rico will be struck by an asteroid between Sept. 15 and Sept. 28. The coming destruction is related to the Bible Code — whatever that is.

Dog under the influence

A Georgia man has been charged after authorities say his dog tested positive for methamphetamine. Marty Rogers took his small terrier-mix dog named Little Guy to a veterinary clinic on Aug. 17, where veterinarians discovered meth in the dog’s system. Veterinarians say the dog was extremely nervous, panting and pacing. Rogers faces several charges, including cruelty to animals. The dog was taken away by animal control officers.

Full of crap

A 27-year-old Chinese man who was suffering from severe constipation for 10 years underwent surgery to remove an 11 lb. stool from his colon. Fox News, which knows a thing or two about reporting crap, broke the story in the United States.

Wall around Walker 

Responding to news that Scott Walker was considering the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Canadian border, a group calling itself “We, the Beaverton” launched a campaign on change.org. It reads: “On behalf of all Canadians and most Americans, (we) are requesting the U.S. government place a soundproof and bulletproof barrier around Wisconsin Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker.”

Hot transit

A special edition swipe card for Taiwan’s mass transit featuring the clothed image of a Japanese porn star sold out within hours overnight via a telephone hotline, despite a storm of opposition. “In the future we will continue to strengthen public service and social responsibility,” the company said in a statement on its website. Local media say proceeds from the card set sales will go to charity. Company spokespeople were not available for comment.

WiGWAG: Seeing Trump in butter and brewing papal pale ale

Trump’s image appears in tub of butter

A Wildwood, Missouri, woman is said to have nearly lost her lunch when she opened a new tub of Earth Origins Organic Spread and saw the image of Donald Trump staring back at her. “I needed to put on my glasses to make sure it was him,” Jan Castellano, 63, told The Huffington Post. Castellano briefly considered selling the butter tub on eBay and donating the proceeds to Hillary Clinton. But hunger won out over politics, and Trump’s face ended up on her breakfast toast.

The cat’s meow

The mayor in St. Paul, Minnesota, threw out a ceremonial ball of yarn to mark the opening of an annual festival for cat videos that drew thousands of feline fanatics to a city stadium. Mayor Chris Coleman said 13,000 people were at CHS Field for the Internet Cat Video Festival. Videos played on the stadium’s large scoreboard as people watched from the stands and blankets in the outfield. Selections included clips of a cat startling a bear and a scene from Jurassic Park edited to include giant cats. 

Papal pale ale

Cape May Brewing Co. in Cape May, New Jersey, has concocted a special beverage for when Pope Francis visits the United States in September. The brewery is producing 500 gallons of YOPO — You Only Pope Once — a hoppy pale ale available only on draft. A CMB sales rep said the ale pairs well with Argentinean beef.

Worse than bedbugs?

A Days Inn employee said her boss instructed her to flip a mattress rather than replace it after she reported a guest died in the bed. The revelation was part of a racial discrimination lawsuit filed July 30 by a dozen former African-American employees against a Tampa, Florida, Days Inn franchisee. They accuse Jamil Kassim of using racial slurs against them and firing them because of their race. The employees also say they were told to ignore health and safety policies and to clean up blood, vomit and other hazardous fluids.

Walking down the aisle

A vow renewal ceremony for high-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda and his wife Erendira was featured on the TLC show Say Yes to the Dress. When the couple originally married, income limited them to a simple courthouse ceremony. Since then, Wallenda’s become famous for televised skywalks across Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon and Chicago skyscrapers. He’s now rich enough to have a lavish wedding, which he did in January at a museum in Sarasota, Florida. In August, Wallenda completed his longest tightrope walk — 1,576 feet — during an appearance at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Tournament of rednecks

An event that was known as the Redneck Olympics before the Olympics threatened legal action took place in Maine earlier this summer. “Athletes” competed in a greased watermelon haul, tossed toilet seats, bobbed for pigs feet, and held a tug-of-war in a mud pit. They also had an event called a “wife haul.” Hmm. Were they uniformed in dingy white tank tops?

Miracles of nature

University of Wisconsin students are returning to campus for the fall term, but don’t think researchers took the summer off. A bulletin arrived from UW-Madison in mid-August under the headline, “More details on origin of favorite beer-making microbe.” Genetics scientist and yeast expert Chris Hittinger has led a team that says the crucial genetic mashup that spawned the yeast that brews the vast majority of beer occurred at least twice. And both times without human help, despite what those 15th-century Bavarian monks may have claimed.

High on his own selfie

Police say a 25-year-old man was arrested after he climbed a 10-story construction crane in downtown Madison and took a selfie. The man was arrested for criminal trespass on a construction site.

Creepy real estate

A Pennsylvania couple is looking to sell the three-story Victorian that was used as the home of psychotic killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs. The basement dungeon where the killer kept one would-be victim, however, doesn’t exist. Those scenes were shot on a soundstage. Still, agent Dianne Wilk is hopeful someone will pay $300,000 for the home. “People love to be scared. I could see somebody doing something fun with this,” she said.

Making headlines

Sometimes the headline tells the story. And here’s one from The Associated Press bureau in North Carolina: “Man in ax-wielding clown case turns himself in.”