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Woman Dials 911 to Complain About Mugshot

Tonya Ann Fowler of Winder, Georgia, called the Barrow County 911 dispatch to complain that her mugshot in the local publication “Bad & Busted” was less than flattering. There is no mention of what her prior arrest was for. Later that same day, Fowler called 911 to complain that some residents wouldn't let her leave her belongings in their home. Officers met Fowler at the address she complained about and she was arrested for misuse of 911. And the 45-year-old woman got what she apparently wanted: her mugshot was taken again for the new charges.

Man Uses Obituary for Confession

Val Patterson of Salt Lake City, Utah, prepared his own obituary ahead of time. In it, he got a lot of things off his chest. As in secrets he had kept for many years.

Now that I have gone to my reward, I have confessions and things I should now say. As it turns out, I AM the guy who stole the safe from the Motor View Drive Inn back in June, 1971. I could have left that unsaid, but I wanted to get it off my chest. Also, I really am NOT a PhD. What happened was that the day I went to pay off my college student loan at the U of U, the girl working there put my receipt into the wrong stack, and two weeks later, a PhD diploma came in the mail. I didn't even graduate, I only had about 3 years of college credit. In fact, I never did even learn what the letters "PhD" even stood for.

If this sort of thing catches on, it may make the obituary column the most popular part of the newspaper sites. Read the entire obituary at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Naked Rambler Walks out of Prison -Naked

Stephen Gough of Scotland is better known by his nickname, "The Naked Rambler." He was first arrested for public nudity in 2003, and has been in solitary confinement in Scotland for the past six years. However, officials have determined that Gough is not going to stop walking around naked. So they freed him. And he walked home naked. Scotland's laws against public nudity are stricter than those of England and Wales, but Gough was deemed to be no threat to the public. The Naked Rambler says he won't compromise on his principles, but he told authorities he would stay away from busy public roads.

Once in a Lifetime Tattoo Misspelled

Jerri Peterson of Atlanta, Georgia, was thrilled with the chance to carry the Olympic Flame in the torch relay as it passed through Derby, England. She was selected to participate because of her charity work. The 54-year-old Peterson decided to get a tattoo as a souvenir of the relay, and only afterward realized that it was misspelled. The word "Olympic" was rendered in ink as "Oylmpic." Peterson did not notice the misspelling until she had sent pictures of her new tattoo to a friend. Her initial disappointment gave way to laughter. She told the tattoo artist, but refused his offer to correct it, because as Peterson said, "...it's as unique as I am."

Damaged Street Signs Linked to Prostitutes

Officials in Auckland, New Zealand have encountered over 40 street signs that have been bent or broken in one neighborhood over the past 18 months. Thousands of dollars have been spent to replace them. Who is to blame? Ladies of the night, plying their trades in the street. They use the street signs as dancing poles for a form of advertising. One local council member said, "Some of the prostitutes are big, strong people." Now, doesn't that paint a picture!

French Cows Drink Wine

Studies show that happy animals provide better-tasting meat. Taking a cue from that idea, Languedoc-Roussillon winemaker Jean-Charles Tastavy and cattle farmer Claude Chaballier decided to experiment by giving beef cattle some wine with their feed.

“The cows appreciated the menu and ate with enjoyment,” Tastavy said.

And now, the French cows are getting a daily oenological infusion – of up to two bottles each. Tastavy explains they’ve scaled the cattle’s wine intake based on authorities’ recommended drinking habits: “For a person, we know it’s two or three glasses of wine a day. For a cow, that means 1 to 1.5 liters per day,” Tastavy told the AFP.

But the wine wasn’t boosting just the cows’ spirits. The growers found it also improved their taste. Michelin-starred chef Laurent Pourcel had a taste of the “viande de luxe” – luxury beef – and hedges that there’s a bustling market for it among a foodie crowd. It has a “very special texture, beautiful, marbled and tender, which caramelizes while cooking.”

The beef from these cows is quite a bit more expensive than other beef, because the cost of feeding each cow tripled with the addition of wine.

18 Police Officers Rescue Sex Doll from River

Police in Shandong Province, China, received a report of a body floating in a local river. Eighteen officers were dispatched to possibly save a drowning person, or recover a body. A crowd of around a thousand people gathered on the riverbank to watch the rescue. However, the "body" was quite a ways from shore, and after an hour spend on the operation, anyone could see that it was a life-size inflatable doll. The public was shown the plastic figure to calm their worries, and some parents covered their children's eyes when they realized what the "corpse" really was.

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July 20, 2012 - 5:35am
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