Saturday, November 14, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

What has four testicles and three penises?
Six-legged goat with four testicles and three penises to be spared sacrifice
Call it birth defect or wish of the Almighty, a goat with six legs, four testicles and three penises will be spared from holy sacrifice on the occasion of Id-ul-Juha (Bakrid) this year.
While the black-colored goat, barely one-year-old and weighing around 10 kg, is all set to attract attention during the goat exhibition prior to the festival, the owner of the goat has ruled out any chances of sacrifice of the unique goat on the auspicious day.
"This goat is a gift of God and the sacrifice of such a goat is not allowed in Islam," said Sher Mohammed, the owner of the goat. "The goat can be displayed during Bakrid exhibition, but sacrifice of the goat is strictly prohibited," he added.
Marijuana Cafe Opens in Portland
The United States' first marijuana cafe opened on Friday, posing an early test of the Obama administration's move to relax policing of medical use of the drug.
The Cannabis Cafe in Portland, Oregon, is the first to give certified medical marijuana users a place to get hold of the drug and smoke it — as long as they are out of public view — despite a federal ban.
Members pay $25 per month to use the 100-person capacity cafe. They don't buy marijuana, but get it free over the counter from "budtenders".
There are about 21,000 patients registered to use marijuana for medical purposes in Oregon. Doctors have prescribed marijuana for a host of illnesses, including Alzheimer's, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Tourette's syndrome.
On opening day, reporters invited to the cafe could smell, but were not allowed to see, people smoking marijuana.

Sonic Customers Bewildered by Fake Gunman
A fast food restaurant manager went to the extreme in training his staffers on how to handle a hold-up situation: his method scared paying customers and earned a serious reprimand from local police.
A manager of a Sonic in St. Joseph, Mo., recently staged a lunchtime mugging, recruiting someone to enter the restaurant with a real-looking toy gun and hold it to an employee's head. Problem was, employees weren't the only ones taken by surprise: When authorities received frantic reports from panicked customers of a potential hostage situation, they sped to the restaurant to resolve it. No arrests were made in conjunction with the pseudo-crime.

Woman faces DUI when she mistook cop for Sonic car hop
A woman who mistook a police officer for a car hop at a Sonic drive-in was charged with DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia. A caller to 911 Saturday reported the woman nearly struck several vehicles before pulling into the drive-in.
Elizabethton Police Officer Sarah Ellison found the woman slumped over the steering wheel. When Ellison tried to get the woman's attention, the woman handed her a $20 bill, continuing to offer it even after she identified herself as an officer.
The woman was arrested and the officer found a syringe, a spoon with white powdery residue and numerous bottles of prescription medicine in the car.
Man Robs Mom to Pay Parking Ticket
A 27-year-old Anchorage man has been convicted of robbing his mother at gunpoint because she didn't give him money to help pay a $430 parking ticket. The Anchorage district attorney said Friday that Cheng Saelee was also convicted of illegally contacting his mother from jail and trying to get her to drop the charges.
Prosecutor Gustaf Olson said Saelee was arrested in November 2008 after he became angry during an argument with his parents got a handgun from his room and pointed the weapon at his mother's head.
He was scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 19 and faces up to 12 years in prison.
Olson said Saelee might also be deported to Thailand after he serves his sentence.
The ticket was for abandoning a vehicle.
Drunken man survives being run over by train
Police in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin said a highly intoxicated man who survived when multiple freight train cars rolled over him is "the luckiest SOB alive." Police Major Kevin Lemke said Canadian National Railway employees reported they ran over someone lying between the tracks and did an emergency stop about 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
Officers found a 42-year-old local man in some bushes 20 feet away from the tracks. The man indicated he was walking when he saw the train and jumped out of the way.
But Lemke said he tends to believe the employees over an intoxicated man. The man had no serious injuries and received a trespassing citation.
Canadian National spokesman Patrick Waldron said such an incident usually results in serious or fatal injury.

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