Friday, January 23, 2009

Small Bits of News You Didn’t Know you Needed

Man punished for abandoning rats
He did not want the rats living with his new baby
A Providence, Rhode Island man is in trouble after he abandoned nearly 300 rats on the side of the road.
The man, Toby Duffany, pleaded no contest to animal abandonment and was ordered to pay $1000 restitution and perform 50 hours of community service.
Police say Duffany crammed 280 rats into aquariums and cages, and left them on the side of the road in Foster last month. The rats were discovered several days after they were abandoned. 72 rats had died and the rest had resorted to cannibalism.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals euthanized the living rats.
In court, Duffany said he got rid of the rats because they could not live in his apartment with his new baby. The Rhode Island SPCA was disappointed with the punishment.
44 deodorants found stuffed in man’s pants
An East Ferry Street man found traveling without a ticket on Metro Rail faces various charges after transit police discovered 44 stolen containers of deodorant stuffed down his pants, according to police reports.
Kychene O. Venable, 36, also allegedly had crack cocaine paraphernalia, police said.
Venable was apprehended by NFTA Officers David Zarbo, David Capretto and Thomas Los at about 5:45 p. m. The deodorant was believed to have been stolen from Dollar General. Police said Venable had been cited several times previously for not riding with proof of payment.
He was charged with theft of services, criminal possession of a controlled substance, promoting prison contraband, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.
It's raining poop
It happened this Tuesday in Romania. Two airplanes emptied their toilets while flying over Craiova, one of the largest cities in the country. "I thought it started to rain but when I took a closer look, I noticed it was something brown that smelled like a toilet. I thought it was bird excrements at first, but then I realized it was human feces coming from above" a local said.
The most affected was a company that makes marble products. According to the owner, the "rain" lasted about a half an hour, creating an unbearable stench in the area, and covered most of the marble statues and monuments in his yard. He alerted the authorities, claiming damages over €100,000 ($130,000). However, most locals considered this, of course, a sign of good luck.

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