Odds and Ends – Friday March 12, 2019


Moove on: No more ‘cow-tipping’ shirts at Oklahoma airport

(Will Rogers World Airport via AP)
(Will Rogers World Airport via AP)

Oklahoma City (AP) – The mayor of Oklahoma City is celebrating the completion of a personal mission: ridding the city’s airport of cow-tipping T-shirts. Mayor David Holt said on his Twitter account Thursday that after months of trying to end sales of shirts reading “Nothing Tips Like A Cow” at Will Rogers World Airport, the clothing has sold out and won’t be restocked. Airport spokesman Josh Ryan said Friday that the shirts with the shape of the state and a cow lying on its back were “pretty popular” for over 10 years, but that “the joke has run its course.” Cow-tipping is a largely debunked legend in which rural youths sneak into a pasture at night and push over a cow that is standing but asleep. Debunkers point out the practice is unlikely to succeed, largely because cows don’t sleep standing up.

Wyoming district will open 1-student school next fall

Laramie, Wyo. (AP) – A Wyoming school district plans to re-open an isolated school to serve a single student entering kindergarten this fall. The Laramie Boomerang reports Cozy Hollow School is about 60 miles north of Laramie. A modular classroom is already there but hasn’t been used for about a decade. It will be the second one-student school in the Albany County School District. They’re only a few miles apart, but connecting roads are impassable much of the winter. Wyoming law requires on-site education for isolated students when it’s impossible to transport them to other schools. The district tried live-streaming classes for isolated students but it didn’t work well, especially for young children. District officials say it will cost about $150,000 combined to educate the two students next school year.

Ratatouille? Tourist in Boston
videos gull swallowing rat

Boston (AP) – This rat is getting a lot of mouse clicks. A British tourist visiting Boston captured on video a hungry seagull devouring a dead rat in a single gulp and posted it on social media, prompting thousands of horrified comments. The video shows the gull pecking tentatively at the rodent before picking it up in its beak and swallowing the entire animal. The bird then flies atop a parked car on Salem Street in the heart of Boston’s North End, popular for its dozens of Italian restaurants – the rat’s tail hanging from the gull’s mouth. The unidentified Briton who caught the beastly breakfast on camera can be heard exclaiming: “Oh my God, it just swallowed it whole … Ratatouille?”

Teen girls, ages 14 and 15,
charged with robbing bank

Fall River, Mass. (AP) – Police in Massachusetts have charged teenage girls ages 14 and 15 with robbing a bank. Fall River police say the 14-year-old girl walked into a BayCoast Bank branch in the city on Wednesday afternoon and told a teller she would “blow everything up and kill everybody” if the teller did not hand over cash. A bank employee handed the girl an “undetermined” amount of money and she left. The girl was seen on surveillance video getting into a black Toyota Camry outside the bank allegedly driven by the older girl. Police got a look at the license plate and traced the car to a home in the city where they found the girls. Both are charged with armed robbery. Their names were not released because of their ages.

Portland Trail Blazers stuck in elevator going to practice

Boston (AP) – The Portland Trail Blazers might want to use the stairs after the squad got stuck in an elevator. They were headed to practice Tuesday at Emerson College in Boston when the elevator stopped between floors. Center Enes Kanter tweeted a video in which team members looked at their phones and talked about “survival mode” as one held a candy bar. They said it was hot in the elevator. Center Meyers Leonard tweeted video of the tall basketball players climbing out of the elevator about 30 minutes later. No one was hurt. The college apologized and in a statement said it hopes the team “takes it easy on the Boston Celtics” Wednesday.

Online: https://twitter.com/MeyersLeonard11/status/1100481174563106816