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  • March 31, 2009

    Killer Cardboard Coyotes-8

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    From the Canadian Press...(You can't make this stuff up)...

    SARNIA, Ont. - A cardboard cutout of a coyote designed to scare off Canada geese in a southern Ontario park proved so realistic it prompted an attempted police takedown.

    Sarnia city hall staff purchased a pair of the animal cutouts hoping they might help reduce goose droppings in the waterfront park and set them up last summer.

    But after a few weeks the cutouts vanished.

    'We just figured vandals took them,' said Terry McCallum, Sarnia's director of community services.

    'You can't put up any really fancy signs in the park because they usually disappear.'

    But the full story has only now emerged.

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  • March 27, 2009

    A Record Pygmy-3

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    The state of Montana is home to three species of whitefish in its lakes and streams—the mountain whitefish, lake whitefish and pygmy whitefish.

    As the name implies, the pygmy is the smallest of the three.

    Earlier this month, ice angler Eric Tullett of Kalispell tied the state record for the species, hauling the fish up from a depth of 80 feet while using a glow hook and maggot for bait.

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  • March 21, 2009

    Shocking Mystery-3

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    No one seems to know exactly what force—or combination of forces—caused dozens of Canada geese to fall from the sky during a severe thunderstorm in central Pennsylvania. 

    Under the circumstances, most folks initially speculated that lightning killed an estimated 56 wild geese found on a highway near State College, Pa. following a severe thunderstorm on Feb. 27.

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  • March 18, 2009

    The Burial Truck-4

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    Adam Dancy says it’s how his dad wanted it.

    Adam’s father, Albert Dancy, 50, was shot and killed Feb. 15, in what authorities say began as a domestic dispute involving his ex-wife and Robert Dodrill, Jr. According to The Charleston Daily Mail, Dodrill, 44, has been charged with first-degree murder and burglary for allegedly forcing his way into Darcy’s Summersville, W.Va. mobile home and shooting him in the chest with a small caliber handgun.

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  • March 16, 2009

    Bet You Can Eat Just One-4

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    Okay, so I owe my daughter Amy and apology for thinking her a bit odd for recently grabbing a bag of Ketchup-flavored potato chips off the supermarket shelf. Ketchup chips are downright run-of-the-mill as compared to Walkers Cajun Squirrel chips. 

    British 'crisps' maker, Walkers apparently derived their inspiration for Squirrel chips from the popularity of Brunswick Stew both here in the U.S. and Great Britain. Besides, it probably goes along great with their other flavors which include: Chili and Chocolate, Fish and Chips and Crispy Duck.

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  • March 16, 2009

    Can You Hear Me Now?-5

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    British businessman Andrew Cheatle thought his cellphone was gone for good after he dropped it while walking his dog on the beach.

    “I was messing about with my dog and my phone must have fallen out and been swept out in the swell,” he told The UK;s Sun newspaper. “I kept calling it but I gave up hope after a couple of days.”

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  • March 9, 2009

    Safe Is Sound-9

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    A pair of Southwest Florida ne’er-do-wells didn’t exactly give police specific directions to one of their homes after allegedly committing a home burglary last week—but they might as well have.

    Responding to a report of a home burglary and theft on Tuesday, police in Ft. Myers, Fla. were told that among the items taken were a dirt bike, flat screen TV, computer, Ford SUV and a gun safe containing various firearms.

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  • March 3, 2009

    A Fish Story-6

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    Organizers of a weekend ice-fishing tournament in Somerset, Wisc. said they smelled something fishy after receiving several anonymous tips that the contest winner—and recipient of a new pickup truck worth $28,000—had allegedly cheated his way to the grand prize.

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