Bizarre News-Bugs For Hire

August 13, 2009 8:56:20 PM PDT
The stories may be strange, but they're trueBUGS FOR HIRE
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Have bugs - will travel. That's what a Montana State University dinosaur researcher is offering. Tom Evans is a graduate student at the school. He maintains a colony of bone-cleaning beetles whose day job is to snack on animal bones that are part of his research. But in their off-research hours, these beetles work overtime. Evans rents them out to hunters who want their trophies cleaned. Evans says he puts the bug money toward his research. He's trying to establish better guidelines for how paleontologists determine the age and origin of dinosaur fossils.

WINNIE THE POOH BANDIT
CHICAGO (AP) - Tigger - say it ain't so! Winnie the Pooh is wanted in a Chicago-area bank robbery. FBI agents are looking for a crook they're calling the Winnie the Pooh Bandit. The feds say the man was captured on surveillance video robbing a suburban Chicago bank at gunpoint last week. The FBI released photos of the robbery yesterday, showing the suspect wearing a Winnie the Pooh sweatshirt. FBI agents like to give bank robbers nicknames. It's a way for agents to generate tips about suspects.

GATOR BICYCLIST
BOUTTE, La. (AP) - Deputies got the gator and the bike rider. Deputies in St. Charles Parish, La., report stopping a bike rider who had 3-foot-long alligator draped on his shoulders. Authorities charge 38-year-old Terron D. Ingram ran, leaving behind the bike and the gator. But deputies say they got the gator guy. He now faces a number of charges, including resisting arrest and cruelty to animals by abandonment. Animal control officials released the alligator into a bayou.

RECYCLED JEANS
WASHINGTON (AP) - It's a huge pile of old jeans. More than 30,000 pairs of old jeans were collected at Washington's Union Station yesterday. That sets a new Guinness world record for clothing collected for recycling. National Geographic Kids led the effort. The magazine honored 9-year-old Erek Hansen of Curtice, Ohio, for organizing a denim drive at his school. The kids collected more than 1,600 pairs of jeans for the project. Erek says he wanted to keep the jeans out of landfills. The mountain of old blue jeans will be reprocessed into insulation for homes damaged by natural disasters.

GREEN WEDDING
SOLDOTNA, Alaska (AP) - Here comes the bride - the green bride. When Jen and Alex Jackson tied the knot they did it in an eco-friendly way. The couple married at the Alaskan homestead of the groom's grandparents. Both the newlyweds are chefs at Besaw's restaurant in Portland, Ore. The Jacksons don't own a car and say their green wedding is their way of living what they believe. All the vegetables were locally grown and only local and domestic beer and wine were served. No paper products were used during the wedding and reception. The new bride tells the Peninsula Clarion newspaper that one person can make a difference.

FRIED CHICKEN-COKE
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Real men eat fried chicken -- especially fried chicken made with Coke. At least, according to Esquire magazine. The September issue features an "Eat Like a Man" cover story. They're "Recipes by Men, For Men." The Times-Picayune newspaper reports the lead dish is from John Currence, who runs the City Grocery in Oxford, Miss. He recreates a famed New Orleans secret recipe called Coca-Cola-Brined Fried Chicken. It calls for a quart of Coke, along with a tablespoon of the Louisiana staple, Tabasco sauce. Just don't get the amounts of the two confused.


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