Bizarre News-Harley Hearse

September 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The stories may be strange, but they're trueHARLEY HEARSE
ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Bikers can now take one last ride on a hog. David Richards has turned his Harley Davidson Ultra Classic into a Harley Hearse. He says he gets people asking questions and taking pictures almost everywhere he goes. He says he had the chins of some little old ladies dropping when he took his Harley Hearse out for a test run in Rogersville, Tenn. Richards tells the Kingsport Times-News he hopes it will be a long time before he takes a last ride on his Harley Hearse.

CASH CATCH
SYDNEY (AP) - It's quite a catch. Two Australian teenagers found 100,000 Australian dollars ($87,000) in cash during a fishing trip. They admit spending some time thinking about it, before turning the money over to police. Inspector Greg Moore says the cash stash was found near an area where communes celebrate an annual pot festival. Police are investigating if the cash is related to a crime. But Moore tells the Australian Broadcasting Corp. the teens might be able to claim the money if a legitimate owner isn't found.

NAKED DRIVER
BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) - Police are charging a driver in Florida with forgetting more than his wallet. State troopers say Mark Duffus wasn't wearing pants or anything else. A woman driving a tractor-trailer on I-95 with her son in the cab reported the naked man. She says he followed her for about eight miles doing lewd things. The Florida Highway Patrol caught up with the Georgia man about 20 miles to the north on the highway. Duffus now faces a number of charges, including indecent exposure.

BULGE BATTLE
CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) - There's a lot less to the Cedar City, Utah, police department. The officers of Cedar City had a friendly battle of the bulge with the Iron County sheriff's office. The Cedar City cops won by having to do the most belt-tightening. They lost a total of 584 pounds over 14 weeks. The contest was sponsored by Weight Watchers of Southern Utah, which donated $2,500 to Cedar City's Children's Justice Center. Cedar City Chief Bob Allinson lost 40 pounds. He says the round-the-clock stress of police work makes it easy to make poor food choices.

MATURE MONEY
DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - The $20 bill is real and is worth a lot more than 20 bucks. The manager of a UPS Store in Dickinson, N.D., at first thought a customer had handed her a worthless counterfeit 20. Turns out the bill was printed in 1934 and is in pristine condition. The manager (Nancy Kostelecky) says her customer had no idea where the bill came from or why it's in such good shape. A local police detective says similar bills are selling on eBay for up to $134. The UPS Store manager says she's giving the unusual 20 to her father, who collects coins.

BRAIN BIKE
NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) - It's a workout for the body and the brain. Kids at Madison Junior High in Naperville, Ill., are taking a spin on the Brain Bike. It's an exercise bike that combines a cardio workout with brain-stimulating exercises. Software can help the kids in 16 areas, ranging from memory to arithmetic. As the biker gets more right answers, the questions get harder. Brain Center America developed the program. The researchers say the Brain Bike can help riders of almost any age stay on top of their game.

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