Bizarre News-Naked Pumpkin Run

November 5, 2009 11:12:33 PM PST
The stories may be strange, but they're trueNAKED PUMPKIN RUN
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Tomorrow night, some folks in Boulder will be wearing nothing but pumpkins. The Halloween "Naked Pumpkin Run" is an annual tradition in the Colorado college town. But last year about a dozen naked runners were cited for indecent exposure. This year, police say they'll be making arrests, too. But a sushi restaurant owner says he's willing to help the runners cover up a bit. Hapa Sushi owner Mark Van Grack is promising orange bikini bottoms and thongs for the occasion. It doesn't hurt that the undies have the restaurant's name printed on them.

COLORADO SNOW-CHICKEN
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - What's a mere blizzard when you can get a year's worth of free chicken? More than 100 people camped out in a Fort Collins, Colo., parking lot overnight Wednesday. A new Chick-fil-A opened there yesterday. A promotion promised the first 100 customers a free chicken sandwich meal every week for a year. The storm dropped more than 17 inches of snow in the Fort Collins area. So, Chick-fil-A supplied propane heaters, and hot chocolate and cookies, for people waiting for their free chicken.

HIDDEN WARHOL
NEW YORK (AP) - Can you imagine have something worth a million bucks -- or more -- sitting in a closet for decades? Sotheby's is auctioning a self-portrait by Andy Warhol. It belongs to Cathy Naso, who had the painting in her closet for more than 40 years. As a teenager, she worked as a part-time receptionist at Warhol's studio, called the Factory. He gave it to her in 1967, with an inscription. She says she forgot about the painting. The Warhol self-portrait goes up for auction Nov. 11 and is on display at Sotheby's in New York starting today.

BURGLAR IN BOXERS
ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) - Boxers or briefs? Well, police in Michigan report one crook was wearing boxers. Police say the man ran from a home in Adrian after being surprised by the people who live there. The Daily Telegram reports the 25-year-old Detroit man took off wearing just a pink baseball cap and his boxer shorts. The suspect was busted nearby. Police say he told an officer he was chasing several girls who had taken his clothes. The man now faces a number of charges, including home invasion and cocaine possession.

MARIJUANA FIRE
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The smoke went up in smoke. Police in Eagan, MN., blame a house fire on a man's attempt to grow pot. Ryan James Parranto is now facing drug charges, after firefighters made the discovery. Authorities say a lamp used to grow the illegal weed apparently started the fire in the man's town house in April. According to the criminal complaint, Parranto told an officer he was growing his own pot to save money.

LOST K-9
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) - Authorities at a Kansas prison are looking for an escapee -- but it's not a prisoner. One of the police dogs used at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility has gone AWOL. Authorities report Daisy went on the lam overnight Wednesday during a storm. The dog is used to sniff out contraband drugs in the prison. She apparently jumped a fence that's about eight feet high. A prison spokesman says it's the first time they've had a K-9 escapee.

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