Odds & Ends
Dateline: Sweden—Supporters of the Stockholm-based AIK ice hockey team demonstrated their disdain for a rival player at last Tuesday night’s game by showering the ice with dildos. The tumescent taunts were directed at Jan Huokko, a former AIK team member now playing defense for the Leksand hockey club. Ahead of Tuesday’s match against Leksand, the website for AIK’s unofficial supporter group instructed fans to bring dildos to the match to remind Huokko of the sex scandal that plagued him earlier this year. Back in June, a sexually explicit video clip featuring the 34-year-old athlete and his girlfriend ended up on the Internet. Huokko had recorded the clip on his cell phone and wasn’t surprised to see it spread across the Internet after the phone was stolen. “It was a private thing between me and my girl,” he said at the time. “That’s what people do when it comes to sex.” The Expressen newspaper reported dozens of sex toys littering the ice before the Tuesday night match started. Vulgar chants directed at Huokko continued throughout the match, which Leksand ended up losing 3-2. AIK club management was aware of the fans’ plans but elected not to intervene. “We’d also heard mention of it, but we decided that it would only be worse if we went out and told the fans they were absolutely not allowed to throw dildos on the ice,” AIK club head Mats Hedenström told the newspaper.
Dateline: England—Hoping to break a world record, music school graduate George Garratt, 19, has legally changed his name to Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine The Hulk And The Flash Combined. The Glastonbury teen changed his name by filling out an online form and paying 10 pounds ($15) earlier this month. “I decided upon a theme of superheroes,” Captain Fantastic (née George) told the U.K.’s Telegraph. The newly named Mr. Combined admitted his new name was “crazy” and said that his grandmother was no longer speaking to him.
Dateline: Texas—A suspected robber at a Fort Worth convenience store was presented with a choice by the store’s clerk last Monday. Uninterested in the robber’s demands for cash, the 30-year-old clerk told the robber, “Either shoot me or leave.” The police say the robber cursed at the clerk and left on foot.
Dateline: Minnesota—A 7-year-old trick-or-treater made out like a bandit after finding crystal meth in his Halloween bag. Parents of the boy say they found a baggie of meth along with $85 mixed among the Snickers bars and Skittles. The parents called police, who confirmed the substance was methamphetamine. Police said the drugs were worth up to $200 on the street. The boy’s mother said the clear crystals looked like rock candy and her kids “could have OD’d on it.” Police in the town of Ramsey, northwest of Minneapolis, say they believe the young man who dropped the drugs and money into the boy’s bag was a suspect fleeing police after a report of an assault in the area.
Dateline: Arizona—A woman jogging near Prescott was reportedly bitten by a rabid fox and had to jog for another mile with the slavering animal still attached to her arm. The fox originally went for the woman’s leg, but she stopped it by grabbing it by the scruff of the neck. That’s when it bit her on the arm, the Yavapai County sheriff’s office reported. The woman wanted to test the animal for rabies, so she ran nearly one mile back to her vehicle with the fox still chomping down on her arm. Upon reaching her car, she pried the animal off and tossed it in the trunk, then drove herself to the hospital. The fox later bit an animal control officer. Both he and the woman received rabies vaccinations.
Dateline: Colorado—Twelve runners who took part in the 10th annual Naked Pumpkin Run at the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder may have to register as sex offenders if they are convicted on charges of indecent exposure. The Naked Pumpkin Run is a post-Halloween tradition in which runners doff their clothing, wear carved pumpkins over their heads and brave the chilly temperatures of Colorado’s November weather for a quick jog. In past years, police have warned participants that the activity isn’t legal, but this is the first time officers have shown up to enforce the law. Despite boasting more than 100 participants, only a dozen of the streakers were cited by police. Alexander Garlin, a Boulder-area lawyer who specializes in sex-related criminal charges, told Boulder’s Daily Camera getting convictions may be difficult. Indecent exposure charges require prosecution to show that the defendant “knowingly exposed his genitals to the view of any person,” and that the exposure likely caused “affront or alarm.” In the case of the Pumpkin Run, which didn’t start until 11 p.m., many of the people packed onto the mall said they were there specifically to see the nude runners. “How does a jury figure out if someone is guilty [of affronting and alarming] beyond a reasonable doubt?” Garlin asked. “I would guess the average Boulderite is not likely to be affronted or alarmed--entertained, maybe.”
Compiled by Devin D. O'Leary. E-mail your weird news to firstname.lastname@example.org.