Odds & Ends
After weeks of strenuous denial, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko—often referred to as Europe’s “last dictator”—admitted that his nation was, in fact, invaded by an army of cuddly teddy bears. Swedish news agency The Local had reported that, on July 4, a Swedish plane entered Belarus airspace and dropped 897 teddy bears wearing tiny black parachutes over the town of Ivenets outside the capital city of Minsk. The bears carried signs reading “Belarus freedom” and “We support the Belarus struggle for free speech.” The stunt was mounted by a Swedish ad agency on behalf of the pro-democracy group Charter 97. Belarus’ hardline leader, however, spent nearly a month denying the existence of the fuzzy freedom fighters. Government-
Though its product is clearly not endorsed by the International Olympic Committee, a Scottish brewery has jumped on the Olympic bandwagon by producing a beer called Never Mind the Anabolics, which contains eight illegal performance-
A Pittsburgh-area man is charged with breaking into a woman’s apartment, stealing a potato peeler, a kitchen knife and a small dog. Police in the borough of Coraopolis say a woman called 911 around 3 a.m. to report that a man had just kicked in her apartment door, snatched two utensils out of her dishwasher, picked up her dog and left. A neighbor heard what was going on and briefly struggled with the intruder. Police arrived and found 24-year-old suspect Garrett Stauber sitting shirtless on a couch in his friend’s apartment. Stauber was apparently staying in the apartment, located in the same building as the victim’s. According to the police report, Stauber was drunk. He faces a preliminary hearing later this month.
The World’s Largest Bikini Parade fell more than a little short of the record when virtually no one showed up in the proper attire. The event had been organized in the southern Minnesota town of Madison Lake as part of the annual Paddlefish Days parade. A majority of the town’s City Council opposed the event, saying it was “inconsistent” with the festival’s family-oriented nature. When it became clear that they would have far less than the 451 swimwear-clad walkers needed to break the Guinness World Record, organizers told participants they could wear shorts over their bikini bottoms. Even so, the Free Press in Mankato estimated only 39 people participated. Organizer Cynthia Frederick isn’t giving up—although she is moving towns. “We’ve been invited to Eagle Lake to march next year in their Tater Days parade,” she told the Free Press.