Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends

Megan Reneau
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Dateline: Florida

lfer Charles Helms recorded video evidence of what could be the largest alligator found to date. The video shows an alligator estimated to be 15 feet long at the Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Palmetto, Florida, moving slowly across the course. Helms told news sources, "This alligator was so large he would only move slowly about 100 feet at a time before having to lie down and rest.” It’s common to see these reptiles using golf courses and other man-made oases for lounging and passage. This isn’t the first time this Jurassic beast has been seen on this course. Wendy Schofield, the pro shop clerk, reported that people come to the course often to see the creature, "He doesn’t bother anybody and they don’t bother him, he’s like a mascot for the course, which is owned by Manatee County." Go Gators.

Dateline: California

Chicken-enthusiast Olivia Fox said that her injured chicken, named Strawberry, would grow restless while in recovery and try to escape from her bed. Trying to figure out what could possibly help Strawberry, Fox decided to let the hen watch something on her tablet. Fox shared a video of the result—Strawberry stares at the tablet mersmerized, intermittently tapping and squawking at the screen. “Her favorite channel? National Geographic," Fox wrote. Strawberry is now out of the hospital and doing well with her physical therapy.

Dateline: Hungary

Undertakers in the town of Debrecen participated in the first ever national grave-digging competition to attract the younger generation to the profession. The 18 teams of two men raced to see who could dig holes that conformed to the regulation size of 2 feet 7 inches wide, 6 feet 6 inches long and 5 feet 3 inches deep. The teams were judged on speed and style. The only rule was that only a single team member could be in the hole at a time once the team had dug past 3 feet and 3 inches, otherwise the teams chose whether they wanted both members digging or one arranging the mounds of dirt around the hole. With more and more men retiring from the profession, the organizers from the Hungarian Undertakers’ Association say that it’s very difficult to find young men interested in the job. Iren Kari, one of the competition organizers said, "We are having difficulties finding replacements for our retiring employees. Young people today don’t like to dig and work." The fastest team completed the task in just over half an hour.

Dateline: Florida

Libertarian, “liberty activist” and candidate for chair of the party James Weeks put on quite a presentation at the Libertarian National Party Convention during his speech to support vice presidential candidate Derrick Grayson. Weeks began by getting the crowd to clap in unison and then proceeded to strip off his clothes. Weeks paced back and forth across the stage, slowly taking off articles of clothing. For the first two minutes or so, the crowd responded positively, encouraging him with catcalls; one person even put a dollar bill in his loincloth before the crowd began to jeer loudly. When Weeks realized he had made a mistake putting on this performance, he returned to the microphone and said, “Sorry, it was on a dare. I’m gonna go ahead and dropout.” Correspondents in the crowd reported that Weeks’ fellow Libertarians found his performance distasteful and his membership to the party should be revoked.

Compiled by Megan Reneau. Email your weird news to devin@alibi.com.

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