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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Greetings fellow Bizarros:

A man carrying what was described as a "samurai" sword was tackled by a worker inside a Pennsylvania bar.

Tina Malachi, a server in Rookie's Craft Burger Bar, said the man, who wasn't wearing a shirt, walked in and sat at the bar. When he got up and walked into the pool room she asked him to put on a shirt, which is when she saw the sword.

Another employee sitting at the bar stood up and looked at the man, and the man then raised the sword up with both arms, said the worker. The employee ducked under the man's arms and grabbed him from behind, tackling him to the ground, assisted by some customers. They held him down until police arrived.

The man was arrested for summary warrants and the sword was confiscated, said Capt. Gabriel Olivera of Harrisburg police.


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A group of students at the University of Michigan's Engineering program built what is believed to be the largest hand-solvable, stationary Rubik's Cube. The massive 1,500 pound puzzle was unveiled at the university's North campus in an event streamed on Facebook Live. "There is no other human-manipulable cube like this, to the best of our knowledge," a spokesperson for the group said. "So to be very precise, it is the world's largest stationary, human manipulable Rubik's cube." "It took over my life, but it no longer is a project," Noel Perkins, a professor of mechanical engineering, who served as an advisor for the group said. "My dream for the cube would be to bring joy and inspiration to anyone who ever uses it and solves it. If it does that, there's nothing I'd rather be behind at UM."


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A British man who buys and restores old tanks made a surprising discovery in a former Iraqi Army tank -- five gold bars worth about $1.4 million. Nick Mead, a collector and owner of Tanks A Lot, a tank restoration business, said he recently saw the Chinese Type 69 tank listed on eBay and he was able to barter it for a retired British Army truck and Abbot self-propelled howitzer. Todd Chamberlain, one of Mead's mechanics, was working on the restoration when he found evidence that one of the fuel tanks might be filled with guns, a common discovery with retired military tanks. Mead joined Chamberlain and started filming, a practice he said is common when restorers think they might find illegal guns and want to make sure they have evidence of the discovery to show police. The video shows the restorers reaching into the fuel tank and pulling out the foreign objects, which turn out to be five gold bars weighing a total of about 70 pounds -- $1.4 million in gold. Mead said the gold, which may have been stolen by the Iraqi Army during the invasion of Kuwait and forgotten inside the tank, was turned over to police. It's not yet clear what will eventually become of the discovery.

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Lewis; Decades ago Roy Rogers (as himself) and Johnny Carson (impersonating Gabby Hayes) acted out that "Pardon Me Roy, Is That The Cat That Chewed Your New Shoes?" joke in a Mighty Carson Art Players sketch on The Tonight Show. It was truly a great (albeit perhaps groanable) moment in TV history. -R.S.
[I'm glad somebody got the reference.]

Damn it Lewis--Now I have Chattanooga Chu Chu stuck in my head all day.

A mountain lion in your house? Ah, California. (Michael Palin) "You against a vicious predator. Your choice: a pinata bat or a little girls jump rope." God forbid you'd protect your family with a (gasp) firearm! -Don

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