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Saturday, August 11, 2018

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A Texas police department said reports of an alligator in local waters were an "unintentional hoax" involving a remote-controlled gator head.

Police responded in a Facebook post to photos and videos that emerged on social media and appeared to show an alligator swimming in the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers.

"A remote-controlled alligator head was used to create photos and videos that you may have seen on Facebook and other social media sites," the department said.

Police said it appeared to have been an "unintentional hoax" on the part of the owner of the novelty remote-controlled item, "but still may have caused some alarm."


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* Teacher Rows Across Atlantic in Under 40 Days *

An Ohio teacher broke a world record when he rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, from Canada to England, in under 40 days. Bryce Carlson, 37, a Cincinnati high school teacher, said the official time for his 2,000 mile rowing trip from Newfoundland to St. Mary's, in England's Isles of Scilly, was 38 days, 6 hours and 49 minutes, beating the previous speed record of 53 days an Atlantic Ocean rowing trip. He said the trip was not without its hardships. "I capsized about a dozen times, give or take. All occurred while I was inside the cabin, most while I was awake." Carson, who said he lost 10-15 pounds during his journey, said he has no intentions of attempting to repeat the feat. The International Ocean Rowing Society said Carson also broke three other records during his trip: fastest solo, unassisted row of average speed across the North Atlantic; fastest solo, unassisted overall row across the North Atlantic; and fastest overall row of any boat size across the North Atlantic.


*-- We Need to Start Registering Power Tools --*

Here's something to remember if you ever feel like mocking a man holding power tools. A St. Louis, Mo. man faces a homicide charge in the fatal attack of a co-worker with a circular saw. Miguel Angel Franco Navarro, 24, and Israel Valles-Flores, 37, were part of a four-man crew replacing shingles on the roof of a home outside the city of River Falls. There was no apparent argument, though in a recorded jail call Miguel allegedly said he had been teased prior to the attack. Witnesses told authorities Navarro cut Valles-Flores with a circular saw, causing Valles-Flores to fall backwards onto the garage roof where Navarro continued to cut him. The two other co-workers reportedly jumped off the roof and hid until police arrived. Valles-Flores sustained 10 sharp force injuries across his face, neck and back. He died of his injuries on the garage roof.

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Lewis, that poor parkour runner is a victim! Those irresponsible power companies put their transmission cables at the top of tantalizingly climbable poles and attach them to buildings at the roof, where all you have to do is scale the walls to avoid the locked doors that keep the public from wandering up there. It's an accident waiting to happen.
[I don't think 'tantalizingly' is a word.]

Lewis, if you spent any time in Nebraska at all you wouldn't find that story about the guy running around the woods naked with a sword all that bizarre. The mind-numbing boredom gets so bad a person will do almost anything to entertain himself. I'm surprised there aren't MORE people running around naked with weapons.

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