Weird News


July 21, 2016

Weird News

A woman caused a scare when she mistakenly thought a dead reptile that washed up along the banks of a Massachusetts river was an alligator.

The Eagle-Tribune reports Deborah Salerno and her husband were exploring a new boat ramp on the Merrimack River in Methuen on Saturday when she saw the scaly creature floating in the water. Salerno's husband thought it could possibly be a caiman, the gator-like reptile spotted on the streets of nearby Lowell earlier this month.

Not knowing what to do, Salerno called the police. Officers responded, but they determined that no further action was needed. The manager of a nearby pet store identified the creature as an Argentine black and white tegu, a large lizard that's legal to own as a pet in Massachusetts.

Indonesian officials have banned the playing of 'Pokemon Go' from the presidential palace.

Hastily printed warnings that say "Playing or hunting Pokemon prohibited in the palace area" were put up around the palace complex in Jakarta yesterday. "This is the office of the president, not a playground," said Bey Machmuddin, chief of the palace's press bureau. Last week, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Agung said he had captured a number of Pokemon at the palace. But some officials have expressed worry the game could be a security risk. Police have been banned from playing the game while on duty, and local media reported that Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu had warned that the game might be used by foreign countries to detect sensitive information.

'Pokemon Go,' which uses Google Maps and a smartphone to overlay reality with Pokemon creatures, has been a blockbuster hit in the US and other countries where it is available.

A small-city mayor who is also a veteran stand-up comedian was indicted Tuesday on four felony counts, including election falsification and theft in office.

The state auditor's office announcement followed a months-long investigation of Republican Hillsboro Mayor Drew Hastings by special prosecutors appointed by a Highland County judge. The counts also include theft and tampering with records. Hastings said he has done nothing wrong and was "mystified" when he was served with the indictment while having lunch at a restaurant. "I'm only guilty of trying to represent our citizens without the consent of an established political structure," Hastings said. Among allegations probed were improper personal use of Hillsboro city trash bins, a US$500 vacant building fee refund he received, and election falsification concerning his residency in the city of 6,600 residents, where he has a downtown apartment.

A Connecticut soft drink company is hoping to add a little pop to this year's presidential election by releasing two speciality sodas named for the presumptive nominees.

Avery's Beverages, a 112-year-old soda maker in New Britain, is offering Trump Tonic and Hillary Hooch named, of course, for Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. It's the third straight presidential campaign that Avery's has offered candidate-based drinks.

The company will also be conducting a highly unscientific straw poll to track the race. Trump Tonic comes with the slogan, "Make America grape again." It's got a bolder flavour than traditional grape soda and is a bit more acidic," says Rob Metz, Avery's general manager.

Hillary Hooch is a berry soda with ingredients that Metz jokes are classified. "It's not sure exactly what it wants to be," Metz says. "So we've got some strawberry in there, we've got some blue raspberry in there and we added a bunch of lemon for bitterness."