Weird News

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October 21, 2017

A Maine high school has rejected a student's submitted yearbook photo because it shows him holding a shotgun.

Bonny Eagle High School senior Wade Gelinas says he wanted his picture to feature hunting because it is a family tradition.

Principal Lori Napolitano tells WCSH-TV the school in Standish does not allow weapons in yearbook photos because administrators don't want to be forced to decide which images are promoting violence and which aren't.

The photographer says she thought there was "no way" Gelinas would be allowed to use it.

Gelinas says he will submit a different photo but hopes the school will change its policy.

It was an odd day for one Alaska animal control officer who took a call about an alligator outgrowing its bathtub.

KTUU-TV reports that a Wasilla resident called 911 this week after realising that the more than four-foot-long (1.2-metre-long) alligator named Allie couldn't live in a tub anymore.

Rescue group Valley Aquatics took Allie in. Valley Aquatics owner Sheridan Perkins says Allie is a three-year-old American alligator.

Perkins says she has thought about re-homing Allie in Florida.

The alligator is Wasilla's second run-in this year with a large reptile. In May, a 17-foot (5.2-metre) python named Sam went missing for several days before reappearing in his home's living room. He returned through the door his owner left open for him.

A two-storey, 'Star Wars'-inspired Halloween yard display in Ohio is enticing kids to get toy lightsabers and attracting hundreds of visitors from across the state.

Elevator mechanic Nick Meyer, 39, spent about $1,500 and 10 hours a weekend for half a year to build a replica of the four-legged All Terrain Armored Transport, or AT-AT walker. He built it with his carpenter friend Anthony Paroda, and it's been such a success that spectators are donating money for them to build another display next year.

At 19 feet, the replica is nearly as tall as Meyer's home in Parma, a Cleveland suburb. The cockpit of the AT-AT walker is outfitted with lights that glow red at night, and a mannequin fashioned to resemble a Star Wars Stormtrooper soldier stands guard in front.

Meyer said he built it with plywood, hard foam and plastic barrels and based the design off a toy he bought online.

"We're both pretty crafty, but it's not rocket science," Meyer said. "You just gotta be willing to do it."

A Kentucky man dressed as the Pokemon character Pikachu is accused of trying to jump the White House fence all in the name of making a YouTube video.

Curtis Combs of Somerset, Kentucky, was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with unlawful entry. An arrest affidavit says Combs was dressed as Pikachu and told authorities he wanted to become famous and had planned to post a video of it on YouTube.

The affidavit filed in DC Superior Court says Combs jumped a barrier on the outer perimeter of the south grounds of the White House complex and was quickly arrested.

Combs told police he expected to be arrested and had researched DC charges and previous jumpers.

Combs pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Combs' attorney, Edward Gaines, declined to comment.