Strange but True – not fake news for June 8, 2017

STINKY CLAMSHELL ROAD

TIVERTON, R.I. (AP) — Residents of a small Rhode Island community say their neighborhood has been beset by a terrible stench after one of their neighbors paved a road with unwashed clamshells. WJAR-TV reports a property owner in Tiverton put down the shells on an access road last week.

But the uncleaned shells had meat still attached, leading to a putrid smell as it decomposes. Video shows maggots crawling all over the road. Neighbors put up signs including: “Honk if it stinks.” Blair Moore, whose family owns the house next door, says the smell is making her ill.

The building inspector has issued a cease and desist order. Police and the state Department of Environmental Management are investigating.

SUBWAY GRADUATION

NEW YORK (AP) — A nursing student who celebrated a makeshift graduation on a New York City subway train after a train breakdown made him miss the actual ceremony is getting a personalized graduation. Hunter College president Jennifer Raab and nursing school dean Gail McCain will hold a ceremony today to give Jerich Alcantara his diploma. Alcantara was on his way to commencement on May 30 when his E train stalled. Passengers waited an hour and a half for a rescue train. Once the rescue train arrived there were more delays.

Friends, family members and strangers threw Alcantara an impromptu ceremony while they waited. Video posted to Facebook shows a friend handing Alcantara a mock diploma.

Hunter officials say Alcantara isn’t trusting the subway for Thursday’s do-over ceremony. He’ll arrive by car.

AIRPORT ALLIGATOR KILLED

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Someone should have told the alligator to stay in the lake.

News outlets report that an airplane hit an 11-foot alligator that had wandered onto a runway at a small Florida airport, killing the reptile. The reports say the alligator was killed at Orlando Executive Airport last week. The Orlando Sentinel quotes airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell as saying there was some damage to the private plane and that wildlife officials reported the alligator to be 500 pounds.

LATE BOOK RETURN

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A book has found its way back to a Connecticut library — more than 50 years overdue. Staff members at the Noah Webster Library in West Hartford say they don’t know who returned the copy of W.O. Mitchell’s “Who Has Seen The Wind.” The plot centers on a coming-of-age tale of a young man in Saskatchewan, Canada.

The book was returned Monday with a yellow sticky note reading, “Sorry it has taken so long.” It originally was due back Sept. 29, 1965.

Library director Martha Church says she doesn’t know how much the fine would be for keeping the book so long. The current library fine is 15 cents per day. Church says it used to be 10 cents a day in 1977. The library doesn’t plan to fine the person who returned the book.

ANCIENT TEMPLE BELOW HOTEL

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Plans to expand a hotel in Mexico City are on hold after archaeologists unearthed a 1400s-era temple to the Aztec wind god Ehecatl and a ceremonial ball court under the property. The find could spark nightmares for any squeamish hotel guests: The carefully severed neck bones of 32 people were found in a ceremonial pit next to the ball court. Players were frequently sacrificed at the end of the ceremonial ball game.

The hotel owns the property and will be allowed to build above the ruins, using pilings carefully placed so the Aztec structures aren’t disturbed. The round temple and the stair-like ball court will remain open below to the public.

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