Strange but True – not fake news for August 10, 2017

BACON REWARD

COOKS BROOK, Nova Scotia (AP) — The owner of a free-range animal farm in Nova Scotia has taken the unusual step of offering bacon as an incentive for information about two major thefts from his property this summer. In an appeal posted on Facebook, Melvin Burns of Moo Nay Farms offered a reward of about four and a-half pounds of bacon for tips leading to the culprit who took about $1,000 worth of power tools. Burns says the farm was also hit in June when someone stole a number of pigs and hens. He is also offering the odd job around the farm or training for anyone who owns up to the thefts — saying that if someone is taking things out of need, he is willing to provide an opportunity to make money in an honest way.

STOLEN CRUISER-UNDERWEAR CHASE

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts say a man dressed in only his underwear was arrested for stealing a police car and leading officers on a chase. The Northampton Police Department says officers were dispatched to a hospital Sunday on a report of a nearly naked man running through the parking lot. Officers followed the man on foot into a wooded area, but they say he came out from the trees, got into a police cruiser and drove off. Police pursued the man at low speed until he circled back to the hospital, where he was arrested and taken to the hospital for evaluation.

BIGGEST DINOSAUR

WASHINGTON (AP) — A study proclaims a newly named species the heavyweight champion of all dinosaurs, making the scary Tyrannosaurus rex look like a munchkin. At 76 tons, the plant-eating behemoth was as heavy as a space shuttle. The dinosaur’s fossils were found in southern Argentina in 2012. Researchers who examined and dated them said the long-necked creature was the biggest of a group of large dinosaurs called titanosaurs. Diego Pol, co-author of the study in yesterday’s journal “Proceedings of the Royal Society B,” says “There was one small part of the family that went crazy on size.” The dinosaur is named Patagotitan mayorum after the Patagonia region where it was found and the Greek word titan, which means large. The second name honors a ranch family that hosted the researchers. A cast of the dinosaur’s skeleton is already on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. It’s so big that the dinosaur’s head sticks out into a hallway at the museum. Pol says scientists have known titanosaurs for a while, but this is a new species and even a new genus, which is a larger grouping. But Pol says even with its size it probably wasn’t very scary and that “Getting up. Walking around. Trying to run. It’s really challenging for large animals.”

FAWN CAN’T LIVE IN WILD

PHOENIX (AP) — A 3-day-old baby deer is being sent to a wildlife reserve after somebody thought they were helping the fawn by removing it from a desert area in Arizona. Mike Demlong, Wildlife Education Program Manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, says a man found the fawn, thought it was abandoned and took it into a bar to see if anybody else wanted to take it home. The fawn ended up in the hands of Arizona officials, though. And now, because it was ripped from its mother and depends on humans for survival, it will never be able to go back into the wild. Demlong said nobody knew the man who took the baby deer, so they won’t be pursuing an investigation.

ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — These days, the price of a San Francisco home can easily top a million dollars. But one savvy investor has bought up a whole street in the city’s most exclusive neighborhood and some of the extremely wealthy residents of Presidio Terrace aren’t very happy about it. Thanks to a city auction stemming from an unpaid tax bill, Bay Area real estate investor Michael Cheng, and his wife Tina Lam, bought the street and now own the sidewalks, the street itself and other areas of “common ground” in the private development. It turns out the homeowners association for Presidio Terrace failed to pay a $14-a-year property tax. The city put it in an online auction to regain $994 in back taxes, penalties and interest. The couple bid $90,100 and got it. Now, they could sell it back to the residents or they could even charge residents to park on their streets. Needless to say the residents aren’t very pleased. They want the sale rescinded.

SNOOZING SUSPECT

ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Police in West Texas say a robbery suspect is in custody after he was caught snoozing at the scene. An Abilene police statement says 20-year-old Kanyoni Sedekiya was armed with a gun at his apartment complex early Friday when he argued with his roommate, whom he bound as he demanded money. Then, he apparently fell asleep. The roommate managed to get free, slip to a neighbor’s apartment and summon police who arrested the sleepy suspect without incident.

HUMAN REMAINS-SEPTIC TANK

NEWBERRY, Fla. (AP) — A homeowner having problems with a septic system unearthed an unexpected find when investigating the cause: human remains. The Gainesville Sun reports that the remains were found by a septic repair company doing repairs yesterday at a house in Newberry, Florida. Alachua County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Sims tells the newspaper that a lab confirms the remains as human. Sims says a death investigation is underway. The current homeowner is not being investigated.

FLORIDA SINKHOLE

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Florida officials have condemned two more homes due to a Florida sinkhole, bringing the total to six homes that are now unlivable. Authorities in Pasco County, a suburban area north of Tampa, say the sinkhole opened up July 14. It is now about 260 feet wide at its widest point. Crews brought in earth to stabilize the banks. Once the edges are stabilized, workers hope to remove debris. Authorities hope to create a boat ramp so they can work from a barge, which will float on water in the sinkhole.

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