Strange but True – not fake news for August 16, 2017

GUNSHOT SELFIE

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It’s a whole new take on the term “snap shot.” A Florida man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for accidentally shooting a gun while taking a selfie in a strip club restroom. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa says Sorn had pleaded guilty in April to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Sorn, who is an Asian Pride Gang member, prior felony convictions for burglary and attempted first-degree murder. Court documents say Sorn was at Club Lust in St. Petersburg in December when his gun went off. The bullet went through the mirror and into the adjacent women’s restroom. No injuries were reported. But police showed up and officers found a handgun, ammunition and drugs on Sorn.

ECLIPSE-EXPERIENCE IT

NEW YORK (AP) — An astrophysicist has a suggestion for anyone with a view of next week’s solar eclipse: Put down your smartphones and take in the phenomenon yourself. Neil deGrasse Tyson told an audience at New York’s American Museum of Natural History to “Experience this one emotionally, psychologically, physically.” And if you can’t get ahold of special glasses to see it safely, then try holding a spaghetti strainer to the ground and looking at the images it creates below, like a pinhole camera. August 21st will be the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cut a coast-to-coast path across the United States.

GOAT YOGA

BURLINGTON, Wisc.(AP) —Yoga classes are popping up across the U.S. which include playful goats. At a recent class at Oak Hollow Acres farm in Burlington, Wisconsin, Bear Foot Yoga Healing instructor Megan MacCarthy advised participants to worry less about testing their physical ability and more about sharing their hearts. One of the farm’s owners, Abigail Lippmann, says they have had 20 to 45 people come for each session, which includes 15 goats, since they started in June. In Massachusetts, Sage Meadow Farm provides goats to Valley Hot Yoga in Easthampton. Farm co-owner Stan McCoy says 2,000 people tried to buy tickets for recent classes, which sold out.

SKYDIVER STUCK IN TREE

DUNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A skydiver who was blown off course in Massachusetts has been rescued after spending hours stuck about 70 feet up in a tree. Dunstable police said last night that the man has been removed from the tree more than two hours after rescue teams were first dispatched. Don Mayer, the airport manager at Pepperell Skydiving Center, tells WBZ-TV the man is an experienced diver who missed the landing area. He also says the man was embarrassed, but not seriously hurt.

KILLER’S CEMETERY EVICTION

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — It doesn’t happen very often, but it did in the case of Guillermo Aillon. He was an Army Vietnam veteran who was buried in the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery, but was later disinterred. Officials say they had his remains removed under a rare invocation of federal laws aimed at keeping murderers and rapists out of veterans’ burial grounds. They learned he had received a life sentence for killing his estranged wife and her parents in North Haven in 1972. The Department of Veterans Affairs says only one other person appears to have been exhumed from a U.S. veterans cemetery under the 2013 law.

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