Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Newsrooms are, in my experience, home to some of the strangest conversations on the planet. Case in point: this gem from the Associated Press which spurred a half-hour, on-and-0ff debate about what constitutes animal cruelty and where to draw that line.

Do we prosecute frat boys for eating dozens of live goldfish? What if I just like my steak very rare (yes, for the record I do want it to moo) and shouldn't we just prosecute this rat-munching lameo simply for being stupid enough to post a video of his 'achievement?'

Utah rat eater has animal cruelty charge dismissed
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah man who is no longer facing charges for eating a live baby rat says the act was grotesque, but shouldn’t be considered as animal cruelty.
Prosecutors charged Andy Ray Harris with animal cruelty in April, after authorities viewed a posted Facebook video of him eating what appeared to be the baby rat. The 31-year-old Tooele man says he ate the rat on a dare.
Prosecutors argued the baby rat deserved protections because it wasn’t wild and it was killed in a way that is not an accepted fashion.
Harris says it was not animal cruelty because the rat was going to be eaten by a snake. He also says rats don’t have legal protections because they are pests.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Proud day in NM politics

I usually don't dip my toes into the political realm of odd news. But the latest dust-up out of Sunland Park needs a little light shed.

Today, Sun-News reporter Reyes Mata III has an excellent set of reports on the apparent inability of the elected officials, including the mayor and council, to behave above a third-grade level during public meetings. It's simply not how we expect our leaders (public employees) to behave.

Here's a link to the whole, ugly mess that unfolded Monday night and into Tuesday, with a call for the state to take over the municipality and police stepping in to calm the situation.

Click the main story and look for 'related content' to see the rest of the mess.

Stay classy, NM politicos. Stay classy.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Who knew?

Who knew?

According to this British report, us Yanks were working on a plan to kick them out of Canada back in the 1930s. Apparently, they owed us some dough for the war and the folks at home were very grumpy. I'm glad we all got over that one!

Here's the dish from the Daily Mail.

"In 1930, a mere nine years before the outbreak of World War Two, America drew up proposals specifically aimed at eliminating all British land forces in Canada and the North Atlantic, thus destroying Britain's trading ability and bringing the country to its knees."

FDR put the smack-down on the plan as well as other domestic and foreign scenarios.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Can I get extra Arby-sauce with my Monet?

Two Tennessee women are charged with stealing two pieces of 'artwork' from an Arby's restaurant. Johnson City Press reports "a picture of pears in a wooden frame and a piece of metal wall art installed during remodeling" of the sammich-shop were valued at $1,200.

You have got to be kidding me. No wonder my 'tater-cakes-with-horsey-sauce cost me $12.95 yesterday.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Fair fare

You know I've got a weakness for fair food -- anything deep fried, on a stick, eat-between-the-barn-and-midway dining at it's finest.

Here's the latest entries from my carny-cook friends in the Lone Star State. Belly up for fried bubblegum, fried salsa, and buffalo chicken flapjacks.

God bless Texas.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Dude abides.

I never knew tortoises wore spurs, but this is Las Cruces. Here's a happy ending to a missing critter story. Possibly the best slow-speed chase we've had a chance to report on lately. Enjoy, at your leisure.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Due for services rendered

We get a fair amount of crazy reports here in humble Las Cruces. Here's a beaut.

A woman is refusing to pay the hospital for a police-ordered, um, body cavity search. She remains unnamed because she was never charged. Her lawyer wants the county to wipe out the bill.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

At least the goat pooped before getting into the cop car

It's been a while since I've shared a chuckle. But, I just found this gem that brought a much-needed belly-laugh. It feels a little wrong to post it right after a tribute to Lucille Ball, but I think she'd get a kick out of it.

According to MSNBC, Portland police butted into a kidnapping and kept the crooks from getting someone's goat. The goat-grabbers got away, but the kid's all good.

Bonus quotes:
"We come out and there's one guy inside the fence handing over this little goat right here to two other men on the other side of the fence."

"They're like 'oh, we're just gonna take it to a party - we'll bring it back by the morning' and we're just like, 'no you aren't.'"

Don't worry, the goat used the dime from her nanny to call the cops. She's no longer on the lam.

Believe it or don't. Read to the bottom line of the story for the punchline.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

You got some 'splainin' to do!

The late, great Lucille Ball would have turned 100 Saturday. I know this isn't odd news, but we at "Stranger Than Fiction" think it's a good time to pay tribute to one of the great talents of our time.

From the Vitameatavegimin foibles to the cow in the boiler and hawking beef out of a baby carriage, she defined physical comedy and wore it with grace - on and off the screen.

So, here is a collection of previously unpublished photos of Lucy, courtesy of

Thanks for the laughs, Red.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Chupacabras suck

Here's one from (and for) my South Texas friends - A sharpshooting teen spotted and dropped a critter he thinks is the infamous goat-sucker (Chupacabra to you cryptozoologists). I'll wait for NCIS's Abby Shuto to solve this case.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

We're losing the bacon war

China is tapping their strategic pork reserve to prevent prices from going hog-wild. Forget Big Oil, we must stockpile bacon.

Read more about this national threat as reported by The Wall Street Journal -

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Well, we've confirmed the desert heat has hit at least a couple of folks in Southern New Mexico. Failed ninjas and nekkid burglars - what reporter could ask for more?

Last week, we were treated to the exploits of a ninja dork in South County. I know some folks are skinny. But, trying to hide behind a 2-inch sapling speaks poorly of your ninja skills.

Or, you could burgle an apartment at 9 a.m. -- in the nude. At least the victim (who got an eyeful -- and a great dinner story to tell later) offered a set of boxer shorts to the perp before trying to get him out of the house.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

shampoo siblings

The next time you want to fling shampoo at your brother, consider the fate of Jonathan Pippert, who is facing up to two years in jail due to prior convictions and Jared Pippert, who is facing up to 90 days.

And, if you are 27 and 32 years old, you should probably have moved out of Mom's house by now.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

This food isn't fair

I love fair-food. Deep fried, on a stick, eaten off a greasy paper plate that just can't hold it's Crisco.

Now, I've been bested. This is one gut-bomb I wouldn't risk under the best of circumstances, much less before jumping on a rollercoaster.

Please note, this is not for the weak of stomach or faint of heart.

It's a maggot sammich.

The Sacramento Bee reports that's the latest midway munchy at this year's California State Fair.

I'll stick to roasted corn and a brat, thanks.

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