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Stolen Car Contained 300-pound Pig

A Nissan Cube was stolen in Youngstown, Ohio. The car, wrecked and abandoned, was recovered by police with Penelope the 300-pound pot-bellied pig still in the backseat. Crews towed the vehicle with Penelope inside. They left her in the vehicle until her owner could be reached. “I opened the door and when I looked in the back [...]

Thanks to Daylight Savings Time, Man Gets Ticketed for Two DUIs at the Same Time

At 1:08 AM last Sunday, a man in Urbana, Ohio was cited for drunk driving. Then, precisely one hour later at 1:08 AM, he was cited for the same offense: Exactly one hour later, while on patrol in the municipal parking lot off of the 100 block of Miami Street, Sgt. Reese saw the same vehicle [...]

15 Suspicious Packages That Were Definitely Not Explosives

Getty Images Reports of suspicious packages are common across the United States. Police take all reports seriously — as they should — and they look into every unmanned briefcase or wayward box. More often than not, abandoned gym bags just wind up being lost gym bags. Here are 15 fairly recent suspicious package reports from alert [...]

Cold War: The Legal Battle Between Good Humor and the Popsicle Corporation

Advances in refrigeration technology led to an explosion in the world of ice creams and other frozen treats in the early 1900s. The ice cream cone, ice cream bar, Eskimo Pie, disposable ice cream cup, and ice pop were all invented or popularized within the first two decades of the century. Just a few years [...]

R.I.P. Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the surface of the moon, has died. He gave the world a quote on that occasion on July 20, 1969, that will live in history:  “That is one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong’s family released a statement through NASA. Here is [...]

The Missing Links: Is Lake Erie Wrecking English?

Stickmen May Not Have Organs, But They Do Have Feelings The plight of the stickman doesn’t get nearly enough attention these days. Please be warned, his inevitable fate does produce a few NSFW phrases. * Dr. Seuss Was An Oil Man Before he created the beloved books you know him for, Dr. Seuss created ads for the [...]

Hartman’s Historical Rock Garden

Hartman’s Historical Rock Garden in Springfield, Ohio is one of those roadside attractions you should see if you’re in the neighborhood. It began as one man’s hobby that over time grew into an amazing creation. The art project dates from 1932, when Harry George Hartman lost his job during the Great Depression. The molder occupied his [...]

A Gun Designed to Fit inside a Coffin and Shoot Grave Robbers

In the America of a century ago, grave robbing was a lucrative business. The deceased didn’t seem to mind, but their living relatives did. So they often went to great lengths to secure the bodies, including the use of steel cages.  But the best defense is a strong offense, so the more serious graveyard keepers used guns [...]

The Flying Pinto That Killed Its Inventor

Image credit: Doug Duncan The flying car has been invented over and over again. The problem is, each iteration has fallen somewhere on the line between amusing failure and outright disaster. Perhaps the most infamous example was the AVE Mizar, a.k.a. the “Flying Pinto,” which killed its inventor on an early voyage. Those Magnificent Men in Their [...]

“Weed Dating”

The rural equivalent of “speed dating,” this activity was developed to allow single people with at least a modicum of interest in gardening to meet others interested in outdoor activities. The women were given a crash course in how to identify a weed versus a vegetable or fruit, and then instructed to pass that information along [...]