Mother, daughter destroy sculpture at exhibit opening

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Date: August 30th, 2018

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swingHarrisburg artist Sean Matthews worked for nearly two years to design and create his exhibit titled, “Recycled Play,” which features children’s playthings transformed into conceptual art.

His main piece, called “Fair and Square,” featured a life-sized swing set and required 60 hours of welding alone, to suspend two chains in mid-air simulating the scales of justice. The piece inspired by his own four daughters was insured for $5,000.

But ten minutes into the grand opening of the exhibit Aug. 17 at the Susquehanna Art Museum, a mother and daughter dismantled the piece in mere seconds.

The women walked under the swing set, grabbed the swings, and pulled them down, ruining the installation.

“I looked away for a moment and then, boom, it’s down,” said Alice Anne Schwab, the museum director. “The swings were swinging…We were just devastated. The visitors mistakenly assumed they were supposed to play on the swings that were suspended.”

Schwab said she told the women they could not touch the art, but the women then strolled to the back of the museum, where they picked up an “hourglass” sand clock, which was part of a different sculpture, even though that exhibit also had a “no-touch” label on the wall.

Although museum officials posted labels and printed an informative guide that explained the meaning behind the exhibit, the women apparently didn’t see the signs. And it’s clear from video surveillance that the women didn’t pick up the available guides.

The women reportedly told Schwab that they believed they were supposed to touch everything.

 

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Woman in ‘mock wedding’ tricked into marrying stranger

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Date: August 30th, 2018

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mockA woman claims she was deceived into marrying a stranger in a “mock” wedding in China.

The 21-year-old unidentified woman, from Hong Kong, said she was asked to play a bride in a mock wedding as part of training in order to become a wedding planner, the BBC reported Wednesday.

The woman originally signed up to be a make-up artist after seeing a post on Facebook. However, she was convinced by the firm to become a wedding planner instead because she could make more money. She received a week of free training in Hong Kong before traveling to the Chinese province of Fujian for the mock wedding.

However, as the simulated wedding went on, she and the groom signed a real marriage document. She was told by the company that the marriage would be voided after, the South China Morning Post reported.

The woman did not realize she was married until she returned to Hong Kong and sought legal help.

“It’s a new form of marriage scam,” Tong Kamgyiu, the director of the Rights and Benefits Committee of the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions, told the BBC. “I feel disappointed and cannot believe it’s even happening in modern Hong Kong.”

It was not immediately clear who the woman was married to but she may have to “apply for a divorce,” the BBC reported. Each year, an average of 1,000 Hong Kong-China marriage scam cases occur, according to the outlet.

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Man tumbles from car on I-394; patrol needs help finding vehicle

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Date: August 30th, 2018

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A man fell from a moving vehicle onto a west metro freeway Monday morning, and the State Patrol is trying to figure out why. Did he jump or just fall? Was he thrown?

394Authorities are looking for the vehicle involved in the incident, which occurred about 5:45 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 394 in the vicinity of Louisiana Avenue between Golden Valley and St. Louis Park.

A patrol spokeswoman said investigators have little information about the vehicle, other than it may have been a Lincoln crossover or similar light-colored vehicle.

It was not clear how many people were in the vehicle, which was moving at freeway speeds when the victim tumbled to the pavement, said Lt. Tiffani Nielson.

The victim, identified as 30-year-old William Watson of Minneapolis, was taken to North Memorial Health Hospital in Robbinsdale with critical injuries.

Traffic was light at the time of the incident, which was caught on MnDOT traffic cameras. Authorities closed two westbound lanes of I-394 for about an hour just as the rush hour began.

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A guy riding a motorized horse is the new hero of this quiet N.J. town

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Date: August 30th, 2018

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horseWhen Mindy Weiss Affronti pulled up to the bank drive-thru two weeks ago and saw a man atop a robotic horse at the teller window, she did a double take.

Then she took his picture.

The friendly cowboy smiled, happy to oblige, before riding off. Left in the stupor of what she had seen, Affronti did what any other rational person would do: She posted the photo on social media.

And so began the newfound fame of Steve Bacque, the self-proclaimed Crazy Cranford Cowboy.

Bacque’s trusty steed is a golf cart motor powered by four electric batteries, which Bacque charges up in his garage every night, all covered up and outfitted to look like a horse. He named it Charger.

Charger can do about 15 miles per hour and can handle up to 600 pounds. He even has a wheelie bar in the back, which is “not just for show,” Bacque warns. Yes, this motorized horse can pop a (small) wheelie.

Charger turns left and right with the reins and even brakes when you pull back on them. A key turns him on, and a gas pedal sets him in motion.

I took him for a spin around the barrels, and let me tell you, it was a thrill.

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Missing monkey turns up at McDonald’s in Sweden

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Date: August 30th, 2018

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monkeyA monkey suspected to have been stolen from a Swedish zoo turned up hours later at a McDonald’s in the area.

The Universeum science center in Gothenburg confirmed the Goeldi’s marmoset, which was found to be missing from the center’s zoo around noon Wednesday, turned up at a McDonald’s in the Frolunda area at 10:40 p.m.

“We think it’s the same one, but I guess there aren’t that many monkeys out and about at the moment,” police spokesman Peter Nordengard told TT/The Local.

Nordengard said the marmoset, which is believed to have been left at or near the restaurant by the person who took it from Universeum, did not cause a major disturbance at the restaurant and was said by witnesses to be friendly and well-behaved.

The tiny South American animal appeared to be unharmed, but Universeum officials said it would be examined by a veterinarian Thursday as a precaution.

Police are reviewing security camera footage from the exhibit as well as the McDonald’s in the hopes of identifying the monkey’s abductor.

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Man Fired at a ‘Ghost’ During ‘Home Invasion’

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Date: August 29th, 2018

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ghostA self-described paranormal investigator is facing charges after firing a gun at a masked intruder he later conceded could have been a ghost, state police said.

Christian J. Devaux, 25, of 71 Old Post Road, was arrested Friday following a motor vehicle stop in Vernon, where officers found there was a warrant for his arrest. He was later charged with illegal discharge of a firearm, making a false statement to police, second-degree reckless endangerment, misusing an emergency call, and disorderly conduct.

According to an affidavit supporting his arrest, Devaux dialed 911 early on the morning of July 26 to report that a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a mask and holding a rifle had broken into his home. While still on the line with dispatchers, Devaux could be heard yelling “Hey!” and firing two shots in an apparent attempt to scare off the intruder, troopers said.

Investigators who arrived at Devaux’s home, however, said they found no evidence that his residence had been broken into or that the mysterious man described in the 911 call was anywhere to be found.

A trained dog failed to pick up a scent in the area, the affidavit states, and a canvass of the street turned up nothing suspicious. In addition, neighbors said they did not hear or see anything that morning that would have raised an alarm, except for the two gunshots fired by Devaux.

Troopers also found problems with Devaux’s sworn statement, where he described firing the two bullets as warning shots that he intentionally aimed over the intruder’s head. Investigators found that scenario unlikely, however, after a ballistic analysis showed that the two bullets had punctured a wall in Devaux’s home less than three feet off the floor.

After state police uncovered even more inconsistencies — including shell casings discovered in front of Devaux’s supposed firing location — Devaux told troopers that “there are some things he just can’t explain, like seeing ghosts.”

Devaux then told state police that he has been a paranormal investigator for five or six years and most recently encountered an apparition at the former Mansfield Training School and Hospital, investigators said. Devaux said that while he did not want to be considered “insane,” he had to allow for the possibility that the intruder was of supernatural origin.

When a trooper at the scene asked Devaux if they could both agree that no one had been in Devaux’s house earlier that morning and that he may have seen a ghost, Devaux replied, “It had to be,” according to the warrant.

State police said Devaux had made a strikingly similar report about a phantom home invader back in 2011. In that incident, Devaux reported that he heard a loud bang and found a stranger in his home. A canvass of the area also turned up nothing.

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For $450, This Japanese Company Will Quit Your Job For You

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Date: August 29th, 2018

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quitStressed out, overworked, or just over it: Workers in Japan who want to leave their jobs — but don’t want to face the stress of quitting in person — are paying a company called Exit to tell their bosses that they won’t be back.

People hoping to never set foot in their workplace again pay Exit $450 to help them quit their full-time jobs; those who have had it with part-time work can pay around $360. And as Alex Martin reports for Japan Times, “Repeat clients get a [$90] discount.”

Based in Tokyo, Exit is part of a startup run by two childhood friends, Yuichiro Okazaki and Toshiyuki Niino. They started their company last year, and it is reportedly turning a profit.

“There’s definitely demand out there,” Okazaki told Martin. He added, “Personally, I’m perplexed as to why people find it hard to quit, but I do sense that this atmosphere is prevalent in Japan.”

While the company’s message stresses the new potential of changing environments, its logo — a figure running out of a door — suggests it is also aware some clients are simply desperate to get out of their current situation.

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Pair stole trash cans around Santa Fe

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Date: August 29th, 2018

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canTwo New Mexico men are facing charges after police say the pair went on a spree of stealing trash cans around Santa Fe.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports 50-year-old Kenneth Brooks and 19-year-old Nicola Weydeveld were arrested Sunday after a security guard spotted them pushing rolling trash carts with trash cans inside from the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

A criminal complaint says police found the two men next to the two carts with other trash carts loaded inside.

Court documents say Weydeveld told police he intended to use the trash carts for personal use.

Police say one stolen bin was valued at more than $3,200.

The men were ordered held on an unsecured bond of $2,500 each on larceny charges.

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Supermarket shopper shocked by surprise snake on cart

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Date: August 29th, 2018

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snakeA woman shopping for groceries says she was surprised to find a snake on her shopping cart while picking out produce at a New York supermarket.

Laura Walitsky says she was at Wegmans in Pittsford on Monday evening when her daughter spotted the hitchhiking reptile wrapped on the bottom of her cart. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reports the woman then walked the cart outside and had her daughter tell customer service there was a snake on it.

Walitsky was able to flag down two employees who removed the snake and placed it in a nearby wooded area. A Wegmans spokesperson said in a statement that “this was an isolated incident.”

Biology professor Bradley Cosentino identified the pictured snake as a non-venomous milk snake, a common snake species.

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UPS delivery foiled by ‘bear in driveway’

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Date: August 29th, 2018

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bearA North Carolina UPS driver’s “sorry we missed you” note is going viral after listing the reason a package couldn’t be delivered: “bear in driveway.”

Marcy Lanier posted a photo to Facebook showing the note a UPS driver left in the mailbox at her Asheville home after being unable to deliver a package.

“Bear in driveway,” the terse note reads.

Lanier said the note was left in her mailbox, which is out by the road, instead of at her front door.

“On the street. We get bears all the time,” she told WLOS-TV.

“So there was a bear in the driveway, so he couldn’t drop it off on my front porch.

He normally drops my packages on my front porch. So that’s how it happened. He could stay safe in his truck, on the road,” she said.

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Bloomington, IL Strip Club Closed After Severe Diarrhea Incident On Stage

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Date: August 28th, 2018

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diarrheaA popular strip club in Bloomington, Illinois has been closed until further notice after several dancers contracted diarrhea last night. The cause of the incident has been initially linked to a contaminated buffet at the venue. While investigations continue, the venue has not been named.

The strip club was nearly full when the incident occurred, and both staff and customers were reported to have eaten from the free buffet. According to a witness at the venue, three dancers were performing on separate poles when the first sign of trouble emerged.

“At first I picked up a bad smell; I thought maybe the guy next to me had farted,” said the witness, who declined to be named. “However, the smell got worse and I noticed that a lot of other guys were looking around to see what it was.”

It was at this point that the first dancer to suffer from diarrhea was unable to control her bowels any longer, and ‘a stream of brown liquid soon gushed over the stage’. “It was absolutely disgusting. A number of guests immediately puked.”

Some of the guests also contracted diarrhea and there was a rush on the men’s room, which unfortunately did not have enough stalls to cope with the sudden influx in demand.

Cleaners who were hired to deal with the mess reportedly were shocked at the condition of the venue. “Strip clubs are generally dirty places, but this was on a whole new level,” said one of the cleaning staff. “In my time, I’ve seen faeces in a urinal once or twice, but never in the sinks.”

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Man Accused of Serial Dining-and-Dashing, Leaving Women He Met Online to Foot Bill, Faces 10 Felony Counts

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Date: August 28th, 2018

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dineA man lambasted as the “dine-and-dash dater” after being accused of meeting women at restaurants across the Los Angeles area only to leave them with the bill pleaded not guilty to charges of theft and extortion on Monday, prosecutors said.

Paul Guadalupe Gonzales, 45, allegedly connected with a string of women through dating apps and websites and invited them out to dinner between May 2016 and this April with the intent of using them as a meal ticket, the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

He arranged dates at restaurants in Pasadena, Long Beach, Burbank and Los Angeles, where he ordered and consumed food and drinks, then disappeared before the bill had been paid, the DA’s office said.

Eight women told prosecutors they’d footed the bill, one of them under the belief that Gonzales would pay her back. And at least twice, the restaurant paid its own check — making those businesses victims in the criminal complaint, officials said.

In total, Gonzales is accused of defrauding the women of more than $950.

He’s also charged with receiving hair salon services, then leaving before paying.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Gonzales on July 3, an inmate records show he was taken into custody Saturday, Aug. 25, in Pasadena.

He was subsequently charged with seven counts of extortion, two counts of attempted extortion and one count of grand theft — all felonies. He also faces two misdemeanor counts each of defrauding an innkeeper and petty theft.

If convicted as charged, the defendant could spend up to 13 years in state prison, prosecutors said.

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Florida security guard documents farts online for 6 months, gets fired immediately

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Date: August 28th, 2018

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fartAre farts funny? History has long tussled with this question, and it won’t be answered today.

However, if farts are or can be funny, then they are certainly funny in the story of “Paul Flart,” a 31-year-old security guard at a Florida hospital who has quietly documented his many, many farts on Instagram for the past six months.

The variety of farts is gobsmacking—quick, drawn-out, sometimes throaty and sometimes viscous—and Flart himself seems to be both delighted and troubled by the flatulence he unleashes.

Vice got in touch with the guy, whose real name is Doug.

He started the job after moving from New Jersey to help his mom out, and found he had a lot of free time while sitting around at the front desk.

“The lobby has really great acoustics, and naturally, we all fart,” he told Vice, omitting the fact that while we all fart we do not all fart like he does.

“One day I ripped a rather nice one and got really good sound from it, so the next time it happened I recorded it and sent it to my group chat.” He credits the group chat with innovating his name, and the rest is history.

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Man tries to roll under passing freight train ‘like in the movies,’ Utah police say

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Date: August 28th, 2018

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Impatience apparently drove a man waiting for a passing freight train at a Salt Lake City railroad crossing to a rash decision Saturday evening, police told The Salt Lake Tribune.

train“It looks like he just squatted down and tried to roll underneath it, like in the movies or something,” Lt. Russ Amott of the Salt Lake City Police Department told KUTV.

A video of the incident, shot by a nearby railroad camera, shows the man, believed to be in his 30s, trying to time his move to roll between the wheels of the 15 mph train, reported The Deseret News.

But he was caught up in the train’s wheels and killed between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Saturday, police told KSTU.

The train operator realized something had happened and stopped the train, police told The Deseret News. The man was not carrying identification and police are trying to identify him. Based on their review of the video, police do not suspect suicide.

“From video he looks like he was just trying to get from one side to the other and became impatient,” Arnott told KUTV.

The incident delayed transit service on the rail line until about 7:30 p.m., KSTU reported.

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Large European hornets’ nest removed from car in Ohio

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Date: August 28th, 2018

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nestEuropean Hornets have been removed after building a large nest in a car in Ohio, in a scene that looked like a horror movie.

Travis Watson, who owns The Bee Man, was called into action after the nest was found inside the El Camino on Sunday.

Watson tells WJW-TV the queens emerge from hibernation in April and it takes a long time to get workers in the nest. Once the queen starts to only lay eggs the nest starts growing quite rapidly in July.

Watson says the hornets aggressively defend the nest and can sting repeatedly. He wore a triple-layer suit and sting-proof gloves while he blowing a powder into the nest.

He removed the nest and disposed of it because, he says, the hornets do not pollinate like honey bees.

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