Monday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

MAHER-METS

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets have been the butt of jokes for much of their existence. Now they have a comedian helping to run things. Bill Maher has bought into the team -- and he claims he already has helped. He says that since buying a share of the team and coming to town to have a look at his new investment this past weekend, Johan Santana threw the franchise's first no-hitter. Says Maher: "draw your own conclusions." Maher was asked if he'd urge fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld, another longtime Mets fan, to invest. He said: "He's sure got more money than I do."

THE BIG FLUSH

LUCAS, Kansas (AP) -- You might not think of Lucas, Kansas, as a place to stop while traveling -- unless, of course, you need to stop to answer nature's call. Now, the town has a reason you'll want to go there -- even if you don't have to go. It boasts of a new public restroom. It's located in Bowl Plaza -- and is shaped like a toilet tank. The entrance looks like an upraised toilet seat lid. And as if that wasn't enough, the walkways to and from the potties are shaped like an unfurled roll of toilet paper. The loo opened Saturday with events like a toilet seat toss and games featuring empty toilet paper rolls.

ELVIS-THE DOG YEARS?

ASCHAFFENBURG, Germany (AP) -- Elvis has left the pipe. The "Elvis" in this case is a Jack Russell terrier in Aschaffenburg, Germany. And he got out of a pipe at an old waterworks after firefighters rescued him. The owner says he thinks Elvis must have spotted a lizard or something and chased it into the pipe -- only to get stuck. Elvis' owner tried unsuccessfully to free him -- and it took firefighters more than six hours to get him out. At one point, a camera was dropped into the pipe to locate the dog and see how he was doing. Eventually workers were able to get Elvis out by putting plastic tubes into the pipe and pushing him outside to freedom.

CPR RESCUE

HONOLULU (AP) -- A 2-year-old Hawaiian girl is alive -- thanks to a woman who had just had her infant CPR certificate renewed. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/KWriPF) reports Momi Wilkins was at the pool with her 9-year-old daughter and three other children Saturday when she saw the 2-year-old face down at the bottom of the pool. She jumped in, pulled the child out and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. The newspaper says the child was taken to a hospital in serious condition, but has since improved to stable condition. Wilkins says she renewed her certification last week because she had just taken a job as a cruise director.

STUCK BANK BANDIT

OAK LAWN, Illinois (AP) -- He got the loot -- but botched the getaway. Authorities near Chicago say a man busted into a bank and grabbed $100,000 -- only to get stuck in an air duct on his way out. Charles Estell was found early yesterday in an air duct in an office next to the bank. Officials in Oak Lawn, Illinois say Estell robbed the bank Saturday afternoon after entering the vault from the ceiling. The workers say he also escaped through the ceiling, but didn't get far. After a search, the suspect was found in the duct. Before authorities could cut him loose, they had to remove the wig of dreadlocks he had on. Estell faces a felony count of bank robbery; he could get up to 20 years if convicted.

SMUGGLED SONGBIRD

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- This songbird didn't bother waiting wait to get to court to blow the whistle on wrongdoing. Passengers on a recent flight from Taiwan to California found they had unexpected company: a songbird which hopped up and down the aisle before being captured. The bird was seized by customs officials once the flight landed in Los Angeles on May 27. Authorities believe the bird was part of a failed animal smuggling attempt. It's unclear who might have been the culprit. Officials checked all of the passengers, crew and carry-on bags, but found no sign of the alleged smuggler.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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