Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

50 SHADES OF GREY MARKETING

NEW YORK (AP) — "Fifty Shades of Grey" is turning into 50 shades of green. From classical music to sex toys, marketers are cashing in on the risque best-seller. EMI Music is feeling the love. It's putting out "Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album" next month in partnership with author E L James. Trojan, the condom company, was giving away free vibrators last week on the streets of Manhattan. The sex toys were handed out from "pleasure carts" like the ones used for selling hot dogs. The crowds were so big the city shut them down temporarily. Trojan says 10,000 vibrators were given away over two days.

DRIVING MR. RYAN

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — College student Curt Myers made a special delivery this summer. But it wasn't a pizza. He delivered a candidate. The 19-year-old from Brookline, Mass., picked up Republican Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin at an airport and drove him to the Myers family home outside Boston. That's where Ryan met with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Six days later, Romney formally announced that Ryan would be his running mate. Myers is the son of Romney adviser Beth Myers. Sending her to pick up Ryan could have tipped off the media. So, the campaign sent Curt, a summer staffer. He tells the Daily Gazette of Schenectady, New York, that Ryan was "relaxed and down to earth."

SUSPECT TACKLED

ROGERS, Minn. (AP) — John Daiker doesn't play football anymore, but he still knows how to tackle. The former college lineman sacked a robbery suspect outside a Minnesota convenience store. Daiker was getting gas the other night. He says he saw a teenager who was "obviously up to no good." The 38-year-old Daiker says when he saw the teen had a gun, he tackled him and then got him in a headlock until police arrived. Daiker is 6-3 and weighs 270. He tells the Star Tribune plowing into the suspect felt "pretty good," like getting to the quarterback.

FAKE COUNTY TRUCK-MARIJUANA

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The pot is real -- but the truck is a fake. Authorities in southern Arizona report finding nearly 1,800 pounds of the illegal weed in a phony local government truck. The truck had been made to look like it belonged the Santa Cruz County government, with fake decals on the doors. U.S. Border Patrol agents found it abandoned earlier this week. The pot was hidden underneath a black piece of plywood in the truck bed. Authorities put the value of the marijuana at $875,000.

BURGLARS REDECORATE

BARTON, Vt. (AP) — The crime wasn't quite breaking and entering. More like breaking and redecorating. Police in the Vermont town of Barton report no books were taken after a break-in at the public library. But the furniture was rearranged. The furniture was piled in a pyramid about 20 feet high. The only thing missing is a date stamp used to check out books.

JAIL LETTER BAN

SAN DIEGO (AP) — No more jail snail mail -- at least for prisoners in San Diego County. Sheriff Bill Gore is banning letters to inmates at the county jail. Officials say drugs, weapons and other contraband had been hidden inside letters. Inmates are still allowed to receive postcards. Letters to inmates from lawyers, courts and law enforcement agencies are exempt from the new rule.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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