Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott says college students need to be steered toward degrees with better job prospects.

He says, "You want to use your tax dollars to educate more people who can't get jobs in anthropology?"

Turns out it's an issue that hits close to home for Gov. Scott -- whose daughter has a degree in anthropology from Virginia's College of William and Mary.

And whether or not she could find a job in anthropology -- she didn't end up going into that field. Instead, she was a special education teacher who has now enrolled in an MBA program.

As for all those anthropologists out there -- a spokesman for the governor says it's nothing personal. He was just pointing out that there's a high demand for grads who've studied engineering, math, science and technology.


BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- The strike is over in the Colombian town of Barbacoas. And the men must be pretty happy about it.

The women in the town called a sex strike on June 22nd. They said they would deny their partners sex until authorities began paving a 35-mile road linking the town of 35,000 people with the provincial capital.

Finally, army engineers have begun work on the road. It'll cut travel time by at least six hours.

And that's a good thing -- since it appears that the couples who live there will have something else to do with all the time they save.

The local mayor insists that the protest was honored. He says his wife slept in a separate room -- and he's ready to take a lie detector test to prove it.


ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) -- Her ad said she was new in town, and "looking for Mary Jane."

Police in Roswell, N.M., thought it was surprising that someone would post that kind ad on Craigslist, looking to buy marijuana. But they say that's just what the woman was looking for.

According to a TV station (KOB), police arrested Anamicka Dave after officers who were posing as sellers arranged to meet her through text messages.

Officers were so suspicious of the ad, they thought it might be from another police agency, carrying out a sting.


LONDON (AP) -- A marathon runner who achieved a personal best time in a race Sunday near Newcastle, England, had some help.

Rob Sloan is admitting that he took the bus part of the way. He initially denied it, but eventually admitted hitching a ride on the spectator bus.

Organizers say the 31-year-old former army mechanic dropped out of the race at the 20-mile mark, boarded the bus, and emerged from a woodland area in the final stages to finish in third place.

The bus ride explains his final time of 2 hours and 51 minutes -- which is 21 minutes faster than he's ever run a marathon.


SLICKVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Zoo officials in Pennsylvania are hoping to see this alligator sooner rather than later.

They've set up a trap, in hopes of capturing an alligator that has been spotted on the shores of a reservoir near Pittsburgh.

They think it used to be someone's pet.

Officials were initially planning to just let the gator fall victim to the cold weather. But after a public outcry, they decided on a more humane approach.

The trap will be set on a sunny spot near where the alligator was last seen.


DETROIT (AP) -- Police in Detroit have finally caught up with the "Booty Lounge."

They say the party bus operated illegally as a strip club serving football fans at a popular tailgating spot.

The Detroit News and WDIV-TV say the bus was parked Monday near Ford Field, where the Lions played the Chicago Bears. Police say it was cited for not having a state safety inspection, and because the driver didn't have a commercial license.

The operator of the bus has said Detroit has no ordinance against "mobile entertainment clubs."

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