Thursday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) -- William Carruba has to wear pants to his senior prom. An Illinois school district is denying his request to wear a kilt to the big dance. William says he wanted to celebrate his family's Scottish heritage. He tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the kilt is made from the family tartan. School administrators say the kilt doesn't fit the district's dress code. William says he understands and will wear pants.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- If you want to look for Bigfoot -- you need a permit. That's the message two National Parks Service rangers had for Matt Pruitt. He was cited by the rangers when they found him leading a Bigfoot expedition at Buffalo National River in Arkansas. Pruitt tells a local paper (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) that he has paid a $525 fine. About 30 people paid him up to $500 apiece to look for the big, hairy fellow. Pruitt says he may have heard some Bigfoot sounds and might have caught a glimpse with a night vision device. Pruitt promises he'll file the needed paperwork before the next Sasquatch search.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Talk about a monster snake! A prehistoric snake the length of a school bus is going on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington. The National Museum of Natural History is opening an exhibit that features a life-size replica of a Titanoboa tomorrow. The fossil of the world's largest snake was found several years ago in a coal mine in Colombia. When it was alive, the snake weighed 2,500 pounds and was 48 feet long. It lived about 60 million years ago.


LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) -- It was the "Shot Heard `Round the World." Now a bit of Bobby Thomson's history-making at-bat is going up for auction. It's the cap Thomson wore when he hit his three-run homer in the bottom of ninth. The blast won the deciding third game of a 1951 playoff for the National League pennant. Thomson's drive off Ralph Branca beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-4. Fan Bernard Davies ran on the field and snatched the cap off Thomson's head. A grandson is selling the cap on behalf of the family. SCP auctions will be taking bids through May 19.


BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- It's moving -- the hard way. Tim Flores decided to forego a moving van when relocating in the Bellingham, Washington, area. He and his buddies moved all of his stuff -- by bike. They hauled a sofa, a dinette set and a bed five miles. He estimates they moved a ton of his things cross-town. Flores tells the Bellingham Herald he's been living car-free for a decade. So, he didn't want to give in to a motorized move. He adds his bike caravan must have looked pretty crazy.


GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) -- A diet heavy on pizza and corn dogs would cause most anybody to gain weight -- including Flash the basset hound. David Capps and son Jacob say their dog likes to raid the fridge. They say he once took a box of frozen corn dogs into the yard and ate them all. Now, Flash is working off the pounds as part of The Biggest Loser: Pet Edition. The diet and exercise regime is designed by Tara Lynn, a veterinary tech at the Animal Medical Center in Gillette, Wyoming. The Capps tell a local paper (Gillette News Record) Flash has dropped almost 16 pounds in just six weeks.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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