Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

BIG TIP

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Aaron Collins is a big tipper.

He's already responsible for three tips of $500 each to restaurant servers. And that's just since he died.

The 30-year-old, who died earlier this month, left a will with instructions on what to do with his motorcycle and his artwork. And it said to leave an "awesome tip" -- like $500 on a pizza.

His brother Seth has set out to fulfill that wish -- not just once, but as many times as he can, with the help of donations from people inspired by Aaron Collins' dying act of charity. More than $47,000 has been collected so far through a Web site -- thanks, in part, to a video showing Seth Collins surprising a waitress with the $500. So, there are a lot more of those big tips coming.

TEACHER DRESS CODE

PHOENIX (AP) -- There's a new dress code taking effect at some public schools in the Phoenix area.

No extreme hairstyles. No facial piercings. No distracting tattoos.

And that's just for the teachers.

Officials in the Litchfield Elementary School District say the policy promotes modesty and professionalism. But some educators tell the Arizona Republic it's too restrictive. And they worry about how the rules will be enforced.

The police covers hundreds of elementary and middle-school teachers. The ban also includes some prohibitions that are common in other workplaces -- applying to rubber flip-flops, visible undergarments, bare midriffs and cleavage.

BROKEN MEDAL

LONDON (AP) -- A Brazilian man who won an Olympic bronze medal in judo Saturday was so proud of it, he carried it everywhere.

But now he's learned that he probably shouldn't have taken it into the shower with him. He dropped it while he tried to keep it from getting wet, and it broke.

Felipe Kitadai tells a Brazilian website the part that held the string is broken, so now he can't wear it around his neck. And he says there's a small dent in it.

The Brazilian Olympic Committee says it will request a new medal for him -- though it knows that the International Olympic Committee is under no obligation to give him one.

FIELD HOCKEY-BLUE TURF

LONDON (AP) There is nothing wrong with your television. The field being used by Olympic field hockey players really is blue, not green.

Normally, there's green turf and a white ball. But for the Olympics, field hockey officials opted for an electric blue surface with a hot pink border and a yellow ball -- to make the game easier to watch.

It's an eye-catching color scheme that fits right in with the London games. And it's grabbing some attention for a fringe sport that can use all the help it can get.

Some who've been watching the sport for years find it a bit jarring at first. But Australian player Mark Knowles says it makes field hockey stand out from sports played on that old-fashioned green.

OLYMPICS-STRICT MOTHER

LONDON (AP) -- Talk about strict parenting.

New Zealand kayaker Mike Dawson made the semifinals of the kayak slalom at the Olympics despite being given a two-second penalty by his mother Kay -- who is a judge at the games.

Dawson touched the fifth gate when going down the 18-gate Olympic course on Sunday, and his mother didn't hesitate to penalize her son. It was one of two two-second penalties Dawson received, but he still advanced to the semifinals.

Dawson joked that he was tempted to get his coach to put in a protest.

That would have made dinner time at the Dawsons even more awkward. His coach is his father, Les.

Dawson says his mother's penalty shows that she's not biased. And he says, "I wouldn't have it any other way."

OLYMPICS-MCCARTNEY

LONDON (AP) How much would it cost to get Paul McCartney to perform in a stadium?

Depends on which stadium, and when.

Normally, he might get millions. But for his performance at the Olympic opening ceremony -- where he led the crowd in singing "Hey Jude" -- McCartney was paid one British pound. That's about a dollar and a half.

Organizers say other star performers who took part also essentially donated their time. The only reason for the token payment was to make the contracts binding.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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