Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

PINBALL MUSEUM

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Pinball wizards will soon have a new place exercise their flipper fingers. The National Pinball Museum is set to open in downtown Baltimore. The museum lost its lease in Washington last summer. But the pinball museum will start welcoming visitors to its new location January 14th. The Baltimore Sun reports the first floor will feature the history of pinball, dating back to the 18th century. The second floor will have pinball machines from the 1940s that visitors can actually play. Museum founder David Silverman says he hopes to eventually add a theater, classrooms and additional exhibits.

DEAD GUY DAYS

NEDERLAND, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado's Frozen Dead Guy celebration lives. But this takes a little explaining. The Frozen Dead Guy Days celebration will continuing under a new owner. The Boulder Daily Camera reports Amanda MacDonald bought the rights to the festival to keep it in the town of Nederland. A Norwegian man died in 1989 at the age of 89. His family had the body packed in dry ice in hopes that future technology would be able to bring him back to life. The body has been in a shed in the Colorado town since 1993. For a decade, the Frozen Dead Guy has been the focus of an annual festival. The event features a parade of hearses, frozen salmon tossing and coffin races.

COMEDIAN-NEW MAYOR

HILLSBORO, Ohio (AP) -- Comedian Drew Hastings has a new gig. But he's not going for laughs. Hastings is now the mayor of Hillsboro, Ohio. The Hillsboro Times-Gazette reports he was sworn in yesterday. After doing Comedy Central and clubs across the country, Hastings says he wants to help his struggling town. Hastings says he hopes his visibility will bring jobs back to Hillsboro.

VINYL COLLECTORS

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Don't try telling Glen Wheeler about the advantages of digital sound. No MP3 players or even CDs for Wheeler. He prefers his music on classic vinyl. The Arkansas collector figures he has 50,000 to 60,000 records. He tells the Northwest Arkansas Times the 12-inch LP is the perfect art form. Each side holds about 25 minutes of music. Wheeler feels that's just right for rock 'n'roll. He says CDs are just too long to hold people's attention.

BUS DRIVER-BANK ROB

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon bus driver was keeping his eyes on the road and his passengers. Police in Eugene report the driver noticed a man changing clothes in the back of his bus. The passenger matched the description of a bank robbery suspect. So, the driver flagged down an officer on bike patrol for help. KEZI reports police busted the man allegedly using the bus for his getaway ride.

EXCHANGE-YOUTUBE TO PASTA

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- Ryan Raredon has gone from pouring concrete to making pasta. He knew he wanted a change, but didn't know exactly what he wanted to do. He enjoyed watching the Food Network, then taught himself how to make fresh pasta from YouTube videos. Today, Raredon is a partner in a gourmet food business in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He tells a local paper (Grand Rapids Press) they stock 20 pasta varieties, including pumpkin.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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