Tuesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- James Peterson probably will want to keep his hands down for a while. He's trying to claim a new Guinness record for fist pumping. The northeast Ohio man did it for 16-hours straight, beginning Friday and ending early Saturday. The Akron Beacon Journal reports the record attempt was recorded by a video crew and submitted to the Guinness people for verification. The unemployed electrician wasn't taking any chances that a fist pump might become a wave by mistake. Peterson super-glued his hand into a clenched fist just to make sure.


GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (AP) -- It's the battle of the exes. New York state Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel is being challenged by her ex, Mark Schimel. She's a Democrat and he's a Republican. Michelle Schimel charges the G-O-P is trying to manipulate a personal family matter. But a Long Island Republican leader tells Newsday the party has been assured it will be a dignified and issue-oriented campaign. The couple has been separated for about a year.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- What a flying fish. A giant salmon will take to the sky, thanks to Alaska Airlines. The airline is painting a Boeing 737 to look like a wild Alaska king salmon. It's to promote Alaska seafood and the airlines' role in getting it to market. There will even be fish scales on the plane's winglets. The new flying fish is set to go into service this coming fall. It replaces an earlier fish, from 2005.


GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- They're spuds -- with a thud. A wreck involving two trucks spewed potatoes across I-5 in southern Oregon yesterday morning. A front-end loader was called in to clean up the mess. Truck driver Jose Gonzalez tells the Grants Pass Daily Courier his truck was hit from the rear. He says he lost a day -- and now his load is "mashed potatoes." Police report no one was hurt because of the tater troubles.


HONOLULU (AP) -- Air Force veteran Dennis Curry has an underwater camera back -- thanks to a Army chaplin. The camera had spent a year in the ocean, when chaplain Donald Eubank spotted it at popular dive site in Honolulu, Hawaii. The camera was in about 25 feet of water. When Eubank got the GoPro camera to shore it was still working. He found video clips of a surfer and Eubank was determined to return it. A Craigslist ad and Facebook postings soon led to Curry. Curry says he had borrowed the camera from a friend and lost it when a strong wave hit. Curry tells Hawaii News Now he's grateful Eubank went out of his way.


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Someone in Paris must think Kiwis are having a bad hair day. Police in New Zealand report at least four packages with hair dryers or clippers and cash have been sent to addresses on the South Island. Two of the packages came with identical handwritten notes: "Thanks for being a true friend." The cash amounts are the equivalent of 28 or 128 U.S. dollars. One police official says they're hoping the mystery hair dryers are a random gesture of goodwill.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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