Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines

MAIL MIX-UP

OIL CITY, Pa. (AP) -- Things aren't too pleasant in Pleasantville -- at least for volunteer firefighters. It seems the Pleasantville, Pennsylvania, department sent out pre-printed return envelopes -- with a Pleasantville, New York, address. The Volunteer Fire Department is conducting its annual membership drive. Jim Huff, president of the Pleasantville VFD, says don't use that envelope. A local paper (The Derrick of Oil City) reports Huff is urging donors to bring contributions to the fire station.

AIRPORT STRIPPER

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The airport stripper has been stripped of most of his lawsuit. College student Aaron Tobey peeled down to running shorts at an airport security checkpoint. It was a protest against screening procedures. He was busted at that Richmond, Virginia, area airport and later sued claiming his constitutional rights were violated. A federal judge has tossed out most of Tobey's case. But the judge let stand Tobey's contention of a free speech violation. Disorderly conduct charges were later dropped by the local prosecutor.

SHARP-DRESSED BURGLAR

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Leave a penny -- take a penny. But police in western Pennsylvania are looking for someone who took all the pennies. Uniontown police say surveillance video shows a sharp-dressed man breaking into a Family Dollar store. According to authorities, the dapper thief found the cash register empty. So, police say he took the pennies from a shot glass near the register.

PURPLE CRAB

QUEENSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- When is a blue crab not a blue crab? When it's purple! Maryland waterman Jake Marzucco reports catching a purple-colored crab in the Chesapeake Bay. He took pictures of the rare crustacean before returning it to the water. State crab experts tell a local paper (The Star-Democrat of Easton) several crabs a year are caught with unusually coloring. It's likely a genetic variation. Two years ago another purple crab was caught and named for the Baltimore Ravens. The team colors are purple and black.

PACKERS BIKES

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Some very big guys are on awfully little bikes. The Green Bay Packers have a training camp tradition of riding kids' bikes to practice. It all started with legendary coach Vince Lombardi a-half century ago. It was a way of bringing players closer to the fans. Dozens of kids line-up and scream for the players to take their bikes. One player notes their size can create tire malfunctions and seat mishaps. But no one seems to mind.

3-D VIEWER

TOKYO (AP) -- Forget just the headphones -- Sony is launching a head mounted display. The visor-like gizmo provides audio and 3-D video. It can be used to watch 3-D movies or play computer games. Sony introduced the device yesterday in Tokyo. It goes on sale in Japan in November. Distribution in Europe and the states could be just in time for the holidays. But the personal 3-D viewer will take more than a 2-D wallet -- at about 800 bucks.

by Jamie Friar

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.


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