Wednesday Morning Bizarre News Headlines


WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) -- A lucky day turns unlucky for a Colorado couple. Chuck and Tisha Barry thought they had hit a $31,000 jackpot pot, playing the penny slots at the Lady Luck casino this summer. But their "Super Jackpot" turned out to be a super disappointment. Instead of 31-grand, the Colorado Division of Gaming has decided the Barrys are only entitled to a refund of 80 cents. KCNC-TV reports the state determined the slot machine locked up because of a technical glitch. The Barrys have hired a lawyer.


HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) -- It's a whole lot of money for a used car. But it's no ordinary car. An 1884 French-built steam runabout has sold for 4.6 million bucks at auction in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It's billed as the world's oldest running family car. The auctioneers tell The Patriot-News the oldest of old cars has a top speed of 38 miles per hour and seats four. But going for spin takes more than just turning a key. A drive around the block requires 45 minutes to build up steam in the boilers. The buyer hasn't been revealed by RM Auctions.


VIENNA, W.Va. (AP) -- It's not history in a bottle -- but bottles of history. Bob Enoch recently found about 30 old milk bottles at a construction site in Vienna, West Virginia. He's the president of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society. Enoch says the bottles may not be worth much, but they help tell the story of the area. He notes a glass factory was once on the site. He tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel the bottles came from 20 different companies and could have been samples.


DANVERS, Mass. (AP) -- The maze worked. A family called 911 after getting lost in a seven-acre corn maze on a farm in Danvers, Massachusetts. A police officer went to the rescue with the farm manager. They found the disoriented dad, mom and two kids just about 25 feet from the street. Farm owner Bob Connors tells the Boston Globe they designed the maze so that people would get lost. The maze is in the shape of a headless horseman with words "Salem village" and "Danvers, Ma." It usually takes about an hour to navigate.


MEYERSDALE, Pa. (AP) -- A penny for your thoughts? Well, authorities in southwestern Pennsylvania don't think much of a penny scam. Police in the town of Meyersdale are looking for the guy who stuffed pennies into dime wrappers and used the rolls at a Dollar General store. Authorities charge the penny scammer put dimes at the ends of the rolls, so it looked legit. Investigators tell a local paper (Daily American) the guy used eight rolls, which should have contained a total of 40 bucks in dimes. Police say the crook got away before store clerks realized they had been taken.


NEW YORK (AP) -- The Big Apple wants some Big Apps. New York City is launching its third annual contest for Web and smartphone applications. Software developers and other computer savvy folks are invited to create apps using city data, like property records and restaurant inspections. There are cash prizes totaling 50-grand in the NYC BigApps 3.0 contest. Previous winners include an iPhone application on the latest travel conditions and another that helps users find the nearest subway or commuter rail station.

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