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Accounts of the quirky and bizarre, on The Indiana Gazette Online.

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'Most interesting man' judges charity beard contest 'Most interesting man' judges charity beard contest
5 days ago -
MONTPELIER, Vt. — The man who once helped pitch Dos Equis beer as the “most interesting man in the world” turned his attention from his favorite beer to his favorite beard by judging a Saturday competition called Vermont Beardies. [Read More]
Meow Madness: The Purrfect mix of kittens and basketball Meow Madness: The Purrfect mix of kittens and basketball
1 week ago -
NEW YORK — Watch out Villanova and Kentucky (and Arizona and Northwestern), there’s a new set of cats going wild for March Madness. [Read More]
$5 million worth of rhino horns seized
1 week ago -
BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities said today they seized 21 unusually large rhinoceros horns worth almost $5 million that were smuggled from Ethiopia. [Read More]
Sheriff: Drunk man steals forklift
2 weeks ago -
MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — Florida Keys authorities say a drunken man from Rhode Island stole a forklift and crashed into a gate, telling deputies he lost his car keys and needed something to drive. [Read More]
Woman learns she has a 140-pound tumor Woman learns she has a 140-pound tumor
2 weeks ago -
ALLENTOWN (AP) — Mary Clancey said she was resigned to being a plump old lady. [Read More]
Small kids derail dad's BBC chat
2 weeks ago -
LONDON (AP) — Two small children have lightened up a serious television interview on a weighty subject by barging into their dad's office while he was on the air. [Read More]
4-year-old takes flight amid high winds in Cleveland area
2 weeks ago -
LYNDHURST, Ohio (AP) — High winds that blew through the Cleveland area knocked a little girl off her feet, literally. [Read More]
Driver proves sobriety by juggling for police Driver proves sobriety by juggling for police
2 weeks ago -
CONWAY, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas college student who moonlights as a magician showed off his juggling skills after he was pulled over for a broken brake light, and the act was captured on an officer's body camera and police cruiser video. [Read More]
Police find calves crammed in car
2 weeks ago -
BEAUMONT, Calif. (AP) — It was one of the more unusual calls the California Highway Patrol has received: Someone reported seeing a cow trying to climb out of a small car parked alongside an interstate. [Read More]
30,000 pounds of cat litter spills on road
2 weeks ago -
READING (AP) — Police said a tractor-trailer spilled its load of more than 30,000 pounds of cat litter on a Pennsylvania roadway when it failed to manage a curve and overturned. [Read More]
North Dakota reconsiders 70-year ban on parking meters North Dakota reconsiders 70-year ban on parking meters
2 weeks ago -
BISMARCK, N.D. — When an angry farmer was ticketed for not feeding a parking meter, he launched a one-man crusade that made North Dakota the nation’s only state that bans the meters on all public streets. [Read More]
Trucker: Cat survives long ride
2 weeks ago -
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A long-haul semitrailer driver from Minnesota thought he had lost his feline traveling companion for good when the cat jumped out of his truck at a rest stop in Ohio. [Read More]
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