News out of Athens GA. this morning that police are searching for whoever made off with Rocket the Rusty Rooster, a 10-foot-tall, 300-pound metal sculpture stolen from its perch outside an Athens business.
Lexington Vintage owner Bonnie Harris tells CBS 46 that she’s saddened by the crime, believed to have happened Friday night or Saturday morning.
Harris said the rooster attracted attention to the store, which opened in November.
Athens-Clarke County police say the estimated value of the Bunyanesque artwork is $3,000, meaning that whoever stole it could face a felony.
Harris tells The Athens Banner-Herald that the rooster’s installation two weeks ago involved anchoring the big bird in the ground with rebar stakes. She said her husband thinks some type of tool was used to cut Rusty away because part of one foot was left in the ground.
Police suspect it may have been an April Fool’s joke!
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Virgin Australia Airlines has responded to controversial allegations that it kicked a woman off a flight and summoned the police after she refused to stop breastfeeding her 10-month-old son.
4146-Religious-Adam-Covering-His-Sexual-Organ-Penis-With-A-Leaf-ClipartThe statement, which the airline posted on its Facebook page on Tuesday, read: “We’ve seen some misinformation today regarding our policy relating to breastfeeding on board. To clarify, Virgin Australia welcomes breastfeeding and bottle-feeding on board at any time during the flight, especially during take-off and landing when it can help prevent any ear discomfort felt by infants.
When the seatbelt sign is illuminated, an infant must be restrained to their carer via the infant seatbelt only, which is provided by our crew. Safety is always Virgin Australia’s number one priority.”
4162-Naked-Man-Wearing-A-Wooden-Barrel-Around-His-Waist-ClipartBut mom Virginie Rutgers had a different take. “I was in a state of shock honestly,” she told Australian news station Seven News. Rutgers was using a cover to nurse her son on the March 15 flight that was taxiing down the runway but a cabin supervisor asked her to remove it and “started to raise his voice” and became “quite abusive.”
She added that she wasn’t given an explanation for why her behavior was wrong so she continued nursing. She was allegedly forced off the plane and met by federal and local police who ultimately released her without charge. Virgin offered Rutgers a flight credit, however she returned home by a Qantas flight.
the Internet is full of weird stuff today, folks!
drunk5Police say a northern Idaho man called 911 a dozen times to report being overcharged at a bar and now faces a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.
Post Falls police Capt. Pat Knight says an officer gave Phillip Poissonnier of Post Falls a ride home after he was kicked out of Club Tequila just after 1 a.m. Monday.
Knight tells Spokane, Washington, television station KXLY ( ) that Poissonnier then made 12 emergency calls, the first wanting officers to come back to discuss his bar tab.
The TV station reports that a bartender produced Poissonnier’s receipts showing he was charged $30 for the 10 beers he ordered.
Police say he faces a misdemeanor citation over misusing 911.
Here’s a woman ya don’t want to piss off!
Because he was “eating all of the salsa” the two were sharing, according to a police report.
She apparently began screaming at her beau, Ronnie Buckner, as he snacked on chips and salsa while watching TV at his apartment on Sunday, then speared his pelvis with a pen.
Jefferson, 50, then allegedly tried to knock over the TV, but Buckner managed to catch it.
After a quick trip to the kitchen, she returned with a small knife and stabbed Buckner in the stomach, police say.
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Three out of ten Canadian consider themselves a fan of April Fools’ Day — and nearly three quarters of Albertans say they’ve been fooled by friends, family and co-workers, according to a poll by Insights West.
With those numbers in mind, we asked Edmonton AM listeners to tell us the best pranks they’ve ever pulled off — or were victim to.
dfsHave a story you want to share? Email it to us, tweet us @EdmAMCBC or enter it into the comments below.
A snack served up in a diaper
From David Dickinson: I was the director of a charity downtown that helped families with food and other types of assistance. One April I filled a brand new diaper with chocolate pudding. Then I went around and showed it to the staff.
“Look what someone left in the waiting room!” I would say. “It even smells … hmmmm it smells like chocolate.” Then I would take a lick of the pudding. What GREAT reactions!!! You should try it.
A toilet paper inventory
From Dave T: One year at work I used letterhead to make a memo indicating plumbers had to be called in last night because of a bathroom flood and that they recommended we limit the use of toilet paper. On the memo I put a chart where each toilet user was to sign their name and date and log the number of toilet paper sheets they used. A few actually fell for it. Needless to say I.P. Freely was on the list.
A prank with no fowl?
From Shelley Mackay: As a kid, I lived on a small acreage in Sherwood Park. One April 1st, my siblings and I decided to tell my dad all the animals had gotten out (again) and were on Wye Road. He leaped out of bed and went charging up the LONG driveway … but when he realized we had tricked him, he reversed course and headed back toward us and he didn’t look happy at all. Don’t remember what happened then — no doubt my older siblings got the blame.
A life-saving prank
From Jennifer Winter: Once upon a time, my husband was chronically late for work. So the night before April Fools day I set all the clocks in the house ahead one hour. I even managed to get his watch set! I thought he would be very surprised to get to work ahead of everyone else.
The next morning didn’t actually go as planned, though. We also farm and had cows calving at the time, and he went to check on them before he left for work. He found a cow that had just given birth to twins — in a snowbank of all places! He managed to get one calf in the barn, and then came to the house to call work and tell them he would be late. He looked at the clock which told him he was already 15 min late — 8:15 am. There was no answer at work since it was really only 7:15. He went back out to the corrals to finish taking care of the other calf and the cow.
It started taking so long that I eventually gave up on my prank and turned all the clocks back to the proper time. He finally finished with the cow and calf and came back to call into work again. At the same moment that they answered the phone he glanced at the clock, which once again said 8:15 am. In his confusion he blurted out something that was really funny at the time, (I cant remember anymore, I just remember his confused look and me laughing) so in a way, but my prank did actually work. He managed to get to work at his “regular” time of half an hour late, and as a bonus, he saved the two calves that would have normally frozen to death if he had been leaving at the proper time.
For sale: Arizona
From Lloyd Lovatt: I think the coolest April Fools’ joke that I have fallen for happened in 1988. We lived in Colorado Springs, where I was working in NORAD Headquarters as one of the 100 or so Canadian Forces personnel there. We had been away from Canada for about two and a half years.
I was driving home from work, listening to the NPR radio station (KRCC). The news came on. One of the first news stories was that Canada had purchased Arizona. Well, that caught my attention. In fairly ordinary language and tones a reporter described the background — some things about Canadian mining and wintering interests. Just an ordinary story. Well, it got me thinking. The Mulroney Government was promising new submarines and other new defence spending — I was wearing my new, blue uniform after a few decades of green. If things were that good, then why not buy Arizona? And, who knows? Could Prime Minister Mulroney’s good friend President Reagan be selling a state at bargain prices to pay for his defence spending?
Well, the best I can say is that the story did not distract me while driving. My analytical skills were where they were supposed to be, which was on the freeway. NPR did not broadcast an “April Fools!!” gotcha and I fell for the story hook, line, and sinker. By the time I arrived home, though, I was beginning to think, “Hmmmm. Something’s a little strange about this,” and it took me the length of the driveway to remember the date, and put it together.

Herbert A. Millington
Chair – Search Committee
412A Clarkson Hall, Whitson University
College Hill, MA 34109

Dear Professor Millington,
Thank you for your letter of March 16. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me an assistant professor position in your department.
This year I have been particularly fortunate in receiving an unusually large number of rejection letters. With such a varied and promising field of candidates, it is impossible for me to accept all refusals.
Despite Whitson’s outstanding qualifications and previous experience in rejecting applicants, I find that your rejection does not meet my needs at this time. Therefore, I will assume the position of assistant professor in your department this August. I look forward to seeing you then.
Best of luck in rejecting future applicants.
Chris L. Jensen