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Monday, September 24, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

Yes We Have No Bananas... Hey Wait a Minute!

A Facebook post from the Texas Department of Justice reads: "Sometimes, life gives you lemons. Sometimes, it gives you bananas. And sometimes, it gives you something you'd never expect!" They would be referencing an unexpected "treasure" found in the middle of a donation of 45 boxes of bananas that were given to the department on account of being already ripe. However, the officers who picked up the shipment noticed something odd and began inspecting the two pallets. That's when they found 540 packages of a "white powdery substance" tucked amid the bananas; that substance was later confirmed to be about $18 million worth of cocaine. The boxes came from Ports of America in Freeport. If it's yours, you should be hearing from the Drug Enforcement Administration and US Customs and Border Protection anytime now as they are both investigating. (Newser)

Selfie Death... Again!

How many times is this going to happen? In Michigan, a day of hiking with awe-inspiring views turned tragic after 32-year-old Tu Thanh Nguyen of Sunnyvale, Calif. fell to her death into Lake Superior trying to get that oh-so-cool selfie. Nguyen was traversing the trails along the cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore by herself when she decided to stop to snap a few selfies. She apparently got too close to the edge of the 200-foot-high cliff she was perched on and plummeted over the side, into the water below. Two kayakers saw Nguyen fall and rushed to retrieve her. Once back on shore, a kayak company called for help but along with the certainly deadly fall, the lake would've been a chilly 45 degrees when Nguyen hit the water. A park ranger said she was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. (WLUC)

Tragic Honeymoon?

A newlywed on his honeymoon in Hawaii was found dead at the tragic end of a 4-day search that began after he failed to return from a hiking trail. Stephen Kramar of Gaithersburg, Maryland was at the Wavecrest Resort in Kaunakakai, Molokai when he told his new wife he was going to check out a trail the morning of Sept. 17 before she joined him in order to ensure it was safe. The 27-year-old texted that he was on his way back that afternoon but never returned. Days later, his remains were found on a hillside in an area called Pia Gulch, just a half-mile from the resort. Family members have since positively identified the body as Kramar's. An autopsy has been scheduled and no official cause of death has yet been determined. A GoFundMeaccount has been set up to raise money that will benefit Kramar's family by offsetting transportation costs and other fees. As of Sunday afternoon, nearly $20,000 had been raised. (WUSA)

Racist Much?

In Texas, Lynn Redden, superintendent of the Onalaska school district has resigned after drawing widespread outrage for racist comments he made on Facebook, saying that black quarterbacks were inferior. In the official resignation letter sent Saturday to the president of the school board, Redden wrote: "As an educator, this experience has taught me that I still have a lot to learn. My comments were not only uninformed but also hurtful, and I understand now why they were offensive to so many people." Reportedly, Redden thought he was commenting on a private thread when he wrote on the Chron.com Facebook page in response to a play by black Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson last week: "When you need precision decision making you can't count on a black quarterback." (Newser)

Apparently Nobody's Interested in Michael Moore's Trump Film

It appears not too many people are interested in a Michael Moore's film about Donald Trump - a film he once claimed would be so powerful, it would end Trump's presidency. If you didn't know, the film, "Fahrenheit 11/9", a satirical film about the President, barely cracked the top ten at the box office bringing in only $3.1 million over its debut weekend. Film-goers were far more interested in "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" -a family picture starring Cate Blanchett and Jack Black- which took the top spot with a surprising $26.8 million debut. Filling out the top five domestically were A Simple Favor ($10.4 million), The Nun ($10.2 million), The Predator ($8.6 million), and Crazy Rich Asians ($6.5 million). (Hollywood Reporter)

Paul Simon Is Done With You

Paul Simon will tour no more. The iconic singer/songwriter ended his final concert tour under a moonlit sky on home turf Saturday, telling an audience in a Queens, NY, park that their cheers "mean more than you can know." Simon performed at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which he said was a 20-minute bicycle ride from where he grew up, ending the landmark night with his first big hit, "The Sound of Silence." The 76-year-old Simon isn't retiring, and hasn't ruled out occasional future performances. But he's said this is his last time out on the road, and he isn't alone among his peers; Elton John and Kiss are also doing goodbye swings. The return to New York raised memories of Simon's two iconic shows in Manhattan's Central Park, in 1981 with former partner Art Garfunkel and in 1991 on his own. Simon's only guest this time was wife Edie Brickell, who came out to whistle the solo in "Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard." (Newser)

What the What?

In Louisville, Kentucky, State Police arrested Bardstown police officer Matthew Glass on Friday, accusing him of being drunk at a firearms training range. Police say he was drunk while at the Department of Criminal Justice Training facility in Madison County and actually had a water bottle filled with a clear alcohol inside his backpack. He was booked into the Madison County Correction Center on Friday afternoon and released a short time later. WDRB)

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