Monday 3/21/11

Human Interest News   —   Posted on March 21, 2011

Just Get Up There, It’ll Be OK
A North Carolina man, moving a couple of mattresses on the top of his Ford Explorer, apparently couldn’t find anything to tie them down with, so he had his friend get up on top of them to hold them in place. When he rounded a curve, the mattresses and his friend fell off.

Who You Callin’ a Dummy, Man?
A man was arrested for towing a truck through Blanchard, Okla., even though the truck had no tires on the rims. Police became involved when the resulting sparks set off at least four fires along his route. One homeowner, when informed of the cause of the fire that had been started in his house, said, “That makes me feel like he must have been kind of a dummy.”

Teen Entrepreneur Smells Success
MARYSVILLE, Ohio – A 13-year-old Ohio boy has launched his own line of scented candles meant for men, with fragrances that include bacon, New York-style pizza, sawdust and the smell of a fresh leather baseball mitt. Hart Main of Marysville in central Ohio says he got the idea for his “Mancans” when he was making fun of his sister for selling candles with girly scents for a school fundraiser. Columbus station WCMH-TV reports he launched his company last Thanksgiving, making the candles using scores of empty cans from soup he donated to a soup kitchen. Hart says so far he has sold 500 candles for $5 each, both online and at local stores. He says he’s made enough profit to buy himself a nice bicycle.

Computer Promised Taxpayer $200M
HURON, Ohio – Ohio’s tax department said a promise that it would send a woman a $200 million refund check was a mistake due to a software glitch. The Sandusky Register reported Denise Bossetti was among 9,700 taxpayers statewide who received Ohio Department of Taxation notices about mega-refunds. It’s not clear if the other amounts were as big. Bossetti was sent a letter dated Jan. 24 saying her $200 million refund could not be paid by direct deposit so she’d be sent a check. Bossetti said she had a “big laugh” over the letter. Another dated a week later explained there’d been a software error.

Howdy, Ma’am, Mebbe We Can Help
Police officers were struggling to find a way to free a carriage horse whose rear legs had fallen through a storm drain on Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn., but were at a loss. Then, miraculously, five cowboys, who happened to be in town for a roping competition, strolled over to offer their services. The men, two of whom weighed more than 300 pounds, hauled the horse out in about five minutes.

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