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Mad Minute: Tuesday, March 31st

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 Dave Chappelle pressed charges against an audience member who lobbed a banana peel at his leg during a Monday night show in New Mexico.

The suspect - Christian Englander, 30, of Santa Fe - was charged with battery and disorderly conduct, and booked in the Santa Fe County Detention Center without bond, police said in a statement.

The incident began when the funnyman saw someone sketching on paper during his show at The Lensic Performing Arts Center, said he liked the drawing and asked for the sketcher's name, said Santa Fe Police.

The sketch artist said Chappelle should call him "Johnny Appleseed," which led the comedian to riff on the name.

Police say Englander, a friend of the artist, believed his jokes were racist - and in response, threw the banana peel at Chappelle, and then tried to split, but security caught him before he left.

Santa Fe Police say he admitted to drinking 99 Bananas liqueur and eating a banana before the show.

Authorities say Chappelle decided to press charges because Englander did not appear to be remorseful and believed the suspect's use of a banana was "racially-motivated."

Audio of the incident was posted online.

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A new report by Playboy Magazine suggests there may have been secret tunnels under the Playboy Mansion, leading to the homes of several nearby celebrities.

Magazine staffers say they found photos and blueprints that show passageways leading to the homes of actors like "Mr. J. Nicholson," "Mr. W. Beatty," "Mr. K. Douglas" and "Mr. J. Caan."

Staffers are remaining tight lipped, but they say the tunnels appear to have been closed up back in the late 1980s. 

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A West Texas man has been charged with impersonating an officer by using sirens and flashing lights to skip to the head of the drive-thru line at a fast-food restaurant.

Odessa Police say Michael Chico was arrested after an off-duty officer spotted a truck with law-enforcement trappings, that looked like an unmarked police car. 

The officer who saw the truck cut in line Saturday thought the driver, who was wearing a uniform, was a volunteer firefighter and followed Chico to some apartments.

Police say when confronted, Chico said he wasn't an officer and also used the lights and sirens to get through traffic lights.

Chico was freed Sunday on $15,000 bond. 

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An Australian woman has become somewhat of a local celebrity after she flashed Google Street View.

Karen Davis, 38 was captured by a Google camera car about two months ago, enthusiastically baring her chest in a photo that has since turned up on the company's popular Street View service.

Google's camera cars, which roam streets in towns and cities all over the world to capture 360-degree images for Street View, have notoriously captured all kinds lurid acts - from public urination to robbery.

But Ms Davis says she was just trying to have fun, and says being on Google Maps was on her bucket list. 

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The Spokane-native who invented the Pet Rock has died at the age of 78. 

Gary Dahl died in Oregon this week after fighting a series of health issues. 

Dahl became a millionaire from sales of the unique pet. He said he got the idea while listening to friends who complained about their living pets. He marketed Pet Rocks as pets that needed no care, and sold four million of them.

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A Miami-to-New York Amtrak train has struck and killed a man who was jogging on the railroad tracks.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office reports that the man was killed around noon Monday.

Sheriff's office officials say the Amtrak 98 Silver Meteor train was traveling northbound between Sebring and Winter Haven when the conductor saw the man jogging along the tracks.

The conductor blew the train horn several times and tried to stop the train, but the man continued on the tracks and was hit.

The man hasn't been identified yet.

The train was stopped for several hours with passengers aboard.

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Authorities believe exposure to the chilly weather killed a man whose naked body was found on a golf course near his home in northwestern Minnesota.

Polk County authorities were called to the Sandhill River Golf Course in Fertile about 4:10 p.m. Monday and found the body of 35-year-old Andrew Springer.

The sheriff's office says preliminary autopsy results show no signs of foul play and that Springer apparently died of hypothermia. 

Deputies say Springer recently moved to Fertile, about 30 miles southeast of Crookston, from Washington state and lived less than two blocks from the course.

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A Maine woman's decision to seek a kidney donor by putting a personal plea in bright yellow letters on her car has paid off.

Christine Royles of South Portland, who suffered kidney failure because of an autoimmune disease, went on the national waiting list to find a donor, but decided to take matters into her own hands.

The 24-year-old waitress and mother of a 2-year-old boy painted an appeal on her car's rear window, along with a phone number,

Josh Dall-Leighton, a 30-year-old corrections officer from Windham and a father of three, saw the message during an outing with his family. 

After learning he was a potential match, the two met face to face last week. Final testing should be completed in a few weeks, and surgery is tentatively scheduled for May.

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An ancient concoction for eye infections seems to really work. The potion, which contains cattle bile, kills the "superbug" methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, researchers at Britain's University of Nottingham report.

In fact, it worked better than the current gold standard for MRSA infections of the flesh, the antibiotic vancomycin, an expert at Texas Tech University found.

Now researchers are working to see just what's in the salve that kills germs so effectively.

It started with a joint project by two wildly different departments at the University of Nottingham. Dr. Christina Lee, an Anglo-Saxon expert in the School of English, went to microbiologists in the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences with an ancient text - Bald's Leechbook. The 10th-century book has all sorts of remedies, detailed in Old English.

They picked a relatively simple eye salve calling for garlic, onions and cow bile, to be mixed with wine and aged in a copper vessel.

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On March 31, 1889, engineer Gustave Eiffel climbed the 1,710 steps of the Eiffel Tower to unfurl the French tricolor, officially marking the completion of his crowning achievement.

Standing at 1,023 feet, it became the tallest structure in the world -- a title it would hold until the construction of New York's Chrysler Building over 40 years later.

An estimated 2,500,000 rivets, 7,300 tonnes of iron and 60 tonnes of paint were used in the tower's construction, which took a little over two years.

The original plan was that the tower would only stand for 20 years, but it quickly became an icon. Today it welcomes almost 7 million visitors a year.
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