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Mad Minute stories from Monday, October 12th

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BANGKOK (AP) -- The smoke-belching, ear-splitting, undisciplined rickshaws known as tuk-tuks are part of the chaos on Bangkok's clogged streets.
Soon however, the tuk-tuk will stroll down a more refined runway, when Miss Thailand pays homage to her country at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant dressed as the iconic motorized rickshaw. Her outfit comes complete with headlights and handlebars.
The "Tuk Tuk Thailand" dress will be worn by Aniporn Chalermburanawong in the "national costume" round at the pageant in December in the United States. It was the winning design from 356 entries in a contest held by Miss Universe Thailand.
The Miss Universe Thailand organization announced the selection on its Facebook page, saying the outfit "has a metallic feel and look" that utilizes 3-D technology.
"The tuk-tuk dress will flash lights like a real tuk-tuk," said Kaveerat Kunapat, a spokeswoman for Miss Universe Thailand. "It will be one of a kind."
The outfit features an electric blue bustier and mini-skirt with thigh-high black tights - and a central headlight with handlebars just below the bosom. Attached to the costume is a backdrop of a tuk-tuk in Thailand's national colors - red, white and blue - with six national flags, a dozen more headlights and an overhead banner that says: "Thailand."
Kaveerat said a 5-member panel of judges that included fine arts professors, fashion designers and Miss Thailand herself wanted to break from the past style of traditional Thai silk dresses and present something "eye-catching but still representative of Thailand."
Reviews of the dress were mixed. Some hailed it as unique and creative. Others cracked jokes, like one online commentator who said it looked more like an outfit from the "transformers."

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DETROIT (AP) -- A dummy placed face down in a Detroit woman's front yard as a Halloween prank has prompted repeated visits by police.
Larethia Haddon says police showed up Tuesday, the first day she put the dummy out. Officer Jennifer Moreno tells The Detroit News that officers arrived again Wednesday and Thursday.
By Friday, there were no calls. "Just a dummy," says Officer Shanelle Williams.
Haddon says she puts the dummy face down in a different location in her yard every morning and watches the reactions from passers-by as she sips coffee. She says some have attempted CPR and "once they find out it's a dummy, it's so hilarious."

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say an 18-year-old man drove a stolen car to police headquarters to pick up court papers about a previous auto theft he was involved in - documents that were found in yet another stolen car.
Carnell Eugene Butler now faces charges in three stolen car cases.
St. Petersburg police say officers found a stolen Infiniti on Sunday. Inside, they found Butler's documents related to a June auto theft arrest.
Detectives contacted Butler, who arranged to pick them up. When he arrived at police headquarters, a detective arrested Butler and found keys to a Hyundai Sonata in his pocket. The car was located a block away.
It, too, had been reported stolen.
Butler was being held without bond. Jail records didn't list an attorney.

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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Hundreds of winter coats earmarked for inmates near Philadelphia will instead warm the homeless because they arrived in a too-familiar shade of prison blue.
Officials say the tan coats they ordered for the Bucks County Jail arrived in a shade similar to the coats worn by guards.
So women inmates in Doylestown, Bucks County, have helped with some tailoring.
The Bucks County Courier Times reports that the 400 coats now have a new flap over the word "inmate" and are on their way to homeless shelters and outreach programs.
County spokesman Chris Edwards says the county won't have to pay for the items because of the shipping error.

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HELSINKI (AP) -- Alerted by a passer-by that bearded men with a black flag were acting suspiciously at a castle ruins in southern Sweden, police found to their relief that it wasn't a group of Islamic State sympathizers but a meeting of hirsute do-gooders.
John Ekeblad, co-founder of the Swedish chapter of the Bearded Villains, says the incident Saturday ended with police acknowledging their mistake and even ignoring the brotherhood's illegal parking on the roadside by Brahehus Castle, outside the city of Jonkoping.
Ekeblad said Monday the incident was "hilarious," and that police drove off laughing. He explained the group promotes equality and does charity work in Sweden.
Bearded Villains, founded in 2014 in Los Angeles, calls itself "a brotherhood of elite bearded men from all over the world" on its website.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- An Indiana woman says her training in medieval combat helped her corner a home intruder.
The Indianapolis Star reports 43-year-old Karen Dolley of Indianapolis threw punches until she had the man cornered during the Thursday night break-in. She then kept him subdued with a Japanese sword she keeps near her bed.
Dolley says she learned to fight as a teenager in the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group that recreates skills of the Middle Ages. She also skates with roller derby team Naptown Roller Girls.
Police responding to Dolley's 911 call arrested 30-year-old Jacob Wessel of Greenwood, charging him with residential entry. Police say he forced open the home's back door. Police reports say he was taken to a hospital because he was high on an unknown substance.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- One couple ran away to get married ... at the Chicago Marathon.
Stephanie Reinhart says she just wanted a "short and sweet ceremony." Mark Jockel wanted a big wedding surrounded by friends and family. The 35-year-old Reinhart and 46-year-old Jockel compromised, marrying at the 8-mile mark of Sunday's Chicago Marathon in the Boystown neighborhood.
Reinhart wore a white running outfit and held flowers, while Jockel wore a tuxedo T-shirt. They exchanged vows under a garden arch decorated with race medals. The ceremony took less than four minutes.
Reinhart says she got her simple wedding and Jockel got "several thousand guests."
Chicago Marathon organizers gave the couple customized bride and groom bibs. They toasted with Gatorade.
The couple met two years ago through the Chicago Area Runners Association.

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Authorities in central Florida have a mystery on their hands after a homeless man brought a human skull to a Publix in Sebastian.
The Indian River County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that deputies were summoned after the man holding the skull walked into the parking lot at Riverwalk Plaza in Roseland. He asked a maintenance worker to notify authorities about skeletal remains in the woods across the street.
The deputies found the remains, which appeared to have been disturbed by animals. Officials say several people had been living in the woods, which is known for transient visitors. People living there gave the deputies information about the dead person's possible identity.
Investigators weren't immediately able to confirm the identity or how the person died.

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A Florida man was arrested in Sarasota Wednesday evening after driving into a ditch, twice, hiding in a church bathroom, and telling police that his dog was actually the one driving the car, NBC-affiliate WPTV reports.
Manatee County deputies spotted Reliford Cooper after he was speeding through residential streets. Deputies chased Cooper after he drove through a ditch, crashed his car into a house and fled.
Cooper was tracked down after a K-9 officer found his shirt in front of a nearby church, where he was hiding in the bathroom.
While he was being arrested Cooper reportedly asked deputies "Who was chasing me? You're slow as ***!"
After a deputy claimed to smell alcohol and marijuana on the suspect, Cooper said, "My dog was driving that car. I ran because I wanted to. You ain't gonna find no drugs or guns on me."
Cooper then began vomiting and was transported to the hospital. He was later taken to jail.
Jail records did not indicate attorney information for Cooper.

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It's hard to imagine life without the internet, but for one teenager, it's a whole different story. 
17-year-old Khloe says her best friends are social media sites -- yes, the actual websites are her friends. 
She says she sleeps with her phone in her hand, and when she doesn't have it with her, she gets afraid. 
Khloe says she's addicted to social media, and believes it's starting to mess up her friendships with other people. If she leaves her house and there isn't WiFi, she says she has panic attacks. 
She says it's too hard to talk to people, and she'd rather type.
The teen also says her social media is the reason for her self-esteem. She doesn't know all of her friends on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, but when she gets hundreds of likes on her pictures, she feels good about herself. 

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