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Mad Minute stories from Monday, October 19th

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Officials say a 4-foot-long boa constrictor has gotten loose on a Philadelphia bus, leading to an emergency evacuation.
Transit authority officials say a man carrying a boa constrictor boarded the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority bus just before 3 p.m. Sunday.
The snake's owner, 26-year-old Koron Riley, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that he had the snake draped around his neck and hidden under his jacket.
The bus had to be evacuated after the snake somehow got loose and coiled itself under a seat. A SEPTA mechanic was able to dismantle the seat, allowing a transit police officer to retrieve the snake and return it to Riley.
SEPTA policy allows riders to bring service animals or small, contained pets onto trains or buses.
Police haven't decided if charges will be filed.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Years after a big city sprouted up around a tiny California house and its 87-year-old owner refused to sell the only home he'd ever known, heavy equipment rolled up to the lot.
But it wasn't there to demolish the three-bedroom Oakland house built by Lawrence Bossola's parents. It was there to move down the street.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a hospital next door bought the land after Bossola died in 2001. Officials were surprised when several people competed to buy and relocate the house.
The anxious new homeowners watched early Sunday as workers picked up the house and then set it down on its new lot. Curious onlookers snapped pictures as it traveled down the street.
Owners Kathleen and David Stone say it cost about $75,000 to move the house and demolish the basement.

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MILAN (AP) -- A judge from Guinness World Records has certified a 122-meter-long (400-foot-long) baguette baked at the Milan Expo 2015 World's Fair as the longest in the world.
Some 60 French and Italian bakers worked nearly seven hours Sunday to bake the French bread characterized by its soft middle and crusty exterior, methodically moving a specially designed portable oven along the length of the doughy preparation.
The bakers worked at a rate of 20 meters (66 feet) an hour, their progress complicated by working outdoors and the biggest challenge to avoid any breakage.
"It's very difficult to do a big baguette because we are outside, you know, the temperature, it's cold and we are outside so for the dough it's not easy," said Dominique Anract, one of the bakers and owner of the La Pompadour bakery in Paris. Putting a plastic cover over the dough helped.
The Italian maker of Nutella, Ferrero, backed the enterprise to beat the 111-meter (364-foot) record held by a French supermarket chain. Once certified as a record-breaker, the baguette was cut and smeared with Nutella to share with the hundreds of Expo goers who celebrated the record.
It was at least the fourth world record declared during the six-month Expo, which closes Oct. 31, including the longest pizza at 1.5954 kilometers, or nearly a mile long.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A man accused of stealing a taxi after he was discharged from a Des Moines hospital says he didn't want to walk home.
Des Moines police say 26-year-old Luis Orellana-Rivera drove off with the vehicle shortly after he was released from Mercy Medical Center around 6 a.m. on Friday. The unoccupied taxi had the key in the ignition at the time.
Orellana-Rivera was spotted about a half hour later. Police say he had the key to the taxi in his pocket at the time of his arrest.
Des Moines television station KCCI reports Orellana-Rivera told police he stole the vehicle because he didn't want to walk six blocks home.
Orellana-Rivera faces a second-degree theft charge. He remained at the county jail Sunday. Court records do not list an attorney.

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There are 36 million people following Kim Kardashian West on Twitter. 36 million. I feel obligated to hyperlink her account like that. It doesn't mean you have to click on it. If you're one of the 36 million, then you now know that Kim is going to be a skeleton for Halloween. And she sometimes borrows Kanye's tops. Groundbreaking stuff. That's just in the past few days!
If you're not one of the 36 million (that's nearly 10% of the U.S. population by the way), then perhaps you're just holding out to follow someone with a little more substance. Here is your solution. 
Chicken Treat, an Australian fast-food franchise, has tapped a live hen to run their Twitter account. For the past week, the chicken, named Betty, has pecked and walked all over the keyboard, tweeting out nonsensical things that still somehow have a deeper impact on me than anything Kim has tweeted. 

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BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) -- A cockatoo with the screech of a dinosaur is vexing residents of a tony Boston suburb.
The white bird, named Dino because of his annoying call, flew away from his owner in July and into the trees of Brookline.
He's been gnawing on the woodwork of the Nancy Gertner's historic home. Gertner is a retired federal judge and senior lecturer at Harvard Law School.
The Boston Globe reports animal control officials were called and no one will trap the bird.
She left food in a cage and a string to close the door. Dino refused the bait and squirrels ate the food. Loud rock 'n' roll music and a blaring house alarm failed to chase Dino away.
Gertner may have to make peace with Dino; she's run out of ideas to get rid of him.

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- Police say a woman accused of drunken driving and hitting six vehicles initially identified herself to an officer as "Hell on Wheels."
The Exponent Telegram reports 38-year-old Amanda Dolores Alleman of Clarksburg was arrested Friday on numerous charges. Among them are aggravated driving while under the influence, striking an unattended vehicle and having no insurance.
Police say Alleman had a blood-alcohol content of 0.20 percent when she struck six parked vehicles on two different streets.
Alleman was being held at the North Central Regional Jail on $14,000 bond. The jail said they don't have a record of having an attorney yet.

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- An auction on eBay allows the public to make a different kind of purchase as they peruse the used clothing, electronics and war relics on the site. Up for sale: naming rights to a new insect.
A moth that weighs less than an ounce and measures about an inch was discovered eight years ago at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico by entomologist Eric H. Metzler.
The rigorous process to have a new species approved has taken several years, but now Metzler, a volunteer at the park, is ready to give his flying friend a name.
That honor is usually bestowed on the person who made the finding.
But Metzler wanted to give back to the Western National Parks Association, which has funded some of his research. So he asked the organization to start an online auction for the naming rights and to take the proceeds.
"I am not a rich man and I don't have a lot of money to give to charity but this is the way I could give them money in the form of service. I could use my brains to help them," Metzler said.
The auction went live Saturday on eBay and ends Oct. 23. Bidding starts at $500.
"When are you ever going to have the opportunity to have your own moth named after you?" said Amy Reichgott, development manager for the Western National Parks Association.
The winner will work with Metzler to Latinize the name. An international organization has to approve the name.
Others have auctioned off naming rights with varied success. Last year, Nova Southeastern University, for example, auctioned off the naming rights to a newly discovered type of sea lily.
The university's public affairs department touted it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, suggesting it was the perfect holiday gift that would also help benefit the school's Oceanographic Center.
The winner of the auction, a Florida resident, shelled out $6,150. The sea lily hasn't been officially named yet as it's still undergoing a peer-review process, university spokesman Joe Donzelli said.
Reichgott knows a moth may be even less appealing than a sea lily, so the organization sent out emails reminding members and others that moths are butterflies without the bright colors that fly at night, not the daytime.
"We're trying to break the stigma against the moth. Give the moth a fair shake," she said, laughing.

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CONCORD, Mass. (AP) -- Getting a ticket from police in one Massachusetts town isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Concord's police department says it plans to issue up to 200 "citations" for good behavior. That could include such things as wearing a bicycle helmet or a seat belt, yielding to pedestrians at a crosswalk or looking both ways before crossing a street.
Police Chief Joseph O'Connor says it's a light-hearted way to connect positively with the community.
Instead of a fine or a court appearance, these citations can be redeemed for two scoops of ice cream at Reasons to be Cheerful, a local dessert cafe. The owner of the restaurant, Wade Rubinstein, agreed to donate the ice cream.

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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- A Massachusetts college has changed all the speed limit signs on campus to honor a retired mathematics professor who spent his career fascinated by the number 17.
The speed limit change from 15 mph to 17 mph at Hampshire College was made at the request of the professor, David Kelly. He didn't want a retirement party when he stepped down after 45 years on the faculty at the college in Amherst.
Kelly knows countless facts about 17, the seventh prime number. He says it has had broad applications in mathematics and other disciplines. There are many fun facts about 17, including that there are 17 columns on the long side of the Parthenon in Greece.
Kelly says the tribute "captures Hampshire's uniqueness."
 

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