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Mad Minute stories from Friday, April 29th

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Some people are cat people, others clearly aren't. Apparently, that includes a postman in Patchway, England. 
The Royal Mail has told Matthew Simpson to restrain his cat, or they'll stop delivering his mail. Simpson says he was told his 4-year-old cat, Bella, is a potential hazard, and a threat to staff, because every time the postman pushes mail through the letterbox, Bella snatches the mail with her claws. Royal Mail says that can be dangerous to the postman's fingers. 
Now, the only way Simpson can continue getting mail at his house, is to either provide a safe, alternative post box, or restrain Bella at all times. 
Simpson says he thinks Bella is just trying to play -- thinking it's a game, but he's noticed the postman has been hesitant about putting the mail in. 
He says he has no plans to restrain Bella, and is still trying to figure out a solution.

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PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) -- A Princeton University professor has published a CV of his career failures as a way to give perspective to students who are feeling discouraged.
Johannes Haushofer (YO'-hawn HOWS'-haw-fer) writes atop the CV that most of what he tries fails, but those failures are often invisible. The assistant professor of psychology says it gives the wrong impression that most things work out for him, so people "are more likely to attribute their own failures to themselves."
The CV is divided into sections with titles like "Degree programs I did not get into" and "Academic positions and fellowships I did not get."
He says he got the idea from an article in the journal Nature.
The list ends with a "Meta-Failure" that the CV has received "way more attention" than his entire body of academic work.

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EASTON, Pa. (AP) -- A Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to what his attorney called a "crime of stupidity": burglarizing a neighbor's home by cutting a hole in the wall between his basement and the neighbor's.
Public defender Anthony Rybak told a Northampton County judge he didn't see how anyone could think he'd get away with such a crime.
The (Allentown) Morning Call says that's why 22-year-old Sammy Paul Buskirk pleaded guilty Thursday to burglary, telling the judge he's a heroin addict.
Buskirk acknowledged sawing through his wall on Dec. 4 to create a hole to get into the neighbor's home where he stole $200 worth of quarters.
The judge sentenced Buskirk to three months in jail followed by five years of probation, which will include long-term inpatient drug treatment.

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NASHVILLE, TN - A south Nashville man was ordered by his homeowners association to remove a zombie statue from his front yard. 
You've probably seen the statue in question if you've ever looked through a Sky Mall catalog while you're on a plane. 
Jim Grinstead says he and his wife have had the statue, which they call "Clawed" for five years, so the letter from the HOA came as a surprise. 
He says what's more shocking, is that he recently spent $12,000 to redo his yard, but that's what the HOA focused on. 
Grinstead says he and his wife have a good sense of humor, and the statue is a reflection of their personality. 
Here's a copy of the letter: 
"The Covenants, Conditions & Restriction for Bayview state, 'Section 6. Duty to Maintain Lot. From and after the date construction of a single family residence on a lot is begun, it shall be the duty of each lot owner to keep the grass on the lot properly cut, to keep the lot free from weeds and trash, and to keep it otherwise neat and attractive in appearance. Should any owner fail to do so, the declarant, or the association, may take such action as it deems appropriate, including mowing, in order to make the lot neat and attractive and the owner shall, immediately upon demand, reimburse declarant or the association for all expenses incurred in so doing, together with interest at the rate provided herein, and declarant or the association shall have a lien on that lot and the improvements thereon to secure the repayment of such amounts. Such lien may be enforced for foreclosure against that Lot and the improvements thereon, but such lien shall be subordinate to any mortgage or deed of trust thereon."
Grinstead says he plans to removed "Clawed" this week. 

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SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) -- It literally was a whale of a job.
Crews on Friday finished removing the 60,000-ton carcass of a rotting whale from a Southern California beach.
A contractor working for the state parks department spent two days using an excavator to cut up the 40-foot whale, which was hauled off to a San Diego County landfill.
The end of the two-day, $30,000 project included skimming the top layer of sand off the Lower Trestles, a surfing beach near San Clemente where the whale washed ashore on Sunday.
That was to eliminate any sand contaminated by the whale's body fluids.
"As they started to dismember the carcass, they said it was messy but it wasn't as messy as it could have been," Rich Haydon, area state parks superintendent, told the Orange County Register.
"It's to be expected there will be a little bit of a smell down there for a while," he said, "but I think we dodged a bullet."
The whale was a tourist attraction for a few days. Despite an overpowering stench, some people skipped work or school to snap photos with the towering carcass.
However, few people were on hand Friday for the finish.
Nick Lind of Newport Beach and Matthew Howell of San Clemente were surfing as the last remnants of the whale were being removed.
"It did have an interesting stench to it, sort of like a rotten baked potato," Lind said. "It was overpowering when we were near shore."
Lind said he wasn't worried about sharks that might have been attracted by the whale's remains.

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GENEVA (AP) -- It's one of the physics world's most complex machines, and it has been immobilized - temporarily - by a weasel.
Spokesman Arnaud Marsollier says the world's largest atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN outside of Geneva, has suspended operations because a weasel invaded a transformer that helps power the machine and set off an electrical outage on Thursday night.
Authorities say the incident was one of several small glitches that will delay plans to restart the $4.4 billion collider by a few days.
Marsollier says Friday that the weasel died - and little remains of it.
Officials of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known by its French acronym CERN, have been gearing up for new data from the 27-kilometer (17-mile) circuit that runs underground on the Swiss-French border.

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DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- The University of New Hampshire now acknowledges that spending $17,000 on a custom-made chef's table with LED lights for the campus dining hall was a mistake.
Initially, university officials thought the light-up table would allow the dining staff to interact with students and demonstrate healthy cooking techniques.
But word soon got out about the $17,570 price tag on the 16-seat table, which was installed several weeks ago. The school newspaper wrote about it, and other media outlets picked up on it.
The table costs nearly as much as in-state students pay annually for tuition and fees.
On Friday, UNH spokeswoman Erika Mantz told The Associated Press that having a chef's table was a good idea, but much less money should have been spent.
The university plans to keep the table.

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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - When police need help, who do they call? Firefighters apparently.
WDAF-TV reports that several officers recently became stuck in an elevator at a Kansas City, Missouri police academy building.
A commander at the St. Louis Fire Department tweeted a photo of the subsequent rescue, saying, "This shot of @KCMOFireDept #Firefighters rescuing @KCPolice from a stalled elevator wins the internet for today."
No injuries were reported, and everyone was in good spirits, reports WDAF-TV. 

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FRESNO, CA (WCMH) - Deputies in Fresno, California arrested a man they say was watering his lawn naked.
Neighbors called 911 when they spotted Robert Lopez, 37, outside with no clothes on drinking beer.
When deputies arrived, they told Lopez he needed to get dressed. The police report says Lopez then got angry, swore at the deputy and threw a beer bottle. Lopez then threatened to get a gun and shoot him.
The deputy then called for backup and grabbed the rifle from his car. Lopez then put on a pair of shorts and went inside his house.
A short time later, Lopez came back outside holding a knife with an 8-inch blade. The deputy ordered Lopez to drop the knife or else he would be shot.
Lopez then threw the knife at the deputy, but it missed. A second deputy, no on scene, then shot Lopez in the stomach with a bean-bag round from his less than lethal shotgun. Lopez fell to the ground and was taken into custody.
Lopez now faces felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, resisting arrest and a misdemeanor for indecent exposure.

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Police in Barcelona, Spain are trying to find two people who were caught on camera having sex at a subway station. 
People were literally walking by as it was going on, but somehow police didn't notice at the time. Officers say it's possible the pair wasn't actually having sex, and instead may have been doing some kind of performance, but that's unclear. Either way, they could still face charges. 
If they were trying to keep their relationship underground, clearly this was not the best way to do that. 

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