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Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, November 14th

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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - A novice surfer mastered a pro's move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.
The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm.
A British doctor who arrived in Australia two months ago to work, Fry said Tuesday he had recently watched a YouTube video in which Australian professional surfer Mick Fanning described his famous escape from a great white shark during a surfing competition in 2015.
"So when it happened, I was like: 'Just do what Mick did. Just punch it in the nose,'" Fry told Nine Network television. "So Mick, if you're watching or listening, I owe you a beer. Thank you very much."
Fry, 25 and a surfing beginner, was in the water with three doctor friends when he was attacked off Avoca Beach, 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of Sydney
"I was out surfing and I got this massive thud on my right-hand side; it completely blindsided me," Fry said.
"I thought it was a friend goofing around. I turned and I saw this shark come out of the water and breach its head," he said.
"So I just punched it in the face with my left hand and then managed to scramble back on my board, shout at me friends and luckily a wave came, so I just sort of surfed the wave in," he added.
Fry said he wasn't conscious of his injured and bleeding arm until he reached the shore.
"I didn't really notice it at the time because when you're surfing, all I'm thinking was: 'I'm about to die. I'm literally about to die,'" Fry said.
"So I thought ... 'get in as fast as possible, ride the wave for as long as you can and then just start paddling for your life,'" he added.
Fry's friends drove him to Gosford Hospital, where they all worked, to be treated. The beach was closed for 24 hours.
Lifeguards spotted the 3-meter (10-foot) shark that attacked Fry close to shore and would use drones on Tuesday to check that it had left the area, Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.
Fry said he could not return to the ocean for a week due to his injuries, but "after then, I'll be racing to get back in."
Fanning was competing at the J-Bay Open in South Africa two years ago when he was knocked off his board by a shark yet escaped unscathed. The video of the attack and Fanning speaking about it has been viewed more than 24 million times on YouTube.

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HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) - Middle school students in a Virginia home economics class were mistakenly given a worksheet that quizzed them on what an extramarital affair is as well as "boy toy" and "trophy wife."
WTVR reported Monday that the teacher at the school outside Richmond, Virginia, had downloaded the worksheet from the internet. The superintendent for Hopewell schools said it was never part of the curriculum.
Parents at Carter G. Woodson Middle School were angry. The "Family Quiz" worksheet was assigned Friday in a Family & Consumer Sciences class.
It began with questions such as "What do you call the father of your father?"
But questions also asked: "What do you call it when a married person has a relationship with someone else?" and "What do you call the much younger boyfriend of an older woman?"
 
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MIAMI (AP) - A notorious Florida conman will serve his 20-year sentence in solitary at the infamous federal Supermax prison -- at his request.
A federal judge granted Jimmy Sabatino's request during a Monday hearing in Miami. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports Sabatino told federal Judge Joan Lenard the only way to stop him from committing cons is to keep him from contacting the outside world.
Sabatino pleaded guilty to running a $10 million fraud from his cell at Miami's federal jail where he was being held for an earlier fraud. In his latest con, the 41-year-old Gambino crime family associate used smuggled cellphones to dupe luxury retailers to send jewelry, watches and other items to his outside co-conspirators.
The Supermax penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, holds some of the nation's worst criminals.

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Police in Denmark says a man is suspected of stealing 12 of Copenhagen's green public benches that Danes instantly associate with the capital city.
Investigator Jesper Cederholm says the unidentified Dane, who was briefly detained Aug. 29, had confessed to stealing 12 benches out of a total of 65 benches that have gone missing and selling them online.
The benches had been reported stolen since mid-2016.
Copenhagen is home to about 3,000 of the green benches, which feature a dark grey painted iron frame with wrought swirls and weigh approximately 35 kilograms (77 pounds). They cost about 8,000 kroner ($1,250) each and were first introduced in the 1880s.
Cederholm said Thursday the case would now be brought to court after a three-month investigation.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls woman is facing an aggravated assault charge after police say she hit a man in the head with a frying pan.
Police say the 49-year-old woman apparently didn't like the man's singing and struck him at her home Saturday afternoon. The victim and a friend left and called police. KSFY-TV says his injuries weren't serious. Authorities say drugs or alcohol were not involved.

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(Fox) A Florida man was arrested after police caught him drunk driving his lawn mower down a major highway, Fox 13 reported.
Police in Port St. Lucie noticed a man driving unsteadily down U.S. Highway 1 on Nov. 3, according to the report. The man, Kenneth Burton Alleshouse, 56, was riding his red Snapper lawn mower down the road while carrying a case of Budweiser beer, Fox 13 said.
Kenneth Burton Alleshouse, 56, reportedly had a blood alcohol level that was three times above the legal limit.  (Port St. Lucie Police Department)
According to a news release from the police department, an officer pulled Alleshouse over and said they clearly detected the smell of alcohol.
Authorities tested the suspect's blood alcohol level, and while they did not release the exact number, they did say it was three times above the legal limit, Fox 13 said. The legal blood alcohol level in Florida is .08.
Alleshouse was arrested for driving under the influence and brought to the St. Lucie County Jail, Fox 13 said.
This is not the only odd DUI arrest police in Florida have made in this month. On Nov. 2, police arrested a woman in Lakeland who was drunkenly riding a horse down a highway.

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CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (WFLA) - A Clearwater Beach resident is fighting to keep his emotional support squirrel that lives with him at Island Walk Condominiums.
Ryan Boylan and Brutis are inseparable.
He rescued her last year after Hurricane Matthew.
"Ever since then I mean, oh my God, I can't imagine not being around her," said Boylan.
But he could lose her.
Property management discovered Brutis back in April when she was chased up a tree by a dog.
According to a complaint filed by the condo association to Boylan and the condo owner, exotic animals are not allowed. He never told the board about the animal.
He was sent a notice last month to give up the squirrel or be evicted.
"I was very sad that he had to basically push every single limitation that he could to try and get me out because of Brutis," said Boylan.
In the complaint, attorneys state Boylan never submitted paperwork that Brutis was an emotional support animal until this past summer.
His doctor's note was written in July.
Attorneys also state Boylan is residing in the unit as a tenant without having applied for and/or obtained approval from the association.
Boylan contacted the Office of Human Rights, claiming discrimination and they sent a letter to the association on his behalf, stating the Fair Housing Act, protecting emotional support animals.
News Channel 8 spoke to former board member, Sherry Arfa.
"I don't know if he's discriminated against. I'm sure it's like any emotional support dog, people ask questions," she said.
Condo officials say it's a liability if something happens.
"It's just like with any animal, you can have the nicest dog and they could bite somebody, it's no guarantee," said Arfa.
She feels the squirrel should be free.
"As I said if it was a gerbil or something that your grandkid had hiding under the bed, I'm sure that would be fine, but a squirrel is a wild animal," she said.
A note from Boylan's doctors states he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after a car accident.
Boylan registered Brutis under the website RegisterMyServiceAnimal.com
His case is pending.

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SYDNEY (AP) - A new Sydney Harbor ferry will be christened Ferry McFerryface - Sydney's second favorite choice after the now famous jokey Mc-moniker, Boaty McBoatface.
New South Wales state government officials overruled the most popular name for the ferry after the trendsetter was first snubbed last year as a name for a British polar survey vessel. That ship was christened Sir David Attenborough in honor of the naturalist and broadcaster and Boaty McBoatface became the name of one of its remotely operated submarines.
"Given 'Boaty' was already taken by another vessel, we've gone with the next most popular name nominated by Sydneysiders," New South Wales Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said in a statement Tuesday.
"Ferry McFerryface will be the harbor's newest icon and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike," he added.
Ferry McFerryface joins the ranks of Trainy McTrainface, a Swedish express train, and Horsey McHorseface, a Sydney racehorse, after a trend started by a suggestion from a former BBC radio host.
Sydney residents have been encouraged for the past year to name six boats in a new Sydney Harbor fleet through the Name Your Ferry website and more than 15,000 responded.
The other new ferries were named after prominent Sydney Aborigines Bungaree and Pemulwuy and Australian medical doctors Victor Chan, Catherine Hamlin and Fred Hollows.

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The man StepFeed calls "the most unfortunate groom ever" probably wishes he'd skipped his own bachelor party after a celebration in Egypt gone wrong. Per local police, 28-year-old Osman al-Alsaied was bidding adieu to his single days on Monday night when a fellow reveler decided to partake in what the New York Post calls a common but illegal tradition in Middle Eastern and Arab countries: shooting his gun into the air.
Except instead of pointing his gun skyward, the 26-year-old man accidentally fired toward al-Alsaied, hitting him in the hand, thigh, and testicles, the BBC reports.
The groom was rushed to the hospital with what was said to be serious injuries, while the shooter panicked and ran from the scene; he was later apprehended and arrested.
The incident has spurred a wave of criticism from those who decry the custom, with some calling it "regressive" and "reckless." "If you did this while expressing your happiness, what would you have done if you were angry or upset?" one posted on social media, per StepFeed, which noted al-Alsaied isn't the first to receive a gunfire-induced injury during wedding festivities.
Just last month, a 30-year-old wedding guest had to undergo emergency surgery after a stray bullet hit his thigh during the party. Public Radio International in 2016 noted such trigger-happy high jinks take place not only at weddings, but also at "funerals, graduations, birthdays … even when a political leader just talks on television." (This bride allegedly pulled a gun from her dress and opened fire.)

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Police in Massachusetts are warning drivers not to make their own license plates after one car was recently spotted with a homemade one.
On the Hopkinton Police Department's Facebook page, police posted a picture of a green Buick Century with a "fake" license plate they said was made from a pizza box and had the numbers drawn in with magic markers.
"Here's a little advice to those aspiring to make their own license plates... don't," read part of the Facebook post.
Charges for the driver include operating an uninsured and unregistered vehicle and attaching fake license plates.
The driver's name wasn't released.
 

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