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Mad Minute stories from Thursday, April 26th

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BOERNE, Texas (AP) — So many people have registered for a very short road race near San Antonio that no other “underachievers” are allowed to enroll.
The first Boerne (BER’-nee) 0.5K is scheduled for May 5 in the city of the same name.
Organizers say their city permit won’t allow more than 100 “fellow underachievers” on the 546-yard (499-meter) course.
Race entry costs $25. The event is raising funds for Blessings in a Backpack, which provides foods at the weekend for underprivileged children.
There’s also a VIP option: For big shots not wishing to expend any energy, a 1963 Volkswagen bus will transport them the length of the course for an extra $25.
A couple of brewpubs are sponsoring the event, and participants will get free beer at the start and finish lines.

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BERLIN (AP) — German police say they rushed to an apartment in the southwestern town of Neustadt after receiving a call about suspected domestic abuse — only to barge in on a voluntary class on Japanese bondage.
Neustadt police said Thursday a concerned neighbor called to report that two men were abusing a half-naked woman in a nearby apartment. When police arrived they instead found the tenant, a teacher of Japanese Shibari, instructing a couple in the basics of erotic bondage.
In a statement headlined "Fifty Shades of Neustadt," police said "the couple was well and in a good mood" when they inquired about their situation Wednesday night.
They even offered to have the officers participate in the class, but the police politely declined.
 
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A coyote taking a daylight stroll through Philadelphia was trapped under a large metal trash bin near a school Thursday and it was later euthanized.
The coyote was spotted along the city's downtown waterfront before police and animal control officers cornered and trapped it about 3 miles away in south Philadelphia.
Thursday's encounter marked the second time in a week that Philadelphia police have dealt with a coyote. On Monday, one was captured and released in a city park about 15 miles away from the school.
Officials at the Pennsylvania Game Commission think it may have been the same animal.
"We believe that it may be the same coyote because of its demeanor, because of it slack of fear of humans," said Dustin Stoner, an information and education supervisor for the commission's southeast region. "Typically, coyotes aren't as visible in urban areas as this one is or has been."
Stoner noted that the coyote seemed habituated to humans in both cases. He said it was put down to prevent people— especially children — from confusing the wild animal with a stray dog.

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(Huffington Post) Not quite the hot look she had in mind.
Spartanburg, South Carolina, resident Erika Shoolbred posted a video Monday showing her hair dryer catching fire and then appearing to shoot flames.
"Talk about a bad hair day!" Shoolbred joked in a Facebook post. "My new hair dryer (more like hair frier) from OraCorp on Amazon.com became a blow torch on its first use this morning."
Shoolbred was left with a small burn on her hand but was otherwise unharmed. She said she had to run the dryer "under the sink" to finally extinguish the flames. The product has apparently been pulled from Amazon, and Shoolbred told her friends that she's gotten a full refund from the site.
While most commenters were happy she was OK, some were skeptical of the video's authenticity, pointing out that you don't see the back of the hair dryer.
We'll leave that judgment call to you. We're just thankful this incident didn't happen to someone wearing the company's bonnet dryer attachment.

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April 26 (UPI) -- A Maryland woman said the "lucky numbers" listed inside her fortune cookie earned their title when they won her a $30,070 lottery jackpot.
The Hanover woman told Maryland Lottery officials she joked to her father that he needed to win the lottery so he could pay for her upcoming wedding, so she presented her with a Keno ticket.
The woman said her father had used the numbers from a fortune cookie they had gotten the previous night from a Chinese restaurant.
The 25-year-old bride-to-be said she put her father in charge of checking whether the ticket he had given her was a winner.
"He texted me, saying, 'Honey I think we just won $30' and I immediately thought to myself that it wasn't the amount I was hoping to win on the lottery," the winner said. "He then told me, 'Not $30, but $30,000!' I was very excited after that!"

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April 26 (UPI) -- Security cameras at a Chinese phone shop were rolling when a dog took control of a three-wheeler cab and crashed through the wall of the business.
The footage, filmed Sunday at a store in Taizhou City, Jiangsu Province, shows customers and workers quickly darting out of the way as the three-wheeler taxi cab crashes through the wall and store displays.
The vehicle initially appears to be driverless, but witnesses soon discover the cab is occupied -- by a dog.
The cab driver said he had left his dog alone in the vehicle with the engine running and the canine apparently knocked the cab out of park, sending it crashing through the store.

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April 26 (UPI) -- A Swiss town shared a photo snapped by a police speed camera that was triggered when a duck flew by over the speed limit.
The photo, posted to Facebook by the local government in Koniz, shows the duck flying down the street at a quick enough speed to trigger the speed camera.
The post said the duck was flying 32 mph in an 18-mph speed limit zone.
The town joked it was unclear what the punishment would be for "flying too fast" on a city street.

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April 26 (UPI) -- An annoyed Walmart customer in Kentucky took matters into his own hands by using the PA system to call for assistance.
Forrest Hunter said he was annoyed when he visited the Lawrenceburg Walmart and couldn't locate any employees to help him in the sporting goods section.
Hunter shared a video showing him pick up a store phone and use the PA to call for help.
"Customer needs assistance in sporting goods, please," Hunter says in the video. "I'm the customer."
Hunter said an apologetic employee did eventually arrive in the section to help him.

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April 26 (UPI) -- A Canadian family vacationing in Costa Rica captured video of their encounter with a bold monkey that climbed into their hotel room and stole some snacks.
The video, filmed by Paul Zarnett of Toronto, shows Zarnett and his family watching monkeys from their hotel balcony.
One of the monkeys climbs into the room and steals snacks the family had left on the table.
The family laughs as the monkey flees to a nearby tree to eat the snacks.
A second monkey appears on the balcony moments later in an apparent search for snacks.
"We don't have anymore. Your friend took them all!" Zarnett tells the late arrival.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- An art installation at the University of Utah campus is turning heads and sparking a buzz on social media during finals week.
At Marriott Library, students fill the floors with the sounds of flipping through books, reciting facts and information, and shuffling through notes.
They're summing up a semester's worth of work, in preparation for their brains to be picked.
"We have two tests tomorrow and then another one on Friday, and then another one next Wednesday," U of U freshman Chidi Ahanonu said.
"They load us up with finals like you wouldn't believe," said Jayden Skinner, another freshman studying biomedical engineering.
With that, might come the sound of crying, as the stress and pressure builds up.
Ahanonu said there's certainly, "the need to relieve some stress."
In the middle of a walkway at Marriott, graduating College of Fine Arts senior Nemo Miller built a space just for that—The Cry Closet.
The makeshift room features a narrow door, and inside, dark fabric lining and a plush floor filled with stuffed animals.
A timer hangs on the inside of the door, and two dome lights provide a low, ambient light.
On the outside of the door, a framed page reads: "A Safe Place for Stressed Out Students."
"This space is meant to provide a place for students studying for finals to take a short 10 minute break," the note states.
On Wednesday evening, students stopped at the The Cry Closet to take pictures and step inside. While some laughed at the novelty, others checked it out with quiet reflection.
Those who have seen it took to Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook to share pictures and talk about the small safe space.
Skinner said that's how he found out about The Cry Closet.
Others, like Ahanonu, happened to wander by and noticed the curious pop-up room.
There's a few simple rules to abide by, outlined on the door. They include: Knock before entering, only one person in the room at a time and don't stay longer than 10 minutes.
"It's a great place to just come and decompress, and that's really what it's for," said Jana Cunningham with the U of U communications office.
She said the university offers counseling to students who are feeling especially overwhelmed, but that The Cry Closet is great for students who need a moment in all the stress.
While students like Ahanonu and Skinner said they themselves might not use the room, they think it's a great idea.
"I just think it's good to be able to get away for a minute," Skinner said.
The Cry Closet will stay in its spot for students to use until May 2.


 

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