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Mad Minute stories from Thursday. May 17th

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ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A 93-year-old Ohio man wrapped up his nearly seven decades of golfing with his first hole-in-one.
Ben Bender told The Zanesville Times Recorder “the Lord knew” this was his last round and gave him a hole-in-one.
Bender aced the 152-yard third hole last month at Green Valley Golf Course in Zanesville with a 5-wood.
He says he was in awe watching it, but then his hip started bothering him, forcing him to stop after a few more holes. He headed to the clubhouse, bringing his golfing career to a memorable end.
Bender says he began playing when he was 28, whittling his handicap down to a 3 at one point.
He says he hates giving up the game, but knows he can’t play forever.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury gave Blake Wheeler quite an earful.
During a scrum behind Vegas' net with 2:34 left in the second period of the Golden Knights' 4-2 victory over Winnipeg on Wednesday night, Fleury reached over with his left hand and tickled the left ear of the Jets' unsuspecting Blake Wheeler.
"I did that?" said a playful Fleury, who also made 33 saves in the win. "There's cameras everywhere."
There sure are — and video of the ear tickle quickly became a big hit on social media.
"I was just sitting there and people, they were fighting," Fleury said, "and (I was) trying to have a little smile by myself. That was it."
Wheeler, whose helmet was off and had his back to the goalie, somehow seemed unfazed by the, well, "eary" feeling.
The Jets forward, who was draped over the back of the net, didn't even turn to look behind him to see who was responsible for the tickle as he continued yapping at Vegas players while getting himself back onto his skates.
The Golden Knights lead the Western Conference final series 2-1, and host Game 4 on Friday night.
Oh, and Wheeler might want to keep his ears clear of Fleury's frolicking fingers.
 
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NEW YORK (AP) — The owner for a New York City condominium is offering a trip to outer space included with the purchase of an $85 million dollar apartment.
The condo is a 15,000 square-foot duplex located on the entirety of the 45th floor of the Atelier building on west 42nd street in Manhattan. WNBC-TV reports the steep price tag for the 10-bedroom, 11-bathroom apartment comes with a number of amenities, including two seats on a trip to outer space.
Amenities included with the $85 million home also include two Rolls Royce Phantom luxury cars, a Lamborghini, courtside seats for Brooklyn Nets games, a mansion in the Hamptons for the summer, a live-in butler and a private chef.

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BOSTON (AP) — A person sporting a Spider-Man costume joined commuters on a Boston subway train — dangling from a handrail.
Twitter user Ashley Armstrong tweeted a video Wednesday of the masked superhero checking a smartphone while hanging upside down on a Green Line train. Armstrong tweeted: "Just another day on the #MBTA."
The Boston Globe reports that eager fans took to Reddit to share pictures and stories of the nimble web-slinger, who was obviously surfing the web.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Six young squirrels whose tails were stuck together by tree sap are recovering after a Nebraska wildlife expert untangled them.
A Nebraska Humane Society worker rescued the squirrels from a pine tree in Omaha last week. Nebraska Wildlife Rehab executive director Laura Stastny told the Omaha World-Herald that the sap-covered tails became knotted as the youngsters wrestled in their nest. Stastny says they are about 8 weeks old.
Resident Craig Luttman spotted the rodents' predicament, describing it Thursday as "kind of like a tug of war, going in completely opposite directions."
Stastny gave the squirrels a mild painkiller before removing the sticky fur and untangling them. She says some of them suffered injuries to their tails, but that she expects all six to be released in a few weeks.

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May 17 (UPI) -- An Ohio family is crediting their cat with saving their lives after it alerted them to a carbon monoxide leak in their home.
David Kecskes of Covedale said he, his wife and their two children were sleeping in the early hours Tuesday when their normally quiet cat, Mr. Boo, woke them up with loud meowing.
"I woke up to my cat meowing. He never meows. He usually just squeaks or doesn't meow at all. It's actually kind of a joke in our family," Kecskes' daughter, Ariana, told WKRC-TV.
The family said they got out of bed just in time to see Boo faint from the gas inhalation.
"We just saw Boo fall and pass out right here," David Kecskes told WXIX-TV.
Ariana Kecskes said she believes the cat was trying to warn his humans about the carbon monoxide.
"He was sort of stumbling down the hallway and he just kept meowing. He seemed to kind of want us to get us out of the house," Kecskes said. "He passed out so many times trying to wake us all up and that's just amazing because he's never really meowed before. It's like he's been waiting his whole life to do this one heroic thing."
The family rushed to evacuate their house.
"My daughter fainted in the hallway, my son fainted on the back porch and our cat fainted in the living room. And I'm dizzy and my mom's dizzy. And my wife's dizzy," David Kecskes told 911 dispatchers.
The family members were taken to a hospital and later released. Mr. Boo and the family's other cat also recovered from the gas inhalation.
Green Township Fire Department Assistant Chief Kevin Hummeldorf said Mr. Boo likely saved his family's lives.
"Had this situation gone on much longer the outcome could have been different," he said. "It's colorless, it's odorless, it's tasteless, so it is a silent, it's a silent killer if you will."

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May 17 (UPI) -- A mass hatching of lake flies on a Wisconsin lake was so dense it was picked up by a local TV station's weather radar.
The radar image shared by WLUK-TV shows a large green mass over Lake Winnebago that analysts said was a swarm of millions of lake flies hatching.
Lake flies live only a few days and their larvae serve as a food source for Lake Winnebago's sturgeon, the station said.
Local witnesses posted photos to social media showing gigantic swarms of lake flies after they flew out over land.

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May 17 (UPI) -- Police in Colorado are investigating after a live ferret sent through the mail chewed its way out of a cardboard box at a postal facility.
Denver Animal Protection said field officers responded to a U.S. Postal Service facility in Denver after workers reported a ferret was loose inside the building.
The workers determined the ferret had been mailed in a cardboard box and chewed its way to freedom inside the facility.
"The animal apparently didn't like it's traveling arrangements and chewed its way out and got out at the general mail facility," Denver Animal Protection Field Officer Lorraine Pacheco told KCNC-TV.
The Denver Police Department said an investigation has been opened. They said the package was sent from Fort Morgan and investigators have identified the sender. Police are now determining whether animal cruelty charges will be filed.
Pacheco said the ferret was dehydrated and exhausted when it arrived at the Denver Animal Shelter, where staff dubbed the animal FedEx. She said the ferret has since recovered and is "acting like a normal ferret."
Pacheco urged people who need to transport their pets to look into the proper methods.
"You put them in a live animal carrier; you have to pay for a health certificate and you have to have them vaccinated," she said. "Please don't ship live animals through the post office."
Unusual live animals are occasionally found to have been improperly mailed -- the Federal Police of Mexico said in February that a live tiger cub was found inside a plastic tub sent through the express mail.

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The man who voices subway announcements is the first person many hear in the morning and the last person many hear at night, but that's about to change because there's a new voice coming to the subway.
Life-long New Yorker Velina Mitchell knows what it's like to ride the subway. She's hoping to be a calming presence for commuters with her new announcements.
"I hope it just feels real to them," she said at the MTA's Rail Control Center. "The whole thing is to make it a pleasant ride for the customer and if it helps them pay attention a little bit better, saying, 'Oh, I can recognize that, that's a New Yorker, she's here for me.' That's what I really want."
Hailing from Corona, Queens, she's a regular rider of the No. 7 train. And if her voice sounds familiar, that's because the 25-year veteran of the MTA has already been broadcast across the subway system.
"I already do this as a living for New York City Transit," she said. "I speak to the subway platforms every day, so when there's a delay, you've probably heard my voice before."
The MTA wasn't even looking for a new voice for the subway system, but when they heard Mitchell's voice come over the announcements, they knew she was the one who could cut through the normally noisy commute for New Yorkers.
"We heard her talking and we said, 'That's it. She's the one,'" MTA spokesman Jon Weinstein said. "She's the voice that we want to put into the system and what was really important to us was having a life-long New Yorker."
The MTA started rolling out the new announcements last month and will continue expanding the reach over the coming weeks. But the secret celebrity has already heard her own message loud and clear during a recent commute.
"Now I know how artists feel when they hear their record for the first time, so when I heard my announcements for the first time it was awesome," she said.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Tobias Smith, 24, was arrested Tuesday in Daytona Beach for fleeing and eluding police units.
According to the Daytona Beach Police Department's Facebook page, Smith failed to stop for a marked police car, then ran a red light and hit another vehicle. The driver of that vehicle was badly shaken but not seriously injured, according to the post.
Police say Smith then struck a light pole, then crashed into the front of a barber shop off Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd.
The barber shop had several customers inside but no one was injured.
According to authorities, Smith then took off on foot but was eventually caught after his pants fell down to his knees causing him to trip.


 

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