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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, May 30th

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May 30 (UPI) -- Signs along North Carolina highways serving as the route of an upcoming Ironman race were hacked to warn of delays stemming from "idiots on bikes."
Gene Caffrey said he was riding on Old U.S. Route 1 near Moncure last weekend when he spotted the electronic sign warning drivers to expect delays June 3 because of "***holes on bikes."
"I didn't think it was real. I thought I was seeing things," he told WTVD-TV. "Seeing the signs like that, it just sends the wrong message."
Beci Markijohn Beasley posted a video to Facebook showing a sign along U.S. Route 64, near Jordan Lake, that showed a similar warning about "idiots on bikes."
Caffrey, who has participated in two Ironman races, said the signs stoke tensions between drivers and cyclists.
"It's dangerous. We're up against thousands of pounds of cars and you got to stay as safe as possible," he said. "At the end of the day, we're coming home to our families. We want to stay safe and we're drivers too. Everyone's got to understand the rules out there, and why we're at where we're at on the road and how we ride."
The North Carolina Department of Transportation said it does not own the signs. The signs, which might belong to Ironman and were apparently hacked, showed the normal warning messages, sans commentary, on Tuesday.

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An Ohio police department took to Facebook this week with a faux advisory for meth users about Zika. 
"WARNING: If you have recently purchased Meth in Preble, Montgomery, Darke or Butler Counties it may be contaminated with the Zika Virus," the Gratis Police Department wrote.
They added, "Please bring it to the Gratis Police Department and we will test it for free. If you're not comfortable coming into our office, please contact us and we'll test your Meth in the privacy of your home."
Gratis police later acknowledged that the drug is unable to host the virus.
"We're just trying to keep things lighthearted and humanize the police department with some jokes," Assistant Chief Dennis Blankenship told Fox 45. "We're not doing it to arrest 100 people that are going to bring in meth. Drug addiction is a serious issue and I pride myself in helping people when it comes to that."
Blankenship said the Facebook post, which has racked up more than 3,100 reactions and 800 comments as of Wednesday afternoon, wasn't intended to lead to arrests.
But that didn't stop people from questioning the department's motive.
"Isnt this entrapment?" a commenter asked.
"I do not support or condone the use of this drug, and get that it's a funny post. But wouldn't this be considered entrapment. The police persuading you to do something you wouldn't normally do in order to bust you?" another echoed.
"Do you really think we're being serious and expect people to show up? Come on now. And if they do why do you care? It's more drugs off the street right," police replied.
The police department continued, "You have to be persistent in attempting to persuade the person to commit the crime they otherwise wouldn't be committing. But if they are already in possession of Meth then they are not committing any crime that they wouldn't already be committing."
Others had different takes on the situation.
"Should be going after the dealers that's distributing it and furthering addiction. Or how about the ones bringing it in to the dealers ?"
"We are," police replied. "Every single day."
But at least one Facebook user suggested police in the area have a bigger problem that needs to be addressed.
"I don't live there, so I'm unaware of the meth problem. But after reading the posts, you've got a bigger problem on your hands. Seems those in your area suffer from a serious lack of humor," the user wrote.
 
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Social media users were horrified following a viral video that showed a woman shaving her legs at a public pool in Florida.
The video showed an unidentified woman sitting by the edge of a pool, shaving her legs as children swam nearby. The children did not appear to notice the quick shave.
The people who captured the moment on video were heard saying, "Oh my God! This lady is shaving in the pool!"
"I hope she don't shave her hoo-ha next!" the woman recording was heard saying.
Fortunately, the video cut off at that time. The video was uploaded to Reddit on Monday where it received more than 55,000 upvotes and 1,600 comments. However, the post was later locked which barred people from adding additional comments or upvotes.
"Of course this happened in Florida. It's the trashiest state in the union," one social media user wrote.
"Yeah I used to work at a public pool and for whatever reason they attract the worst of humanity. I would never swim in a public pool after that experience," another person wrote.
It was not immediately clear where the public pool was located or if there were any rules posted by the pool. The Orlando Sentinel reported Florida has "extensive statutes regarding pool safety" which include swimmers to bathe before entering a pool and "no spitting or bodily fluids in the pool." However, there appear to be no statutes against shaving in a pool. 

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Members of a church in Maine were devastated Tuesday morning after discovering that someone had broken in and vandalized the property in addition to stealing from the food pantry.
The Old Orchard Beach United Methodist Church said that some time between Monday night and Tuesday morning, someone had "forcibly entered the food pantry" after entering the property through a door that had been left open.
According to police, the burglar left with three frozen pizzas and some ice cream.
But the church seemed to be more upset about the damage done than that the items stolen.
"They spent a substantial amount of time vandalizing the pantry and the church. There was nothing done that can't be cleaned or fixed, but still disrespectful of the church and the community we serve."
The extent of the damage was seen in several photos that the church shared on its Facebook.
The church said it will be taking measures "to secure the building" going forward, but offered its "prayers" for the thief.
"Please pray for the person or persons involved in this unfortunate incident and - as always -for our wonderful community."

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KHGI) — A Nebraska man's chocolate craving landed him behind bars over the weekend.
Grand Island police said they responded to an alarm call Saturday afternoon at the Dairy Queen on Eddy Street, where officers said they found Joseph Lewandowski, 18, hiding with a bag of crushed Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
Capt. Jim Duering said Lewandowski admitted to using a screwdriver, which he was found with, to break into a freezer to steal the treat.
He was arrested for burglary and possession of burglary tools and remained in the Hall County Jail Monday.

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HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — A group of New York commuters got together around "9 o'clock on a Saturday" and sang a rendition of Billy Joel's famous ballad, "Piano Man."
A video posted on Twitter captured nearly everyone aboard the Long Island Railroad train bound for Huntington singing in unison to the song on May 19.
Professional tennis player Julia Elbaba — who posted the video — says she was on the train talking with a man who mentioned he was in a Billy Joel tribute band.
Elbaba says she sang a few bars with the man and soon, the whole car was singing.
The 23-year-old Oyster Bay resident said in her post on Twitter that she wished LIRR riders could always get along that well.

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A 6-foot-long boa constrictor reported loose in Binghamton, New York, has been found — beneath the owner's kitchen sink.
A Facebook post by the Broome County Humane Society on behalf of the owner said the pet snake escaped its enclosure earlier this week and was last seen near the high school. The county office of emergency services issued a statement Tuesday saying people should "exercise caution and keep small children and small animals away" if they came across the snake.
But on Wednesday morning, the reptile's owner told local media that Bella the boa had apparently never left his apartment building and was found safe in his kitchen.
Red-tailed boa constrictors eat small mammals, killing their prey by squeezing them to death. They're typically docile as pets.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a felon convicted on gun charges after accepting a Facebook "friend" request from an undercover police officer.
A court panel on Tuesday said a detective's viewing of 40-year-old Terrance Everett's Facebook page did not violate constitutional prohibitions against illegal searches.
Everett was sentenced as a habitual offender last year to 15 years in prison after being convicted of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited.
Everett was arrested in 2015 after accepting a friend request about two years earlier from a detective using a fictitious Facebook profile.
The detective then used information gained from Everett's posts, including a photo of showing a handgun on a nightstand, to obtain a search warrant for Everett's house, where officers found a loaded 9mm pistol.

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MACUNGIE, Pennsylvania (AP) — When wedding guests cheered a couple tying the knot over the Memorial Day Weekend, the excitement wasn't just about the union — some of it stemmed from the football jersey the groom slipped into before saying "I do."
Jennifer Sullivan says she was so certain the Philadelphia Eagles would lose the Super Bowl that she told fiancé Patrick Hanks he could wear a jersey to their wedding if the team won. To her surprise, the Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33.
So when Sullivan and Hanks were married May 26 at Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, Pennsylvania, the groom stripped off his tux jacket, grabbed a Carson Wentz jersey from the bushes behind him and donned it as guests broke into a celebratory Eagles chant.

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KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A 71-year-old woman has completed her mission of performing a headstand in all 50 states.
The Ketchikan Daily News reports retiree Anne Bruinooge checked the last state off her list Thursday as she laid down a mat and did a headstand outside of the Alaska newspaper's office.
Bruinooge says she has been traveling around the country for the past decade, doing headstands in every state that she and her husband visit.
Bruinooge, who is an avid participant of yoga, says her motivation was simply "the fun of doing headstands."
Bruinooge says she isn't sure if anyone else has ever attempted to do a headstand in each state.


 

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