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Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, October 10th

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(Baltimore Sun) Only in a college town could a 30-pack of beer become passé.
Natural Light, the cheap light beer and cause of many hangovers in college towns across America, has upped the ante just for College Park: a 77-pack.
That's not a typo — on Friday, the Anheuser-Busch brand known by many simply as "Natty" announced on Twitter it was releasing a 77-pack of its beer only to be sold in College Park, home to the University of Maryland. The release celebrates the year the brand was founded, 1977, according to the tweet.
Eric Best, general manager for Bob Hall LLC, a beer distributor based in Upper Marlboro, said his company began delivering the 77-packs to College Park liquor stores yesterday. They quickly sold out of their inventory — approximately 200 packs.
"It was selling out as our guys were delivering it off the trucks," Best said.
Best said Natural Light chose College Park because it was one of the original introductory markets for the brand when it launched. Ever since, it's been a "very, very popular brand" in the area, he said. (A spokesman for Natural Light declined an interview request today.)
The packaging is unlike anything Best has seen. It features a plastic lining that can hold ice like a cooler, he said.
On Tuesday morning, an employee who answered the phone at College Park Liquors said the store was sold out of the 77-pack — which weighs 65 pounds — and awaiting another delivery.
College Park liquor stores are selling each pack for around $30, Best said. He expects to deliver more packs soon, though as of now, they will only be available for the next couple weeks.
But Best said he's already spoken to a Natural Light brand manager about extending the pack's run due to demand.
"It's way beyond expectations," he said.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Police at a Florida airport removed a passenger who refused to get off a Cleveland-bound flight after she was found carrying an "emotional support squirrel."
Passengers had already boarded Frontier Airlines Flight 1612 at Orlando International Airport on Tuesday night when they were told there was a "situation" and everyone needed to get off the plane, according to passenger Brandon Nixon.
"Everyone was a little panicked. You expect the worst when they say something like that," the 24-year-old Ashland, Ohio resident said. "A lot of people were asking questions. People wanted to know what was going on."
As he exited the plane, Nixon said he asked a flight attendant if she had any other information. "All she said was 'a squirrel,'" he said.
But once they were back in the terminal, "word spread pretty quickly" about what was happening.
Frontier says the passenger had noted in her reservation that she was bringing an emotional support animal with her on the flight, but she did not indicate it was a squirrel. Rodents, including squirrels, are not one of the emotional support animals allowed on Frontier flights, according to its website.
The airline says police were called when the passenger refused to leave the plane. Nixon captured video of the moment the woman was escorted through the terminal, pumping her fist in the air as she clutched her carry-on bag with the squirrel on her lap.
"I knew I had to capture that moment just to show it. It's such an odd thing. Something you don't see every day," Nixon said.
The passengers boarded the plane 15 minutes later, taking off about two hours late. It arrived at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport at 11:57 p.m. EDT. But Nixon said most of the passengers didn't mind the delay because it was such a unique situation.
"This is going to be a story to remember for the rest of our lives," he said.
 
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RAYMOND, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire restaurant is offering free steak tips to anyone with tips on a recent burglary at their location.
Police say a man broke into Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery in Raymond around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and stole more than $25,000.
The man was captured on surveillance video entering the closed restaurant with a crowbar, and a restaurant manager says one of their safes was broken into.
The restaurant says in a Facebook post it is offering a $2,000 cash reward and free steak tips for the duration of the burglar's sentence to anyone who helps police catch the man.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Raymond police.

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(USA Today) Sunday's Erovnuli Liga match in Georgia between FC Dila and Torpedo Kutaisi ended in a 0-0 draw, but don't mistake the lack of scoring for a lack of entertainment.
During the second half, a dog ran onto the pitch and treated the field as a giant dog park. This very good dog went up to players and demanded belly rubs from the goalkeeper. 

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BOSTON (AP) — Anyone who can't make it to the moon to gather a few lunar rocks now has the opportunity to buy one right here on Earth.
A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) lunar meteorite discovered in Northwest Africa last year is up for auction by Boston-based RR Auction and could sell for $500,000 or more during online bidding that runs from Thursday until Oct. 18.
It is "one of the most important meteorites available for acquisition anywhere in the world today," and one of the biggest pieces of the moon ever put up for sale, RR said.
The rock classified as NWA 11789, also known as "Buagaba," was found last year in a remote area of Mauritania but probably plunged to Earth thousands of years ago.
The meteorite is actually composed of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle. The largest of those pieces weighs about 6 pounds.
Most lunar meteorites found are the size of a walnut or golf ball, said Geoff Notkin, star of television's "Meteorite Men" and CEO of Aerolite Meteorites, which is selling the rock.
"As soon as we saw this, we knew it was extraordinarily unusual," he said. "This is close to a once in a lifetime find."
It is also one the few known lunar meteorites with what experts call "partial fusion crust," caused by the tremendous heat that sears the rock as it descends through the atmosphere.
"It actually toasted on the outside," Notkin said.
Another thing that makes it different from most meteorites is that it is "unpaired." Sometimes different pieces of the same meteorite are discovered at different times, and those examples are known as "paired." An "unpaired" meteorite is more desirable to collectors and perhaps more valuable to science.
The meteorite would be a nice addition to any natural history museum, but don't be surprised if a private collector snaps it up, said Robert Livingston, RR's executive vice president.
"This is the only way a private collector can get their hands on a piece of the moon because the moon rocks brought back by astronauts are U.S. government property," he said.

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Louisville, KY - It looked like something out of a movie.
Two inmates used trash bins to escape from a Kentucky jail. Authorities say the suspects were rolled out in the bins by fellow inmates.
They then popped out and made their escape from the Louisville Metro Corrections Center.
Thankfully, both suspects were later apprehended by police.
Three inmates are now also facing charges for helping the two men escape.
 
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(FOX) A Virginia man who allegedly attempted to kill his mother-in-law by putting methamphetamine in her coffee has been sentenced to prison.
After reaching a plea deal, Jack David Price, 56, of Pamplin was sentenced to six years in prison earlier this week. Price is accused of putting meth in his 95-year-old mother-in-law's coffee in December 2017, The News & Advance reported.
Prosecutors say Ester Price was admitted to a hospital last year showing signs of meth in her system. At the time, Ester Price's granddaughter, who has not been identified, told authorities she suspected Jack Price was trying to kill her grandmother.
Ester Price also told authorities that the day before she became ill, Jack Price brought her coffee -- a gesture she said was "not an ordinary event," The News & Advance reported.
Jack Price was sentenced Thursday after reaching a plea deal. Prosecutors dropped an attempted first-degree murder charge in exchange for him pleading guilty to altering food, drink or drugs and other offenses.

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Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin man who woke up to crashing sounds inside his home captured video of a black bear wreaking havoc in his living room.
Jason Ison said he woke up about 2:30 a.m. at his Monico home to discover the young black bear in his living room.
"I have that bear sign out front that says welcome, but it wasn't literally meant for the bear. It's for family and friends, not for the bear. I guess he took it literally," Ison told WJFW-TV.
Ison said the bear apparently pushed its way through the front door into his home. He said the animal was not acting aggressively toward him.
"He never made any woofs or barks or chomps; he was just scared," Ison said
Ison said he went outside and opened the sliding glass door to give the bear an avenue of escape.
He said the bear ran out safely.

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Oct. 10 (UPI) -- A California firefighter drew on her cattle ranching experience when she used a lasso to rescue two deer struggling to swim in a canal.
The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said firefighters responded Tuesday to a report of two deer swimming in a fenced-in canal in Rancho Cordova.
"A lot of times the deer will jump in at some point travel several miles," fire department spokesman Chris Vestal told KOVR-TV.
The department posted photos and video of the rescue to its official Twitter account.
The video shows firefighter Janice Odestig using a rope borrowed from a California Fish and Wildlife ranger to lasso the swimming deer.
"My dad is a retired fire chief as well as a retired cattle rancher, so we've always had lassos around the house when we were young we would lasso each other, lasso stuff in the backyard," Odestig said.
The deer, a buck and a doe, were safely removed from the water.
"They're a little bit scraped up, but I think I'm going to be just fine and they're back where they belong," she said.

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Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The proprietor of Sweden's new Disgusting Food Museum said he wants visitors to think about what makes some foods less appetizing than others.
The museum, which is scheduled to open Oct. 29 in Malmo, aims to assault the senses with various smelly and strange foods including fermented shark meat, bull penis, bird's nest soup, ant larvae, roasted guinea pig and maggot cheese.
"I want people to question what they find disgusting and realize that disgust is always in the eye of the beholder," museum founder Samuel West told The Washington Post. "We usually find things we're not familiar with disgusting, versus things that we grow up with and are familiar with are not disgusting, regardless of what it is."
West, who also founded Sweden's Museum of Failure, said the museum aims to have foods representing a variety of world cultures, so visitors might be surprised to find some foods they consider normal back home represented as "disgusting."
"We try to treat everybody the same, and that's what I thought was interesting when we were working on it -- directing that lens back toward us," West said.
He said he hopes people will consider what makes a food "disgusting" and how such biases are created.
"Is it really that disgusting to eat a grasshopper or locust when you eat bacon? Or is it really disgusting to eat guinea pigs when you eat regular beef?" West said.


 

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