Mad Minute stories from Monday, February 12th

PRAGUE (AP) - Six Czech tourists who dressed up in skimpy swimsuits made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" have reportedly been detained by authorities in Kazakhstan's capital Astana.

Sporting lime green "mankinis" and black wigs, the men had hoped to take a picture in front of the "I Love Astana" sign.

But local police took action, detaining them on Friday and fining them 22,500 tenge ($68) each for committing minor hooliganism, according to the Kazakh news website

The swimsuit became popular after Baron Cohen, playing the fictional Kazakh television presenter Borat, sported it in the 2006 movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."

That film offended many Kazakhs by portraying the country as backward and degenerate.


A man called 911 to report he had been carjacked at knifepoint. But when police arrived, he actually admitted he just needed helping finding his blue Dodge Charger.

"We had a citizen who called in and said not only was his car stolen, but that he was carjacked by somebody with a knife out of his car," said Detective Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. 

Five Pierce County deputies rushed to the Walmart with lights and sirens.

"We're coming we think you're being robbed," Troyer said. He says the man even provided a suspect description to make the scenario more realistic. 

Turns out there was no knife, and no suspect, and no robbery.

"We get there and we find him, and he freely admits he just wanted us to help find the car that he lost," Troyer said. 

The only crime committed?

"This guy called in a fake, false report," Troyer said. "He did freely admit he made up things to get us there quicker." 

Charges will depend on the prosecutor, but Troyer says it could be considered a felony. 

"You're going to risk their lives getting there quicker than normal, and you're risking someone's life somewhere else if we're not close enough to respond to their priority if one occurs," Troyer said. 

Tuesday night, shoppers at the same Walmart were in disbelief at the story. 

"You can use Google and save where you parked," said Dejan Bougard, at Walmart shopping with his five-year-old daughter, Alaysia.

"Shame my head that's all I can do," said Kailla Camberdella, another shopper. 

The sheriff's department said deputies did actually drive the man around, and helped him find his Dodge Charger.

That was done for a specific reason, Troyer said.

"To make sure it was locked up and secure. That way we could take him to jail."



CUSTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A 62-year-old man has been arrested after police received a report of someone smeared in blood outside a western Michigan gas station.

Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole says Wednesday that deputies were questioning the man Monday afternoon after seeing blood on an adjacent trailer home in Custer Township.

Cole says Roy Purple "bum-rushed" and fell on one of the deputies. Deputies later learned the blood was from a dead deer.

Coles says three other men in the trailer appeared intoxicated, told deputies they were cooking food and walked them to a ditch "where the dead deer was with chunks of meat cut out of it."

Purple was charged with resisting police. His preliminary examination is Dec. 6. The Associated Press left a message Wednesday seeking comment from his lawyer.


BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts town has removed the word "men" from the name of its governing body.

Brookline approved changing the Board of Selectmen to the Select Board at a Town Meeting vote Tuesday. The title "selectman" has been replaced with "select board member."

The five-member panel includes two women.

The Boston Globe reports the measure also requires the use of gender-neutral language in town documents and communications.

The changes were proposed by a member of the town's Commission for Diversity Inclusion & Community Relations. Commission member Alex Coleman says the measure is intended to help reflect a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Coleman says similar changes have been made in Newton and Amherst.

Brookline Town Meeting member Michael Burstein had proposed referring to all board members as selectwomen. That proposal failed.


GRANITE FALLS, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina woman hit the jackpot with two scratch-off lottery tickets, marking the second such instance in three weeks.

The Charlotte Observer reports Michelle Shuffler, of Granite Falls, won $10,000 with one scratch-off ticket and $1 million with another on Sunday.

Shuffler said in a statement that she and her husband purchased the winning $10,000 ticket in Lenoir, and then, feeling lucky, decided to buy another one 22 miles away in Granite Falls.

She claimed both prizes Monday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh, selecting the option of 20 annual payments of $50,000 over the lump sum option. She plans to use the lottery winnings to save for retirement and her children's college funds.

Kimberly Morris, of Wake Forest, also won the lottery twice at the end of October.


In addition to the three bundles of joy on the way, Nia and Robert Tolbert of Waldorf, Maryland, have three sons, ABC News reports. The couple welcomed one son, Shai, six years ago. Twin boys Riley and Alexander came next. The twins are now 2 years old.

Nia surprised Robert with the news by placing the sonogram photos in a bag with three onesies.

"I opened the bag and I saw a very, very long sonogram," Robert told ABC News. "Then I saw three onesies in the bag … and they were numbered 1, 2, and 3."

The couple told WUSA the babies were conceived naturally. Nia learned she hyperovulates, which means her body releases more than one egg during ovulation.

After getting over the initial shock, they said they are excited to welcome the newest members of their family.

"We live by the mantra of being impeccable with our words. Words have power. The more positivity you speak into your life, the more positivity you'll get out of it. So we don't have time to be negative or woe is me or be nervous," Robert said.

The couple told Inside Edition they're officially done having kids. They found out in an exciting gender reveal that they are expecting three baby girls, bringing perfect balance to their home - three boys and three girls.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - Cards Against Humanity is known for unique stunts around this time of year.

In years past, in an effort to combat Black Friday, they've had people send them $5 and literally sent nothing in return. Just like they said they would. 

They've also mailed people poop in a box. 30,000 bought it. 

They've even raised $100,000 to dig a giant hole in the ground. 

This year, they're taking on The President. 

The company says they've bought a plot of vacant land on the border of the United States and Mexico in an effort to make it difficult for President Trump to build his border wall. 

"We've purchased a plot of vacant land on the border and retained a law firm specializing in eminent domain to make it as time-consuming and expensive as possible for the wall to get built," the company said on their website. 

They are also asking people to donate to their campaign. 

"You give us $15, and we'll send six America-saving surprises right to your doorstep," the company said. "It will be fun, it will be weird, and if you voted for Trump, you might want to sit this one out."

The company did not disclose where the piece of land is located, but said everyone who pitches in on day one will receive an illustrated map of the land. 


(Huffington Post) The Buffalo Bills found the answer to their anemic rushing attack on Sunday ? but he lacked a uniform, or any other clothing for that matter.

A streaker who invaded the field literally rushed for more yards than the entire Bills team during their 47-10 home loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Let's take a look at the stats: Five Bills players carried a total of 15 times for 69 yards.

According to the Buffalo News, the streaker sprinted from end zone to end zone ? 100 yards.

He was eventually stopped by security after he slipped on a cutback move in an attempt to run across the field yet again. He was escorted off with a yellow security jacket to cover what needed to be covered.

Here's some relatively SFW highlights of his naked dash.


One man in Utah started a petition Friday to change the mascot of a new high school, arguing that the name will likely become the butt of a dirty joke.

The mascot for Farmington High School, expected to open in 2018, is set to be a phoenix, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

But according to the petition, resident Kyle Fraughton is concerned that when supporters yell "Go Phoenices!" at events, it'll sound like they're saying a totally different word. And as of Tuesday night, more than 3,000 people agreed with him.

"We were horrified to hear that the phonetics of the word Phoenices are far too close to the word penises," Fraughton wrote on the petition. "I don't mean to be crass, but don't want there to be confusion around the point I am trying to make."

Fraughton said he first realized the similarity when he and some neighbors were practicing their cheers and looked up the correct plural form of "phoenix," which can be "phoenices."

He argued on the petition that people will easily make the connection, just as he did, and it will be used against the school in the form of crude humor.

"With this scenario playing out, there will be a never ending barrage of references to male anatomy directed at our children as they participate in any kind of sports against other schools," he wrote. "In an effort to be funny and get under the player's skin, opposing student bodies will most certainly chant things such as, "Go Phoenices!" That will just be the beginning as it doesn't take much imagination to figure out how vulgar this could get."

Fraughton then proposed that students, who chose a phoenix as their mascot, be allowed to vote a second time so the Davis County School District doesn't "bear the responsibility of our children being bullied."

Chris Williams, a rep for the school district told Fox 13 Now, "We don't see anything about the plural version of phoenix having anything to do what's going to be happening at the school or on the football field."

"We think students are going to rise to the occasion," Williams said. 


On Oct. 11, Benedict Allen tweeted a couple of lines that now seem ominous: "Marching off to Heathrow. I may be some time (don't try to rescue me, please - where I'm going in PNG you won't ever find me you know...)." The British explorer's family says the 57-year-old has gone missing in Papua New Guinea, where he planned to make contact with the Yaifo, described by the Guardian as one of the world's few isolated tribes, and one Allen had first encountered three decades ago.

"No outsider has made the journey to visit them since the rather perilous journey I made as a young man," he wrote in his blog.

He had planned to be back in Port Moresby, the capital, by Sunday in order to make his flight to Hong Kong, where he had a speaking engagement.

The BBC reports a pilot who dropped Allen off at a remote location weeks ago is tracking his route, and the police have been engaged.

The BBC quotes Allen, who chose to travel without modern devices like GPS or satellite phone, as saying he wasn't quite sure how he'd get out of the jungle: "Either I must paddle down river for a week or so-or enlist the help of the Yaifo, as I did last time." Allen's sister calls the situation "ghastly," but the BBC sounds an optimistic note, describing the reality of traveling in the country "hugely unpredictable and normal schedules don't apply," meaning it's quite possible he got waylaid by weather.

It adds, "Knowing Benedict, it is also quite possible that he has accepted an invitation to stay on longer for a tribal ceremony-it can also be considered an insult to refuse." (This woman tweeted something eerie before being killed on her Amazon trek.)


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