Odd News: Longest fingernails broken, bank robber leaves wallet and wrong pot mowed

This undated image provided by the Guiness World Records Book launch shows Lee Redmond, right, former record holder for longest fingernails (28-ft 4-in), posing with her shorter fingernails after her accident.

This undated image provided by the Guiness World Records Book launch shows Lee Redmond, right, former record holder for longest fingernails (28-ft 4-in), posing with her shorter fingernails after her accident.

Here is a look at some of the odd news from around the country for Sept. 1

Utah woman talks about breaking long fingernails

SALT LAKE CITY - A Salt Lake City woman who held a Guinness World Record for her long fingernails before they broke off in a car crash says it was the most dramatic event of her life.

But Lee Redmond, who lost the fingernails in February, says it's now much easier to do things and her hands seem to fly with the weight of the nails gone.

Professor may face jail if LA weatherman harassed

BURBANK, Calif. - Authorities say a college professor on a crusade to change the way a Los Angeles weatherman uses terminology has to leave him alone or face six months in jail.

Melanie Patton Renfrew, a Harbor College teacher, wants KNBC-TV's Fritz Coleman to change references to onshore and offshore winds.

Alleged robber ID'd after leaving wallet at bank

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania - Authorities in eastern Pennsylvania say they have identified a suspected bank robber using the wallet he left behind.

Bethlehem police say 51-year-old Lloyd Virgil Barclay held up a KNBT branch on Wednesday morning, making off with $800. But Barclay forgot his wallet, which police say he placed on the teller's counter when he presented a note demanding money.

Oopsie! Police slash research hemp instead of pot

THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Dutch police who mowed down what they thought were illicit marijuana plants were red-faced Thursday when it emerged they'd ruined a research group's giant, officially sanctioned field of harmless hemp.

Police proudly announced Wednesday that they'd found more than 47,000 cannabis plants, with an estimated street value of nearly 4.5 million ($6.45 million) concealed in a corn field in the Flevoland province east of Amsterdam.

Plastic flamingo voted as Madison’s state bird

One of the greatest college pranks ever has inspired Madison leaders to name the plastic pink flamingo the city's official bird.

The Madison City Council voted 15-4 on Tuesday to give the plastic bird the distinction

Coloradan can't bear town's bare-bottom statue

SILT, Colo. - At least one critic in the western Colorado town of Silt says a new sculpture of a bare-bottom rock climber is exposing the public to a little too much art.

The statue shows a climber of undetermined gender scaling a cliff. It stands at a downtown intersection.

Forrest Jacobs says he complained to town officials that the sculpture is inappropriate but he says he got little response.

Ohio judge silences defendant with duct tape

CANTON, Ohio — A judge unhappy with repeated interruptions from a robbery suspect ordered a deputy to put duct tape over the defendant's mouth.

Canton Municipal Court Judge Stephen Belden says the taping last Thursday was the best way to restore order at a hearing for 51-year-old Harry Brown of Canton, The Repository newspaper reported.

Pingpong lovers: China allows champ a girlfriend

As the reigning table tennis world champion with two Olympic silver medals under his belt, China's Wang Hao almost had it all — except a girlfriend.

The 25-year-old was banned from dating until recently, when national team officials permitted his relationship with former national teammate, 23-year-old Peng Luyang, the government-owned China Daily reported Wednesday.

Deep fried butter on a stick featured at Texas fair.

Howdy! It’s the Fifth Annual Big Tex Choice Awards where State Fair of Texas vendors duke it out in a friendly food fight to determine the new best edibles.

This blows! $5K horn, trumpet stolen in NYC subway

NEW YORK — Police are searching for a thief who made off with a musician's pricey flugelhorn after he fell asleep on a New York City subway train.

The 29-year-old musician says he was on an N train in Queens last week and nodded off. When he awoke as he approached the last stop, he noticed his black leather case was missing.

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