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The sillier side of news

Published 7:02pm Monday, April 11, 2011

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is reading weird news.

From the bizarre to the disturbing to the quirky, I just love reading those stories that you can’t help but read twice and then share with your friends.

Apparently I’m not alone in my love for weird news, considering that many of the larger news organizations now have entire online sections dedicated to the wackiest news out there.

But for those of you who don’t share this affinity, here is a quick roundup of some of the craziest news I’ve discovered today:

n A man in Mason, Ohio was charged for allegedly barking at a police dog Sunday. According to the story on, Officer Bradley Walker was responding to a crash at the Mason Pub Sunday morning when his K-9 officer, Timber, started barking. Walker observed Ryan Stephens, 25, with his face about 2 inches from the rear window of the police vehicle, barking and hissing at Timber. The story says that when Walker questioned Stephens, he told the officer: “He started it. He was harassing me.” Stephens will appear April 21 in municipal court on a misdemeanor citation of willingly teasing a police K-9 officer.

n Viral video fans may recall seeing the popular YouTube clip of the precious boy who cried because he was “too small to be governor of New Jersey.” Last Wednesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made Internet sensation Jesse Koczon, 5, honorary governor for the day and his twin brother, Brandon, honorary lieutenant governor. The Associated Press reported that when the governor asked Jesse if he remembered what to do about property taxes, Jessie said: “Don’t raise them.” When Christie asked what would happen if he did increase taxes, Jesse answered: “I won’t be governor that long.”

n Want to smell like bacon? According to a story on AOL News, you’re in luck. Chicago’s John Leydon has introduced a bacon-scented cologne called “bacōn.” One-ounce bottles of bacōn (pronounced bay-cone) sell for $36 on the product’s website The line comes in Gold, a bold bacon scent, and Classic, a more subtle bacon scent. Laydon says in the story that he hopes to soon have bacōn sold in fine department stores.

n A deer and a nesting goose have struck up an unlikely friendship inside a Buffalo cemetery, the Associated Press reports. For about the past week, the deer has been standing near an urn where the goose has taken up residence, positioning itself between the urn and any passing car or foot traffic. Craig Cygan noticed the unlikely pals while doing patrols, and said that because there is no mate around the goose, he believes the deer has taken over the job of protecting the nest. Cornell University wildlife expert said in the story that deer and geese usually don’t pay attention to each other.

Yes, I know there are more important things going on the world of news. It’s very important to keep up with the things happening around us, but it’s also nice to take a break from the serious side of news once in a while, isn’t it?

Natalie Nettles is a staff writer for The Outlook.

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