Monkeys pick 49ers to win Super Bowl
GALVESTON, Texas, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A Texas educational complex said its monkeys used iPads to predict the San Francisco 49ers will come out ahead of the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.
Moody Gardens Galveston Island said two saki monkeys were given an iPad and each tapped a different team's logo to predict the outcome of Sunday's big game, The Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.
A third monkey, named Frankie, was given the iPad to cast the deciding vote, and he made his preference known by drawing frown faces on the Ravens' logo.
"Frankie put frown faces all over the Ravens' team [logo], so I think he's pretty determined that San Francisco is gonna win," said Jerri Hamachek, marketing and public relations manager at Moody Gardens.
Hamachek said the park's biologists use iPads as part of en enrichment program designed to increase the activities of the monkeys while in captivity.
Ohio Senate sign misspells 'education'
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A sign commissioned by the Ohio state Senate for the Statehouse misspells the word "education" as "educateion."
Officials said the company hired to make the sign -- which was meant to read "Finance-Education Subcommittee" -- misspelled the word "education" as "educateion," website StateImpact Ohio reported Wednesday.
The mistake was noticed before the sign was posted and was being corrected, officials said.
Dog lights stove top fire
SOUTH ELGIN, Ill., Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Firefighters in Illinois said a dog turned on an oven burner and caused $100,000 worth of damage to a home.
South Elgin Fire Department Lt. Todd Erickson said they extinguished the flames Monday and discovered the fire originated from a stove burner that had been turned on, WBBM-TV, Chicago, reported Wednesday.
Firefighters spoke to the owner and discovered one of his dogs "was notorious for jumping up on the stove and turning on the burners," Erickson said.
He said a pizza box on top of the stove then caught fire.
"The dog had jumped up, turned on the stove, lit the box and proceeded to start the cabinets on fire," Erickson said.
Firefighters said the dog and other pets inside the house at the time of the incident were not injured.
Mayor tries to get quadricycles off street
LAKEWOOD, Ohio, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The mayor of an Ohio city said he is trying to close a legal loophole allowing Rhodes Cars -- commonly called quadricycles -- on city streets.
Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers said he has been speaking with Ryan Nowlin, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, about closing a city code loophole that allows the vehicles to be driven on the streets, the Sun (Cleveland) News reported Wednesday.
"[The way the code is currently,] Judge [Patrick] Carroll has said I can't make [quadricycles] illegal," Summers said. "The judge read the ordinance as it is on the books, and that ordinance dealt with toy vehicles. I worry this could create a safety hazard."
Summers said he is concerned about the safety of the vehicles, which do not have seatbelts or lights.
"We're talking about a 5-foot wide vehicle," Summers said. "A car may not see it on the road, or a driver may get impatient and try to go around it. The backseat of the quadricycle is basically the backseat of a minivan attached to it."
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