Jockstrip: The world as we know it

By United Press International  |  May 18, 2007 at 6:00 AM
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Passengers spot luggage in Dumpster

CHICAGO, May 17 (UPI) -- A large garbage container full of suitcases, clothes and shoes was spotted outside a terminal at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

George Kubricht told WBBM-AM, Chicago, he was waiting for his flight Tuesday when he noticed airport workers rummaging through the container.

"I got concerned just with where all our lost luggage goes," he told WBBM.

An American Airlines spokeswoman said the luggage and the clothes did not belong to passengers. They were brought in by a vendor as part of a testing procedure for a new baggage system.

"Apparently they were done with the items and they just pitched them into the Dumpster," spokeswoman Mary Francis Fagen told WBBM. "The Dumpster is being moved."

Whales in Calif. river seemingly tone deaf

Calif., May 17 (UPI) -- Wildlife experts were frustrated Thursday when their attempts to use whale sounds to draw two whales out of a California river proved fruitless.

The San Jose Mercury News said that after emitting recorded whale sounds throughout the Sacramento River most of Thursday, the humpback whales that have resided there for nearly a week appeared undisturbed by the sudden soundtrack.

Experts, who had planned on using the sounds to draw the mammals to the safety of the ocean, said they were not giving up on the sound-based plan.

But one expert said the sounds may need to be adjusted its take into account for, of all things, where the whales originally came from.

Alaska Whale Foundation official Pieter Folkens said the whale sounds currently being used are from Alaskan whales and the two runaways may be used to another whale dialect.

"This is a humpback probably from a different population, probably the Mexico-California population," Folkens told the newspaper. "So it's kind of like speaking Chinese to somebody from Boston, but at least you recognize that it might be another member of the same species."

Uncle digs his teeth into nephew's biting

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., May 17 (UPI) -- Police arrested a Connecticut man this week after he allegedly tried to stop his nephew's biting behavior by repeatedly chomping on the child.

After he allegedly engaged in his ill-advised lesson with his nephew, Hector Pulido, 40, was arrested Wednesday by Bridgeport, Conn., police and was held on $100,000 bond, the Connecticut Post said.

Pulido allegedly began biting his nephew on various parts of his body as a method of teaching the 3-year-old not to bite other people.

Workers at the child's day-care center noticed he was covered with bite marks Tuesday and brought the unusual wounds to the attention of local authorities.

When confronted about the injuries, the child told officers his uncle had bit him in an attempt to curtail the youth's biting problem.

The Post said the uncle now faces charges of risk of injury to a minor and third-degree assault.

Not a peep heard from baby chicken thieves

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, May 17 (UPI) -- Officials at a Swedish children's zoo are at a loss to explain who stole 23 baby chicks on two separate nights this week.

Gothenburg zoo officials told The Local on Wednesday that the sudden loss of the cute little animals from their enclosed home would likely prove detrimental to the zoo's young visitors.

"The children love them when they are small and sweet. It makes you very cross and upset -- why do people do things like this," zookeeper Josefine Rees said.

The two crimes took place on consecutive nights at the zoo with 14 of the 2-week-old chicks vanishing initially and another nine quickly following suit.

Rees told The Local that the stolen chicks represented the most significant crime to ever take place at the children's zoo.

"There has been graffiti and broken plant pots and such like, but we've never had chickens stolen," she said.

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