Toilet treasures to be moved in March
WORCESTER, Mass., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Old toilets have been Russell Manoog's life for long enough and now the Massachusetts man says he's giving up his museum of plumbing treasures.
Manoog, 73, who owns the American Sanitary Plumbing Museum in Worcester with his wife Bettejane, 72, has announced the plumbing artifacts will move to Watertown in March. The Manoogs said their desires to travel and partake in less toilet talk prompted them to close the museum's Worcester location, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday.
Manoog reportedly dedicated the past two decades of his life to the appreciation and collection of historic porcelain, cast-iron and brass toilets.
The museum, which opened in 1988, had only 400 visitors in 2007. But the announced closing caused a boom in attendance when locals rushed in for their final visits.
"It's really something that's kind of a conversation starter when you say you're the home of the plumbing museum," Tourism and Marketing Director Jeannie Hebert said.
The toilet treasures will be open for public viewing in the spring at the J.C. Cannistraro LCC offices in Watertown.
Snow day query heats up the Internet
BURKE, Va., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A student's call to a Virginia school administrator's home asking why a snow day wasn't declared is racing across the Internet faster than an Alberta clipper.
Lake Braddock High School senior Devraj Kori, wondered why Fairfax County, Va., school officials didn't call a snow day Thursday following a 3-inch snow fall. He called Dean Tistadt, chief operating officer for the county school system, to ask why, the Washington Post reported Wednesday, leaving his name and phone number.
Kori got a message on his cell phone from Tistadt's wife, Candy.
"How dare you call us at home! If you have a problem with going to school, you do not call somebody's house and complain about it," Mrs. Tistadt began.
Her husband had been up since 4 a.m. working on the situation, she said. In closing, Tistadt said, "Get over it, kid, and go to school! Get an education; that's what you're there for."
After school, Kori posted Tistadt's message -- but not his -- on an audio link on a Facebook page he had created. The message also was posted on YouTube, where, as of Tuesday, more than 9,000 people clicked on the link.
Man bitten by crocodile, then shot
DARWIN , Australia, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- An Australian man was in stable condition after he was bitten by a crocodile and subsequently shot by a friend who was attempting to help him.
Officials at Royal Darwin Hospital said Jason Green was stable after being bitten on the arm and shot while collecting crocodile eggs Tuesday, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday.
Zac Fitzgerald attempted to help Green by firing a pistol, but one of the bullets accidentally struck Green in the elbow.
However, Dr. Len Notaras of Royal Darwin Hospital said the poorly-aimed gunshot was probably what allowed Green to free himself from the crocodile's grip.
"There is no doubt in my mind the gun shot actually saved his life," he said.
Notaras said it is not yet clear whether Green's arm will heal fully.
Suspects nabbed during Denny's breakfast
SPRINGFIELD, Conn., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Police in Springfield, Conn., have arrested two men after stolen stereo equipment was spotted inside their car while they ate breakfast at Denny's.
Police Chief Carl Sferrazza said Joseph Jimenez and Felix Rodriguez, both 18, were arrested after officers saw the stolen equipment, which still had wires attached, in their car, the Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported Wednesday.
The vehicle matched the description of a white car spotted in the area of three reported car burglaries Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
Sferrazza said each suspect was charged with three counts of third-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit third-degree burglary and tampering with a motor vehicle. He said they also were charged with two counts of sixth degree larceny and one count of fifth-degree larceny and possession of burglary tools.
Jimenez and Rodriguez were held in police custody Wednesday in lieu of $30,000 bail.