It must be true…
I read it in the tabloids
Farmers in central India are conducting a running battle with opium-addicted parrots that are pillaging their poppy fields. The frustrated farmers say the parrots are raiding their fields 30 to 40 times a day to get another fix, tearing open poppy plants to get at the opium-laced seeds. “We have tried making loud sounds and even use firecrackers to scare the birds,” said Nandkishore, a poppy farmer. “But nothing has helped.”
A French bull who apparently thinks he’s a horse has become a show-jumping sensation. Sabine Rouas, a horse trainer from Strasbourg, adopted Aston as a calf from a dairy farm five years ago. She soon found him eagerly watching her practice sessions with a pony named Samy. So she trained the 1.3-ton horned male cow to trot, gallop, go backward, turn on command, and leap over 4-foot-high obstacles. She even rides him. “He’s very proud when he feels that he’s made me happy,” said Rouas, who now delights fans across Europe with Aston’s tricks.
A Florida man spent his wedding night in a jail cell after allegedly pummeling a beachgoer who refused to get out of the way of the wedding photos. Jeffrey Alvord, 27, told Ocean Ridge cops he pleaded with the man to move—and even offered him $50 to abdicate his choice, oceanfront spot. The victim, 24, claimed a groomsman held him as an “irate” Alvord punched him three times in the face, breaking his nose and destroying his glasses. Alvord posted $3,000 bail the next day, married his fiancée, and jetted off to his honeymoon. ■