Quirky World: 911 Santa call puts boys on cops’ naughty list

Two young brothers from southeastern Wisconsin are likely hoping they haven’t landed on Santa’s naughty list after police showed up at their doorstep.

Quirky World: 911 Santa call puts boys on cops’ naughty list

The boys, ages 3 and 6, thought the best way to get in touch with the North Pole was by phone.

And for youngsters of that age, their Christmas lists could be considered an emergency.

So, the brothers used their dad’s phone to place a 911 call, hoping to be connected with the North Pole and the big guy himself.

The Beaver Dam Daily Citizen says that brought police to their Mayville home where officers gave the boys some advice. If you want to talk to Santa, do it in person.

Real bad toilet training


A Washington state teacher acknowledged ordering an 8-year-old student to unclog a toilet with his bare hands, and the boy’s parents say the teacher deserves more than a reprimand.

Artie and Lisa Adams told KEPR-TV that they learned of the November 6 incident at Scootney Springs Elementary School in the Washington city of Othello when they asked their son about his day at school.

The boy said he reported the clog and teacher Brent Taylor told him to clear it with his bare hands.

The parents complained. The principal reprimanded Taylor, warned him that any further such incidents would lead to his termination, and ordered the teaching veteran to review a hygiene course.

Othello superintendent George Juarez said the punishment was made in consultation with the school district’s lawyer and was appropriate considering the teacher’s record and contract protections.

While the pupil reached into the toilet and pulled out a couple of strands of paper, the teacher himself ultimately reached in barehanded and pulled out the clog, which consisted “only of paper”, Juarez said.

The district granted a request from the boy’s family to transfer him to another school.

Ocean-going piglet


A piglet has been rescued after going for a dip in the sea.

The RSPCA was alerted to reports that the baby pig was stuck at the top of a cliff above Covehithe beach in Suffolk.

By the time the charity arrived, the animal had scrambled down to the beach and, when officers approached, made a dash into the waves. RSPCA inspector Jason Finch said the animal “did not even seem puffed out. Far fitter than many I know”. The piglet was returned to his owner.

Capuchin monkey birth


A capuchin monkey has been born at Chester Zoo.

The baby was born in August and is now three months old, bringing the number of buffy-headed capuchins in the zoo to eight. The sex of the baby will not be known for several weeks. Nick Davis, assistant curator of mammals, said the capuchin “is doing extremely well and is now confidently out and about”.

The buffy-headed capuchin is a critically endangered species and one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates.

A bridge too far


Plans to honour a police officer who was killed on duty — and was also a civil war veteran — went awry when signs renaming a Pennsylvania bridge after him got his name wrong.

Connellsville police officer McCray Robb was just 33 when a suspect grabbed his gun and shot him on May 25 1882. A ceremony renaming West Crawford Avenue Bridge has also been held. But the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review says signs incorrectly identified the officer as Robb McCray.

Department of transport spokeswoman Valerie Petersen said the signs were based on a bill sponsored by outgoing Democratic state senator Richard Kasunic. An aide for his Republican replacement Pat Stefano said he would work to correct the mistake, perhaps by sponsoring an amended bill.

Telltale tongue


A Wal-Mart shopper denied slipping $35 (€28) worth of beef tongue into his trousers, but the telltale tongue told a different story.

DeLand police in Florida say 44-year-old Jason Puckett was charged with misdemeanour theft after a security guard spotted him slipping two packages of tongue into his waistband. When confronted at the store’s exit, he denied stealing them and said he had put them back on a shelf.

But the guard told authorities Puckett then removed the tongue from his pants when he did not think he was being watched and ran away from the shop.

Making horse sense


Doctors and patients did double-takes when two mini horses ambled down the long corridors of a Chicago hospital and into patients’ rooms.

The dog-sized horses, named Mystery and Lunar, are from the Mane in Heaven animal therapy team based near the city. Their first visit inside a hospital was a recent trip to Rush University Medical Centre. Studies suggest animal-assisted therapy using dogs may reduce pain and blood pressure, and decrease stress in hospitalised children but much of it is based on patient reports.

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