The Odd Side – August 15, 2017

Cleaning Caper: Intruder Cleans Apartment, Takes Nothing

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) – A Virginia man returned home from a trip and found that his apartment had been broken into — and cleaned.

Arlington County Police say in a crime report that shortly after 12 a.m. Monday, a man returned to his Arlington apartment after a trip. He called police when he noticed that his apartment appeared to have been cleaned and some items had been moved around. Nothing was missing.

WRCV reports that the man told police he doesn’t employ a maid. Police say the mystery cleaner unlawfully entered the apartment.

91-Year-Old Thai Woman Earns Bachelor’s Degree

BANGKOK (AP) – A 91-year old woman in Thailand has earned a college degree after spending more than 10 years studying for it and has received her diploma from the country’s king.

Public broadcaster Thai PBS says Kimlan Jinakul was granted the Bachelor of Arts degree in human and family development Wednesday at the government-run Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University just outside Bangkok.

“If we do not study, do not read, do not know, then we won’t be able to speak and make sense,” she said.

Her diploma was handed to her by King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, who took the throne last year. Diplomas at Thailand’s public universities are traditionally handed out by members of the royal family.

Kimlan traveled with her family from their home in Phayao province, 450 miles north of Bangkok, to attend the graduation ceremony.

“Sometimes she felt weary,” Kimlan’s son, Mongkol Jinakul, told Thai PBS. “But we as her children tried to cheer her on, and mom studied until the end and it was a success.”

The Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, which has courses catering to the elderly, this year had 199 students who are over 60 years old. It offers part-time and remote learning.

“For the elderly, we focus on practicality rather than the academic aspect,” professor Panumas Kadngaongam, acting dean of the university, said. “So the subject can be studied and put to use immediately.”

Strange Circular Object With Steel Legs Baffles Beachgoers

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island beachgoers are puzzled and concerned about a mysterious object lodged about 10 feet underwater just off Westerly’s East Beach.

The circular object has stainless steel legs and is capped with concrete. It appears to be either very heavy or rooted in place.

The Westerly Sun reported Friday the object was first seen last summer but could not be found on follow-up attempts.

East Beach Association President Peter Brockmann says he’s been asking experts about the object’s origin. He says the best tip he received was from University of Rhode Island oceanographers, who said it could be a stand for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers device used to monitor currents and sediment flow during dredging projects.

Brockmann says they will try to uproot the object next week.

Sports Team Asks for Help in Finding Cat

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A St. Louis sports team is looking for their cat.

The feisty feline became an online sensation Wednesday night, sprinting onto the field at Busch Stadium during a game. The cat emerged from near the visitors’ dugout on the third-base side and raced into the outfield, the fur on its tail standing on end.

The team said Thursday that a fan grabbed the cat after its grounds crew employee put the animal down to receive treatment for scratches and bites. The team said the fan claimed the cat was hers and abruptly left with the animal after answering some questions from security.

The team said it hopes to find the cat to make sure it is properly cared for, and they are developing a stray animal protocol to ensure the safety of grounds crew members in the future.