The Odd Side – August 22, 2017

Men Say They’ve Set Record for Traversing Boston’s Subway

REVERE, Mass. (AP) – Two Boston-area residents say they’ve set the world record for traveling to every stop on the city’s subway system in about 7 1/2 hours.

The Boston Globe reports Dominic DiLuzio and Alex Cox accomplished the feat on Friday in 7 hours, 29 minutes and 46 seconds. The men hope to get official recognition from Guinness World Records and are submitting photos, videos and other evidence.

DiLuzio says he came up with the plan and enlisted Cox, a Massachusetts Department of Transportation employee.

They started their journey around 5:30 a.m. at Cambridge’s Alewife Station, which is the end of the Red Line. They ended at about 1 p.m. at Revere’s Wonderland stop, at the end of the Blue Line. They were greeted there by friends, media and transit officials.

Driver Forced to Gun Engine and Jump Rising Drawbridge

LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) – A driver was forced to gun his engine and jump a drawbridge that began rising as he crossed it with his family.

Terence Naphys, of West Deptford Township, had paid the toll to cross the Middle Thorofare Bridge on Aug. 1. The bridge links Cape May with the Wildwoods near the Jersey shore.

As he was crossing the steel grate, it began to rise 3 to 6 feet because a vessel was trying to cross, police said.

“My wife said, ‘I think the bridge is opening,’” Terence Naphys told KYW in Philadelphia.

“He accelerated, and of course then we landed with a big impact on the concrete on the side,” said Jackie Naphys.

Police said the landing caused minor damage to his vehicle. No one was hurt.

Authorities said the operator of the bridge was to blame for the scare.

“An employee for the Cape May County Bridge Commission stated that a large vessel was approaching the bridge and they had no contact with that vessel due to their radio being down,” police said in their report.

The bridge tender told police he activated the bridge’s lights and gates in anticipation that all vehicles would be clear. However, he wasn’t sure because of sun glare.

Terence Naphys said he would never cross the bridge again.

Defying Europe’s Egg Scare, Belgian Town Makes Giant Omelet

MALMEDY, Belgium (AP) – Defying rain and a tainted egg scandal that has shaken European consumers, a Belgian town has turned nearly 10,000 eggs into a giant omelet for the whole community.

Cooks and volunteers whipped up the massive concoction Tuesday using enormous wooden utensils. They then distributed it to a hungry public.

It’s an annual event in the town of Malmedy that took on greater meaning this year, as several European countries have reported receiving eggs or egg products contaminated by a pesticide.

Several Dutch and Belgian poultry producers are under investigation, though no one has fallen ill from the eggs, and health risk is considered low.

Omelet event co-founder Benedicte Mathy says organizers verified the sourcing for all the eggs used and deemed them danger-free.

German Police Hunt Stolen Trailer Full Of Chocolate

BERLIN (AP) – Police say a semi-trailer full of chocolate has been stolen in a small central German town and are calling on witnesses who may have seen the sweet-toothed thieves.

Police spokesman Martin Ahlich said Tuesday the trailer was stolen in the town of Neustadt over the weekend.

He said that “it’s not even clear if they were after the sweets or after the trailer — at this point we don’t know what their motive was.”

The chocolate is worth 50,000-70,000 euros ($59,000-$82,000).