Odd Side – April 2, 2019

Knitting With a Repurpose: Woman Makes Suit of Plastic Bags

GREECE, N.Y. (AP) – Rosa Ferrigno’s new suit takes recycling to an extreme — she knitted it from more than 300 plastic grocery bags.

The 75-year-old woman from the town of Greece in western New York whiled away the winter knitting a skirt and jacket from filmy brown bags scissored into thin strips that were tied together to make yarn. She lined it with cotton fabric.

The finished garment is quite chic, with a tweedy look from green printing on the brown bags.

Her daughter, Fran Bertalli, tells the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle that Ferrigno has been knitting and sewing since her childhood in Sicily.

Last summer, Ferrigno saw someone’s purse made from repurposed plastic bags and started her own bag projects, making two purses before the suit.

She says she does it just for fun.

Escaped Lion Spends Night in Jail Cell in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) – A lion that escaped a wildlife park and was captured weeks later spent the night in a South African jail cell, until authorities could send him back to the place he’s meant to call home.

Photos taken show the darted lion sprawled out in the cell, surrounded by onlookers. One police officer took advantage of the lion’s tranquilized state to take a selfie.

The lion had escaped from the Karoo National Park, 25 miles far from the area close to Sutherland where he was found. South Africa’s parks service tweeted that the lion had to wait in the cell until a crate arrived for his transport back to the park.

Germany: Drunk Passenger Demands High-Speed Train Slow Down

BERLIN (AP) – German police say a drunken man with a fire extinguisher smashed his way into the driver’s cab of a high-speed train running from Frankfurt to Paris and demanded that the driver slow down.

Federal police said the ICE train operated by Germany’s Deutsche Bahn stopped near Frankfurt after the incident. The 30-year-old man from Heideberg, who wasn’t identified, was arrested and faces an investigation into dangerous interference in rail traffic, among other things.

Police say passengers said the man took a fire extinguisher off the wall, smashed a glass door separating the cab from the passenger compartment, and told the shocked driver the train was going much too fast and he had to save the passengers.

No passengers were hurt but the train was taken out of service.

Thief Steals 140 Sap Buckets in Vermont

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — A sap bucket thief has brought a sour note to Vermont’s maple sugaring season. Fred Hopkins tells MyNBC5 that someone took 140 of his sap buckets, a first for him.

Hopkins makes award-winning maple syrup at his home in the town of St. Albans and gifts it to friends and family. He says he has since replaced many of the buckets that were located near a cemetery and the Franklin County Sportsman’s Club.

St. Albans police are looking for the culprit.

Man Who Stopped to Feed Homeless Fights Traffic Citation

FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky man is fighting a traffic citation he received while feeding a homeless man.

Morris Soard told The Kentucky Enquirer he saw the man holding a sign that said, “Homeless and hungry,” so he decided to buy him a meal. Soard says he returned in his car to the man’s spot in Florence and his wife was handing food out the window when a police officer approached. Soard says he was cited for stopping on a limited access highway.

The citation says the vehicle was stopped in the right lane as traffic approached. The Florence Police Department did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment. Soard pleaded not guilty in court. His attorney says he will pursue dismissal of Soard’s ticket at the April 5 trial.