The Odd Side – April 24, 2018

Moose Stomps Man’s Foot in Alaska After He Kicks Her

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man was injured north of Anchorage after a moose that he had just kicked stomped his foot in return, state officials said.

KTVA reported that the man escaped major injuries in the encounter Thursday with the moose and her calf.

“It sounds like the moose were on a trail and in this case, it sounds like the guy was trying to go through them,” State Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh said. “That’s never a good idea.”

The two moose left the area after the man had his foot stomped, said Alaska Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.

“I am not a biologist, but as a lifelong Alaskan I would advise people not to go around kicking moose,” Peters said.

Moose have vast leg strength, Marsh said.

“If you get into a kicking contest with a moose, guess who’s going to win,” he said.

South-central Alaska has seen a number of violent incidents involving moose this spring, including a man who had a moose swipe at him with its hoof while feeding it, and a cocker spaniel attacked by a moose in an Anchorage yard.

Marsh said moose sightings are on the rise as females prepare for calving season in mid-May.

Headless Doll Triggers Major Police Operation in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — An apparent headless body that prompted a major police operation in southern Germany has turned out to be a doll.

Police in Baden-Wuerttemberg say a passerby spotted what appeared to be a clothed but headless corpse covered in blood lying by a stream in Remstal, near Stuttgart, late Monday.

Officers cordoned off the suspected crime scene and firefighters were called to retrieve the body, which was lying in an inaccessible place.

In a statement Tuesday, police said that only once firefighters reached the site were they able to determine that it was, in fact, a doll.

Marx Birthplace Cashes In on 0-Euro Notes for Anniversary

BERLIN (Reuters) — The German city of Trier is struggling to keep up with demand for 0-euro notes, bearing the face of its most famous son and Communism’s creator Karl Marx, and sold for 3 euros each as part of celebrations for his 200th birthday.

Marx’s best-known works are The Communist Manifesto, co-written with Friedrich Engels and released in 1848, and his caustic analysis of capitalism, Das Kapital, published two decades later.

“The souvenir plays on Marx’s criticism of capitalism, and of course the 0-euro note fits perfectly with Marx as a motif,” said Norbert Kaethler, managing director of Triers’ tourism office.

He pointed out that Marx did not earn much from his theories and had to live in poverty for several years.

Trier’s tourism office said it had already sold 5,000 of the bills, which resemble genuine euros but are labeled “souvenir,” and was printing 20,000 more. They are on sale at the Porta Nigra, the southwestern German city’s most famous landmark and one of the largest Roman gates north of the Alps.

Marx spent the first 17 years of his life in Trier. The city is making the most of his 200th birthday on May 5. Other memorabilia include a bearded Karl Marx rubber duck with a copy of Das Kapital tucked under one wing.

Trier is also unveiling a giant three-ton bronze statue of Marx, a gift from the Chinese government.

African Warthog Found Wandering Through Florida Neighborhood

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — African warthogs, not surprisingly, are not native to Florida, so state wildlife officials are investigating how one wound up loose in a suburban neighborhood.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials told that it captured the betusked animal last month after a five-day search about 50 miles north of West Palm Beach. That included failed attempts to capture it with traps and a rope snare before a wildlife officer spotted it and tackled it. The newspaper reports that the officer got some cuts on his legs in the process.

Under state law, owning a warthog requires a permit, but no one in that area had one. Officials say the beast is tame and is friendly when offered food.