Odd Side – August 6, 2019

Lift Those Knees: Babies Crawl to the Lithuanian Finish Line

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) – In Lithuania, the rat-race of life apparently starts early.

Twenty-five babies have taken to the red carpet in Lithuania in a crawling race as their parents, grandparents and onlookers cheered the spectacle.

The event in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, was the 20th annual event staged by a local radio station to mark International Children’s Day, celebrated in this Baltic nation on June 1.

Teams waved toys and even banged baby food cans to spur the 7-to-11-month-old baby boys and girls to move faster on the carpet.

An 11-month-old baby boy named Ignas managed to crawl over a few yards and reach the finish line first.

Battery-Powered Glider Crashes Into Connecticut Home

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) – A battery-powered glider crashed into the roof of a Connecticut home, injuring the pilot and scaring a mother and her two children who were inside.

Neighbors described hearing a small explosion when the aircraft hit the home in Danbury and became partially embedded in the attic. Mayor Mark Boughton tells The News-Times that neighbors found the pilot walking around looking for his glasses.

The aircraft had taken off from Danbury’s airport earlier in the day and the mayor says the pilot thought he had 20 minutes of power left and was headed for the airport. An airport official says he ran out of power.

Fire Chief TJ Wiedl says the glider mainly uses the power to take off and, if needed, in flight.

Officials say the pilot sustained minor injuries.

Bear Enters Montana Home, Settles in for Nap in Closet

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) – Authorities say a black bear somehow locked itself inside a Montana home and then nestled onto a closet shelf that wasn’t too hard, wasn’t too soft, but just right for a nap.

Missoula County sheriff’s officials say the bear just yawned when deputies knocked on the window and unlocked the door in an attempt to coax it to leave.

They had to call Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department officials, who tranquilized the bear so it could be re-located.

Sheriff’s officials say in a media post that deputies responded at 5:45 a.m. to a call that a bear opened the door to the Butler Creek’s mudroom and somehow locked the deadbolt once inside.

They say the bear “began ripping the room apart” before climbing up the closet for a nap.