The Odd Side – December 12, 2017

Florida Police Department Running Out of Citations

MIAMI (AP) – The Miami Herald reports that Miami-Dade County police officers are rationing the paper tickets they issue as the department awaits a new electronic system next month. County officials didn’t want to order new paper tickets and then have leftovers.

Department officials concede that means only the worst of the worst traffic scofflaws are getting tickets.

Maj. Hector Llevat told the paper, “officers are using their discretion.”

Officers told the paper they are down to their last ticket book, which contain 25 citations.

‘Big as My Head’: Hawaii Woman Seeks Record for Huge Avocado

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) – A Hawaii woman is waiting to hear back from Guinness World Records to find out if the massive avocado she picked up is the world’s largest.

Pamela Wang of the Big Island found the 5-pound avocado Sunday on a walk, the West Hawaii Today newspaper reported. Wang said she found the avocado under a tree that hangs over a street. Anything overhanging or dropped outside a private property line is free for anyone to claim.

“I pick up avocados every day, but this one … it was hard to miss,” Wang said. “It was as big as my head.”

Wang’s friends began making inquiries online, uncovering information that indicated that the avocado might just be the largest on record.

Wang submitted an application to Guinness and expects to hear back within two months. She had Ken Love, executive director of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers, witness the avocado’s weighing. Guinness requires an expert to be present.

“I’ve seen (avocados) longer and I’ve seen them fatter, but not both,” said Love, who verified the fruit’s weight at 5.23 pounds.

Elizabeth Montoya, assistant public relations manager of Guinness World Records America Inc., wrote that the company doesn’t have a category for the largest avocado. It does, however, have one for the heaviest.

Guinness verified in January 2009 an avocado submitted by Gabriel Ramirez Nahim of Caracas, Venezuela, which weighed 4 pounds, 13.2 ounces, Montoya said.

Retired Justice ‘So Disappointed’ To Be Kept Off Jury

BOSTON (AP) – She was impartial enough to serve as a justice on the highest court in Massachusetts, but apparently that wasn’t enough for Geraldine Hines to be named a juror in a murder trial.

The 70-year-old Hines, who retired from the Supreme Judicial Court in August, said she was “so disappointed” when the prosecutor rejected her as a juror.

Hines tells The Boston Globe, “I’ve been waiting my whole life to be a juror in a criminal case.”

Oklahoma Veterinarian Removes 21 Pacifiers From Dog’s Belly

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) – An Oklahoma mother and father couldn’t figure out what was happening to their child’s pacifiers until the baby’s grandmother saw the family dog swipe one off a counter.

One ill pooch and a trip to their veterinarian’s office confirmed the couple’s hunch: Dovey had 21 pacifiers lodged in her stomach.

The couple told the veterinarian Dovey had slowed her eating and had an upset stomach for a few days, but other than that, they thought she seemed fine.

Dovey is on the mend and has already gone home.

The veterinarian cautions pet owners that “dogs will eat anything, anytime and at any age.”

Wisconsin Man Fleeing Police Crashed While Checking Phone

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Milwaukee prosecutors say a man who led police on a high-speed chase told arresting officers he crashed his minivan because he became distracted checking his cellphone for directions.

The Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office said in a criminal complaint released Friday that 20-year-old Logan Michael Brandenburg made the comment unsolicited while he was being transported from a hospital to the county jail.

Authorities say the chase reached speeds of 100 mph and involved four different police departments before Brandenburg’s minivan jumped a curb and plunged down an embankment.