The Odd Side – January 10, 2017

Moo-Ve Over: Michigan City Takes Another’s Ice Cream Record

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) – Moo-ve over: One Michigan city has officially claimed another’s ice cream world record.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports that Moo-ville Creamery in Nashville has been recognized by Guinness World Records for staging the longest ice cream sundae in September.

Three months earlier, the massive dessert in the Lake Michigan town of Ludington organized by the House of Flavors measured roughly 2,970 feet long and fed thousands of people along eight blocks. Nashville, more than 100 miles to the southeast, broke that record by making a dessert that spanned 3,656 feet.

Moo-ville manager Tina Westendorp says she and others traveled to Ludington to see how it was done. Nashville’s main thoroughfare wasn’t long enough so organizers had to create two dessert tracks next to each other.

500 Muscovites Brave Intense Cold for Bike Ride

MOSCOW (AP) – For hundreds of Muscovites, the fact that the temperature had plunged to minus-17 Farenheit was no reason to avoid going for a group bicycle ride.

About 500 cyclists, many equipped with fur hats and other nonstandard gear, held a ride of about five miles along the Moscow River on Sunday as the capital shivered through a fierce cold snap.

The popularity of cycling in Moscow has soared in recent years as city authorities improve paths for two-wheelers to navigate the notoriously traffic-choked city.

Town’s Only Snowplow Driver Quits, So Residents Grab Shovels

PARSONSFIELD, Maine (AP) – The only plow truck driver for most of Parsonsfield quit after a storm dumped 25 inches of snow on the town on Dec. 30. Local officials described the lack of a plow as an emergency for the southern Maine town of about 1,900.

But residents volunteered to help pick up the slack, and the roads were close to fully cleared by Thursday afternoon, Select Board member Tiffany Brendt said. The Maine Department of Transportation, local plowing contractors and residents of neighboring towns also chipped in, she said.

An ice storm that arrived after the heavy snow didn’t deter anyone, Brendt said.

“People got together in our town and went out, plowed, salted, sanded, pushed back the banks, and went back out after the ice storm to make sure everything was good,” she said. “They just did it.”

New Hampshire Has a New Governor — But Only for Two Days

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – New Hampshire has a new governor — for two days.

Republican Senate President Chuck Morse is in charge between former governor Maggie Hassan’s swearing in as a U.S. Senator and Gov.-elect Chris Sununu’s inauguration. He’s approaching the short stint with a bit of sharp humor.

“Over the last four years, I thought I was the acting governor,” he said, referencing Hassan’s two terms. The pair often sparred over who deserved credit for the state budget and other policy accomplishments.

Morse officially became governor at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday and will hold the job until about noon Thursday, when Sununu is sworn in. It’s a short stint, but Morse is getting all the treatment of a regular governor, including a security detail to pick him up each morning at his Salem home.

He was ceremoniously introduced as governor to kick off Wednesday’s House session, sitting next to Speaker Shawn Jasper as members prayed, sang the national anthem and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Morse, who’s been Senate president since 2013, said he has no big plans for his newfound power.

Witnesses: Men Wearing Trump Masks Fight it Out in Lowe’s

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Police say shoppers were mystified and alarmed when two young men wearing Donald Trump masks began boxing one another inside a Virginia Lowe’s store on December 31.

Officers were summoned to the store Saturday afternoon because of a “disorderly display that scared customers,” Henrico County Police Capt. Chris Eley told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Henrico police have said little about the incident. However, witness Michael Willis told the newspaper he saw the men hitting each other while yelling, “Donald Trump! Donald Trump!” The men fell and knocked down merchandise in the process, Willis said.

Willis said he called police because he feared they might be robbers.

But he said one young man who returned to retrieve some keys that were dropped during the fight told him they were just trying to have some fun.