The Odd Side – July 12, 2016

We Kid You Not: New Homes Found for 4 Dozen Needy Goats

METHUEN, Mass. (AP) – It didn’t take much goading to find new homes for more than four dozen needy goats.

An animal rescue farm in Massachusetts says all 46 goats it acquired in mid-May from an owner overwhelmed by his rapidly growing herd have been adopted.

The MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen said Friday that an additional five kids born since May also have been claimed. Most of the goats — an assortment of alpine, pygmy and angora mixes — are already in their new homes.

Farm barn manager Gia Barss says the goats recovered from the parasitic infections and other ailments they had when their former owner voluntarily turned them over.

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had called on people to step forward and give the animals new homes.

Comedian Posts Fake Animal Facts Around Los Angeles Zoo

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Visitors to the Los Angeles Zoo may have been greeted by some misinformation recently, courtesy of a comedian who posted fake facts about animals around the zoo.

Jeff Wysaski puts up fake signs in public places as part of his Obvious Plant project. He has posted signs with absurd “facts” about animals around the L.A. Zoo.

One reads : “If you give a tiny trombone to 76 ducklings, they will lead the most adorable parade you’ve ever seen.” Another says : “America’s first president, George Washington, was actually 9 koalas stacked on top of each other.”

L.A. Zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock says the signs were taken down shortly after they were posted June 30.

300 People Respond to Social Media Post Promising Free Houses, Cash

HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) — About 300 people showed up outside Highland Park City Hall in hopes of getting a free house and $100,000 in cash. They got neither.

The Detroit News reported Tuesday that the crowd responded Monday to a post that advertised the giveaways as part of Black Independence Day.

Highland Park City Hall was closed last Monday for the July Fourth holiday. The newspaper reports some in the crowd became upset and clashed with police after learning the offers were bogus.

Police in the Detroit enclave have arrested a man they say created the post on social media. Chief Chester Logan says the department is seeking a warrant against him.

About 11,000 people live in Highland Park.

Orphaned Elk Nuzzles Washington State Firefighters

CLE ELUM, Wash. (AP) – An affectionate elk paid some Washington state firefighters a visit over the July 4 weekend as they worked to tame a wildfire.

The orphaned elk, dubbed Buttons by the locals, is a fixture in Kittitas County, where she took up residence with some cows and goats on a hillside.

Kittitas County Fire District spokeswoman Richelle Risdon says she arrived at the scene on Saturday to see the elk nuzzling up to everyone in the command post area and resting her head on people’s shoulders.

Risdon snapped photos of the animal with the crew.

She says she hopes with all the attention the photos are getting online, hunters will know to steer clear of Buttons.

Holiday Fizzle: Fireworks Show Shortened By Test Shot Flub

GLADSTONE, Mich. (AP) — A fireworks display in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula ended up shorter than planned after officials say a test shot accidentally ignited most of the pyrotechnics early.

Gladstone Public Safety Director Paul Geyer tells the Daily Press of Escanaba that the test shot Monday night set off a box of fireworks, causing other boxes to ignite. Geyer says the remaining fireworks were set off during the Fourth of July display.

No one was injured.

In a statement, the city says winds blew the test shot toward the other fireworks. The city says it plans to seek a refund or schedule another future show.

Old Restaurant Windmill Spins Again

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — The last of the old Van de Kamp Holland Dutch Bakery windmills is spinning again.

A diner on Wednesday reactivated the dormant windmill atop its Arcadia location, a former Van de Kamp coffee shop.

Windmills were once the ubiquitous symbol of Van de Kamp bakeries and restaurants around Southern California. The Arcadia location opened in 1967 and it was sold in 1989. The rooftop windmill hadn’t spun in decades.

The company that now owns the restaurant spent about $100,000 to replace the motor, reinforce the blades and add LED lighting.

The crowd witnessing the reactivation included architect Harold Bissner Jr., who designed the template for 15 Van de Kamp coffee shops including Arcadia.

Bissner says it’s nice to know there’s one left.

Thieves at Large, With 20,000 Pounds of Cheese, in Wisconsin

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) – It’s a caper of grand proportion in a state that loves its cheddar.

Police in southeastern Wisconsin say 20,000 pounds of cheese has vanished.

The cheese, produced by U.S. Foods, was in a semi-trailer parked at a business in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek when it went missing Thursday.

Police say the semi driver was transporting the load from Green Bay to the New York City area and unhitched the trailer to run an errand. When he returned, the trailer and $46,000 worth of cheese was gone.

It’s not the first such heist of the legacy commodity. A semitrailer carrying $70,000 worth of cheese was stolen from Germantown, another Milwaukee suburb, in January.