The Odd Side – June 27, 2017

Genoa Makes Special Airport Waiver for Famed Pesto Sauce

ROME (AP) – The Italian port city of Genoa has taken pride in its famed pesto sauce to new heights by granting special airport waivers for those who can’t get enough of the basil and pine nut pasta sauce.

Genoa’s airport is letting travelers take as much as 500 grams of pesto in their carry-on luggage, exempting them from the 100-milliliter rule for liquids in carry-on baggage. The catch: Passengers must make a donation of 50 cents or more to a charity that airlifts sick children to hospitals.

The airport said in a statement this week that some 500 euros had been raised in the first 20 days of the initiative.

Professor to Student Mom: Just Bring Your Baby to Class

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A professor in Tennessee has a solution for a student who missed class after she couldn’t find someone to babysit her 3-year-old daughter: Just bring the child to class.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Professor Sally Hunter at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville emailed Morgan King that she would be “absolutely delighted” to hold King’s daughter, Korbin, while teaching class.

“I’m very serious with this offer — just bring Korbyn with you!” the professor wrote, excusing the student for missing a class.

King later posted on Twitter that she cried with gratitude. And her professor’s email wound up being shared widely on social media, even by Chancellor Beverly Davenport.

Wrote Davenport: “Morgan, thanks for showing us challenges college students face. Prof Hunter, thanks for being part of the solution.”

EU Takes Fat Out of Fire: Belgian Fries Are Out of Danger

BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Commission wants all Belgians, and the world at large, to know: your famous fries are safe.

A regional Belgian minister had alarmed the nation with warnings that EU would force fries to be blanched before they hit the fat to remove a cancer-causing element as much as possible. It would fundamentally change the family way of doing fries, which are raw, then dunked twice in fat of increasing heat.

“It would be an enormous impoverishment of our fries culture,” Flemish Tourism Minister Ben Weyts wrote to the European Health Commissioner in a letter, obtained by The Associated Press.

Have no fear, EU Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Tuesday. “The Commission has no intention whatsoever, I repeat, no intention whatsoever, to ban Belgian fries, or any other type of fries,” he said.

Schinas fully knows the EU had burned itself before when trying to meddle too meticulously in the way its 500 million citizens eat. When EU plans were made public four years ago to ban the refillable olive oil jugs from restaurant tables and only allow non-refillable bottles, it was the proverbial drop that broke the jar of excessive legislation that meddles in people’s lives.

Since then, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker came to power on a mandate to cut red tape and “be big on big things and small on small things.”

A recipe for making fries is definitely in the “small category” these days.

Big Catch: Fisherman Finds Camera, Returns It to Owner

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) – A man who was fishing in the Tennessee River reeled in a waterlogged camera and then used social media to track down its owner in Florida.

The St. Augustine Record reports Nate Wilson’s line snagged as he was fishing June 10. Then he reeled in the algae-covered camera that 37-year-old Alex Mansur accidentally dropped during a vacation five years ago.

Wilson found the memory card and uploaded the images to social media in hopes of finding the camera’s owner.

It didn’t take long. About eight hours later, one of Mansur’s cousins in Tennessee called him.

Mansur says he was paddleboarding when the lanyard he carried the camera on slipped from his wrist. He thought the pictures were lost forever.

He plans to go to Tennessee this summer to thank Wilson.