The Odd Side – June 5, 2018

Bone Recovered From Shipwreck, Not From Notorious Pirate

YARMOUTH, Mass. (AP) – A bone fragment recovered from a Cape Cod shipwreck is not from infamous pirate Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy after all.

The Whydah Pirate Museum in Yarmouth announced Thursday that DNA testing determined that the bone was from a male with general ties to the Eastern Mediterranean area, but was not Bellamy.

The museum had enlisted forensic scientists to extract DNA from the bone fragment and compare it with DNA from a living Bellamy descendant.

The Whydah sank in 1717, taking 102 lives. Bellamy’s body was among 40 never found or identified.

The wreck was discovered in 1984. Most of its treasure is thought to remain on the ocean floor.

Forbes has listed Bellamy as the highest-earning pirate ever, plundering about $120 million worth of treasure.

Woman Reaches Goal of Doing a Headstand in All 50 States

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) – A 71-year-old woman has completed her goal of performing a headstand in all 50 states.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports retiree Anne Bruinooge checked the last state off her list Thursday as she laid down a mat and did a headstand outside of the Alaska newspaper’s office.

Bruinooge says she has been traveling around the country for the past decade, doing headstands in every state that she and her husband visit.

Bruinooge says her motivation was simply “the fun of doing headstands.” She says she isn’t sure if anyone else has ever attempted to do a headstand in each state.

5 Hospitalized in Accident That Set Bees Free

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Several people have been hospitalized in a head-on collision with a car transporting bees in western Massachusetts.

The Berkshire Eagle reports five people, including a 4-year-old boy, have been taken to Berkshire Medical Center following a crash in Lanesborough Saturday.

Police responded to the scene shortly before 2 p.m. to find a Ford station wagon carrying hundreds of bees and a Chevrolet Sedan had crashed.

Police say the collision was at least somewhat caused by bees getting loose and stinging the driver. Several people on the scene were stung, but none were hospitalized for their stings.

The beekeeper refused to be taken to the hospital for evaluation and tried to collect the bees into several hives.

Creative Road Signs Warn Maine Motorists in Funny Ways

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Motorists traveling around Maine over Memorial Day weekend saw residents’ creativity on display.

Message boards warned motorists that, “A Cold Suppah Is Bettah Thana Hot Ticket.” Another one says, “Put Down UR Cell — Or You May End Up in One.”

They were part of a contest run by the Maine Department of Transportation.

People were asked to come up with clever messages, and six winners were selected out of nearly 2,000 entries. The messages will be displayed for the next few weeks.