The Odd Side – November 1, 2016

Artist Mows Giant Trump Portrait in Italian Cornfield

MILAN (AP) – An Italian land artist has used his tractor to transform a field near the Italian city of Verona into a giant portrait of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Artist Dario Gambarin created a similar portrait of Democrat Hillary Clinton in September.

Gambarin created the Trump portrait on a 25,000-square-meter field, writing “Ciao,” beneath Trump’s left shoulder. Gambarin was quoted by the Verona daily L’Arena as saying “anything can happen. And in case of defeat, the Republican Trump can in any case console himself with my huge portrait.”

Gambarin often chooses topical figures for his tractor art, which he creates freestyle in his cornfield without a pattern.

Woman Calls Lottery Tickets a Waste of Time — Until She Wins

LEICESTER, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina woman who bought a scratch-off ticket to show her husband that lottery tickets are a waste of money has won $1 million.

Glenda Blackwell of Leicester tells WLOS that her husband asked her to buy two Powerball tickets from a Quik Mart last Saturday, but she bought a $10 Carolina Millions scratch-off ticket instead.

Blackwell said she was trying to show her husband that no one ever wins and buying tickets is a waste of money.

Now she’s eating her words — and enjoying every bite.

Blackwell says she’s going to use the $415,500 lump sum after taxes to buy a home and pay for her granddaughters’ college.

California Officials Work To Remove Urban Turkeys

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) – Leaders of a California college town are working to relocate turkeys that have been harassing people on the streets.

The Sacramento Bee reports that the Davis City Council voted this week to approve a wild turkey management plan that includes trapping and relocating many of the birds and possibly killing some of the more aggressive ones. They also called for an ordinance prohibiting people from feeding the turkeys.

Davis residents are fond of urban wildlife. They built a tunnel for toads and protected jackrabbits from construction, but the well-known turkeys wandering the streets are too much.

Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel says his department has fielded calls from people accosted by turkeys, including a man who was pinned against the wall of a bank by a bird.