The Odd Side – October 9, 2018

Rhode Island Man Wins First Prize for 1-Ton Pumpkin

TOPSFIELD, Mass. (AP) —A Rhode Island man has won the prize for the heaviest pumpkin at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts with a fair record 2,114-pound gourd.

The Salem News reports that Ron Wallace won the Topsfield Fair’s All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Friday for the third time and took home a prize of more than $8,500.

Wallace, who lives in the Greene section of Coventry, Rhode Island, also won in 2006 and 2009.

Wallace says Topsfield is one of the top weigh-ins to win.

Dan and Holly Boyce of Benson, Vermont, came in second place with a 2,017.5-pound gourd, and received a $3,000 prize. Scott Marley, of Bellingham, placed third and received a $1,500 cash prize with his 1,846.5-pounder.

The Topsfield fair dates to 1818.

Man Arrested for Chasing After Plane at Dublin Airport

LONDON (AP) — A man who missed his flight at Dublin Airport was arrested Thursday for running after the plane on the tarmac in a bid to flag it down.

Witnesses said a man in his 20s broke through an airport door and ran toward the Ryanair plane, which was about to take off for Amsterdam, at around 7 a.m.

Declan Harvey, who was at the airport, said he could hear a man shouting “Wait!” at the plane before he was tackled to the ground by airport workers.

The airport said that a man became “agitated” after he and another person arrived at the gate too late for their flight. It said the man “broke through a door and made his way onto the apron, trying to flag the aircraft down.”

He was briefly restrained by Ryanair staff until airport police arrived. He was handed over to Irish police and taken to a Dublin police station.

Patrick Kehoe, 23, later appeared in a Dublin court charged with criminal damage to a door lock. He was granted bail until a court appearance in November.

As he left court, Kehoe shouted abuse and insults at journalists and swung at them with his suitcase.

Boris and Brexit Gym Punchbags Help Londoners Vent Their Rage

LONDON (Reuters) – Londoners fed up with Brexit can vent their rage with a special gym routine that includes high-intensity exercises like pummeling punchbags bearing photographs of some of the main players like Boris Johnson and Jean-Claude Juncker.

The 30-minute circuit also features the “Theresa May Sack Race” and “Politico Headslammer” in which participants slam balls on to pictures of British Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

There is also a “Cameron Quitters’ Corner” named after May’s predecessor David Cameron to take time out.

The Brexfit classes are being offered by fitness company Gymbox, whose boss said the theme was chosen by a members’ poll of their main frustrations with living in the British capital.

Fifty-two percent of respondents said Brexit, followed by rent prices and train delays.

“We thought well, what better way to actually release frustration and anger than actually put on a Brexfit class as we’ve called it, where you can actually punch your most hated politician in the face on a punch bag,” he told Reuters.

The course was designed with the help of an anger management expert, said fitness instructor Boriss Visokoborskis.

“It’s for our members to relieve the stress caused by Brexit, and all the frustration they see in the mass media and so on,” he added. “They are leaving our classes feeling relieved, lighter and they do something good for themselves, they work on their body.”

Student Ania Jarzabkiewicz, 26, originally from Poland, said she felt “amazing” after the class.

“I have a problem to get my student loan because of Brexit, so today I really take out my frustration on this whole situation and I feel really good,” she said.

Fitness coach George, 25, said his favorite exercises were the sack races and punch bags. In this particular class, leading Brexiteer and former Foreign Secretary Johnson bore the brunt of his frustration.

With six months until Britain leaves the EU, May has yet to reach a deal on the terms of Brexit, and her plan for future trade ties has been rebuffed by both the EU and many in her own Conservative Party.

Corbyn said this week that Labour would vote against a Brexit deal based on May’s proposals, the strongest warning yet to a prime minister whose plan to leave the EU is hanging by a thread.