Odd Side – September 17, 2019

Indonesian Walking 700 Kilometers Backward to Save Forests

BEKASI, Indonesia (AP) – An Indonesian man walked more than 700 kilometers (430 miles) backward from his village in eastern Java to the country’s capital to raise awareness about deforestation.

Medi Bastoni began his arduous expedition from his home on the slope of Mount Wilis, a dormant volcano in East Java province that has been affected by deforestation.

“I’m doing this to raise people’s awareness of deforestation,” the 43-year-old Bastoni told The Associated Press when he reached Jakarta’s satellite city of Bekasi, about 22 kilometers (13 miles) east of the capital. “I need the president’s support to help reforestation efforts, hand-in-hand with other communities.”

Indonesia for many years has chopped down its rainforests faster than any other country, profiting paper and palm oil conglomerates while causing social and environmental problems. Rapid forest loss and greenhouse gas emissions have made Indonesia the fourth biggest contributor to global warming after China, the U.S. and India.

Bastoni has attached a rearview mirror to his backpack that helps him avoid bumping into objects along his way. He walks at least 20 to 30 kilometers (12 to 18 miles) a day. In many cities and villages, cheering supporters offered him meals, drinks or a place to stay overnight.

Raccoon Freed After Being Trapped in Vending Machine

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) – Police say a raccoon trapped in a vending machine at a Florida high school is now free.

Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Gant says a deputy stationed at Pine Ridge High School was notified of the trapped raccoon and called animal control for assistance. A vending machine operator was also contacted to unlock the door.

They rolled the vending machine to an open area of the school and after about two hours the raccoon was set free.

Sheriff’s officials joked that the “gentleman” was apprehended for burglary of a vending machine.

Time Capsule From 50 Years Ago Has Nothing Inside

DERRY, N.H. (AP) – Officials in a New Hampshire town are trying to figure out how a recently opened time capsule from 50 years ago has nothing in it.

Library director Cara Potter in Derry tells WMUR that since she started there five years ago, the safe has been sitting on a shelf. Before that, it was kept at the old municipal building in town.

The combination was on the back of the safe. Potter said it took several tries to get it open recently on the 50th anniversary of when it was sealed in 1969. But it was empty.

Officials said they have no idea who could have opened it and taken the items. They even speculated that nothing was put in there in the first place.

Delaware Fire Kills About 60 Pet Snakes Kept Throughout Home

DOVER, Del. (AP) – A fire department official says dozens of pet snakes died when a blaze ripped through a home in Delaware.

The Delaware News Journal reports that no people were injured in the fire that broke out Sunday morning in Dover.

The homeowner told firefighters that approximately 60 snakes were in the house. All of them are believed to be dead. There was no immediate word on what kinds of snakes were being kept in the home.

Deputy Chief Michael O’Connor Jr. of the Dover Fire Department says the snakes were kept in bedrooms throughout the house.