The Odd Side – May 5, 2015

Report: Professor in Texas Fails Entire Class, School Says No Way

(Reuters) – A professor at Texas A&M University’s campus in Galveston has flunked his entire strategic management class amid claims of cheating and harassment, though university officials say the decision won’t stick, the publication Inside Higher Ed reported.

Professor Irwin Horwitz sent a scathing email last week to the 30-plus students in the course, saying he had issued across-the-board failing grades after reaching his breaking point due to online rumors about himself and academic dishonesty on exams.

“None of you, in my opinion, given the behavior in this class, deserve to pass, or graduate to become an Aggie, as you do not in any way embody the honor that the university holds graduates should have within their personal character,” Horwitz wrote in the email, according to Inside Higher Ed.

A university representative could not be reached immediately for comment.

The university told Houston media station KRPC it is investigating Horwitz’s claims, but failing grades would not stand unless a student did not academically pass the class.

The department head will take over the class until the end of the semester, it said.

Man Turns in $1 Million Lottery Ticket — Dusted With Flour

DETROIT (AP) – A postal worker says he couldn’t eat or sleep for three days because of something in a container of flour.

What was keeping him up? A $1 million lottery ticket.

Fred Morgan of Detroit had five winning numbers in the April 17 Mega Millions game.

He knew he had won the next day. But he told lottery officials that he had stashed the lottery ticket in flour and a few other places while he and his wife were considering  how they could best put the windfall to use, for enjoyment and to pay needed expenses.

Morgan says nobody would “check for anything valuable in the flour.” He says he’s retiring early after 31 years as a mail carrier.

Rhode Island Woman Returns Home, Finds Wild Turkey ‘House Guest’

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island woman thought a pipe burst when she returned home to find water pouring from her garage ceiling.

But the culprit turned out to be an unusual house guest that dropped in.

WLNE-media reports Nancy Page went upstairs to find the source of the running water and discovered a wild turkey had crashed through a bathroom window and somehow turned on the sink. Page says she immediately realized it was a turkey.

Police and a Department of Environmental Management officer caught the turkey and released it.

Page was forced to throw out the bathroom sink.

She says the water had been running for two to three hours. Page estimates the turkey caused thousands of dollars in water damage to her Warwick home.

At Polish Castle, Knights Tool Up For Medieval Fight

MALBORK, Poland (Reuters) – Wielding swords and halberds, knights in heavy armor attack each other in scenes that could easily be mistaken for a staged reconstruction.

But on the grounds of this vast brick castle in northern Poland, the battles are real.

Men and women from 25 countries gathered in their hundreds at Malbork Castle this weekend for the yearly full contact Medieval Combat World Championships in fast-paced fighting, reminiscent of the battles of medieval Europe.

Though less bloody than tournaments centuries ago, the battles are refereed matches, scored like boxing, in which the objective is to get one’s opponent to the ground.

As well as one-on-one fights, there are bigger tournaments with groups of three, five or as many as 16 people on each side.

The fighters use swords, shields and polearms as they try to floor the opposition, cheered on by spectators.

“I like physical sports,” says Andrey, a U.S. Marine Corps officer. “I like the tactics [and] I like the strategy.”

Preparations can be a long, hard and expensive slog.

Participants train several times a week, the equipment must follow strict authenticity rules and is checked for safety.

The four-day event at Malbork, the biggest brick castle in the world, saw the Poles scoop up most of the prizes. The U.S. team had dominated last year’s championships in Spain.

“This year the Polish have come back really, really strong,” says Bill, an American. “There were just solid. It was a hard fight.”

Two-Headed Calf Born on Farm In Northern Florida

MACCLENNY, Fla. (AP) – A two-headed calf was recently born on a farm in northern Florida.

Multiple news sources report the calf was in Baker County.

Dwight Crews, the owner of the farm, says he hadn’t seen one born in his more than 60 years of raising cattle.

Crews says the female calf has trouble standing up, but has been feeding from a bottle. While one mouth suckles, the other mouth moves.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not has been in contact with Crews and says the longest a two-headed calf has survived is 40 days.