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Here we go again, waking up you sleepyheads with the overlooked new stories of the week -- the offbeat, strange and sometimes, downright weird news items that mainstream media tends to ignore. Served up with a few funnies, all designed to get your face in smiling shape for the weekend ;-).
A kindergartener is heartbroken when he loses his adored stuffed blue monkey named "Ah Ah" on a family vacation and despite mom's best efforts, the monkey could not be found and was believed to be lost forever. Three years later on a whim, mom decided to search e-Bay for "blue monkey" and one pops up. Looks just like "Ah Ah" so mom buys him. When the package arrives she is stunned to see that it's not a look alike -- it is "Ah Ah" right down to the singed hair on top from being left in the clothes dryer too long and a ragged cut where her son cut the tag off the monkey's leg.
Sometimes it seems like childhood disappears as fast as… well as fast as a little blue monkey wanders off on a camping trip. You turn around, and your baby is walking into kindergarten, or your little guy is going into high school, or your daughter is leaving for college.
But even as they grow up, there are reminders of the way they used to be. The way your kindergartner snuggles into your neck when he’s sleepy, or the extra-tight hug your daughter gives you before walking into her new dorm without looking back: No matter how old, they’ll always be our babies.
The Guinness World Records 2013 book published Thursday recognizes Zeus of Otsego, Mich., as the world's Tallest Dog.
The 3 year old Great Dane measures 44 inches from foot to shoulder and stretches to 7 foot 4 inches when standing on his hind legs. The previous holder of the record, Giant George, was a full inch shorter.
Owner, Denise Doorlag says:
Zeus weighs 155 pounds and eats a 30-pound bag of food every two weeks.
Doorlag says she had to get a van to be able to transport Zeus.
Three times a day, rain or shine, Jess the springer spaniel goes out on her milk round – to feed orphaned lambs from a bottle she carries in her mouth.The farm is located near Exeter, which is linked to the Devon Wildlife Trust and specializes in rare breed sheep. Ten year old Jess is "mother" these days to four Dorset Horn lambs which could not be fed by their own mothers. There is a young lass, Lily the cocker spaniel, already in training for the day Jess retires.
Louise Moorhouse, who has 270 sheep on her 180-acre farm, can’t imagine managing without Jess.
‘It’s like having an extra pair of hands,’ said owner Louise Moorhouse.
‘She’s been doing it ever since she was a puppy. I taught her to hold the milk bottle in her mouth and she did the rest. It’s very funny when she runs across the field gripping the bottle.’
The honor for luckiest NASCAR fan this year goes to Katie Arnold, who at five pounds also wins the Lightest NASCAR Fan award. That’s because Katie was born in the parking lot of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday.I guess you could call it a "Pit Stop" as mommy Shawna Arnold decided she couldn't wait as her boyfriend was driving her to the hospital. They pulled over into the nearest parking lot which happened to be the speedway. EMTs showed up a few minutes later to take over.
Yep. And because she was born in their parking lot and was later rushed to the hospital in a New Hampshire Motor Speedway ambulance, the track has given baby Katie and her folks to free tickets to every one of their races every year for life.
"It's Fall. Unless you're Mitt Romney, and then it's freefall." –David Letterman
"Mitt Romney is in Los Angeles today for a fundraiser. So that's one more handsome guy in L.A. auditioning for a role he probably won't get." –Conan O'Brien"Arnold Schwarzenegger has written a new book about his affair with his Hispanic housekeeper, and the book is actually called 'Total Recall.' In response, she's written a book about their affair called 'Alien vs. Predator.'" –Conan O'Brien
"It's Opening Day of the U.N in New York...Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is here. He says he hates gay people and he hates Jews. Boy is he in the wrong town." –David Letterman
"Mitt was on 'Live With Kelly and Michael.' and admitted on the show that his guilty pleasures are peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and chocolate milk. Even his guilty pleasures are boring." –Jimmy Kimmel
"President Obama is attending a fundraiser in New York hosted by Jay-Z and Beyonce. Michelle is hoping Beyonce will sing 'All the Single Ladies,' while Obama is worried Biden will get up and sing 'Bootylicious'" –Jimmy Fallon"On Saturday, Mitt Romney took some time off from campaigning to watch his grandson’s soccer game. Though it got awkward when one team pulled their goalie and Romney was like, 'Look at that – another job lost under President Obama.'" –Jimmy Fallon
Tim Pawlenty leaves the Romney Campaign to be a lobbyist for big banks.So basically, same gig.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) September 20, 2012
“Never let go, Ryan, never let go.” RT @lolgop: Romney Campaign: THERE AREN'T ENOUGH LIFEBOATS— Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) September 20, 2012
Drudge is about five minutes away from going back to covering the Lewinsky scandal. #nothingsworking— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 20, 2012
For once, I want to add something with a serious note. Today is National POW/MIA Recognition Day and I wanted to post the following that I sometimes use in my IGTNT diaries:
The only known current Prisoner of War is Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 26 who was captured by the Taliban in June of 2009. Five propaganda videos featuring Bergdahl have been released by the Taliban. A website has been established with the most up-to-date information on Sgt. Bergdahl.Please keep good thoughts and prayers for Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl.