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protesting wall street
1:06 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Why King County nixed woman’s marriage to a corporation in Seattle

In this photo taken from Initiative 103's Facebook page, Angela Marie Vogel embraces her new "husband" or "Corporate Person."
Alex Garland www.alexgarlandphotography.com

A woman married a corporation in Seattle yesterday, and today King County says it was all a mistake.

“It was just an error,” a King County spokesperson said of why the woman was allowed to get a license and marry “Corporation Person." An error the county said it has fixed by voiding the license and returning the $64 fee.

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potato bomb
9:44 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Old military bomb found in potato bin in Quincy

Potatoes seems safe enough ... but you never know, apparently, what you'll dig up.
Elizabeth Weller Flickr

QUINCY, Wash. — Police say an explosive found in a potato bin at a processing plant in Quincy Wednesday morning was an old military device that was apparently left over from practice bombing runs years ago in Eastern Washington.

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odd news
9:54 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Update: Bobcat that broke into Washington prison will be OK

Dr. Roger Hancock treats a bobcat at the Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Monroe. The bobcat wandered onto the grounds of Washington state's largest prison and was injured when it climbed through razor wire.
Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital

The bobcat that suffered razor-wire cuts breaking into a Washington state prison at Monroe is going to be OK.

A spokeswoman for the Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Snohomish says the animal has been stitched up, and the prognosis is excellent.

Spokeswoman Charlotte Graeber Compton says the bobcat has been transferred to the Sarvey Wildlife Center in Arlington. It can recover there before being released back into the wild.

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odd news
4:29 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Bizarre incidents at Washington and Oregon state capitols

The three-foot Samurai sword recovered from a man arrested near the Oregon Capitol building on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Oregon State Police

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 4:10 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington and Oregon state capitols have been the scenes of two bizarre incidents in recent days. Both involved apparently mentally unstable men. One had a gallon of gasoline, the other wielded a samurai sword.

The first scare happened over the weekend on the Capitol Mall in Salem. Early Saturday morning a state groundskeeper spotted a man armed with a three-foot Samurai sword. As he got closer, the man reportedly starting swinging the sword and yelling obscenities. The 28-year old was arrested after Salem Police held him at gunpoint.

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odd news
12:22 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Man files $20,000 insurance claim for dead cat ... but cat wasn't dead or real

The cat that wasn't dead ... nor did it belong to the man who file a $20,000 insurance claim for it.
Washington State Insurance Commission

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A Tacoma man is facing attempted theft and insurance fraud charges after filing a $20,000 claim for a fictitious dead cat, using pet photos he lifted off the internet, according to a press release from the Washington State Insurance Commission.

“We’ve handled some pretty unusual fraud cases, but this is one of the stranger ones,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

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Odd news
11:08 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Puyallup 'loose tiger' still a mystery, continues to tweet on the run

Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer posted this photo: "... the people who originally put it up on the work van next to river road after hearing about [reports of the tiger] on the news caused people to call 911... go figure."
Ed Troyer

PUYALLUP, Wash. — Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says there have been no new reports Friday morning of a tiger on the loose near Puyallup. However, the reputed tiger is still posting away on its Twitter feed and others have been having fun online with the "loose tiger."

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Odd news
8:22 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Dog eats tickets to Masters tournament; tickets recovered

Arnold Palmer will be there, too.
The Associated Press

Russ Berkman's dream came true when he won a lottery for four passes to Wednesday's practice round at the Masters golf tournament. But the Seattle-area resident's stomach turned when he found his dog, Sierra, had eaten them.

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Odd news
12:31 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Gov. contender Inslee follows racy site in Twitter incident

OLYMPIA, Wash. — This isn't exactly the type of working Washington that Jay Inslee is seeking to build.

Campaign officials for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate said Thursday that a technical glitch led his Twitter account to follow a promoter of an Internet porn company.

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Other News
8:23 am
Tue November 8, 2011

Washington mom rescues tot from washing machine

A Washington state woman used a wrench to break the window of a running washing machine and rescue her 5-year-old daughter at a Laundromat in Okanogan.

The Okanogan County sheriff's office says the girl either climbed in or was put in the washing machine Saturday night and it started running even though it had been marked "out of order."

The Wenatchee World reports (http://bit.ly/vwT6D3 ) the 29-year-old mother ran to her car, grabbed the wrench, smashed the washing machine door and pulled out her daughter.

Odd news
1:02 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

It's '11022011' !

Professor Aziz Inan created this palindrome image (with his face in the center) in honor of 11022011, a very rare eight-digit palindrome date.
Courtesy of Aziz Inan

From our neighbors to the south (University of Portland) come these facts about today’s date:

  • One: It’s a palindrome
  • Two: It’s an extremely rare one.

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Odd news
12:09 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Hey is that a ... sperm bike?

A version of this bike, photo graphed zooming around in Copenhagen, will soon be plying the streets of Seattle delivering donated sperm to fertility clinics.
Seattle Sperm Bank

You might see a strange looking bicycle around Seattle one of these days and think – Sperm?

And you’d be right! A Seattle sperm bank is using the stylized bike to deliver donated sperm to fertility clinics around town.

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Expect the unexpected
10:30 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Hanford worker taken for ride in portable toilet

RICHLAND, Wash. — A Hanford worker was taken for a ride in a portable toilet when it was picked up by a fork lift driver who didn't realize it was occupied.

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