Oddities
Hot for 'Frozen,' Ohio reporter's parody a hit PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Monday, 24 February 2014 07:02

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati traffic reporter has gained national attention for his dramatic on-air parody of a Disney movie song.

WKRC's Bob Herzog changed "Let it Go," sung by Princess Elsa in the animated movie "Frozen," to "Just Don't Go" to reference the winter weather.

As images of cars skidding on ice and traffic conditions play, Herzog dramatically sings lines like: "I must share what dispatchers say, all the traction's gone. School's closed or at least they're on a delay."

A YouTube video of Friday's performance has a half-million views, and media outlets nationwide have written about it.

The parody is part of Herzog's "Dance Party Fridays."

He's changed Elton John's "Rocket Man" to "Traffic Man," Tom Petty's "Free Falling" to "Tree Falling" and Barry Manilow's "Copacabana" to "Drive Indiana."


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Stolen '57 Chevy returned to owner after 30 years PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Thursday, 20 February 2014 16:18

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Three decades after it was stolen, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air has been returned to a Northern California man — in better shape than when he originally owned it.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/NcVegk) Ian "Skip" Wilson was shocked to get a call from the California Highway Patrol informing him that his long-lost Chevy was taken off an Australia-bound cargo ship.

The 65-year-old says the car has had a lot of work done on it since it disappeared from his Lake County home in 1984. It was returned with a monogrammed interior, 17-inch racing wheels, rack-and-pinion steering and a 350-horsepower V-8 engine.

The retired mechanic says the two-door was in sorry shape when he bought it for $375 in 1975 with plans for fixing it up.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com


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Woman jailed, accused of failing to return video PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Tuesday, 18 February 2014 09:58

PICKENS, S.C. (AP) — It was not a pile of late fees a South Carolina woman got when a video store owner said she failed to return a video she rented in 2005. Instead, she spent a night in jail.

Twenty-seven-year-old Kayla Michelle Finley of Pickens was arrested last week and charged with failing to return a rented video cassette.

Pickens County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Creed Hashe says Finley rented the movie "Monster-in-Law" from Dalton Videos. The owner took out a warrant against Finley, who was arrested when she was at the sheriff's office for something else and the warrant was found.

Hashe says Finley had been sent several certified letters at the time. She tells WHNS-TV that she never got the letters and that she will fight the charge.


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Camel chases cars in rural Los Angeles County PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 14:37

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — A camel created a ruckus in rural northern Los Angeles County when it got out of its enclosure and chased cars until it was rounded up.

Sheriff's Deputy John Cereoli says the camel was reported to have escaped from someone's property in the Acton area at 8:38 a.m. Friday and the incident lasted about a half hour.

The deputy says the camel was not injured.

Corrals and other animal enclosures are commonplace in the unincorporated high desert area north of Los Angeles.


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Sheriff cancels Valentine's Day as ice slams South PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Friday, 14 February 2014 12:02

ATLANTA (AP) — A sheriff in northeastern Georgia said he was canceling Valentine's Day because of the bad weather, telling men they were off the hook for the romantic gifts their partners may be expecting.

Sheriff Scott Berry in Oconee County took to Facebook to announce his decision after an ice storm slammed Georgia on Wednesday.

Men, he wrote, "are exempt from having to run out and buy lottery scratchers and Hershey bars from the corner stores" until Tuesday.

The post was in fun and was shared more than 1,500 times. But it angered a man who called the sheriff's office Friday from a Michigan area code to protest the decision, saying snow up north isn't a big deal.


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