The loo blew

North Police Chief Mark Fallaw said during October’s town council meeting that the North Town Hall men’s restroom was “out-of-order” after a toilet exploded during routine use.

The toilet, designed for high-volume public use, was installed in 2005, and uses a high-pressure valve and a smaller amount of water than most toilets.

After normal use, the pressure built up and exploded, blowing a third of the porcelain tank away, Fallaw said. Porcelain shrapnel was found embedded in the door.

No one was hurt, as the town employee who had just used it had already stepped outside the restroom.

According to Fallaw, there have been 17 injuries from such pressure build-ups in toilet valves so far this year.

Lucky numbers

Laila Fitzgerald weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces when she was born. She came into the world on Thursday, which, numerically speaking, was 10/11/12. She arrived, militarily speaking, at 1314, which would be 1:14 p.m. for civilians.

So the numbers associated with her birth are 8-9-10-11-12-13-14.

Laila’s mother, 26-year-old Katie Deremiah of Des Moines, Iowa, said she had a feeling Thursday would be the day, even though the due date was Oct. 19.

Laila’s father, 26-year-old Ryan Fitzgerald, said he was buying a lottery ticket as soon as he left the hospital.

The eyes have it

Word that a giant eyeball washed up on a South Florida beach has created a buzz on the Internet and in the marine biology community.

The huge, blue eyeball may have come from a deep sea squid or a large sword fish, said Heather Bracken-Grissom, an assistant professor in the marine science program at Florida International University in Miami.

A man found the softball-sized eyeball while taking a morning stroll along Pompano Beach just north of Fort Lauderdale.

Bracken-Grissom and her colleagues concluded that the eyeball’s lens and pupil are similar in shape to that of a deep sea squid. She noted that a deep sea squid’s eyeball can be as large as a soccer ball and can easily become dislodged.

The mystery won’t be solved until testing on the eyeball is completed.

Baa baa beautiful sheep

In a nation where sheep are given names and kept inside homes as companion animals, the most popular television show is “Khar Bii,” or literally, “This Sheep,” in the local Wolof language.

It’s an American Idol-style nationwide search for Senegal’s most perfect specimen. Now in its fourth season, the show airs several times a week in the months leading up to Eid al-Adha, or Tabaski, as it’s known in Senegal.

The feast of sacrifice is when Muslims around the world slaughter animals in remembrance of Abraham’s near-sacrifice of his son.

In Senegal, the sheep’s ties to the important religious holiday have made them a part of many urban families in this predominantly Muslim country of 12.8 million people. Still, every family that can sacrifices a ram at Tabaski.

“Khar Bii” finalists from each region of the country face off later this month for a chance to win $4,000 and the extra prestige to their future breeding credentials.

Shots for tots

A restaurant chain has apologized for accidentally serving alcohol to a toddler in Wales, calling it a case of human error.

The BBC reported that the 2-year-old was taken to a hospital emergency room after drinking whiskey at his second birthday party at a Frankie and Benny’s restaurant in Swansea.

His mother said he was clearly intoxicated. She said she tasted his drink after noticing that he was making a funny face. At the hospital, the staff monitored his vital signs and later gave him the all-clear.

Frankie and Benny’s said it was sorry for the incident and is looking at ways to prevent it from happening again.

Zombie apocalypse

Drivers may have gotten a chuckle out of an electronic message board in Maine warning of zombies, but officials were not amused.

The sign at a Portland road construction site was changed by a hacker to read “Warning Zombies Ahead!” It originally read “Night work 8 p.m.-6 a.m. Expect delays.”

City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg says changing the sign could have led to driver distraction. She said tampering with a safety device is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Give me my money

A Pittsburgh woman is suing Democratic state Rep. Jake Wheatley, saying he only coughed up half of the $200 prize he promised the winner of a community day cake-baking contest.

The 55-year-old paralegal says the dispute isn’t about the $100 — it’s about the principle.

Wheatley said the whole thing is a misunderstanding. He acknowledged that fliers for the Sept. 8 event touted a $200 prize, but said contestants were told the prize would depend on the number of entrants who paid $10 each. He said the prize was smaller because fewer people entered than expected.

The woman said Wheatley should honor the flier.


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