Offbeat News for Thursday, May 24th


A local Missouri prankster has graduated from Missouri State University, except he was never even enrolled there. In fact, he flunked out of college himself. Once comedian Jaron Myers, learned all you needed was a piece of paper with your name on it to walk at graduation, he decided to give it a shot by sneaking into the college’s graduation.
Myers explains that he went down to the bookstore on the day of the graduation and bought himself a $38 cap and gown. He then went over to JQH Arena where the ceremony was being held and blended in with the real students. “I thought for sure that this was when I was going to get caught,” Myers said. “All of the sudden, I was in line. I just kept walking and suddenly on the floor.”
He did face one minor issue when he realized that all of the students had been carrying card stock papers with their names on them. Myers’ was written on printer paper. But that didn’t seem to matter to the announcer reading names who didn’t skip a beat when they read out his name, “Jaron Kyler Myers.” He walked across the stage, just like the rest of the students, shook hands with MSU President Clif Smart, and received a diploma holder.
He later tweeted a pic of his “graduation” writing, “I dropped out of college 4 years ago but today I bought a cap and gown for $38 and snuck into the line of a college I have never been enrolled in. Hope my mom is proud.” And she was – the comedian’s mom reportedly texted her son to tell him how proud she was of his prank.
And get this – MSU isn’t even mad about the prank. Suzanne Shaw, vice president of marketing and communications at the university feels the joke was on him. “He had to sit there for two hours for graduation, so I don’t know who the real winner was here,” Shaw says. “We were happy we were his college of choice to ‘graduate’ from.”
Residents of Lake Worth, Florida thought “The Walking Dead” came to life over the weekend – when a power outage was accompanied by an emergency alert …warning of zombies. The false alarm was sent out on Sunday warning of a “power outage and zombie alert for residents of Lake Worth and Terminus.” As “Walking Dead” fans know, Terminus is the fictional city on the show.
“There are now far less than seven-thousand-three-hundred-eighty customers involved due to extreme zombie activity,” the notice offered. “Restoration time uncertain.” Officials have been looking into what appears to be a prank and so far they’ve ruled out an employee or former employee as the suspect. It was most likely a system hack.
Ben Kerr communications specialist for Lake Worth says, “I want to reiterate that Lake Worth does not have any zombie activity currently and apologize for the system message.” And by the way? While 7,880 customers were affected by the power outage, electricity was restored in 27-minutes.
A Louisiana woman has been arrested after she faked finding a razor blade in her sandwich from a fast-food restaurant. Correill Bradley had originally told staff at Mercy Regional Medical Center that the injury in her mouth came after she’d eaten the razor found in her sandwich bought at the drive-thru. However, when police asked her to file a report, she was hesitant, saying she didn’t want to get anyone in trouble. Eventually she complied, but cops began to think her wounds were self-inflicted. After some sleuthing they found out that Bradley had actually faked the whole thing. She was even caught on security footage stealing a fresh pack of razor blades “minutes before purchasing the sandwich.” On top of it, she’d filed a claim with the restaurants insurance and was already seeking a personal injury attorney. Cops determined the restaurant wasn’t at fault and Bradley is now facing criminal charges.
Cops in St. Augustine, Florida were involved in a four hour stand-off with a man who went crazy at a local Wendy’s and ended up in just his underwear on the restaurants roof. Witnesses say the man, who’s now been identified as Timothy Weber, had gotten into an argument with someone inside the restaurant. That’s when he started getting out of control, climbed up on to Wendy’s roof, and yelled at people passing by. Cops got involved and even tweeted out to residents to avoid the area. Wendy’s closed during this time. About four hours later, a rescue team was able to get the man down, but not without a fight. According to police, Weber threatened recuers with a block of wood and smashed several lights on the roof. Weber was seen climbing down a ladder in just his underwear, but it’s unclear if he’d originally climbed the roof that way. He’s been arrested and charged with assault on an officer or firefighter and criminal mischief.

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