Offbeat News for Friday, May 25th

What are the odds that seven firefighters at the same department become fathers within months of each other? At Glenpool Fire Department in Oklahoma…you don’t want to take that bet. In just one year, seven out of the department’s 20 firefighters have welcomed babies…and they’re all one big happy family.
“This is our normal — this is our fire family,” says one of the firefighters’ wives Sarah Hutchinson. All seven fathers and their babies lined up for a group photo at the station. The pack waited until the last baby to be born just four weeks ago to take the photo. Of the clan are five girls and two boys, the oldest being 15-months.
Hutchison notes that the families also happen to be really good friends. “Glenpool is not the biggest town; we only have one fire station. I couldn’t survive without the other fire wives,” she says. Firefighter Mick Whitney explains all the families hang out and go fishing. “We all just happen to have kids right under a year. It’s a pretty neat deal.”
A baby girl is one of a handful of people with a super rare condition that causes her hair to stick up, much like Albert Einstein. The condition is literally called Uncombable Hair Syndrome (UHS) and no matter what Taylor McGowan’s parents do, they can’t seem to keep her bright white hair to stop sticking up.
“At first we thought we would just put a bit of water and comb it down, but it pops back up,” says her mother Cara. “I didn’t want to put a bunch of chemicals on her hair and I had read that aloe vera gel would act like hair gel. We tried that several times to no avail.”
In all, they have tried as many as 15 different products – and nothing has worked. According to Professor Regina Betz at the University of Bonn in Germany, the condition is caused by a mutation in the hair follicle’s structure, which causes the hair to be frizzy.
Taylor’s family has fully embraced her uniqueness and even nicknamed her “Einstein 2.0.” One time they dressed her up as the scientist for Halloween.
Maine police have arrested three men trying to steal a 25-foot shed by dragging it with a pickup truck. After receiving the call, police were able to catch up with the men, who weren’t even using any kind of trailer to pull the shed, plus they were blocking up half the road. Turns out Mathew Thompson, Timothy James and Robert Breton had stolen the shed from a foreclosed property. They’re being charged with unauthorized taking and more charges are expected to be added. One of the suspects also had crystal meth and prescription drugs that were not prescribed to him. They’re being held on $5,000 bail each.

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