‘Offbeat News’ for 12-6-17

Inflight WiFi is a relatively new luxury and people are already ruining it for all of us. Take the flyer who named his WiFi network “bomb on board.” Thanks to the name choice, a flight from Kenya to Turkey with 100 passengers on board had to make an unscheduled stop in Sudan.
Once on the ground, the plane was inspected and it was decided there was no bomb or any other safety threat. After that, the flight made its way to its final destination.
It’s unclear if person with a terrible sense of humor was singled out or if charges were filed.
Residents of Rockland County, New York are being warned to keep an eye out for a coywolf: part coyote, part wolf.
Technically, the large animal is an eastern coyote, but according to a wildlife expert who’s caught this type of animal before, it is a genetic mix between a coyote and a wolf due to cross breeding in the wild.
So far, this particular coywolf has only been spotted twice, and no injuries were reported. If the animal is seen a third time and acting aggressively, authorities say they will have to act.
Zippy has gone missing. The town of Deerfield, New Hampshire has been using Zippy as their own, life-size Elf on a Shelf but someone has stolen the mischievous elf.
The Deerfield Rescue Squad took to social media to announce Zippy’s disappearance and assured the public this was not a prank. “This is not a joke or a game,” the squad explains, “we are very upset about someone choosing to ruin the fun for Deerfield’s children.”
So far, Zippy is still MIA.
If you’ve been to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you’ve seen the Tree of Life. But seeing wasn’t enough for a group of four park visitors, who decided they just had to climb it. Probably not surprisingly, Disney World security acted “swiftly” and brought the climbers down. It’s unclear if any charges have been filed at this point.
Justin Thompson, who was on the run for assault,  thought he could get away from Scranton, Pennsylvania police by climbing through the crawl space of his girlfriend’s house. Somehow, the 29-year-old managed to wiggle his way through the kitchen ceiling…which is where he fell straight to the ground and directly in front of cops. Since he happened to fall near where children were, Thompson is facing a felony count of endangering the welfare of children. He’s also been hit with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and recklessly endangering another person. Thompson’s girlfriend, 26-year-old Shaolin Miller, was charged with a felony count of hindering apprehension for good measure.


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