Stories of the Strange
Stories of the Strange
By Paul M. Warner
Jan 8, 2006 - 9:23:00 PM

Mr. Miracle’s Wild Ride

VORHEES, N.J. – A cat flirted with losing one of its nine lives when it decided to hitch a ride under a sport utility vehicle.

The feline, now christened Miracle, traveled some 70 miles on the New Jersey Turnpike before a motorist in another lane saw the cat through a wheel well and alerted the SUV’s driver.

The Animal Welfare Association is now taking care of Miracle, whose paws and fur were burnt and plans to put him up for adoption.

Miracle most likely crawled under the SUV and fell asleep. During the ride, the cat avoided fan blades and other moving parts as he hung onto the car.

The AWA reported the cat was, "pretty freaked out."

British Woman ‘Marries’ Dolphin

JERUSALEM - About 15 years ago, Sharon Tendler met Cindy.

It was love at first swim.

Last week Tendler, 41, proposed marriage. Cindy, 35, was verbally noncommittal but showed up for the ceremony anyway.

In the southern Israeli port of Eilat, Tendler, a self-proclaimed clothes importer and rock promoter, became the world's first person to "marry" a dolphin after getting down on one knee to give Cindy a kiss -- and some herring.

Although the "wedding" has no legal bearing she did say it was meant to display her true feelings toward the bottlenosed dolphin.

She has, however, left her options open for marrying a human in the future.

Hero Dials 911

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tommy had been taught to call 911 in case of an emergency and the training apparently worked. He may have saved a life and the story would usually end there.

However, Tommy is not your ordinary hero, he is an orange-and-tan striped housecat.

When police arrived at the scene, they found Tommy lying near the phone and his owner, stricken by osteoporosis and ministrokes, on the ground near his bed after falling out of his wheelchair.

The cat’s owner, Gary Rosheisen couldn’t reach a cord that alerts paramedics he needs help and explained to police that Tommy must have dialed 911.

Police confirmed they received a 911 call from Rosheisen’s number with no one on the phone. After calling back and receiving no answer, they went to check on his apartment.

When Rosheisen got the cat three years ago and attempted to train him to dial 911 or use a speed dial button, he didn’t know if the instruction was successful.

Seems it was.

Moon Over Maryland

WASHINGTON – After acquitting a man who exposed his buttocks to a neighbor during an argument, a Circuit Court judge ruled that mooning, while not encouraged, is legal in Maryland.

Explaining his decision with comparisons to women wearing thongs on public beaches, Judge John W. Debelius III still called the alleged act "disgusting" and "demeaning," and felt the defendant was guilty of being a jerk.

An argument between the defendant, Raymond Hugh McNealy, 44, and a neighbor, Nanette Vonfeldt started the case.

Vonfeldt pressed charges against McNealy after he allegedly yelled and made threats as she and her 8-year-old daughter walked out of their apartment.

"Then, for whatever reason, in full view of my daughter, he mooned us," Vonfeldt wrote in a court document.

Initially, a District Court judge ruled against the defendant, citing indecent exposure, which in Maryland is punishable by as much as three years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

The defense attorneys said the ruling should be of comfort to all beachgoers and plumbers.

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