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August 08, 2017 Edition

Grievance filed over mowing goats at university in Michigan                                       Associated Press•July 13, 2017
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — A union has filed a grievance in response to Western Michigan University’s hiring of goats to clear 15 acres (6.07 hectares) of woodland on campus.
Kathi Babbit is the chief steward of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local union. Babbit wrote in a July newsletter that the grievance had been filed in relation to subcontracting and the unreported use of goats, the Kalamazoo Gazette (http://bit.ly/2vh1jhY ) reported.
The university hired the team of goats after a half-acre trial run last year. Officials of goat rental company Munchers on Hooves said the animal consumes 3 to 5 pounds (1.36 to 2.27 kilograms) of vegetation per day and leaves behind natural fertilizer.
University spokeswoman Cheryl Roland said she can’t make a detailed comment about the union’s decision because the university has a process underway for addressing the grievance. But she said that no school workers have been laid off by the goat project.
“This stuff is so thick,” said Munchers co-owner Gina Fickle of the woodland. She said that human laborers can always come in to finish the work after the goats clear up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) above the ground.
“Goats aren’t there taking work away from anybody, they’re making it safer for people,” Fickle said.
Roland said that the goats are a chemical-free option to clear areas that are problems for humans to remove. She also said the goats are a cost-effective way to get rid of poison ivy and invasive species.
University Horticulturist Nicholas Gooch said that the school hasn’t received any complaints about the goats other than the union.
“We have been very happy with the progress, impact and PR generated from this project from both the campus community and the community as a whole,” he said. “There have been no complaints of any nature prior to the news of this union ordeal.”
According to Roland, the goats are expected to be on campus until about a week before fall classes begin.

WOEFULTOURIST says, “There is no evidence to support the union’s claim that the scab goats are illegal immigrants from Mexico.”

 

At a snail’s pace. Larry lands world snail racing title                                             Writing by Patrick Johnston / Reuters•July 17, 2017
LONDON (Reuters) – “Ready, steady, slow,” was the cry as ‘Team Uslime Bolt’ and their rivals got underway at the World Snail Racing championships in the English village of Congham.
More than 150 snails took part in Saturday’s championships, held on a damp cloth on a table top in a field, vying to become the latest winner of an event which dates back to the 1960s.
Some snails had their shells painted in bright colors, with stickers attached to them indicating race numbers. Entrance fees were 20 pence a snail, many of which were plucked from the gardens.
Larry, owned by Tara Beasley, was this year’s winner, completing the 33 cm course in two minutes and 20 seconds on Saturday.
“It’s not really sunk in, I kind of entered as a bit of a challenge with my friend and now Larry is a champion. So yeah, it feels great,” Beasley said after winning the prized silver tankard stuffed with lettuce leaves.
WOEFULTOURIST says, “All he can say is that he hopes plenty of alcohol was involved.”    

 

Passenger’s gas evacuates plane                                                                                               The Charlotte Observer / JULY 16, 2017 / BY MARK PRICE
A story reported around the world of a man’s powerful flatulence prompting the evacuation of a Charlotte flight to Raleigh is apparently full of hot air.
Media outlets from the United Kingdom to India were reporting Sunday that an American Airlines flight had to be evacuated in Raleigh after other passengers became sick from smelling an ailing man’s gas.
Not true, say American Airline officials.
“The plane was not evacuated. (A) medical call came in for someone affected by an odor after the plane deplaned normally,” a Raleigh airport official said in an email to the Charlotte Observer.
An American Airlines official added: “We did take an aircraft out of service for a mechanical issue, an odor in the cabin…No ‘passed gas’ issue.”
The (Raleigh) News & Observer said the flight involved in the story was American flight 1927 from Charlotte to RDU. It arrived at the gate 2:21 p.m. Sunday, and there was an odor in the cabin that bothered some on board, the News & Observer reported.
WNCN-TV reported Sunday that passengers had to be evacuated from a flight at Raleigh-Durham International Airport after experiencing headaches and nausea spurred by a foul-smelling odor in the cabin. According to the station, a Raleigh-Durham spokesperson said the odor was from a passenger who “passed gas.”
The International Business Times was even more descriptive, writing the sick man “broke wind so violently it caused nausea and headaches among his fellow passengers.” It reported the plane had landed at Raleigh-Durham on July 16 at around 4 p.m., and cited a U.S. airport official as its source.

WOEFULTOURIST says, “He’s had some impressive farts in his day, but never one that evacuated a room, let alone a plane.”

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