Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 12th, 2012

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – May 12th, 2012

 A public school girl…, 4-Year-Old’s Overdue Library…, Craigslist…, forfeits game…, you’re not wrong…, Lady of Sorrows (Ariz.) baseball team…, Jack Vroom clocks up 38 million miles…, Avengers…, Irish gypsies in illegal street race…, Woman hits moose….

1. A public school girl who died from a brain hemorrhage at 13 has saved eight lives by donating her organs.

Jemima Layzell, who went to Taunton School in Somerset, had told her parents she wanted her body to help save others in the event of her death. The teenager collapsed at home in Horton, Somerset, and died in hospital on March 14.

2. 4-Year-Old’s Overdue Library Books Returned After Police Sent To Family’s House

The case of the four overdue library books and the little girl who borrowed them is closed, thanks in part to local police who were sent to investigate the case. Four-year-old Katelyn Jageman’s books were due back to the Freeport Area Library on Oct. 19, 2011. Until Thursday, they were still in her possession. Library officials said after several attempts to retrieve the books, the case was turned over to police, who made a courtesy call to the child’s home.

3. Man finds his stolen bike for sale on Craigslist. Steals it back.

Danny Lesh admits he’s a vigilante. But on Bike to Work Day, he’s a hero to bikers everywhere. The Washington, D.C., man told DCist and local TV stations his bike was stolen, then posted for sale on Craigslist. Lesh says he responded to the ad, took his own bike for a “test ride,” and drove off with it. A spoke for a spoke, so to speak.

4. High school forfeits game rather than play girl

Instead of playing in a championship baseball game, Paige Sultzbach and her team won’t even make it to the dugout. A Phoenix school that was scheduled to play the 15-year-old Mesa girl and her male teammates forfeited the game rather than face a female player.

5. Well, you’re not wrong.

6. Our Lady of Sorrows (Ariz.) baseball team forfeits state title rather than play against team with a girl

As initially reported by the Arizona Republic, then followed upon by a variety of other Arizona and national sources, Phoenix (Ariz.) Our Lady of Sorrows Academy’s baseball team decided to forfeit its scheduled Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship matchup rather than face off against Mesa (Ariz.) Preparatory Academy, which features a second baseman named Paige Sultzbach.

7. Jack Vroom clocks up 38 million miles after buying ‘unlimited’ American Airlines ticket.

An air passenger has staked a claim as the ultimate frequent flyer – after clocking up a staggering 38 million airmiles. Jack Vroom made a long term investment in 1989 when he snapped up a lifetime, first class travel ticket for any global route from American Airlines for almost $500,000.

  8. Someone made a shots for each of the Avengers and created a website for it. Kinda weird, but I like the concept.

This drink is actually a series of shots, each themed after one of the members of the group as seen in the 2012 film. The shots are intended to be consumed in the order of each character’s own theatrical release. i.e. Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Thor, and Captain America. Since Black Widow and Hawkeye have not had their own films, they are consumed last in order of appearance.

9. Irish gypsies in illegal street race . . . on ponies

Travellers videoed racing ponies through traffic on a busy main road in the Republic are likely to be prosecuted, police sources have said. Internet footage of the controversial ‘sulky race’ has sparked outrage among road safety chiefs, animal welfare groups and community representatives.

10. Woman hits moose while driving to work, wrecks car, and continues driving until she arrives at work. She has no recollection of any of this.

A central Newfoundland woman, who drove about 40 kilometres with her windshield smashed out and her car’s roof peeled back like an opened can, says she didn’t know she’d hit a moose until she arrived at work in Gander on Monday.

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