Beware the leprechaun

 

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What is it about summer and people acting nutty in cars? In Salt Lake City, “a naked woman led police on a wild chase with two stolen cars — including their cruiser,” reports the Salt Lake Tribune. A week later, a Utah man ran Wyoming state police ragged by first driving erratically, then taking all his clothes off, then ramming his car into a car occupied by a Cheyenne couple, then jumping out and entering a car driven by a woman who’d stopped to help. In the Good Samaritan’s vehicle, he found a 9 mm handgun in the backseat and began “firing bullets through the windows.” The man did some more damage to vehicles before furious truck drivers helped police subdue him. No explanation was given for his bizarre behavior, but a woman in western Colorado knew exactly why she backed her car into an irrigation ditch: A vampire had popped up in the middle of the dirt road, reports 9news.com. Not all the incidents have been in cars: A fed-up man with a samurai sword confronted two men urinating on the sidewalk near his house, reports the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Independent. Then there was the guy dressed as a leprechaun in Boulder, Colo. The green imp darted between cars in a supermarket parking lot and pretended to shoot people with his finger, “maybe even flipping off a few,” according to kwtx.com. A police officer noted that this was the first-ever complaint about a leprechaun. The headline specified that “Police Look For Leprechaun Who Was Acting Weird,” so if you’re a normally behaving Small Person of Greenness, you’re probably OK.

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Attention, women: Give a cheer to a former real estate agent who’s become a “portable restroom operator.” He’s Las Vegas resident Chris Christian, who got the idea for his PortaJane at a crowded blues festival in Telluride, Colo., reports View News. “What’s the worst part of attending an outdoor event for any woman?” It’s the “60 seconds they have to hold their breath to use a porta potty.” PortaJane, manufactured out of recycled milk-carton material by Allied Plastics in Wisconsin, is pink, roomy, features a self-flushing toilet, hangers so that handbags are off the floor, a mirror and hands-free faucets. Christian has also come up with a can’t-beat slogan for his PortaJane: “Because John can’t aim.”

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