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Could that really be true?

by Don Gammill Modified: July 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm •  Published: July 3, 2013

Every so often, you find something that causes you to look twice. A double-take. Maybe even then you wonder: Could that really be true?

And sometimes, they just come one after another. They may be weird. They might be funny.

They could be educational. But, in some way, there generally always is something about them that is interesting, or at least entertaining.

Those are two main purposes of the news industry: to inform and to entertain. Recently, we ran across a series of items, generally short, that were attention-grabbers. Strange but true?

They just kept appearing through the various sources of information you run across on the Internet and on news services.

Here are some examples we ran across recently:

You found a what?

Sheila Johnson, of Sallisaw, couldn’t believe her eyes. In fact, she first thought it was a stick. Then, she thought it looked more like a snake. But it soon became apparent that she had found an alligator running loose in her town.

She was on her way to work when the creature appeared in front of her car.

Officer Bobby Qualls holds an alligator found loose in a residential neighborhood in Sallisaw by Sheila Johnson. (Sequoyah County Times photo)
Officer Bobby Qualls holds an alligator found loose in a residential neighborhood in Sallisaw by Sheila Johnson. (Sequoyah County Times photo)

“You just don’t see alligators in Sallisaw,” she told the Sequoyah County Times. “At first, I thought it was a stick, and then it moved.”

The animal was still until she drove by it. Then, it moved.

She turned around and came back, thinking maybe it was someone’s pet lizard or something similar. So she called for animal control officers to come out but got no answer.

She called police. Officers and city staff corned the gator and had to chase it down when it took off running.

Eventually, it was captured. But not until it caused a stir in Sallisaw.

 

Odd remedies

Just the other day, my family was discussing  old remedies for various ailments. They brought smiles, but we all agreed they also brought relief.

Then, less than 24 hours later, I ran across a piece in the Daily Ardmoreite that included other sure-fire cures for different illnesses. http://tinyurl.com/ohdtzoj

It is a compilation of do-it-yourself ways to help you rid yourself of an affliction. Sometimes, the cure might sound a little silly. But until you’ve tried it, you don’t know it. It just might work.

For instance …

Need something for a sore throat?

Honey is “a natural antibacterial and antifungal agent,” the story says. As it points out, honey will help coat and soothe a sore throat and might help you get ride of a minor cough.

Has your get up and go got up and gone? to borrow from the old expression.

“Rub your ears to boost energy,” the story reports. “Instead of reaching for another cup of coffee, give your ears a gentle self-massage. According to Chinese medicine, stimulating the pressure points in the ears increases blood circulation to all parts of the body, giving you an instant energy boost.”

Got to admit, I’d never heard that one.

Want to get rid of a wart? Try garlic. Really.

“Garlic — which has been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties — is thought to be an effective home remedy for warts. Apply a freshly cut garlic clove to the wart, place a bandage over it, and leave the bandage on overnight. Repeat every night until the wart disappears.”

And there are many more. This is a fun — and interesting — read.

 

Bear breaks INTO zoo

Here’s another fun one that bears repeating (pun intended).

We’ve all heard about them breaking out of their enclosures at animal parks or zoos, but when’s the last time you heard of one breaking in?

The black bear that scaled a 10-foot fence at the Knoxville, Tenn., zoo is shown in an enclosure. (Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel)
The black bear that scaled a 10-foot fence at the Knoxville, Tenn., zoo is shown in an enclosure. (Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess/News Sentinel)

Well, it happened in Knoxville, Tenn. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that about midnight one recent night, a zoo ranger found that a — luckily — young black bear had found its way into the facility. http://tinyurl.com/pwy69v8

It seems the bear climbed a 10-foot, chain-link perimeter fence. And by the way, the fence was topped with barbed wire.

The animal was captured and relocated. After all, he was a visitor, not a resident.

 

by Don Gammill
General Assignment Editor and Columnist
Don Gammill is general assignment editor and columnist. A native of Ponca City, he graduated from Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma). While in college, he was a sports stringer for The Oklahoma City Times....
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