A bank robber in Seattle was busted last week after being spotted celebrating his haul by pleasuring himself while lying on the sidewalk outside a car dealership.
The very hands-on crook made off with the loot on New Year's Eve after telling a bank employee that he had a bomb. The next day, cops received a report that a man was engaged in lewd behavior outside the car lot, and an eagle-eyed officer noticed that he bore a striking resemblance to the robbery suspect.
The crook, whose name was not released, confessed to the robbery – but not the lewdness. He insisted he was merely trying to adjust the packages of money he'd hidden in his pants when he was spotted. (Huffington Post)
A Brush With Danger
Travelers at Atlanta's airport had a brush with danger on Friday morning when security officers were called in to investigate a suspiciously vibrating bag – only to find that it contained nothing more sinister than an electric toothbrush that had accidentally been turned on.
Cops shut down the airport's North Terminal for about 30 minutes after receiving the alarm and sent in a hazardous materials squad to deal with the suspicious bag – but things were back up and running again once the source of the rumbling was revealed. (UPI)
The Name Game
A teenager in Iceland is filing a lawsuit against the government for taking away something her mom gave her when she was a baby – her name!
15-year-old Blaer Bjarkadottir [pr: Blair BYARK-a-doe-tear] has been banned from using her first name because it's not on a list of "approved" names that officials drew up some years back to protect kids from being saddled with oddball handles. Blaer, which translates as "breeze," is not one of the 1700 or so female names that are permitted, so all of her official documents refer to her only as Stulka – or "girl."
One man who's also gone to court attempting to get his name back says, "I can understand a clause to protect children from being named something like 'Dog poo,' but it is strange that someone cannot change his name to what he truly wants." (New York Daily News)