If you’re new around here, here’s the deal: Below are three weird news items from the past few weeks. Two of them are true, and one of them…we made up. Take a guess, and check the answers to see if you’re right.
Some gamblers in New Jersey are going to have to look for a new way to predict the winner of the Super Bowl this year. Princess, the football-prognosticating camel, has died. Princess, who resided for 10 years at the Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey Township, New Jersey, would make her picks by eating graham crackers out of the zookeeper’s hand; each graham cracker would be marked with the name of a team, and whichever graham cracker she ate first was her pick. She correctly picked the winner of the 2013 Super Bowl, and had a particularly stellar run in 2008, when she correctly predicted the outcome of 17 games, including the Super Bowl. According to zookeepers, she was euthanized due to arthritis that had advanced to the point that she could no longer stand, much less selectively eat graham crackers.
Samong “Avajee” Traisattha, the front man of the black metal band Surrender of Divinity, was murdered, and the suspected killer has said it’s because he was tarnishing Satanism. The singer was found dead in his living room, stabbed to death after making silkscreen T-shirts with a fan. The man who authorities believe is responsible wrote a message on Facebook explaining his actions. “Because I’ll die eventually, I want to drag down those who tarnish Satanism with me,” the killer, who authorities believe is Prakarn Harnphanbusakorn, wrote. “Satan is not a toy. Do not call yourself a Satanist if you do not believe in Satan!”
Roy and Larissa Tarnahan of Beauregard, Mississippi have been warned to monitor their telephones more carefully after their daughter, seven-year-old Braylee, made more than 100 calls to 911 in one 30-day span. Braylee’s complaints ranged widely, but often revolved around unfair treatment by her parents, a babysitter, and her little brother, Carson. In one call, Braylee reported “Carson won’t stop picking his nose and it’s so disgusting.” The Tarnahans told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger that they’ve had “a very serious talk with Braylee about how 911 people don’t have time to deal with her not wanting to brush her teeth,” and have also added user passwords to their cell phones.
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