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A man brought dead chinchillas into a zoo

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In the seventh grade, my science teacher had a chinchilla in her classroom that you could take home on the weekends if you signed up to do so. Everyone was pretty keen on it, what with us being super nerds and not the cool sort of 13-year olds who were smoking pot. One weekend, the major booger eater in our grade took the chinchilla home and when she brought it back, it was dead. Some of the girls cried about it, and many accused the booger eater of killing it (the suspected murder weapon was boogers, which is probably not a very good way to kill a chinchilla). Our science teacher ruled it as old age, and there was no more classroom pet. Because of that experience, I now associate chinchillas with foul play, regardless of the cause of death for that particular creature.

And it would seem that the fine folks at the GW Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood probably now associate chinchillas with foul play too. According to a story on KFOR.com:

Green Alert: Speedy the Tortoise is missing!!!

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Remember when the lovable and cuddly kangaroo Lucy Sparkles went missing outside Shawnee? If you thought that story was a roller-coaster of emotions, buckle up! There is another exotic pet from Shawnee that has gone missing. His name is Speedy:

From KFOR.com:

A Shawnee family is desperately searching for their missing pet, a 25-pound tortoise.

The exotic reptile disappeared in June and the search is becoming exhausting.

Cassidy Graham said her tortoise Speedy loves people and craves attention.

“He likes to have his shell scratched,” Graham said. “He will actually dance back and forth. He’ll either move his bottom back and forth or he’ll stand up real tall on his front legs and move his front back and forth.”

“Speedy?” I get it. It’s like one of those names that’s the opposite of the animals characteristics. It’s like naming your dog, “Doctor Fluffypuss.” I mean, it’s cute, but we all know that dog didn’t go to medical school. Other examples include naming a pig “Un-tasty” or a cat “Obedient.”

The first question I have is how do you lose a tortoise? It’s kind of like losing your remote control. It can’t get very far. My second question is why do you own a free-range tortoise? How about a dog, cat or wild kangaroo? I know some people will say owning a strange pet is a Shawnee thing, but I grew up in the town and didn’t know anyone with exotic pets. Sure, there was a guy I knew who had rats, but it’s not an exotic pet if you can find it in a Mexican restaurant.

Anyway, Speedy’s irresponsible owner has a theory about how and why the tortoise disappeared. I wonder if it has anything to do with pizza and/or martial arts training:

Vance Air Force Base in Enid is full of Bronies

In life, there are certain truths that will never be refuted. One of these truths is that cartoons are awesome. It doesn’t matter if Bugs Bunny is tricking Daffy into saying “duck season,” if Fred Flintsone is throwing a bowling ball from his tiptoes, or if Babar is teaching his kids life lessons with stories from his past. In all these cases, cartoons not only have the power to entertain, but to soothe your soul. Also, they apparently have the ability to help the Air Force train flight classes.

Yes, that’s right. And it’s happening at Vance Air Force Base in Enid. According to Medium.com:

Earlier this month, word hit the Internet that an Air Force unit training to fly America’s most advanced military aircraft are wearing a patch inspired by the television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.

Now the Air Force has confirmed it: bronies are flying jets.

“We train world-class pilots who will go on to defend our great nation,” 1st Lt. Tom Barger, a public affairs officer at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma, tells War is Boring. “Fostering camaraderie, morale and unity on a regular basis and through small means — like a tastefully humorous patch — enhances our ability to complete the mission when working as a team is essential.”

The pink and purple patch — first spotted by My Little Pony fan site Equestria Daily — and worn by 24 flight students from Joint Undergraduate Specialized Pilot Class 14-05, references the cable cartoon show about a team of magical ponies. Although criticized by some as a cynical bid to get children to purchase plastic pony products (it’s a reboot from the 1980s), the show — which airs weekday afternoons on the Hub Network — became a cult phenomenon that’s now spread to the armed forces.

The “Real Housewives of OKC” lady brought Danny Glover to OKC for a fundraiser…

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This past weekend, Hollywood actor and registered weirdo Danny Glover visited Oklahoma City to promote a strange movie, tour local tornado damage and headline a fundraiser for tornado relief.

Because the story involved two things the local media craves – a name celebrity and disaster photo ops – they went out of their way to cover and promote Glover’s visit. Here’s a small sampling of all the local TV news coverage:

KFOR Channel 4 (NBC):

Hollywood celebrity visits tornado victims in Steelman Estates

Most of us probably know him from his starring roles in the Lethal Weapon movies.

But the 67-year-old actor with the trademark raspy voice is also widely known for his humanitarian efforts.

Sunday, Danny Glover, brought those efforts here to Oklahoma.

“I’ve had the opportunity and privilege to come out here and visit with those people most affected,” Glover said, while visiting families at Steelman Estates in Shawnee.

Glover was in town for a black tie reception and fundraiser at Gaillardia Country Club, with proceeds benefiting California Celebrities Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund.

KWTV Channel 9 (CBS):

Actor Danny Glover Visits Tornado Victims In Oklahoma

A Hollywood star is in Oklahoma this weekend visiting with tornado victims.

Danny Glover, the star of the Lethal Weapon Movies, along with other films toured the damage in Bethel Acres.

Glover is in town for a fundraiser Sunday night, where part of the proceeds will go toward the “California Celebrities Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund.” He tells News 9 he had a duty to be here.

KOKH Fox 25 (Fox):

Hollywood Actor Danny Glover Tours Tornado Damage in Oklahoma

Noted Hollywood actor and producer, Danny Glover makes a stop in Oklahoma to tour tornado damaged areas and help with tornado relief efforts.

“This is the first time that I’ve come to Oklahoma, and I’m here in service,” said Glover…

Glover also toured damage in Moore before making an appearance at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City for a tornado relief fundraiser.

“The State’s Most Trusted News” also got in on the action. They plagiarized text from the Channel 9 website while hat-tipping the story on the KOKH website:

The Oklahoman / NewsOK.com

A Hollywood star was in Oklahoma this weekend visiting with tornado victims.

Danny Glover, the star of the Lethal Weapon Movies, along with other films toured the damage in Bethel Acres.

Glover is in town for a fundraiser Sunday night, where part of the proceeds will go toward the “California Celebrities Oklahoma Disaster Relief Fund.”

First of all, thanks to Mr. Glover for taking the time to tour and visit the affected areas. It’s a nice gesture and we really do appreciate it.

That being said, what’s up with the “California Celebrities Disaster Relief Fund?” That’s a strange name. Usually when celebrities are involved with a fundraiser for a recent disaster, they donate the proceeds to an existing charity like the Red Cross, United Way or their own non-profit foundation. And if they do for some reason create a fund, they certainly don’t name it the “California Celebrities Disaster Relief Fund?” They’d name it “Project Hope” or “We Care” or something like that. “California Celebrities Disaster Relief Fund”sounds so suspicious that you’d think a Nigerian prince or Annette Colbert-Latham – the mastermind behind the “Real Housewives of Oklahoma City” – came up with it.

Oh wait. Annette Colbert-Latham did apparently come up with it. In fact, Danny Glover’s entire visit was planned and orchestrated by her. Here’s the invite she posted on her Facebook page. Prepare to be shocked:

The curious case of the yellow swimming pool…

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Look at the pool. Look how it shines for you and everything you do.

And it’s all yellow!

Yeah, I just went there. It’s one of those days.

Some practical joker with either a really large bladder or easy access to lots of harmful chemicals played a prank on a Ponca City family and turned their pool water yellow. It may seem kind of funny, but it’s not a laughing matter. Unless, of course, you fly over it in a plane. Then it would be hysterical.

Here’s the story via KFOR: