Feb. 6 American Oddities

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Teen gains fame after Justin Timberlake selfie at Super Bowl

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts teenager who took a selfie with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show has become a social media sensation.

Thirteen-year-old Ryan McKenna said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday that his phone “exploded” with messages and phone calls and he now has thousands of new social media followers.

Ryan says he was unprepared for his brush with fame. Timberlake, he said, “just came up and I just like jumped right in there with him.”

He got a shout out from his school, the private Derby Academy in Hingham south of Boston, which tweeted out one of McKenna’s photos.

Ryan is also getting some free skiing.

He was wearing a sweatshirt bearing the name of Maine’s Sunday River ski resort, which offered him a free season pass.

Texas house reported stolen was possibly repossessed

MADISONVILLE, Texas (AP) — Investigators say a vacation home reported stolen by a Houston couple might have been repossessed and they’re likely victims of alleged financial issues of the prior owner.

KTRK-TV reports Jo and Lonnie Harrison say their one-bedroom cabin is missing from Madisonville, 90 miles (144 kilometers) northwest of Houston.

The prefabricated home was on property they purchased last year but hadn’t checked since November. Lonnie Harrison returned Friday and discovered the house was gone, with blocks and pipes remaining.

He contacted the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Larry Shiver said Monday that the Harrisons are likely victims of misrepresentation of the property when they bought it.

Shiver said deputies had served financial-related civil papers on the previous owner. Investigators are seeking that person amid concerns the structure was repossessed, not stolen.

Michigan family with 13 sons expecting next child in April

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan couple with 13 sons is expecting a 14th child in April but waiting until birth to learn the sex.

WOOD-TV reports that Jay and Kateri Schwandt say adding another child to their large family won’t be too big of a logistic change or financial burden.

Kateri Schwandt says she’s used to large families, as one of 14 children herself.

Jay Schwandt says this will likely be their last child. But Kateri Schwandt says the couple also thought their 13th baby would be their last.

The couple says it’s hard to imagine their home without a baby in it.

The Schwandts live in Rockford, north of Grand Rapids.

Forget making it rain: Man accused of flooding strip club

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A man is accused of causing massive flooding at a South Carolina strip club through the destruction of a toilet.

News outlets report a Myrtle Beach incident report says police were called to the Treasure Club early Monday after 20-year-old Pedro Alberto Bernar-Santiago was seen “kicking down the top of the toilet that holds all the plumbing.”

The police report says that the assault on the porcelain throne destroyed the $1,000 toilet as well as $3,000 worth of carpeting, as the water seeped into the main lobby of the club.

Bernar-Santiago fled the scene, and was later arrested behind a storage facility. He’s charged with malicious injury and public intoxication. It’s unclear whether he has a lawyer.

There’s no indication on the club’s website or social media accounts that the damage has shuttered service.

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