Jan. 12 American Oddities

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

A lofty proposal: ‘Marry Me’ etched in snow, seen from above

NEVIS, Minn. (AP) — An aviation student in northern Minnesota pulled off a sky-high marriage proposal by writing “Marry Me” in the snow, then flying his long-time girlfriend over his handiwork.

Gavin Becker enlisted his family’s help to pen the life-changing question using a snow blower on the frozen Eight Crow Wing Lake near Nevis.

Ed Becker, Gavin’s father, tells KARE-TV that it took about 4½ hours to create the 25-foot-tall (7.5-meter-tall) letters and a huge heart.

Gavin Becker, a University of North Dakota aviation student, then rented a plane and took his high-school sweetheart, Olivia Toft, for a trip over the lake Sunday.

Toft, realizing it was snow joke, told him “yes.”

 

Chilly ‘gators poke heads above ice to cope with bitter cold

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) — Although North Carolina’s recent bitter cold snap deterred plenty of humans from sticking their noses outdoors, a group of alligators stuck their snouts into the frost and hunkered down in the name of survival.

When the alligators at Shallotte River Swamp Park recently found themselves beneath a sheet of ice as temperatures plunged below freezing, they poked their nostrils above the surface so they could get some air.

The odd scene was a matter of survival for the gators. When they get cold, they enter a period of dormancy known as brumation. They slow their metabolism and their breathing, and before the surface ices over they poke their noses out of the water to continue breathing.

Park officials say the alligators will be on the prowl once temperatures warm up.

 

New church bells, constant ‘Amazing Grace’ draws fire

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque resident says new bells and the constant playing of “Amazing Grace” by a Latino Catholic church have created a living hell for her.

KOB-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico, reports Bernadette Hall-Cuaron says she can no longer stand the regular ding-dongs coming from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church’s new electronic bell system.

Hall-Cuaron says the bells ring about 20 to 25 times a day and its keeping people from church because the sounds are so annoying. She says bong songs make it hard for her to sleep.

Pastor Rev. Joe Vigil says he’s responded to the complaints by lowering the volume and moved the bells from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The church is located in Albuquerque’s North Valley neighborhood.

 

Police: Hand grenade disarmed after being found in trash

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) — A hand grenade found in the trash by Connecticut waste management employees has been disarmed.

Police responded to the Stratford trash company Thursday and after finding what appeared to be a hand grenade, called the state police bomb squad to disarm the explosive. Police say the grenade appeared to be from either World War I or World War II and was thrown out alongside garbage that ended up at the waste facility.

Police say there were no injuries reported and the scene was cleared without incident.

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