Jan. 31 American Oddities


An island without gas? It’s happening in North Carolina

OCRACOKE, N.C. (AP) — It’s a good thing Ocracoke Island in North Carolina is small enough to walk or bike around. The island along the Outer Banks has lost its only gas station.

Hyde County manager Bill Rich tells The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia, that the fuel provider for Ocracoke Station shut off the pumps because the owner couldn’t pay the bills.

The station was damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

Rich says the owner has spent his money repairing the station while he awaits reimbursement from his insurance company.

Residents now must take the ferry to the mainland to refuel.

But the good news is that a tank of gas can last for months on the small island.

Rich says the county is working with the owner to reopen the station.

Poultry in motion: Bill targets owners of trespassing fowl

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Why did the chicken cross the road? In New Hampshire, the answer may soon cost its owners.

The Legislature is considering a bill that would make trespassing fowl a violation, not for the chicken, but for its owners. 

Under the proposal, anyone who knowingly, recklessly or negligently allows their domestic fowl to enter someone else’s property without permission can be convicted of a violation if the birds damage crops or property.

The law already makes such trespassing illegal when it comes to sheep, goats, cows, horses or pigs.

Republican Rep. Michael Moffett, of Loudon, told a House committee Tuesday that a constituent’s frustration with a neighbor’s ducks led to the legislation.

Committee members raised numerous questions, including whether the proposal would apply to someone whose pond attracts wild ducks.

Maine city’s attempt to break beer can record comes up short

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The residents of a Maine city came just 28 beer cans short of setting a world record last week.

Attendees at Bangor’s Annual Chamber Dinner were attempting to break the record for simultaneously opening beer cans.

WABI-TV reports the vast majority of the beers were supplied by Geaghan Brothers Brewing.

The Brewer-based brewery says they received word they did not break the record from Guinness World Records recently after sending video of the attempt.

The record was set in Japan in 2016 with 1,149 cans opened simultaneously.
The Bangor attempt managed 1,122 — which is a record for the city itself.