Wednesday's American Oddities

The Associated Press

Ohio fair butter sculpture
features athletes, chocolate milk

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A butter sculpture at this year’s Ohio State Fair includes the traditional cow and calf along with four student-athletes and a 6-foot-tall bottle colored to look like chocolate milk.

The American Dairy Association Mideast says the sculpture unveiled Tuesday salutes chocolate milk as the official drink of the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

It’s the first time the butter sculpture has included color. Cocoa was added for the bottle.

The bottle stands among four athletes representing football, tennis, softball and soccer.

The dairy association says five sculptors spent about 500 hours creating the display, which is made from about 2,000 pounds of butter.

The fair opens Wednesday in Columbus.

Long-lost class ring found
after 52 years

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Fifty-two years after losing his high school ring shortly after graduation, a man has gotten it back — and it was all of 3 miles away from where he grew up in New Hampshire.

Ray Goodwin, of White River Junction, Vermont, graduated from Lebanon High School in 1965. The Valley News reports he lost his ring before being drafted into the Air Force that year.

The retired 70-year-old cook got a call recently from Ann Kerrigan, in Wilder, Vermont, just across the state line.

Kerrigan found the ring, which was initialed, in her backyard.

A call to the high school resulted in a search through yearbooks and other resources before Goodwin was reached.

Kerrigan herself was reunited with a Class of 1981 ring she had lost five years ago from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.

Ohio pair finally meet after 3 years of excuses on Tinder

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Ohio college students who connected on Tinder have finally met after three years of excuses on the dating platform.

Josh Avsec posted the correspondence to Twitter this month and Tinder offered to send him and Michelle Arendas on an overdue date to a city of their choosing.

The Kent State University students hugged and smiled as they met Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” before heading to the Hawaiian island of Maui.

They’d gone months between Tinder responses, replying with tongue-in-cheek excuses like “sorry my phone died” or “was in the shower.”

On the program, Avsec said his sister met her fiance on Tinder. To which, Arendas replied with a smile: “No pressure!”

Philadelphia transit agency deals with station spiders

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia area’s transit agency is dealing with a spider problem at one station in the city.

KYW-TV reports the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority has hired an exterminator to battle the bugs that keep dropping down onto waiting passengers at its station in Northern Liberties.

A SEPTA spokesman says that agency has also been cleaning light fixtures where a lot of the spiders have been hiding.

The station says it’s noticing cleaning fixtures and fewer dead spiders at the station, but says a fair number of live spiders are still emerging at night to bug passengers like Adrian Hattaway.

Hattaway says the spiders are “really bad” and that if you’re “sitting here not paying attention, they’ll be in your face before you know it.”

Woman gets kidney donation from stranger-turned-friend

WINCHESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts mother has a new outlook on life after receiving a kidney donation from a complete stranger.

WBZ-TV reports Nicole Baltzer never thought about being a living donor. Then she read a Facebook post about a single mother with lupus who needed a new kidney.

Baltzer says she remembers reading about Kara Yimoyines and thinking “this is so unfair.” She decided to see if she was a match for the fellow Winchester mother.

Several months of screening later, doctors announced they had found a perfect match.

Yimoyines says the donation has helped her be involved in her children’s lives in a way she hadn’t been before.

The two women are now friends after finding they shared more than their kidneys in common.

Attorney: Client ate ‘everything’ bagel, did not take drugs

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An attorney for a man who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in the takeover of an Oregon wildlife refuge says his client tested positive for morphine because he ate an ‘everything’ bagel with poppy seeds.

The Oregonian/Oregon Lives reported Monday that a federal judge in Portland, Oregon has ordered Jason Blomgren to avoid poppy seeds in addition to drugs.

Blomgren took a plea deal for his role in the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge last year and is expected to be sentenced to probation next month.

He had been subpoenaed by the government to testify in a trial against Ammon Bundy and other leaders of the refuge occupation, but was not called as a witness.

Blomgren now says he will eat egg whites for breakfast.