Here's Your Friday Funny! Bob Newhart tells my most favorite Don Rickles Story.
Preschool nativity play goes awry when 'sheep' kidnaps Jesus!
Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A Tennessee church's preschool nativity play went spectacularly awry when a 2-year-old "sheep" kidnapped the baby Jesusfrom the manger.
Tana Benson posted a video to Facebook showing the First Baptist Church of White Pine's Nativity play, which featured her daughter, Teegan, 2, playing the role of sheep.
The video shows Teegan grab the baby Jesus out of the manger and dance with him while the young girl playing Mary struggled to regain control of the holy infant and the play.
The scene sparked a wave of uncontrollable laughter through the crowd.
"She just really wanted that baby Jesus," Benson told Today.com. "Teegan loves being the center of attention, so the more people laughed, the more excited she was to show her stuff."
She said the parents and other spectators were laughing so hard they had trouble eating at the reception following the performance.
"The little girl playing Mary is a middle child and a real stickler for the rules, and she knew that was not supposed to happen," Benson said. "When I went up to take Teegan's hand and walk her off the stage, the little girl playing Mary said, 'She touched the baby Jesus! We weren't supposed to touch the baby Jesus!' I told her we were sorry!"
Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A Polish man walking in a national park captured video of a rare winter weather phenomenon -- a snownado!
Michal Bielas posted a video to Facebook showing the unusual sight that greeted him Monday during a walk in Tatra National Park.
The video depicts a whirlwind rolling through the snow, creating what is known as a snownado or snow devil.
Experts said the rare phenomenon, which has only been caught on camera a small number of times previously, resulted from a strong gale of wind hitting the mountains and creating a rotating column of air.
A woman snorkeling in the Caribbean on her honeymoon was bitten on the arm by a large nurse shark and her new husband caught the incident on video!
A video posted to YouTube by Sarah Illig shows her being filmed by husband Evan Carroll as they go snorkeling in the clear waters of the Caribbean while on their honeymoon.
A large nurse shark suddenly swims up to the bikini-clad woman and clamps down on her arm, causing her to cry out and pull away.
"Mid snorkeling with the sharks I felt a whoosh of water, something clamp down on my arm and assumed my husband was playing a prank of me," Illig wrote in the video's description. "Less than a second later I realized how much it hurt and looked past where my goggles were blocking my side vision to see the shark (bigger than myself) latched on to my arm. I pulled it away/the combination of the shark releasing and got out of there."
Illig, who was not seriously injured, cautioned that nurse sharks are not normally dangerous to humans.
"Disclaimer: This is a five foot nurse shark that typically never bite unless provoked via tail pulling, feeding, etc. There was no tail pulling or feeding during my snorkel with them (as you can clearly see via video)," she wrote.
Uber rider charged $18K for 5-mile ride!
Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Uber charged a Toronto man more than $18,000 for a 5-mile ride that should have cost about $10 Friday after an error during surge pricing.
Instagram user votethehish posted the receipt for his ride for the amount of $18,518 in Canadian currency, which comes out to $14,412 in U.S. dollars.
According to votethehish's friend, Emily Kannard, Uber said they wouldn't give a refund. But Kannard posted the receipt on Twitter and caught some interest, including from news sites like The Comeback and Slate.
Uber then acknowledged that a mistake was made.
"There was an error here and it has been resolved," Uber said in a statement. "We have provided a full refund to this rider and apologized to him for this experience. We have safeguards in place to help prevent something like this from happening, and we are working to understand how this occurred."
A Spanish captain was walking on his ship when a soldier rushes to him and exclaims, "An enemy ship is approaching us!" The captain replies calmly, "Go get my red shirt." The soldier gets the shirt for the captain. The enemy ship comes in and heavy rounds of fire are exchanged. Finally, the Spaniards win. The soldier asks, "Congrats sir, but why the red shirt?" The captain replies, "If I got injured, my blood shouldn't be seen, as I didn't want my men to lose hope." Just then, another soldier runs up and says, "Sir, we just spotted another twenty enemy ships!" The captain calmly replies, "Go bring my yellow pants."
Planet of the Apes for Real!
Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Hundreds of monkeys took to the streets of a Thai city when fireworks caused them to free from the temple where they live.
The monkeys live at the nearby Phra Prang Sam Yod temple, which is also known as the Monkey Temple in honor of its simian inhabitants.
This Car Sings and Dances!
Dec. 5 (UPI) -- An Ohio woman captured video of an unusual holiday spectacle in her neighborhood: A Tesla car putting on a Christmas light and music show.
Carey Campbell Ward posted a video to Facebook showing the Tesla playing Christmas music while flashing its lights in time to the festive tones.
The vehicle's performance also involves it opening its gull-wing doors and moving them in coordination with the music.
Ward said she was unfamiliar with Teslas until her daughter brought the car to her attention.
"My daughter and I were going to deliver her fundraiser sales when she stopped me and said, 'mom look it's a Tesla!'" Ward wrote later.
"It was in our next door neighbors driveway and honestly I didn't know what was so special about the car. We are pretty close with our neighbors so we went over to ask who's car it was and here it was their insurance guys car. He heard us ask and said come on out and let me show you something. My husband wasn't home at the time so I wanted to video it to show him later. I was amazed with it to say the least and thought everyone else would like to see it to."
Ky. teen builds roller coaster in his parent's backyard
Logan Moore spent summer and fall building the thrill ride in his back yard in Harlan County. It's an 8-1/2 foot-tall wooden roller coaster.
Moore says his love for coasters began at a young age. He says boredom led him to create the coaster, and he might build another one some day.
"Well, I'm going to keep this for a little while and then I may, may do another one, may redesign this one, but I will wait on that just a little bit because it's been a lot of work," he said.
Moore hopes to head to engineering school once high school is over.
Could you step over an 'invisible box'? Internet goes wild for new viral trend where people appear to walk on air!
Charter boat gets video of crocodile and shark feeding side-by-side!
Nov. 29 (UPI) -- An Australian charter boat captain captured video of a rare sight: a crocodile and a shark feasting side-by-side on a humpback whale carcass.
Jeremy Tucker, skipper of the Great Escape charter boat, captured videonorth of the Montgomery Reef of a crocodile on the carcass with some tiger sharks.
"There was a crocodile eating the side of the carcass as well as the tiger sharks, and a few other sharks," Tucker told the Australian broadcasting Corp.
Tucker's video shows the crocodile eating side-by-side with one of the sharks.
"It was really interesting to see how the crocodile and the tiger shark were interacting," he said.
Tucker said he has only seen one other occurrence of a crocodile peacefully interacting with sharks.
"I have seen it once before, and that time there was actually a crocodile lying on top of the whale," he said. "And it was sunbaking while there were tiger sharks hoeing into the side of the whale."
Baffled man finds koalas lounging on his porch!!
Nov. 28 (UPI) -- An Australian man captured video when he discovered two sleepy koalas grabbing a nap on his porch.
The video, captured by resident Mark Blyth and posted to Instagram by the South Australia Tourism Commission, shows the two koalas lounging on Blyth's veranda.
Police share photo of Christmas tree nearly engulfing car!
Bull calf born with extra leg growing out of its back!
Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A young bull born recently in China appears to be living a normal, healthy life -- despite the extra leg growing out of the animal's back.
A video recorded Friday at a farm in Mudanjiang City, Heilongjiang Province, shows the 40-day-old calf walking around and even running in apparent good health.
$1,300 worth of makeup destroyed by child at Sephora!
Nov. 19 (UPI) -- A customer at a Sephora makeup store in Georgia snapped photos of what she said was $1,300 worth of makeup destroyed by a small child.
Brittany Nelson posted photos to her Extraordinary Life Makeup Artistry page on Facebook showing a display at the Augusta store that had been smeared and destroyed by what she said was a young child.
"PSA: $1300 of Make Up Forever eye shadow destroyed at Sephora tonight due to a small child. I'm sure he/she thought they were like finger paints and had no idea how naughty they were being. Tons of destroyed product and pissed Sephora cast members are a not a happy place to be," Nelson wrote.
She said she did not see the incident happen, but she caught a glimpse of the likely suspect.
"We walked in right as a lady and her kid were hustling out of there," Nelson told website Insider. "The glittery footprints helped us decipher it was a tiny human."
Nelson's post, which went viral on the social media site, encouraged mothers to leave their "tiny humans" at home when shopping for makeup.
Nelson told Insider her post was "not mom-shaming or kid hating in the least," despite the reactions of some commenters.
"I woke up to the internet mob of insanity because of my one cranky post," she said. "I honestly don't think I said anything 99% of people don't think anyway so I'm not that devastated by the hurricane of it."
Here's your Friday Funny!!
There was an elderly couple who in their old age noticed that they were getting a lot more forgetful, so they decided to go to the doctor. The doctor told them that they should start writing things down so they don't forget.
They went home and the old lady told her husband to get her a bowl of ice cream. "You might want to write it down," she said. The husband said, "No, I can remember that you want a bowl of ice cream." She then told her husband she wanted a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream.
"Write it down," she told him, and again he said, "No, no, I can remember: you want a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream." Then the old lady said she wants a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top.
"Write it down," she told her husband and again he said, "No, I got it. You want a bowl of ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top." So he goes to get the ice cream and spends an unusually long time in the kitchen, over 30 minutes.
He comes out to his wife and hands her a plate of eggs and bacon. The old wife stares at the plate for a moment, then looks at her husband and asks, "Where's the toast?"
Massachusetts police stop vehicle with pizza box license plate!
Nov. 16 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts police department said a driver is facing charges for making their own license plate out of a pizza box and magic markers.
The Hopkinton Police Department said the driver of a Buick Century was pulled over when police noticed the vehicle's license plate was an obvious forgery.
The department said in a Facebook post the driver is now facing charges.
Stove Top offers stuffing-themed EXPANDABLE 'Thanksgiving Dinner Pants'!!
Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Stove Top is celebrating Thanksgiving with an unusual product -- expanding pants featuring a design inspired by the brand's stuffing.
The company, owned by Kraft Heinz, released a tongue-in-cheek ad for its very-real "Thanksgiving Dinner Pants," which bear the image of stuffing on their elastic waistbands.
The pockets of the pants are also lined with stuffing-printed fabric.
The $19.98 pants are designed to stretch to up to twice their normal size to accommodate Thanksgiving over-eaters.
The parody infomercial advertising the pants says the stretching waistband is "based on the same technology used in astronauts' underpants."
Deer strolls up to young hunters in Ohio woods
Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A fearless deer strolled up to a pair of young hunters in Ohio while they were seeking squirrels with their father.
Gary Simons recorded video Saturday morning when the young buck strolled straight up to his sons, ages 11 and 9, while they were out hunting squirrels.
Star Wars' Millennium Falcon spotted on Google Maps
Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Han Solo doesn't have to worry about remembering where he parked the Millennium Falcon -- eagle-eyed Star Wars fans spotted the spaceship in a Google Maps satellite view of farmland in Britain.
The spaceship appears to be covered with a tarp and shielded from ground-level view by a number of shipping containers stacked around it.
Video of Lion's attack on car!
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A visitor to a South African national park captured video of the moment an adult lion attacked a car in an apparent attempt to impress its intended mate.
Mark Williams-Wynn, 29, whose video was posted to YouTube by Kruger Sightings, said he was driving on the H12, near Skukuza in Kruger National Park, when he came upon some vehicles watching a male and female lion in the road.
He said the lion repeatedly attempted to mate with the lioness, but was rebuffed with a "fierce growl" each time.
"After the umpteenth attempt, all of a sudden, he walked away from her and started staring at the occupants of the closest car," Williams-Wynn wrote.
He said he quickly got out his video camera to capture what happened next.
"Luckily I started the camera rolling, as, quick as a flash, he had attacked the car and turned back to the female, as if to say, 'Look how brave I am.' There was nothing that the occupants of the vehicle had done wrong, and luckily they had their windows up, as it could have otherwise ended in disaster. They just happened to be the closest vehicle to the lion when he lost his mind. The shaken tourists in the vehicle drove off shaken but unharmed."
Williams-Wynn said the action calmed down for a time, but the lion eventually set his sights on another vehicle -- an open-top safari vehicle.
"Thankfully the game guide driving this vehicle had lightning reflexes. As soon as the lion locked eyes with him, he started the vehicle and was already moving when the lion attacked," he wrote.
He said the driver likely saved some lives by fleeing the second attack, which Williams-Wynn did not catch on video.
Deputy investigates calls for 'help,' finds parrot!!
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Authorities in Oregon said deputies responded to a home where a UPS driver heard someone shouting for "help" and discovered the source -- a playful parrot.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said a UPS driver was on his routeabout 7:45 p.m. Monday when he heard what sounded like a person calling for help from inside a Clackamas home.
The man called his wife, who contacted the sheriff's office. The UPS worker remained on the scene to point deputies toward the house.
Deputy Hayden Sanders arrived on the scene and soon discovered the source of the screams: a parrot named Diego.
"We are happy to report that Diego the parrot was uninjured and in no need of police assistance," the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post.
Addled in the saddle? Woman charged with DUI on horseback!!!
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A 53-year-old woman riding a horse down a busy Florida highway has been arrested and charged with driving drunk.
Polk County Sheriff's officials said in a news release that someone called 911 about a woman who appeared confused and possibly in danger. When deputies arrived they found Donna Byrne riding her horse in the road.
Officers did a sobriety test and said she gave breath samples that registered blood-alcohol level of .161 — twice Florida's legal limit of .08.
Byrne is charged with DUI and animal neglect for endangering and failing to provide proper protection for the horse.
Deputies took the horse to the Polk County Sheriff's Animal Control livestock facility. She was booked into the Polk County Jail. Jail records did not list an attorney for her.
German man reports WWII bomb, police find zucchini!!
Nov. 3 (UPI) -- An 81-year-old German man called police to tell them he found a World War II-era bomb in his garden, but when officers showed up, they found a large zucchini instead.
The man found the 11-pound, 15.7-inch-long vegetable Thursday in his back yard in Bretten in the southwest German state of Baden-Württemberg.
He believed it to be a bomb, but upon arrival, police said they found a dark-colored zucchini.
Officers were able to dispose of the vegetable without having to call a bomb-disposal team.
Police said they believe someone may have thrown the zucchini over the man's garden hedge.
Though World War II has been over for more than 70 years, unexploded bombs are still periodically found throughout the country. In September, Frankfurt officials evacuated some 65,000 residents when they found a 1.4-ton bomb at a construction site.
Here's Your Friday Funny!
A Florida senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible
out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he pushed it to 80 mph,
enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left.
"Amazing," he thought as he flew down I-95, pushing the pedal even
Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a Florida State Trooper,
blue lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110,
then 120. Suddenly he thought, "What am I doing? I'm too old for this!" and
pulled over to await the trooper's arrival.
Pulling in behind him, the trooper got out of his vehicle and
walked up to the Corvette. He looked at his watch, then said, "Sir, my shift
ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a new reason for
speeding--a reason I've never before heard -- I'll let you
The old gentleman paused then said: "Three years ago, my wife ran
off with a Florida State Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back!
"Have a good day, Sir," replied the trooper.
Snake slithers out of bathtub drain while man showers!!
Nov. 2 (UPI) -- A British man said he was shocked when a snake poked its head out from the overflow drain in his bathtub while he was taking a shower.
Gary Morrissey, 34, a teacher from Sulgrave, England, said he was showering at his home when he encountered the unwelcome intruder.
"I was in the shower when I saw something in the overflow of the bath," Morrissey told the Sunderland Echo. "I didn't know what it was, but on closer inspection I saw it was a snake. It was an interesting moment when I realized what it was. It's certainly not something you see every day."
"I was in disbelief at first. It poked its head through one of the holes and slithered out," he said.
Morrissey captured video of the snake inside the overflow drain as he attempted to coax the reptile out into the tub.
He said the encounter was scary at the time, but he now finds it amusing.
"At the time, I didn't have a clue what kind of snake it was and whether it was venomous, so it was very scary," he said. "I assumed it would be someone's pet and so probably harmless, but couldn't be sure."
"I put a picture of the snake on Facebook and a couple of my friends identified it as a corn snake. It just sat there for a little while and I managed to get it into a tub," Morrissey said.
Frankenstein baby born at Florida hospital on Halloween
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Make that Oskar Gary Frankenstein, who made his entrance into the world four days late and after 14 hours of labor on Tuesday at Winter Park Memorial Hospital.
Parents Kyle and Jessica Frankenstein tell news outlets that Baby Frankenstein weighed in at 6 pounds (3 kilograms), 9 ounces (255 grams) and is 20 inches (50 centimeters) long.
The baby's grandmother Jennifer Frankenstein tells WKMG the family is "super excited." She said Oskar is her first grandchild and the Frankenstein family's first baby born on Halloween, although she does have a 13-year-old daughter who shares the same birthday as "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelley
Winter Park is near Orlando in central Florida.
Fisherman, 28, admits he was KISSING a Dover sole that almost choked him to death when it jumped down his throat!
A fisherman who almost died when a six-inch Dover sole he had just caught jumped down his throat has admitted today he was kissing it.
Sam Quilliam, 28, made the confession while giving a news conference at Boscombe Pier, Dorset, where paramedics had saved him from choking to death on the slippery fish's barbs.
He was found having a cardiac arrest, causing him to stop breathing for three minutes, on October 5 when an ambulance crew arrived.
They were told he had put the fish over his mouth as a joke but it had managed to wriggle free and lodged itself in his throat, leaving him unable to breathe.
Customer trapped in beer cooler overnight cited for drinking
Customer trapped in beer cooler overnight cited for drinking
Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A man who found himself locked overnight inside a Wisconsin store's beer cooler was cited for theft when he helped himself to some beverages.
Police said Jeremy Van Ert, 38, told officers he was shopping at the Kwik Tripstore Tuesday night in Marshfield and ended up trapped in the store's cooler when employees locked it for the night at 11:50 p.m.
A Kwik Trip manager said a customer told employees about 5:50 a.m. Wednesday that there appeared to be a man locked in the cooler and he left the store in a hurry when employees opened the door.
The manager said the man had an 18 ounce bottle of Icehouse Beer and three cans of malt beverage Four Loko while locked in the cooler and had knocked over a stack of boxes, destroying three cans of beer.
The man was cited for retail theft for not paying for the beverages when he left the store. Police said Van Ert was arrested on a probation hold from an unrelated case. Police said the conditions of Van Ert's probation banned him from consuming alcohol.
Housekeeping finds boa constrictor in hotel bed!!
Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Police in North Carolina said a housekeeping worker cleaning up a hotel room called officers to remove an uninvited guest -- a boa constrictor in the bed.
The Asheville Police Department said the worker at the Rodeway Inn and Suites in Asheville was cleaning up a room on Monday and called police when they found the 5-foot boa slithering around inside the sheets.
The snake was taken to the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, where it was later reunited with its owner.
The owner said they had brought the serpent, named Chuck, along to visit a friend at the hotel and had misplaced the pet.
Video of Chewbacca stuck in Atlanta traffic!
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We’ve all seen outrageous things in traffic. Shaving or doing make-up while moving over 100k on the 400? yep we’ve seen it.. but a guy dressed as Chewbacca on a 4-wheeler? that’s something new. The sighting was in Atlanta Georgia.
“While sitting in normal Atlanta traffic after work, I noticed my furry friend Chewbacca behind me. Exited I thought to myself, even Wookiees are subject to Atlanta traffic!” the camera man noted.
Hippo photobombs couple's engagement!
An Ohio couple's engagement at the Cincinnati Zoo was made all the more special when the moment was photobombed by famed baby hippo Fiona.
Hayley Roll posted photos to Instagram of the moment her boyfriend, Nick Kelble, got down on one knee by the hippo zoo's hippopotamus enclosure.
Canadian man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now' in car!
Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A Canadian man was stopped by police for singing in his car and slapped with a $149 ticket.
The incident happened on Sept. 27 in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, when Taoufik Moalla sang the 1990s hit Everybody Dance Now by C+C Music Factory and the music was interrupted by police sirens.
"I was thinking they wanted to pass, but they called on the speaker 'Please go to the right side,'" Moalla told CTV News. "I stopped and four police came, two on each side, and checked the inside of the car."
Police asked Moalla if he'd been screaming.
"No, I was just listening to my favourite song," Moalla answered. "I repeated, 'Everybody dance now!'"
Police, though, determined he had been screaming -- which is a violation in Quebec.
"I don't know if my voice was very bad and that's why I got the ticket," Moalla said. "But I was very shocked. I understand if they are doing their job, they are allowed to check if everything's okay, if I kidnapped someone or if there's danger inside but I would never expect they would give me a ticket for that."
Moalla said he will appeal the ticket.
Here's your Friday Funny!
One night on Cheers Cliff Clavin said to his buddy, Norm Peterson:
"Well, ya see, Norm, it's like this ... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first.
This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing
of the weakest members.
In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells.
Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells.
But, naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first.
In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine.
That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers".
Florida woman takes pet chicken paddle boarding
Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A Florida woman turned heads by taking her pet chicken out on the water to go paddle boarding.
The Florida Keys and Key West, a page run by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, shared photos of Karly Venezia and her pet chicken Loretta enjoying a ride together in Islamorada.
"Some canine-craving paddlers take their dogs along for the ride. Keys resident Karly Venezia, however, takes her one-year-old pet, 'Loretta,' a Rhode Island Red chicken along for the jaunts," a post on the Facebook page said Tuesday.
Venezia told Fox 13 that Loretta has no fear of being out on the water.
"Loretta is very curious and follows us around the yard, and living in the Florida Keys, we like to get out on the water so it only seemed natural to us to take Loretta paddle boarding and boating and things that we do with our dog," she said.
Wild chickens are common in the Florida Keys and Venezia believes the proximity to the water helped inspire Loretta's love of paddle boarding and other activities.
"Loretta seems to enjoy water-related activities. In addition to paddle boarding, we've taken her out boating for sunsets and she always seems to have a great time," she said.
Venezia told Local 10 that Loretta is a great companion and their water-based excursions have given her a new appreciation for her home.
"Paddle boarding's very calming, and I like hanging out with Loretta," she said. "She's an awesome pet to have. So for us, I think coming out here and getting to enjoy the beautiful sunsets is what makes living in the Keys so special."
Police warn of aggressive turkeys after flock chases patrol car!!
Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts police department is warning residents to beware of aggressive turkeys after a flock of the birds was caught on camera chasing a patrol car.
On Sunday. the Bridgewater Police Department posted a video to Twittershowing a group of territorial turkeys chasing after a slow-moving patrol car in the city.
"Aggressive turkeys are a problem in town," police tweeted. "State law doesn't allow the police or the ACO to remove them."
Experts said turkeys can become aggressive when they become accustomed to humans, usually through feeding. They said people targeted by the birds should attempt to startle them with noise, movements or squirting them with water.
Police recommended residents with turkey troubles contact the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for advice.
Saudi Textbook Withdrawn Over Image of Yoda With King!!
BEIRUT, Lebanon — (The New York Times) High school students in Saudi Arabia opened their social studies textbooks this week to find that the Force was with them.
In a lesson about the United Nations was a historic photograph of King Faisal. To his right stood Yoda, the Jedi master from the “Star Wars” films.
One ruled Saudi Arabia for 11 years, outlawed slavery, spread public education and introduced television to his country.
The other was adept with a light saber, trained Luke Skywalker and lived for more than 800 years.
How they had ended up together in a textbook in a country with no public movie theaters was anyone’s guess. Even the Saudi artist who created the image had no idea.
“I am the one who designed it, but I am not the one who put it in the book,” said the artist, Abdullah Al Shehri, by phone from Riyadh.
The image was part of a series in which Mr. Shehri, who is 26 and goes by the nickname Shaweesh, mixes pop culture icons into historic photographs. He said he got the idea while looking through photo archives from the Middle East.
“All the pictures were very sad, you know, refugees and war,” he said.
Then he found a photo of Anwar Sadat, the Egyptian president assassinated in 1981, meeting Mickey Mouse during a trip to Disneyland.
“This is what the archive needs,” he recalls thinking. “Something fun, something that makes it less depressing.”
He later came across the photo that should have appeared in the textbook: a black-and-white image of King Faisal, who was a prince and serving as foreign minister at the time, signing the United Nations Charter in San Francisco in 1945.
And he thought of Yoda.
Like the king, he said, the Jedi master was known for his intelligence. He was popular among Saudis. And – sealing the deal – he was the same color as the Saudi flag.
“He was wise and was always strong in his speeches,” Mr. Shehri said of the king. “So I found that Yoda was the closest character to the king. And also Yoda and his light saber – it’s all green.”
Mr. Shehri had shown the work in galleries in Dubai, Houston and Aspen, Colo., he said, prompting conversations with people who did not know much about Saudi Arabia. Then on Wednesday, Mr. Shehri’s mother, a biology teacher, saw a copy of the book and texted him.
“ ‘Isn’t this your work?’ ” Mr. Shehri said she asked. “ ‘It’s in the book.’ ”
It remains unclear how his image had ended up in a high school social studies book.
On Thursday, Ahmed al-Eissa, the Saudi education minister, apologized on Twitter for the “unintended mistake.”
“The ministry has begun printing a corrected copy of the curriculum and withdrawing the previous copy and formed a legal committee to determine the source of the error and to take the proper measures,” he wrote.
As photos of the mishap went viral in Saudi Arabia, Mr. Shehri said he had gotten many positive responses from fans of King Faisal — and of Yoda.
“I meant no offense to the king at all,” he said.
Texas county worker accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas!!!
Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Prosecutors in a Texas county said a Juvenile Justice Department employee is accused of stealing $1.2 million worth of fajitas over nine years.
The Cameron County District Attorney's Office said Gilberto Escaramilla, who works for the county's Juvenile Justice Department, took the day off for a medical appointment Aug. 7 and a driver from the department's meat vendor, Labatt Food Service in Harlingen, called the kitchen to inform workers of an 800-pound fajita delivery.
A confused kitchen worker explained to the driver that the department doesn't serve fajitas, leading the equally baffled driver to tell her he had been delivering fajitas to Juvenile Justice for nine years.
"If it wasn't so serious, you'd think it was a Saturday Night Live skit. But this is the real thing," District Attorney Luis V. Saenz told the Brownsville Herald.
"The receiver of the call rushes off to the supervisor and conveys to her the discussion that had been had, and that breaks the case," Saenz said. "When Mr. Escaramilla reports to work the next day, he is confronted with the discussion and he admits he had been stealing fajitas for nine years."
Saenz said Escaramilla was fired Aug. 8 and arrested Aug. 9 when the district attorney's Office Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant on his home and found packets of fajitas in his refrigerator.
Investigators said Escaramilla had stolen a total $1,251,578 worth of fajitas.
"He would literally, on the day he ordered them, deliver them to customers he had already lined up," Saenz said. "We've been able to uncover two of his purchasers, and they are cooperating with the investigation."
Escaramilla was released on bond and was arrested again Tuesday on a charge of first-degree felony theft.
Here's your Friday Funny!
A local United Way office realized that the organization had never received a donation from the town's most successful lawyer. The person in charge of contributions called him to persuade him to contribute.
"Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you did not give a penny to charity. Wouldn't you like to give back to the community in some way?"
The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied, "First, did your research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?" Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbled, "Um, no."
The lawyer interrupts, "Or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?" The stricken United Way rep began to stammer out an apology, but was interrupted again. "Or that my sister's husband died in a traffic accident," the lawyer's voice rising in indignation, "leaving her penniless with three children?!"
The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, said simply, "I had no idea."
On a roll, the lawyer cut him off once again, "So if I don't give any money to them, why should I give any to you?"