According to the Peninsula Daily News, a Sequim, Wash., man was surprised Saturday afternoon to find himself shot in the nose while relaxing in his back yard. The victim told authorities he felt a pain in his nose and when it started bleeding, he called for medical assistance. Fortunately, his injuries were not life-threatening – he was treated and released, the newspaper reports. Authorities believe the bullet came from a small group of people shooting clay pigeons in a field about a half-mile away.
And in other odd news this morning, Elmo, the legendary red Sesame Street character, didn’t get tickled over the weekend – he got beat up, reports the Associated Press. It seems a man dressed in an Elmo costume for a performance at a children’s event was attacked by an unidentified man. Elmo may have been beaten, but he didn’t go down without a fight – police say he managed to break a few of his attacker’s fingers.
And in Georgia, a rural county is tired of losing more than 500 street signs each year – to the tune of $17,000 annually – to thieves, so McIntosh County Commissioner Mark Douglas came up with an idea to solve the problem, reports the Florida Times-Union. He’s decided the county needs to make street names “more boring.” Douglas cites some of the most commonly stolen signs as those marking Green Acres, Boone’s Farm and Mary Jane Lane, and says he thinks those particular names are of interest to young thieves because their names mirror a well-know television show, a cheap wine and slang terminology for marijuana.