‘Water cooler chatter’: Dining in the outhouse, torn pants tales and mouth-to-mouth for gerbils

In reviewing the ‘odd’ news for the day, we couldn’t resist sharing with you the following stories. Enjoy!

• A former public bathroom in an historic Boston park is being turned into a sandwich shop, the Associated Press reports. The 660-square-foot “Pink Palace” on Boston Common built in the 1920s hasn’t been used as a restroom in decades. City officials announced Tuesday they have agreed to a 15-year lease with the Florida-based Earl of Sandwich chain for a takeout operation at the site. Boston Parks Department Commissioner Toni Pollak says the project is a chance to preserve the historic mausoleum-like structure while bringing new life to the Common.

• Police say a 14-year-old Utah boy was trying to cover up for falling and ripping his new pants when he reported a bullet grazed him, according to the AP. South Salt Lake police Sgt. Mikael Wersland told the Salt Lake Tribune that the teen reported the shooting Tuesday evening. Police say about 10 witnesses told them they did not hear any gunfire in the area at the time. Wersland says the boy “fell down and tore the knee” of his pants, but lied about being grazed by a bullet because he didn’t want to get into trouble. The sergeant says the teen only suffered a “scrape where he fell down.” The boy has not been identified. It was not immediately known whether he would be charged with any crime.

• The Associated Press reports that some Oregon firefighters and paramedics are now equipped and trained to give first aid to dogs, cats and other pets. The Daily Tidings reports that Ashland Fire & Rescue firefighters were trained last week to do CPR on dogs, cats, ferrets, gerbils and even reptiles that have inhaled smoke. All five department engines now carry oxygen masks for pets. Division Chief Greg Case says rescuing pets involved in fires helps the entire family. Firefighters treat people first and will help pets if possible. Veterinarian Dr. Alice Sievers says smaller animals can be placed inside the masks, while the devices can be fitted over the nose or beak of larger animals. The department received equipment through a donation from Project Breathe.

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