Shutdown hits German late-night TV show
BERLIN (AP) — The United States government shutdown could have the unintended effect of making Germans go to bed earlier.
Fans hoping for fresh episodes of a cult late-night German TV show featuring footage of Earth seen from space accompanied by ambient music have been told its relaunch will be delayed by at least two weeks because of the U.S. budget battle.
Public television station Bayerisches Fernsehen said Monday that new high-definition video it hopes to use for its “Space Night” program won’t be able available Nov. 1 as planned because archivists at NASA, a key source of footage, are among U.S. federal employees currently furloughed.
“Space Night” was launched in 1994 and is a favorite among rave goers and insomniacs.
Man is hit by train,
gets up, walks away
(AP) — Authorities say a Kansas man who was walking along railroad tracks wearing headphones was hit by a train that he didn’t hear approaching behind him — but that he got back up and kept walking.
Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones says the BNSF conductor slowed down the train and blew the horn when he saw 25-year-old Kristopher Wenberg on the tracks in Topeka on Thursday.
Wenberg told deputies he couldn’t hear the train, which eventually hit him. Jones says Wenberg promptly got back up and called someone on his cellphone as he walked away. He went to a hospital with cuts on his legs and shoulder.
It is against the law to walk on train tracks and Wenberg would be cited for criminal trespass.
Mastodon tooth found in donation box
(AP) — A Michigan charity that collects donated clothing, shoes and other items for low-income residents got a really old cast-off in a donation box: A mastodon tooth.
The remains of the extinct relative of the elephant turned up during a July pickup in Grand Rapids, The Grand Rapids Press reported ( http://bit.ly/18OzlKt ). The tooth pieces and tusk are estimated to be anywhere from 12,000 to 15,000 years old. The Christian charity, called In The Image, turned the find over to the Grand Rapids Public Museum, which is adding them to its collection.
“I’d love to find out where this was from and the history behind it,” said Jay Starkey, the charity’s director.
The tooth is broken into two parts and is covered in lacquer. A tusk, also covered in lacquer, is hollow at one end and also may be from a mastodon.
The animals roamed North America more than 10,000 years ago, and their remains turn up from time to time in Michigan — usually buried underground. The museum already has a number of mastodon bones and the new additions will be available for loan to educators for use as a learning tool in schools.
“This is kind of an oddball way for something to come in,” said Tim Priest, collections manager.
For the charity, the discovery is one of many odd donations to come in. Drugs are a common find, Starkey said. It once got a painting worth about $5,000 that ended up being donated to the museum. And it also has received an urn with someone’s ashes inside.
Dog that crashed half-marathon gets medal
(AP) — An Indiana dog who became an Internet sensation after crashing a half marathon has won a medal — and an appointment with a veterinarian to nip his wandering ways in the bud.
The chocolate Labrador retriever named Boogie ran most of the 13.1 miles in Saturday’s Evansville event and then was taken to Animal Control.
Owner Jerry Butts tells the Evansville Courier & Press that the 100-pound dog slipped his leash Friday night. It was his fourth escape.
Butts says Boogie now has a microchip and an appointment to be neutered.
Boogie finished the race in 2 hours, 15 minutes. That’s better than more than half of the race’s participants.
bride at gas station
BERLIN (AP) — A German couple’s marriage got off to a rocky start when the groom forgot his bride at a highway gas station on the way home from their honeymoon, only noticing she was missing after hours had passed.
Police said Friday the couple was heading home to Berlin from France when the man pulled over near the central town of Bad Hersfeld late Thursday to fill up their van.
The woman had been sleeping in the back but got up — unbeknownst to the man — to use the toilets and he drove off before she returned.
Only after 2 1⁄2 hours on the road did he notice she was gone.
and called police, who said she was patiently waiting.