The Rev. John Lindell of James River Church in Ozark, Mo., chose Halloween for a paranormal-themed sermon that warned against fortunetelling, Wicca — and yoga.
According to the Springfield News-Leader, Lindell told parishioners Oct. 28 that yoga positions were "created with demonic intent to open you up to demonic power because Hinduism is demonic." He went on: "To say the positions of yoga are no more than exercise are [sic] tantamount to saying water baptism is just aqua aerobics."
Local yoga instructors were not amused, especially when fewer people started showing up to their classes. Instructor Amanda Davis said the pastor doesn't have a thorough understanding of the practice. "Yoga doesn't prescribe [sic] to any religion, and I don't think people understand that, so they get false ideas about it," she said. "It's ignorant."
The historic Chattaway restaurant in St. Petersburg, Fla., is a welcoming place, but it was the scene of a lot of unexpected late-night activity in early November, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Surveillance video of a Nov. 6 break-in captured an intruder who "spent over an hour just milling around going room to room and eating and drinking," said manager Amanda Kitto.
In the process, he stole chicken wings and beer, along with computer equipment and cash tips. In the midst of their investigation, police were surprised to find yet another nocturnal visitor on tape from the night before: A man riding a bicycle cruised up to the restaurant and slipped in a back gate. After emptying a storage shed of all its contents, he went into the restaurant bathroom and emerged naked. Next he can be seen at a restaurant picnic table, digging into the meal he brought with him: Maruchan Instant Lunch ramen noodles.
But Kitto said he was so tidy staff wouldn't have even known he was there had police not been investigating the later incident.
"We still don't know where his pants are," said server Chad Pearson. Officers identified the man, who is homeless, but the restaurant declined to press charges because he caused no real harm. Police are still looking for the other man.
David Rush of Boise, Idaho, has found a unique way to score his 15 minutes of fame. On Nov. 13, at the public library in Oak Brook, Ill., Rush set his mind to achieving a new Guinness record for eating sweet corn kernels within three minutes with a toothpick. Rush, who holds 40 Guinness records, succeeded on his third try, downing 241 kernels. "It's a ridiculous talent to have," Rush admitted to the Chicago Tribune. "I practiced skewering a lot to prepare along with the size of the plate, spreading out the corn and best toothpicks to use."
Rush told the Tribune he got involved in breaking records to promote science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM), saying a lot of kids don't feel confident about STEM subjects. "If you believe you can get better at something and work hard at it, you can get better at anything," he said.
Police in Youngstown, Ohio, received an unusual call late on the morning of Nov. 14, according to WFMJ TV. A resident of the city's south side called 911 to report that four men appeared to be stealing the sidewalk along Ridge Avenue.
Police arrived to find parts of the sidewalk were indeed missing, and following a tip from a neighbor, they soon caught up with four men driving a truck hauling six flagstone slabs. Thomas Clark, Andre Eggleston, Levar Riley and D'Vaille Williams were charged with theft.
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