By Special Report Grapevine Producer -- Phil Vogel
While collecting Grapevine stories often times there are stories that are great/funny/interesting that just don't make the cut. So here are a few of my favorite pickings that fell off the vine--
Language Barrier: A new Social Security Administration Inspector General's report found that disability benefits were approved for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English -- despite Spanish being the dominate language in the territory. Moreover, the SSA doesn't have a system to track the number of beneficiaries who qualify by not being able to speak English. The administration has agreed to gather that data -- and to review the rules determining eligibility for disability benefits.
Making Me Look Bad: An Illinois sixth-grader completed a near-perfect NCAA bracket (perfect Sweet 16, Elite eight, Final Four, and Champion), but has been deemed ineligible for the grand prize due to being underage. ESPN requires participants to be at least 18, so the 12-year old is can’t enter the drawing to claim a $20,000 gift card and a trip to Hawaii. Holtz admitted to the Daily Herald he was irritated but, "still proud of my accomplishment, but I'm not happy with the decision." ESPN told the Associated Press that they are putting together a special prize for the youngster.
Think, Think, Think: Four Floridians got the bright idea to steal honey from a hive. They overlooked the fact that the hive was populated by actual bees -- about 30-thousand bees -- that were not welcoming to the invaders. Some neighbors called 911 and firefighters used a hose to help the bee-covered folk -- who were stung about 50 times each and sent to the hospital for treatment.
Friendly Skies: The Japanese Defense Minister believes aliens exist but is certain no aliens have entered Japanese airspace. "When the Air Self Defense Force detects indications of an unidentified flying object that could violate our country's airspace, it scrambles fighter jets if necessary and makes visual observation," Gen Nakatani said when questioned about the danger of space aliens. Sometimes it is birds or other flying objects are detected -- but no cases of non-Earth visitors. Well that is a sigh of relief.
Worth 1000 Words: This picture is so Joe Biden. A new take on politicians kissing babies?
(Photo: Facebook/Georgina Bloomberg)