Airborne Jerk Asks Too Many Questions

A Chicago-area man got arrested Monday for asking too many questions aboard a commercial flight.

Flying from O'Hare International Airport to Washington, D.C., Jeffrey Samuel Silverman allegedly asked a flight attendant to identify the federal air marshals (search) on board, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The attendant refused, but that apparently didn't satisfy the demanding passenger.

About 45 minutes before the American Airlines flight landed, Silverman allegedly stood up, walked to the front of the cabin and started pointing at passengers, judging each on his or her merits as a potential air marshal.

Silverman ruled out at least one passenger as "too fat" for the job.

Without disclosing his or her identity, a real air marshal had the pilot arrange for cops to be waiting when the plane touched down at Reagan International Airport.

Silverman was charged with interfering with a flight attendant through assault or intimidation and ordered to appear next Monday in federal court.

The FBI found no reason to believe Silverman was drunk. He had his own explanation for his shenanigans.

"I'm just an [expletive]," he allegedly told the FBI. "What can I tell you?"

— Thanks to Out There reader Bob T.

Conscientious Cooks Wash Up at Work

ADVANCE, N.C. — Fast-food workers are required to be clean, but this time they apparently took it too far.

It looks like a Wendy's restaurant in North Carolina won't be cited for any health-code violations — after it was discovered that two employees took a bath in one of the sinks.

"From a public-health standpoint, you want the employees to be clean," said Barry Bass, director of the Davie County Health Department, though he added the employees may have overdone it.

It's not clear when the workers at the restaurant in Advance took the bath. Photos show two men in bathing suits taking turns posing in the large sink, which was filled with bubbles.

The pictures turned up at a CVS pharmacy. A photo worker told authorities about the discovery.

The sink at the Wendy's has cleaning jets and is used to wash pots, pans and other cookware.

Bass said the restaurant won't be cited for any health-code violations, because no health official directly observed a violation.

The restaurant's manager assured health officials the sink had been sanitized and that it wouldn't happen again, Bass said.

Wendy's officials did not return calls for comment.

They've Always Said Manhattan Was a Zoo

NEW YORK (AP) — A man will have to find a way to live without his prize possessions — six little monkeys and a tarantula.

Two marmosets, two capuchins, two squirrel monkeys and the spider were confiscated from the home of Orlando Lopez on Tuesday, leaving him brokenhearted.

"They're like my kids," Lopez said in Wednesday's New York Daily News. "I'm going to do the best to get all of these animals back."

Each of the monkeys weighed between a half-pound and two pounds, officials said.

An anonymous caller tipped off animal control authorities that Lopez was keeping the animals in his apartment in Inwood, on the northern tip of Manhattan. City law forbids exotic animals as pets, and tarantulas are considered a health code violation.

Last October, animal control officers arrested Antoine Yates for keeping a tiger and an alligator in his New York City apartment. Later that month, officers arrested Perisio Nunez for keeping 12 exotic snakes in his apartment.

But officials said unlike those animals, the monkeys were not a threat. The monkeys were taken to an animal sanctuary.

Lawmaker Threatens to Take Fun Out of Australian Politics

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Instead of engaging in sober debate, politicians in Australia's oldest legislature have been accused of drinking too much and drafting laws with slurred speech and red noses.

Lee Rhiannon of the minority Greens Party says some members of the New South Wales (search) state Parliament are obviously under the influence of alcohol when they return to its debating chamber after taking breaks.

"After dinner ... things get a bit raucous," The Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday quoted Rhiannon as saying.

The august institution, set up in Sydney in 1822, has two restaurants and a bar as well as its own liquor store.

"People have very poor views of politicians," said Rhiannon who wants authorities given the power to expel drunken legislators from the state Parliament until they sober up.

"Parliamentary debates require attention to detail and clarity of thought," she said. "The use of alcohol and drugs can impair their ability to consider legislation."

Some politicians have admitted they had drinking problems.

For instance, in the national Parliament in the capital Canberra, Andrew Bartlett — who heads the minority Australian Democrats party — pledged never to touch alcohol again after he was accused of manhandling a woman lawmaker at a Christmas party last year.

Save the Turkeys, Go to Jail

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A local man has been charged with attacking a woman he thought might injure some turkeys that were walking in front of her car.

Anthony Stoetzer, 47, said he was just trying to protect the birds when he challenged a woman driver on Monday.

Police, however, said the woman had stopped to let the turkeys cross Zion Hill Road. She then beeped her horn to hurry the birds along when Stoetzer approached her vehicle yelling profanities, police said.

Police said Stoetzer reached into the vehicle and broke the driver's-side mirror off the door. The woman, who had her two children with her, quickly rolled up her window

"I was very surprised when I got arrested," Stoetzer said Tuesday. "I just wanted to save the turkeys. More than 40 turkeys cross the road every day near that spot."

Stoetzer was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor.

He was released on a promise to appear in court on March 30.

— Thanks to Out There reader Mark N.

Singapore Giving Away Pet Fish

SINGAPORE (AP) — Unwanted pet fish will be put up for adoption in Singapore next week in an attempt to spare them from being flushed down the toilet, a fish show organizer said Wednesday.

"Fish have their lives, and they have feelings too," said Carol Lian, an organizer of the Singapore International Fish Show (search).

Fish owners with second thoughts can put their finned friends up for adoption at the four-day show, which starts Friday, Lian said.

"It would be more humane to bring the fish up for adoption rather than flushing them down the toilet or flinging them into the drain," she said.

Animal control officials said they didn't know how widespread fish-flushing was in this wealthy Southeast Asian city-state.

"Nobody knows the magnitude of the problem, or if it exists at all," said Goh Shih Yong, spokesman for the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority. "If it happens, it would take place in the privacy of people's homes."

Organizers say they expect to draw 80,000 people from across Asia to the coming exhibition, which features exotic fish displays and fish beauty competitions.

Lian said she got the adoption idea from similar programs for unwanted cats, dogs and rabbits. She said she's adopted two goldfish and six parrotfish from people who could no longer care for them.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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