Mailman Finds Frogs Waiting for Him

A Scottish postman got quite a shock when he opened a mailbox to pick up the mail — and found 16 frogs inside.

"I just opened the box and 32 pairs of eyes were staring back at me," Jason O'Rourke, 31, told the BBC. "I got the fright of my life, and just slammed the door back shut so they couldn't escape."

O'Rourke was making his first pickup of the day last week when he opened one of the red "pillar-style" British mailboxes in the town of Stirling.

"The frogs had just been dropped in through the slot, and were sitting at the bottom of the basket on top of all the letters," he explained. "The letters are a bit damp, but thankfully the frogs were okay."

O'Rourke called the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (search), who sent over Ian Burlinson to put them back into a nearby pond.

"The frogs were easy to catch because the smaller males were on the backs of the females as it is mating season for them," Burlinson explained. "They were all very dehydrated. I don't think they would have lasted much longer."

Hanging Prankster May Do Real Time

An upstate New York man pretended to hang himself as an April Fool's prank on his ex-wife — but the jail term he could face is no joke.

Randy Wood, 33, of West Monroe, near Syracuse, called his ex the evening of April 1 and said he had something to show her, according to WINS radio of New York City.

She found him hanging from a tree in the front yard with a rope around his neck. Wood, who was really using a lineman's harness, quickly brought himself down — but not before his ex-wife called 911.

Firefighters, Oswego County (search) sheriff's deputies and an ambulance all showed up.

"He claims he did it as an April Fools' joke," Sheriff Reuel Todd said, "but obviously, it's not a funny matter."

Wood could get a year in jail and a $1,000 fine for falsely reporting an incident, considered a misdemeanor.

Alleged Cross-Dresser Not Dropping Out of Race

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A candidate for the Texas House rejected calls to withdraw from the race after photos of him in women's clothing began circulating.

Sam Walls (search), 64, said he will not give in to "blackmail" from opponents who are trying to use "very old, personal information" to force him out of the race.

"Now my opponent is using the private information in an attempt to intimate that I am a homosexual, which I am not," Walls said in a statement Monday.

Walls, a Republican, is competing in an April 13 primary runoff against real estate broker Rob Orr.

Orr political consultant Lee Woods denied involvement. He said Orr's campaign staff learned of the photos and alerted Republican leaders.

As a leading businessman and former party chairman, Walls once seemed the favorite to win. But GOP leaders urged him to withdraw when the pictures surfaced last week in two communities near Fort Worth.

The photos were apparently obtained by a company that repossessed a mobile home registered to Walls, according to court records.

He said his family had "dealt with" the issue, and he apologized to supporters for any embarrassment caused by "a small part of my personal past."

— Thanks to an anonymous Out There reader.

Pizza-Shop Worker Slams Door on Robbery

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A quick thinking pizza-restaurant employee in Fairfield closed the door — literally — on a robbery attempt.

Fairfield police say employees were preparing to open the Round Table Pizza restaurant at around 9:30 in the morning earlier this week when a masked gunman knocked on the rear door.

When one employee opened the door, thinking it was a delivery man, he saw the robber pointing a handgun at him.

Just as the bandit began shouting commands, the employee slammed the heavy metal door shut on him, locking the robber out of the store.

The employee then called police as the bandit fled the area on foot. No loss or injuries were reported.

— Thanks to Out There reader Don W.

You're So Fat, You Can Hide Cocaine Well

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (AP) — An obese inmate was caught hiding crack cocaine in a cigar holder under a roll of fat beneath his stomach, jail officials said Wednesday.

Another inmate told jail officials that 6-foot-2-inch Jonathan Wilson, who weighs 350 pounds, had the drugs, according to an Okeechobee County sheriff's report.

A deputy was unable to find any drugs on 27-year-old Wilson in a strip search, the Daily Okeechobee News reported. But a second search "located a small brown cylinder that is used to carry cigars concealed in a fat roll at the bottom of inmate Wilson's stomach," the report said.

The tube contained about 1.9 grams of suspected cocaine.

Jailed on sale and possession of cocaine charges, Wilson faces an additional charge for introduction of contraband into a detention facility.

Woman Text-Messages Thief Out of Her Car

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — A distraught woman used cell phone text messages to persuade a repentant thief to return her stolen car, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Lee Alaban, 34, of Port Macquarie had her Holden Commodore (search) sedan — a mid-sized General Motors-built car — stolen while she was at work on March 30, The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.

Her 13-year-old son's cell phone was in the car, so Alaban sent text messages to the thief. She explained that the car was a gift from her father shortly before he died and that presents for her son's birthday, which was on the following day, were in its trunk.

"We exchanged a number of text messages," Alaban told the newspaper. "He started apologizing and I felt I was getting through. Next thing, I got this text saying he will return the car."

The thief wrote another text message telling her where to find the car, which he abandoned in a parking lot — but not before stealing the cell phone and the birthday presents.

Alaban was so pleased to get her car back, she even sent a final tongue-in-cheek text.

"If I ever lock myself out of my car, I'll send you a message," she wrote.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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