All Fear the Pillow Fight Club!

San Francisco turned into the nation's biggest slumber party on Tuesday night.

Postings online and word-of-mouth drew nearly 1,000 people to the city's Ferry Building for a 30-minute outdoor pillow fight, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"I haven't giggled so hard for a really long time," resident Amy Davis, 35, the office manager for a construction company, told the Chronicle.

Amid shrieks and delighted giggles from the pillow fighters — many arriving with pillows hidden away in backpacks and shopping bags — the fluffy foray erupted around 6 p.m.

It looked as though a wintry storm had hit the plaza after the Ferry Building's clock tower chimed the half-hour — as swinging pillows and flying feathers left hundreds of people covered in white down.

"It's just a meme. A meme is when a thought goes out and becomes part of consciousness," Amacker Bullwinkle, a Palo Alto artist with an affiliation to a shadowy group called the Pillow Fight Club, told the Chronicle.

Unlucky with love of late and grateful for a Valentine's Day alternative, Davis says she stuck out most of the battle, but pulled out before the final toll after choking on feathers.

Davis told the paper she learned of the out-of-bedroom brawl from a pal who showed her a Web site — in her case Wikipedia — that told of the planned Valentine's Day flash mob pillow fight. Many others said about the same, citing different notices on the Internet.

"No injuries, no cops and lots of smiles," Bullwinkle told the Chronicle.

The cushion clash rules were simple: Don't hit unarmed pillow fighters, arrive with a concealed cushion and tell everybody.

The word circulated for weeks. "Flash mobs," where adults come together for goofy plans, are organized on the Web and by cell phone — spreading the word with chat rooms, text messaging and e-mail.

"I was surprised. I didn't think people would get that serious into it," Blitz Ono, a Tokyo resident who has been an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, told the Chronicle. "I had so much fun. It was great. It was amazing."

The padded battle ended up being San Fran's first public organized pillow fight — and some pillow brawlers believed it was the first in the U.S.

The Chronicle posted pictures of the precedent-setting pillow fight on its Web site.

As hundreds of pillow gladiators went at it, Bullwinkle sat on the sidelines because of a knee injury — with about a third of those gathered — snapping pictures with her camera.

— Thanks to Out There reader Mai T.

Bigfoot's Hideout: Backwoods Illinois?

Monster hunter Tom Biscardi is convinced a rural area near Funks Grove, Ill., can support two Bigfoot he believes would weigh around 350 pounds each, according to the Peoria Journal Star.

This week, after visiting the area, Biscardi said there's enough vegetation, small rodents and grubs and for the hairy pair to survive.

"Nobody in the field is doing this like us. They're not in the firing trenches, not braving the temperatures, there's plenty of places that those creatures can be concealed," Biscardi told the Journal Star. "There may be a little hub there. Don't be too surprised to see a bear in the springtime. I have a feeling."

A four-man team of animal trappers is assisting Biscardi in Funks Grove — armed with tranquilizer guns, infrared cameras, thermal imagers and motion cameras.

— Click in the video box above or click here to see a video on monster hunting.

Thief Needs Spell Check

KELSO, Wash. (AP) — The note inside the house made it clear to Cowlitz County sheriff's deputies that they had the right place: "Do not open door & let anyone in! Stolen Stuff visable."

Within a day, investigators confirmed that antiques, furniture, jewelry, credit cards and at least 19 guns found in the home of Gerald Levertt Mack had been stolen from at least 12 people, deputy Charles J. Rosenzweig said.

"Nothing like helping us figure out what's going on," Rosenzweig said.

Mack, 40, was arrested early Sunday after a standoff that began the previous evening, when a witness said Mack had entered his home. Deputies returned later Sunday with a search warrant.

Mack was jailed for investigation of first-degree burglary and residential burglary. Bail was set at $30,000.

Thankz Four the Note, Mr. Boogler

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Police are searching for a burglar who was nice enough to leave a birthday greeting — albeit misspelled — while making off with cash from a store's safe.

A manager at a Linens 'n Things store arrived Tuesday to find someone had knocked a hole in the roof, gotten in through the ventilation system, cut open a safe and fled with some money, police said.

In the store's break room, near a partially eaten birthday cake, police found a message on a bulletin board: "Happy B-Day, From Ur Friendy Rooftop Boogler, 2-14-06."

What a Great Non-Escape!

SNEADS, Fla. (AP) — A murderer and burglar who were thought to have escaped from a north Florida prison were found early Monday hiding in a building inside the compound, having never made it outside the gates, officials said.

Convicted murderer David Duquette, 25, and convicted burglar Michael Fitzgerald, 27, were reported missing from Apalachee Correctional Institution early Saturday. Both men offered minimal resistance in the recapture. State Corrections Department spokesman Robby Cunningham had no other details of the incident.

The department plans a review of the incident and both men may face additional charges, officials said. They will likely be moved to Florida State Prison in Starke, a higher-security facility.

State officials originally said witnesses spotted the men about 1 p.m. Saturday at a truck stop near Marianna, but that turned out to be wrong.

Fitzgerald recently sent a letter to relatives saying he was the target of a prison gang and he included instructions on how to conduct his funeral, family members said. But he has never requested any protective custody, Cunningham said.

The letter said he was beaten by fellow inmates for his radio, according to his grandmother, Jean Fitzgerald. It also said he wanted to be cremated and have his ashes placed in the same urn as his mother's.

"Thing is that more than likely I'll either catch more time for defending myself or get killed before it's all over with," the letter said. "It's just not right."

Fitzgerald was serving a 15-year sentence for burglary and five years for battery on an officer, introduction of contraband into a correctional facility and escape.

Duquette had been incarcerated at the prison since June 2002 following his conviction for second-degree murder in Citrus County.

— Thanks to Out There reader Molly R.

And You Thought Stealing Couldn't Get Any More Wrong...

TEMPLE CITY, Calif. (AP) — For the second time in recent months, somebody broke into a 16-year-old girl's home and stole her prosthetic leg — including one that had been donated following the first crime, authorities said.

The thieves took a $12,000 cosmetic leg and a donated $16,000 leg that Melissa Huff uses to play softball, her mother, Lisa Huff, said. She said a camera in the room was untouched.

"It's insane. Who hates her that bad?" Lisa Huff said. "I went back to the girls' room and the room was trashed. Mostly Melissa's stuff."

In the first theft, on Nov. 1, someone cut a hole in a window screen and also took video games and other items, authorities said. Her doctor and two real estate finance companies donated money for a new, shock-absorbent "sports leg" with a flexible foot.

On Tuesday, the thief pried open a screen window in the home, about 12 miles east of Los Angeles, said sheriff's Sgt. Russell Sprague. He said authorities have no leads.

Melissa's right leg was amputated two years ago after she was struck by a car. She resumed playing competitive softball after the accident and is now a high school sophomore.

"Now, she has nothing to walk with," said her father, David Huff.

— Thanks to Out There reader Shannon O.

Gruesome Twosome Tie the Knot

PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) — Thailand's Scorpion Queen and Centipede King have tied the knot.

As earlier reported in Out There, the couple with a soft spot for creepy crawlers had planned to hold their Valentine's Day's wedding at a haunted house.

Kanchana Ketkaew, 36, who set a world record in 2002 for spending 32 days in a glass cage with 3,400 scorpions, married 29-year-old Bunthawee Siengwong — who set a Thai record for enduring 28 days with 1,000 centipedes. Kanchana's record was beaten in 2004.

Her bridal gown was adorned with live scorpions, while Bunthawee enticed his bride by placing a centipede in his mouth.

"I like him and I like it that we both are up for a real challenge," Kanchana said.

The couple met while performing their respective stunts at a snake farm on the resort island of Koh Samui, said Somporn Naksuetrong, the general manager of the Thailand's Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, which sponsored the wedding.

They were married in a group ceremony dubbed "Til Death Do Us Part" at Ripley's Haunted Adventure House in the southern resort town of Pattaya, 50 miles south of Bangkok. The six other couples wore bloodstained wedding clothes.

They participated in a traditional Thai ceremony in which elders blessed the couples with holy water. Each couple then climbed into a coffin to symbolically consummate their union.

— Click in the photo box above to see a pic of one creepy couple!

Compiled by's Andrew Hard.

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