Man Whacks Car With Dump Truck, Sues Self

Curtis Gokey isn't the kind of guy to take any guff from anyone — not even himself.

Gokey is suing the city of Lodi, Calif., for damages because a dump truck backed into his car. The only problem is, Gokey, a Lodi city employee, was the guy driving the dump truck.

Even though he admitted that the fender bender was his fault, Gokey filed a $3,600 claim against the city for damage to his private vehicle, the Associated Press reports.

The city, noting that he was basically suing himself, shot the suit down.

But Gokey, obviously not one to be bothered by semantics, wasn't deterred. He and his wife, Rhonda, filed a new claim under her name — this time for $4,800.

Why the increase in the payout? Car got more valuable? Typo? Hardly.

"I'm not as nice as my husband is," she said.

But city attorney Steve Schwabauer isn't amused.

"You can sue your spouse for divorce, but you can't sue your spouse for negligence," Schwabauer said. "They're a married couple under California law. They're one entity. It's damage to community property."

Thanks to Out There readers Tim B., Gail V., Holly T., Mike Y., Kayla M. and Nancy B.

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Doing Stupid Things Lands You in the Can

BAGNOLET, France (AP) — French skyscraper climber Alain Robert scaled a 31-floor office building outside Paris on Wednesday using only his bare hands, his last climb before spending a week in prison in Texas.

Robert was arrested in Houston in November on charges of trespassing and drug possession as he was about to climb the 46-floor One Houston Center. Police said they believed Robert was carrying the sedative Xanax, while the climber says it was a prescription anti-epilepsy medication.

Robert said his effort Wednesday was a protest against the court decision ordering him to serve prison time.

"I don't really understand why they are charging me with criminal trespass, as I didn't even climb," Robert said before ascending one of the 400-foot Mercurial Towers in the suburb of Bagnolet. He wore a skintight black and yellow outfit covered with advertisements.

Robert has climbed more than 70 of the world's tallest structures, including the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, with his bare hands and without a safety net.

He Got So Tired of Being Dead, He Just Had to Get Away for a While

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Monroe County woman's deceased husband took a vacation for his birthday — at least that's what her mom says.

Jane Hanlon, whose mother sold a statuette containing her husband's cremated remains by mistake, has gotten it back.

Hanlon had some of the ashes of her husband, Brian, in a 10-inch-high eagle statue. She left it on the mantle with some items she was selling before moving — and her mother, not realizing the contents, sold it.

Fortunately for Hanlon, the woman who unwittingly purchased her husband read a story on the wayward remains in The Pocono Record. She returned it on what would have been Brian Hanlon's 45th birthday.

Hanlon she says she was happy to give the buyer her $30 back, and she doesn't blame her mother for selling the statue. She says it was her fault for leaving it with items to be sold.

Moral of the Story: Turkey Explosions Strike When Least Expected

JAMES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Gerald and Maureen Henze were watching some afternoon TV in their home when all of a sudden everything changed. After a loud bang, Maureen was showered by shards of glass, and Gerald and their dog were chasing a turkey down the hall.

"Something just exploded," Gerald Henze told The Saginaw News.

He turned and saw a turkey walking down the hallway. Maureen Henze, who was sitting in a recliner, was injured by flying glass after the turkey crashed through the picture window of their James Township home.

"The glass flew straight at her," the couple's youngest daughter, Judy Carleton, said of Tuesday's events. "She's really lucky it wasn't her face or anything."

Maureen Henze sought treatment at Covenant Medical Center for minor injuries to her legs and feet and returned home that evening, said Carleton, of Lima, Ohio. Gerald Henze suffered small abrasions on his hands.

The couple's dog, Donny, jumped up from a slumber and chased the intruder into a back bedroom. Gerald Henze trapped the bird in the guest room until county sheriff's deputies arrived.

"I was right behind it and got a handful of tail feathers before it ran into the bedroom," Gerald Henze said.

Deputy Kirt Shields released the uninjured turkey, but not before receiving some minor scratches.

Eh, Everybody's Seen the Old Replicating Humans in the Elevator Bit

READING, Pa. (AP) — A security guard quickly determined that the wife of a man rushing into Reading Hospital about 4 a.m. Tuesday shouting for a wheelchair was about to give birth.

Gary M. Wagner helped Josefa Daboin from the car into a wheelchair and got her and husband David Daboin into an elevator, where the husband kept pushing 2 for the maternity ward. But before the elevator made the less-than-one-minute trip, Josefa was yelling that the baby was out.

"When we got on the elevator, there were three of us," Wagner said. "When we got off, there were four."

Wagner and David Daboin pressed the limits of their knowledge by clearing the baby's airway and making sure the umbilical cord wasn't wrapped around her neck. "When the door opened and I saw all these nurses standing there, it looked like heaven," David Daboin said.

The Daboins, both 28, named the baby Valery. Josefa Daboin seemed unfazed, noting that she was born in her family's car on the way to the hospital in her native Dominican Republic. "You are such a good baby," she said to Valery, who dozed.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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