Grannies Get Naked for a Good Cause

When taking on City Hall, it’s important to be a naked … and a senior citizen.

At least that seems to be the case in Randolph County, Ind.

In a move no doubt inspired by a certain popular film that shall remain nameless in this column, seven seasoned ladies, aged 76 to 94, posed for a calendar in their birthday suits in a frisky fundraising effort to save a county courthouse from demolition — and it worked, the reports.

“We all feel sure that thing would have been long gone if we hadn’t done the calendar,” said 87-year-old Eileen Herron (Miss October).

The gutsy grannies’ eyebrow-raising calendar in the buff, which netted more than $20,000 for their cause, shows the women naked as the day they were born (long, long ago) — save strategically-placed mini-replicas of the 19th century building they were trying to save.

Commissioner David Lenkensdofer said the public awareness raised by the calendar girls made a difference.

“It was a pretty gallant effort on those ladies’ parts,” he said.

Thanks to Out There reader Brian S.

Burglar Gets Dramatic, but the Bullet Bites Back

One California crook was left hurting — and likely feeling a little foolish — after he fought the lock … and the lock won.

When the hapless hood attempted to break into a locked Cell Comm/Nextel store, he drew his gun, pointed at the lock and let 'er rip. But the bullet had other plans. It ricocheted off the lock and struck the would-be burglar in the chest, The Daily Press reports.

"Chalk it up to one of the world's most stupid criminals. They used a gun trying to burglarize the place. He tried to Jesse James the lock but it backfired on him, and it's actually pretty funny," Cary “Buba” Walker, co-owner of the store said, explaining what he saw in the surveillance tape.

"It's a wonder he didn't end up dead, it could've gone right through him. I guess the you've been watching too much television because it just doesn't work like that."

Lucky for the bumbling burglar, the bullet didn’t even break the skin, and he got away.

"It hit him so hard it knocked the air out of him and he threw up on the spot. The guy really must be hurting. We even put out an alert with the hospitals to look for someone with severe bruising on his chest. After that they both turned and abruptly got in the car and sped away," Walker said.

Thanks to Out There reader Dean H.

Transportation Dept. Loves Nasty Talk as Much as You

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Callers to a state road-construction information line Thursday might have been surprised to hear, "We love nasty talk as much as you do."

The Illinois Department of Transportation intended newly installed signs along the Dan Ryan Expressway, which will undergo major reconstruction starting later this month, to instruct motorists to call a toll-free number for information on alternate routes.

Instead, the initial number posted directed callers wanting "exciting live talk" to another toll-free number, which begins, "Hey there, sexy guy. Welcome to an exciting new way to go live, one on one, with hot, horny girls waiting right now to talk to you."

Three of six informational signs were planted Thursday along the 11-mile stretch of roadway that will be rebuilt during the next two years, IDOT spokesman Matt Vanover said.

An IDOT worker commuting to work Thursday morning recognized the incorrect number and alerted officials, he said.

"We apologize to anyone who may have called that number and did not get the information that they were looking for," Vanover said.

Workers were correcting the number on the signs Thursday afternoon, Vanover said.

The Bureau of Operations is responsible for the signs, but Vanover would not comment further. He said the agency would investigate the mistake but he would not speculate on whether anyone would be disciplined.

The signs alert motorists to the coming work on the nation's fourth-busiest expressway and urges them to find a detour with help from the toll-free number.

But the first one posted prompted callers to dial another number, where they were invited to engage in "hot amateur talk and voice personals" for 99 cents a minute, or "live, one-on-one" chat with a "nasty girl" for $2.99 a minute.

Thanks to Out There reader Megan C.

Out There Update: Criminal Dummy Rakes in the Green

DENVER (AP) — A makeshift mannequin that failed to fool police monitoring the high-occupancy vehicle lane on a highway has fetched $15,000 in an auction on eBay, with proceeds going to charity, the buyer announced.

A company called Video Professor bought the Styrofoam head, coat hanger, and clothing stuffed with newspapers from carpool-lane scofflaw Greg Pringle, 53, said Brian Olson, a spokesman for the company. Olson said the computer tutoring company will take Tillie to various events and later auction her off again for charity in June.

As part of his sentence handed down earlier this month, Pringle agreed to donate any profits from a Web site — launched to free "Tillie" after she was impounded by police — and the auction to a driver safety awareness program.

"We've rescued Tillie from a life of crime and we hope to rehabilitate her so she can be a contributing dummy to our society," Olson said Thursday, The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News reported.

Pringle also was fined $115 and ordered to hold a sign alongside the highway for four hours reading: "HOV lane not for dummies." He was pulled over and ticketed Jan. 26 for driving in the lane reserved for car pools, motorcycles, buses, and hybrid vehicles.

Pringle has said it cost him $10 to create Tillie.

Knock-Knock ... Who's There? You Don't Wanna Know

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — So now the alligators are going door to door.

When Lori Pachelli heard someone knocking at the door of her home in a gated community in this southwest Florida community earlier this week, she looked out to see an unwelcome visitor on her front stoop: an 8-foot alligator.

The bull gator, which had wandered up from the pond behind the house, had a bloody lip from banging its head against the door.

"He was pretty big, pretty aggressive," Pachelli said, adding that the gator may have followed her home from walking her cocker spaniel, Trooper.

Pachelli's husband, Mike, said he sped home after his wife called him in hysterics.

The animal remained at the Pachellis' door for about an hour before going back into the lake, where trapper John French captured it later. French said it's not unusual to find male alligators in some pretty interesting places this time of year.

"You're starting into what's called the crawl season, the breeding season," he said. "We get them out of front porches, out of garages, out of swimming pools."

The Pachellis said they never dreamed an alligator would venture that close to the house.

"I've never seen them walking around (the neighborhood), let alone banging on my front door," Lori Pachelli said.

Thanks to Out There readers Derek H. and Michael W.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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