Mr. P. Is in the Mood for Love

Inanimate fuel dispensers everywhere, eat your hearts out! Mr. P. is on the prowl, and he’s leaving throngs of unsuspecting gas pumps swooning in his wake.

Too bad Mr. P.’s a peacock.

Ever since poor Mr. P. lost his more appropriate mates to a hungry fox last year, he’s taken a shine to the petrol pumps down the road in England, Sky News reports.

It seems that each time a driver fills up, the pumps make a noise similar to that of a peahen in the mood for love — and that makes Mr. P. one happy dude.

So he spends his days putting on a show for the objects of his affections, displaying his feathers, strutting and … uh … talking dirty to them.

"As soon as he hears it, he starts displaying his tail feathers and getting very excited," said his owner, Shirley Horsman. "He's a bit frustrated because there are no peahens around for him to breed with."

Thanks to Out There reader Jennifer W.

We Shure Are Prowd of You!

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Caitlin Campbell couldn't spell collyrium, but someone couldn't spell her last name.

A billboard went up in this Panhandle city to honor Caitlin's eighth-place finish in the national spelling bee. It reads: "Congratulations! Caitlin Cambell for making Amarillo proud."

Lamar Outdoor Advertising, which donated the space, said it plans to replace the downtown sign with the correct spelling.

Caitlin, 14, made it to the ninth round of the first prime-time network broadcast of the Scripps National Spelling Bee earlier this month in Washington. She left the competition when she misspelled the word collyrium, a term for eye lotion.

Nothing Says Sundae Like a Nice Piece of Crack

RICHMOND, Texas (AP) — This banana split was topped with something more potent than just a cherry. A motorist was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was caught with two rocks of crack cocaine he had stashed in his ice cream dessert.

Oscar Martinez, 41, of Richmond, had been pulled over by police officer David Bentley late Sunday after he failed to stop at a pedestrian crossing on the campus of Wharton County Junior College.

Bentley discovered that Martinez had a suspended driver's license and an outstanding traffic warrant.

Richmond police spokesman Sgt. Lowell Neinast said Martinez told Bentley that he wished he could finish the banana split he had in his car.

When Bentley saw the melting banana split on the front floorboard of Martinez's car, he noticed that it was topped with a square-shaped object that turned out to be crack cocaine.

"One of the crack rocks was sitting right on top of the bananas," Neinast told the Fort Bend Herald-Coaster. "Once he found the first crack rock, he figured there were more inside. He emptied it out and there it was."

Martinez was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license, a traffic warrant and possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, a third-degree felony. He was released from the Fort Bend County Jail after posting an $8,500 bond, Neinast said Friday.

"I've been doing this for 20 years and I could give you all kinds of stories, but this is really one of a kind," Neinast said. "But true."

Thanks to Out There reader Mat F.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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