Danger: This Sign Is Totally Bogus

Published July 18, 2006

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Beware of the Boogeyman. No Tooth Fairies Allowed. Danger: High Levels of Hydrogen.

The signs in front of the fountains of Waterfront Park in Louisville, Ky., which warn would-be swimmers of unacceptable levels of hydrogen in the water, were put there to scare the chemistry-challenged, but it turns out they were nothing more than a bunch of baloney.

Why is that? Because the water in the fountain (like any other water) consists of two parts hydrogen to one part oxygen — a perfectly acceptable, necessary level of the gas, The Courier-Journal reports.

If you were scared, there’s a high school chemistry teacher out there somewhere cursing your name.

It seems authorities, tired of swimmers splashing around in the fountains and leery of the possibility of bacteria developing in the water, were hoping the public would be scared away by the foreboding signs — even though there was nothing amiss.

David Karem, executive director of the Waterfront Development Corp., said he had the signs made in the hopes that a lack of understanding of the chemical makeup of water and the association of hydrogen to dangerous weapons such as the hydrogen bomb would keep the fountains people-free.

"I thought that with the word … maybe people would not go there," he said.

Unfortunately for Karem, the hot summer days and a few good students have him fighting what he knows might be a losing battle.

"I could go out there with stun guns," he said, and it would do no good.

Thanks to Out There reader Michael M.

Mmm ... Beloved Cartoon Icons Made of Corn

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — It's a lesson in pop art these Fort Lauderdale students won't forget — 17 feet of tasty popcorn in the shape of a giant Mickey Mouse.

Seven students from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale are trying to take the title of world's largest popcorn sculpture. The group started creating the mega-Mickey sculpture yesterday for an episode of Food Network Challenge, which will air in October.

The students spent 12 hours manually mixing Fiberglas resin with popcorn. Next, they'll use heavy-duty power tools to carve the 5,000-pound mouse out of the blocks.

Food Network will ship the sculpture and the team to Disneyland, where they'll have 10 hours to assemble and decorate the sculpture with food coloring and sugar.

A 16-and-a-half-foot Godzilla created in Stirling, United Kingdom, in 2003 currently holds the record for world's largest popcorn sculpture.

Thanks to Out There reader Shannon O.

'Some Sort of Issue,' Indeed

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — Police in Suffolk say they arrested a naked man clutching a pigeon he had been beating against a car.

Police say two Whaleyville residents had just pulled into their driveway Friday night when 30-year-old Juan Lopez of Virginia Beach came up and repeatedly pounded the pigeon on the car.

The people went to a neighbor's house and called police. Officers chased Lopez and caught him in nearby woods.

Lt. Debbie George, a spokeswoman for the Suffolk Police Department, said police discovered that Lopez had destroyed two of the homeowners' bird cages, freeing 15 small chickens and four pigeons. Four birds were killed.

Lopez was treated at a local hospital for cuts and scratches. He is charged with burglary, destruction of property and larceny of poultry. George said, "I'm not sure whether he's mentally disturbed or under the influence of narcotics, but he was obviously having some sort of issue that night."

Thanks to Out There readers Jamie W., Will C., Susan W. and Skip M.

Goose on the Loose? Call in the Collies

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — Annoyed by the mess that geese leave on town beaches and park lawns, the town has hired a company to harass them until they move elsewhere.

Geese Relief, a Norwalk-based company, is receiving $5,000 under a preliminary contract, and town officials are drawing up a full-year pact.

Company owner Chris Santopietro's border collies have spent the past few weeks finding and chasing the Canadian geese out of town parks and off beaches. The work will take place nearly year-round, except in winter's coldest months.

The idea is to harass the geese until they return to Long Island Sound.

"You have to be more persistent than the geese and it's not a quick cure — it's an ongoing thing," Santopietro told The Greenwich Time.

Last year, Greenwich started using border collies to control the non-migratory Canadian geese. But the college students in charge of the dogs returned to school, so the town decided to hire the company as a longer-term solution.

"We want them indoctrinated, to continually think that they're not safe here," Town Conservation Director Denise Savageau said of the geese.

Compiled by FOXNews.com's Taylor Timmins.

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