Mommy and Me: Armed Robbery Edition

My mom always encouraged me to follow my dreams too, but then again my dreams generally did not include armed robbery.

Still, there's something to be said for spending a little quality time with mom. In the case of Janine C. Lewis and her 13-year-old son, that something is, "you've got to be kidding me."

Lewis and her son are both facing charges after she drove him around Stoughton, Wis., looking for someone for him to rob, because she said it was something they could do together, the Associated Press reports.

The aspiring crook told cops he had discussed his desire for a life of crime with his mother and she discouraged him.

But after what was undoubtedly a Hallmark-worthy exchange she agreed to drive him around so he could look for a victim.

When the family-bonding poster child found a man at a carwash, Lewis asked her son if he really wanted to go through with it, and he said he did.

She then told him to be careful.

The boy approached the man with a gun, but when the potential victim realized it was a BB gun he swatted it away and gave chase.

As the boy was being arrested, police report Lewis asking him what he was doing.

"I needed some money," he said.

Yay! Funny Clowns! (By 'Funny' We Mean 'Mostly Horrifying')

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Big shoes, white face paint and a round red nose just don't cut it anymore.

Clowns at a festival in Denmark are turning to elaborate tricks, like losing their shorts while being sucked into a giant orange balloon or using a baby carriage as a trapeze.

But their mission hasn't changed: making people laugh.

"It's about spreading a little bit of poetry, making people happy," Benny Schumann said after twirling plates at the International Clown Festival he founded 11 years ago.

"Being a clown is my way of giving a present to the world," said Marta Sanchez Sevilla, 40, of Spain.

"Sometimes I perform in hospitals, sometimes old people's homes, sometimes refugee camps," said Sanchez Sevilla, who plays a trouble-prone opera singer who finds all sorts of peculiar objects in her bra.

Not everyone thought she was funny, though.

"She was a bit like a zombie," 5-year-old Thomas said of the clown, who at one point morphed from an opera diva to a pantomime werewolf, howling at the moon.

Some of the crowd favorites, at least among the children, were the more innovative acts, like Danish clown Lars Lottrup. He gets himself sucked into a balloon wearing tight orange shorts that he manages to lose once inside the bubble.

Six-year-old Asta Petersen said she liked "the guy in the balloon, because he lost his shorts."

Two honorary awards will be handed out: "The World Artist and Clown Award" and "The Golden Nose."

And the Lord Said ... Look at That Naked Idiot!

BLUFFTON, S.C. (AP) — Customers in a bakery for a Bible study saw a different kind of buns this week.

A drunken teen came into the Atlanta Bread Co. shortly after it opened, used the bathroom in a storage closet, then walked out of the bakery naked, Bluffton Police Department spokesman Mike Creason said.

"He was sitting on the curb with no clothes on when the police showed up," Creason said.

Julius Daukus, 17, of Columbia, was charged with indecent exposure, police said.

The teen had apparently been drinking while visiting some friends at a nearby home and wandered off, Creason said.

Daukus was confused when police arrived.

"He was calm, just sitting on the curb," Creason said. "He didn't know where he was."

Employees at the store said the Bible study regulars just shook their heads at what happened.

Eau de Disgusting

NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorkers can breathe easy again: The "corpse flower" has passed its smelly peak.

But the plant dubbed "Baby" may soon have some of its own.

It was the first time in 67 years that the odoriferous Amorphophallus titanum bloomed in New York City. The plant began blooming around 2 p.m. Thursday at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. By that evening, it was giving off its signature pungent odor, a smell akin to rotten eggs or garbage left out overnight, that emanated well into Friday morning.

But by Friday afternoon, visitors had to get right next to the unusual flower to take the dreadful whiff.

"It's amazing to see," Roberto Martinez, 44, a college adviser from Brooklyn, said of the flower.

"Good thing it only lasts a day," Martinez said of the intense odor.

The exotic flower, native only to Sumatra and named "Baby" by handlers, burst into bloom after 10 years of nurturing from seeds. It can grow as much as seven inches a day and up to nine feet tall.

While obnoxious to humans, its smell is ambrosia to the insects — sweat bees and carrion beetles — that pollinate the flower in the wild. In captivity, the plant needs to be pollinated artificially.

Thousands have stopped by to witness the plant's rapid growth and smell its offensive stink in the last week.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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