Note to self: when fighting militants in a giant forest made of pot, it's best not to try to burn the place down (unless you've got time to make a run for some munchies, that is).
Canadian troops in Afghanistan found this out the hard way.
Reuters reports the troops were fighting Taliban militants when they were met with a greener, more potent enemy: a 10-foot-tall marijuana forest.
The Taliban fighters were using the dense thicket of plants for cover, so the troops were forced to eliminate the weedy threat.
"The challenge is that marijuana plants absorb energy and heat very readily. It's very difficult to penetrate with thermal devices ... and as a result you really have to be careful that the Taliban don't dodge in and out of those marijuana forests," General Rick Hillier said in a speech in Ottawa.
"A couple of brown plants on the edges of some of those (forests) did catch on fire. But a section of soldiers that was downwind from that had some ill effects and decided that was probably not the right course of action," Hiller said.
Hillier added that after the fight, a soldier said: "Sir, three years ago before I joined the army, I never thought I'd say 'That damn marijuana'."
You Want Fries With Your McBride? How About Him? Maybe That Guy Over There?
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say Shawnta McBride is more than living up to her name. McBride, 31, has married five men without divorcing her first husband, according to warrants issued by Gwinnett County Police detectives on five counts of bigamy and false swearing.
Police are searching for McBride, whose last known address was in Decatur.
According to Probate Court records, McBride wed Robert K. Konaido in September 2004. The arrest warrants say she has since married five other men at the Gwinnett County courthouse.
The motive was unclear, but the case is similar to those of two men arrested in the suburban Atlanta county in September. Police suspect they each married half a dozen or more women to help them gain American citizenship.
Four of McBride's grooms were born in Ghana, one was from Morocco and one was a London native, said Lorraine Stafford, the Probate Court administrator.
To Pee, or Not to Pee
DELAND, Fla. (AP) — A man who was jailed for urinating in a drink that was consumed by and sickened a convenience store customer could be in trouble again, this time because he can't produce that bodily fluid.
Anthony Mesa, 22, was sentenced to six months in jail and two years of a form of house arrest for urinating in the bottle of Mountain Dew and must also periodically take a urine drug test. Mesa said Wednesday, however, that he has a condition called shy bladder which affects his ability to urinate in public and therefore to take the drug test. He had failed to take a court-ordered test Sept. 19, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
"Anthony's little prank has taught him a great deal, and the irony of it all is that peeing was what got him trouble in the first place, and now not being able to is getting him trouble again," Mesa's mother, Denise Hislop, wrote to court officials.
Mesa has offered to take the test another way, including with a blood sample.
Mesa, a former convenience store clerk at a Pix store in Deltona, pleaded no contest to tampering with a consumer product. A construction worker who purchased the drink that was urinated in began vomiting after drinking the product.
Guten Tag, Mate!
VIENNA, Austria (AP) — A kangaroo was sighted on a highway in western Austria, but disappeared again, police said Thursday. The marsupial, which escaped from an enclosure in the village of Volders about two weeks ago, was seen by several people on a highway in Tyrol province, a statement said.
Thursday's sighting was not the alpine country's first kangaroo-related incident.
In March, a kangaroo led police in southern Austria on a snow chase after it jumped a fence of its cage. In the end, a local veterinarian helped capture the animal using a stun gun. That kangaroo belonged to a breeder in Tyrol.
Authorities could not say whether this month's missing marsupial came from the same place, and declined to provide any details about its origins.
"We're searching through the area intensely at the moment, but we haven't seen the kangaroo yet," Thomas Auer from the highway police in Schoenberg told Austrian broadcaster ORF.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Taylor Timmins.
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