Nothing Is Scarier Than Dennis Rodman

Boo hoo hoo.

It seems Dennis Rodman is so scary, he can't even get a date for Halloween.

The 45-year-old former basketball bad boy put himself up for auction on eBay in an attempt to raise money for charity, but the idea of spending All Hallow's Eve in Las Vegas with the eccentric shock jock is proving to be too much for even the most adventurous goblins and ghouls, All Headline News reports.

Looks like the trick's on him this year.

Rodman set a $7,500 minimum bid for the prize, which includes round-trip airfare for three, hotel accommodations in Sin City and VIP passes to Score's Gentleman's Club. But so far, potential bidders seem to be … well … freaked out.

Bid or no bid, Rodman is scheduled to host a Halloween party in Las Vegas next week.

Say What?!

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A father is asking Toys 'R Us to take a popular toy off the shelves because the one he bought for his 6-year-old son utters a curse word.

The toy is a police officer set that includes a nightstick and a utility belt. A recorded message that includes a curse word plays when the nightstick is removed from the belt.

"I've had to explain to parents why my son is saying the f-word; it's horrible," said Philip Morton. "It's really a cute little toy; but God forbid, it's not what I want my kid hearing."

Morton returned the toy to the Geoffrey store where he bought it. The chain is owned by Toys 'R Us.

They gave him a set that didn't include the obscene word, but have declined to stop selling the toy.

The manufacturer, TekNek Toys International L.P., has also said it won't pull the toy, but will examine Morton's complaint.

Michelle Perea, the products and marketing manager for TekNek, said the recorded voice actually says "stop," not a curse word. The voice is an adult's, while the other recordings are those of children.

"I understand they can't check every toy on the shelf," Morton said. "But if one doesn't say it and one does, maybe someone is playing a game and got in a hurry and forgot about it. Personally, I think they should be held liable."

And Now This From the Catch-Me-if-You-Can Department:

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Police say a Bloomington teen wanted for resisting a police officer was at it again yesterday.

They say 18-year-old Judge D. Harris walked into the McLean County sheriff's department, asked if there was a warrant for his arrest — and then took off.

Officers found him at his home about 10 blocks away.

While there, officers arrested two other men for unrelated charges.

On Aug. 29, Harris pleaded guilty to a charge of resisting a police officer after admitting that he pulled away from an official as he tried to handcuff him.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on Oct. 12 after he failed to pay all of the fines and court costs in the case.

He faces a new charge of escape and obstructing a police officer for yesterday's incident.

Thanks to Out There readers Jeff M. and Matt M.

How Much Is That Kiddo in the Window?

ANTIGO, Wis. (AP) — A toddler who went fishing for a stuffed cartoon character in a vending machine wound up sharing space with the toy inside the game's plastic cubicle.

Three-year-old Robert Moore tried to scoop out a stuffed replica of SpongeBob SquarePants with the vending machine's plastic crane on Saturday, but had no luck on his first attempt.

While his grandmother, Fredricka Bierdemann, turned her back to get another dollar for a second try, Robert took off his coat and squeezed through an opening in the machine. He landed in the stuffed animal cube.

"I turned around and looked for him, and he said, 'Oma, I'm in here," Bierdemann said. "I thought I would have a heart attack."

Store employees couldn't find a key to the machine, so Robert waited while the Antigo Fire Department was called.

"He was having a ball in there, hugging all the stuffed animals," Bierdemann said. "He was so good-natured, but I was shaking like a leaf."

Firefighters broke one lock but then spotted two latches inside the plastic cube. They passed a screwdriver to Robert, who eventually freed himself.

He went home safe — but without a stuffed Sponge Bob.

Making the Rest of Us Look Lazy, One 26-Mile Run at a Time

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Forty-three runners joined Dean Karnazes of San Francisco as he completed his 38th marathon in as many days as he seeks to do one in each state in 50 days.

"Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is like playing pickup hoops with Michael Jordan," first-time marathoner Ben Dicke said after joining Karnazes for the 26.2-mile run Tuesday.

Also among those running was Pam Reed, two-time winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon who was in town to promote her autobiography, "The Extra Mile."

Also joining Karnazes along the course were his parents, his wife, Julie, and children Alexandria and Nicholas. It was a special day for Nicholas, a Green Bay Packers fan, who celebrated his ninth birthday by running the final nine miles, including a lap around Lambeau Field. The runners sang "Happy Birthday" to him as they entered the stadium.

Karnazes, 44, who completed his run Tuesday in a leisurely 4 hours and 7 minutes, plans to complete his 50th run Nov. 5 at the New York City Marathon.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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