Most creative excuse for not obeying a court order: It might upset the goblins.
Hakon Robertsen of Norway has refused to tear down a condemned barn on his property because of the goblins he claims live there, the Aftenposten reports.
Robertsen was ordered to tear down the barn in 2005 after complaints from neighbors, but has continued to refuse on the grounds that the "little people" who live there will make bad things happen if he does. He is even willing to sue local authorities in order to keep the barn protected.
"I don't believe in ghosts, but underworld creatures have taken up residence in the building," Robertsen said to the local newspaper Nordlys.
He wouldn't go into details about what he meant, but he said that if he were to comply with the court order, it would be bad news for his life and health.
"A while back I removed the top of the building and that is an experience I will not repeat," he said, and points out that the barn is built on an old Viking site.
He offered to build a fence around the barn, but otherwise remains steadfast in his determination to leave the goblins' homestead as is.
Robertsen is being fined $47.50 per day until he demolishes the barn.
Hello 911? My Dope's Been Stolen!
A Newfoundland man failed to mention his stolen dope when he filed a theft report … but police found it for him anyway.
After two men forced their way into his home and stole about $1800 worth of things, the owner called the police, CBC News reported.
Lucky for him, the cops were right on top of it, and quickly tracked down the culprits. Unfortunately for him, they also discovered a stash of marijuana among the stolen items, and determined it was part of the loot stolen from the man's home.
The victim of the robbery has been charged with possession and possession for the purpose of trafficking. The suspected thieves have been charged with robbery and possession of a controlled substance.
Thanks to out there reader Doug M.
Squirrel Imitates Santa, Suffers Bloody Paws as Consequence
TWO RIVERS, Wis. (AP) — A squirrel got a fiery surprise when it apparently got curious about a chimney.
The squirrel fell down a chimney at a Two Rivers home and landed in a fire in a fireplace Monday night, said Two Rivers Assistant Fire Chief Gary Shavlik.
The squirrel escaped the fire and ran around the house, Shavlik said.
Firefighters later caught it and called Wildlife of Wisconsin, an agency that helps wild animals. The squirrel suffered from bloody paws. The squirrel is alive and there was no fire damage, Shavlik says.
Turtles Take South Carolina
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — First came cows and palmetto trees — as well as deer, moose, dinosaurs and cod. Now come the turtles.
This spring, dozens of decorated turtles will be sunning themselves along Charleston's streets as part of "Turtles on Parade." The loggerheads will be the work of artists using life-size molds of 3-foot-long, 300-pound loggerheads.
It's the latest in the folk art craze that started with "Cows on Parade" in Chicago in the late 1990s. Six years ago, the Palmetto Tree Project featured dozens of colorful statues of palmetto trees scattered around Columbia.
Other cities have seen everything from deer and dinosaurs to caribou and cod and, in Myrtle Beach, there were carousel horses.
The turtle project, which will be on display as part of the Piccolo Spoleto, was the idea of Robin Asbury, who, while working for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, helped create a pride of lions.
He expects as many as 75 turtles to be part of the exhibit with the money raised going to sea turtle rescue and other conservation work at the South Carolina aquarium.
Business sponsors support the project and pick proposals from artists, who get a $1,000 stipend. The statues will remain on display through the summer when they will be auctioned as part of a final fundraiser.
"It's innovative. It's educational. It's whimsical. It's fun. It's great public art," said Ellen Dressler Moryl of Piccolo Spoleto.
Is that a Guitar in Your Pocket or Are You Just Glad to See Me?
DE QUEEN, Ark. (AP) — The guitar-shaped bulge in Morgan Conatser's clothing tipped off a music store owner that there might be a crime in progress.
Clifton Lovell, owner of Guitars and Cadillacs on U.S. Highway 71 in De Queen, was conversing with a customer last week outside his store when he saw the 29-year-old Conatser walking out of the store. Lovell noticed the 29-year-old man had bulges that indicated a guitar neck in his pants and the body in his jacket.
When confronted, Conatser returned the solid-body electric guitar. Lovell says he didn't plan to call sheriff's deputies until he found a wireless sound system missing.
Officials say Conatser was cited for a misdemeanor for the sound system. He wasn't charged for the guitar because he'd already given it back.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Hannah Sentenac.
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