Naked Bowlers Hit the Lanes in Maine

Beware bringing your child into your local bowling alley these days … you might get an unwanted eyeful of the Bare Nekkid Mainers.

The nudist group has taken to renting the local bowling alley so they can play their favorite sport, unhindered by unnecessary clothing, reported the Bangor Daily News.

But yes, they still have to wear bowling shoes.

"Hey, you can’t go skinny-dipping at this time of year," said Hessa, who organized the events and asked to be identified only by her first name.

During the three events the Bare Nekkid Mainers have held thus far, the bowling alley was closed, the doors and windows were covered in paper, and signs announced that a private party was in progress. But one man apparently ignored the signs and walked into the alley with his 8-year-old son.

He saw a nude male playing pool, became disgusted, and decided to go to the police.

The police investigated the matter, but found no wrongdoing.

"I have absolutely no problem with it, and I hope nobody else does," Charles "Chip" Carson, the center’s owner, said. "They just happen to like having a good time without their clothes on."

Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult, Hessa noted.

"We’re not doing anything sexually explicit, and we’re not out there doing it on Main Street," she said.

Also, each participant brings a towel to sit on, and they all clean up after themselves.

"Everybody’s laughed at it, to be honest with you," Carson said. "These people are the cleanest people that you’ve ever met in your life.

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When Animals Attack

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — About 10,000 Juneau residents briefly lost power after a bald eagle lugging a deer head crashed into transmission lines.

"You have to live in Alaska to have this kind of outage scenario," said Gayle Wood, an Alaska Electric Light & Power spokeswoman. "This is the story of the overly ambitious eagle who evidently found a deer head in the landfill."

The bird, weighed down by the deer head, apparently failed to clear the transmission lines, she said. A repair crew found the eagle dead, the deer head nearby.

The power was out for less than 45 minutes Sunday.

The Moleman Lives!

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Police are searching for a burglar who enters homes in a very unique manner — burrowing through the walls of a house.

The method avoids setting off alarm systems, which typically are attached to windows or doors.

Someone burglarized a home Jan. 8 in a subdivision of Kennesaw after entering the house through a rear wall.

"That's the first type of entry that I've seen of that method in this area," Kennesaw Police Detective Rick Shumpert said in a message to a homeowners association. "It's typically a break in a window or door."

Police believe the burglar peels back siding and burrows through the sheetrock with a tool such as a screwdriver. About a dozen similar burglaries have happened in unincorporated Cobb County and in nearby Acworth, Ga., police said.

"We're kind of leaning toward someone who has some knowledge of home or residential construction just because of where the entry points are made," police spokesman Officer Scott Luther said.

"He had to have used some type of tool that would be small enough to fit in his pocket or coat that would be able to peel the siding off and chip through the insulation board and sheetrock."

Woody's Womanly Ways Win Out

HOWELL, Mich. (AP) — Woody has something the nation's other prognosticating groundhogs don't.

Female intuition.

Other groundhogs — Gen. Beauregard Lee in Georgia, Sir Walter Wally in North Carolina and, of course, Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania — might be more established, but Woody has a pretty good track record.

She has correctly predicted when spring would arrive six out of eight years.

Why is she so successful?

She relies on her stomach, said Richard Grant, executive director of the Howell Conference and Nature Center. Grant said groundhogs eat a lot before the winter, but don't consume much during the colder months.

So, on Friday, if Woody comes out of her home, eats any of the food placed in front of her — such as bananas and peanuts — and stays out for at least 30 seconds, then spring is coming soon. If not, we're in for another six weeks of winter.

Grant said science proves that Woody's sex is an advantage. Female groundhogs "have a whole lot more responsibility," he said, including motherhood. "What do male groundhogs do? They mate ... and then they get hit by cars."

Compiled by's Hannah Sentenac.

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