Cat Survives Four Weeks in the Fridge

That is one cool cat.

An Oklahoma City cat lived through being shut inside a refrigerator "to keep him safe" for four weeks without food or water, according to Oklahoma's Local 6 News.

Four-year-old Tyce Honer said he forgot that he had closed family cat Louis, who weighed 10 pounds at the time, in the fridge in the barn to keep it safe.

The cool cat went missing for weeks and pulled off a little early holiday miracle.

The family started thinking Louis had been eaten by coyotes when — four weeks after his disappearance — Tyce's dad found the cat weighing only 3 pounds while he was cleaning out the fridge.

"For some reason I reached up and pulled the handle on the refrigerator and Louie the cat fell out," Todd Honer told Local 6 News.

The Honer family and their neighbors are blown away that Louis survived at all.

"Somebody asked how a cat can live in a refrigerator a little over four weeks at least, I know that now. But I can't explain it," the cat's vet, Terry Lohmann, told Local 6 News.

— Thanks to Out There reader Mike Y.

Foundation Settles Monkey-Flashing Suit

WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Two former caretakers who refused to bare their breasts to a 300-pound, sign-language-speaking gorilla named Koko have settled a lawsuit against the Gorilla Foundation.

Nancy Alperin and Kendra Keller claimed they were fired after they refused to expose their bosoms to the primate and after reporting sanitary problems at Koko's home in Woodside, an upscale town south of San Francisco.

The pair claimed they were threatened that if they "did not indulge Koko's nipple fetish, their employment with the Gorilla Foundation would suffer," the lawsuit alleged.

Alperin and Keller claimed that Francine "Penny" Patterson, the gorilla's longtime caretaker and president of the Gorilla Foundation, pressured them to expose their breasts as a way to bond with the 33-year-old female simian.

"On one such occasion," the lawsuit said, "Patterson said, 'Koko, you see my nipples all the time. You are probably bored with my nipples. You need to see new nipples.'"

The plaintiffs, both in their mid-40s, never undressed, said their attorney, Stephen Sommers. The foundation has denied the allegations.

Lawyers for both sides refused to disclose terms of the settlement.

A second similar lawsuit filed by another employee is pending.

The Gorilla Foundation was founded in 1976 to promote the preservation and study of gorillas. It's best known for Koko, who has mastered a vocabulary of more than 1,000 signs.

— Thanks to Out There reader Dave F.

Not Smarter Than the Average Bear

EFFORT, Pa. (AP) — This black bear picked the wrong place to hibernate.

The animal camped out under the porch of a home where four children live — and near where 20 kids wait for the school bus.

Residents of Chestnuthill Township had suspected for days that a bear was in their midst after they saw that their trash cans had been tampered with. But it wasn't until two children happened upon the bear on Sunday that its exact whereabouts became clear.

Pedro Sainvil owns the home where the 600- to 700-pound male bear seems to have settled in.

On Sunday, Sainvil sent two of his children, ages 8 and 9, outside to play in the snow. "After 15 or 20 minutes, they came back screaming, 'Dad, Dad! There's a bear under the house!'" Sainvil said.

The bear will be removed by state wildlife officers, authorities said.

"It's very scary," said Rose Marie Louis-Jacques, Sainvil's mother. "I'm just praying that he'll take off. It's like a bomb under the house."

— Thanks to Out There reader Greg M.

This Cocaine Mix-Up Is Just Plain Cheesy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police in Memphis, Tenn., say a woman mistook a block of cheese for cocaine — and tried to hire a hit man to kill four men and steal it.

Police say the 18-year-old woman was mistaken about the hit man, too. He was an undercover policeman.

She's charged with four counts of attempted murder and four more of soliciting a murder.

Authorities say the aspiring model was in the men's house recently when she saw the white, crumbly cheese that she thought was cocaine.

Police say the undercover officer posing as a hit man gave her some non-functioning handguns, bought ammunition for her because she was too young and accompanied her to the home under police surveillance.

People in the home gave police permission to search it. They found only the cheese.

— Thanks to Out There reader Beth M.

It's the Griswold Family Christmas

MASON, Ohio (AP) — During the holidays, some people are content to deck their homes with evergreen wreaths and holly and maybe a few strings of lights made to look like glimmering icicles.

But not Carson Williams.

He spends nearly two months hooking up 25,000 lights, then he programs them to dance to Christmas music.

Hundreds of cars drive by his house north of Cincinnati every night to see the display, which also is posted on the Internet.

"So far, everyone's been really courteous," Williams said on NBC's "Today" show Monday. "I told the neighbors, I told the sheriff, if they get any complaints, I'll shut it down, because the neighbors are more important to me than the Christmas lights."

This is the third year Williams has assembled the display, which grows every year. He often stays outside for hours, chatting with visitors and directing traffic.

"We've had no problems," said Dave Hare, who lives across the street.

But the first year, it took some explaining.

"We called it the psycho house," said Hare's wife, Michelle. "It was just weird random flashes."

The display runs from the day after Thanksgiving until Jan. 1.

— Click in the photo box above to see a picture of the Griswold family Christmas.

It's the Holiday Cemetery-Plot Special, Ho Ho Ho!

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — It's that time of year for the annual holiday special at Greenwood Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum — half price on a cemetery plot and deals on vaults and markers.

For years, the cemetery has advertised the special on U.S. 25. "This is our way of trying to help families out during the holidays," Manager Gary Blythe said. "A lot of our customers look forward to this time of year."

Blythe said he isn't sure if anyone has actually given a spot in the cemetery or a grave marker as a Christmas gift, but business often increases once the sale starts. "Half off of a cemetery space is a good bargain," Blythe said.

Reaction to the sign advertising the sale is mixed. Some think it's a great idea, while others find it a bit odd, Blythe said.

— Thanks to Out There reader Beth M.

Compiled by's Andrew Hard.

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