Foiled Again! Man's Room Turned Into Hamster Habitat

With friends like these, who needs … friends?

Luke Trerice, who fancies himself a bit of a prankster, covered a friend’s Olympia, Wash., apartment — cabinets, CD cases, books, dishes and all — in foil when he was out of town in 2004. And when Trerice covers something in foil, he does it well — so well that the cleanup took two years, The Olympian reports.

So when the fearsome foiler walked into his apartment to find his room had been turned into a giant hamster habitat — complete with a human-sized exercise wheel, a big beach ball, a metal bucket full of Cheetos, a gargantuan water bottle and newspaper bedding two feet deep — it probably didn’t take him long to figure out who was behind it.

“I knew that something was happening. They made no effort to hide it,” he said.

The mastermind of planet hamster, Keith Jewell, said the strike had been in the works for years. In all, it took eight people more than 100 hours to assemble the rodent palace.

“I think this will take less than two years (to clean up). That's the gauge that I measure to see if I got off better than [the foil victim] did,” Trerice said.

No Ketchup for You!

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Students at an Arizona high school are seeing red after the administrators added another item to the list of banned substances: bottled ketchup.

One student at Basha High School in Chandler was disciplined after being caught with a ketchup bottle two days in a row. And the principal says the school called the parents of several others found with the contraband.

The smuggling began after the school cafeteria limited students to three packets of ketchup per hamburger. You can get extra packets, but they cost $0.25 each.

You also can bring your own packets. But bottled ketchup is banned because the school says it would be a health code violation.

The policy was adopted because administrators were fed up with students stomping on ketchup packets and squirting the red goo on sidewalks and hallways.

Look for the Guy With the Sticky Fingers

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — While waiting for his friend to be processed on a drunken driving charge Friday morning at the Rotterdam Police Department, 21-year-old Adam Jewett picked up the gumball machine in the lobby and walked out the door with it, authorities say.

Jewett was riding in Zachary Peek's vehicle when it was stopped by an officer about 3 a.m. in Rotterdam, police said. A dispatcher watching the surveillance system saw Jewett carry away the gumball machine. He told the officer processing Peek on the driving while intoxicated charge. Patrolman Stephen Dixon found Jewett in the parking lot with the gumball machine.

Jewett, who lives in Rotterdam, was charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor, police said. He and Peek, 21, from nearby Schenectady, were issued appearance tickets for Rotterdam Town Court.

Wow, Gas Prices Have Finally Gone Down

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — When a pump at a gas station malfunctioned, opportunistic motorists were able to buy gas for 29 cents per gallon.

A Marathon station sold a gallon of fuel for less than the price of a first-class stamp for about 90 minutes Friday before the mistake was detected and the price corrected to $2.79.

While still answering questions from customers about why the price had suddenly gone up, clerk Nida Tayyab said more than 50 people had crowded the store, likely thinking the mishap was a price promotion, and received the bargain. Normally, the station serves about 10 people per hour.

"I was really confused," she said. "It was so messed up. I can't explain here how it was."

When Tayyab figured out what was going on, she called her father, who works at another store, for help fixing the situation.

"It's fine now. It's all working," Tayyab added.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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