Foul-Mouthed Parrot Still Fighting the War

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Winston Churchill's parrot has been found alive, well and as potty-mouthed as ever.

Charlie the parrot, spry at 104, still sometimes repeats sayings her master taught her — "Bleep the Nazis" and "Bleep Hitler" — according to London's Daily Mirror.

Churchill bought the blue-and-gold female macaw (search) in 1937, adding her to an extensive collection of pets that included pigs, sheep, swans and one leopard.

The future prime minister apparently began to teach the bird to curse, particularly if company was present.

Charlie's current owner, Peter Oram of Reigate, Surrey (search), south of London, bought Charlie after Churchill died in 1965. At first he kept her in his pet shop, but had to bring her home because she kept swearing at children.

James Humes, a Churchill expert, told the Mirror: "Churchill may no longer be with us, but that spirit and those words of defiance and resolve continue."

— Thanks to Out There reader Mark M.

Must Have Been Some Spicy Kung Pao Chicken

A disgruntled diner pulled up to the drive-through window of a Chinese restaurant in Omaha to complain about the food Thursday, reports the Omaha World-Herald.

Trouble was, he'd gotten food from a different restaurant.

When the restaurant owner asked him to show him the offending order, the man couldn't — he said he'd tossed the food out already.

At that point, the equally annoyed owner gave him a cordless phone and told him to call the police.

The customer retaliated by tossing the phone back at the owner — and then pulled a gun.

The owner ducked down below the window, and the driver sped off, presumably still angry.

Man Wants G-Note Back From Police

PINE LAWN, Mo. (AP) — Curtis Smith Sr. wants his $1,000 bill back.

He carried the rare one-grand note in his pocket for 20 years. It was seized by police in the St. Louis suburb of Pine Lawn when Smith was arrested during a traffic stop.

Officials gave Smith a check last April in return, but he wants his really big bill. Now, the $1,000 bill is in the City Hall safe of the mayor — who considers it a novelty.

Collectors say the bank note is worth much more than its face value. The $1,000 bill was last printed in 1934 and was taken out of circulation in 1969.

Officials say Smith can have the bill back, once it's no longer considered evidence. But they say he'll have to pay for it.

— Thanks to Out There reader Suzy V.

Is That a Shrimp Down Your Pants, or Are You Just Glad to See Me?

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — A man pleaded guilty to retail theft for allegedly stuffing $73 worth of shrimp down his pants at a grocery store and then fleeing from the store without paying.

Johnny Rodriguez, 48, of Bethlehem Township, pleaded guilty Thursday in the case. Northampton County Judge F.P. Kimberly McFadden deferred sentencing.

According to court records, Rodriguez was in the Heights Market on Oct. 12 when a worker allegedly noticed that he had his pants undone and he was "sticking items down his pants."

The worker approached Rodriguez, who began removing bags of shrimp from his pants, but when ordered to stay where he was until police arrived, he fled, court records said. Authorities said he made off with four bags of shrimp.

Police said Rodriguez had been convicted of retail theft three times.

Frozen Town's Residents Ordered to Leave Water Running

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — About 150 city residents will be instructed to leave their water running 24 hours a day until the area's deepening frost leaves the ground.

Water Superintendent Jim Moreau told The Evening News that the residents should leave the water running at a rate that provides a stream roughly the width of a pencil in order to avoid frozen water pipes.

Residents who fall under the "let run" order will receive instructions in the mail and their water bills will be adjusted to the average monthly rate. Any resident who receives a let run order but fails to leave the water running will be charged a $60 thawing fee if a freeze-up occurs.

The fine will increase if the city has to return for additional thawing.

Moreau said most affected residents are accustomed to the winter policy.

"Some of them have been doing it for 40 or 50 years," he said.

Moreau said his department has been monitoring the frost at locations throughout the city and found the average depth to be about 3½ feet as of late last week.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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