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A 14-year-old girl spotted something strange in the waste tank of a New Hampshire outhouse — a man's face staring back up at her.

Police said Gary Moody, 45, of Gardiner, Maine, was standing in the ladies' room collection tank wearing hip waders, according to the Kennebec Journal of Augusta, Maine.

"You can draw your own conclusions as to the conditions we encountered," Capt. John Hebert of the Carroll County Sheriff's Department told WMUR-TV of Manchester, N.H.

The girl was about to use the facilities around noon on Sunday at a log-cabin rest stop near Albany on the Kancamagus Scenic Byway (search), which runs through the White Mountain National Forest (search).

"It's a very filthy environment, and before we put anybody in contact with him, we had to decontaminate him," said Hebert, explaining why Moody was hosed off before being handcuffed. "We treated him as if he were hazardous material."

Police noted that since the door to the holding tank was locked from the outside, Moody must have crawled in through the toilet seat. It wasn't clear how long he'd been in there.

"He just must be sick to put yourself in that muck," said tourist Harriett Voysey of New Jersey. "Disgusting."

Moody was charged with criminal trespass, posted $250 bail and was forbidden from going within 100 yards of U.S. Forest Service (search) property. He goes to court July 19.

"I started in this business in 1980," noted Hebert, "and I have never in my career encountered anybody in this type of situation."

— Thanks to Out There readers Edward H., Kerri G., Rick S., Melissa B., Jason G., Bill K., Melissa M., Tobias W. and Randy T.

Yet Another Kangaroo On the Loose

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — At first glance, Walt Temple thought the animal he saw hopping through the city was a deer.

"But then why would it be on its back legs?" he wondered.

It turns out a deer wouldn't be hopping on its hind legs. But a kangaroo would.

So he called South Bend Animal Care and Control on Monday to let them know he thought he just saw a kangaroo, not far from the South Bend Regional Airport (search).

"I didn't believe him," animal control officer Sumyr Springfield said.

Then Springfield, who was first on the scene, saw the top of the kangaroo's head. It was time to call for backup.

Additional officers began scouring the brush and looking into drain pipes looking for the kangaroo.

The search continued Tuesday, although officials don't know where the animal would have come from.

As Out There readers know, kangaroos have spent the better part of this year roaming around Wisconsin, West Virginia and Kentucky.

The Potawatomi Zoo (search) said it was not missing any animals and airport officials said they did not know of any runaway kangaroos.

Kim Lucas, a supervisor with animal control, said the kangaroo is likely not a danger to anyone.

"It would likely run away from people," she said.

— Thanks to Out There reader Chris R.

Nine-Foot Catfish Caught in Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — This big one did not get away.

Thai fishermen netted a 646-pound catfish believed to have been the world's largest freshwater fish ever caught in Thailand, a researcher said Thursday.

The nearly 9-foot-long Mekong giant catfish (search) was landed May 1 by villagers in Chiang Khong, a remote district in northern Thailand, and weighed by Thai fisheries department officials, said Zeb Hogan, who leads an international project to locate and study the world's largest freshwater fish species.

He confirmed it was the heaviest fish on record since Thailand started keeping such statistics in 1981.

The fishermen had hoped to sell the fish to environmental groups, which planned to release it to spawn upriver, but it died before it could be handed over and then was chopped up and sold in pieces to villagers as food.

Hogan, whose work is funded by the World Wildlife Fund (search) and the National Geographic Society (search), said he is planning to write a paper about the catch for a scientific journal.

"That's the best way to document this kind of thing," he told The Associated Press by telephone.

The Mekong giant catfish was listed as critically endangered in 2003 after research showed its numbers had fallen by at least 80 percent in the past 13 years.

Fishermen believe the catfish species has been declining largely because of dams and environmental damage along the Mekong River — home to more species of giant fish than any other river, said an earlier statement by WWF and the society.

Click in the photo box above to see a really big fish.

Here's Your Homework: Torch My Car

HOUSTON (AP) — A chemistry teacher who was at least three months behind on her car payments gave passing grades to two failing students who stole and burned her car so she could collect insurance money, a fire investigator said.

Aldine Senior High School teacher Tramesha Lashon Fox, 32, was charged with insurance fraud and arson, and the two students were charged with arson.

Roger Luna, 18, and Darwin Arias, 17, had been failing Fox's class up to their final exam. But Arias received a 90 and Luna an 80, grades high enough for them to pass the semester, said senior fire investigator Dustin Deutsch of the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office.

The teens initially thought her scheme was a joke, but Fox continued to pursue them, Deutsch said. On May 27, the last day of school, the students took the unlocked 2003 Chevrolet Malibu (search) from a shopping mall, drove it to a wooded area and set it on fire, he said.

Fox reported the theft that day, after already having bought a 2005 Toyota Corolla (search), investigators said. She owed about $20,000 on the Chevrolet and had been facing repossession, Deutsch said.

Aldine Independent School District officials said Fox remained employed while they waited to see the fire marshal's report. The students will probably be placed in an alternative school when they return, depending on what happens to them in court, school officials said.

Click in the photo box above to see a picture of Kari.

Woman Sells Forehead on eBay

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For $10,000, Kari Smith has had her forehead tattooed with the Web address of a gambling site.

Smith, 30, who sold her unusual advertising space on eBay, said the money will give her 11-year-old son a private education, which she believes he needs after falling behind in school.

"For the all the sacrifices everyone makes, this is a very small one," she said. "It's a small sacrifice to build a better future for my son," she said.

"To everyone else, it seems like a stupid thing to do. To me, $10,000 is like $1 million. I only live once, and I'm doing it for my son," she said.

Tattoo artist Don Brouse said he and his staff spent nearly seven hours Wednesday trying to talk Smith out of putting "" above her face.

When he did go through with it, he kept the inch-tall letters close to her hairline, where bangs or a hat could provide some cover.

Smith's eBay auction attracted more than 27,000 hits and 1,000 watchers. Bidding reached $999.99 before, an Internet gambling company in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake, Canada, met Smith's $10,000 asking price.

Click in the photo box above to see mother, son and tattoo.

Wedding Canceled; Reception Donated to Homeless

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — When a would-be bride called off her wedding 12 days before the big event, she threw a party anyway — and invited the homeless.

Residents of the Interfaith Family Shelter attended the bash thrown by Katie Hosking, 22, a medical assistant, and her parents.

"They had a DJ and really good music. It was a warm, friendly atmosphere. The food was delicious. It was a nice break with people not worrying about anything for one night," shelter manager Carol Oliva said.

One homeless woman got her son out of a wheelchair and danced with him.

"It was a beautiful sight," said Susan Hosking, Katie's mother. "It was an eye-opener."

The almost-bride would not say what led to the breakup, only that it happened 12 days before the scheduled June 6 date of her nuptials. Her parents knew they'd be stuck with the bill.

More than 50 family members and close friends were joined by about 40 homeless people, shelter workers and volunteers. The shelter staff arranged rides to the venue, a country club.

Instead of a wedding cake, a strawberry shortcake was offered, topping off a menu that included baron of beef, salmon, shrimp cocktail, fettuccine and fruit.

"Oh my gosh, we had so much fun," Katie Hosking said.

Compiled by's Paul Wagenseil.

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