Rockin' the Talent-Free World, Air Guitar Style

It seems in this case, the talented need not apply.

Airheads in Minneapolis, Minn., are clamoring to claim the crown of the ultimate air guitarist. Seriously.

These pseudo-strummers, completely devoid of shame, go head to head to see who's got the moves — imaginary though they might be — to make the masses — who might also be imaginary in this case — groove.

No doubt, groupies will be glad to know the goofiness doesn't stop here.

The best of this bunch will go on to the U.S. Air Guitar Championships in New York later this month.

Click into the video tab near the top of the story to see the airheads in action.

Here's to Making a Bad Situation Worse

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A handcuffed teenager told police he was just trying to get home and get to bed when he stole and crashed a squad car after being arrested for leaving the scene of an accident.

"We don't have a lot of empty (jail) beds here, but we found one for him," Tazewell County Chief Deputy Dick Ganschow said.

Police say Joshua Hall, 17, of Manito, was belted in the back seat of the squad car when he somehow wriggled free, crawled through a small sliding door into the front seat, then drove away in handcuffs before crashing through two fence rows, a gate and into a row of trees.

"This is the kind of thing that you can joke about when it's over and no one ends up hurt, but this is a very serious incident that could easily have ended badly," Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston told the Pekin Daily Times.

Hall was first arrested early Thursday on suspicion of leaving the scene of an accident and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, police said. He was arrested at his home and taken back to the crash site.

Because Hall had injured his hand in the crash, a deputy bandaged the wound, then cuffed Hall's hands in front of his body instead of behind, Huston said.

After crashing about a mile from his first accident, he was arrested on charges of escape, aggravated possession of a converted vehicle, failure to wear a seat belt, reckless driving and another count of leaving the scene of an accident. He remains in jail on $25,000 bond.

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Big Bovine Wearing a Jet Pack!

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Bessie is cleared for takeoff. A sculpture of a cow wearing a jet pack and leaping over a crescent moon will go on display this month in front of the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City.

Artist Michael Bingham won a $3,000 commission last summer to create a "flying object" and decided on the airborne bovine.

"I read about the commission in the paper and was thinking about things that I could make fly," Bingham said. "I saw these cows and thought, 'These are the least likely animals or objects to fly.' Then, I pictured the jet pack and that was it."

Bingham is shuttling the sculpture around the city of Logan before it goes on display in Salt Lake City.

"I'm on a local board for public art and we're hoping this will be a good conversation starter about public art in the valley," Bingham said.

The cow is life-size and has a jet pack — complete with flames shooting from it — on the animal's back. It will be perched on a 15-foot pole when it goes on display in front of the downtown Salt Lake City theater.

"Most people will walk by and go, 'Oh look, a flying cow,'" he said. "They won't realize the thousands of hours it took to make this cow fly."

Battle Over Visitation Rights Goes to the Dogs

MADRID, Spain (AP) — A court denied a man's request to make unannounced visits at his ex-wife's house to see a dog, saying such an arrangement would be like "pie in the sky."

The ruling was issued Thursday by a court in Barcelona, which rejected a lower court ruling in the fight over a golden retriever named Yako, Spanish newspapers El Pais and La Guardia reported.

The newspapers gave only the couple's first names — Elisabeth and Jose Luis.

When they divorced, she got to keep the dog but agreed he could visit the animal if he gave warning in advance. But Jose Luis started showing up announced, and Elisabeth stopped letting him in.

The man sued and a court in Granollers sided with him last June. His ex-wife appealed.

In a three-page ruling, Judge Pascual Ortuno Munoz wrote that while pets are important to people, the couple was treating Yako like a person.

"Visiting rights concerning an animal are unprecedented," the judge wrote.

An arrangement among hostile ex-spouses for unannounced visits to the dog would be messy and unworkable, he said.

Compiled by's Taylor Timmins.

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