In Ontario, Canada, a 7-year-old boy was unhappy with one of his Christmas gifts. Young children rarely like to receive clothing, but this boy was so upset about receiving snow pants, he called 911. He said he was upset and wanted the police to help. No one was dispatched to his house, but a police sergeant tweeted that the boy was put on the naughty list.
In Helena, Montana, a state representative has asked the 2019 legislature to declare “Hippy Hippy Shake” Montana’s official rock and roll song. Montana already has a state song, a state ballad and a state lullaby. According to the Associated Press, the bill’s introduction borrows from the song’s lyrics in saying: “WHEREAS, Montanans shake it to the left and shake it to the right and do everything with all of their might.” The song was written in 1959 by Chan Romero when he was a 17-year-old student at Billings Senior High School.
In East Vincent Township, Pennsylvania, an armed man recently held off SWAT members for 10 hours, but agreed to surrender after an unusual request. The negotiator sang “White Christmas” to him. He was then taken into custody and charged with multiple counts.
In Ulysses, Kansas, a 16-year-old boy will soon earn his high school diploma, and a few days later, he’ll travel to Harvard to collect his bachelor’s degree. The Ulysses High School senior will attend both commencement ceremonies in May, becoming the only student to successfully pursue a four-year high school degree and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard at the same time, The Hutchinson News reported. He simultaneously studied at the high school and the Harvard Extension School—a program that typically serves adults who work and can’t attend classes on campus full time. He is on track to graduate from the Bachelor of Liberal Arts program, with a major government and a minor in English, said Harry Pierre, associate director of communications for Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education. The teen said he hopes to attend Harvard Law School next.
In Perth, Australia, a person was walking past a neighbor’s house and hear a man repeatedly yelling, “Why don’t you die?” and heard a toddler screaming. Obviously alarmed, the person called police, and multiple officers responded. According to media reports, a law enforcement communication log said “police spoke with all parties who advised that husband had only been trying to kill a spider (has serious fear of spiders)”.