In Greensburg, Pennsylvania, a man only enjoyed a few minutes of freedom from prison. Westmoreland County Prison officials say that moments after the man was released, he attacked a woman in the parking lot and stole her car. The Tribune-Review reports the man crashed about 15 minutes later and ran into the woods, where he was apprehended and put back in custody.
In the Arnhem, Holland, a 69-year-old man who filed a lawsuit against the government requesting that his date of birth be switched from March 11, 1949, to March 11, 1969, has lost. The court rejected his age-changing application, saying that while he “is at liberty to feel 20 years younger than his real age and to act accordingly,” actually changing the birth certificate is not possible. “Amending his date of birth would cause 20 years of records to vanish from the register of births, deaths, marriages and registered partnerships. This would have a variety of undesirable legal and societal implications,” the court said, according to the New York Post.
In Severance, Colorado, a 9-year-old boy has convinced town leaders to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights. He presented his arguments at a town board meeting, and members voted unanimously to lift the ban. “I think it’s an outdated law,” he said in the lead-up to the meeting. “I want to be able to throw a snowball without getting in trouble.” According to the Associated Press, the assistant to the Severance town administrator said the rule was part of a larger ordinance that made it illegal to throw or shoot stones or missiles at people, animals, buildings, trees, any other public or private property or vehicles. Snowballs fell under the town’s definition of “missiles.”
In Austin, Texas, a holiday display meant to re-create a scene from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” looked a little too real and caused a veteran to spring into action. A family placed a dummy representing Clark Griswold dangling from the gutter of their home, with a ladder tipping beneath him. A veteran passing by thought it was the real thing and wrestled the ladder up while shouting, “Can you reach it?” KVUE-TV reports the man called police, who arrived and advised the family they were getting calls about the display. They have since put up a sign that says “Clark G is part of our Christmas display please do not call 911.”
In Scotland, a 7-year-old boy sent a birthday card to his father in heaven. A Royal Mail official saw the card addressed: “Mr. Postman, Can you take this to heaven for my dad’s birthday,” and decided to respond with a letter saying, “This was a difficult challenge avoiding stars and other galactic objects on route to heaven. However, please be assured that this particular important item of mail has been delivered.” The boy’s mother said he is very emotional knowing his dad got the card.