By Bruce Stambaugh
The main headlines of this tumultuous year may have overshadowed some lesser but still noteworthy news. Here are a few I logged.
January 2 – A North Walsham, England man paid a veterinarian the equivalent of $460 U.S. to do surgery on his three-inch pet goldfish.
January 24 – The leader of a pack of Boy Scouts, ages nine and 10 on a nature hike, accidentally led his troop onto a beach of nude sunbathers near San Diego, California.
February 10 – The European Space Agency reported that the Hubble telescope spotted a galaxy that resembled a smiley face.February 24 – Kyle Waring of Manchester-by-the-sea, Massachusetts, who began selling snow from his yard, 6 pounds for $89, said he would continue doing so until people stop ordering.
March 7 – An Amish farmer in Sadsbury Township, Pennsylvania accepted a $597,000 state agricultural grant to stave runoff from what one official described as his “barnyard mud hole.”
March 10 – The Utah State Legislature reinstituted the firing squad as a means to carry out the death penalty.
April 1 – The world’s oldest person, 117-year-old Misao Okawa, died in Tokyo.
April 6 – The world’s oldest person, 116-year-old Gertrude Weaver, died in Camden, Arkansas.May 2 – A 22-year-old Eastlake, Ohio woman shot a squirrel with a bow and arrow, telling police she killed the animal for dinner.
May 29 – A 17-year old Ann Arbor, Michigan teen stole a new car from a dealership by posing as an FBI agent, and was arrested when he crashed the car in Toledo.
June 16 – The typical American family throws out $1,600 worth of food every year, according to a news report.
June 25 – An updated U.S. Census report showed that the fastest growing age group in Ohio was the 85-years-old and older population.
July 14 – The last of a giant snow pile created by Boston city workers removing snow during the winter finally melted.
July 21 – Nigel Richards, the winner of the French Scrabble contest, couldn’t speak French.
August 8 – A 16-year old girl vacationing in the German Alps found a gold bar worth $17,900 at the bottom of a lake.
August 11 – For the first time in Major League Baseball history, all 15 home teams won their game.September 3 – A report showed Americans used 50 billion plastic water bottles last year, and only 23 percent of them were recycled.
September 21 – A nine-year-old boy was injured when his mother jumped out of her moving car because a spider was on her shoulder, and the car crashed into a school bus.
October 14 – A report from The Chronicle of Philanthropy showed that Holmes Co. was the most generous county in Ohio in 2012 with a giving ratio of nearly six percent.
October 21 – A three-year-old Oklahoma City, Oklahoma boy took the wheel of a pickup truck and steered it safely across four lanes of traffic after his drunken mother fell out of the vehicle.
November 27 – A Georgia man standing behind a target at a shooting range in St. Augustine, Florida was accidently shot by his brother.
November 28 – Sorters at a Goodwill store in Winfield, Kansas found a live grenade among a large pile of donations.
December 3 – Seattle police arrested a 73-year old man for snorting cocaine during a routine traffic stop.
December 10 – Hazmat crews in Yarmouth, Maine responded to a suspicious liquid leaking from a tank truck and discovered the substance to be milk.
Hopefully, 2015 was a good year for you and yours. Let’s hope that 2016 will be a “sweet 16” year for all of God’s global children.
© Bruce Stambaugh 2015