Kansas City Police Need Your Help Tracking Down a Giant, Inflatable Colon

A Healthier Michigan, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
A Healthier Michigan, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

If you've spotted any giant colons around the Kansas City area in the past few days, the police would like to hear from you. As The Wichita Eagle reports, an inflatable model of the large intestine has been stolen from the University of Kansas Cancer Center, and now law enforcement officials are on the hunt for the bowel bandit.

The colon is the property of the Colon Cancer Coalition, an organization that promotes awareness of colorectal cancer. As people walk through the colon, it depicts the progression of cancer through its various stages, highlighting the importance of regular screenings. "Colon cancer is a tough subject for many to talk about and the giant, 150-pound, 10-foot-long inflatable colon is a great conversation starter," John Ashcraft, DO, surgical oncologist at the University of Kansas Cancer Center, said in a statement.

The Coalition lends the educational tool to events around the Midwest, and it was set to be featured in a walk/run in Kansas City, Missouri's Swope Park before it was stolen the night of Friday, October 19. The colon was last seen in the bed of a pickup truck parked in the Brookside area of Kansas City, and police are calling on the public to share any potential leads.

The prop is valued at $4000, and the Cancer Coalition has a plan to replace it in case the inflatable organ thief isn't found. The organization's crowdfunding campaign to buy a new one has already raised $860, and local radio station KRBZ 96.5 has been calling for its return in the form of colon cover songs (like singing "give the colon back, don't be a hemorrhoid" to the tune of Blink-182's "Man Overboard"). If the colon does turn up, all the money that's donated will go to funding further screening, education, and awareness for colon and rectal cancer.

[h/t The Wichita Eagle]

Drunken Thieves Tried Stealing Stones From Notre-Dame

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With Paris, France, joining a long list of locales shutting down due to coronavirus, two thieves decided the time was right to attempt a clumsy heist—stealing stones from the Notre-Dame cathedral.

The crime occurred last Tuesday, March 17, and appeared from the start to be ill-conceived. The two intruders entered the cathedral and were immediately spotted by guards, who phoned police. When authorities found them, the trespassers were apparently drunk and attempting to hide under a tarpaulin with a collection of stones they had taken from the premises. Both men were arrested.

It’s believed the offenders intended to sell the material for a profit. Stones from the property sometimes come up for sale on the black market, though most are fake.

The crime comes as Paris is not only dealing with the coronavirus pandemic but a massive effort to restore Notre-Dame after the cathedral was ravaged by a fire in 2019. That work has come to a halt in the wake of the health crisis, though would-be looters should take note that guards still patrol the property.

[h/t The Art Newspaper]

Crepe and Punishment: Police in Surrey, England Are Using Pancakes to Share Wanted Posters

Svetlana Monyakova, iStock via Getty Images
Svetlana Monyakova, iStock via Getty Images

It can be hard to get people to care about local crime, so the police department of Surrey, England, recently took advantage of something everyone has an opinion on: breakfast. As Sky News reports, the Surrey Police have updated their social media with wanted posters of suspects superimposed onto pancakes.

The functional flapjacks were shared on Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, February 25. They're in the style of the pancake art that's popular on social media, but instead of cute cartoon characters, they depict faces of people wanted by the authorities.

"We’ve asked Crepe Artiste Philippe de Pan to help us locate some of our most wanted through the medium of pancake art," the Surrey police tweeted on Pancake Day. In a later tweet, they confess that Philippe de Pan isn't a real person and the appetizing wanted posters were rendered digitally.

With one picture, the department tweeted, "If you can help us crepe up on him, give us a call." They also shared real photos of the suspects for clarity, saying: "If you are struggling a bit with the 'crepe' artwork, maybe this 'batter' image will help!"

The stunt was pulled as a joke, but it could be an effective way to get people's attention. Most Twitter users scroll through their feeds quickly, but if they see a fluffy stack of pancakes, they maple the break, fast.

[h/t Sky News]