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Smelly Cat Finds a Home

Lenny the cat has a story that most cats can’t match -he suffered a failed adoption because he farts too much. Lenny was found at a park in Rochester, New York, in February and taken in to Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions in Scottsville. He was adopted out, but was returned two days later. His Facebook update said,

Hello! I was returned today because I fart too much. I am hoping I can find a person who can love me even with my stinky farts. I am a 19 month old neutered male and would love to be your smelly cuddle cat. I am very friendly and love to be petted and held. I even am wearing a tuxedo so I'll look snazzy if you come to see me.

The veterinary clinic could find no problem with Lenny, and did not notice him to be overly gassy. But the story has a happy ending. Lenny has since found a new home.

Teenager Sells Pot Brownies to Buy Prom Dress

Saira Munoz of Yuba City, California, has been sentenced to five years probation for selling brownies laced with marijuana. The bake sale was intended to raise money for the student’s prom dress. She was 18 years old at the time of the offense last fall. The scheme came to light when one student at River Valley High School had to be hospitalized from the effects of the marijuana. The Sutter County Probation Department is investigating her status, and Munoz may face deportation.

Sewage Treatment Plant Offers Weddings

The Bridgewater Wastewater Treatment Center in Seattle has found a potential new source of revenue- they are offering the plant as a wedding venue! For $2,000, you can rent the plant for eight hours and have full access to their kitchen, dance floor, audio and video equipment, and grounds. On the one hand, Brightwater is a “zero odor” plant, but on the other hand, how would you tell your friends and family that you’re getting hitched at a wastewater treatment center? It does cost less than many other popular wedding spots in the Seattle area. But will anyone take advantage of this offer? One couple already has!

Sriracha Factory Declared a Public Nuisance

The City Council of Irwindale, California, voted unanimously Wednesday night to issue a resolution declaring the Sriracha hot sauce plant a public nuisance. Complaints of the smell and burning eyes have focused attention on the new plant. Huy Fong Foods is working on a plan to alleviate the smell and says the problem will be fixed by June first. Officials from the South Coast Air Quality Management District have offered to help craft a mitigation plan. The City of Irwindale already has a lawsuit pending against Huy Fong Foods, and has offered to help them find a new location.

Nursing Home Sued For Hiring Male Strippers

Franklin Youngblood found a photograph of a male stripper performing in front of his 85-year-old mother, who suffers from dementia and lives in a nursing home. The family of Bernice Youngblood is suing East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Babylon, New York, saying Youngblood was encouraged to watch the strip show against her will. The Long Island nursing facility said the event was requested by the residents. Bernice Youngblood testified that she has no recollection of the show at all.

Town Erects Bronze Statue of Favorite Cat

The town of St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, has erected a bronze statue in honor of the town’s favorite citizen. He’s a cat. And the cat is still alive. And he’s not even known for a specific heroic deed. But Hamish McHamish is a star among St. Andrews' residents. The 15-year-old cat even has his own Wikipedia entry. The bronze statue of Hamish was created by Kilmany-based sculptor David Annand and Fife stonemason Colin Sweeney. The £5,000 was funded by donations. The unveiling ceremony was a big affair.

After students Hannah Holmes and Rosie Hanlon from St Andrews Opera had serenaded the assembled crowd with Rossini’s humorous duet for two cats, Hamish’s owner Marianne Baird said it all seemed a bit surreal. She said: “I can’t really get over it. All I did was get a kitten."

Hamish is a wandering cat, and over the years has made himself at home at many local businesses and the University of St Andrews. He befriends everyone he meets. People who travel to St Andrews often ask to meet Hamish.