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Acme Foundry Wants to Thank Street Artist

The Acme Foundry Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been in business over 100 years, but it was only this week that a graffiti artist gave them the appropriate art for their entryway. On Monday morning, employees arrived to find someone had mounted cardboard cutouts of Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner to the building.

Business manager Monica Sweeney said Acme's employees all found it to be very humorous. In fact, they have thought about adding a roadrunner and coyote to their building for years, but a mystery artist beat them to it. “We see and appreciate the humor,” Acme said in an email to Fox 9. “It is the best graffiti that anyone has ever done to our building.”

The company plans to leave the cutouts up as long as they will last. They would also like to meet the artist, and to enlist their help in designing an iron version of the characters.

Donkey Stuck in Manhole: Let the Puns Begin

In Pratteln, Switzerland, a 13-year-old donkey named Nilo fell down a manhole early Saturday morning. The hole was definitely a manhole, because it was too small for the donkey to maneuver in, and he was stuck. Passerby Bruno Schneider saw the donkey’s predicament and called the local fire brigade, who came and extracted the donkey from the manhole. Except for some cuts and bruises “at the rear of him” (as Google Translate put it), the donkey is fine. Nilo is back at home at the petting zoo from which he escaped Friday night. However, a photograph handed out by the Basel Landschaft police department has gone viral globally, with the expected puns. I removed four puns from this blurb in order to let you come up with them yourself.

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

In another story just begging for a pun, Phil Rudd, the drummer for the band AC/DC, was arrested after an early Thursday morning raid on his home in New Zealand. The 60-year-old rocker was charged with attempting to procure the murder of two unidentified men. The alleged hit man was not named. Rudd was also charged with possession of cannabis and methamphetamine. He appeared before the court and was released on bail.

Less than 24 hours later, Tauranga Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones announced that the murder for hire charges have been dropped. He said police levied the charge without consulting the prosecutor, and he didn’t see enough evidence to proceed with the charge. Rudd still faces a charge of threatening to kill, and drug charges. Rudd is the only Australian-born member of AC/DC, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

The Getaway Boat Went Nowhere

Two men broke into Lynnport Industries, a business in Mulga, Alabama, on Wednesday night. Employees arrived to find the men still there. The burglars fired shots and retreated, rushing to the getaway vehicle they had parked nearby. It was a pontoon boat, which was still on a trailer attached to a pickup truck parked on the road. Lynnport employees called Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies, who came and arrested 55-year-old Coy Michael Falls and 19-year-old Austin Blackwell, still on the boat, and charged them with third-degree burglary and disorderly conduct. Police said both men were intoxicated.

Man’s Drug Test was Positive -for Pregnancy

A bus driver in Egypt was selected for random drug testing, and submitted a urine sample. When the results came back, officials demanded to know whether the urine was really his. When the bus driver affirmed that it was, they congratulated him on his pregnancy. He had submitted a urine sample from his wife, without realizing she was two months pregnant. Transportation authorities plan to require a blood test in addition to the urine test in the future to prevent the use of fake samples.

Jumping Beans Cause Bomb Scare

A postal worker in Carlsbad, California, detected a package that was “ticking.” He alerted authorities, and Carlsbad police cordoned off the entire block and evacuated several houses while the package was investigated.

When the package was opened, the feared bomb turned out to be nothing more than Mexican ”jumping beans,” police said. It took the San Diego Sheriff’s Bomb/Arson Unit three hours to determine the package was safe. No one was injured and no property was damaged.

Mexican jumping beans are not beans, but actually larva-infested plant pods that were quite popular in the mid-20th century, but many people are not familiar with them today. See a video report on the incident at Fox 5.