Remotely interesting news generally not covered locally.
Diamond in the rough
A diamond hunter at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Ark., found a 2.38 carat diamond April 10. It’s the largest diamond found at the park this year. The diamond has a coffee-brown color and is about the size of a pinto bean. The gem hunter named his rock “Frankenstone” because of the diamond’s appearance. The largest diamond found at the park was the 9.07 caret Kinard Friendship stone discovered Labor Day 2020.
“Garthquake” at LSU
Garth Brooks shook the house with his “Calllin’ Baton Rouge” Saturday night. As the song ramped up, a packed Tiger Stadium of 102,000 stamped, clapped and sang along with Brooks, causing LSU’s seismograph to bounce, indicating a small earthquake. According to local WBRZ, the last time the earth in Tiger Stadium trembled was when LSU narrowly defeated Auburn during the last seconds of the game in 1988.
Fox in the flamingo house
A wild fox killed 15 of a 75-flamingo flock at Washington’s National Zoo, it was discovered Monday. The fox came from nearby Rock Creek Park, a large, 2,000-acre urban park that cuts through the northwest quadrant of the nation’s capital. Wild flamingos can fly away from danger, but the zoo’s flamingos’ wings are clipped.
Watch Harry Potter become Weird Al
Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliff will portray Weird Al Yankovic in “Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.” Yankovic co-wrote the screenplay. The movie will stream on the Roku Channel this fall. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSPbrmIpcy0
Carl the Rooster killed
An Ocean City, Miss., rooster who was the unofficial town mascot was killed last month and his body was dumped in a Biloxi truck stop parking lot. Carl made daily rounds, greeting people and posing for photos with visitors. Kendra Shaffer, 35, a juvenile corrections officer, was seen taking Carl from his perch around 3 a.m. April 24. Other footage showed Shaffer dumping Carl at the truck stop later. She was issued a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge and was fired from her job at Jones County Juvenile Detention Center.