He's heard that it's impossible, but Timothy J. Rohn swears human waste is raining from the sky.
"It doesn't look like friendly stuff," said the 47-year-old Richland Township resident whose home is in the flight path of airplanes going to and from MBS International Airport. "Bird poop is kind of white, but this is a lot of brown. It's a mess."
Tuesday, for the second time in as many months, Rohn found the suspicious substance splattered on the side of his truck and his home, on North Raucholz near Geddes.
"It's in the exact same spot," he said. "Some of it is white, but there are a lot of brown blotches, and it doesn't look like any goose poop to me. Plus, it would be quite a coincidence to have that many birds hit the exact same spot twice."
Even Richland Township Police Officer Gary Wade is perplexed.
"It's manure," Wade said, "and it came from the sky. If it came from some kind of fowl, it had to be one heck of a large flock. To me, it looks like bird droppings but, man, it had to be an awful large flock of birds. It's all over."
Both Rohn and Wade said they know that airplanes cannot discharge waste in flight because the mechanism that opens the hatch is accessible only from the outside of the craft.
Still, Rohn wonders if the holding tank or valve could leak. "The airplanes turn when they go over our house, so they can line up with the radar on Orr," Rohn said. "What I'm wondering is whether there is a cap that can fall off or leak, because this is the second time it's happened, and I don't want it to happen a third time. What if my 8-year-old daughter was outside when it happened?"
Rohn said the substance definitely is excrement and, from what he could see Tuesday night, it may have contained toilet paper that had broken down in chemicals. He said he did not notice a blue or other chemical tint to the substance.
The material, which appeared between noon and 3 p.m., caused no permanent damage to Rohn's house or truck. The first time it happened, he let rain and snow do the washing for him.
Rohn said he plans to contact airport officials today, just to get more information. "I was irate at first," he said. "But I took an aspirin and laid down and called it a day." Article here.
Authorities blocked a portion of traffic at about 4 p.m. Monday a highway in Wisconsin, after a truck dumped animal carcasses and parts on the road.
A man who was stopped for driving erratically on a divided highway was distracted because he was looking at pornography, authorities said.
David Kennedy, 33, of Nashville, was charged with felony reckless endangerment after motorist Deborah Dotson reported Friday afternoon that he nearly ran her vehicle off State Route 840 several times.
Rutherford County Deputy Tony Hall pulled over Kennedy based on Dotson's report.
"When I made contact with the driver of the suspect vehicle, a Mr. David Kennedy, there were several pornographic magazines on the seat next to him," Hall said in his report. Article here.
Four boys from inner-Sydney Australia (Corey, Mark, Zac and law student Lachie) have put themselves up for auction at online marketplace eBay, welcoming bids for a weekend with four blokes in Sydney.
Drunk guy: You're not the boss of me...Bruce Springsteen is the boss of me.
Rex, a 5-year-old German shepherd, was one of Mrs. Bush's guests at the State of the Union speech. How he landed such a coveted seat-actually a spot in the aisle labeled "Rex" on the official seating chart-is quite a tale.
His owner, Air Force Tech Sgt. Jamie Dana, awoke in a military hospital last summer badly injured by a bomb in Iraq and crying for her bomb-sniffing dog. Someone told her Rex was dead. Later, Dana found out that wasn't true. But it would take an act of Congress before she could take him home to Pennsylvania.
The Air Force had said it spent $18,000 training Rex and that, by statute, he needed to finish the remaining five years of his useful life before he could be adopted. Dana's congressman, Rep. John Peterson, R-Pa., helped include an exception for Rex in an end-of-year defense bill.
We spend this much on training dogs? Wow, money well spent right? Article here.
Officers soon saw through a German driver who posed as an acquaintance when he was stopped for drunk driving -- he forgot his alter ego had a glass eye, police said Tuesday.
Police in the western city of Bochum said the driver's details seemed to be correct when he told them who he was -- until their records showed the man matching his description was registered as having a glass eye. A torch beam shone in face soon disproved this, however.
"His eye responded to stimulus. So then he said he used to have a glass eye, but didn't any more," said a Bochum police spokesman.
"It seems he was impersonating someone he knew well.
A search uncovered the man's true identity, and that he had already lost his license for a previous offence.
It's amazing what you can do when you intoxicated, simply amazing. Article here.
Ray Kroc, one of the founders of McDonald's, wrote in his autobiography, "its preparation a ritual to be followed religiously." During the chain's early years french fries were made from scratch every day.