PYTHON EMERGES FROM TOILET, BITES FLORIDA MAN
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Considering the circumstances, it could have been a lot worse _ but it was still a harrowing trip to the bathroom for a South Florida man. Police in Coral Springs say a ball python slithered out of a toilet and bit the man on the arm. The 4-foot-snake struck as the man lifted the toilet seat Sunday morning. Though scary, the snake is nonvenomous. Police say the snake didn’t belong to the man and it’s unclear how it got into the plumbing system. Meanwhile, the snake was examined _ and it turned out to have a scale infection.
FIRST PITCH GOES “JUST A BIT OUTSIDE”
CHICAGO (AP) — Next time, maybe the Chicago White Sox should just give its employee of the month a nice parking space near the stadium _ because the perk it gave one worker didn’t work out as well as expected. The worker was invited to throw out a first pitch at a game. And, to put it mildly, her pitch didn’t hit its mark. She hurled the pitch toward the plate, but the ball ended up striking the lens of a team photographer who was _ he thought safely _ positioned between the pitcher’s mound and first base line. Darren Georgia and his camera emerged unscathed. The White Sox didn’t identify the worker.
HONUS WAGNER CARD SELLS FOR $1.2 MILLION
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — It’s a valuable piece of baseball memorabilia _ and it’s been sold for big bucks. SCP Auctions in Southern California says a Honus Wagner baseball card has been sold privately for $1.2 million. The card, which dates back to 1909-11, is in Good 2 condition on a scale of 1 to 10. Honus Wagner cards are considered a big deal for collectors because they’re exceedingly rare. Back then, baseball cards were distributed as part of a deal with a tobacco company. Wagner, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, didn’t want his image used on a tobacco product _ and refused permission to use his likeness. So production of his card stopped almost as soon as it started. As a result, there are only a few dozen Wagner cards known to be in existence.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II