EUREKA, Mo. (AP) — Usually a living person wouldn’t be caught dead in a coffin. But an amusement park in Missouri is giving six people a chance to be caught alive in one. Six Flags St. Louis is offering a $300 prize, season tickets and other perks to anyone who spends 30 hours in a coffin. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports those taking part in the coffin championship will need to be left for dead from 30 hours between Oct. 13 to Oct. 14. Why 30? It’s the 30th year of the park’s annual Fright Fest. Contestants will get a brief hourly bathroom break but otherwise will have to think — or do anything else, for that matter — “inside the box.” And those who endure the death-like ordeal can opt to spend a lot more time in the enclosure. Winners also get to keep the coffin.
WAYNESBORO, Va. (AP) — You may have heard about the two-headed snake recently found near Washington D.C. We’ll soon find out if at least one of the snake’s heads — is a head for research. A wildlife and conservation research hospital says the two-headed Eastern Copperhead will be sent to an educational facility. The Wildlife Center of Virginia got the snake last week and examined it. It says a check of the reptile found the two heads each have tracheas and windpipes — but share a heart and set of lungs. That means, according to one expert, that both heads can bite — and distribute venom.
BATS BEDEVIL AIRPORT
BERLIN (AP) — You can’t blame air traffic control officials in Vienna for being driven batty. That’s because they had to wing it in figuring out how to deal with a swarm of bats. A spokesman for the Vienna airport says a dense colony of bats decided to sit on a runway for 45 minutes last Wednesday. Fearing a jet engine ingesting the bats, officials had flights use another runway for takeoffs and landings. That affected four flights, but the bat invasion produced little more than a few slight delays. Eventually, airport firefighters dispersed the bats by spraying a fine mist of water over the runway. Officials are trying to figure out why the bats decided to make the runway their home — in hopes of preventing a return visit of the mammals.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II