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Odd Hob­bies

The Wall Street Jour­nal re­ported on a small group of en­thu­si­asts who par­tic­i­pate in the es­o­teric sport of con­tainer spot­ting – dis­cov­er­ing and doc­u­ment­ing un­usual ship­ping con­tain­ers.

Spot­ting a dis­tinc­tive box “is anal­o­gous to the sat­is­fac­tion that bird-watch­ers get from spot­ting a very rare breed of bird,” noted Matt Hannes, who main­tains the In­ter­modal Con­tainer Web Page. Un­usual boxes, known as unicorns, in­clude those with out­dated names or lo­gos, or sport­ing dis­con­tin­ued col­ors, and those from very small ship­ping com­pa­nies.

Charles Fox of In­di­anapo­lis may be an ex­treme hob­by­ist: On his hon­ey­moon, he spent two 12-hour days tak­ing pho­tos of a va­ri­ety of boxes in Bel­gium. Mrs. Fox was not amused.

What We’ll Do for Love

Bran­don Thomp­son, 35, had just one re­quest be­fore Musko­gee, Ok­la­homa, po­lice of­fi­cers took him into cus­tody: “I asked the of­fi­cer if I could pro­pose.”

Of­fi­cers Bob Lynch and Lin­coln An­der­son agreed and moved Thomp­son’s hand­cuffs from his back to his front so he could put the ring on Le­an­dria Keith’s fin­ger. Thomp­son had six felony bench war­rants out for his ar­rest, but he told CNN he has been “do­ing a lot to turn his life around.” Keith ap­par­ently agrees, as she said “yes.”

Gov­ern­ment in Ac­tion

Rab­bit Hash, Ken­tucky, elected a 2-year-old mayor – a dog named Bryn­neth Pawl­tro, who won the race by a land­slide 1,000 votes.

She’s the small town’s fourth ca­nine mayor, hav­ing beaten her chicken, don­key and cat op­po­nents, along with other dogs. Run­ning on a plat­form of peace, love and un­der­stand­ing, Brynn is very out­go­ing, ac­cord­ing to Bobbi Kayser of the Rab­bit Hash His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety: “There’s al­ways in­ap­pro­pri­ate lick­ing go­ing on.”

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