The morning Odds & Ends
CENTRAL POINT, Ore. A display of dinosaur dung is turning out to be the big draw at a local museum.Frank Callahan, the past president of the Roxy Ann Gem & Mineral Society that owns and operates the Crater Rock Museum housing the fossilized feces, suggests it be labeled coprolite.Thats the polite way of saying dinosaur dung, he said as he bent over to pick up a specimen.With last weeks revelation that scientists have recovered soft tissue from a 70-million-year-old fossilized bone of a Tyrannosaurus rex found in a sandstone formation in Montana, dinosaurs are back in the news.While the nonprofit museum, which was founded in 1954, also has dinosaur eggs and dinosaur bones, its the dino plops that invariably bring a smile to visitors.The first thing adults do is smell it, he said. Of course, there is no smell.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa A man who is legally blind was naturally skeptical when he was told he scored a hole-in-one while at a local golf course.Theyve said it before, said Joel Ludvicek, 78, of Cedar Rapids.Only this time it was true.Ludvicek aced the 168-yard No. 11 hole at Twin Pines golf course with a driver.He had to rely on his three golfing partners to confirm the feat.A big fluke, its just one of those things, Ludvicek said.Hes been an avid golfer for years and this is his second hole-in-one. Its his first since he lost most of his vision because of macular degeneration.Ludvicek, who tees up his own ball, said although the ace was special, its no different from other golfers.Its funny how golf goes, he said. Most of the time I have a heck of a time getting on the green. Its a fun game.
MIDDLEBORO, Mass. A young harp seal native to the Canadian Arctic found its way to this landlocked suburban town Tuesday and waddled around on land before being rescued.The seal swam about 30 miles up the Taunton River and two of its flood-swollen tributaries before setting out onto dry land, said marine biologist Belinda Rubinstein of the New England Aquarium.It crossed a road before being spotted around 6:30 a.m. by a homeowner, who called police. The aquarium dispatched a team of scientists and volunteers to corral the seal and return it to safety.Rubinstein, an expert on harp seals, said they are plentiful in the Arctic and often pass through New England waters on their winter migration. Still, it is unusual for any seal to make its way so far inland.It was a long, long way away from ocean, Rubinstein said.Scientists were hoping to send the 34-pound seal, nicknamed Squirt, to the University of New Englands marine science center in Biddeford, Maine.
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