Florida Police Respond After Parrot Cries, “Let Me Out!”
Deputies in Lake Worth Beach came to the help of someone screaming for help. Hilarity ensued.
Published 5 January 2020
LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. (AP) — When someone in a Florida neighborhood heard chilling cries and the words “Let me out!” they dialed 911.
Little did they know the cries were that of a 40-year-old parrot named Rambo.
After the call, four Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies pulled up and questioned a man who appeared to be repairing a car in his driveway. The Palm Beach Post reports that when the deputies explained their concerns, the man smiled, then told deputies he’d introduce them to the perpetrator. When he returned with the parrot, the deputies burst out laughing.
The man told officers that he taught Rambo to scream “Let me out!” when he was a kid and Rambo lived in a cage.
PBSO officials could not be reached for more details. The agency did tweet a link to a video, saying, “Our deputies in Lake Worth Beach came to the help of someone screaming for help. Hilarity ensued.”
Man requests ‘trial by combat’ using Japanese swords to resolve a dispute with his ex-wife
By Brittany Shammas Jan. 15, 2020 at 9:53 a.m. PST
David Ostrom has been “destroyed legally” by his ex-wife and her attorney, he wrote in court filings. Now he wants to take them on in a different kind of battle: sword fighting.
In a peculiar move, Ostrom has asked an Iowa court to agree to trial by combat, the Des Moines Register reported. He explained in court documents that he hopes to meet his ex-wife and her lawyer “on the field of battle where (he) will rend their souls from their corporal bodies.”
He noted that trial by combat “has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States,” adding that it had been used “as recently as 1818 in British Court.” To prepare, he requested 12 weeks “lead time” to have “1 Katana and 1 Wakitzashi sourced or forged for use.”
Tracked down by local reporters, Ostrom said that he’s a fan of the “Game of Thrones” series, in which the trial by combat method is employed repeatedly. Yet even in the notoriously harsh world of Westeros, the practice was eventually outlawed because of its brutality.
Ostrom told the Register he filed the motion out of frustration with the legal system, where he and his ex are litigating property tax and custody disputes. He also took issue with his ex’s attorney, Matthew Hudson.
“I think I’ve met Mr. Hudson’s absurdity with my own absurdity,” said Ostrom, who could not immediately be reached by The Washington Post.
In court, Hudson responded by correcting Ostrom’s spelling error (“Surely Petitioner meant ‘corporeal’ bodies”) and arguing that the “potentially life-ending ramifications” outweighed the issues at hand.
“Although the respondent and potential combatant do have souls to be rended,” Hudson wrote, “they respectfully request that the court not order this done.”
He also asked the judge to suspend Ostrom’s visitation rights and order him to get a psychological evaluation, according to the Gazette.
Ostrom said he has no mental health issues, the newspaper reported. He said that he doesn’t expect his request to be granted and has no experience of sword fighting. But given the chance, he would go through with it, anyway.
“If Mr. Hudson is willing to do it, I will meet him,” he told the Gazette. “I don’t think he has the guts to do it.”
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