Newsweek says Sri Lanka has adopted a new law that makes it illegal to ride and drive elephants while drunk. The pachyderms are seen as a status symbol among the wealthy. The government sent out a notice that read: “The person who owns or has the custody of such elephants shall ensure that the rider is not consuming any liquor or any harmful drug.” You could always call an elephant Uber, but it takes a long time to get to you.
Alex Chod, of Austin, Texas, recently had brain surgery…while awake! Doctors were removing a tumor and asked Alex to play piano during the operation so they could map his brain and pinpoint which part of it was allowing him to function. The successful surgery took seven hours. I wonder if he took requests. (KHOU)
An Akron, Ohio man recently paid $5 to break up with his girlfriend on a scoreboard at an Akron Rubber Ducks baseball game! The team runs messages on their Jumbotron during the seventh-inning stretch. One message read: “Alyssa, this relationship is OVER. -Tim.” I’ll bet THAT ride home was pretty quiet…or not. (WKYC)