GOLDEN TOWNSHIP, Michigan (Feb. 13) - A man was shot and injured when his hunting partner mistook his elbow for a squirrel, authorities said.
Michigan State Police said George Arthur Sikkenga, 64, of Muskegon, Michigan was wounded Sunday morning in Golden Township, in Michigan's west-central Lower Peninsula.
Sikkenga was wearing camouflage clothing except for an orange hat, which he had covered with a hood after sitting down behind a tree, The Muskegon Chronicle reported.
His clothed elbow was all of him that was visible when his friend, Gregory Scott Wood approached from behind the tree and fired his weapon, which the Ludington Daily News described as a .17-caliber rifle.
Sikkenga was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.
Police were investigating the shooting.
Penis Enlargement a Waste of Time, Study Says
LONDON (Feb. 14) - Thanks to the incessant spam, it's become the most hyped of all operations but researchers said on Tuesday that most men who have had penis enlargement surgery are not satisfied with the results.
"For patients with psychological concern about the size of the penis -- particularly if it is normal size -- there is little point in offering them surgery because it makes no difference," said Nim Christopher, a urologist at St Peter's Andrology Center in London.
Christopher and his colleagues, who questioned 42 men who had the surgery, found the dissatisfaction rate was very high. Often the men requested another surgical procedure.
"The average increase in length is 1.3 centimeters (or half an inch), which isn't very much and the dissatisfaction rate was in excess of 70 percent," said Christopher.
He added that spam e-mails advertising penis enlargement surgery were inaccurate and gave men unrealistic expectations.
Rather than having surgery, he and his colleagues, who reported the findings in the journal of European Urology, said the men should be referred for psychological counseling.
"We now know that the majority of these patients are dissatisfied after these procedures. Research should be directed toward non-surgical options," said Yoram Vardi, of the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, in an editorial in the journal.
Teen Traps Himself in Foldaway Bed
BERLIN (Feb. 15) - A German youth who tied himself to a foldaway bed because he was bored was rescued by police after becoming trapped in its mechanism, officials said on Tuesday.
Neighbors alerted the police in the western German town of Schwelm after hearing the 16-year-old's cries for help late on Monday night.
When police entered the apartment, they found the bed had folded itself away and the red-faced youth was tied upside down to it with a tow-rope and wire and unable to free himself.
"He said he did it because he was bored," said Dietmar Trust, a spokesman for the local police. "He was visibly embarrassed but it was also a pretty amusing situation."
Ohio Bowler Rolls Perfect 900 Series
FAIRFIELD, Ohio (Feb. 14) - Lonnie Billiter Jr. didn't mind being the center of attention at Fairfield Lanes. It's not every day that people get a chance to see bowling perfection.
Billiter, 24, of Colerain Township, rolled three consecutive 300 games Monday night to achieve a perfect 900 series sanctioned by the United States Bowling Congress.
According to the group's online record book, Billiter is just the eighth bowler to achieve the feat and first since Darren Pomije, of New Prague, Minn., on Dec. 9, 2004. The Web site's records were last updated Nov. 20, 2005.
By the time Billiter reached the sixth frame of his third game, action on the other 39 lanes had stopped. People stood shoulder-to-shoulder eight rows deep, with about 20 to 30 more people standing on chairs in the bar.
"I wasn't paying any attention to them," Billiter said. "I just kept my head down."
After his 36th consecutive and final strike, Billiter was swarmed by admirers who wanted to shake his hand. Girlfriend Lauren Denniston gave him a kiss.
"It was never something I ever thought about doing, never even dreamed it," he said.
One of the people perched on a bar chair was Joel Ray, who held the previous Greater Hamilton Bowling Association series record with a three-game 880.
"I couldn't even see him, just the pins. But I was cheering for him all the way. I was actually getting teary-eyed," Ray said.
Billiter couldn't stop shaking as he tried to call his mom on a phone at the bowling alley in this city 13 miles north of Cincinnati.
"Someone's gonna have to dial the numbers for me," he said.
Considerate Burglar Leaves Birthday Greeting
FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 14) - Fort Worth police were looking for a burglar who was nice enough to leave a birthday greeting - even if it was misspelled - while making off with cash stolen from a safe.
Police said a manager at a Linens 'n Things store arrived Tuesday to find someone had knocked a hole in the roof, gotten into the ventilation system, cut open a safe and fled with some money.
In the store's break room, near a partially eaten birthday cake, police found a message on a bulletin board: "Happy B-Day, From Ur Friendy Rooftop Boogler, 2-14-06."
Woman Allegedly Tries to Buy Pot at Police Station
WEST FARGO, N.D. (Feb. 13) - A North Dakota State University student is facing charges after allegedly trying to buy marijuana at the police station.
Saturday's incident was "about the craziest thing I've ever come across," Officer Ken Zeeb said. "This is something that you couldn't even make up."
The 20-year-old woman called the police station about 3:15 a.m. Saturday, asking where she could buy marijuana, authorities said. The dispatcher, after repeatedly telling the woman it was illegal to sell and possess marijuana, then told her that police had some of the drug in the station's evidence locker.
Zeeb had arrived for his 4 a.m. shift about 15 minutes early and was in the evidence locker room when the woman arrived.
"The dispatcher got on the intercom and said, 'You know what? She's here. She just handed me $3 for marijuana,"' Zeeb said.
The woman was arrested on charges of criminal attempt and possession of drug paraphernalia.
"She didn't seem like she was really under the influence of drugs or alcohol," Zeeb said. "She understood what was going on and articulated herself well."