Odds ‘n’ Ends: Fake shark ‘eats’ surfer statue

A bronze surfer statue on a Cardiff-by-The-Sea, Calif., has been the target of many gags, but never one this impressive.

Early Saturday, pranksters surrounded the roadside statue with a 16-foot papier mache model of a great white shark that appeared to be swallowing it whole.

San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Tony Ray said no criminal report was filed because there was no damage to the statue.

The statue, called “Magic Carpet Ride,” has been bedecked with bras, skirts and witch hats so many times that locals have come to call it “The Cardiff Kook.”

Man calls cops, saying Mom cleaned bathroom with his toothbrush

An eastern Pennsylvania woman has been cited for harassment after her son told police she cleaned the bathroom with his toothbrush then returned it to its holder.

Police in Lower Saucon Township said 52-year-old Deborah Woist decided that a bathroom inside her home needed a good scrubbing because it hadn’t been cleaned in two months.

Her 26-year-old son, Justin Novack, said the scrubbing was done with his toothbrush.

Novack then called police, claiming his mother applied feces to his toothbrush.

Pigeons stop concert with their droppings

Heavy storms and scorching temperatures have failed to deter rock bands from performing at an outdoor stadium in St. Louis, but a bombardment of pigeon droppings proved too much for the Kings of Leon.

The band halted the Friday night concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre after three songs when the infestation of birds in the arena’s rafters dropped their onslaught of feces.

The band’s management company, Vector Management, said bassist Jared Followill seemed to be a particular target of the pigeons.

“I’m surprised they stayed on for as many songs as they did,” Vector Management said in a statement. “Jared was hit several times during the first two songs. On the third song, when he was hit in the cheek and some of it landed near his mouth, they couldn’t take it any longer.”

The concert promoter said fans will get a refund.

Robbery fashion: Clown pants and fake breasts

Authorities say a Pittsburgh-area man robbed a bank wearing a woman’s blond wig, fake breasts under a sweater and clown pants.

Swissvale police said 48-year-old Dennis Hawkins was sitting in a parked car covered in red dye from an exploding packet in a bag of money when he was arrested Saturday.

Police Chief Greg Geppert said Hawkins robbed the bank using a toy BB gun he shoplifted from a store.

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