A barbecue with some pop

Discontented cows? Police in New Mexico are trying to determine how a pack of frozen ribs came to be packing heat. A semi-automatic .38 pistol and ammunition were found among a case of frozen ribs at an Albertsons store in Roswell.

We may have dodged a bullet here. Unless Albertsons has a “Free gun with purchase of beef” promotion, we’re going to keep an extra close watch for trigger-happy cows.

Will a pony keg fit in the overhead compartment? A Fairbanks brewery has opened a retail outlet at the Anchorage International Airport, allowing passengers to carry on six-packs or even half-gallon “growlers.”

Airlines flying out of Anchorage welcomed the brewery and immediately announced new carry-on fees: $10 for each six-pack and $25 for each growler. But the quarter-ounce pack of pretzels is still free.

Cold comfort: Libraries at the University of Washington are checking returned books for bed bugs after the blood-sucking pests were found in the spine of a few books. The bugs were killed by placing the books in a freezer for a week. A librarian assured readers it was now safe to borrow books from the library.

Those who don’t want to take any chances should bring a flashlight with them when reading in the freezer at home; the light goes out when you close the door.

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