Sunday, January 26, 2014

Harbingers of The End Times?

What else could it mean, Alfie? Football-game-predicting camel dies just weeks before Super Bowl, and New Year's celebration strawberry smashes during fall? What shall we do?

New Year's jam: Pa. strawberry busted in test drop
Published: December 30, 2013 10:31AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- An 80-pound illuminated strawberry that's lowered every New Year's Eve in downtown Harrisburg has ended up in a messy jam.

The berry fell three stories and smashed during a practice run at the Hilton Harrisburg on Friday. Officials say a faulty harness clip is to blame.

The Hilton is working to build a new strawberry for revelers to ring in 2014 on Tuesday night.

The strawberry drop started in 1989. The berry that broke Friday had been used for around 10 years.

NJ's pigskin-picking camel dies before Super Bowl
Published: January 20, 2014 7:20AM

LACEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey's pigskin-prognosticating camel has died just weeks before the state is set to host its first Super Bowl.

Princess was a fixture at the Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey Township for 10 years and gained fame for picking winners.

Zoo manager John Bergmann tells the Asbury Park Press ( the 26-year-old Bactrian camel was euthanized after arthritis made it impossible for her to stand.

Princess made her picks with graham crackers. Bergmann would hold one in each hand, marked with the names of the competing teams. Whichever hand she chose was her prediction.

Princess correctly picked the Baltimore Ravens in last year's Super Bowl. Her best run came in the 2008 season, when she picked 17 of 22 games correctly, including the Pittsburgh Steelers to win Super Bowl XLIII.

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