Counterfeit $100s featured wrong face
A Rhode Island man police say used counterfeit $100 bills to make purchases at a Target store made a critical mistake.
The bills had a picture of President Abraham Lincoln on them. Real $100 bills bear a picture of Benjamin Franklin. Lincoln’s portrait graces the $5 bill.
Dana Leland of Central Falls, R.I., was held on $1,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty Wednesday in Attleboro District Court to charges of uttering a counterfeit note and possession of a counterfeit note.
Police tell The Sun Chronicle the 29-year-old Leland used the fake notes on three consecutive days at the North Attleborough store to buy items worth less than $25.
Leland’s lawyer said her client has struggled with drug and alcohol problems and untreated mental-health issues and had a relapse.
Hacked road sign gives odd messages
A prankster is changing the message on an electronic traffic-warning sign in Northern California.
The sign is supposed to tell people that a road in the Placer County city of Loomis will be closed for pipeline construction.
Instead, it read, “Smoke Weed Everyday” last week. The Sacramento Bee reports that it has also read, “Caution Loose Gorilla!”
Placer County Water Agency Senior Engineer Tony Firenzi told the Bee it took skill to change the message. The unknown hacker needed a keyboard and had to bypass some systems.
Fibbers vie for crown as World’s Biggest Liar
Fantastic fibbers are gathering at a remote pub in northwestern England to vie for the title of world’s biggest liar.
The annual competition is held at the Bridge Inn in the Lake District hamlet of Santon Bridge. Contestants have five minutes to impress the judges with a whopping, but convincing, lie.
Politicians and lawyers are barred from entry, as they are considered to have an unfair advantage.
Last year’s winner was nuclear-power-plant worker Glen Boyland, for an improbable story about racing snails with Prince Charles.
The competition was founded in honor of 19th-century Bridge Inn landlord Will Ritson, who was renowned for his tall tales.
Thursday’s event is sponsored by local brewer Jennings, which has produced a World’s Biggest Liar ale to mark the event.