Vermont college searches for missing boa constrictor
A college in Vermont is searching for its missing 4-foot-long Brazilian rainbow boa constrictor.
Castleton State college sent out a campus-wide email asking students and staff to keep an eye out for the snake, which was discovered missing from its cage Tuesday at the college’s zoology lab.
The school said the snake was not dangerous and was trained to eat only frozen, dead mice.
The Rutland Herald reports college officials think the orange-tinged tropical snake was stolen, because its cage had a weighted lid and the door to the room was locked.
The snake was last seen Friday; the rooms are locked over the weekend, and they remained so Monday when the campus was shut down for a snow day.
Michigan Lottery drawings have some people seeing double
One day’s Michigan Lottery drawings had some people seeing double.
The winning numbers for the Midday Daily 4 on Jan. 29 and the Daily 4 numbers drawn that evening were the same: zero, two, two and nine.
“It’s one of those things that hasn’t happened in recent memory,” Michigan Lottery spokesman Jeff Holyfield said. “Sometimes you have coincidences like that.”
He said 540 winning tickets were sold for the midday drawing and 650 for the afternoon drawing. Each winning ticket is worth $5,000. The odds of winning one drawing are 1 in 10,000.
The odds of the same numbers coming up twice are the same odds as winning, said Jordan Ellenberg, a math professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“It falls in the nonspooky category,” he said.
Holyfield said the same sequence of numbers also came up Dec. 5.
Robbery suspect arrested after wallet left behind in Florida
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.
It was easy for authorities in central Florida to find a robbery suspect. They say he left his wallet at a Cape Canaveral convenience store he’s accused of robbing.
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year-old Benjamin Alexander Shaw demanded money from a Circle K store clerk Monday night, threatening to return with a gun if he refused.
An arrest report says Shaw got $40 and left the store. Police arrived, and the clerk handed them Shaw’s wallet with an ID inside.
Florida Today reports Shaw was found a few blocks away and arrested. The clerk identified him, and the incident was caught on surveillance video.
Shaw remains in the Brevard County Jail, charged with robbery and possession of drug paraphernalia.