Closure threat spurs surge in sales for Necco Wafers


The maker of the colorful Necco Wafers has experienced a surge in sales since announcing it might close unless it finds a buyer, and a Florida woman offered to exchange her 15-year-old car for one company’s wafer inventory.

Necco stands for New England Confectionery Company. It announced in March that 395 workers could be laid off if no buyer is found. That triggered a buying spree by wafer lovers.

The Boston Globe reports 23-year-old Katie Samuels of Florida reached out to candy wholesaler Candystore.com to offer her 2003 Honda Accord for their wafer inventory. Samuels has childhood memories of playing church and pretending the candies were communion.

Candystore.com did not accept the offer in what it’s calling “The Great Necco Wafer Panic,” but Samuels managed to buy four dozen rolls of the wafers.

Senate votes to make smart, hearty chicken official poultry


A chicken known for its intelligence, resilience and ability to withstand cold winters is a step closer to becoming the official state poultry of New Hampshire.

The state Senate passed a bill to designate the New Hampshire Red as the state’s official poultry on the recommendation of fourth-graders from Canaan Elementary School. Supporters say it’s a good choice because the bird’s intelligence and other qualities are representative of New Hampshire residents.

The bill has already passed the House and now goes to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who supports it.

In other poultry news, the Legislature is considering criminalizing trespassing fowl. Under the proposal, anyone who allows their domestic fowl to enter someone else’s property without permission can be convicted of a violation if the birds damage crops or property.

Tiger reported running through New York – or not


A false report of a tiger in the streets of New York caused a social media frenzy.

WNBC said the New York Police Department got a call about a tiger in Harlem.

People on Twitter described a notification from the Citizen app that said police were responding to unconfirmed reports of a loose tiger running around the street. Shortly after, police confirmed there was indeed a wild-animal sighting.

It was a raccoon.

Associated Press

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