News at a Glance 4/11/2014

By Caitlin Steele
Elm Staff Writer

1. Despite the fact that the United States has been settled from coast to coast, people still believe in elusive creatures such as Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, and chupacabras. A Texas couple has claimed to have caught a real, live chupacabra, a mythical creature believed to suck the blood from livestock. It is four-legged, small, and hairless with large dark eyes. Jackie and Bubba Stock captured the animal in their backyard and caged it so others could see. Their neighbor, Alren Parma, is convinced and said, “I ain’t ever seen anything that looks like that right there.” Wildlife experts say that it is more likely to be a dog, coyote, or fox with mange. Claiming a hairless animal is a mythical beast is like claiming a bald person is an alien, and they are not, no matter how shiny their heads may be. (The Independent)

2. Some residents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa are no longer getting their mail delivered to them because of one tiny dog. The mail carrier felt threatened by the Chihuahua mix in the neighborhood, and the Postal Service had no other choice but to tell residents to come pick up their mail from the Post Office. The dog’s owner says the dog is nice and usually stays inside but the dog has chased neighbors and bitten children. Once the dog is controlled, mail will again be delivered to the neighborhood. But it’s unlikely the dog will, knowing Chihuahuas. Those dogs are little demons with Napoleon complexes. (ABC KCRG)

3. The quest for the Holy Grail is over. Historians Margarita Torres and José Manuel Ortega del Rio claim in their book “Kings of the Grail” that they found the Holy Grail, the famed cup that Jesus Christ drank from at the Last Supper. They explain in their book that the Holy Grail is actually the goblet of the Infanta Doña Urraca in the Basilica of San Isidoro in León, Spain. They figured it out from examining historical accounts of the Grail. It is all very impressive except that the goblet of the Infanta Doña Urraca is an incredible gaudy thing with gold trim and chunky gems, exactly the type of goblet you would not choose if you were on the quest for the Holy Grail with Indiana Jones. (Huffington Post)

4. A couple in Germany was banned from naming their newborn son “WikiLeaks.” Hajar and Daria Hamalaw explained that the name means a lot to them since they believe the campaign WikiLeaks, founded by Julian Assange, changed the world and inspired truth. The child’s birth certificate name is now Dako but friends and family still call him WikiLeaks. Germany does not have an approved list of names for people to choose from but courts can ban a name if they believe it endangers the child’s safety. Names like McDonald and Woodstock have been banned as people cannot name their children after towns or brands. If only the same could be said here, where people can almost name their children whatever they please, especially celebrities. (NBC News)

5. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been banned from Mighty Taco for his behavior. Mighty Taco, a Buffalo-based Mexican restaurant, announced that Putin is banned from all 23 of its stores for his treatment of Crimea. The company announced the ban last week over social media. The post said something along the lines that while Putin may be ordering around Crimea, he will not be ordering a Super Mighty. Well done, Mighty Taco. Putin is going to be so bummed he might just claim Buffalo as his. (Huffington Post)

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