Tag Archive: Weird

  1. Skeleton discovered on New Haven Green

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    The flooding, power outages and broken bus stops weren’t enough to satisfy Sandy’s rage. Before she departed, she left one memento — our very own skeleton — to make sure the Elm City wouldn’t forget that Halloween is just around the corner.

    The skeleton was discovered at around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday in the roots of a tree located near the corner of College and Chapel streets, the New Haven Independent reported. The tree had been blown over by Hurricane Sandy, exposing the human bones inside.

    Mason Shefa ’15 was at the scene around 7 p.m. and said he saw the back of the skull, the socket of the right eye and a portion of the ribs. According to Shefa, the chief of the police unit overseeing the tree said the force is currently quarantining the area until the state investigator arrives to remove the bones.

    The tree fell on Monday around 6 p.m. A stone marker near its foot claimed it was a Lincoln oak and had been planted in 1909 on the 100th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s birth.

    It’s possible the skeleton once belonged to an early New Haven resident, as part of the Green was originally used as a burial ground for the early New Haven colony. When the Green became too full, the headstones were moved to the newly-built Grove Street Cemetery — but the bodies were left to rest underneath the grass.

    Until now.

  2. New Twitter account parodies @SheWantsTheD

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    A new Twitter account popped up on tweeting Yalies’ radars early Tuesday morning. Pah, just another Yale group on campus trying to promote their social media presence… but wait, what is the name of this Twitter account? @YaleWantsTheD?!

    If you’re unfamiliar with the trend in “_ Wants The D” Twitter accounts, know that this isn’t some kind of sex-fueled creation straight out of Yalies’ minds, but rather, a Yale-specific version of the popular Twitter account “She Wants The D.” To put it in a less colloquial way, the account tweets actions that a girl might do if she wanted to partake in sexual activities with a person with a penis.

    While Yale’s version is similar (eg “If she’s at an ABC party give her the D”), Yale’s version is also appropriately less heteronormative than the original. For example, “If he’s in a cappella, he wants the D (and is probably getting the communal D).”

    The creation of this Twitter is daring, given Yale’s recent run-ins with the media regarding sexual misconduct cases over the past few years and the various reports on and investigations into campus sexual climate. (The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights just ended its Title IX investigation into the University’s sexual culture last June.) The Twitter, however, acknowledges this, cheekily making the tagline of the account “Consent and communication always required.”

    As of Tuesday afternoon, @YaleWantsTheD was following 182 people, including the News, Fake Dean Mary Miller and a number of freshmen. It had 25 followers and had received both disses (“‘Yale Wants the D is now following you …yeahhhh actually no thanks”) and accolades (“new fav twitter @YaleWantsTheD #butactually”).

  3. “Hamburglar” strikes in Connecticut

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    A former restaurant worker at Johnny Rockets, a popular American fast-food chain, was arrested in South Windsor, Conn., Thursday morning after he was caught on camera stealing about $900 worth of food, the Hartford Courant reported.

    The suspect, 45-year-old Alphonso Williams, was taken into custody on $2,500 bail and faces charges of third-degree burglary and fifth-degree larceny. Williams worked with another former employee of the Johnny Rockets to steal food using hand trucks

    Police officers have named him Hartford’s “Hamburglar,” according to the Courant. We sincerely hope he stays away from Prime 16.