12 Extremely Weird Things Only People From Arkansas Do

Maybe, just maybe, you’ll be reading through this list of extremely weird things people from Arkansas do and think they’re all totally normal. But, they’re not. Arkansans—we’re a proud and interesting people, but we’re also a little weird. Proudly so! The good news is that all of these things we’ve listed below are part of what makes our great state and its people so undeniably awesome. Read through below and hopefully, you’ll get a chuckle or two.

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Rescuers Flock Together To Save 275 Parrots Stranded By Ian

Robert Bumsted, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Will Peratino peers into a bird cage on his property in Pine Island, Fla., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. Peratino’s rare and exotic birds had to be evacuated from his bird sanctuary after Hurricane Ian damaged the property. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted)

PINE ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — Will Peratino and his partner Lauren Stepp would not leave their Pine Island compound, even as authorities pleaded with residents to abandon their homes because of damaged roads, including a collapsed bridge that prevented deliveries of food, gas and other life-sustaining supplies.

But the couple could not leave without their two lemurs and flock of birds — 275 parrots, including some of the world’s rarest.

So a rescue mission — dubbed “Operation Noah’s Ark” — was launched Tuesday to catch, cage and ferry the birds off the island, as a condition to persuade Peratino and Stepp to leave the island.

 

“We would not abandon them. I would never leave them. Never,” said Stepp, as volunteers worked on collecting the flock from dozens of coops at the Malama Manu Sanctuary. “If they cannot be fed or watered, they will die. And I can’t live with that.”

“Malama” is the Hawaiian word for protect, “manu” means bird.

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Little Rock woman charged with manslaughter in daughter’s death, police say

Police investigate an incident where a juvenile was reported to be shot inside a residence on Doe Run Drive in Little Rock on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Stephen Swofford)

A woman was charged with manslaughter Tuesday in the shooting death of her one-year-old daughter, a Little Rock police spokesman said.

Keiundrea Davis, 29, was charged after the girl died of her injuries in an area hospital Tuesday afternoon, according to a series of tweets from the department.

The child was shot sometime after noon in the 11700 block of Doe Run Drive, one tweet added.

The circumstances of the shooting were still not clear Tuesday night, with police still investigating.

Davis did not yet appear in the Pulaski County jail’s online inmate roster at 8 p.m.

A report of a shooting at 11715 Doe Run Drive is shown in the city’s dispatch log at about 12:10 p.m.

4:25 p.m.: Child dead after Little Rock shooting, police release few details

A child died Tuesday afternoon after they were shot earlier in the day, Little Rock police said, although few details in the investigation have been released.

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US to impose costs on Iran for crackdown on protests, Biden says

The United States this week will impose further costs on Iranian officials responsible for violence against demonstrators who protested against Iran’s government after the death of Mahsa Amini, President Joe Biden said on Monday.

Amini, a 22-year-old from Iranian Kurdistan, was arrested on Sept. 13 in Tehran for “unsuitable attire” by the morality police. She died three days later in hospital after falling into a coma.

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Man sentenced after police find loaded gun in his buttocks during strip search

Justin SavoieLafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office

A Louisiana man chose the cheekiest of places when he needed to find a quick hiding spot for his gun.

Justin Savoie, 24, pleaded guilty Friday to weapons charges after police in the town of Golden Meadow — who were arresting him late last year on a separate matter — discovered he had stashed a loaded .25 caliber Titan pistol in his buttocks, The Smoking Gun reports.

Police had taken Savoie into custody on Dec. 28, 2019, after they responded to “suspicious activity” in a home he was occupying with a female acquaintance, the report said.

Cops said they discovered Savoie possessed a handgun, marijuana and drug paraphernalia during an initial search.

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FDA advises against cooking chicken with cold medicine in response to ‘Sleepy Chicken’ trend The FDA spoke out about the dangers of cooking ‘chicken in NyQuil’ or ‘similar OTC cough and cold medication’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a statement about the dangers of combining nighttime cold medicine with chicken after a viral “Sleepy Chicken” challenge trended earlier this year.

In a consumer update the agency released on Thursday, Sept. 15, the FDA mentioned the unusual trend as an example of over-the-counter drug misuse.

“A recent social media video challenge encourages people to cook chicken in NyQuil (acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and doxylamine) or another similar OTC cough and cold medication, presumably to eat,” the FDA wrote. “The challenge sounds silly and unappetizing — and it is.”

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Washington woman gets stolen car stuck in fresh concrete with child and bottle of whiskey, officials say Crews were working to fix damage to wet pavement in Lakewood, WA

Washington woman was arrested after she allegedly drove a stolen car into fresh concrete and became stuck before trying to flee the scene with a child and a bottle of whiskey.

The incident happened Monday in Lakewood as crews were pouring concrete for a stretch of pavement at the North Gate Road and Edgewood Avenue roundabout, city officials said.

“Thanks to a series of poor choices by an individual (including driving a stolen car with a bottle of whiskey in hand) our pavement pouring at the North Gate Rd/Edgewood Ave roundabout is setback,” the city tweeted on Monday.

Photos from the scene showed the Mini Cooper stuck in the concrete and a trail of footprints leading away.

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