George Harrison tree killed by beetles, world snail racing championship, man sets world tattoo record, woman gets ticket for stopping for ducks.
UNDATED (KTHV) - From a tree planted in memory of a Beatle killed by actual beetles to a man setting a world record with Homer Simpson tattoos, 'THV 11 This Morning' catches you up on some Weird But True headlines.
Strawberry fields may be forever, but a pine tree planted in memory of George Harrison will have to be replanted soon. The original was killed by beetles. The tree, planted as a sapling in Los Angeles' Griffith Park in 2004 had grown to 10 feet in height. The late Beatle, who died in 2001, was an avid gardener and lived his final years in Los Angeles. A plaque at the base of what was called the "George Harrison Tree" reads, "In memory of a great humanitarian who touched the world as an artist, a musician and a gardener." The plaque also contains a quote from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: "For the forest to be green, each tree must be green."
Slow and steady wins the race for at the World Snail Racing Championship in Eastern England over the weekend. The event attracts people from far and wide. Snails in the competition are placed inside a red circle on a white cloth and the first to touch the outer ring is dubbed the winner. 150 snails took part in this year's event and 5-year-old Zeben Butler-Alldred and his thoroughbred Wells were crowned the 2014 World Champions.
If you were hoping to set the Guiness World record for most tattoos of the same cartoon character tattooed on the body, a new bar has been set. 27-year-old Lee Weir of New Zealand and his 41 Homer Simpson tattoos have put him in the record books. Lee's tattoos represent the famed cartoon character in various states - including Homer as a jack-in-the box, the Grim Reaper, in an elephant suit and even as a donut. Weir told Guinness that he paid for the tattoos with money he saved abstaining from alcohol for a year.
A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $100 ticket. Hallie Bibeau of Newfields tells WMUR-TV she was driving east on Route 101 on Friday when she had to slam on her brakes to avoid hitting the ducklings. She says their mother and several of the ducklings were hit by a car. The mother died. The 33-year-old Bibeau called 911, got out of her car and captured the two surviving ducklings. A state trooper issued Bibeau a ticket for stopping in the median. Police say median stops are for emergencies, and they didn't consider this to be one.