M. Alex Johnson – Journalist at Large

An analog journalist in a digital world

Posts Tagged ‘weird

And sometimes you do a story just for the headline

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An 18-year-old Florida woman was only slightly injured when she was shot by her friend’s oven, police said.

Yes. An oven. She was trying to cook waffles and didn’t know her friend was storing ammunition in the oven. So we got to write this totally straightforward headline:

Woman shot by oven while trying to cook waffles

Full story at NBC News

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February 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Life on general assignment

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In the new world at NBC News, I’m now doing general assignment after many years covering various beats. That yields a certain variety to one’s work week.

At 1 o’clock this morning, I was hunched over a spreadsheet calculating word-frequency counts for President Obama’s State of the Union address. Ten hours later, I was writing this:

One of the busiest interstates in the U.S. remained closed Wednesday, hours after a semi-trailer transporting French vanilla coffee creamer overturned in Phoenix, coating more than 150 feet of the highway with a white slick of delicious-smelling traffic hazard.

You never know what life on GA will bring next.

Grab your coffee mug: French vanilla creamer closes busy Arizona interstate (NBC News)

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February 13, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Sometimes, you do a story just for the picture

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(Jody Taylor/Sixty5 Media via NBC San Diego)

Driver stuck in midair after car rams California clinic (NBC News)

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February 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: Kaboom! Oddly named man’s walking stick leads to evacuation

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An aluminum pipe with the word “Kaboom” written on it led to the evacuation of Akron City Hall on Wednesday. Turns out it was a walking stick, and “Kaboom” was the owner’s name. Really.

Full story (NBC News)

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October 3, 2012 at 10:24 am

Police Blotter of the Day: Assault with a deadly sausage

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The victim told police he was riding his bike about 8 a.m. Sunday when Michael A. Baker, whom he does not know, came up to him “and started swinging sausage links at him,” Lt. David Dickinson said Sunday.

“He said he was trying to hit him with that. The victim had no idea why,” Dickinson said.

Full story (Brockton, Mass., Enterprise)

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June 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Police Blotter of the Day: Darth Vader. Robbing a bank. On a bike.

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Really, there’s nothing else you need to know, other than that it was in Toledo, Ohio:

Full story (WNWO-TV of Toledo, Ohio)

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May 24, 2012 at 11:01 am

Police Blotter of the Day: So drunk he didn’t know he’d been run over by a train

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That’s some Night Train hangover.

Thomas J. Boersma apparently passed out on the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks just east of Forest Grove Drive. The conductor of the 76 car freight train said he saw a person laying on the gravel and resting his back on a rail. As the eastbound train approached the conductor said the man did not turn around. The train hit Boersma about three-tenths of a mile east of Forest Grove Drive. …

Police were contacted at about 3:30 a.m. and eventually found Boersma, who was wearing camouflage. Boersma was conscious but was not aware he had just been hit by a train, the police report said. Though Boersma suffered severe injuries to his buttocks and left arm he refused medical treatment, was agitated and combative, the report said.

Full story (Lake Country Reporter of Hartland, Wis.)

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May 4, 2012 at 8:52 am