Close call leads to crusade to provide knives with all orders, thus protecting consumers from the dangers of eating fried chicken with one’s hands.
Close call leads to crusade to provide knives with all orders, thus protecting consumers from the dangers of eating fried chicken with one's hands. (John Craig Hurst Jr / Morguefile)

Murderous clown runs for office, stays mum on child-eating policy

BANGOR, Maine — An election cycle some have described as a fright appears to have attracted its first actual ghoul.

Signs are popping up around Bangor, Maine, advertising the campaign of Pennywise, the creepy clown from Stephen King's 1986 novel "It." The signs beseech residents to "Vote Pennywise" and include a picture of the clown showing his toothy smile.

Exactly what post Pennywise is running for is left unclear. The signs have been popping up around the downtown area of the city, the third largest in Maine.

King lives in Bangor and posted a picture of himself alongside one of the signs via his Twitter account.

Central tenet of eating fried chicken comes under attack

GULFPORT, Miss. — A Mississippi attorney is suing Popeyes after he says he choked when he had to eat a piece of fried chicken with his hands because a knife wasn't included in his drive-thru order.

Paul Newton Jr., who filed the lawsuit this week, says the only utensil he was given last November at the Gulfport restaurant was a spork.

The lawsuit states that because Newton didn't receive a plastic knife, his only option was to hold the chicken breast with his hands and tear off pieces with his teeth, causing him to choke.

The lawsuit says Newton underwent emergency surgery to remove the piece of chicken from his throat.


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Along with knives for all drive-thru customers' orders, Newton is also seeking financial compensation and punitive damages from several defendants.

Associated Press