WTF: Bear hitches ride on garbage truck; art vandal contends she ‘completed’ piece

A bear goes garbage truck surfing in Los Alamos, N.M.
Evan Welsch / Associated Press
A bear goes garbage truck surfing in Los Alamos, N.M.

New Mexico bear hitches a ride on top of a garbage truck

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — A New Mexico bear hitched a ride on top of a garbage truck, traveling at least 5 miles on the vehicle before it was able to make its escape up a tree.

Santa Fe National Forest spokeswoman Julie Anne Overton says the driver was picking up a dumpster last week when he heard a squeal then realized the bear was on top of the truck. It rode atop the vehicle to a site where the Forest Service keeps a firefighting helicopter.

Helicopter mechanic Evan Welsch, who snapped photos of the bear, said about 30 Forest Service and National Park workers had gathered around to see the spectacle when it was suggested that the driver back up near a tree to give the animal an escape route.

The bear clambered for the tree and stayed up there about an hour or two before scurrying down and running off.

Woman argues she didn’t damage ‘crossword’ art work

BERLIN — A lawyer for an elderly woman who filled in spaces on an art work depicting part of a crossword at a German museum says she contends that she was completing the piece, not damaging it.

Officials at Nuremberg’s Neues Museum filed a criminal complaint after the 90-year-old, who hasn’t been identified, last month filled in blank spaces with a ballpoint pen on avant-garde artist Arthur Koepcke’s 1965 work, “Reading-work-piece.” She apparently took literally the phrase “Insert Words” at the edge of the picture.

Lawyer Heinz-Harro Salloch said Wednesday that the woman argued she hadn’t damaged the piece “but only completed it as the artist intended,” news agency dpa reported.

She told police that the picture even gained in value, he added.

The museum has since removed her additions.

Associated Press