WARSAW, Poland (AP) — It's almost like in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Fellowship of The Ring:" Gandalf stands in the way of Balrog and tells him to "go back to the shadow" to buy time for fleeing Frodo Baggins and his companions.
But the scene is Warsaw, not the Mines of Moria. A Polish prankster dressed as Gandalf stops a city tram, which represents Balrog, and recreates the scene with several others dressed as Middle-earth characters.
Tolkien's Gandalf almost died in the confrontation, but the Warsaw practical joker, called SA Wardega, just irritated the tram driver.
A YouTube video of the prank posted last week has gone viral with nearly 3 million views by Saturday, just days before Poland's premiere of the "The Hobbit" film sequel.
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Virginia town looks for ways to rid town of vultures
VINTON, Va. (AP) — Officials in a Virginia town are looking for ways to get migrating buzzards to buzz off.
This year, nearly 100 vultures landed in the Gladetown area of Vinton. Vinton police officers fired booming guns into the air to drive the birds away, and most left.
Town manager Chris Lawrence tells The Roanoke Times that more efficient methods are being considered for the vultures' return next year.
The town could apply for a federal permit to kill one vulture. The remains would be hung near the other vultures. Lawrence says the vultures would disperse because they don't like to be around their own dead.
He says vultures are loud and dirty and tear up trees. But he says the town tries to co-exist with nature.
Information from: The Roanoke Times, http://www.roanoke.com
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