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: amazement or dismay that hinders or throws into confusion <the two … stared at each other in consternation, and neither knew what to do — Pearl Buck>


The candidate caused consternation among his supporters by changing positions on a key issue.

Much to her parents’ consternation, she had decided to not go to college.

The fact that the exact depth was recorded on the bottles was the source of considerable consternation among the admirals presiding over the Navy inquiry last week. The depth an attack sub can reach is supposed to be classified… . —Karen Breslau et al., Newsweek, 2 Apr. 2001


French or Latin; French, from Latin consternation-, consternatio, from consternare to throw into confusion, from com- + -sternare, probably from sternere to spread, strike down — more at strew

First Known Use: 1604

Bozo Criminal of the Day

Did I Say Twin? I Meant To Say Invisible Friend

Bozo criminal for today comes from Big Beaver, Pennsylvania, where bozo Jennifer Taylor checked out of the local Holiday Inn. Hotel employees called the cops when they discovered that in addition to checking herself out, she had checked out with $206 worth of items, including two comforters, two throw blankets, four pillows, an alarm clock, a coffeepot, a basket and a hair dryer. The police were able to track our bozo down at another nearby hotel. It was during questioning that she offered up the Bozo Excuse of the Week. She told the police that it was in fact her evil twin sister who had stolen the items. She was unable to explain why she was in possession of the stolen items and why birth records showed that she did not have a twin. She’s under arrest.

News Stories

Biblical theme park turns donkeys into Wi-Fi hot spots

By QMI Agency

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Sometimes it seems like your Wi-Fi network is powered by nothing more than a hamster on a wheel — and sometimes, as is the case at a biblical theme park in Israel, the Wi-Fi is powered by donkeys. For real.

Kfar Kedem, which re-enacts first- and second-century life, has outfitted donkeys with wireless routers so that visitors can post their photos and comments to Facebook and Twitter.

“We’re mixing this ancient vehicle and the newest gadget to provide (Internet) in the middle of nowhere,” park general manager Menachem Goldberg told Time magazine.

Visitors thresh wheat and press grapes and turn them into bread and wine. They also make cheese, olive oil and wool using ancient methods, all with the help of guides in period dress.

In addition to being mobile Wi-Fi hot spots, the donkeys also take guests on rides through the hills just a stone’s throw from Nazareth — “Abraham rode the original 4×4 — now it’s your turn,” the park’s website says.

“Galilee is very important to Jews and Christians, and people come here with very modern technology like iPads, cameras, and computers in order to find their roots. We are giving them an opportunity to connect with the past.

BIG BEAVER, Pa. (AP) — Police say a western Pennsylvania woman blamed her nonexistent twin sister for stealing items from a hotel room.

The Beaver County Times ( ) reports Wednesday that police charged 31-year-old Jennifer Brown, of Rochester, with false reports and theft.

State police say Brown took some bed clothes, an alarm clock, coffee pot, basket and a hair dryer — worth a total of $206 — from the Holiday Inn in Big Beaver on Aug. 5. Police say they found Brown in another hotel nearby and she claimed her twin sister had taken the items.

When police found no record of a sister, they say Brown claimed her sister had just returned the items, which police found in the other hotel room.

Brown doesn’t have an attorney. Police say relatives confirmed she doesn’t have a twin.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A hefty hippo chased away from his herd at a South African game reserve has found a refreshing place to relax: the lodge’s swimming pool. Now it’s stuck there.

The young hippopotamus plopped into the pool on Tuesday at the Monate Conservation Lodge north of Johannesburg. Isabel Wentzel of South Africa’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the pool has no steps. Wentzel says a game capture team will sedate the hippo and lift it out of the pool with a crane. Much of the water has been drained to make the extraction easier.

Because the hippo was chased away by his herd, it will be moved to a new location.

Information from: Beaver County Times,

UNIONTOWN, Ind. (AP) — State police say a hit-and-run driver struck and killed a man who was working to change a tire alongside Interstate 64. Authorities say 64-year-old Kenneth Derr of Boonville died yesterday evening near the Perry County town of Uniontown. Derr’s brother was not injured in the crash.

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Unilever will spend $800,000 to spruce up a soap plant in Hammond. The Times of Munster reports the Hammond Redevelopment Commission approved the project this week. City planning director Phil Taillon says the city expects more retailers to join a Walmart moving into the area.

OWENSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has identified an Indiana farm tied to a salmonella outbreak linked to cantaloupe. The FDA says Chamberlain Farms of Owensville has launched a formal recall of the melons. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that of the 178 people infected in 21 states, two people have died.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The FBI says two of 40 people indicted in a drug ring allegedly run by two inmates in different Indiana prisons remain at large.

FBI Special Agent Wendy Osborne says 39-year-old John Smith and 35-year-old Jermaine Coleman were still being sought Thursday morning. She says two others listed on an FBI fugitive bulletin sent out Wednesday were apprehended that evening.

The four were among 40 people named in a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday. That 26-count indictment alleges that inmates Oscar Perez and Justin Addler ran a drug ring from behind bars in prisons in Pendleton and Westville.

Authorities say Perez and Addler arranged the purchase and sale of heroin, methamphetamines and other drugs using cellphones smuggled in by guards who also smuggled drugs into prison.


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