Drunk birds, a 1,500-year-old sword, and a postal worker who ditched hundreds of pieces of mail on the side of the road: Here's a look at some of this week's strangest headlines.
Swedish girl Saga pulls out pre-Viking era sword from lake
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Her name conjures up Old Nordic tales about heroic accomplishments and that's exactly what Saga this summer did when she stumbled on a pre-Viking-era sword in a southern Sweden lake.
Saga Vanecek, 8, was helping her father with his boat in the Vidostern lake when she stepped on an 85-centimeter (34-inch) sword in a holster made of wood and leather. The sword is believed to be about 1,500 years old.
Mikael Nordstrom of the local Jonkoping County museum said Friday that the little girl's find prompted others to seek out long-lost treasures in a lake that had been diminished by drought.
A broach from between 300 to 400 A.D. was eventually found.
Nordstrom said archaeologists are trying to understand why the items were there. For sacrificial purposes is one suggestion.
Tipsy birds flying into windows, cars in northern Minnesota
GILBERT, Minn. (AP) — Police in a small northern Minnesota community have been taking some strange calls about birds that seem to be intoxicated.
Citizens in Gilbert on the state's Iron Range have reported the birds flying into windows, cars and acting confused.
In a cheeky Facebook message , the police department says there's an easy explanation: The birds are ingesting berries that have fermented earlier than usual this year because of an early frost.
National Parks Service ranger Sharon Stiteler tells KMSP-TV that robins and waxwings feast on fruit such as crabapples, and that the sugar in those fruits can turn into alcohol as they lose moisture. Stiteler says "drunk birds are totally a thing."
The police department says there's no need to panic, the birds will eventually sober up.
Postal worker leaves mail on side of road, quits job
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service says hundreds of pieces of mail meant for Philadelphia residents were dropped on the side of a New Jersey road when the carrier responsible for them quit his job.
Philly.com reports a New Jersey man made the odd discovery Sunday morning in Pennsauken. The man posted a picture of the missing mail on Facebook.
Special Agent Scott Balfour of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General said in a statement the mail had been scheduled for a delivery on Aug. 8 from the Roxborough Station Post Office. According to Balfour, the Roxborough post office will deliver the mail.
The mail carrier who was responsible for the delivery resigned on Sept. 8. According to Balfour, the U.S. Postal Service doesn't "anticipate any further action against" the former employee.
Florida store owner: Don't warm urine in my microwave
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida gas station owner has placed a sign in his store asking customers not to warm urine in the microwave.
Parul Patel says he's become "sick and tired" of people walking into his BP gas station and On the Fly convenience store in Jacksonville to warm their containers of urine. The store is within walking distance of two labs that offer drug testing services and collect urine samples.
Patel tells First Coast News the people who used his microwave to warm urine "walk in off the street, microwave their urine containers then leave."
He says a woman became aggressive a few months ago when he asked her not to warm urine. She asked to see a sign that says it's not for that purpose. So he made one.
Ohio man says rescued cow is a regular backseat passenger
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio man driving home from work Tuesday says he did a double-take before firing up his cellphone to record a cow poking her head out the back window of a pickup truck.
WKEF-TV reports the video posted by Tipp City's JD Blair on Facebook has gone viral with more than 200,000 shares and nearly 8 million views.
The pickup truck's driver, Cory Morris, of Ludlow Falls, says 18-month-old Annie has been part of his life since her mother rejected her at birth. He says the 800-pound (363-kilogram) Annie regularly climbs into the back seat of his truck.
Morris says when people ask about Annie's road tripping habits, he replies, "Where else would I put her?"
People can follow Annie's life and adventures on her new Facebook page.
Toddler shreds more than $1,000 in cash
HOLLADAY, Utah (AP) — A toddler in Utah was a little too helpful when he shredded more than $1,000 that his parents were saving.
Ben and Jackee Belnap were saving the cash to reimburse Ben's parents for University of Utah season football tickets. They had $1,060 in an envelope, which disappeared over the weekend.
Ben tells KSL-TV the couple started searching the house when Jackee hollered, "I found it." She was holding the shredder.
Their 2-year-old son, Leo, helps his mom shred junk mail or important documents that they want to get rid of. He apparently got his hands on the envelope.
Ben contacted the Treasury Department and he said he was told to ship the shredded cash for possible replacement.
Jackee says it will make "a great wedding story one day."
Rhode Island man wins first prize for 1-ton pumpkin
TOPSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Oh my gourd!
A Rhode Island man has won the prize for the heaviest pumpkin at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts with a fair record 2,114-pound gourd.
The Salem News reports that Ron Wallace won the Topsfield Fair's All New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Friday for the third time and took home a prize of more than $8,500.
Wallace, who lives in the Greene section of Coventry, Rhode Island, also won in 2006 and 2009.
Wallace says Topsfield is one of the top weigh-ins to win.
Dan and Holly Boyce of Benson, Vermont, came in second place with a 2,017.5-pound gourd, and received a $3,000 prize. Scott Marley, of Bellingham, placed third and received a $1,500 cash prize with his 1,846.5-pounder.
The Topsfield fair dates to 1818.
Iguana on power line knocks out nursing home's electricity
LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. (AP) — An iguana wandered onto a power line and knocked out electricity to a Florida nursing home, sending 20 patients to the hospital.
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Spokesman Michael Kane says the iguana was electrocuted and set off a fire on the power pole, which knocked out electricity to The Palms Care Center in Lauderdale Lakes on Friday afternoon.
Kane told the South Florida Sun Sentinel the facility was running on generator power but only half of it was being cooled effectively.
Residents who lost air conditioning were moved to parts of the facility where cooling units were working. Kane said 20 patients were moved to hospitals as a precaution.
Electricity was restored throughout the nursing home late Friday. State records show the facility is licensed for 120 beds.