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October 19, 2015
PCT Magazine

Man Starts Gas Station Blaze Trying to Kill Spider with Lighter

In late September, a Michigan man caused a dangerous fire at a gas station pump while trying to kill a spider using a cigarette lighter, Fox 2 Detroit reported.

The man escaped serious injury and the gas station’s damage was contained to one pump, which was destroyed. The incident was captured on the gas station’s video surveillance camera.

Employee Susan Adams kept calm and hit the gas automatic stop button and quickly called the Center Line (Mich.) Fire Department, Fox 2 Detroit reported.

The man grabbed a nearby extinguisher and put out the flames before firefighters arrived. Later, he admitted that he had spotted a spider on his gas tank and because he’s deathly afraid of the critters he took action. — Source: Fox 2 Detroit


Historic Home of Jefferson Davis Damaged by Termites

Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson Davis, is in need of repairs due to damage caused by termites, water damage and rot, The Sun Herald reports.

Restoration is needed at the historic landmark, the newspaper reports, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina caused millions of dollars in damage to the home of the president of the Confederacy — and seven years after it was restored. Damage was reported on some of the exterior boards of the home in Biloxi, Miss.

The Sun Herald reports that crews will begin working to repair or replace the steps, the porch decking and the rim joists under the porch, where the damage is most evident. — Source: The Sun Herald


Bubba Watson’s Anthill Argument

Despite living in underground communities, ants are not considered by the PGA Tour to be burrowing animals. That is the lesson professional golfer Bubba Watson recently learned during this summer’s PGA Championship.

At hole No. 5, Watson‘s ball came to rest on an anthill and he called a rules official over to get a ruling on whether he could move it. Watson was arguing that ants count as burrowing animals, and therefore he was entitled to a drop.

CBS Sports reported on the rule in question:

Rule 25-1: An abnormal ground condition is casual water, ground under repair or a hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird. Except when the ball is in a water hazard, relief without penalty is available from immovable obstructions and abnormal ground conditions when the condition physically interferes with the lie of the ball, your stance or your swing. You may lift the ball and drop it within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, but not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief.

The rules official didn’t buy it either. — Source: CBS Sports