* Jason Michael Cruz was telling his friend Matthew Okumoto about a sandwich he’d recently tried called “The Bomb.” Unfortunately, they were on an escalator at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at the time. A Transportation Security Administration agent overheard part of the conversation and reported them. Agents detained the two and questioned them. They finally decided the conversation was harmless, but Cruz missed his flight.
* Eric Hill’s daughter woke him at 2:30 a.m., frightened by a pounding on the door. When Hill answered the door, he found Ogden, Utah, police pointing rifles at him. They insisted his name was Derek and he was AWOL from the military. They handcuffed him and held him until his wife got his ID, which showed he wasn’t the man they were looking for. Hill says police chief Mike Ashment called him a few days later and said cops had served the warrant at his home because it was the last known address of the man they were looking for. Hill had bought the house six months earlier, and he says a neighbor told him the man was a nephew of the previous owner but had never lived there.
* It took a court battle, but Blaer Bjarkardottir, 15, will be able to officially use the first name her mother gave her. The Icelandic Naming Committee had barred her from using the name, which means “light breeze,” because it wasn’t on the list of 1,853 female names approved by the government. Before a court ruled in her favor, Blaer had been identified simply as “Girl” in all official documents.