Remember the snakehead -- the Chinese fish that eats everything in sight, can walk across land on its fins and lives up to three days out of water? On July 10, KidsPost reported that baby snakeheads were being found in a Crofton pond. Fearing that Snakey would multiply and wipe out local fish, state officials dumped poison in the Maryland pond.
By November, scientists had declared victory. More than 1,000 snakeheads (adults and babies) had been wiped out.
But the critter lives on in spirit, in the form of snakehead T-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and other merchandise being sold in Crofton.
There's also a snakehead book and a walking snakehead toy coming out this spring. And a Crofton man is working on a movie about the snakehead saga. And a lifesize replica of the snakehead is going to be hung in the lobby of the Maryland Natural Resources headquarters in Annapolis.
It will be right across from a striped bass trophy, one of the local fish that the snakehead might have gobbled, given the chance.
-- Fern Shen
That Inflatable Tank?
In October, KidsPost reported that the British Army had lost an inflatable tank that blew away in high winds during a training exercise in Wales.
"If anyone has seen a flying tank please contact us," army spokesman David Webb said at the time.
The military uses inflatable tanks, which cost about $15,000, to look for and photograph the enemy. The tank balloons look pretty realistic once they've been inflated and strapped to the ground. But one went airborne when 100 mph winds struck the Brecon Beacon mountains of Wales.
About three weeks later, the tank was found. It had lost all of its air and was wedged in a gully about two miles from where it had last been seen.
The good news: The tank balloon wasn't torn or damaged and has been returned to the Royal Air Force, from whom the army borrowed it.
-- John Kelly
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People We Met
Joe Gillespie holds a snakehead fish caught this summer in Crofton.