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$29.99: cost of a miniature "Moovin On Down the Mighty MO" (featuring Paddlin' Patty completely outfitted for a canoe trip down the Missouri River) cow sculpture by Judy Guyn
$17.97: cost of a CowParade T-shirt at Function Junction
$17.46: cost of Cowparade Kansas City, by photographer Tom Craughwell, at amazon.com
$13.99: cost of 4-inch ceramic flag-painted American Royal cow, by artist Asher B. Johnson
$12.95: cost of Cows Calendar 2002 at amazon.com
free: Day-Glo orange "This Is a Cow Free Zone" posters handed out by artist Larry Buechel, to protest his feeling that "the cows are following me around everywhere"
priceless: joyful smiles brought by the whimsical cows
That Drunk Guy
The newspapers never did tell us the name of the man who fell out of his chair at Arrowhead Stadium in October, tumbled over seven rows of people in front of him, bounced off a fan on the club level below and landed on three spectators on the first level.
Planet of the Apes
A loose monkey kept Corporate Woods security officers scrambling for at least three days in October. On the third day, according to the Star, "Animal control and police officers combed through leafy paths." Despite traps baited with bananas and grapes, "the search proved fruitless."
Nowhere's Safe Anymore
An Independence woman was lying in bed one morning in October when an arrow came flying through her bedroom window, shattering the glass and hitting the wall two feet above her head. After police searched the area, a neighbor told them he'd been target shooting and an arrow had gone astray. "Had she been sitting up, it likely would have hit her in the head," said Independence police spokesman Bill Pross.
Life on the Edge
When the aurora borealis (otherwise known as the northern lights) brightened the sky in November, the Missouri Highway Patrol received calls from frightened citizens who suspected the red glow might have been "a nuclear death cloud."
Kids With Guns
In November, the Tarkio school board kicked the Missouri Department of Conservation out of its classrooms. A department spokesman said that because of their blackboards, classrooms were the best setting for hunter-education courses. But that was before a grade-schooler found a black-powder revolver and a .22-caliber pistol in a desk long after the safety teachers had left.
Anthrax by the Numbers:
100,000: estimated number of people, other than members of the American Philatelic Society, who collect "first-day covers" of stamps issued by Kansas City's anthrax-infected Stamp Fulfillment Services center
50,000: :members of the American Philatelic Society
8,000-10,000: necessary number of spores to cause inhalation anthrax
7,000: pieces of mail from the contaminated Brentwood post office that ended up in Kansas City on October 19
180: number of employees at the Stamp Fulfillment Services center
52: visitors to the Stamp Fulfillment Services center, including jumpy television news reporters, who were interviewed by health department workers about possible exposure
9: number of schools that sent students on field trips to the Stamp Fulfillment Services center after the tainted pallets of mail arrived from Brentwood
3: number of students at Indian Hills Middle School in Prairie Village arrested in October after putting plaster of Paris in an envelope in an attempt to get school dismissed for the day
2: number of grown men arrested for making anthrax hoaxes. One thirty-year-old Overland Park man was charged with making a criminal threat after putting coffee creamer in an envelope as a joke on a coworker, and a 38-year-old Kansas City man was indicted on federal mail charges after sending a threatening fake anthrax letter to a neighbor