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Words That Will Live in Infamy

A man broke into an apartment in Hoquiam, Wash., with a dead animal in his arms. A man in the apartment asked the intruder, “Why are you carrying a weasel?” The man responded, “It’s not a weasel, it’s a marten,” then punched the victim in the nose, and fled, leaving the animal behind. Martens are, in fact, weasels. Police did find the man, and arrested him for assault. The 33-year-old suspect’s name was not disclosed. After the story made national news due to the odd exchange, Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers weighed in to say that the animal wasn’t a marten, either, but rather a mink. Minks, also, are weasels. (RC/AP) ...Yeah, well, so was the intruder.
Original Publication Date: 19 June 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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