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Chuck Bean

Weekends

If Tiger King has taught us anything it’s that there is a ferocious appetite for news stories about people and animals acting badly and the wild happenstance of life. In that spirit each night during the 9 and 10 o’clock hour I enjoy playing a game with you, the listener, called Florida or Australia. The rules are simple: I’ll tell you about a news story on the air and you text or call in and tell me if you think the story happened in Florida or Australia.(because those two places seem to have a high concentration of craziness.) Here are tonight’s stories:

Mystery author returns drunken 'trophy' to Queensland fire station after 50 years

A bell stolen by a pair of drunken teenage brothers 50 years ago has been returned to a north-west Queensland fire station, along with a touching letter of contrition. The handwritten note, which was sent to Mount Isa Fire Station earlier this year, was filed away in a desk and all but forgotten until the arrival of a rather heavy package a few weeks later.

Stranded man uses drone to send SOS SMS on mobile phone

A Far North Queensland man has flipped the tradition of scrawling SOS into the sand and instead launched a request for help from far overhead. After becoming stranded on a dirt road between two rising creeks on Monday night, the man attached his mobile phone to a drone and flew it into the air to send an SOS via text message.

Be sure to tune in Monday through Friday nights at 9 and 10pm if you want to play along.