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In November, after the Transportation Safety Administration announced that it would begin irradiating and fondling travelers, a company called Rocky Flats Gear offered a solution: underwear made with a kind of metal that doesn't allow X-ray machines to see your junk. Designed by a Colorado inventor, the underpants even feature a fig-leaf design.
Sergei Berejnoi was so angry about missing a flight from Denver to Salt Lake City in October that he told SkyWest Airline employees there was a bomb in his suitcase, which was already loaded. That claim certainly held up the plane — which was delayed for an hour while it was searched — but it didn't help Berejnoi, 49, get on board. He was arrested and charged with suspicion of endangering public transportation.
Statue of Limitations
Denver International Airport is already the subject of many conspiracy theories — about underground aliens, end-of-the-world prophecies and a scary blue horse sculpture nicknamed Bluecifer. So it didn't help when the city installed an enormous statue of Anubis, the jackal-headed Egyptian god of the dead, as part of an effort to promote the current King Tut exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. Anubis later went on tour around the Denver area, popping up at Invesco Field and Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
In February, a 26-year-old motorist veered off of I-25 and smashed into a dinosaur sculpture made from old farm machinery. The sculpture, which had stood for two decades near the town of Timnath, was a landmark in northern Colorado.
Six months after the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals first began battling the city in an effort to place a statue of a battered, bloody chicken on crutches on the 16th Street Mall, the organization finally gave up. PETA had wanted to put the fiberglass statue, known as McCruelty, in front of a McDonald's. After the city denied PETA's application, several months of legal wrangling followed. Eventually, the organization decided to spend its time and money elsewhere, and flew off.
In April, a man who'd walked off with a $199 wooden beaver from the Beaver Creek Trading Post was detained at a bus stop, with beaver. The man told a security guard that he'd taken the beaver because it was sitting "in the middle of nowhere." The man, who may have had something to drink, was cited and released.
There Goes the Neighborhood
In July, a thief stole about 150 small garden gnomes from Arvada resident Mardean Gibson, who had been building her collection — worth about $2,000 — for five years. The perpetrator carried the gnomes off during the night. Most of the figurines — bearded and with pointy hats — had been given to Gibson as gifts.
After Eric Smith hung a yellow flag with a picture of a rattlesnake and the words "Don't Tread on Me" outside his Thornton home in August, the East York Villas Homeowners Association tried to do exactly that. 9News reported that the organization asked Smith to remove what it called a Tea Party flag (a flag with that design has been used at Tea Party demonstrations) and threatened to fine him $100 a day. But after the story went public, the HOA relented, sending Smith this note: "Please be advised, we have discussed this situation with the board of directors and the board has decided to allow the Tea Party flag to remain displayed on your property. Thus, you may disregard the request contained in the original letter."
Get Off the Road
In December, after a towing company took away a car that was blocking a driveway in downtown Denver, the tow-truck driver discovered that a nine-month-old baby had been left in the car, covered by a blanket. He called the cops, who had also received a 911 call from the child's parents, Guadalupe Torres-Sanchez and Rene Calderon. Both were cited for misdemeanor child abuse. The baby was fine.
Four people were killed and one person was injured by RTD buses between April and June — a number that convinced the metro transportation system to examine its driver policies. In July, another RTD bus caused a panic when the driver took it the wrong way on I-25.
A man flying west on I-70 was arrested in July after state troopers clocked him doing more than 100 mph in a 2010 BMW M3. No, it wasn't the Cannonball Run — the car was part of the Bullrun Live Rally, a cross-country race featuring a hundred vehicles. The driver, Nicholas Steinman, was charged with reckless driving. And, no, Dom DeLuise was not riding shotgun.