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North Carolina judge rules Possum Drop can take place as planned on New Year's Eve
upi. ^ | Dec. 24, 2013 | Evan Bleier

Posted on 12/24/2013 8:36:18 AM PST by JoeProBono

Dec. 24 A North Carolina judge ruled on Monday that a mountain town's New Year’s Eve celebration can include the lowering of a captured possum at midnight as planned despite protests from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

PETA petitioned Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour to ban the annual Possum Drop in Brasstown next week, but he elected to allow the town to continue enjoying a possum-tinged taste of Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

The live possum is dropped to the ground in a plastic box in a similar way to how a mirrored ball is lowered at midnight at Times Square in New York City.

The Wildlife Resources Commission gave Clay Logan a permit for the event on Friday. He said this isn’t the first time that PETA has tried to put a stop to the annual event and that he went as far as to use a dead possum once in an effort to pacify the organization.

“If I thought there was anything to traumatize this possum, I wouldn’t do it,” Logan said. “It’s not that I’m being really stubborn … it’s either (PETA’s) way or the highway.”

Logan got the idea for the Possum Drop 24 years ago when he discovered canned possum during a trip to Mississippi.

“The population of Brasstown is small, we hadn’t grown a whole lot in the last 200-300 years,” Logan said. “We had to come up with some kind of gimmick. It’s good, clean, family fun, and there’s no alcohol and everybody brings their kids.”

The possum is released after the drop.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: northcarolina; possumdrop


1 posted on 12/24/2013 8:36:18 AM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

As a transplanted Jerseyite in NC, I’ve noticed a lot of strange happenings down here.


2 posted on 12/24/2013 8:40:05 AM PST by duckman (I'm part of the group pulling the wagon!)
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To: JoeProBono

No, no, no, no, no! Leave the marsupial rat alone. Drop a PETA creature.


3 posted on 12/24/2013 8:41:41 AM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: JoeProBono

4 posted on 12/24/2013 8:41:51 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: JoeProBono

****despite protests from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)****

Grab a few of these PETA protesters, hang them up by their feet and drop them on their heads. It might knock some sense into them.


5 posted on 12/24/2013 8:43:36 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: duckman

That’s alright. Poeple from the rest of the country notice a lot strange thing from jersey.


6 posted on 12/24/2013 8:43:47 AM PST by Duckdog (If it wasn't for NASCAR my TV would have gone out the window years ago!)
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To: JoeProBono
Is this, the same PEtA that killed over a 3+ ...
thousand Dogs/Cats in NC Animal Shelter

"PEtA, should "heal" themselves" first.

7 posted on 12/24/2013 8:46:00 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
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To: duckman


8 posted on 12/24/2013 8:46:18 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Standing Wolf

I’d like to see the possum do a HALO jump and PETA do a HANO jump.


9 posted on 12/24/2013 8:47:17 AM PST by TurboZamboni ("PEACE ON EARTH TO MEN OF GOOD WILL".)
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To: Standing Wolf


10 posted on 12/24/2013 8:47:44 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

vero possumus?


11 posted on 12/24/2013 8:49:08 AM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: dfwgator


12 posted on 12/24/2013 8:49:32 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

OK...possum in a box...lowered slowly...no harm done. Somehow I had a visual of the possum drop kicked over a cliff. What’s all the fuss about.


13 posted on 12/24/2013 8:49:48 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (Dear Santa....I can explain.)
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To: RoosterRedux


14 posted on 12/24/2013 8:57:04 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

wait, they lower it slowly?

what fun is that?


15 posted on 12/24/2013 9:06:40 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like your constitution, you can keep it...Period.)
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16 posted on 12/24/2013 9:09:52 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Yes, that possum can [drop]!


17 posted on 12/24/2013 9:23:37 AM PST by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: JoeProBono
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18 posted on 12/24/2013 9:24:17 AM PST by digger48
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19 posted on 12/24/2013 9:34:40 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: digger48

Jed, will the Possum Queen contest still go on if they can't drop the possum?

20 posted on 12/24/2013 9:34:45 AM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: dfwgator

Les Nessman’s on-the-scene live report:

It’s flying something behind it and I can’t quite make it out. It’s a large banner and it says H A P P Y... T H A N K S... giving... from W... K... R... P! What a sight, ladies and gentlemen. What a sight. The ‘copter seems to circling the parking area now. I guess it’s looking for a place to land. No! Something just came out of the back of a helicopter. It’s a dark object, perhaps a skydiver plummeting to the earth from only two thousand feet in the air... There’s a third... No parachutes yet... Those can’t be skydivers. I can’t tell just yet what they are but... Oh my God! They’re turkeys! Oh no! Johnny can you get this? Oh, they’re crashing to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! This is terrible! Everyone’s running around pushing each other. Oh my goodness! Oh, the humanity! People are running about. The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement! Folks, I don’t know how much longer... The crowd is running for their lives. I think I’m going to step inside. I can’t stand here and watch this anymore. No, I can’t go in there. Children are searching for their mothers and oh, not since the Hindenberg tragedy has there been anything like this. I don’t know how much longer I can hold my position here, Johnny. The crowd...

An all-time classic sitcom episode.


21 posted on 12/24/2013 9:41:08 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: JoeProBono

WIBC radio in Indy has a Saturday Morning gardening show that has an old woman that has become a semi-regular because she volunteered to show them how to cook a possom for their Thanksgiving Turkey Fest at one of their sponsors stores.

She said she just drives around with a shovel in her car to try to find one.

When they asked what the shovel was for, she calmly replied, “How else you gonna scrape ‘em up off the pavement?”


22 posted on 12/24/2013 9:44:44 AM PST by digger48
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23 posted on 12/24/2013 10:09:57 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: duckman

I think I’ve finally seen something even dumber then our Moon Pie Drop down here in Mobile....Happy New Year!


24 posted on 12/24/2013 10:20:22 AM PST by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: JoeProBono

Poking fun at NYC is NOT allowed!!!! No having fun!


25 posted on 12/24/2013 10:30:02 AM PST by Ditter
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To: duckman

Nothing could possibly be stranger than New Jersey!!


26 posted on 12/24/2013 1:16:39 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: duckman

Yeah....nuthin’ weird goin’ on in Joisey, is there?


27 posted on 12/24/2013 1:49:59 PM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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