Kicker – A hot, buttery threat

NICK EICHER, HOST: These days, security is a serious matter. 

Sometimes, though, that can go a bit further than you’d expect.

A state representative from North Dakota learned the hard way. 

State Rep. Mary Johnson brought a device into the State capitol building that triggered alarms and forced authorities to evacuate the whole building!

What was this device you ask? 

A popcorn machine. 

Yup. Johnson was on her third batch of popcorn last Monday when the machine triggered the alarms for the second time that day.

She said wasn’t aware of a policy that bans popcorn poppers and not just popcorn poppers, but toasters, and other appliances that heat things up, create a bit of steam and smoke, and set off things that detect them—like fire alarms.

House Majority Leader Chet Pollert said it’s a shame  because “popcorn cheers people up.” 

So I guess it’s back to dour old politics.

It’s The World and Everything in It.


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