I wonder how many people in the English speaking world have ever heard of Whakatane?
It has achieved 15 minutes of fame because of one William Singalargh, resident of that town, who threw a hedgehog at a 15 year old boy.
The hedgehog is now deceased and William Singalargh has been charged with assault with a weapon for his actions.
I assume the hedgehog was actually deceased when thrown, or that there is some doubt about its vital status at the time else William Singalargh would most surely be facing animal cruelty charges.
Anyway for some reason this sorry little anecdote of a Saturday night incident in small town New Zealand has spread through the international media. The BBC, USA Today, Associated Press and UPI amongst others have all worked it over.
Personally I wonder why it is a police matter in the first place, let alone worthy of the attention of such august institutions such as the BBC.
Darned if I know, I am well beyond involving in Saturday night fracas but there are plenty of incidents in my past which would have seen me before the courts as a defendant or appearing for the prosecution as a "victim" if this hedgehog throwing incident is any indication of what the authorities now deem appropriate to bring before the judiciary.
I know a fellow about the same age as the hedgehog throwing culprit who spends just about all his free time playing Warcraft on the internet, it has become an obsession in fact.
I suppose it lets him get the biffo out of his system in a socially acceptable manner but I doubt that it is healthy, mentally or physically.
But at least it keeps him out of the dock.