Carl XVI Gustaf

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A local man created a real headache at rush hour by blocking traffic with a shopping cart, and commuters are asking why authorities didn’t act faster to remove him.

The man, who was dressed in costume, had wrapped a shopping cart in cardboard and painted it to look like a sailing ship. While sitting in the cart, he used a toilet plunger to push his “ship” into the slow lane on the Interbelt at exit 41. Eyewitnesses say that the man was throwing water balloons at cars, drinking from a bottle of wine hand-labeled “aquavit,” and yelling about control of the seas.

Police say the man appears to be mentally ill, and believes he is King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden. He has been taken to Lutheran Memorial for further evaluation.

Next up, weather. Judy, are we going to get any rain this weekend?