The Weird

JUST ABOVE SUNSET offers, in special arrangement with Andrew J. Hewett and his site WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (chewednews.com), the best of the weird, bizarre and unusual. As noted at his site, Andrew publishes, via e-mail, a growing archive of true events compiled from a variety of sources, covering “every conceivable subject.” You can submit your own favorite “strange story” – including a verifiable source, of course. He’s sent over 1,200 of these out to the distribution list, and you too can sign up to be on the list. Here’s the latest. Visit his site for more, and the archives. And note that Volume I of Weird, Bizarre and Unusual [Kindle Edition] is available on Amazon.com – Volume II will be coming soon, with Volume III, IV and V to follow.

Monday, October 20, 2014

POINTED A “DIFFERENT” GUN?

Ezekial Deanda, 32, was getting dressed inside a restroom at the Associated Bank in Rockford, Illinois, on Friday August 15, 2014, when he was arrested by police. Why was Deanda getting dressed in a public toilet? A few minutes earlier he’d stripped totally naked… just long enough to rob that bank. (Chicago Tribune, 8-16-14)

TRIED TO LET-GO OF LEGOS

Hoping to make a 100% profit, Gloria Haas, 53, offered Lego sets, worth almost $60,000, on eBay. Caught and arrested, authorities found she’d stolen them from a storage facility in Island Park, N.Y., and then moved the 800 sets to a Rockville Centre facility. (The AP, 8-17-14)

ANOTHER INEQUALITY OF LAW

Two U.S. states have legalized recreational marijuana and more have approved it for medicinal use. Still, non-violent pot smokers and small-time sellers can spend more time in jail than sociopaths who commit terrible crimes. Jeff Mizanskey, now 61, has served 20 years of a life sentence for nothing but several marijuana violations. His only hope is a clemency plea being considered by Missouri’s Gov. Jay Nixon. (http://reason.com/archives/2014/08/31/jeff-mizanskey-is-serving-life-in-prison)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

NOW SHE’S GOT HER HANDS FULL

In July 2014, Martinsburg, West Virginia, weight loss specialist, Dr. Tressie Montene Duffy, 44, was facing a 31-page complaint before that state’s Board of Medicine. Among those charges: forcing employees to fill out pre-signed prescription slips; exposing her newly enlarged breasts to staff and patients; inviting/permitting drug sales reps to feel her post-augmentation boobs. (New York Daily Times/Charleston Daily Mail)

HUH?

Ever heard of a “silent disco?” That’s where dancers wear headphones to hear radio-transmitted music. But without headphones, those in the room watch the swaying and swinging quietly. But Werner Purkhart, who has run a “silent disco” in Salzburg, Austria, for four years, was denied renewal of his business permit in July 2014, because neighbors complained his parties were too loud. (http://www.thelocal.at/20140717/silent-disco-too-loud-for-salzburg)

WHAT ARE THE ODDS ON THIS?

Having just made Syracuse (Utah) High School’s cheerleading team, Marli Hamblin, 15, decided to get a tan. For this she slipped into a swimsuit, put on headphones, grabbed a blanket, and went to lie on her parents’ driveway. Unfortunately, her older sister decided to go shopping and backed out over her sister’s head, killing her. (KUTV-Fox 13)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

IT DOESN’T WORK THIS WAY

Alicia Walicke, Cedar Park, Texas, missed her boyfriend so much, Aug. 13, 2014, she went to a service station, stole a bottle of $3.99 wine, went outside and drank it; then waited for police to arrest her. He’d been jailed a few hours earlier, and she wanted to share his cell. (http://www.thewire.com/national/2014/08/texas-woman-stole-cheap-wine-to-see-boyfriend-in-jail/378647/)

MUST’VE BEEN HIS HOBBY?

Darnell Pixley, 49, and his wife were living in Newbury, South Carolina, when she decided to look him up on Facebook. There she found wedding photos of him with another woman. After his arrest for bigamy, police found he also had two other wives, for a total of four. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/15/darnell-pixley-facebook-wives-bigamy_n_5682629.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)

WENT APE WITH WRONG OPINION

In 2005, researchers found five siblings living with their rural Turkish family, walking on all-fours, with rear-ends sticking up in the air. This led them to believe these quadrupeds were evidence of missed development in the chain of human evolution. Recently, PLOS One Journal research determined this oddity was caused by a musculoskeletal imbalance in the brain, adding they had other development issues as well. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2698298/Turkish-family-walks-fours-scientists-say-dont-like-four-legged-animals-ARENT-example-reverse-evolution.html)

Friday, October 17, 2014

HE WAS PASSING THE BUCK

A Venezuelan man, Eddy Alberio Mancipe Ortega, 41, was stopped at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica, attempting to make his way to Trinidad. Admitting he was “carrying” an illegal amount of cash, it took him a total of two days to “pass” 80 plastic packages containing $103,500. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/smuggler-caught-after-swallowing-more-4056431#ixzz3AVXZcBUM)

NO DOGGIE TREATS TAKEN?

Tucson News Now reported March 28, 2014, the robbery of a Chase Bank in Tucson, Arizona. And, last heard, though surveillance video was widely shared, no one has been arrested. The most unusual aspect of the crime: The robber was carrying a small dog in a basket. (http://www.kpho.com/story/24981675/bank-robbery-suspect-brings-dog-in-basket)

GIVE SOMEONE THE FINGER, CHEAP

For those who lose such as fingers, arms or legs, artificial prosthesis can be very expensive. Now, rather than pay thousands, you could do what U.S. Navy vet Howard Kamarata and his friend, engineer Casey Barrett, did – make it yourself for less than 100 bucks with items found at any Home Depot. Using a 3-D printer and simple hardware materials like braided fishing line and screws, Barrett says he made Kamarata three fingers for less than $20. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmt_nnUO8UU&noredirect=1)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

ANY CUTE DELIVERY PEOPLE?

If you live in the Los Angeles area and hate shopping for alcohol and underwear, beginning on August 15, 2014, it won’t be necessary. That’s when Saucey, an alcohol delivery service, will experiment with MeUndies, making home deliveries. For prices ranging from $40 to $100, a sleepover pack will contain your drink of choice, pair of underwear (you choose), socks, T-shirt, sunglasses and hangover-fighting vitamins. (https://www.meundies.com/saucey)

AWFULLY EXPENSIVE “HAPPY HOURS”

John Saunders, 63, of Irwin, Pa., must’ve loved high quality whiskey? While “working” as a live-in caretaker at a Pittsburgh-area mansion, he was charged with drinking more than $102,000 worth of old whiskey he was there to protect. The whiskey, produced in 1912 by West Overton Distilling Co., was appraised at over $2,000 a bottle. Prosecution ended on July 12, 2014… when Saunders died. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/13/man-drank-102000-whisky_n_5675482.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)

HOPE SHE GOT TO WORK ON TIME?

While it’s not uncommon for women to have a busy schedule, a Houston mother, Vanessa DeLeon, was so tightly scheduled, while registering her 4-year-old son on August 14, 2014, at Fisher Elementary School in Pasadena, she had to use the nurse’s office to deliver another son, Geovanni, who weighed 6 pounds and 3 ounces. (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/texas-mom-birth-registering-son-preschool-article-1.1905928)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

REALLY THIRSTY FOR ANSWERS

With the city of Detroit shutting off about 3,000 home water services weekly for unpaid bills, the Council of Canadians asked the United Nations to label Detroit’s actions a human rights violation, similar to conditions in the poorest countries of the world. Meanwhile, as of July 2014, Canadians were delivering clean water to some 79,000 Detroit homes. (Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News, 7-3-14)

IS YOUR PET AMBIDEXTROUS?

A British study found 40 percent of cats are southpaws, while another 10 percent would swat balls of yarn with either paw. Another study, it too British, found dogs more evenly split. But, perhaps the most important observations came from an Italian study, which decided dogs wagging their tails from right-to-left are happy and wagging left-to-right demonstrates displeasure. (http://abcnews.go.com/Health/handful-scientific-facts-lefties-international-left-handers-day/story?id=24951611#2)

NOT PRACTICING SAFE .. SEX?

Ibiza, Spain, police were cracking down strongly on motorists not wearing seat belts. Therefore, when they pulled over a van in August 2014 with three couples, half-naked, enjoying a “group romp” in the back, they ignored public indecency, and only ticketed the six embarrassed participants for not “buckling-up.” (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/holidaymakers-having-sex-orgy-van-4048149)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

COULDN’T THIS AFFORD BAD LUCK

Chinese businessman and billionaire, Dingxiang Loeng, was still planning his 50th birthday party inside his luxurious suite at the Island Shangri-La hotel, when he opened a bottle of expensive champagne before some 200 friends. That’s when the cork struck him in the face… causing a brain hemorrhage. Paramedics confirmed his death less than twenty minutes later. (http://worldnewsdailyreport.com/china-billionaire-killed-by-champagne-bottle-cork/)

HE WAS “GAMELY” EMPLOYED

Rico Antwan, 28, was unusually “attired” clothing-wise when he crashed into and through the wall of a 13-story retirement home in Tampa. Arrested soon after staggering down the street, he wore only a ladies bra, panties and high heels. He also admitted to being a male prostitute… willing to cater to unusual sexual fantasies. (Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9)

NEEDED HANDICAPPED HIGH HEELS

Prescribed crutches and an orthopedic shoe, Lynn Palmer, 22, applied for workers’ compensation, claiming to have broken her toe working for a supermarket. She was later arrested on three felony counts of defrauding an insurance company… after being seen on video walking in high heel shoes with no visible signs of discomfort, competing to become Miss Toyota at the Long Beach Grand Prix. (http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/toe-dispute-prompts-arrest-beauty-contestant-24965406)

Monday, October 13, 2014

THAT’S A WEIGHT OFF HER…

Before surgery, Mercedes Talamantes, 51, told doctors in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the tumor in her ovaries had started growing five years earlier. Still, they were amazed to find it weighed 130 pounds. (The AP, 8-14-14)

AT TIMES LOVE MORE THAN HURTS

Madly in love, on St. Valentine’s Day 2014, soldier James Miller, 20, streaked naked across an English football field during a game, while shooting long-stemmed red roses into the air with a bow — all to show his girlfriend Jade Thompson, 19, how much he loved her. Unfortunate for Miller, he was threatened with court-martial, fined £200 and banned from all ball matches for three years. And his girlfriend dumped him. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/hopeless-romantic-gestures-gone-wrong-4037729#.U-k5wmOCUTA)

SHE FELL FOR THEIR AD

After falling down stairs in a New York City subway station, breaking her ankle and suffering a skull concussion, Ms. Ajanaffy Njewadda and her husband filed a lawsuit. She blamed her fall on a large ad posted on a wall for the serial-killer TV series “Dexter,” positioned to be seen just as visitors left the subway; she saying it was momentarily terrifying. (New York Post, 6-25-14)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

MET HIM ON DUMBBUTT.COM?

Lefkos Hajji, 28, wanted the proposal to his 27-year-old girlfriend to be extra special, so he had a florist in Hackney (UK) place her £6,000 (near $10,000 US) engagement ring inside a balloon, then fill it with helium. But soon after leaving the shop, a strong wind pulled the lighter-than-air balloon from his hand, allowing it to rapidly float away. (http://jezebel.com/tag/lefkos-hajji)

NOT A “PURR-FECT” APPLICATION

Facial recognition software is becoming more and more common, finding more and more uses. Taiwanese developer Mu-Chi Sung announced in July 2014 he would start marketing software as part of a cat health device so owners, especially those with multiple cats, can more easily monitor their animals eating habits. Biggest problem, though, finding a way to get cats to stick their heads through a hole in the feeder. (http://www.newsoftheweird.com/archive/index.html)

TOO MANY STOMACHS TO STOMACH

For some folks, lactose in cows’ milk causes digestive problems such as diarrhea. According to M. Pierluigi Christophe Orunesu, Swiss founder of Eurolactis (which provides donkey milk for babies and elderly Chinese), donkeys have only one stomach, as humans have – while cows, goats and sheep have multiple stomachs to break down their complex milk, giving humans digestion problems. (Vice.com, 7-25-14)

Friday, October 10, 2014

A CRAPPY ENGAGEMENT

Reed Harris proposed to his girlfriend, Kaitlin Whipple, uniquely. During a get together with friends, he dropped the ring into her frozen drink… which she unknowingly swallowed. This delayed their engagement for three days, until she reclaimed it from her toilet bowl, mixed with other, odorous discharge. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/hopeless-romantic-gestures-gone-wrong-4037729#.U-k5wmOC)

SOMEBODY GAVE HIM THE SHAFT

Occasionally, people are hit in the head with things like stray Frisbees, baseballs and even fruit falling from trees. Yunzhi Xias, 57, of Guangyuan, China, was walking underneath a high-rise apartment building when a knife fell from an eighth-story balcony, imbedding its lengthy shaft into his skull. Though he’d felt a sudden “weight,” bystanders had to tell him he was bleeding. (http://www.nbcnews.com/news/china/yunzhi-ziao-earns-calm-brother-moniker-knife-lodges-head-n17772)

NO NEED FOR SHEEP TO CALL 911

The spread of technology worldwide is effecting more and more occupations. For instance, some shepherds in Turkey have outfitted their sheep-monitoring donkeys with solar panels and battery packs to illuminate nighttime isolated fields in case of emergencies. Using that light, pregnant animals can be helped to give birth without transporting them back to the barn. (Mother Nature News, 7-22-14)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WONDER WHERE IT WAS BEFORE?

Know what happened on July 24, 1911? Yale University history professor Hiram Bingham III found Machu Picchu in Peru. Bet the folks living there were thrilled. (The AP, 7-24-14)

MAKE FOOD STAMPS EDIBLE?

With the federal food stamp program wasting millions-upon-millions-upon-millions of dollars each year, those states wasting the fewest of those millions are being rewarded with more millions. In July 2014, the Florida Department of Children and Families won a federal grant of $7 million for having wasted only $47 million in food stamp benefits. (Fox News, 7-8-14)

UNLIKE HIS VICTIMS PROBLEMS

Adam Landerman, 21, could no longer tolerate being abused and filed court papers in Joliet, Illinois. Jailed there, charged with two horrific murders, Landerman proclaimed he was tired of using small jail towels, having no barber or beautician services or shaving cream, and the poor variety of foods. (http://www.newsoftheweird.com/archive/index.html)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

MUST’VE CHANGED HIS MIND?

To avoid the death penalty, on July 26, 2013, Ariel Castro pleaded guilty to 937 counts for imprisoning, raping and beating three women in his Cleveland home for decades. Instead, four months and eight days later, December 3, 2013, he hanged himself inside his cell. (The AP, 7-26-14)

NOTHING-TO-HIDE POLITICIAN

When 87-year-old Dave Olinger tried running for sheriff in Island County, Washington, he learned his Nudist Party was not an acceptable political organization, so he “addressed” the problem by running as a Democrat. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/09/dave-olinger_n_5663521.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)

WANT ART? MAKE YOUR OWN

British artist Tracy Emin’s best work is probably her 1998 furniture-and-effects exhibit, “My Bed,” displaying and reflecting the remains from a failed romantic relationship, showing soiled sheets and a room littered with empty vodka bottles and used condoms. Collector Charles Saatchi bought the display for about $200,000 USD, and resold it 15 years later at auction for $4,330,000 USD. (BBC News, 7-1-14)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

HATRED ANCHORING SOULS

Ayelet Shaked, a female member of the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party, has figured out an easy way to end the conflict in Gaza. Simply slaughter all Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.” Quote: “They are all our enemies and their blood should be on our hands. This also applies to the mothers of the dead terrorists.” Then she declared that all Palestinians are Israel’s enemies and must be killed. – Funny thing, Lady. Hitler said the same about Jews. (http://www.dailysabah.com/)

HE NEEDED A CEMENT SEAT BELT

The largest cement “Humpty Dumpty” known was at Enchanted Forest in Salem, Oregon. Created in 1970 by Roger Tofte, it was destroyed in July 2014, when two intruders climbed the wall Humpty sat upon, causing him to have a great fall. Tofte said he doubted he could put Humpty back together again, so he’ll start over. (KOIN-TV/Portland, Ore., 7-5-14)

INVESTING CLOSE TO “HOME”

Not to enhance her figure, but to transport cash, Victoria Faren, 78, was caught in April 2014 boarding a flight scheduled Detroit to the Philippines, with some $40,000 concealed; about half of which ($21,000) inside her girdle alone. (Reuters, 8-8-14)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

AT LEAST SHE WASN’T TEXTING

Floridian Megan Barnes, 37, was multi-task-driving in March 2014, when she ran into the rear of an SUV. According to trooper Gary Dunick, Barnes was shaving her “bikini” area, on the way to meet her boyfriend, while her ex-husband, Charles Judy, who was riding shotgun, steered the car. Barnes was charged with driving with a revoked license, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and driving with no insurance. (http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/cops-woman-crashes-car-shaving-privates/story?id=10065885)

WANTED TO SMOOCH WITH A POOCH

Roach, Missouri, church leader Jerald Hill, 56, lost his job and was arrested August 5, 2014, for his post on Craigslist. After getting a tip, an undercover detective at the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force contacted Hill by email and offered him a dog for sex. Hill agreed and was later arrested, leaving the Windermere Baptist Conference Center to search for a new president and CEO. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/08/jerald-hill_n_5662462.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)

ALREADY DRIVEN HIMSELF CRAZY

On July 5, 2014, Aaron Jansen, 29, gave Salina, Kansas, Sheriff’s deputies a hard time. His joy ride, in a vehicle spray-painted with derogatory statements about law enforcement, included high-speed circles in a soybean field. Before tires were blown, with the car still in motion, he crawled upon and surfed the roof, shouting Bible verses, wearing a cowboy hat, boots and a woman’s dress. (KAKE-TV/Wichita, 7-7-14)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

HE WON PENNIES/NICKELS/DIMES

Andres Carrasco won a lawsuit against Adriana’s Insurance Services; he claiming a company agent threw him from their office, when he tried to learn why his auto insurance was cancelled. Part of his settlement, $20,000 in coins, was delivered in 17 buckets, each weighing an estimated 70 to 100 pounds. And, considering 76-year-old Carrasco recently had a hernia operation, he needed assistance “raking–in” his settlement. (KNBC-TV, 8-6-14)

ANOTHER SMALL CHANGE PROBLEM

Wolverhampton, England – A surveillance camera in February 2014 recorded two men, wearing hoods, unable to open a parking lot’s automated cash machine. Then, ramming it with their Peugeot, doing expensive damage to both car and machine, they loaded some $1,500 in coins into the passenger seat, before trying to drive away. Problem was the heavy weight of coins in the damaged vehicle caused it to sink to the pavement, unable to move before police arrived. (Express and Star, 7-5-14)

HE MUST’VE COME-UP-SHORT?

Got something to sell you don’t need anymore? Catarina Migliorini, 20, and Alex Stepanov, 21, did. Ms. Zaiden (a Brazilian) sold hers to a Japanese man named Natsu for £483,000 ($772,000), while Stepanov (an Australian) only received £1,860 ($3,120). What did they sell? Their virginity. (http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/catarina-migliorini-alex-stepanov-virginity-sold-online-398099)

Friday, October 3, 2014

FALLING IN LOVE? BE CAREFUL

Emmy-winning TV reporter Sabrina Rodriguez must have fallen in love, and given her mental decision making, over to the wrong man. Nicholas Gray stole more than $2,500 in wallets from a Coach outlet store, with Sabrina acting as his lookout. Surveillance videos show Rodriguez picking up and shaking a wallet at Gray, before Gray took several wallets off the store display and placed them in his bag. (http://abcnews.go.com/US/tv-reporter-accused-handbag-shoplifting-plot/story?id=24860853)

COMMITTING SUICIDE MIGHT HELP?

Sharlene Simon, 42, filed a lawsuit in December 2013, against the family of the teenage bicyclist she’d run down and killed in 2012. She blames the boy’s joyride at 1:30 A.M. for the accident that left her traumatized. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/27/sharlene-simon-brandon-majewski_n_5224094.html)

BITE DOWN ON THIS STORY

A 17-year-old male, Ashik Gavai  from a small village in western India, suffered jaw pain and swelling for over a year before journeying to Mumbai (Bombay). There, surgeon Vandana Thoravade and his staff spent seven hours removing 232 denticles (small teeth) from the young man’s gums. (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/weird/mumbai-india-232-teeth-268604522.html)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

SHOWED HIS BUTT COAST-TO-COAST

Apparently looking for “more exposure,” San Francisco Board of Supervisors candidate George Davis flew to New York City, then stripped buck naked in Times Square on July 30, 2014; expressing his right to be nude in public. He has been arrested twice before for public nudity. (http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/nude-political-candidate-campaigns-times-square-24870354)

HAS NO CLOTHING BUDGET?

Though Austria is known for having a non-prudish attitude, a woman there faces a fine up to 1,000 euros (about $1,350) for going around in public wearing only tennis shoes. Austrian privacy laws forbid release of her name, but she’s previously been seen naked shopping in a supermarket and at a gas station filling up her car. (http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/austrian-woman-faces-fine-nude-outings-24862584)

MR. UNGRATEFUL

Broomfield, Colorado, rescuers who saved Roy Ortiz, after his car plunged into raging water during the historic flood there in September 2013, apparently were not appreciated? Ortiz hired a lawyer last March, threatening to sue them for not saving him even more quickly. – Maybe he needs the money for swimming lessons? (KCNC/Denver, 3-4-14)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ITCHING TO GO TO JAIL

KRQE-TV reports Patrick Silva accepted $1,600 given to him by a grocery store clerk, and was arrested; though he claimed to only be scratching his tummy. The clerk thought he was reaching under his shirt for a gun. (http://goo.gl/GHbFQh)

“COLLARED” FOR HIS CRIMES

A thieving dog in Clinton, S.C., was caught and stopped after being seen on security cameras coming and going from a Dollar General store, “shoplifting” pigs ears, beef bones, dog food, and treats. Cato the Husky must’ve known he shouldn’t steal? After each heist he’d go bury his ill-gotten-gains. (http://www.foxcarolina.com/story/24152659/shoplifting-sc-husky-caught-red-pawed)

BLIND ANTICIPATION

St. Petersburg, Florida – Three teens, ages 13, 14 and 15, were having great fun in July 2014, serial-testing parked cars’ doors to find unlocked ones to commit burglaries. Well, that is, until they entered an unmarked police car, without looking up… with a detective sitting inside. (WCTV/Tallahassee, 7-17-14)

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Volume I of Weird, Bizarre and Unusual [Kindle Edition] is available on Amazon.com – Volume II will be coming soon, with Volume III, IV and V to follow.