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.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

COULD’VE PAID WASHING DISHES

A fellow you’re familiar with had his credit card turned down at a New York restaurant in September 2014, because someone had stolen his identity. Good thing his wife, Michelle Obama, had one that worked. (The AP, 10-18-14)

WHAT? NO BRA? NO WONDER

After surgery at the Delaware Surgery Center in Dover, Andrew Walls, 32, sued. According to his attorney, “When the plaintiff initially presented for his colonoscopy he had not been wearing pink women’s underwear and at no time did the plaintiff voluntarily, knowingly or intentionally place the pink women’s underwear upon himself.” The lawsuit seeks damages for intentional infliction of that emotion stress. A doctor who knew him had pulled the prank. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/16/patient-wakes-up-with-pink-panties-colonoscopy_n_5998262.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular)

SMOKING: HAZARDOUS TO FREEDOM

Paul Carman, 38, was so nervous he stopped running and bummed a cigarette off a construction worker. But this caused the worker to remember which way he ran when police came by; so he was soon arrested and later given 10 years in prison for bank robbery. (http://kslx.com/tag/paul-carman/)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

MORE THAN THE GAVEL GOT BANGED

Travis Husnik, 33, and Heather Basten, 29, were pulled over and arrested in Oconto County, Wis., on Aug. 3, 2014 for being drunk. After their arrest, with both put in the back seat of a patrol car, the arresting deputy was shocked looking in his mirror to see them “enjoying” sex on their way to jail. Basten was later sentenced to 48 days, and a $500 fine. Due to his arrest record, Husnik was given 90 days. (Green Bay Press Gazette, 9-5-14)

SHE’D BE VOTING FROM HEAVEN

New York voter Luz Pabellon was proud of her 73-years when she voted in 2014. That is until she realized her voter registration card showed she was born on January 1, 1850, making her 164-years-old. (The AP, 10-19-14)

MORE WASHINGTON INEFFICIENCIES

Last reported, the Social Security Disability claim backlog has reached a record number of 990,339 cases. That number dwarfs the number at two other federal agencies known for case lags. (The Department of Veterans Affairs has a pile of 536,000 appeals for benefits and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has 606,000 applications pending.) The Social Security pileup is made worse because of an outdated and antiquated list of jobs used by judges to qualify a disability applicant. Two of the jobs listed: “telegram messenger” and “horse-and-wagon driver.” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2014/10/18/the-biggest-backlog-in-the-federal-government/)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MURDERERS COLLECT MILLIONS

According to an Associated Press report October 20, 2014, “Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the U.S.” They had lied about their Nazi past to get into the U.S. following WWII. When they were discovered, the U.S. Justice Department “persuaded” these Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. by allowing them to keep their Social Security benefits… if they agreed to go, or fled before deportation. (While most of the millions they killed never even got tombstones.) (http://www.thestate.com/2014/10/19/3755746/expelled-nazis-paid-millions-in.html#storylink=cpy)

UP-YOUR-SKIRT, MAYBE?

In July 2014, Japanese police raided a shoe manufacturer and retrieved a list of about 1,500 purchasers of the company’s signature “tosatsu shoes,” which have built-in cameras. Next, going down this long list, authorities tried asking each buyer if they intended to take voyeurism-type photos – under dresses and skirts? This company was fined for “aiding voyeurism.” (United Press International, 9-23-14)

LIFE IN PRISON MIGHT BE MONTHS

Finally, some forty years after Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge took the lives of 1.7 million humans, Nuon Chea, 88, and Khieu Samphan, 83, the most senior surviving leaders of these atrocities, have finally been sentenced to “life” in prison. – May they both suffer extreme pain on their way to Hell. (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-07/an-verdicts-in-trials-of-former-khmer-rouge-leaders-khieu-samph/5655186)

Monday, December 15, 2014

SHE’S BARKING FOR FINANCING

Doris Carvalho of Tampa, Florida, is looking for new venture capital to expand her hobby, making handbags priced at $1,000 each. What “fabric” and skill is required to make a purse this expensive? It requires 50 hours per bag to make, and two pounds per product of recycled dogs’ hair. (BayNews9.com/St. Petersburg 9-9-14)

HE MUST MISS HIS CELL FRIENDS?

Carlos Fields, 40, got so tired of waiting on a bus in Ft. Worth, Texas, when it arrived he hit the driver and threatened him with a knife. This got him sentenced to 30 years in prison. Of course, during Fields’ over-reactive life he’d already served prison time for a total of 17 crimes. (The AP, 8-1-14)

DYSFUNCTIONAL D.C.

Same day in September 2014, Washington, D.C., and New York City made traffic-camera announcements, with Washington, D.C., declaring a revenue crisis, and New York reporting one speed camera alone in Brooklyn earned $77,550 in a single day. While New York has fewer cameras, that one alone created 1,551 tickets. D.C. officials say $80 million revenue is expected this fiscal year… a $7.3 million loss below projections. They also estimate a $13 million loss next year. (Could it be the revenue is down because cameras are doing what they’re meant to?) (http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/DC-Speed-Cameras-212859491.html and Washington Post, 9-29-14)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

FOR TRUE PET LOVERS

A company in Brisbane, Australia, Pets Eternal, suggests owners of just deceased animals keep a whisker, lock of hair or tooth, to be made into jewelry or mixed with ink to make a tattoo. While the Houston based space-flight group named Celestis, which launched the ashes of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry into orbit, will soon offer to shoot pets’ remains into orbit ($995), or even to the moon ($12,000). (KRLD/Dallas-Fort Worth, 7-30-14)

CAMEL RELAXES ON CORPSE

Richard Mileski of Chicago moved to Mexico and founded an animal sanctuary on his ranch in Tulum, Yucatan, Southern Mexico. On October 13, 2014, a camel in the refuge kicked and bit him to death, before sitting down on his body. Both a rope and a pickup truck were required to pull and re-erect this lounging camel. The camel may have been angry because he wasn’t given his daily soft drink, (The AP, 10-16-14)

GOT SCREWED WITHOUT SEX

Trisha Jones was worshiped by a 63-year-old Maryland businessman, though they’d never met; all thanks to a computer dating website. To prove love, this man even sent $200,000 to his heart-throb in Dallas. Problem was, “she” was 24-year-old Oluwaseun Oyesanya, a Nigerian man. (The AP, 10-16-14)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

NO GRUMPY GRANNY NO MORE

A 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy was jailed, accused of punching Helen Novak, 90, then holding a cane against her throat until she died. After the boy’s parents requested he not be released, jailers provided the little fellow with recreational opportunities and coloring books. (The AP, 10-16-14)

AT LEAST NO POO INVOLVED

A Bay Village, Ohio, 15-year-old boy suffering from autism totally trusted his male teenage friends. So, when they invited him to join in the ice bucket challenge for charity, he gladly agreed. Problem was, instead of dumping ice water on his head, the bucket contained urine and tobacco spit. These teens, ages 14-16, last heard faced juvenile delinquency, assault and disorderly conduct charges. (The AP, 10-15-14)

WHAT A LOUSY MEAL

In September 2014, arrested on assault charges, Staci Anne Spence, 42, was driven to jail in Sandpoint, Idaho. Upon arrival, and after Spence was removed from the police car, officers were surprised to discover she’d chewed through the back seat, foam padding and seat cover. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2766598/Idaho-woman-charged-felony-chewed-seat.html)

Friday, December 12, 2014

HOOTER-HAMPERED

Venezuela, suffering its worst recession in decades, has one inadequacy not generally reported. It’s the reduction in breast implants, due to the depreciation of their currency. Last year’s enhancement surgeries were a meager 85,000. Local comedians claim this will force flat-chested women to develop personalities. (CTV News/Toronto, 9-15-14)

SHOULD’VE USED MAPSCO

On October 15, 2014, Harris County (Texas) sheriff’s officials reported the arrests of Michael Taylor, 45, Leslie Peck, 32, and Stephanie Adam, 30, for mailing a package to the wrong address. That’s because their package contained heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. When arrested, they also had a goodly amount of other drugs and several guns in their possession. (The AP, 10-16-14)

NO SEX ANGER KILLED MILLIONS?

Blamed for World War II, Germany’s Adolph Hitler (1889–1945) is accused of causing deaths of some 46 million humans. Now, an update in history seems to prove he was a drug addict, who spent his final years “enjoying” cocktails containing 74 different drugs; including crystal meth, barbiturate tranquilizers, morphine and… bulls’ semen, attempting to overcome his inability to “perform.” – Could Viagra have saved millions? (The AP, 10-16-14)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

THERE GOES THE HONEYMOON

Oct. 11, 2014, during their wedding reception in Terre Haute, Indiana, Dr. George ‘Scott’ Samson, 54, told his bride, Kelly Ecker, 50, she would ‘never get her hands on his money.’ And, after the last guest left well past midnight, the intoxicated couple got into a fight, and Samson shot his new bride to death. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2783750/Newlywed-doctor-married-HOURS-kills-wife-MINUTES-guest-left-wedding-reception.html?ito=social-facebook)

AH, BLOW-IT-OUT

Researchers say determining stress levels in whales can be stressful on researchers. The most reliable way to measure whale tension lies in hormones captured setting in a boat next to the huge creature, waiting until it blasts snot out of its blowhole. Now forced to catch the mess, or wipe it from their raincoats, a mucus-trapping drone is being developed to fly over and catch the discharge. (Boston Globe, 9-10-14)

BE PERFECT – MAKE NO MISTAKES

You ever broken the law? Most everyone has at least gotten a speeding ticket. A new website – Instant Checkmate – publicly reveals the “private” past of millions of Americans. It aggregates hundreds of millions of publicly available criminal, traffic, and arrest records and posts them online so they can easily be searched by anyone about/by friends, family, neighbors, etc. (Note: The reports are not free.) (http://www.instantcheckmate.com/?src=M&mdm=DISPLAY&cmp=M&cnt=TAKBS&affid=5&campid=245&sid=M&s1=TAKBS&lp=%2F)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A BI-LINGUAL BIRD

The Daily Breeze reported October 12, 2014, when Nigel the pet parrot disappeared in 2010, it had a British accent. Found 4 years later, and identified by a microchip, Nigel now speaks Spanish. (http://www.dailybreeze.com/lifestyle/20141011/talking-parrot-missing-for-4-years-found-now-speaks-spanish)

DIFFERENT STROKES FOR…

The Slate’s advice columnist Emily Yoffe (aka Dear Prudence), received a letter from a single mother worried about her 14-year-old son, saying “I have seen evidence in his bedroom, the laundry room, and the kitchen.” Adding he was so “obsessed” even when playing hockey he would deliberately take penalties so he could be alone in the penalty box… to “please himself.” (prudence@slate.com.)

WELL, SO MUCH FOR THAT

Newly established branch “Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent” – a project of Osama bin Laden’s successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri – failed its first mission, according to the Daily Telegraph/London (9-12-14). Trying to commandeer what they thought was an “American” aircraft carrier in the Karachi dockyard, they stormed a Pakistani naval frigate instead (not even vaguely resembling an aircraft carrier), and Pakistani forces killed or captured all 10 jihadists. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2756249/Newly-formed-Al-Qaeda-branch-India-botches-terror-attack-mistakenly-trying-capture-Naval-ship-thought-American-aircraft-carrier.html)

CORRECTION MADE 162 YEARS LATER

In October 2014, The New Jersey Herald finally got around to a “delayed” correction in their publication. The error stated “Boy killed and eaten by a bear!” – which led readers to believe it happened locally. When, in reality, the story was first published in Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 11, 1852. (The AP, 10-11-14)

ENJOY: DEATH, DESERT AND MUSIC

A September 2014 raid on an ISIS safe house in Syria turned up a Dell laptop owned by Tunisian jihadist “Muhammad S.,” containing recipes for bubonic plague and ricin, a recipe for banana mousse and a variety of songs by Celine Dion. (Foreign Policy magazine, 9-9-14)

SHE WAS 65-YEARS HIS SENIOR

According to the Associated Press, October 11, 2014, a 35-year-old Wichita, Kansas, man was arrested, not only for burglary of a home, but also the rape of a woman… who had already celebrated her 100th birthday.

Monday, December 8, 2014

CANCEL THOSE BURIAL PLANS

Though heartbroken, after Juneau, Alaska, police told Karen and Jay Priest their 29-year-old son, Justin Priest, had been killed, they still went to tell his longtime live-together girlfriend. But their biggest shock came while knocking on her door… only to have their “dead” son open it. (The AP, 10-11-14)

FUNERALS ARE A LOT CHEAPER

Federal health officials have approved a daily pill to cure the most common form of hepatitis C. Problem is, each of these pills costs $1,125, meaning a year’s supply could set you back $410,625. (The AP, 10-11-14)

BATHED HIMSELF IN HOLY WATER?

After Catholic priest Gerald Robinson died in July 2014, his body was buried with full priestly rights. This came as a surprise to many around the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, considering the fact in 2006 he’d been convicted of murdering Sister Margaret Ann Pahl. (WNWO-TV/Toledo, 7-11-14)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

PRAISE THE… MONEY

Remember televangelist Jim Bakker and his Praise the Lord ministry? After serving five years of a 45-year sentence for stealing millions from the church, now at age 74, he’s back in business. His “church” is selling “love gifts” for worshipers who donate enough to the website’s shopping cart. These items include bulk foods, “Superfood” legacy seeds, fuel-efficient generators (and a “foldable solar panel”), vitamins and supplements – and, of course, CDs and DVDs of Bakker’s inspirational and prophetic messages. (visit – JimBakkerShow.com)

BUT TURN-OFF CELL PHONES

Don’t you hate waiting in line, with others in front and behind you? What if you had bodies above and below? Banwell Parish Council in Somerset, UK, knowing St. Andrew’s Church had only 70 burial plots left, begun considering using GreenAcre Solutions, which offers a modular stacking system, allowed bodies in coffins to be stacked 4-deep. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/grave-decision-church-cemetery-start-4408296)

WHAT A GUY – PRAISE GOD

Egyptian Salafist preacher Osama al-Qusi proclaimed, via fatwa in August 2014, that men could properly spy on women bathing, but only if they have “pure intentions.” He wrote, “If a man intended to marry the woman, he might learn some things otherwise unrevealed before the ceremony.” (The Guardian/London, 8-22-14)

SOME PEOPLE DO THE RIGHT THING

Ever have a problem forgiving yourself for a mistake made early in life? That’s why seventy-three-year-old Navy veteran Bernard Schermerhorn had to correct his mistake made nearly 60 years prior. For this he mailed a $200 check from his home in La Mesa, California, to The Ledger newspaper in Florida, explaining, while attending high school there, he and friends stole several newspaper racks, kept the change, and dumped the stands. (http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/florida-paper-check-apology-50-years-26056146)

LOVING THE LORD TOO LOUDLY

Pastor Johnnie Clark of Columbia, South Carolina, was sentenced to two weeks in jail for being too noisy. During his Pentecostal worship services, where musical instruments played loudly, he’d used a microphone to amplify drums, causing police to issue an injunction… after more than 50 previous visits and warnings. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/04/unbelievable-arrest-jail-crimes_n_5921234.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news&ir=Weird%20News)

YOUR WAY, OKAY?

Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, Brittany Maynard, 29, moved to Oregon, where she could legally commit suicide. More than 750 people have used Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, since it passed Dec. 31, 2013. The average age of those ending their own lives is 70, while only six were younger than 34. Brittany ended her life Nov. 1, 2014. (The AP, 10-09-14)

MOTHER BECOMES A FATHER

In August 2013, an Arizona appeals court overruled a lower court, deciding Thomas and Nancy Beatie could continue divorce proceedings. Thomas had plastic surgery and hormone therapy to become a man, although he’d been the spouse who bore the couple’s three children. That was possible because he made it a point to retain his reproductive female organs. Confusing, huh? (KSAZ-TV/Phoenix, 8-14-14)

POOR KID

Walter Richters, 38, got so tired of hearing his girlfriend Melissa Robitille’s disabled 13-year old son make noise, he poured vodka into the child’s IV feeding tube, killing him. When both pleaded innocent in Caledonia County, Vt., they were held without bail. (The AP, 10-9-14)

BET EACH ONE WAS VERY SORE

For the 12th ] year, in August 2014, a group of Japanese adult-film actresses volunteered their breasts to raise money for an AIDS-prevention charity event shown on an X-rated cable TV channel from Tokyo. This 12-hour “Boob Aid” “squeeze-a-thon” sold caressing permission to men who donate at least the equivalent of about $9. A total of 4,100 pairs of disinfectant-sprayed hands were allowed to fondle the breasts of nine actresses. (Agence France-Presse, 8-31-14)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

BETTER THAN 2-CANS-AND-STRING

You still use AOL dial-up, or remember what it was like? Though AOL lost 21 million subscribers in 15 years, the remaining 2.3 million dial-up subscribers today pay on average $20 monthly, a healthy part of AOL’s quarterly profits of some $122 million. (Quartz, 8-6-14)

CAN YOU AFFORD FRIES, TOO?

If you like burgers, the “Glamburger” would probably especially tickle your taste buds. Chris Large, chef at Honky Tonk in London, created this gourmet meal containing black truffle, a Kobe Wagyu beef patty from Japan, lobster, beluga caviar, venison, a duck egg and an edible gold leaf. This 2,618-calorie creation is priced at $1,768. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/08/worlds-most-expensive-burger-1768_n_5951670.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)

HE GOT HIS WISH

When American Matthew Miller, 24, entered North Korea in April 2014, he told the Associated Press he wanted to enter prison in order to secretly investigate human rights there. Convicted of espionage, in only 90-minutes, he will “investigate” for six years while doing hard labor. (The AP, 9-14-14)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

LOUSY MOTHER OF THE YEAR

After a pet ruined her 4-year-old daughter’s backpack, Ashley Tull, 30, of Selbyville, Del., gave the child another one, and took her to the Hickory Tree Child Care Center. Later, when the child found 249 small bags of white powder inside the bag and, thinking it was candy, gave it to other children. After being noticed by an adult, police were called and Tull was soon arrested for possession of heroin and endangering the welfare of a child. (The AP, 10-7-14)

OVER-CONSUMED THEIR PRODUCT

Police rushing to a home outside Dothan, Alabama, found three terrified women screaming out their upstairs window. One shouted she’d been stabbed and the blade broken-off inside of her. Trying to survive, they’d used their own shotgun to blow out all windows, even ripped out a toilet and sink to drop on an outside intruder. Once inside police found no outsiders had been involved. The three had caused some $10,000 in damages, all caused by methamphetamine induced paranoia. Their meth lab, though, was undisturbed. (Dothan Eagle, 8-25-14)

NO SANTA CLAUSE REQUIRED

Ever wish you could attend the Academy Awards? Neiman Marcus’s annual Christmas Book offers an all-inclusive package, including invitations to the Vanity Fair Oscar party for only $425,000. Additional fantasy gifts include: A 6-foot green steampunk cocktail-shaking machine for $35,000; A House of Creed fragrance journey for two to Paris with five-star accommodations and 24 14-karat gold-gilded six-liter flacons of a custom-designed perfume for $475,000. (http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Gifts/The-Christmas-Book/Fantasy-Gifts/cat48140738/c.cat)

Monday, December 1, 2014

HOPE IT TOOK MANY HOURS

After the April 29, 2014, execution of Clayton Lockett at Oklahoma State Penitentiary took 43 minutes, some feared that the planned execution of Charles Frederick Warner, on November 13, might cause him to suffer cruel and unusual punishment, too. What did Warner do to be sentenced to death? He raped and murdered 11-month-old Adrianna Walker. (The AP, 10-5-14)

IT’S ABOUT TIME

In October 2014, refills for popular painkillers containing hydrocodone were made more difficult to acquire. Why? According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration 7 million Americans abuse prescription drugs and during the last decade 100,000 have died from overdose. Hydrocodone combinations (including Vicodin, Lortab and Norco) account for more prescriptions than any other drug, with more than 130 million filled each year. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10-06-14)

HE SEEMED A BIT BACKWARD

Sebastopol, Calif. – Dylan Stables, 20, was on probation when arrested July 22, 2014, for possession of stolen credit cards. He was caught because his car’s broken transmission forced him to drive through town in reverse. (Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, 7-23-14)

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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.