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, March 10, 2014 –
THEY GOT SCREWED-OVER WORSE
Fort Hood’s Sergeant first class Gregory McQueen was assigned to an extremely import position, coordinator of the sexual assault and harassment prevention program. But, apparently, the job went to his wrong head. Now McQueen is charged with 21 counts for pandering, conspiracy, maltreatment of subordinates, abusive sexual contact and adultery. All for setting up a prostitution ring involving cash-strapped female soldiers. (The AP, 3-8-14)
CHIRP, OUCH! CHIRP
Marie Margarone of Milton, Mass., was house cleaning when she noticed green feathers in the exhaust screen of her vacuum cleaner. Knowing “Birdie”, an 8-year-old Parakeet, was her only pet with feathers, she immediately opened the machine to find the poor bird… not in good repair. And, though it took an hour of surgery to remove 25% of the bird’s wing, and it will never fly again, the little guy can still chirp. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/06/)
MAYBE HE COULD MOVE TO 2B?
Nilay Shroff, 27, returned to his New York City apartment after a day’s work, to find it surprisingly “clean”. Meaning it was empty of all furniture, microwave, pots and pans, most everything he owned except the clothing on his body. The following day his apartment’s manager admitted a mistake. A trash removal service hired to clean out apartment 2B, accidentally cleaned out apartment 2D. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/05)
Sunday, March 9, 2014 –
BETTER HIDE THE VIAGRA
A way has been discovered to control moths (Heterocera), which often destroy clothing, as well as household foods such as rice, flour and dried fruit. Without using poisons, pest control experts Rentokil have launched a Moth Disruption System, which causes male moths to lose their sex urge, automatically ceasing reproduction. (Miranda Prynne/News Reporter 3-6-14)
SO, THOUGHT YOU’D HEARD IT ALL
In December 2014 the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association joined with the Ohio attorney general’s office to investigate human drug abuse of cat and dog pain killers. Some reports indicate owners were deliberately injuring their pets in order to obtain the drugs. (Dayton Daily News, 12-11-13)
MORE THAN A SEAT-MATE STINK
Unless you are Scandinavian you may not know of the Swedish fermented herring called surströmming, considered the smelliest food on earth. While the European Union should probably ban it for containing polychlorinated biphenyl, a cancer-causing toxin, most airlines in the world ban passengers transporting cans of surströmming, fearing they will explode and cause emergency evacuations. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk)
Saturday, March 8, 2014 –
ANOTHER SOURCE OF CANCER?
Robert Maegerle, 78, and Walter Liew, 56, were convicted in a San Francisco court March 5, 2014 for quote: “Stealing an American company’s secret recipe for making a chemical used to whiten products from cars to the middle of Oreo cookies.” Cars? Oreo cookies? Phooey! (The AP, 3-6-14)
IF YOU LOSE, PLAY DRUNK
Ever been to Las Vegas to gamble and enjoy great food and free drinks? Southern California gambler Mark Johnston, 52, went… and now is suing the Downtown Grand because he lost $500,000, claiming he was too drunk, and they shouldn’t have let him play. And, Nevada law does forbid allowing obviously drunk players to gamble. (The AP, 3-6-14)
HAS HIS PRIORITIES MIXED UP
Poor Luce, a border collie spaniel, was evicted to “another place” in Chedzoy, England, after her owner, Royston Grimstead, 42, found she had completely chewed through a wheel arch on his $120,000 Aston Martin. (http://www.newsoftheweird.com)
Friday, March 7, 2014 –
RECORDS ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN?
A new record was set recently at a northern California elementary school. According to Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson, the “arrest” of two 8-year-olds and one 9-year-old, for smoking marijuana inside a school toilet, took away that title from an earlier caught 10-year-old. (Reuters, 3-5-14)
RECKON SHE BETTER UNPACK
The Palm Beach Post reported March 2, 2014, teenager Dana Sway had cost her father Patrick $80,000 for posting on Facebook “Mama and Papa Sway won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.” Though her father had won a lawsuit against the school for age discrimination, the stipulation was no details could be made public.
THE WORD IS OUT… TWICE
During fourteen years, beginning in 2006, a watchdog agency in India collected 667 complaints against Delhi police… and forwarded them to the department. But by 2014, when absolutely zero had been investigated, it was learned not one person in the department had been given the computer password to read the complaints. Now two people know the password. (http://www.newser.com)
Thursday, March 6, 2014 –
TRIED TO RISE ABOVE IT ALL
Troy Prockett, 37, was driving along Interstate 290 near Hudson, Mass., when his car spun out and crashed. This caused him to jump out immediately, run into the woods and climb some 30 feet up a tree. Why? Followed soon by a state trooper, a drunk Prockett tried to play innocent by shouting down, “Caught that guy who was driving yet?” With only one set of footprints on the ground, he was arrested and taken to jail. (WCVB-TV, 1-9-14)
BROKE HIS PATIENCE-HE THE LAW
A Florida man, Keith Lukas, 43, was so disgusted with the way the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office treated him, between May 1, 2012, and Dec. 5, 2013, he called their non-emergency number a total of 2,927 times to complain. Lukas’ “mistreatments” apparently occurred during his multiple arrests for battery, DUI, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. (NBC Miami)
ALL IN THE FAMILY
After Montgomery County (Texas) police arrested Charlene Ellet for shoplifting at a Walmart, and Cameron Beck for possession of methamphetamine, they were locked in adjoining cells… where they were later caught kissing passionately through the bars. While admitted to a long and lengthy sexual relationship, they also swore… though they had the same mother, having different fathers made them not full brother and sister. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 –
THIS WOMAN IS NOT A MOTHER
On a Friday night (3-1-14), Melynie Marie Susunkewa got so drunk at a party in Phoenix, she jumped a fence, blacked out for several hours and, eventually getting a ride home, slept until Saturday afternoon. Only then did she call her mother to ask where her 2-year-old son was… who’d been found that morning sitting alone, in a yard, in the rain. (The AP, 3-3-14)
HOW SORRY CAN THEY GET?
The pastor of New Harmony Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, La., David “Scott” Lemley, 43, has been arrested for raping a 20-year-old mentally disabled woman. More disgusting, the woman’s father, who had been arrested previously on several sexual counts, had this act of fornication performed for his “pleasure.” (The AP, 3-4-14)
GOING NO PLACE BUT JAIL FAST
Andre Bacon, 21, tried stealing a car from a woman inside her Chicago garage. And she cooperated by giving him the keys… before running outside, lowering and locking the garage’s door. Bacon was soon arrested by police still sitting behind the steering wheel. (Chicago Tribune, 2-2-14)
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 –
NEEDS HIS TONGUE REMOVED, TOO
Remember an earlier report about Norway’s Anders Breivik, who murdered 77 helpless people, then sent to prison for only 21 years, demanded electronic games or he would stop eating? Now it’s reported, back in 2012 he threatened the same over cold coffee, lack of skin moisturizer and insufficient butter for his bread. (Los Angeles Times, 2-18-14)
NEITHER WAS HIS BRAIN WORKING
After David Charles, 21, was arrested, the Indianapolis Star (1-1-14) headline read: ”Man Arrested Allegedly Trying to Sell Stolen Brains at Dairy Queen.” That’s because he thought he’d arranged a deal to sell 60 jars of mental patients’ brains (some from the 1800s) stolen from the Indiana Medical History Museum… to what turned out to be an undercover policeman.
TEASING THE DESPERATE
Sweden’s public employment service caused a near riot recently in downtown Stockholm. Intending to send emails inviting 1,000 unemployed to interview for job openings, instead, a typing error invited 61,000. After several thousand showed up desperate for a chance to work, police were called to disperse the needy crowd. (http://abcnews.go.com)
Monday, March 3, 2014 –
A WIN-WIN SITUATION
Scott Lowe, 22, was pulled over on Feb. 27, 2014 in Hingham, Mass., for speeding, but was lucky… in more ways than one. After explaining he was rushing to Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters in Braintree to collect the $50,000 he’d won on a scratch-off ticket, he was also “awarded” a warning instead of a speeding ticket. (http://bit.ly/1crD2Wu)
SHE SOCCER-ED IT TO HIS EGO
During 18 seasons TV’s The Bachelor has shown many men rejecting many, many women. But recently, Andi Dorfman, a female district attorney from Atlanta, rejected former soccer pro Juan Pablo. After spending a private night with him, she explained, “JP is a pretty sh*tty person to date. Not once did he ask anything about me. I’m not unsure. I know he’s not for me.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com)
TWO RIDES AT ONCE
Stefanie Herringer and Andrew Vukovich were enjoying a cab ride in Orland Park, Ill., Feb. 9th, around 3:00 a.m., when the driver suddenly pulled over, told them to pay up and get out. But neither had the $83 or even a wallet, so he drove them to Vukovich’s mother’s home, where her credit card was used… before both passengers were arrested for having sex in the backseat of the cab. (On Facebook, Herringer is a member of a group called “Modern Day Romeos.”)
Sunday, March 2, 2014 –
SOMEDAY SOCIAL SECURITY, TOO?
June 7, 1998, in Jasper, Texas, John William King, 23, Shawn Berry, 24, and Lawrence Russell Brewer, 31, all white men, tied James Byrd, Jr., 49, a black man, to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him to death, before chopping up his body. Later, after police found 75 pieces of Byrd, the three men were arrested. And, though Berry was given life and Brewer executed in 2011, King, as of Feb. 14, 2014, is still enjoying free room ‘n’ board and medical care on “death row” – 15 years, 8 months later. (https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/1999/02/king-f26.html)
A TALE/TAIL OF FOUR TITTIES
Quoting WTNH-TV News 8 reporter Bob Wilson: “Two men are in jail, one cow is dead and three cars are totaled.” All this happened after a camera hidden in a Hermiker, New York, barn caught Reid Fontaine, 31, and Michael Jones, 33, having sex with a cow. Afterward, the cow ran away onto Highway 1039, causing three cars to wreck, sending two drivers to a hospital. (DailyMirror on Facebook)
PLIERS AND TAPE MIGHT HELP?
South Korea is known for cosmetic beautification surgery, but procedures are expensive, causing some young women to use do-it-yourself procedures. One device is a $6 jaw-squeezing roller for the face to push the jaw line into a fashionable “oval” form. While a teenager told a reporter she attaches a contraption to her face for hours daily to pressure her nose into more of a point, to give it a Western look. (Denver Post, 12-19-13)
Saturday, March 1, 2014 –
AN ESPECIALLY CRAPPY AD
Last December USA Today awarded a product called Poo-Pourri as having one of the five worst ads of the year. The TV commercial showed a British-accented female sitting on a toilet, saying: “You would not believe the mother lode I just dropped.” That’s because Poo-Pourri is a pre-poo commode spray which is supposedly supposed to reduce the odor of excrement. (USA Today, 12-24-13)
NOT FOR USE IN CANDY MACHINES
A northern California couple walking their dog on their property recently stumbled upon an old rotting tree. Inside they (names withheld for obvious reasons) found 1,427 gold coins. Taken to veteran numismatist Don Kagin, he determined all – minted between 1847 and 1894 – had a face value of $27,000. Yet some were so rare they’d bring $1 million each, making the entire find worth about $10 million. (The AP, 2-26-14)
GENIUS FOR SALE
London’s Daily Mail reports Beijing Genomics Institute scientists are close to developing technology allowing parents-to-be to choose from several embryos which one is most likely to be the most intelligent. While one researcher acknowledged the “controversial” nature of the work, “especially in the West,” he added, “That’s not the case in China.” Though expensive, he said it was still cheaper than sending a child to Harvard. (Daily Mail, 1-14-14)
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.