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, October 30, 2014 –
BUT WAS HE LOOKING FOR A JOB?
German industrial giant Siemens recently had an unusual occurrence in the lobby of their Dresden office building. A wild moose walked in through the front door. Unable to convince the large animal to go outside, or enter a cage, after six hours it was tranquilized and returned to the wild. Apparently, the moose was “visiting” from neighboring Poland. (The AP, 8-26-14)
THEY RAINED HELL ON EACH OTHER
A rain shower falling on the Springdale Golf Course near Uniontown, Pennsylvania, caused Roger Harris, 63, and Bryan Bandes, 42, to first disagree, then get into a brutal fight. Harris hit Bandes in the head with his 3-wood, while Bandes punched-out Harris with his fist, leaving him with a swollen jaw, a fat lip and a scratched eye. Why? They argued the rule for playing a ball in a rain puddle. (KDKA-TV/Pittsburgh, 8-7-14)
DO HUMANS KNOW GOD YET!
New Delhi – Throughout history religious rituals have caused many, many thousands of unnecessary deaths. More recently, some 50,000 devotees, marking the holy day of Somvati Amavasya, walked or laid down to roll around a spot where the Hindu god Ram may have spent time; one woman, accidently shocked by an electrical wire, screamed, causing a stampede which killed 10 “believers”. (http://www.mb.com.ph/stampede-at-hindu-holy-procession-kills-10-indians/)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 –
NO REST FOR HETEROSEXUALS
In April 2014, Berlin’s Lutheran Georgen Parochial cemetery inaugurated a 4,300-square-foot area of its grounds reserved exclusively for lesbian women who, “want to be buried among other lesbians.” (Associated Press, 4-1-14)
AN ODD DRAIN-CLOGGER
Albuquerque, N.M. – KRQE-TV tells of a poodle named Morita, being bathed in a bathroom tub, when its little paw got stuck in the drain. The animal’s owner, 12-year-old Selena Ortega, said her family called a veterinarian, then a plumber, then 911. But when neither lotion nor shampoo released the pooch’s paw, the drain was sawed-out and both taken to a vet; where they were finally parted. (The AP, 8-24-14)
WHAT’S IN A NAME? JAIL
Ashley (Nicole) Chiasson had broken no law, but Clay County (Fl.) Sheriff’s officers arrested her in January 2014 for grand theft, then in May for writing bad checks. She stayed in jail for five weeks, while the real suspect, Ashley (Odessa) Chiasson (20 pounds different in weight, five inches different in height and 3 years different in age), remained free. (St. Augustine Record, 6-12-14)
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 –
EDUCATIONAL EARLY START
Thanks to cameras installed on streets near schools in Nassau County (N.Y.), in one month over 30,000 speeding citations were issued, totaling over $2.4 million in fines. Of course, amnesty on all those fines was declared after it was realized cameras were activated long before those schools opened. (http://www.salon.com/2014/08/22/county_forgives_2_4m_in_bad_speed_camera_tickets/)
COULDN’T THEY SMELL HIM BY NOW
New York City police have busted into the family home of James Jordan Sr., 12 times since 2006, seeking him on several charges (four times in 2014 alone), even though, after his death in 2006, his widow, Karen Johnson, taped his death certificate to their front door. Recently, while officers cleaned out drawers, and looked in closets, one shouted “We know you are here!” (New York Post, 5-6-14)
UNINTENDED INSURANCE COVERAGE
An airborne banner towed by an airplane came loose in Fremont, California, July 2014, floated down and landed on a house… frightening its residents. The sign advertised GEICO insurance. (KNTV/San Francisco, 7-23-14)
Monday, October 27, 2014 –
TEXT? LIVE? YOU DECIDE.
Fifty percent of high school students of driving age acknowledge texting while driving. Researchers at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park estimate there are more than 3,000 annual teen deaths nationwide from texting and 300,000 injuries. Surveys by the agency suggest more than 100,000 drivers are texting at any given daylight moment, while more than 600,000 drivers use handheld phones while operating a car. (http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/study-texting-while-driving-now-leading-cause-of-death-for-teen-drivers-1.5226036)
HE FILES AWAY HIS NAILS
Richard Gibson, 58, keeps his most prized possessions in a jar high on a shelf in his home, in Lafayette, Louisiana, which is every single toenail and fingernail he’s clipped off himself since February, 1978. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! latest publication, Reality Shock (released Sept. 9, 2014) show Gibson and his jar.
A STOLEN PRESIDENT
A Pennsylvania woman, Tiffany Bruce, had a panic attack and was placed in a hospital, after discovering President Barack Obama had been stolen off her front porch. Well, not the actual U.S. leader, but a statue of him she’d purchased at a furniture store some time ago. Now found and returned, she can go back to dressing him up as Santa on Christmas, and arrange pumpkins around him on Thanksgiving. (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/stolen-obama-statue-returned-owner-article-1.1917126)
Saturday, October 25, 2014 –
COME FLY AND DIE?
China Eastern Airlines seems “not to be all it can be.” For instance, on July 17, 2014, a China Eastern plane landed off the runway in the southwest city of Nanning. Three days later, another China Eastern plane veered off the runway after touching down at Changzhi airport in Shanxi province, and, on August 20, 2014, another flight had to circle Wuhan Tianhe Airport for 10 minutes, until the flight controller awoke from his nap. They claim to have improved since a 2004 crash killed 53 people. (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/19/us-china-airlines-investigation-idUSKBN0GJ0OK20140819)
SHE FED HIM A KNUCKLE SANDWICH
If you’ve had problems with odors around your home, you might relate to the way a South Carolina, wife, Jessica Cerney, 33, tried removing her smelly source. But, that got her arrested. Her husband, Darrel McKnight, 64, arrived home drunk… and full of flatulence, causing her to attempt to solve the problem by punching him in the face, three times. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/21/jessica-cerney-passed-gas-fart-face-darrell-mcknight-beats_n)
DID THE HYDRANT FIGHT BACK?
The Tampa Bay Times says Jeffery Paul McKenna, 34, was arrested on Aug. 14th, for spying through windows. Then, before he could be taken away, McKenna got into a fight with a fire plug. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/20/florida-man-fire-hydrant_n_5695080.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-)
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 –
FUTURE FOURTH-DOWN BANKRUPTCY?
Seems football has brain-washed sports lovers to the point it now affects the production and profits of large non-sports related U.S. businesses. With the 2014 NFL season having begun, it is estimated employee computer-scouring fantasy leagues during work time will cost $14 billion in lost productivity. (Dallas Morning News, 8-20-14)
DIDN’T GET HIS DOLLARS’ WORTH?
William McDaniel, 53, called 911, after paying $350 for a private dance at Sagebrush Sam’s (a strip club in Butte, Montana), claiming he got ripped-off. Instead, he was arrested for becoming “sexually aggressive” when the dancer refused sex; he was charged with soliciting prostitution. (http://www.kxlf.com/news/butte-man-arrested-after-complaining-about-lack-of-sex-at-strip-club)
LEAST HE’LL GET A RIDE TO JAIL
Albuquerque, N.Y., police say 18-year-old Michael Johnson was so “transportation-ally-challenged,” he was caught and arrested on his way to meet his probation officer… riding a stolen Walmart electric shopping cart. (http://www.newson6.com/story/26326876/stolen-shopping-scooter-ride-leads-to-jail)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 –
BUT DID THEY APOLOGIZE?
Returning from their honeymoon in August, 2014, Jamie and Emily Pharro, of Holbeach, Lincolnshire, UK, may’ve wished they’d not left their home’s keys with friends? Besides feeding the cat, four of their “friends” had covered all possible surfaces, walls, cabinets, counter tops, TV, even inside the dishwasher, drawers and other appliances, with a total of some 14,000 post-it notes. The words “SO SORRY” were printed on notes covering the TV. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/watch-newlyweds-return-honeymoon-find-4070317)
“WHAT’S IN A NAME?” – 33 YEARS
Pulled over by police in Portland, Ore., Kevin Berry expected to receive a speeding ticket. Instead, he was told his license had been suspended over a ticket issued 33 years earlier, in 1981. He’d had no problem renewing his license for decades, and contacted KATU for help. It seems his original ticket spelled his name “Berdy” instead of Berry and it had taken over three decades to correct the error. (http://www.katu.com/news/local/Surprise-Man-loses-license-over-33-year-old-ticket-271479751.html
MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH, NOT IN…
Do you like chocolate? Would you rather it melted in your mouth than in its wrapper? Well, with 10 chocolate companies’ sales totaling over $85 billion in 2013, Cambridge University in England is hoping to hire a doctoral student to help find a way to stop it from softening at 34 degrees Celsius/93 Fahrenheit. (The human mouth temperature averages 36.7 Celsius/98.06 Fahrenheit.) (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/08/17/sweet-job-cambridge-university-seeks-doctoral-student-to-study-fundamentals/)
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)
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 –
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)
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)
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)
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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