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.
Saturday, March 28, 2015 –
FELONIOUS FELLOW ON FACEBOOK
A 22-year-old Mineral Wells, TX, fellow, Eddie Smith, was so proud of himself, on Facebook he posted: “So, I have 16 warrants out right now. Lol they know where I’m at tho [sic] so, it must not be TOO bad.” This message caused police to search their outstanding warrants. They only found 14 city warrants, but they still arrested him. Unable to pay his fines or make bond, a judge ordered Smith to serve 51 days in jail. (The AP, 1-27-15)
WOULD TAKE THE FUN OUT OF SEX
Do you have a satisfying love life? If so, what’s the first thing you do after intimacy? Well, no matter what you do, bet you don’t match the male ornamental tree trunk spiders (a.k.a. coin spiders). These little 8-legged males are well documented to first have sex, and then bite off what is left of their own sex organs. That’s why female coin spiders can be impregnated by several males, but males can only do the deed once. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/23/spider-bites-off-genitals_n_6529234.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news&ir=Weird%20News)
The Toronto Star on Christmas Eve 2014, a fire on the grounds of Innisvale Cemetery and Crematorium in Innisfil, Ontario, had occurred. But, thanks to the firefighters’ rescue efforts, 15 dead bodies awaiting cremation were “saved” from burning. (Toronto Star, 12-24-15)
CAN ANY WINE BE THIS TASTY?
If you drink especially cheap wine, this will make even less sense. After 76 bottles of wine were stolen from a Napa Valley, California, restaurant, they later turned up inside a North Carolina cellar. Though the investigation was just underway, what’s known is that even one of the bottles, a Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, was priced at $10,000, while the entire 76 were valued at $300,000. (The AP, 1-24-15)
AT LEAST THEY GOT WET
When a small plane flying over Lake Taupo in New Zealand developed engine trouble, all on board were forced to jump. Good thing is, all six passengers were skydivers on a training mission. (BBC News, 1-7-15)
Dallas police pulled over a vehicle around 3:00 a.m., on Jan. 25, 2015, and arrested the driver on a DUI charge. While they were processing this first arrest, another driver crashed his car into the policemen’s patrol cars and was also arrested on a DUI charge. And before police could wrap this up, a third driver ran into these already wrecked cars. At least this last driver was sober. (The Dallas Morning News, 1-26-15)
GOT MORE THAN FRIES WITH THAT
After Janelle Jones pulled through a Burger King drive-thru in Rochester, N.H., she realized her bag contained more than her order. That’s when she found $2,631, Burger King’s bank deposit. Though she and her husband briefly considered keeping the money, being strong Jehovah’s Witnesses would not allow it. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/25/orders-food-bag-of-cash_n_6541116.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)
SO? IT’S ONLY TAXPAYER MONEY
Knowing Congress and presidents often change their minds, NASA recently continued to build on a $349 million rocket testing tower in Mississippi for a “moon” project canceled in 2010. That non-used tower sits just down the road from a second rocket testing tower, for its “replacement” mission, an “asteroid” project… because? Senators, according to the Washington Post, believe it’s smarter to keep contractors at work. In 2013 six similar projects were “mothballed.” (Washington Post, 12-15-14)
BONA FIDE BELLY BUTTON FACTS
A North Carolina State University study, The Belly Button Biodiversity project, observed the “faunal differences” in the microbial ecosystems of navels. This was done in hopes of learning more about the “tens of thousands” of organisms which crawl inside this umbilical cord leftover. (http://mauitime.com/news/enema-bandit-strikes-again/)
LAW ENFORCERS ABOVE THE LAW
In December 2014, 58 police agencies of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) claimed to be a private, non-profit organization, exempt from public record laws. Private individuals can’t carry weapons, arrest people and break down doors during raids. Yet these “law enforcement councils” refuse to comply with government open-records laws for civilian monitoring of SWAT activities. (https://aclum.org/news_6.24.14a)
EXAMPLE OF A TRULY LUCKY DOG
Accountant Rose Ann Bolsany feeds her dog, Bella Mia, fillet steak and has bought it more than 1,000 designer outfits. This dog also wears diamond and pearl jewelry. Rose Ann spent £65,000 (over $97,000 U.S.) on her dog in 2014 and, if this 3-year-old outlives her, it will inherit a share of her fortune and one of her homes. (http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/19/woman-leaves-1-million-to-her-dog-including-an-entire-house-5027395/)
DON’T WASTE YOURS
Are you a strong supporter of recycling? What if it’s recycling urine? The term urine therapy or urotherapy refers to various applications of human urine for medicinal or cosmetic purposes. This includes drinking and massaging skin/gums with one’s own urine. (FYI: In ancient Rome, urine was used for tooth-whitening.) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urine_therapy)
DOGGIE POO A BOO-BOO TOO
Singapore is famous for cleanliness, so much so it bans importing of chewing gun, fearing once chewed it could end up stuck on city sidewalks. Dropping cigarette butts is also a finable offense. One 38-year-old smoker, caught on a surveillance camera repeatedly throwing burning butts from his apartment window, was fined the equivalent of some $600 U.S. dollars for each of 33 offenses, and community service for the 34th. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/22/singapore-smoker-fined_n_6521644.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)
NO FEAR OF AN STD, EITHER
Do you love getting romantic, intimate, sexy messages, but have no one to send them? The Invisible Boyfriend and Invisible Girlfriend apps will allow you to choose your virtual partner’s name, age and picture, and the software to help you come up with a story about how you met. The monthly fee for this service is $24.99 (£16.50). (https://invisiblegirlfriend.com/blog/who-we-are)
TICKETS YES, CRIME SOLVING NO?
A Seattle Times columnist car was broken into in October 2014, but the Seattle Police Department told him to just file an insurance claim. Instead, he and his 14-year-old daughter found the thieves themselves by GPS and called police for help; but were chastised, saying they could’ve been hurt. Only after a local crime-fighting TV show, and the suburban Sammamish, Washington, police department got involved was the gang caught and charged with hundreds of thefts. (Seattle Times, 11-7-14)
OWNERSHIP EGO PROBLEMS?
When police arrived at the Middletown, N.Y., home James Rhein, 48, shared with his wife, he was using an excavator to knock it down. Not only had he failed to contact the electric, water and gas companies, all the furniture was still inside, and he hadn’t told his wife. Oh, yeah, the house was in her name. (http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/offbeat/police-new-york-man-demolishes-home-without-telling-wife/ar-AA8rvJG)
(1) OWNERS? (2) AFFIXATION?
Quoting the Associated Press (1-22-15): “Investigators found the bodies of two unidentified people Wednesday in the charred remains of an Annapolis-area mansion that burned to the ground…” Adding that Fire Chief “(Russ) Davies said he did not know how long it would take to identify the victims and determine the cause of death.”
BET SHE LOST WEIGHT, TOO
Originally diagnosed with IBS, it took doctors 15 months to discover 65-year-old Pam Pope had a rare cancer of the appendix, “pseudomyxoma peritonei.” By then, she was in an advanced stage of malignancy (stage 4) and her only hope was to remove all organs possible. In May 2014, at Hampshire Clinic in Basingstoke, England, it took 13-hours to remove Pope’s appendix, large bowel, gall bladder, spleen, womb, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix and most of her small bowel. (http://www.opposingviews.com/i/health/cancer-patient-has-nine-organs-removed-life-saving-surgery)
HE’S GOT WOOF IN HIS BITE
What’s your favorite food? What is your least favorite? What if you had to eat dog food? Well, with the job title Dog Food Taster, Philip Wells eats it every workday and maybe on weekends? This Technical Director at Lily’s Kitchen says he likes the low-fat dry Lovely Lamb with Peas and Parsley best. (http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/22/meet-the-man-who-eats-dog-food-for-a-living-5031527/)
NO NEED TO RAISE THE LID NOW
Fan Lung, 32, was a lucky man, at least temporarily. After his wife, Feng Lung, 30, learned he was sending passionate message to his lover (Zhang Hung, 21), while he slept she took a pair of scissors and amputated his manhood. Though surgeons were able to reattach it, Feng snuck into his hospital room and cut it off again, this time throwing it out of a window. (http://www.brobible.com/life/article/woman-chops-husbands-reattach/)
YEAH, SURE, BLAH, BLAH
Though judges often hear excuses why law breakers shouldn’t go to jail, defense attorney Stephen Misko’s reason explained in a Pennsylvania court was certainly “original.” His client, Christian Eshenbaugh, 23, convicted of petty crimes fueled by drug use, had been involved in an auto accident. And this, according to his attorney, caused his client to completely lose his memory… also making him an entirely new man who would never break the law. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2925524/Man-23-FORGOT-criminal-hitting-head-car-crash-claims-s-turned-life-around.html)
WHO’S IN CHARGE OF THE DETOUR?
One person died and another was injured when a highway overpass collapsed in Cincinnati, on Jan. 18, 2015. Quoting the Associated Press – “The Cincinnati Fire Department said the bridge was undergoing demolition at the time of the collapse.”
D(RIVING) W(HILE) E(ATING)
While tickets for speeding are common, Madison Turner told WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/14Xxy83) he was very surprised when police outside Atlanta pulled him over… and issued him a ticket for eating a McDonald’s cheeseburger while driving. Though written under Georgia’s distracted driving law, Cobb County police spokesman Mike Bowman declined comment. http://wtkr.com/2015/01/19/man-issued-a-ticket-for-eating-burger-while-driving/
GOOD THING HE WORE SHOES
On Jan. 2, 2015, Adam Wisneski, 31, went inside Chicago’s Shakespeare District police station to file a stolen-property report after his iPhone was stolen; and parked his bicycle in the station’s foyer. After filing the report, he returned to the front of the station but immediately went back to file another stolen-property report… his bike was gone. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150103/logan-square/mans-bike-stolen-from-police-station-while-he-filed-police-report
Saturday, March 21, 2015
FOOTBALL RULES NEEDING CHANGES
Are you a football fan? Is this your favorite sport? Is it too violent? On a Jan. 19, 2014, episode of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” on HBO, after Gumbel said he would not want his child to play, NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka (named Ditka Coach of the Year), stated “Nope, I wouldn’t. And my whole life was football. I think the risk is worse than the reward. I really do.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/18/mike-ditka-child-football-son-real-sports_n_6497702.html?cps=gravity_2377_-3021101001885636837)
“AND WHY?” YOU ASK
According to a December 2014 BBC News report, a team from British University of Nottingham and Queen Mary University of London found that cows make two different sounds to their calves. All depending, if the calves are nearby, low-frequency mooing, with mouth closed; or, if separated, higher frequency. The team said it spent 10 months digitally recording cow noises, then a year analyzing them by computer. (BBC News, 12-16-14)
A NOT GREAT GRATE IDEA
Upper Merion, Pa., police arrested Brian and John Vetrulli Jr. for stealing $500,000 worth of sewer grates from city streets. The brothers’ receipts showed they’d sold more than 1,000 to scrap-metal dealers for $9 each. These grates, weighing about 100 pounds each, had cost the city $475 each. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/20/stole-500-sewer-grates_n_6506578.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)
CRYING OVER “SPILLED” TEARGAS
A report by The World Post 4 from Nairobi, Kenya, gives an example of business being more important than children. In this case it involved students at Langata Road Primary School, who held a protest after their playground was sold to a big business. For their actions these little kids were tear-gassed by police. (The AP, 1-19-15)
“Genetic Sexual Attraction,” is a term coined in the 1980s, pertaining to an odd sexual desire occasionally occurring when long separated members of a family reunite. One 18-year-old female, who reunited with her father after 12 years, says they plan to marry and have a large family; admitting she lost her virginity to her father just days after they reunited. (Visit Newser: 18-Year-Old Plans to Marry Her Long-Lost Father)
WANT CRACKERS WITH THAT?
In December 2014, police in Beijing and three provinces broke up two prostitution rings that specialized in “lactophilia” – supplying lactating mothers to Chinese men who pay to be breastfed. These women had either stopped breastfeeding their babies or cut back to favor their clients. (International Business Times/London, 12-29-14)
AN “ATTITUDAL” DISAGREEMENT
When the weather turned bad on a boatload of migrants crossing from Morocco to Spain in December 2014, a Nigerian minister began to pray. But, with some convinced prayer was making it worse, a fight broke out; during which, two Cameroonians pushed 10 other immigrants overboard. (The AP, 1-16-15)
NO MANUAL IN THE GLOVE BOX?
The Otago Daily Times (12-13-2014) tells of an Alexandra, New Zealand, couple (ages 68 and 65) who bought a new Mazda 3, drove home and parked it in their garage. There they realized they’d forgotten how the salesman showed them to unlock the doors from inside. Found 13 hours later by a neighbor, the wife was unconscious and the husband struggling to breathe.
ALMOST FLAT LIKE HIS WALLET
A man searching for his wallet inside a trash bin in Yolo County, California, was scooped up by a garbage truck, and then hauled for about an hour. Authorities said the man told police he used lumber in the truck to reach the top of the garbage pile to avoid being “compacted”.
FISH CAN’T BARK OR ROLL OVER?
Veterinarian Faye Bethell of North Walsham, England, told the Eastern Daily Press she’d recently performed delicate surgery on a sick office goldfish, and the patient’s owner paid $500 for the procedure – to remove internal lumps constipating the little swimmer. It would only have cost $1 to $5 to replace the “$500” one. (Jan. 1, 2014)
CROSS-DRESS AND SPLIT THE CASH
Senator CB Embry, Jr. (Facebook) – A Kentucky Republican State Senator is sponsoring a bill that would entitle students who find transgender individuals in the bathrooms of their gender to collect $2,500 in damages from the school. (http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/01/16/kentucky-bill-catch-transgender-student-in-wrong-bathroom-win-2-500)
HIGHLY PRODUCTIVE BASKET CASE
Southern California’s Bloomington High School girls’ basketball coach Michael Anderson has been suspended and faces accusations of mercilessly running up the score after his team won a game 161-2, one of the most lopsided scores in state history. At halftime they already led 104-1. Next game without Anderson, Bloomington still won 80-19.
WHERE DO YOU SIT, THEN?
According to Paris’ The Local (Nov. 12, 2014), France’s minister of housing and minister of ecology announced the streamlining of out-of-date regulations. Among the changes, beginning the following month, it banned installation of toilets in kitchens.
Hope Gonano of Daytona Beach, Florida, was returning from winning a cat competition in Pennsylvania, when a thief at the airport stole her suitcase containing $3,000 worth of makeup needed to make her cat the beautiful winner it was. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/13/woman-steals-baggage-airport-photo_n_6462228.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)
NOW THEIR KIDS CAN’T SUE THEM
WPBF-TV reports Undersheriff Noel Stephen of Okeechobee County, Florida, was embarrassed to admit his office supervised parents’ spanking of children. After two sisters argued on Dec. 29, their father decided to administer a whipping to one and asked Deputy Stephen to drop by and make sure he stayed within the law. That’s “not something we advertise to do,” said the deputy, but he estimates he has monitored about a dozen spankings. (WPBF-TV/West Palm Beach, 12-31-14)
ONLY TIME WILL TELL
With obesity being a rapidly growing health hazard, on Jan. 14, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a surgical implant device to treat obesity in adults. Called the Maestro system, by transmitting electrical impulses between the brain and stomach, it is designed to reduce hunger. (The AP, 1-15-15)
HE HAD A WEE BIT OF PLEASURE
Alan Patton, Dublin, Ohio, arrested and convicted in 1993 and 2008 of collecting urine from public in restrooms, was charged again in 2010. After obstructing the flushing mechanism, he would wait for young boys to use the urinals and rush to gather the contents, which sexually excited him. After his 2008 conviction, the Ohio legislature passed a law to make that specific act a felony. However, in February 2011, his attorney, Christopher Soon, got him off again on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. (http://facepunch.com/showthread.php?t=1070720)
WHY WOULDN’T HE FIT RIGHT IN?
Quoting the Associated Press, Jan. 15, 2015 – “A newly elected Virginia lawmaker hitched a ride from the jailhouse to the statehouse to be sworn in, even as legislative leaders discussed how to throw him out.” Del. Joseph Morrissey had to commute in order to serve his nightly jail sentence because of a sex scandal conviction.
Sunday, March 15, 2015 –
BET HE’D LOVE A PLANE TRIP
Seattle’s KOMO-TV tells of a black Labrador named Eclipse and his “owner” Jeff Young. This dog is so self-sufficient, if Young takes too long smoking his cigarette at the bus stop, his best friend goes ahead and catches a bus, then meets him at the park. Commuters on that route are used to Eclipse and enjoy sharing seats with this well-disciplined animal. (The AP, 1-14-15)
BOTH ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
The Pinellas County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office paid $1,000 to have two rugs woven in forest green color with the sheriff’s badge and “In God We Trust” on the top. A couple of months later, though, someone noticed the one at the front door had an error. Instead of stating “In God We Trust” it read “In Dog We Trust”. (http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/22/us/feat-florida-dog-we-trust-rug/)
A TRUE “GIRLIE-MAN”
Jordan James Parke, 23, a British makeup artist, told London’s The Sun in December 2014, he’d fallen in love with the look of celebrity Kim Kardashian and this caused him to spend the equivalent of some $150,000 on 50+ cosmetic procedures, including lip and cheek fillers, eyebrow tattoos and laser hair removal. “I love everything about Kim…” he said. “Her skin is perfect, her hair, everything about her.” – Procedures performed below his neck were not discussed. (People Magazine, 12-18-14)
SURPRISE! SURPRISE! BOOM!
Zia Segule, a Fort Bragg soldier, decided to surprise his wife with an early homecoming. Sadly, when the burglar alarm awoke her, she pulled her pistol and shot through the bedroom door, striking her husband in the chest. Fortunately, it was not a deadly wound, and he’s since been released from the hospital. (http://www.fox4news.com/story/27817602/wife-shoots)
END OTHER’S YEAR EARLY
According to Tucson News Now, Police in Phoenix estimate celebratory gunfire into the air on New Year’s Eve was down by 22 percent. This year, their department received only 206 gunfire complaints, fired by thoughtless citizens into the air without concern for who their bullets might land on. (Tucson News Now, 1-1-15)
THIS MIGHT SOBER YOUR THIRST
Nicholas Stewart, 35, was arrested selling fake liter bottles of Jack Daniels whiskey and Smirnoff vodka to tourists for $15, at a slot machine complex in Blackpool, England. A lab analysis found no alcohol in the bottles. Stewart was selling bottles of urine and feces. (The Huffington Post, 1-13-15)
WHO CAN BLAME HIM?
The Associated Press tells of two brothers, ages 35 and 45, who became combative over what TV show to watch. Witnesses told Beaumont, TX, police, when the younger brother changed channels, his older brother stabbed him to death. (The AP, 1-12-15)
NO LIQUOR STORE AROUND?
Carolyn Kesel, 46, of Seneca Falls, New York, was arrested Jan. 5, after allegedly driving erratically around a Walmart parking lot in Mecedon, according to the New York Daily News. After her breathalyzer test showed .26 (over three times intoxication-level), Kesel told authorities she had been drinking vanilla extract.
THIS “BUD” IS NOT FOR YOU
A very popular and traditional beer in the southern African country of Mozambique is made from millet or corn flour and served at most all get-togethers. On Jan. 10, 2015, during a funeral, this beer, apparently contaminated with crocodile dung, poisoned 56 to death and sent 49 to hospitals. (The AP, 1-12-15)
CAUSES EARLY WRINKLES TOO
Have you used a tanning salon to get an early tan, or more? Scientific evidence published last year estimated that tanning beds account for as many as 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year. But Elizabeth LaBak, 22, a student at Westfield State University (Mass.) says, “If I get skin cancer I’ll deal with it then. I can’t think about that now. I’m going to die of something.” – Maybe dumbness? (The New York Times, 1-11-15)
Even though Richard Rosario had 13 alibi witnesses (including a sheriff’s deputy, a pastor and a corrections officer.) who swear he was 1,000 miles away, he’s now served 18 years of a 25-to-life sentence for murder. The only evidence was two “eyewitnesses” who picked him out of a mugshot book in New York City. TV’s “Dateline” has interviewed nine of the 13 who still swear Rosario was in Florida with them. (WNBC-TV/New York City, 11-21-14)
LET’S ALL WONDER WHY?
An ABC News quote from January 1, 2015: “Authorities in Paris estimated that 12 percent fewer cars were set on fire in France on New Year’s Eve, with only 940 strangers’ vehicles mindlessly torched instead of last year’s 1,067.” (http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/661543/940-cars-set-alight-during-french-new-year)
AFTER BIRTH CONTROL?
On Jan. 11, 2015, the Associated Press reported police in Evansville, Ind., had arrested a 19-year-old man and the 22-year-old mother of a 1-year-old child. When the man was first arrested for trying to illegally sell a handgun to a policeman, they found a video on his cell phone with the mother telling her baby to say “pow” while it put the gun in its mouth.
DID CUT HIS GROCERY BILL
Ali Nawaz Leghari, 40, living in the small Pakistani village of Saeed Khan, had serious financial problems. So bad, he tried activating help by using a spiritual black magic journey known as ‘Chilla’. For sacrifices, he murdered five of his six children, two girls and three boys, ages three to 13. (http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/10/father-sacrificed-his-children-to-gain-magic-powers-5016762/)
HE AIN’T NO PASTOR
Olivia Blair and her family supported the Fourth Missionary Church in Houston for 50 years. Unfortunately, falling on hard times, she was unable to donate during the last 10 years prior to her death at age 93. But, like canceling cable TV, her inability to donate caused Pastor Walter Houston to refuse to conduct her funeral, saying “Membership has its privileges.” (Houston Chronicle, 11-26-14)
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 –
PERPETUATION OF IGNORANCE
New Russian driving regulations released Dec. 29, 2014, lists numerous medical conditions, including “mental and behavioral disorders,” that disqualify a person from getting a license. Those unable to drive include transsexuals, transvestites and others who may participate in other than standard intercourse. (The AP, 1-10-15)
SANDRA, IT’S PARTY TIME!
A court in Buenos Aires, Argentina, granted a “habeas corpus” petition in December 2014, allowing the freedom of Sandra, age 29, a Sumatran orangutan from Buenos Aires Zoo. Meaning she is a “non-human person” and thus sufficiently advanced in “cognitive function” to not be an object that humans can own without obligation. Yet, recent rulings in New York regarding Tommy the chimpanzee, and in San Diego, on behalf of orca whales, failed. (Reuters, 12-21-14)
NOPE, THIS MAKES NO SENSE
In September 2014, for the third time, a U.S. Appeals Court told government agencies it is unconstitutional to make routine business-inspection raids without a judicial warrant. That’s after a full-dress SWAT raid of the Strictly Skillz barbershop in Orange County, Florida, for “barbering” without a license. While, in fact, the raiding agency had verified the licenses in a walk-through two days earlier. (http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/deputies-involved-orange-county-barber-shop-raids-/nhPXf/)
COULD’VE CAUSED A CLEAN CORPSE
When three fourth-grade girls in Elba, New York, learned their teacher was allergic to hand sanitizer, they began plans to put sanitizer on items they knew she would touch, reported radio WKBW. According to deputies, the girls were caught because they bragged to classmates they planned to kill her. Why? According to one girl, “(she) yells at us” and “the class has problems with her.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/09/fourth-graders-plot-to-kill-teacher-hand-sanitizer_n_6443286.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)
NOT LOVING HURTS, TOO
In October 2014, Cornelius Jefferson, 33, moved from Georgia to Laurel County, Kentucky, after developing an online relationship with a woman living there. But soon after the move he was arrested for assaulting the woman, while trying to explain this woman was not “like she was on the Internet.” (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ga-man-choked-woman-wasn-online-profile-cops-article-1.1984243)
IS OLD MURDERER STILL LOOSE?
Tom Buchanan never told why he was shot and wounded in the 1940s. But 75-years-later, after his death, the autopsy indicated the scar from that shot still contributed to his death at 87. That made the official cause of death a homicide. (http://chicago.suntimes.com/news-chicago/7/71/272629/autopsy-man-87-dies-gunshot-wound-suffered-1940s)
WONDER WHAT MEAT WAS MISSING?
Clydebank, Scotland – The Clydebank Post reported Dec. 7, 2014, an 18-year-old male faces three assault charges, after allegedly chucking uncooked potatoes from a car at passing pedestrians. Two women and a 13-year-old girl were injured. Another victim, a 32-year-old woman, said after a potato smacked her in the head, a tub of coleslaw followed. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/09/potato-attack-scotland_n_6445030.html)
MORE THAN A PAID VACATION
A civil servant engineer in India, A K Verma, has finally been fired. In reality he’d not shown up for work since December 1990, and they’d fired him two years later after an inquiry found him guilty of “willful absence from duty”. But his continued request for “extension of leave” for 22 years kept his pay coming. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2903210/Indian-public-official-finally-sacked-going-leave-24-years-not-returning-desk.html)
BUT NO BEDROOM LIGHT REQUIRED?
The Daily Mail of London reported Nov. 17, 2015, an unnamed groom in Medina, Saudi Arabia, jumped to his feet in shock, when his new bride removed her veil, allowing him to see her face for the very first time. His complaint being, “You are not the one I had imagined. I am sorry, but I divorce you.” (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2837721/Saudi-husband-tells-bride-wants-divorce-wedding-seeing-face-time-photographer-asked-pose-pictures.html)
THEY JUST MOVED UPSTAIRS
A Tiffin, Ohio, couple did a lot together during their lives, acting at times as if they were only one. Even when 88-year-old Gene Warrington and his 86-year-old wife, Pat, reached their 69th anniversary, it still hadn’t changed their togetherness. Early morning Dec. 27, 2014, Gene held his wife’s hand in her hospice room before she died. Returning to his own room and pulling out all his intravenous tubes, he died exactly eight hours later. (The AP, 1-8-15)
The Brinzal owl-rescue park near Madrid, Spain, has acupuncture as the center’s specialty treatment, and a recovery rate of about 70 percent for the 1,200 injured birds brought for treatment each year. And, after “physical and psychological rehabilitation,” most are returned to their freedom. (http://usa.news.net/article/2463300/acupuncture-helps-sick-owls-return-to-wild-in-spain)
SHE: LITTLE RED RIDING HUMP?
From The Huffington Post: WTFark.com collaborated with Mandatory.com on a video dramatizing some of the strangest missed connections of 2014. They are all wacky, but few were as touching as this one. “Me, horse costume. You chicken mask. We made out in the second stall in the men’s room outside Hall D. Same place same time next year. I’ll be in a llama costume.” (1-6-15)
Friday, March 6, 2015 –
NO PORK CHOPS FOR MUSLIMS
When Kamel Fotouh, president of the Katy Islamic Association, moved next door to Craig Baker and his 200-year-old family farm, in Texas, he told Baker to either move or get rid of his pigs. Baker responded by holding pig races every Friday, Islam’s most holy day of the week. (http://www.truthandaction.org/texas-man-holds-pig-races-protest-islamic-neighbors-request-get-rid-pigs/)
OR, A POOPER-SCOOPER LATER
Reagan Hardin constructed an elaborate diorama of a Middle Ages farm for her Advanced Placement World History class at West High School in Magnolia, TX. But the night before it was due, her dog Roscoe ate it. Veterinarian Carl Southern had to extract a plastic chicken head, horse body, sheep and pig (along with wire that held the display together) from the doggie’s tummy. (KHOU-TV/Houston, 12-11-14)
BUT COULDN’T HELP HIMSELF
Ever heard of Guinter Kahn? He’s the South Florida dermatologist who helped develop minoxidil, the hair-restoring ingredient in Rogaine. Yet, at his funeral in September 2014, mourners could see his hair loss. That’s because Kahn was allergic to minoxidil. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/25/guinter-kahn-dead_n_5879534.html)
Thursday, March 5, 2015 –
THIS SILENCE AIN’T GOLDEN
During October 2014, inside Scotland’s Perth Sheriff Court, Paul Coombs received 14 months in jail for a June home robbery, in which accomplices conveyed his threats to the resident. Coombs himself is deaf and does not speak. (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-29838018)
MIGHT GET SHOT IN THE U.S.A.
If you watch TV shows such as Cops, you might really enjoy a Russian game show. Here contestants play like car thieves and drive away in new cars without permission. If they are not caught by police in 35 minutes, the car is theirs. (Reader’s Digest Pg. 61 Dec-Jan)
Designer Pamela Paquin debuted the first of her line of roadkill furs recently — raccoon neck muffs, saying “I can literally take two raccoons and put them butt to butt (so they) clasp neck to neck.” This lady leaves her card with various New England road crews, and asks them to let her receive their road kill. Some of these furs cost as much as $1,000. Her business name is Petite Mort, meaning “little death” in French (it’s also a euphemism for the post-orgasmic state of unconsciousness that some people experience). (Washington Post, 12-5-14)
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 –
HOPE THE DOG HAD HIS SHOTS
Jose Manuel Marino-Najera, an illegal alien, was caught sleeping under a tree near the Mexican border, nestled up with 49 pounds of marijuana. In December 2014, he filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Border Patrol because a K-9 dog had bitten his arm repeatedly during his arrest. (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/10/drug-smuggler-sues-u-s-over-dog-bite.html)
HAT OFF TO HER PASSIVITY
While some 60,000 illegal immigrants entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico during the last 9 months of 2014, and Texas rated very poorly when it came to educating children, Texas State lawmaker Rep. Marsha Farney filed a bill to make the cowboy hat the official headgear of Texas. (The AP/Houston Chronicle, 1-7-15)
COULDN’T SHOPLIFT A LOCKSMITH
Three women, ages from 21-41, were arrested on Black Friday 2014, in Hadley, Massachusetts, after being caught in a Wal-Mart parking lot sorting out about $2,760 worth of allegedly shoplifted goods. Moments earlier the women had asked a Wal-Mart employee to help them get inside their car, having locked themselves out… unable to speed away with their ill-gotten gains. (http://www.gazettenet.com/news/14570748-95/three-arrested-charged-in-early-morning-shoplifting-incidents)
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 –
HUG CORPSE, GRAB GOLD
Theresa Green Mireles, 56, of Corpus Christi, TX, attended a wake for Kenneth Grimes. She was later arrested for stealing a gold necklace from around the corpse’s neck. (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/texas-woman-steals-gold-chain-corpse-wake-cops-article-1.2067155)
DUMB AND DUMBER
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Michael Rochefort, 38, and Daniel Gargiulo, 39, were only suspected of burglary in Palm Beach County, Florida, when police left them alone in the backseat of a patrol car. During their wait, though, apparently ignoring the video camera pointing at them, the pair rehearsed their phony alibis. (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-west-boynton-burglar-conversation-20141208-story.html)
AS MEAN AS HER DOGS
Ms. Emerald White’s four pit bulls were declared “dangerous” by authorities in Texas City, Texas, after they mauled a neighbor’s beagle to death. In retaliation, Ms. White filed suit for $1-million against the grieving dog’s owners, saying she’d been injured trying to restrain her dogs, caused by the neighbor’s failure to fix their common fence. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2838115/Woman-four-pit-bulls-killed-door-neighbor-s-pet-beagle-sue-1-million-suffered-injuries-trying-stop-them.html)
WHAT A SLIMY MAN
Benjamin Siegel, 40, owner of Coconut Creek, a reptile store in Deerfield, Fla., was accused, Dec. 2, 2014, of using a large lizard to hit employees in his store. Sigel is accused of placing the lizard (a bearded dragon) in his mouth, as well as throwing it and swinging it in the air and using it to strike his victims. He was charged with cruelty to an animal and two counts of battery. (http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fl-deerfield-animal-cruelty-case-20150105-story.html)
KILL BEFORE RAPE SAVES PERVERT
Even though Gregory Graf, 53, admitted to murdering his stepdaughter in an attempt to have sex with her, he is not eligible for a death sentence. That’s because Graf videotaped himself in the act, proving the sex occurred after the girl died. And, since it would take two felonies for the death sentence, and rape of a corpse is only a misdemeanor (desecration of a body), his maximum sentence is life in prison. (Morning Call/Allentown, 12-5-14)
WONDER IF SHE NAMED THEM ALL?
Officials in St. Petersburg, Florida, finally convinced Florine Brown, 29, to remove the estimated 500-700 rats she catered to from her home. “I just want them to go to good homes,” Brown said. She was glad a local rat “shelter” would care for them temporarily. (http://www.wfla.com/story/27723078/st-pete-crews-begin-removing-hundreds-of-rats-from-home)
Sunday, March 1, 2015 –
THE FACTS, ONLY THE FACTS
(1) Victoria, TX, policeman Nathanial Robinson pulled over 76-year Peter Vasquez for having an expired inspection sticker. (2) Vasquez explained to Robinson, since his car still had its dealer tags, it was not in violation. (3) They disagreed and the officer shot the old man with his stun gun. (4) Officer Robinson was fired. (The AP, 1-6-15)
AH, GEE, MA…
Christian fundamentalist Julia Lovemore, 41, killed her 6-week-old daughter Faith by stuffing her mouth with bible pages, dousing her with white spirit and jumping up and down on her body. Earlier that same morning two health workers had visited the Milton, Mass. home, to find her husband in the grips of a psychotic episode shouting for the devil to be taken out of his wife. They left without even seeing Julia and didn’t arrange a formal assessment of the family. An hour later, Faith was dead. (Three years earlier, this mother had tried to smother her first child with a pillow.) (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2212227/NHS-blunders-allowed-religious-fanatic-mother-kill-week-old-baby-stuffing-pages-Bible-mouth.html)
THE WILD WEST IS EVERYWHERE
A yearlong investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN has found men and women who have never fired a gun can be hired as security guards, wear badges and carry loaded weapons with little or no training. Their analysis, released in December 2014, stated: 15 states require no firearm training at all; 46 ignore mental health status; nine do not check the FBI’s criminal background database; and 27 states fail to check whether an applicant is banned by federal law from even carrying a gun. (http://www.revealnews.org/article/americas-gun-toting-security-guards-may-not-be-fit-for-duty/)
ALWAYS “CHIP” YOUR PETS
Guess who traveled from Royal City, Washington, to West Township, Pennsylvania, between Dec. 19th and Dec. 24th 2014, for a total of 2,400 miles? That would be Penny, a floppy-eared Vizsla female doggie. After being found near her home by a truck driver and traveling to a truck stop in Des Moines, Iowa, somehow the young puppy ended up at Banfield Pet Hospital, in Pennsylvania; where her microchip was scanned. Lastly, Alaskan Airlines volunteered to fly Penny home for free. (WPXI, Pittsburgh)
AT LEAST HE KEEPS BUSY
After John Biehn, 39, appeared in court on an old DUI charge in Rockville, Connecticut, he was released on bail. Then, within the next 11 hours, he was arrested three more times in two different towns… twice for DUI and once for shoplifting. (Denver Post, 11-27-14)
THEY DAILY BATHE A SEMI-CORPSE
A recent law passed in India allows brain-dead patients to die naturally. This led some to think Aruna Shanbaug, age 66, who’d been unconscious for 41 years, after a brutal rape in 1973, should be allowed to go ahead and die. But her caretakers at KEM Hospital and Medical College said no, that she’d been like family since her family deserted her, several admitting they celebrated festivals in her room. FYI – Her attacker spent only 6 years in jail. (The AP, 1-4-15)
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