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.
Sunday, October 4, 2015 –
NOT A TEMPORARY ATTITUDE
In July 2015, a neighbor of Phoenix resident Trina Heisch, 49, was shocked when Trina’s husband, Kenneth Wakefield, 43, answered the door looking “different.” That difference being, his left forearm and one of his eyeballs were missing. When police arrived, they found Trina’s headless body inside the house. Trina and Kenneth met while each was institutionalized, both for attempted murder of a relative. Trina was out in 2010, after serving her sentence. Wakefield, determined harmless by the Arizona Psychiatric Security Review Board, was released 10 months ago. (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e9e8c344524d4e609bb2cc6621d8245f/arizona-man-accused-decapitating-wife-emits-howl-court)
MARRIAGE COUNSELING MIGHT HELP
Jason Stanford of Alexandria, Virginia, says he’s an “astronaut wife”, and he and his sons Henry, 13, and Hatcher, 11, have accepted Sonia’s departure and are excited for her to go. Where is she going? According to Texas Monthly, in 2026 she will be joining a crew of four taking a one-way trip to Mars. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/husband-admits-hes-ready-send-6185563)
ARMADILLOS ARE TOUGH
On June 29, 2015, a Texas man (name withheld) was airlifted to a hospital, after one of three .38 caliber bullets he’d shot at an armadillo ricocheted off and penetrated his jaw. Two months prior, when another man shot at an armadillo, the bullet bounced back to hit his mother-in-law. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/man-shot-head-after-bullet-6176632)
Friday, October 2, 2015 –
REAL PERSONAL VOTES FOR OBAMA
President Obama’s trip to Kenya in July 2015 caused some residents there to name their new babies after him. Born Friday, July 24, little AirForceOne Barack Obama was one of eight babies born in the city of Kisumu during the president’s visit. Three girls also got Obama-related names, Michelle, Malia and a third Malia Sasha after both Obama girls. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3176455/Parents-Kenya-named-baby-AirForceOne-commemorate-Obama-s-visit.html)
MENTAL ILLNESS HAS MANY FORMS
In 1971, artist Chris Burden got a friend to shoot him in the arm with a rifle. The filming of this action made it known he would put himself in danger to prove his artistic dedication. Later he was recorded lying face up on a VW Beetle with nails hammered into his hands as if being crucified. The car was pushed into the sun long enough to be photographed with motor revved, then shoved back inside the garage. (http://www.theartstory.org/artist-burden-chris.htm)
RECORD ONE MOVIE FOR LIFE VIEW
July 14, 2015 – University of Leicester clinical of psychologist published a study of a 38-year-old man having only a 90-minute memory and feeling that he is in the same day every day. This all began after a dentist used an anesthetic to do his root-canal treatment. (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/groundhog-day-amnesia-recycles-day-of-dentist-forever/)
The body of Jivan Kohar, 10, was found on July 24, 2015 on the outskirts of Kudiya village in southwest Nepal. Police say local Kodai Harijan admitted committing the murder ritual with his relatives after consulting a priest, who advised him a human sacrifice would heal his ailing son. Eleven people in all, including the holy man, were arrested. (http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/27/asia/nepal-human-sacrifice/index.html)
WHISTLE TO COVER THE NOISE?
For those who suffer uncontrollable flatulence, Shreddies, the UK-based company that brought you fart-filtering underwear, has added jeans and pajamas. They are so confident in their product, they suggest: “why not skip the underwear completely!?” (http://www.myshreddies.com/)
NO CREAMY DESSERT?
Japanese artist Mao Sugiyama had his external reproductive organs surgically removed in Tokyo to raise awareness of asexual rights. He then had his “manliness” cooked and served with mushrooms and parsley to a special group of associates. Policed tried to intervene, but found he had broken no law. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/24/asexual-mao-sugiyama-cooks-serves-own-genitals_n_1543307.html)
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.