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.
Friday, April 24, 2015 –
A LONG LASTING RELATIONSHIP
Some human relationships last a very long time. In fact, one couple has been together for 5,800 years, according to archaeologists who recently found a couple, estimated to be in their 20s, with their skeleton arms and legs interlocked in an embrace, near the Alepotrypa Cave, in Greece. (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/02/150220-embracing-skeletons-greece-diros-alepotrypa-cave-archaeology/)
DIDN’T HAVE TO TWIST HIS ARM
When in a hurry, do you ever forget and leave something behind? Juan Gutierrez, 23, did. But Corpus Christi, TX, police returned “it” … after catching and arresting him on a DUI. When Gutierrez traveled the wrong direction on a state highway and totaled his car, he exited the car and fled the scene, leaving his prosthetic right arm behind. (http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/drunk/drunk-driver-leaves-prosthetic-arm-behind-at-crash-site-907842)
NO “PAPER WORK” REQUIRED
A Manchester (UK) Court sentenced Roberto Collins, 51, to 13 months in jail for looking down. He’d been inside a women’s restroom, in a stall, standing on a toilet seat, “looking down” at a woman using same. Collins explained his faulty glasses caused him to think he was in the men’s room and he had a sore backside that required standing on the seat in order to scratch it. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/serial-peeping-tom-jailed-after-5048208)
A BIRD IN THE HAND…
After 14 gamblers, playing mini-baccarat at the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City, noticed the same cards kept coming up, they increased their bets to the maximum of $5,000. Before the casino realized the shuffling machine was broken, they’d won 41 straight hands, totaling $1.5 million. The casino first cashed out $0.5 million in chips, but refused to release $1 million. The gamblers sued, declining an offer from the casino owner to let them keep their winnings, contingent on them dropping all claims. The case went to trial… the judge ordered them to return all winnings. (http://www.nj.com/business/index.ssf/2015/02/unshuffled_cards_void_game_winnings_must_be_return.html)
IS HE PULLING HIS HONOR’S LEG?
Scotsman Dean Gilmartin, 25, admitted he was nude before his window, but told a judge at Perth Sheriff Court he was only changing clothing; and, probably picking tunes on his ukulele when reported, but certainly not busy “pleasing” himself. (http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/perth-kinross/don-t-fret-ukulele-player-was-only-tapping-out-a-tune-1.785052)
HOPING TO UP-HER-ODDS
An 82-year-old woman is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing a bottle of “Sexiest Fantasies” perfume. Deputies in Richmond County, Georgia, arrested Anneliese Young on Jan. 27, after she walked out of a CVS store without paying for the $7.39 body spray. (http://metro.co.uk/2015/02/09/woman-82-accused-of-stealing-sexiest-fantasies-perfume-sure-to-drive-any-man-wild-5056057/)
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 –
GOATS GOT THEIR GOAT
When several Middle Eastern economies slowed in 2014-15, some folks started relying more on superstition. In one case, visitors to the Hazrat Khan Jahan Ali Shrine in south-western Bangladesh believed feeding alligators would bring good luck. So, instead of feeding an occasional chicken, they also sacrificed many goats, causing four gators to die from overconsumption. (http://metro.co.uk/2015/02/12/obese-century-old-crocodile-died-from-overeating-after-worshippers-threw-it-chickens-and-goats-5060753/)
FATAL FINAL PHOTOS
A 23-year-old medical student visiting from Poland accidentally fell to her death at Spain’s famous Puente de Triana Bridge, while positioning herself on a ledge to take a “selfie.” It was the third “selfie” death on the Iberian Peninsula in five months. A tourist couple fell to their deaths posing for a photo at the rocky edge in Cabo da Roca, Portugal. (London’s Daily Mail, 11-5-14)
JUST ANOTHER DIRTY OLD MAN?
Poet Les Merton, 70, author of the Official Encyclopedia of the Cornish Pasty and a Cornish bard (appointed in 2004), has been sentenced to 13 years by the Truro Crown Court for sexually abusing a number of young girls for more than 20 years. During the trial, he told the jury he had been researching the 19th-century Russian figure Rasputin and had accidentally logged on a child-porn website and entered his details, including his credit card number. (http://www.axnchannel.com/poet-les-merton-was-sentenced-to-13-years-in-prison-for-sexually-abusing-children)
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 –
WHAT, NO CIGARS?
In January 2015, two entomologists (those who study insects) were proud to announce the birth of a “Human bot fly,” whose larvae one scientist had gestated beneath his skin for two months. Scientist Piotr Naskrecki and photographer Gil Wizen were bitten on assignment in Belize and decided the egg-laying “attack” on a human was an important opportunity for research. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/01/13/these-scientists-raised-bot-fly-larvae-in-their-own-bodies-on-purpose/)
HAVE THEY NO DECENCY?
Montana Rep. David Moore introduced House Bill 365 on February 10, 2015, which would make wearing yoga pants illegal, expanding the definition of indecent exposure to include garments that give the appearance of a person’s buttocks, genitals, pelvis or female nipple. The motion was soon tabled, however, by less prudish members of the House Judiciary Committee. (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/02/12/bill-ban-provocative-clothing-tabled/23288815/)
STUPID IS SPELLED S-T-U-P-I-D
Did you know a legal product in the United States kills nearly a half-million people each year, from 21 diseases and 12 types of cancer? Well, a new study adds at least five diseases and 60,000 more deaths. All the while, 42 million Americans – 21% of men and 15% of women – voluntarily continue to smoke cigarettes. (The New York Times, 2-12-15)
Monday, April 20, 2015 –
HEAVY “PETTING” IN BED
The Dallas Morning News, 2-10-15 – “Turns out the animal-loving young man had a dog that slept in his bed, along with his girlfriend and a pregnant goat.” When the goat gave birth, an organism in the placenta caused the man to be infected by a bacteria called Caxiella burnetii (the causative agent of Q fever). This uncommon disease is treated with antibiotics but may be fatal if left untreated.
NO WAY TO BUTT HEADS
Police were called by resident Jayme Pantekoek to a home near Minnesota’s Twin Cities, where they found two wild deer with locked horns, one dead from a broken neck. It was a dangerous situation because the fight had brought the attention of a coyote. Not knowing what else to do, officers shocked the live deer with a Taser and Pantekoek quickly sawed off one of its antlers. About 30 seconds after his antler was removed, the buck woke up and ran off. (http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2015/02/10/video-police-use-taser-on-deer-in-order-to-free-it/)
THIS COULD MAKE JESUS CROSS
In 2014, the worldwide publisher HarperCollins offered Middle East schools a popular atlas with maps pretending there was no such country as Israel. Israel’s space was merged into Jordan, Syria and Gaza. HarperCollins said that including Israel would have been “unacceptable” to their customers in the Gulf and the amended atlas incorporated “local preferences.” (http://www.businessinsider.com/harpercollins-publishes-maps-in-the-middle-east-that-omit-israel-2014-12)
Sunday, April 19, 2015 –
TWITTER NOW: I SCREWED UP?
A Mansfield, Texas, teenager was fired from a local pizza parlor the day before she started work. This happened after she Tweeted, “Ew I start this f*** a** job tomorrow.” Another employee alerted Robert Waple, the owner of Jet’s Pizza, of the offensive tweet and Waple responded with a tweet of his own: “And….no you don’t start that FA job today! I just fired you! Good luck with your no-money, no-job life!” (http://www.fox4news.com/story/28068695/teen)
SOME WRONGLY SUCK
Automatic vacuums needing no human operator have become very popular. The U.S. firm iRobot alone has sold over 10 million. But they’re not perfect. After falling asleep on the floor, a 52-year-old South Korean woman named Yoon awoke in great pain and called the Changwon city fire department. Her vacuum had confused her hair for fluff. It took the crew half an hour to disassemble the machine and free her. (http://news.sky.com/story/1424239/robot-vacuum-eats-sleeping-womans-hair)
WRONG END DUMB BUTT SELFIE
Donald Harrison, 22, was so proud he’d escaped assault charges for hitting a Beaver County Pennsylvania’ woman, he took a selfie from inside his Greyhound getaway bus. Then, adding a message he was headed for South Carolina, he posted it on Facebook. After his arrest along the route, a local police chief stated, “We like it when dumb criminals assist us.” (http://www.timesonline.com/)
Saturday, April 18, 2015 –
A CROOK IS A CROOK, IS A …
Clearfield County (Pa.) police arrested Randy Gillen Jr., 28, after finding him hiding in his girlfriend’s closet. That’s because he’d tried and failed to cash a bogus $1,900 check at a local bank. That was also his second try. The first time, after finding $500 cash (left behind by the previous customer at a drive-thru bank window) he elected to steal that cash instead and drove off. (The AP, 2-9-15)
Two adopted stray animals, Mittens the kitten and Charcoal the Chihuahua mix, were born hermaphrodites (i.e. having both male and female reproductive organs.). But last heard, Mittens, from the town of Heart’s Desire, Newfoundland, was scheduled for an operation to become only male. While Charcoal, of Boise, Idaho, was already recovering from surgery making her only female. Reports did not disclose why “male” was chosen for Mittens, but Charcoal’s doctor felt “her” pre-surgery problem with urination would be less stressful as a female. (CBC News, 1-21-15; KIVI-TV, 1-20-15)
IF THIS IS JUSTICE …
Robert Middleton, of Splendora, Texas, was celebrating his eighth birthday in 1998, when 13-year-old Don Collins poured gasoline on him and set him on fire. The burns were so severe, it took the boy 13 years (until 2011) to die. Finally, 17-years later, on February 9, 2015, a jury found 26-year-old Collins guilty of committing capital murder. (The AP, 2-10-15)
Friday, April 17, 2015 –
“WE’RE LOADED. COME GET IT”
Bet you’ve posted something on Facebook, later wishing you hadn’t? Police say the front door of a home in Philadelphia was kicked in and those inside robbed of a Rolex watch, two gold chains and a cellphone. The three masked men admitted they’d recently read on Facebook about an inheritance of jewelry by the folks living there. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/09/facebook-jewelry-robbery_n_6644834.html)
SHE FELL MORE THAN IN LOVE
In January 2015, a young woman visiting the Spanish island of Ibiza jumped for joy when her boyfriend proposed marriage, then lost her balance and fell 65 feet from a cliff to her death. (http://article.wn.com/view/2015/01/29/Proposal_ends_with_fatal_cliff_fall_as_bride_jumps_for_joy/)
KNOWING WHERE THE YELLOW WENT
An announcement by San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokesman Tyrone Jue early February 2015, confirmed a rumor that maintenance planner Martin Sanchez had urinated in a 674-million-gallon reservoir in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The reservoir had been drained for maintenance, and the public health wasn’t in any danger. However, Sanchez still faces a maximum punishment of one week suspension without pay. (http://nypost.com/2015/02/10/water-manager-busted-for-peeing-in-reservoir-that-supplies-drinking-water/)
Thursday, April 16, 2015 –
LOTTERY: A TAX ON FOOLS
On May 23, 2008, only seconds before the 9 p.m. deadline to buy that day’s lotto tickets, Canadian Joel Ifergan bought two. But when the store’s machine started to print, only the first one had the May 23 date. While the second, which would’ve won a $27 million jackpot, ended up with a May 24 date. Later, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected Ifergan’s protest. (Toronto Sun, 1-29-15)
MUST USE THEIR KNICKERS, NOW?
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying is considered by many citizens there to be only a puppet of Beijing. A quote from the Associated Press, February 8, 2015: “Authorities in southern China have seized 8,000 rolls of toilet paper and another 20,000 packages of tissues containing unflattering images of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing chief executive.” (http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/hong-kong-protests/china-seizes-toilet-paper-bearing-face-hong-kong-leader-n302066)
SHOULD SUE THE BUILDING, TOO
When a Suffolk County, New York, policeman pulled over the owner of a popular-with-police local delicatessen and determined he was drunk, instead of arresting him, the officer took him home. Later, still drunk, this fellow took his mother’s car and killed himself driving into a building. Next, his mother, Kathi Fedden, sued police for $30 million, for not arresting her son. (WNBC-TV/New York City, 12-18-14)
WHAT WEATHER? WHERE?
The Associated Press reported February 7, 2015, “A weather satellite is poised to blast off Sunday for a destination a million miles away…” Sounds strange, considering even the moon is four-times closer. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-2944123/Rocket-booster-aiming-ocean-barge-redo-SpaceX-test.html)
A LUCKY DOG?
KDKA-TV, in South Oakland, Pennsylvania, withheld the name of a woman who, the week before Christmas 2014, invited a pregnant, homeless woman she met at a Rite Aid store home with her for a hot shower, a change of clothes and a warm bed for the night. This generous lady called police, though, after finding her already pregnant guest being intimate with her pet pit bull. (http://crimefeed.com/2015/01/homeless-woman-sex-with-dog/)
An intimate “encounter” can be very expensive. Tennis star Boris Becker admits being responsible for the conception of a child during a single sex act inside a restaurant closet. Fifty-five year old British tourist Peter Cousins’ medical bill was approximately $250,000, when a “quickie” in the Nevada desert caused him to have a heart attack. (London’s Daily Mail, 1-19-15)
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 –
WARDENS WITHOUT UNIFORMS
On February 7, 2015, police found three wardens naked and handcuffed inside the Nova Mutum public jail, near Cuiaba, in central Brazil. Twenty-eight inmates escaped from that jail after three women in fantasy police costumes “seduced” them into thinking they were taking part in an orgy. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/womens-prison-mass-jail-break-5120591)
DOOR WORTH MORE THAN VEHICLE
Melodie Peil and her family liked their used 1990 Chevy van so much they drove it for 15 years, until the day Melodie had trouble locking a side door, and asked a friend to check it. That’s when over 13 pounds of marijuana was found inside that door. Funny thing too, this vehicle has been driven through New Mexico border patrol checkpoints some 10 times. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-/woman-unknowingly-drives-_b_6576414.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news&ir=Weird+News)
GOTTA GO VERY BADLY?
A while back entrepreneur Travis Laurendine launched a smartphone app, “Airpnp,” to connect people walking around select cities and needing access to a toilet, to listed residents who make their utilities available, with description and price. “Stinkers” charged extra? (New York Post, 1-18-15)
Monday, April 13, 2015 –
BRA SAVES WOMAN’S LIFE
Women, especially those with larger bosoms, know the importance of properly wearing a well-fitting brassier. Globo television reemphasized this recently with a report from Belem, Brazil. That’s where a lady, Ivete Medeios, could’ve been killed had she not been wearing her underwire black lace bra. It trapped a stray bullet just before it could enter her chest and heart. (The AP, 2-6-15)
THERE OUGHT TO BE A LAW?
While Kentucky is one of America’s financially worse-off states, each year it spends $2 million of taxpayer money for salaries and expenses for 41 “jailers” who have no jails to manage. Several jailers have full-time “side” jobs, and one jail-less jailer employs five deputies while another has 11 part-timers. (Courier-Journal/Louisville, 1-2-15)
WHAT A “CHEEKY” RULING
An Oregon judge has ruled that 61-year-old Patrick Buono of Portland did not break the law when he was caught crouched in the aisle of a Target store, snapping photos up under a 13-year-old girl’s skirt. That’s because, the way the law is written, Buono would have had to be using his camera in this manner inside a bathroom, locker room, dressing room or tanning booth, but the Target aisle was plainly public. (The Oregonian – http://bit.ly/1zXl9hx)
FELIX THE CAT/FELIX THE FOOD?
Hanoi, Vietnam – Authorities have recently buried thousands of cats, many apparently still alive, seized from smugglers crossing from China, which would’ve been later cleaned, cooked and eaten. This government ordered closing of all eateries serving cat meat in 1998… because cats eat rats which eat crops. (The AP, 2-5-15)
BIBLICAL MALE CHAUVINISM
It’s a fact; the King James’ version of The Holy Bible has 93 women who speak, 49 of whom are named. These women speak a total of 14,056 words collectively. That sounds good, except… that’s only roughly 1.1 percent of the total words = 788,280. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/04/bible-women-words_n_6608282.html?cps=gravity_2377_-4947854754)
HE NEEDED NIGHT CLASSES?
Acting director for cyber security in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Timothy DeFoggi, 56, apparently knew less about security software than he thought? In January 2015, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for using security software to collect child pornography. (Washington Post, 1-6-15)
THEY’RE FULL OF SOMETHING “S”
In November 2014, after a heavy snow storm hit Frankfort, Kentucky, that state’s capital, their labor policy agency’s headquarters needed snow removed badly. Unfortunately, when only one person volunteered, it was determined shoveling snow was too laborious for this labor agency. (Associated Press/Yahoo News, 11-21-14)
MUCH NEEDED INFORMATION
Infections of C. difficile causes severe diarrhea, which hospitalizes 250,000 Americans yearly and causes some 14,000 deaths. The non-profit company OpenBiome is paying for stool samples to create lifesaving fecal transplant treatments for Clostridium difficile, the bacteria highly resistant to antibiotics. One method uses capsules of frozen fecal matter, which thaws in the body, releasing its contents in the small intestines. (http://www.openbiome.org/contact/)
HE NEEDS THE ALIAS: DUMB BUTT
Benjamin Alexander Shaw, 25, must be pretty absent minded? The Brevard County (FL.) Sheriff’s Office says he demanded money from a Circle K store clerk the night of February 2, 2015, and threatened to return with a gun if the clerk refused. After Shaw’s wallet containing his ID was found left behind, he was arrested and the $40 given back to the store clerk. (Florida Today: http://on.flatoday.com/1ziYZ8M)
LITTLE DID THEY KNOW
Ronald Read, of Brattleboro, Vt., a former gas station employee known for his frugal ways, died in June 2014. Always dressed like a homeless man, locals were used to him wearing a coat safety-pinned together, while scrounging broken limbs for firewood. And, until his death, it was unknown he “dabbled” in the stock market… until he left the local library and hospital $6 million. (http://nypost.com/2015/02/04/frugal-ex-janitor-leaves-millions-to-local-library-hospital/)
NOT AWARE OF CHANGING TIMES
Like many newspapers these days, the Tampa Bay Times fell on hard times. So much so they planned to sell their headquarters building and other property to pay back a loan from the prior year for $30 million. That’s almost exactly the same amount they paid in 2002 for “naming rights” to the Tampa concert-and-hockey venue, the Ice Palace – now re-named the Amalie Arena. (Tampa Bay Times/SaintPetersblog)
MOULIN ROUGE TOO, MAYBE?
The French version of the board game Monopoly celebrated its 80th year by putting real cash into 80 boxes of its game. Only one box contained the full amount (i.e. 20,580 euros = $23,600), while the other 79 boxes had smaller amounts. This version lets players buy the Champs Elysees, four railroads and other famous avenues of the French capital. (http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/not-just-monopoly-money-80th-anniversary-edition-has-real-deal-n299921)
WITH CASH, OR HER BODY?
After Brazilian beauty Carol Toledo won the Miss Amazon contest, first runner-up Sheislane Hayalla hugged and congratulated her… then snatched the tiara violently from her head, threw it onto the stage and stormed away. Hayalla later claimed her reaction came from knowing Toledo had “bought” the title. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/watch-hilarious-moment-beauty-pageant-5077486)
TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT
While it’s common knowledge an estimated six million Jewish people were murdered in Nazi prison camps, the full count of those who died under Hitler’s rule is closer to eleven million. Among them, gays, priests, gypsies, people with mental or physical disabilities, communists, trade unionists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, anarchists, Poles and other Slavic peoples, and resistance fighters. (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/NonJewishVictims.html)
The National Post of Canada reports gastroenterologists at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s hospital found something extremely unusual; a vial of urine inside a man who reported to the ER with abdominal pains. The patient admitted inserting the container inside his “lowest orifice” to keep it at body temperature, to secretly swap later for his drug-containing urine, so he could pass a drug test. (http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/02/doctors-remove-a-vial-of-urine-hidden-in-a-mans-rectum-5007063/)
HE CAN HIRE A CHAUFFEUR NOW
Detroit’s James Robertson, 56, making $10.55 an hour, could not afford another car when his 1988 Honda Accord broke down over a decade ago, so he’s walked to work much of the 21 miles ever since, until recently. That was before Evan Leedy, 19, a Wayne State University student, created GoFundMe page where people could donate. Last heard, 5,300 people had donated over $149,000 for Robertson to get another car. (Detroit Free Press, 2-1-15)
In December 2014, after Codi Antoniello, 19, and an associate became assault suspects in Holland Township, Michigan, this young man rushed home to shave his head, making identity more difficult. Unfortunately, police arrived while he was shaving same, making him famous on the internet with his half-shaven skull mugshot. (See mugshot: http://goo.gl/ofDFQR)
NEED A TRUCK HAULING COLE SLAW
On Feb. 2, 2015, California Highway Patrol arrived at a crash on Interstate 10 near Palm Springs, involving a big-rig hauling frozen chicken and a truck carrying bees. Photos taken during the ensuing fire showed large amounts of blackened, highway-roasted chicken. (The AP, 2-3-15)
LITTLE CONNIVER PULLED IT OFF?
The Associated Press reported Feb. 2, 2015, while staying at a motel in Albuquerque, N.M., a 3-year-old found a handgun in his mother’s purse and fired one shot, wounding both his parents. The AP quote: “Police believe the shooting to be accidental.”
HIRE A HUMAN TO CHEW ITS BONES
Great Neck, New York, resident Rose Ann Bolasny, 60, has a husband and two adult sons, but misses never having a daughter. So much so, last year she created a trust fund for her 3-year-old Maltese (dog), Bella Mia, which will allow it $100,000 a year for fashions and spa treatments. Of course, this pooch already has 1,000 outfits in her custom-made walk-in closet, including ball gowns, along with diamond and pearl jewelry. (London’s Daily Mail, 1-16-15)
NOTHING TO SMILE ABOUT HERE
After a tractor-trailer ran off the road near Tuscaloosa, hitting a tree, it blocked a stretch of I-20 for 11 hours. The Alabama Highway Patrol questioned the 57-year-old driver, who admitted to taking both hands off the steering wheel long enough to pull a loose tooth, which he kept in his pocket as evidence. (Al.com, http://bit.ly/1Lq0gjx)
HOPEFULLY, THE AC WORKS
Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum, a World War II veteran, was recently asked to turn in his medical license. Why? All because this 88-year-old physician treats homeless patients for free in and around rural Edwards, Mississippi, inside an examination room, which is his passenger car. A petition containing some 54,000 names still has faith in Dr. Landrum. (The Washington Post, 1-14-15)
A HEROIN BRA FALSIE
KOB-TV reports (http://goo.gl/zEdfKo) 30-year-old Renea Lucero was arrested after she called a detective on his department-issued cellphone and made the officer an unexpected offer. Confident this repeat offender did not know who she’d called, the detective set up a meeting, and, after Lucerno pulled heroin from her bra, she was arrested.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE “WEED”
A police officer in Stafforshire, England, confident the 10 strong-smelling boxes he’d seized would be the highlight of his career, filling the trunk, rear and front seats of his car with the suspicious boxes, before demanding a drug sniffing dog and a forensics specialist be sent to his location. But his embarrassment was obvious after they determined the “drugs” were only strong smelling bowls of pot pourri. (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/fastest-road-marker-world-watch-4946580#rlabs=1)
BETTER SELL YOUR COW?
Seems nowadays experiments and tests can prove or disprove just about anything. In this case, a Swedish study found women who drank three glasses of milk each day died at nearly twice the rate of those who drank less than one glass. Broken bones were also more common in heavy milk drinkers. (The AP, 1-31-15)
PHARMACISTS’ SELECTIONS STUPID
Fourteen employees of a Framingham, Massachusetts, pharmacy were indicted in December 2014 for defrauding the federal government by filling bogus prescriptions. Names later found on the customer list of the New England Compounding Center were: Baby Jesus, Hugh Jass, L. L. Bean, Filet O’Fish, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Harry Potter, Coco Puff, Mary Lamb, all of the Baldwin brother actors, and a grouping of Bud Weiser, Richard Coors, Raymond Rollingrock and, of course, Samuel Adams. (http://boston.cbslocal.com/tag/new-england-compounding-center/)
A LUSTY LOVER’S CARRY-ON?
Police were called to New York City’s Washington Bridge bus station, after a suspicious package was found left behind a concrete barrier. When their sniff-dogs showed no interest, officers open the silver messenger-style satchel to find 1,000 individually packaged condoms, for both men and women. (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/01/31/us/ap-us-odd-suspicious-package-condoms.html?_r=0)
SHE CHANGED THEIR DIRECTION
Perhaps an 8-year-old British girl, Camilla Lisanti, should share in a Nobel Peace Prize, if a true cure for cancer is found by her parents? Michael and Federica Sotgia, both cancer researchers at Manchester University, were surprised when Camilla suggested using antibiotics, “like when I have a sore throat.” This caused them to do research and learn antibiotics destroyed cancerous cells in samples from breast, prostate, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, skin, and brain tumors. (http://www.fox4news.com/story/27976663/8-year-old-girl-suggests-a-possible-cure-for-cancer)
HE OWED OVER $7 BILLION? NO
Pensioner Doug Yeomans, 78, of Shardlow, Derbyshire, UK, was shocked to receive a bill from HM Revenue and Customs saying a direct debit of almost £950,000,000 a month would be taken from his account the next five months to pay off his debt of £4,742,354,255 ($7.16 billion USD). When Mr. Yeomans got through to the Revenue, they admitted to having made a mistake. (http://news.sky.com/story/1418017/pensioner-78-gets-tax-bill-for-4-7bn)
THEY DIDN’T HORSE-AROUND
Good news! The generations-old Middle East sport of camel racing has been modernized. Now instead of trafficking Bangladesh children to use as jockeys, they’ve begun using “robot” jockeys — electronic dummies that respond to trainers tracking the races with walkie-talkies “growling encouragement directly into camels’ ears” and joysticks “that trigger a whip at an appropriate time”. (New York Times, 12-26-14)
Thursday, April 2, 2015 –
HIS MOTHER WAS JUVENILE, ALSO
Inside a New York City courtroom January 2015, a judge ordered Franklin Reyes, age 17, to be tried as an adult, reversing an earlier ruling to try him as a juvenile. The teen is accused of striking and killing a 4-year-old girl with an SUV, while fleeing from police. Reyes’ mother threw a fit during one of his court appearances and had to be escorted from the courtroom. The reason he is being tried as an adult? After the accident, Reyes was arrested three more times. (New York Post, 1-15-15)
LET’S ALL GET STUPID
As of January 2015, legal marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the United States. Should all 50 states eventually make this drug legal, it could surpass the organic food industry. The ArcView Group, a cannabis industry investment and research firm, found that the U.S. market for legal cannabis grew 74 percent in 2014 to $2.7 billion, up from $1.5 billion in 2013. (third edition of the State of Legal Marijuana Markets)
HE WOULD PROBABLY STILL SMELL
Larry Markwood was recently reappointed to a Pennsylvania county industrial board. So what, you say? Well, he couldn’t attend their meeting… because he’s been dead since 2012. Commissioner Chairman Vincent Zapotosky tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review they’ll be smarter about the reappointment process in the future. (http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/01/29/man-who-died-in-2012-reappointed-to-fayette-county-board/)
AT LEAST SHE DIDN’T AGREE
Consumer advocate Christopher Elliott tells of Comcast customers Ricardo and Lisa Brown of Spokane, Wash. Lisa said she called Comcast to cancel the cable portion of their service to save money and, instead, was given a sales pitch she politely refused. Problem was, their next bill was no longer addressed to Ricardo Brown. The name on the envelope was: Asshole Brown. (See http://elliott.org/ website)
A SEARCH FOR BROWN UNDIES
When teachers at an elementary school in Gustine, Texas, kept finding human excrement on the gymnasium floor, they decided to personally inspect the posteriors of each and every student until the guilty, stinky rear was found. But even though the boys and girls were put in separate rooms before being ordered to expose their rears, when parents found out many were outraged. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/28/poop-inspections_n_6566426.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)
MAY THEY ALL GET BITTEN, TOO
A 4-year-old Phoenix child, Kevin Vicente, was badly mauled by a pit bull named Mickey, making multiple surgeries necessary, leaving him in pain with bad facial scars. Kevin’s injuries were so extensive, his mother had to quit her job to care for him. Meanwhile, Mickey the mauler became a celebrity when several thousand people petitioned to keep him from being euthanized. Now living in a “no-kill” shelter, supporters can track him 24/7 on the Internet. (http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/03/17/dog-lovers-campaign-to-save-phoenix-pit-bull-who-mauled-4-year-old/)
A WEE BIT OF A LEAK
A waitress in Key West, Florida, Tia Cruz, 26, was talking with a customer at the front of Rick’s bar when she felt something wet sprinkling over her body. Turns out, that “wet” was coming from Orion Jones, 20, who was upstairs taking-a-leak over the edge of the balcony. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/28/orion-jones-pees-on-waitress_n_6564640.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)
NEEDS A MAYONNAISE STEM, TOO
In 2014 Territorial Seed Co. of Cottage Grove, Oregon, introduced a plant sprouting tomatoes and potatoes, the aptly named “Ketchup ‘n’ Fries” plant. Grafting splices of tomato stems onto potato plants creates single plants capable of harvesting 500 red cherry tomatoes and 4.5 pounds of potatoes each. (The Oregonian/Portland, 12-30-14)
WHEEERE’S THE BEEF!?
Someone must’ve been planning for a huge party in Jacksonville, Florida. Why else would they break into the Jerome Brown BBQ and steal ribs, chicken, wings and fries, worth a total of about $4,000? (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/27/thief-steals-4000-worth-o_n_6556066.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular)
WHAT AGE SHOULD SOLDIERS BE?
U.N. officials said Jan. 27, 2015, they had secured the release of 3,000 soldiers in Sudan. The first 280 to turn in their guns and take off their fatigues were all between the ages of 11 and 17. Many had never been to school, and had fought since big enough to carry a rifle. (The New York Times)
MORE PRIESTS PRAYING TO PREY
Here we go again concerning Catholic priests. In this case a judge in the city of Granada, Spain, has indicted 10 priests and two Catholic lay workers for sex abuse of minors. These men are accused of abusing four teenage boys. One of the victims sent a complaint to Pope Francis, who met with him. (The AP, 1-28-15)
HAD 365 PAID HOLIDAYS YEARLY
After Westchester County (New York) corrections officer Jesus Encarnacion injured his wrist slipping on a lettuce leaf on a stairway, he received several surgeries. Returning to work, he re-injured his wrist the very first day, and never worked again. Seventeen years later he’d drawn $1.2 million in disability salary, but still wanted more… so he requested full disability retirement, for which he was rejected. (New York Post, 1-5-15)
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