Strange But True Category
Weird, offbeat and bizarre news from around the world. Funny, strange & odd news stories that make you wince, laugh and fear for humanity.
Mike Iacovetta, 51, says of the slice of tree he keeps in his Denver, Colorado, garage:
“She is the key to my whole life.”
‘She’ is the Virgin Mary Mr Iacovetta says he can see in the log’s rings.
Robert Palmer found a caterpillar with a human face in Toutle, Washington.
“My first thought was to crush it with my cane, then I thought, no, it looks so strange, I’m going to take a picture of it, ” says Palmer. “I’m going to be 70 in November. And I’ve never seen a bug with a human face staring back at me. I’ve sent the picture to OMSI, the Portland Zoo, Fish & Wildlife, the Extension Service, The Master Gardeners. People either don’t respond or don’t know what kind it is. Some people aren’t taking this very seriously.”
Sadly, the creature died.
But he still has the photo.
“I sent a picture to my grandson, he said ‘nice Photoshop grandpa’. I said I can’t even use my smart phone half the time, much less do some special computer effects. I had to have the girls at the Shell station send the picture to the local TV station. He knows I wouldn’t lie about this.”
Do we believe in the bug that looks like Lord Kitchener?
“It’s Bob, he wouldn’t lie about anything. He’s just really intrigued by what kind of caterpillar it is, and getting somebody to figure it out, that’s why he’s always talking about it,” said Kay Hank.
“One woman told it looks like the devil,” says Palmer, “I decided to stay away from her, if she’s actually seen the devil. Haha.”
Satan is a caterpillar. Fact.
Derek Carr can’t read or write.So he asked his friend Greg Tod to write a robbery demand on the back of a Ladbrokes betting slip. He’d walk into a branch of rival bookies Corals, hand the cashier the note and walk away rich.
It was a great plan with a few flaws.
Darryl Lovie, defending Carr at Livingstone Crown Court, says that his client went to the wrong shop, specifically one selling fish and chips in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland:
“The chip shop attendant noticed he had a betting slip in his hand and inquired if he could help him. He then realised Mr Carr was in the wrong shop and told him he was in a chip shop not the bookies next door.”
Lewis Crosby, prosecuting, takes up the tale:
“Carr entered Coral just before 6pm, walked up to the counter where manager Karen Jamieson was standing and handed her the note. It stated: ‘Put the money in the bag or someone will die’. This was read by the complainer who handed the note back to the accused and asked him: ‘Are you telling me you’re holding me up?’ The accused didn’t respond at this time however, he opened the carrier bag and said: ‘Put the money in the bag’. This was overheard by another member of staff who had been on the shop floor.
“Both members of staff pressed the silent panic alarm. The complainer thereafter informed the accused that she was not giving him any money. The accused smirked and said: ‘I was only joking’. He then calmly walked out of the door taking with him his note and the carrier bag.”
Sheriff Peter Hammond called for social work reports to assess Carr’s suitability for post release supervision. The case will call again on July 30.
To Florida, where a man annoyed by the $2 fare headbutted the bus.
To Barrie, Ontario, Canada, where a huge knife-wielding rodent with human arms, body and legs has held up the Mac’s.
Barrie police Det. Brett Haynes is unsure. He’s looking for a man with a mouse head:
“I would have to say this is the first time I came across a mask used for a robbery that looks like a child’s cute mouse mask. It was a pretty brazen attack for just 60 bucks.”
A grown man whose head can fit inside a child-size mask?
Will anyone be brave enough to, er, rat him out?
Do you see faces in inanimate objects (a condition known as pareidolia)? If you do, chances are you’re neurotic.
Brain Decoder, who works at Tokyo’s NNT Communication Science Laboratory tested 166 undergraduates to ascertain their ‘big five‘ personality traits and mood. The students were presented with pictures of random dots and invited to say what they saw.
The psychological tests found a link: students who scored higher for neuroticism were more likely to see faces in the dots.
Of course, that’s not to say Jesus really isn’t manifest in that tortilla, tree stump or stain.
Spotter: Brain Decoder
Photo: The “Face on Mars” was one of the most striking and remarkable images taken during the Viking missions to the red planet. Unmistakeably resembling a human face, the image caused many to hypothesize that it was the work of an extraterrestrial civilization. Later images revealed that it was a mundane feature rendered face-like by the angle of the Sun.
Anyone still too shy to buy a dildo should know that Amazon offers shoppers a free vibrator with pairs of children’s sandals. You just have to select the right brand, which is not all that subtly called PRIMIGI.
Sophie Grantham, 36, didn’t know of the special offer until she took delivery of a pair of said sandals and spotted the five-inch purple Durex vibrator in the box.
Sophie, of Whiteley, Hampshire, explains:
“The parcel was vibrating so the postman made a comment about it maybe being a toothbrush. I was absolutely horrified to find there was this purple vibrator, loose and buzzing about in the shoebox. I don’t know what happened, but it’s not on.”
Cats, who wee in your coffee when you’re not looking (fact!), once more escape the laws. And dogs get it in the hind quarters.
Local mayor Paolo Dosi says the rules will mean dog-owners will be forced to to take a bottle of water with them whenever they walk their pets.
Undercover sheriff’s deputies in Arizona arrested Pennsylvania man Michael Crawford, 68, on suspicion that he flew 2000 miles to have sex with a horse.
Police say Mr Crawford had advertised for a willing horse owner to let him ‘ride’ their beast. The Animal Crimes Investigations Unit spotted the ad and began to lay a honey trap.
The police conversed with Crawford. When he arrived in Phoenix, they took him to Tolleson, and showed him two ponies.
Crawford wonders why he was pinched when all he’d done was talk about sex with a horse. In any case, he’d been engaged in bestiality since 1970. And had any horse complained?
A woman in her 30s was masturbating with a sex toy when she drove her Mini into the back of a fish delivery van.
The van diver with M&J Seafood reviewed footage from the vehicle’s rear camera. He saw the woman clutching a Rampant Rabbit-style sex toy and doing up her trousers.
A source explains:
“A driver was called into the office and feared he was getting the sack. He’d been on his first shift after looking for work for ages. The bosses told him it wasn’t his fault and then said ‘Have you seen this?’. They all had a good laugh.”
Says the company, based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire: “The matter is now in the hands of our insurers.”
It’s 7:22pm on July 2. A person has ordered a pizza. They call the police. They say a neighbour has taken their pizza. Police discover the neighbour has also ordered a pizza.
It’s 8:03pm on July 2: Neighbour wrongly accused of pizza theft reports being upset.
Back in 2013, Wang Kaiyu, of Yunan, China, bought male and female puppies- one of each. Theyw er so cure. And then they grew. Big. In 2015, Kaiyu relaised that his two dogs had mutated into bears:
It wasn’t until Wang saw a pamphlet about endangered wild animals that he realized he had raised two Asian black bears, a Category 2 protected species, by accident. He decided to give the cubs up to the Forest Public Security Bureau in the hopes that they would be able to re-home them.
The cubs now live Yunnan Wild Rescue Center.
Kaiyu’s new dog is green, likes to wallow in the bath tub and get get snappy…
To Germany, where the Local reports on the a 23-year-old man in the eastern German town who drugged his girlfriend so he could keep playing video games. He tells a court that his live-in lover had returned home after an 10-hour shift at work. She wanted peace and quiet and asked him to stop playing video games. So. He drugged her. He tells a court:
“I only put four or five drops into her tea.”
But when dhe headed to work the next day, the drugs were still working:
“I got up and drove to work although I was nodding off again and again.”
The judge fines the gamer €500 and tells him:
“Your girlfriend slept long and deeply, which didn’t harm her, but this is certainly a premeditated bodily harm.”
The felon is contrite:
“It was stupid, but now I’m on a straight path.”
Adding: “But the massive speeding hedgehog keeps attacking me.”
“We are being molested by demons,” says Keiron Fry from the family home in New Tredegar, south Wales. “My wife Tracey goes to bed fine, doesn’t feel anything in the night but when she wakes up she’s in agony. I wake up the next day and said: ‘I didn’t do that’. I would never beat my wife.”
Keiron says he captured the violent ghost on camera as it haunted his sons’ bedroom. The phantom resembles a small child in a white gown with a blue face and a tail. This beats told the couple’s three kids: “I’m going to slit your parents’ throats.”
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A man accused of shoplifting from Walmart was undone by his 6-year-old daughter, say police.
It all went wrong when Scott Birk’s daughter learnt to talk. Now age 6, the girl has grassed up her dad to the cops.
Mr Birk, 31, of New Berlin, Wisconsin, was captured on CCTV at a Walmart store allegedly breaking into a jewellery case and stealings earrings, which he put on. The store’s security guard says he heard Birk’s “6-year-old daughter told him several times to stop breaking into the jewellery case”.
Perhaps to appease the child, Birk then “put sets of toys that he had in his cart into his shorts”.
But that failed. Because when police asked Birk how she’d gotten to the store, and he’d said that owing to a driving ban he’d walked, Birk Junior pointed to their car and ratted dad out.
Birk has been charged with theft.
His daughter wil most likely get a toy sherrif’s badge:
Melda Ilgin was found in her inflatable crib 1km out to sea off the coast of Ayvacik, Turkey.
Melda’s parents had forgotten about her.
Tiny Hamster Has Tiny Fourth of July BBQ:
Grant Botti, 14, from Bryant, Arkansas, had a huge centipede in his ear. He didn’t know it was there until he felt some pain. He rubbed his ear. He felt something unusual. He pulled it. And out slid a 4-inch centipede.
The ducking stool and stocks are so yesterday. For the price of a $5 raffle ticket, locals in Van Meter, Iowa, can win the chance to Taser City Administrator Jake Anderson or Councilman Bob Lacy. All monies got to the Spontaneous Combustion Guild of America. No, better than that: all proceeds will fund the purchase a second police car, a speed radar, more cops and Tasers.
Says Police Chief Bill Daggart: “Most officers will tell you they’d much rather be tased than pepper sprayed. The effects are so short, and it doesn’t burn.”
And if you hold a lightbulb over your head you can see your brain light up…
Watch CNN report on ISIS flag at London Gay Pride (fails to notice it’s made out of butt plugs and dildos)
The London Gay Pride march featured an ISIS flag. CNN is shocked and appalled.
Lucy Pawle has noticed a man dressed in black. He’s holding an ISIS flag, says Lucy.
It’s made of dildos and butt plugs.
But Lucy never noticed:
What deos Jeus taste of? To the family in Tlalixtac de Cabrera, Mexico, he tastes of tortilla. But Josefina Guzman has placed the tortilla not in her mouth, but on an altar.
“I’ve been making tortillas for a very long time,” she said, “but I’ve never seen anything like this before. It is a “miracle”.
The recipe for a Jesus tortilla is heavy doses of belief, hot oil and burning:
The prankers spotted the able-bodied man’s car in the parking spaced reserved for the disabled and covered it in Post-It notes. Their design mimiced the sign he’d ignored.
He went potty: