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.
“There in plain sight pumping its tail, crest alert, in full colours, was the moustached kingfisher,” writes Chris Filardi in his field journal. “And then, like a ghost, it was gone.” For days and days Chris and his fellow researchers from the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Ornithology searched for the bird in the remote moss jungle highlands of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. They laid nets to catch the precious creature.
And then they heard it. “Ko-ko-kokokokokokokokoko-kiew!” Hush. Was that the elusive moustached kingfisher or Alvin Stardust? “Ko-ko-kokokokokokokokoko-kiew!”
“When I came upon the netted bird in the cool shadowy light of the forest I gasped aloud, ‘Oh my god, the kingfisher,’” Filardi notes. “One of the most poorly known birds in the world was there, in front of me, like a creature of myth come to life.”
The team took photos and recorded the birds call. It is estimated that there are only 250–1000 mature individuals left.
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species tells us: “This spectacular species is judged to be endangered on the basis of a very small estimated population, which is suspected to be declining, at least in part of its range. However, further research may reveal it to be more common.”
And then the happy travellers killed the bird. You know, to get a better look at it.
Louann Clem of Trenton, New Jersey, is suing her employer Case Pork Roll Co., for firing her husband Rich for excessive farting. The Clems told the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), but they weren’t interested. Farters are not yet a recognised minority group.
So the Clems are suing. Their law suit says Rich’s gastric bypass surgery led to “extreme gas and uncontrollable diarrhea.” They allege company owner Thomas Dolan began giving them a hard time. The Clems say he told them:
“We have to do something about Rich. This can’t go on.”
“Why is Rich having these side effects?”
“Is Rich following his doctor’s recommendations?”
“We can’t run an office and have visitors with the odor in the office.”
“Tell Rich that we are getting complaints from visitors who have problems with the odors.”
The company’s owner says the Clems weren’t fired. They say the Clems refused a pay cut when the company’s fortunes declined.
We say, ‘What the hell are pork rolls made from?’
For just £500 a month, you can live in a cupboard in Clapham, south London.
Alex Lomax, who travelled from Nottingham to view the property, says:
“There was a landlord and I was shown the kitchen and the under-stairs cupboard – he seemed deadly serious, which is the worrying part. He said, ‘You would be sharing with three others people’, and I just wanted to get out of there, so I made my excuses and left. I wish I’d been more angry because it’s clearly ridiculous and I’m annoyed at myself for basically just making my excuses.”
She is barred from every Boots store in Britain but still went into the company’s branch in Lytham and stole £514 of perfume… Lord’s boyfriend David Buckley was removed from proceedings by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court after shouting “ Hello Gorgeous” at Lord as she came into the dock from the custody cells.
Earlier Buckley had sung” We are in the money” outside court and said:”We don’t want to talk about it we don’t want the scrotes to know.”
Lord also admitted an earlier theft of clothing and shoes worth £377 from Marks and Spencer. She is currently on licence after serving eight months in jail.
The judge was told how Lord had a drugs issue. He gave her a 24 week suspended jail term and ordered her to pay £1330 in costs and fines within 35 days after being told by defence lawyer that Lord was due to receive a life changing amount of money within that time.
Lord should know that if you want to be invisible whilst stealing, shopping or breathing, you need to be only one thing: old.
You can The Mary Tyler Moore Masturbation Society, the group created by James J. Kagel of Cleveland, Ohio. Proving our theory that any weirdness you’ve thought of someone else has formed a group for, Kagel invites other fans of Mary Tyler Moore’s “beautifully curved, ever so shapely, silken, creamy smooth, seductive, velvety soft, long, lean, graceful, tantilizing [sic], erotic, sinuously sexy LEGS” to join him in a tribute toss.
Kagel’s interest in MTM began when he watched The Dick Van Dyke Show as a lad.
There’s chance, of course, that you already know all this, being as you are a member of MTM Legs (“for your jacking pleasure”).
Spotter: Richard Metzger
Mr Lerner, 46, took the spoon (value $1.12) from a branch of Walmart in St. Petersburg.
It was 11pm. Because in Florida breakfast is any time you want it to be.
His girlfriend, Brianna Denson, 16, was charged with making a photograph of herself for keeping it on her mobile phone. She avoided a jail sentence by pleading guilty to disseminating harmful material to minors.
Both are perverts of the lowest order. It’s a good job the adult police got to those naked photos of the teenager before the lynch mob did.
Oh,brave new world.
Road workers did not spot 45-year-old Latori Lal as they filled in the hole with hot tar and it was levelled with a roller.
Locals potted Lala’s shirts poking from the road. The driver of the roller and one other workers have been arrested.
A woman from Troupe, Texas, asked her Facebook friends:
“I need someone to come shoot my dog, nobody here has the heart to do it! We will provide the gun!”
Mad, indeed. What Texan doesn’t own a gun? Like you, we too smell something stinky, and it’s not the 3-year-old Saint Bernard/English bulldog mix named Cinnamon.
Nicholas Pet Haven of Tyler, Texas, took the bait. He called Troup PD. They called the Smith County Animal Control. Between them you’d think they had loads guns. But they didn’t shoot the dog. They saved the dog that kept getting in the garbage.
“It’s devastating,” said animal shelter coordinator Nanette Moss. “I work with these dogs every day. They are my life, and when she walked through my door it just broke my heart. She’s a sweet dog and how can somebody shoot a sweet dog?”
Well, no-one. No-one shot the dog. But the woman got rid of one to a good home.
One of the victims gave chase. He describes one villain as being around 20 years of age with a large bandage around his hand. The other criminal is an “egg-shaped” white man, about six feet tall and 65 to 70 years old. He has a grey beard, grey hair and was wearing a light coloured “Tilley-style” hat.
The men had ran around the property demanding drugs. It’s not know whether they found any.
Google cars, eat yer heart out. Jake Williams has supped a fill at the local ‘daiquiri shop’ and now it’s time to mosey along home. So he gets on his horse Sugar and heads along Highway 16 in Watson, Louisiana.
And that’s when he got pulled over.
“I was riding my horse down the side of 16,” says Williams, “when I was issued a ticket for being drunk in public. When you get a little too much to drink, why not ride a horse? It’s safer that way. The horse knows the way home.”
So. About those cutting-edge driverless cars..?
The boyfriend suffered third degree burns to each side of his bellend at her home in Mount Barker, South Australia.
District Court Judge Paul Muscat said Parker’s crime was one of the “most unusual” he had encountered during his time in court. “In short, his penis will be scarred for life and he will suffer from a number of issues, including the proper function of his penis, not to mention the cosmetic and psychological problems associated with the scarring to such a sensitive site,” Judge Muscat added.
The branding was triggered by Parker’s jealousy – and a promise that if he cheated, there would be a punishment. As Muscat notes:
“You regularly abused him, including physically, if you suspected, or, if he admitted to being unfaithful to you. You were particularly jealous of his association with his ex-girlfriend… He was unfaithful to you and had spent two nights with his ex-girlfriend and had sex with her. When you found out about that, you reminded him of his promise to you. He asked you ‘What about it?’ referring to the promise he had previously made. You told him to remove his penis from his shorts, which he did. He said that you could ‘tap it’ with the straighteners after he removed his penis, after you said that you were not going to burn his testicles…
“You took his penis in your hand and then, with the other, you placed the straighteners on either side of the shaft of his penis before squeezing them momentarily. I need not here say anything of the pain and shock which he then experienced.”
“To start off with, it looked brown around the outside and it didn’t look too bad, it just looked as if you had cooked a piece of meat.”
Judge Muscat sentenced Parker to nine months’ jail but suspended that sentence upon her entering an 18-month good behaviour bond.
To North Carolina, where Martinne Patricia Delavega, 51, of Jacksonville, has been charged with malicious castration and assault causing serious bodily injury. She bit a man’s genitals, causing his testicles to tear open.
What happened to her head is not known. But you can make your own puns…
See the video here.
American scientist Dave Whitlock says:
“No one did clinical trials on people taking showers every day. I have not taken a shower in 12 years.”
(Via Oddity Central):
….In fact, he says that the chemicals in our soaps and shampoos have destroyed all the friendly bacteria that once inhabited our skin and kept us clean.
Whitlock first started thinking about good bacteria when a woman he was dating asked him why horses liked to roll around in the dirt during summer.
No plumbing in the stable?
“The only way that horses could evolve this behavior was if they had substantial evolutionary benefits from it,” Whitlock explained. That’s when he realised that for the horses, this was actually a way of keeping clean.
Until then, no one had considered that skin bacteria was important and could be helpful to the body. “I didn’t have a biology degree – I wasn’t at an institution that was renowned for its biological research,” Whitlock said. “And I was proposing something completely off the wall.” But he went ahead and invented a one-of-a-kind spray – called ‘Mother Dirt AO+ Mist’ – consisting of ‘good’ bacteria.
Whether or not he scored another date is not known.
Police in Delaware arrested Henry ‘Hank’ Wojnisz, 31, for allegedly selling heroin. He was carrying a young child when he was spotted. Police says the suspect urinated on himself before they discovered 92 bags of heroin (1.38g) labeled “Lacoste” and 12 doses of Suboxone in his possession.
Wojnisz has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, recklessly/likely to cause injury, resisting arrest and other related offences.
He then posed for this great mug shot.
To Waco, Texas, where Gabriel Garcia, 30, and Ashley Cecilia Castaneda, 31, after being pulled over by the police. Police find 2.7 grams of methamphetamine under the driver’s seat, 29.9 grams of meth in a purse, a set of digital scales and a loaded 6-shot Smith & Wesson Model 61 semi-automatic pistol inside Garcia’s vagina.
All found items have been confiscated.
In the drawer marked ‘What could go wrong?’ we find Norm Kelly, Councillor for the City of Toronto, Canada. He wants pedestrians to give motorists the finger while crossing the road.
Kelly wants walkers to extend their arms and using their index fingers point in the direction they want to walk when using crosswalks. At which point the driver will see the walker, wonder what they are pointing at and turn their heads to see. The walker will step into the road and get a closer look at the car crash.
“Three per cent of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in Toronto occur at marked crosswalks. This is a statistic which could be significantly reduced if pedestrians make the effort to point, pause then proceed. Getting the attention of motorists before crossing the street eliminates the possibility of a collision.”
With them, yes. With other cars, shop windows, cyclists and walkers not trying to cross the road, the jury’s out.
To Florida, where Jefferson King, 33, has been arrested for allegedly exposing his ‘Whopper’ in the Burger King in West Palm Beach.
When a woman made eye contact with King and asked him what he was doing, he replied:
King has been charged with indecent exposure and was taken to the Palm Beach County jail.
Tip: This is why McDonald’s offer toys.
When we heard that Roberto Esquivel Cabrera, a 52-year-old Mexican, sported a 19-inch penis, we marvelled. And then we wondered if anyone had a photo of the massive member.
Cabrera says his penis is go gargantuan that he “can not go to church because I can not kneel … Wherever I go, [they] all stare.”
And now you too can stare because the fine minds at TMZ have filmed Cabrera and what appears to be the stuffed tail of a toy lion rooting from his knickers.
Unable to put the huge knob in a neckbrace, Cabrera has taken to swaddling it in bandages. The result is that you can’t see his penis at all. This looks a lot like the end of the legend.
And therefore never send to know for whom the bellend tolls; It tolls for thee.
To China, where Liang Xiuzhen of Sichuan sports a 13-centimeter by 6-centimeter horn. It’s not stuck on. It’s part of her.
The 87-year-old’s growth is known as a cutaneous horn. Made of keratin, the horn grew over a period of just two years from a small mole.
It might be an idea to get your new ‘beauty spot’ checked out…
Questions aplenty in light of the Torquay Herald’s story of Paul Clint Wells, 38, who stood before the Beak at Torquay Magistrates’ Court for the alleged offence of “attempting to rob a woman of money of a value unknown from her private parts”.
Wells will appear in court on October 10.
File under: money box.
Never step on a cricket. That’s a nematomorpha.
To save 87-year-old Frank Reyes’s left hand – damaged when it was trapped under a sun-heated car bumper as he was changing a tyre – medics stitched it to his abdomen.
Surgeons at Houston Methodist Hospital left Frank’s hand inside his abdomen for three weeks to reduce risk of infection and save his fingers.
To Saltillo, Mexico, where 52-year-old Roberto Esquivel Cabrera tells Vanguardia he can’t get work or a lover because his penis 19 inches in length and nine inches in girth.
“I cannot go to church because I can not kneel. Wherever I go, [they] all stare.”
Vanguardia says Cabrera cannot get a girlfriend because he has “an elephant walk” and the ladies dodge his
booty trunk call.