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.
Hot dogs are un-Islamic, says the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (MIDD). To receive halal certification,the MIDD, a religious government body, says hot dogs must be renamed.
MIDD’s Sirajuddin Suhaimee explains says: “In Islam, dogs are considered unclean and the name cannot be related to halal certification.”
Yes, but the hot dog contains no dogs, it being most often a composite blend of pigs’s scrotum, anus and lips.
“Malaysian halal food guidelines say halal food and halal artificial flavour shall not be named or synonymously named after non-halal products such as ham, bak kut teh, bacon, beer, rum and others that might create confusion,” he adds.
The Auntie Anne store has been refused halal certification unless it renamed its “Pretzel Dog”. Mr Suhaimee says it should be called a Pretzel Sausage”.
And in keeping with Islamic law, Auntie Anne might care to ‘circumcise’ the tip of its Fat Torpedo:
Other Parents spots this story from Florida. When Chelsea Wilson, 24, was arrested in connection with a bank robbery in Fort Lauderdale, she told the teller: “You have exactly one minute to give me all your $50 & $100 bills from both your drawers or I will shoot you! No dye packs, no alarms follow these instructions and no one will get hurt, act normal.”
Wilson then walked off with $300 in cash and got into a waiting car -a vehicle registered to Wilson’s father, who was in the driver’s seat.
“I drove her to a job interview and waited for her to return,” said dad. “I thought the cash was advance payment for her job.”
Wilson has admitted to robbing the TD Bank branch and the three other banks, presumably in her role as security assessor.
Here of the day is Ben Duke, who saved a dog’s life when its leads got trapped in an elevator. “I happened to walk out at the right time and save the dogs life,” says Ben, general manager at The Roadway Inn in Greenville, South Carolina.
“The doors closed, and I guess he didn’t realise that his dog had wandered off,” Ben adds. “I just grabbed the lead, and struggled with it, then I guess adrenaline set in or something, and I snapped the leash right above my hand. The dog was scared, and fought me pretty hard. In fact, he scratched me pretty good on my face. I don’t blame him. It was pretty scary.
“The owner was crying and was so grateful. He just came up and hugged me. It was pretty crazy. I was just reacting and doing what I was supposed to do in that situation. People are calling me a hero, but I can’t imagine the other outcome. I just did what you are supposed to do in this situation.”
Boo Boo the dog is fine.
The message to parents with children at St Dunstan’s school, Glastonbury, Somerset, is clear: state your ‘cunt’ of birth:
The school says the word ‘cunty’ is a typo and not a comment on nationality. The letters ‘O’ and ‘R’ were not included in error.
“It became a problem when the tail grew outside the body,” said the 14-year-old boy’s mother, who doesn’t want to be named.
“He would just lift the [8-inch] tail every time he needed to change his clothes. I could see that it was very annoying and painful for him, so I took him to a hospital.” Doctors say the teenager might have developed the tail in the womb as a result of a spinal deformity, but that it appeared outside only after he grew up.
“When the size of the tail grew… [it] began to press on the boy’s back,” says surgeon, Dr Pramod Giri. “It was cosmetically and psychologically disturbing for him.”
Do you dress to the left or to the right, sir?
To Florida, where Nicholas Melice, Sr., 46, is rowing with his son, Nicholas Jr., 19.
Mr. Melice Sr. (above) wants to throw away Mr. Melice Jr.’s Lego.
It gets heated. Police are called.
“Both Mr. Melice and Mr. Melice Jr. advised they wished to pursue criminal charges,” reported an officer who added that he was unable to determine the scrape’s “primary aggressor”.
The Melices were arrested.
We can all debate the merits of a 19-year-old being so attached to their Lego – and the young master’s haircut, which seems to be modelled on one of his toys.
It’s ok. That hair most likely pulls off and can be replaced easily.
Emma Phillips, Wallasey, Wirral, is the trainee teacher who got a large dildo stuck in her anus (?). This is no secret. Emma has not been exposed or outed in some way. She wants to tell us all about her “embarrassing” accident because it is a “taboo” we need to be warned about.
She’s told her story to Mercury Press, who have sold it to the Daily Mirror. How you prove the story of the vanishing viby is a moot point. Emma just wants to tell us about it. And we are all ears.
And no giggling as “Emma offers a thumbs up from her hospital bed”. Let’s hope she washes it first and removed any false fingernails.
One day her child will get to read about the tale of “Mum-of-one Emma Phillips”, her partner Lee Miller, 29, and the the 7 inch sex toy that “disappeared”.
When she leaned forward she could feel it vibrating inside her bottom wedged behind her hip.
Lee tried to extract the toy with a fork handle and BBQ prongs before calling for an ambulance.
In Wrexham hospital Emma underwent the “minute-and-a-half surgery which involved placing a camera down her throat and the surgeon pressing on her stomach before manually extracting i”.
And “Doctors offered her the toy as a keepsake but she decline”.
Next week: I got a BBQ stuck inside my vagina.
To Kentucky, where Jonathan Martin, 20, has been arrested and charged with wearing a mask in a public place and disorderly conduct. Martin’s crime was to dress up as a clown. Police found him at 1:00am dressed in “full clown costume” crouching among trees.
The local news says, “Recent reports of clowns trying to lure children into woods have sparked alarm.”
On a list of things likely to seduce a child, dressing up as scary clown is one below a plate of raw broccoli.
“Dressing as a clown and driving, walking or standing in public can create a dangerous situation for you and others,” says Kentucky, police. “While dressing up is not, in and of itself against the law, doing so in public and thereby creating an unnecessary sense of alarm is illegal.”
In today’s Other Parents news we go Linzi Marie Cake Supplies and Confectionary in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, where a family are robbing the place. The man is putting chocolate bars in his pockets. the woman is stuffing confectionary down her top. The two kids are ‘browsing’.
When the store posted CCTV footage of the felons’ family day out nicking on Facebook, the father figure returned, “gave a lot of excuses” and paid.
Bedfordshire police are investigating.
Artist Craig Ward took sterilized sponges onto the New York sUbway system. He was looking for life invisible to the naked eye. He pressed the swabs into agar plates and incubated them in his Brooklyn studio.
“Over the summer of 2015, I rode the trains of each of New York City’s twenty-two subway lines, collecting bacterial samples from hand rails, seats and other high traffic surfaces in an attempt to create an unconventional series of portraits of the city’s complex eco-system and a snapshot of the city at large,” says Craig. “The resulting images are a portrait of the complex microcosm that each of us contribute to and are a part of.”
“When you hold onto the handrail it’s like you’re shaking hands with a hundred people at the same time.”
“You look at the subway and it’s all just different shapes and sizes and colours of people and you look at it at a microscopic level and it’s all just different shapes and sizes and colors of bacterial colonies,” Ward tells Bernstein & Andriulli. “It’s a nice kind of portrait of the city on a very small scale.”
Among the bugs are strains of E. coli, serratia marcescens, proteus mirabilis and salmonella.
You can buy Craig’s work here.
The WestJet flight from Toronto to Vancouver was evacuated when someone said there were lizards loose on board.
Four iguanas were found in the bags of a passenger on a flight from Cuba to Toronto*. But by the time customs officers in Toronto checked the bags only two of the lizards were in the suitcase.
So they went back to the plane and hunted for the missing iguanas. None we found – so they fumigated the jet, presumably with the intention of killing any creatures onboard.
In this video, an Ethiopian shepherd transports two sheep. Notes below the video tell us the “shepherd moves a couple of his animals across Bahir Dar in Amahara State”.
So much for Olympic cyclists going round and round and round a track. This takes the sport to new heights. The Tour de France King of the Mountain (Goats) would be great telly.
The Half Moon pub in London’s Herne Hill has banned the following people. Santero tweeted the list, says“… it’s like a Guy Ritchie casting call.” I have to agree.
This question is filed in today’s Daily Telegraph: “In Theresa May‘s meritocracy, what will become of the stupid and useless?”
Answer: they will work co the council.
Plus ca change.
Once upon a time, a policeman might have laughed it off. Now they are humourless and supremely territorial about their food. So when a woman took three chips from a copper’s plate at Washington’s Italian Pizza Kitchen, he arrested her for theft.
She took one chip. The officer asked her to stop. She took another. He thundered a warning her that she was engaging in theft and could be arrested. She took another one.
The officer notes that the “offender appropriated the listed property without the consent of the complainant”. He lists the stolen goods as “French fried potato“.
She has been charged with second-degree theft.
She did not offer to regurgitate the stolen goods.
Of course, police think nothing of interrupting your meals:
To Fremantle, Western Australia,where Sally is outraged. She’s received a parking fine for not parking within the white lines. She posts a picture of her car with a front tyre barely an inch over the line. Sally says the ticket is a gross “unfairness”. But the traffic warden says Sally is wrong.
His picture shows Sally’s car parked well over a white line.
“I see the time on his photo at 6.47pm and I don’t understand that at all,” she says. “I have absolutely no recollection of moving the car and nor do my witnesses. A friend did tell he, though, that he’d seen ‘four big guys’ lift and move her car.
No. The council looked at CCTV footage. Nine minutes after the warden has issued Sally with a fine Sally, four men lifted her car into the centre of the parking bay to allow enough space for their vehicle to park in the adjoining bay.
“We now see this not as case of trying to fabricate evidence, just a really unusual series of events,” says a council rep. “While this doesn’t change the fact the car was illegally parked across two bays at the time of the fine being issued, it does support the confusion Sally would have faced when she came back to her car.”
The fine stands.
To Russian, where a seven-year-old boy is looking for his lost cat. It’s a big cat. It’s a lion, albeit a cub.
Happily, a local in the city of Ufa spotted the lion and managed to tie it to a fence.
The father of the boy, who had been given the cub for his birthday, says Shere Khan escaped after being taken for a vaccination.
“When we arrived [home], we gasped – the lion was not in the car,” he said.
Local news says, “The cub has a huge territory of 40 hectares to explore and is not alone, as the family also has horses, rabbits and a peafowl” – although in time the peafowl, rabbits and horses may well make even more room for a hungry lion.
When news broke that Claus Jorstad had got a testicle trapped in an IKEA stool, he laughed. “Haha, part of the story is a lie,” he tells Altaposten. “What is true and less true I won’t go into here.”
It was his penis that got trapped as he sat on the stool in the shower?
“I sat there and discovered all of a sudden that stool use could have unfortunate consequences for a man,” says Jorstad. “So decided to warn Ikea about what potentially could happen in future.”
Dr. Kevin Klauer, an E.R. doc based in Canton, Ohio, still remembers the day he dealt with a patient who was trying to fix his roof when he fell off and impaled himself on a shovel. You can see the shovel sticking out of what appears to be the rectal area. Even when you’ve seen a lot of bad injuries, this is really a cringe moment. Turning somebody to examine them while they have a shovel impaled in their rectum is not something anyone’s been trained to do. You have to work as a team.”
IKEA is not for everyone. Take care in there.
Claus Jørstad of Alta, Norway got his testicle trapped in a MARIUS Stool from IKEA. We mention the product’s name so that any masochists know which one to go for.
Claus was seated on his stool in the shower when one of his testicles got stuck in a hole on the seat. The story goes that hot water caused them to expand – not the holes; the nuts – and Claus was transformed into a Nordic-budget furniture hybrid.
“Sitting there and noticing the accident, I bent down to see what happened, I realized the little nutter has got stuck,” he tells the Daily Mail.
Happily, Claus eventually ran out of hot water and the cold stuff caused considerable shrinkage.
Elsewhere in IKEA:
The air is alive with insects. The wasp you saw was nothing. In the troposphere, there are billions of insects riding over your head. Take a look:
Amy King was on the lakefront in Chicago to record this video of a cloud rolling in.
Meteorologist Cheryl Scott explains:
What is a Roll Cloud and how does it form? It’s a low, horizontal, tube-shaped cloud. It is formed by winds changing speed/direction when the air temperature reverses its state (resulting in warm air on top of cool air). The shear in the atmosphere sets up a rolling motion, think [of a] rolling pin used in a baking.
Gerkary Bracho has a very long tongue. Or maybe she has an average-sized tongue in a very small head?
“I memorised what it looked like and as soon as I got home I started drawing it.,” says Steve Swatton, 60, who saw the Beast of Dartmoor in a Plymouth field. “I used to be quite good at sketching and I just kept changing the drawing until I got it right.”
“It was very sleek and about the size of an Alsatian. It was like looking at a shadow as it was jet black, as black as you can get. It was very powerful looking and its tail was very long too. What struck me about its tail was where it hung down its hindquarters it was very long and the same thickness all the way down. It was a perfect bow shape – if you put a piece of string across it, it would look like a strung bow. It was watching us and I think we spotted each other at the same time as we were about 50 – 60 yards away.
“Then all of a sudden it disappeared and hopped over a hedge into the scrub land which leads into the forest. I ran up there as I thought there might be a chance of seeing it, but it was gone. It was probably more scared of us than us of it. I wasn’t that scared at the time but thinking about it now if I had been cornered it could have got a bit nasty, as it probably weighs about 60/70lbs – heavy enough to bring a deer down.”
So they say…
Is the University of Iowa’s Athletics mascot, Herky the Hawk, a little lacking in emotional depth?
“I believe incoming students should be met with welcoming, nurturing, calm, accepting and happy messages,” Resmiye Oral, a clinical professor of paediatrics at UI, writes in an email to UI athletic department officials. “And our campus community is doing a great job in that regard when it comes to words. However, Herky’s angry, to say the least, face conveying an invitation to aggressivity and even violence is not compatible with the verbal messages that we try to convey to and instill in our students and campus community.”
Oral is big on words. She wants to “bring diversity” to how Herky emotes.
“UI athletic department officials are aware of this request and are in the process of formulating a response in regard to Herky,” replies Steve Roe, the department’s director of communications.
Says Herky: “I have no regrets about using Botox. But I deny having had cosmetic surgery. My face is my fortune.”
The search goes on for who urinated into the River Cale at Wincanton, Somerset. PCSO Janet Sparkes addressed a meeting of Wincanton Town Council: “Members of public have made us aware of adult drinkers in the skate park. “Also a male was seen urinating in the river. Regular patrols are being carried out by officers in order to establish the identity of the offenders.”
Says one fish: “Ever since the council shut the toilets, we’ve nowhere else to go.”