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Weird, offbeat and bizarre news from around the world. Funny, strange & odd news stories that make you wince, laugh and fear for humanity.

Woman arrested for stealing policeman’s French fry

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:

Posted: 11th, September 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


What happened when ‘four big guys’ lifted a woman’s car into parking bay

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.

 

parking freemantle fine sally

Sally’s photo

 

His picture shows Sally’s car parked well over a white line.

 

parking freemantle fine sally

The warden’s photo

 

“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.

Balls, right?

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.

 

parking freemantle fine sally

 

“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.

Posted: 10th, September 2016 | In: Money, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Seven-year-old boy’s pet lion goes missing

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.

 

pet lion missing

 

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.

Posted: 10th, September 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


IKEA balls: customer who said he got testicles caught in stool comes clean

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?

 

IKEA testicles stool

Passing a stool

 

“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.”

Thanks, Claus, for the public service announcement. Others have been even more selfless, like herhimhim and him. And mind out in the hardware ssection:

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.

 

Posted: 8th, September 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


IKEA customer gets his testicles trapped in MARIUS

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.

 

Ikea balls

MARIUS – GSOH, loves to hug

 

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:

 

IKEA meatballs testicles

Posted: 7th, September 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


The incredible insect highway over your heads

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:

 

Posted: 5th, September 2016 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment


Watch a weird Roll Cloud float over Chicago

cloud chicago

 

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.

Spotter: v@kingartcollective

Posted: 1st, September 2016 | In: Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment


Woman cleans her ear with her very long tongue (video)

Gerkary Bracho has a very long tongue. Or maybe she has an average-sized tongue in a very small head?

huge tongue

Posted: 1st, September 2016 | In: Gifs, Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment (1)


Man who spotted The Beast of Dartmoor sketched it because he had no camera

“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.”

 

beast of dartmoor

Sketchy

 

“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…

Posted: 1st, September 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


University of Iowa’s Athletics mascot Herky the Hawk lacks motional depth

Is the University of Iowa’s Athletics mascot, Herky the Hawk, a little lacking in emotional depth?

 

Herky

Botox?

 

“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.”

Posted: 30th, August 2016 | In: Reviews, Sports, Strange But True | Comment


Somerset police seek man who urinated in River

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.”

 

Posted: 26th, August 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


God tells man to carry a huge cross up Mount Snowdon

The Rio Olympics legacy has not inspired a man from Llandysul in Ceredigion, Wales, to recreate his own version of the Brazilian looming statue of Christ the Redeemer. God has.

 

cross Mount Snowdon

Living the dream

 

Emyr Mathias stys God told him to carry a huge wooden cross  – 12ft tall and 6ft wide – from St Davids in Pembrokeshire to the top of Mount Snowdon.

Emyr, 48, explains: “I had a vision that the Lord wanted me to carry a St Davids flag from St Davids to Snowdon. I thought that was ridiculous at first, but then the Lord said about the cross.”

 

And then it all made sense.

Posted: 26th, August 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Man who unlawfully cut down neighbour’s tree caused it to destroy his own home

To Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, where Raymond Mazzarella is upset that sap from a neighbour’s tree is damaging his car. He picks up a chainsaw, cuts down the tree and sees it come down… right on top of his own home.

So bad is the resulting damage that the apartment block is now unfit for human habitation.

 

Mazzarella tree

‘At least it missed the car’

 

“He decided it was the best thing to do, to get rid of the tree, where he thought it was going to go, I don’t know,” says Terry Best, a Pittston Township code enforcement officer.

 

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Posted: 26th, August 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Man accused of groping women goes free because women’s breasts were ‘gigantic’

He did not touch the breasts. The breasts touched him.

Swedish police investigator reportedly dropped a sexual assault charge because the two alleged victims had “gigantic breasts”. Two women reported a professional ice hockey player to police after he allegedly grabbed their breasts at the Marité nightclub in Ostersund, northern Sweden.

But on Tuesday the lead investigator Mikael Lundberg reportedly said there was no proof the player had assaulted the women, or that the man had touched them intentionally.

“It’s pertinent in this case that the women had gigantic breasts,” he told reporters from Expressen newspaper. “It wasn’t hard to brush up against them. If you’re drunk and draping yourself over someone, well, you can see how it might have happened.”

Swedish broadcaster SVT also reported that Mr Lundberg had told them that one of the girls had “very large breasts and it was hard not to brush against them.”

A friend who worked for London Underground told me about frotting, the habit of men who board trains at busy times with the intent of rub themselves against women. If they only go for bigger women, do they now have a defence?

Posted: 25th, August 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Forgers walks free from court after fake lawyer presented bogus documents

New from India’s Mumbai Mirror. The language is as lovely as the story. The duplicitous talents of these guys who made false passports and government documents makes the news.

Two men, who worked in tandem faking government documents and scamming people, used their duplicitous talent to secure bail from a court in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region of Thane, India, last month. The duo, Bashir Mulla, 62, and Mohammed Lukman Shaikh, 48, managed to fool the court by securing bail through fake documents signed by non-existent police officers and guarantors. It is suspected that the lawyer who represented them in the court too was an impostor.

Thane police says there are no traces of the two.

 

Mr and Mrs Smythe-Jones

Mr and Mrs Smythe-Jones

 

Vijay Sanap, a constable attached to Srinagar police station in Thane, explains:

“I have to maintain a record of the accused granted bail by the court, do verification of witnesses by the police station and keep track of the dates of the cases. I knew the court had issued a bail order for the two accused last month but they could not be released as the verification of the guarantors was pending. There is a procedure where the witnesses’ record is checked and only then can the accused be released. This (the bail hearing) was on July 20,” said Sanap. He said, “After that, there was no mention of the case. Three days back, when I was going through the case diary.

“I saw a paper which said that both the accused had been released. The document was signed by senior inspector Kaarkar of Srinagar police station and submitted by one constable RS Patil. As I myself am attached to the same police station I know that there is no one called Patil there and also the name of the senior inspector was different. I enquired with the Srinagar police station and found out that the verification order had not yet reached them, and hence they had not yet approved the release order. They had no idea of the accused having been released.” Sanap then asked the police station to check the papers and then it dawned on all that the two guarantors who had signed the document were fake. The guarantors, Santosh Dongre and Sakharam Khude, were as non-existent as were the constable and the senior inspector who signed their release documents. Also the rubber stamps of the police station were fake.”

The duplicitous duo remain on the lam.

 

Posted: 23rd, August 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Beer made from yeast swabbed from Roald Dahl’s chair

What did Roald Dahl taste of? We can soon find out becsaue the 40FT Brewery, in Dalston, north east London, and Bompas and Parr are creating Mr Twit’s Odious Ale. You don’t have to be Twit to buy the stuff, just a hipster or some other kind of fetishising tw*t.

 

Roald DAhl beer

Ales of the Unexpected

 

And apparently it’s what Dahl would have wanted:

With permission from The Roald Dahl Literary Estate and The Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, swabs were taken from the authors writing chair, preserved for posterity at the museum. The beer is to be brewed in the Polish Grätzen style.

Get Bucks the beer has “a light golden colour with relatively high carbonation”- like a runny fart.

 

So give me a bug and a jumping flea,
Give me two snails and lizards three,
And a slimy squiggler from the sea,
And the poisonous sting of a bumblebee,
And the juice from the fruit of the ju-jube tree,
And the powdered bone of a wombat’s knee.
And one hundred other nasty things as well
Each with a rather nasty smell.
I’ll stir them up, I’ll boil them long,
A mixture tough, a mixture tough, a mixture strong.
And then, heigh-ho, and down it goes,
A nice spoonful (hold your nose)
Just gulp it down and have no fear.
‘How do you like it, Granny dear?’
Will she go pop? Will she explode?
Will she go flying down the road?
Will she go poof in a puff of smoke?
Start fizzing like a can of Coke?
(I’m glad it’s neither you nor me.)
Oh Grandma, if only you knew
What I have got in store for you!’

Marvellous.

Posted: 22nd, August 2016 | In: Celebrities, Reviews, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Dog passes the fermented herring test (video NSFL)

This is a Not Safe For Lunch video of a dog being treated to its first encounter with fermented herring:

 

Malin Jonsson from Umeå in northern Sweden spotted her French bulldog, six-year-old Ella, begging for food during a recent surströmming party.  But after only sniffing a piece of the fermented herring offered to her, the pet seemed to speak for many people with the way she reacted.  “Eating surströmming is an important tradition in my northern family this time of the year. I have an older bulldog, Ernst, who is an avid surströmming lover and shares the delicacies with us every year. When Ella had been begging loudly for a while she got the chance to taste it. We know how strong the craving can be,” she said. “I was very surprised by her reaction. I had expected that she would enjoy it, obviously,” Ella added.

 

fermented herring dog

 

Posted: 20th, August 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Man passes out after having sex with a van

Police say Michael Henson was trying to have sex with a van in Dayton, Ohio at around 8:00pm.

 

sex with van man

Caught in Transit

 

A woman who called police claims to have seen Henson pull his shorts down and place his genitals in the front grille of the van that was parked on the street. She says this went on for some time before Henson shambled away and passed out.

Men, eh. Wham. Bam. Thank you, van.

Posted: 19th, August 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


How to make puppets from cats

You make your own entertainment in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Gerda Osteneck makes puppets from old cat hair. “Boo was a rescue cat we got shortly after I took a felting class,” says Gerda, “and I took one look at her ‘Oh, I want to felt you.'”

 

cat hair puppets

 

She explained that the process for felting cat hair is the same as felting with wool. First a pattern is made out of a heavy plastic. Then the hair is wrapped around the plastic, and soapy water is applied. The next step is to massage it all together, causing the hair to become felt.

Nowadays, Osteneck says all the cat hair she collects goes straight into a plastic bag to save instead of the trash can. After she collects enough brown and grey hair from Boo, she makes the felt and then crafts it into tiny finger puppets. Osteneck is now itching to show others how it’s all done.

 

cat hair puppets

 

And you can learn the technique. Gerda is teaching cat puppetry at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre.

“This is the first time I’ve posted a class for it and I’m really quite surprised at the reaction,” she adds. “You don’t have to go out and buy a kit. You don’t have to go out and fill a studio full of equipment. You can just grab your cat and brush, and the next thing you know you’ve got enough materials to make something.”

 

cat hair puppets

 

Or if brushing’s not your bag, why not just watch and wait until your cat coughs up a hairball. As we say, you make your own entertainment in Regina…

Posted: 17th, August 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Pokémon hunters scare human sex pigs

pokemon sex

Peek-at-you

To Insjön, Sweden , where two young Pokémon Go hunters failed toe find their quarry. they did however find two strange creatures. one of the hunter’s parents tells Dalarnas Tidningar:

“They wore rubber masks depicting pigs’ heads and they started screaming and waving a green laser.”

The rutting pig people also wore T-shirts labeled ‘King’ and ‘Queen’. Later that night they were spotted having sex beside the hamlet’s waterwheel.

Which is, of course, how Pokemon get ‘made’.

 

Posted: 17th, August 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Man mourned by wife and girlfriend in competing newspaper obituaries

To New Jersey, where thoughts are with Leroy Black, mourned by his “loving wife” and his “long-tome girlfriend”, according to his two obituaries placed in the Press of Atlantic City newspaper.

 

Leroy black obituary b

 

Mr Black, 55, died at home on Tuesday of lung cancer. He is survived by his wife Bearetta Harrison Black and his girlfriend Princess Hall. Both women placed death notices in the paper.

 

Leroy black obituary

 

Leroy black obituary

 

 

The competing obituaries were put in the newspaper separately because “the wife wanted it one way, and the girlfriend wanted it another way,” someone at the Greenidge Funeral Home said.

Surely, it is what he would have wanted.

 

Posted: 7th, August 2016 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


City refuses to issue permits for dumpster pool parties

To Philadelphia, where locals are hiring skips (dumpsters) filling them with water supplied via a fire hydrants water and creating urban swimming holes. It’s the Olympic legacy in action.

Of course, health and safety matters. The pool fans say they power-wash the dumpster, line the bottom with plywood and tarps and cushion the corners with pool noodles. But city officials are still upset.

 

skip party dumpster

Toilet facilities not provided (BYO)

 

The Department of Licenses and Inspections’ Karen Guss says you need a permit to fill a skip with water, and she won’t grant one. “You would think this decision would not require an explanation,” says Guss.  “We are not screwing around, Philly. The city strongly recommends that residents opt for recreational options that are safer, more sanitary and less likely to deplete the resources firefighters need in an emergency.”

The issue of Pot Noodles has been forwarded to the Department of Too-Much Salt and Fat.

 

Posted: 6th, August 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Unemployed cheese expert arrested for heated row over cheese sandwich

Time to ban heated cheese, which leads to heated rows and heated violence. The unemployed should be first to feel the full force of the cheese police

A Georgia man is facing criminal charges after raging at his spouse for making a grilled cheese sandwich too cheesy, cops allege.

 

heated cheese row

 

According to an Athens-Clarke County Police Department report, James De Paola, 55, began “shouting and cursing” at his wife Michelle during a confrontation last Wednesday afternoon in the couple’s Athens home.

The unemployed De Paola became incensed at his 51-year-old spouse due to her “using three slices of cheese in a grilled cheese sandwich.” De Paola told cops that he had told the victim she “could make a grilled cheese sandwich with two pieces of cheese instead of three.”

 

The unemployed should be banned from all cheese and cheese-related items. And cheese should not come in slices. It comes in triangles.

Posted: 4th, August 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Armed men and a baby prepare for Doomsday in Kentucky with Walmart goods and marijuana

walmart doomsdayFirst the good news: there will be plenty of supplies to eat when the world ends. Now the less good news: only Walmart produce can survive armageddon. We know this because police spotted “a car full of men in body armour holding semi-automatic weapons” at the Richmond Road Walmart in Lexington, Kentucky.

A six-month old baby was also in the car.

The group told Lt Jackie Newman they were preparing for Doomsday and needed supplies.

The men were armed with pistols and semi-automatic rifles. A licence is not required to have semi-automatic weapons in a car – but the marijuana the men had with them is banned. They were given a citation for the weed but were not charged with any other violations.

Isn’t America great.

Spotter

Posted: 2nd, August 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Police arrest tambourine playing man who wrote ‘The Matrix Has U’ in sand

Hey, Mr Tambourine Man, take your instrument and **** off, or else. That’s the message British police gave a man they arrested after he was seen playing a tambourine to watching crowds on the sandbanks of the River Mersey in Liverpool.

Before his arrest the man wrote “The Matrix has U” in the sand.

 

The Matrix Has U Merseyside

 

The Matrix Has U

 

Toby Fagan, saw it:

“I was down the Pier Head and I saw all these emergency service vehicles down there. I headed down to see what was going on and the area was starting to be cordoned off. He was walking up and down the banks of the Mersey playing a tambourine. I sort of stayed with him as it happened, he went almost down to the ECHO Arena.

“Then he was detained by the police after being chased across the mudflats. It was quite interesting, not something you see everyday. He wrote ‘The Matrix has U’ and he seemed of the opinion he was doing nothing wrong, he was shouting for the crowd to join him.”

The Pied Piper has many guises. The crowd didn’t move into the trap.

Merseyside Police say the man has been arrested but for what crime they cannot specify. We’d go for attempted kidnap, carrying a tambourine in public whilst not in a 1960s tribute band and graffiti.

Posted: 1st, August 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment