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.
TO Southington, Connecticut, where a man has been arrested for aggressive cleaning:
Officers responded to the Double Tree Hotel at 6:27pm and learned that the man, identified as John Thornton, had grabbed a mop from an employee as she was mopping the floor. Thornton allegedly “began to mop the floor but became more aggressive and mopped over the employee’s shoes several times,” police said. The employee, a 27-year-old woman, asked Thornton to stop, but he backed her into a corner. Thornton was arrested on a charge of second-degree breach of peace.
IS Nothing Safe? A 38-year-old Blackburn man was arrested for burglarising an allotment after police matched his DNA to semen found inside a teddy bear.
ANTHRAX makes your greass greener:
A zebra in Africa might run from predators, such as lions, but it will happily run toward the deadly anthrax bacterium.
According to a study published last week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, zebras are actually more attracted to grass covered with the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, which causes anthrax poisoning. If inhaled, these bacterial spores kill 75 percent of the infected — and the bacteria can live in the dirt for years.
Researchers working at Etosha National Park in Namibia noticed that the zebras killed by anthrax left lush, vibrant grass in their wake. It’s simple: The corpses decomposed on site, turning the short, dry grass of the area into a springy oasis with the nutrients they deposited.
But how do you take a photo of a BEK or, indeed, any other kind of ghoul?
Well, thatnls to this 1979 tome from Usbourne Publishing, we know how to take snapshots of the SUPERNATURAL WORLD.
THE Mirror has news of the bride-to-be who was impregnanted by a dwarf stripper on her hen night. She had a baby with drawfism, forcing her to reveal all to the loving groom.
The Mirror says the story featured on a ” Spanish news website”. It then adds:
Neither the hospital nor the woman have been named.
TO New York’s Central Park. A dog walker named Florencace Slatkin has found a bear cub in the bushes. It’s dead. Beneath it is a bicycle.
“The bicycle was under the bushes and part of the bicycle was sticking out, and that’s what we saw,” says Florence Slatkin. “We went over and looked and there was something laying on the back wheel. I thought it was a raccoon, but when I went closer it looked like a dead dog,”
THE last time we saw a kangaroo boxing, it was taking on Wooddy Allen in a 1966 episode of Hippodrome, a British variety TV show based on funny animals and circus acts:
ROBERT Popper is on the line:
SO. What did the owners of a New Zealand lamb born with four eyes, two noses, two mouths and two faces all the thing?
Wilson’s six-year-old daughter Kate said they have taken to calling him Two Face.
THERE’S no arm on Leo Bonten’s lamp. But there is a leg. His leg.
DID you know that the larva of the Rhodinia fugax silkmoth have the capacity to squeak when disturbed? Well, it’s true.
THE British Association of Bra Makers salutes the work of Tampa massage therapist, Jasmine Tridevil, who underwent surgery to get just a third breast – and give the bra business a new lease of life.
Tridevil (real name?) tells Orlando’s Real Radio 104.1 that the trio of breasts (or Tridevil Dumplings as they must be called) cost her $20,000.
“It was really hard finding someone that would do it too because they’re breaking the code of ethic.”
The medics used silicone and skin tissue from her stomach to create the breast and a tattoo to make a nipple.
“WHY should I mourn when I know that my brother is in heaven?” said Samina, whose brother 40-year-old Muhammad Niaz volunteered for a miracle.
He’d be killed by Muhammad Sabir, a pir in the village of Mubarakabad in Bahawalnagar, Pakistan, who would then restore him to life.
“He will be rewarded for his services for the spiritual leader in afterlife,” Samina added.
GREAT excuses: Rosie shares her Bath Travelodge room with a super-sneaky nesting pigeon:
TO California, where Ryan Eddy Watenpaugh, 34, of Palo Cedro, is accused of killing this girlfriend’s Pomeranian dog, Bear, and feeding it to her.
TO Colorado, where an 11-year-old boy is practising playing the clarinet. Neighbour Cheryl Ann Pifer, 60, allegedly took up her loaded rifle, took aim at the child and screamed, “Fire in the hole!”
Cheryl Ann Pifer, 60, has been arrested and charged with menacing, child abuse, and prohibited use of a weapon.
The boy remains at large…
So. You got an ugly tribal tattoo:
WHY do stars have pointy ends? Because they’re easier to drawer? Colin Schulz knows:
Stars twinkle for a fairly intuitive reason: The movement of the air in Earth’s atmosphere can momentarily dim a star’s light. This is why, says NASA, stars on the horizon seem most twinkly—“because there is a lot more atmosphere between you and a star near the horizon than between you and a star higher in the sky.”
But what about stars’ characteristic pointy star shape? The science behind that is surprising and has less to do with the stars or the Earth or with space than it does with us. Stars are shaped like stars, says Henry Seeing StarsReich in the Minute Physics video above, because of imperfections in the back of our eyeballs. Most intriguingly, says Reich, this biological explanation means that every one of us sees stars slightly differently.
Does anyone really see the star shape other than in drawings, flags or on the top of a Chtimas tree? Don’t we just see a bright dot of light?
MUG SHOT of the day features the mug of 36-year-old, arrested in Hallandale, Florida, on a misdemeanor theft charge.
Pass the ketchup…
TO a Juno Beach surf shop in Florida, USA, where police have arrested three people for a suspected fraud. They are Vincent Mitchell, 19, and Paul Miller, 22, and Cherries Waffles Tennis, 19.
YOU are looking at a very long turd:
ENORMOUS AND RARE COPROLITE
Wilkes Formation, Toledo, Lewis Co., Washington
This truly spectacular specimen is possibly the longest example of coprolite – fossilized dinosaur feces – ever to be offered at auction. It boasts a wonderfully even, pale brown-yellow coloring and terrifically detailed texture to the heavily botryoidal surface across the whole of its immense length. The passer of this remarkable object is unknown, but it is nonetheless a highly evocative specimen of unprecedented size, presented in four sections, each with a heavy black marble custom base, an eye-watering 40 inches in length overall.
TO Arkansas, where Brandy Allen, 31, is under arrest on a charge of theft. It’s alleged she stole “handfuls” of eye shadow from the Ulta Beauty Store in Fayetteville.
Was all the eyeshadow accounted for?
THE all-black Ayam Cemani Chicken of Indonesia is all black. Every bit of them – apart from the blood – is black:
Everything about it is black: plumage, beak, tongue, legs, toe nails, even its meat, bones, and organs! The only thing that is black is its blood – though it comes in a very dark shade. They get their black coloring from a generic trait known as ‘fibromelanosis’. I don’t know why you’d want to eat something that’s as black as a black hole, but don’t ever make the mistake of slaughtering it for a quick snack, because one chicken costs around $2,500!
TO Texas, where Yvonne Esquilin has seen the face of Jesus Christ in the wings of an Imperial Moth that visited her home.
“At first it looked like Jesus,” she said, “and I still think it looks like Jesus.”
Esquilin had been praying for a way to continue her daughter’s education, and believes that the timing of the moth’s appearance is significant. The family also discovered that the color yellow symbolises hope, and brown represents important news.
“I believe this was a sign,” she explained. “God is letting me know good news is coming and to keep the hope.”
“People also saw an image of the Devil which is kind of creepy but after staring at it for so long it almost looks like it,” Ms. Esquilin said.
So we looked. And we saw it. It’s hime! It’s Arthur Brown: