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.
IDIOT of the day is Daniel Ciamara, 24, of Blackburn, who offered his haul of a Blu-ray player and Blu-ray discs to Park Computers – where David Harrison works.
Harrison recognised the player and the discs as his own.
To court , then, where Philppa White, prosecuting, says: “As he went through the discs Mr Harrison’s suspicions grew.Mr Harrison went home and discovered his back door had been kicked in and his house had been burgled. The police were informed and when the defendant came to collect his money they were waiting.”
Ciamara pleaded guilty to burglary of a house. He was committed on bail to Preston Crown Court to be sentenced.
THIS is a video of a Rhinochimera.
The name Rhinochimera breaks apart with meaning: rhinos = nose and chimaera = marine monster, but this fish has many names. (Our favorite: straightnose rabbitfish.) This one is swimming in Hydrographer Canyon, deep in the Atlantic Ocean, and was filmed on a Okeanos Explorer Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition dive.
A TAIWANESE tourist was walking along checking her Facebook page when she fell off Melbourne’s St Kilda pier.
Victoria state police reported the news with the headline: “Status Update: OMG One Step Too Far.”
Senior Constable Dean Kelly of the Water Police Squad says: “She wasn’t splashing around too much, she wasn’t in a panic. She admitted, ‘I can’t swim but I seem to be floating OK. She seemed to be floating on her back.
She had a backpack on – we’re not sure if that was providing her with a bit of buoyancy or something – and we were able to pull her aboard the boat. She had a mobile phone in one of her hands and when we pulled her aboard the first thing she did was apologise, say sorry, and then she explained that she’d been on her phone checking her Facebook page when she left the jetty unexpectedly and ended up in the water.”
Lest we forget:
WHAT do you see when you view the Christmas lights in Penzance, Cornwall.
Some see Christmas puddings.
Others see leopard print underwear dangling from a washing line.
TO Joshua Brewster’s home in Pekin, Illinois. He’s told his one-time true love Amanda Pollard, 28, to pack her things and leave.
SANTACON participants wait outside a lower eastside bar filled to capacity on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 in New York.
PANIC at Aylesford, Kent’s Larkfield Leisure Centre. Teachers from Kings Hill Primary, near West Malling, fear there is a pervert in the changing rooms. By pervert we mean ‘man’.
An eagle-eyed staffer has spotted a foot sticking out from under a cubicle. The eight and nine-year-olds are making ready for their swimming lessons. The kids were evacuated. Were they dressed? Were they in their swimmers? Look away now, men, lest you be labelled a nonce.
TO Epping Forest, where the big cat is on the loose. A panther has been spotted in a tree near Fairmead Road by stunned forest keeper Phil Murfin on Monday.
EUGENIO Freitas, 49, has been banned from every supermarket in Britain unless supervised by an adult. Even Asda. The Sun says he earned this award by “performing a solo sex act” in the meat aisle of Sainsbury’s, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
Mr Freitas was taken to court. He was found guilty of outraging public decency. He was handed a six month suspended prison sentence.
Prosecutor Marcus Harry told the court: “At first a member of staff gave him the benefit of the doubt and assumed he was adjusting himself. But she was then called to the CCTV area after a shopper complained to a security officer. The staff member and security officer viewed CCTV of the defendant. He was seen for about 10 minutes with his hands down his trousers and in his pocket with his hands moving around.”
What an odd thing to be aroused by a Sainsbury’s, an anaemic, soulless, white-lit world of packaged goods. Unless it’s an elaborate plot to get of doing the shopping? If it is, we have news for Mr Freitas: his wife wants to go to the dress shops. As you were…
NICE’S Petite Syrah café is offering customers the chance to get a discount on their coffee. Asking for a “a coffee” will set you back €7. But “a coffee please” is €4.25. “Hello, a coffee please” is a bargain €1.40.
Of course, this being France, anyone speaking in an English accent will be ignored. But why does the Petite Syrah stop there? Why not extend the offers to all manner of manners?
FOR years, lying little swine have got away with lying to Santa, saying they’ve been good all year when in fact, their school reports say something very different.
At long last, children in shopping centres in the UK are being asked to take a lie detector test before being granted an audience with His Holiness, Father Christmas.
WE join the action at the Banks County Home Depot in north Georgia. Illyanna De La Keur has sat on a chair. she can’t get up. the chair has been smeared in glue. Strong glue.
“I’m a grown woman who can’t even sit up,” says Ms De La Keur said “I was stuck probably over an hour. I’m still so sore that I can’t leave my couch.”
IN Bexar County, San Antonio, Adam Benjamin Kramer has wandered into the Alondras De Jalisco restaurant. He orders six tacos.
The waitress asks him for money. He refusea to pay. He, as the police reports states, pulls a large sword from a black sheath on his waist.
And what does the waitress do? She invites him to talk to the owner.
TAO Hsiao, 38, was with his girlfriend at a shopping mall in Xuzhou, Jiangsu, China. Five hours into the shop he wanted to leave. An eyewitness says: “He told her she already had enough shoes, more shoes that she could wear in a lifetime and it was pointless buying any more. She started shouting at him accusing him of being a skinflint and of spoiling Christmas, it was a really heated argument.”
HOW did a shot glass come to be embedded inside Mr Liu’s bum?
He says he was walking in the city of Deyang, China. Three people in a van stopped and asked him for directions. He then lost consciousness. When he awoke he was kneeling behind the van.
THE story from Melbourne, Florida, is that the thief took a little black dog with her during a burglary last week. Brevard County police says the woman took a dog with her during the break-in:
SITTING on shoulders is soooo yesterday:
HATS off to the Kenyans for forcing Katana Kitsao Gona, 28, to face the victim of his sex crime in court. He was caught assaulting the victim he’d tied up. Across the court, the goat looked at Gona. And Gona knew he had wronged it.
ANORAK loves a world record, the more specious the better. So, we like Joris (George) Goens, 53, the town-crier of Furnes, breaking the world record for ‘grape catching with the mouth in three minutes’. He caught 223 grapes. That he chose to make his record attempt on Belgium’s Got Talent is all the better.
THE sloths at Drusillas Park , Alfriston, East Sussex, have yet to breed. Sofia and male Tupee were introduced in 2011. And still nothing. What could be wrong? Well, it turns out that Sophia is male.