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 Jefferson County, Alabama, where police are responding to a call that a man has tried to steal a truck. The vehicle’s owner has chased the would-be thief away. The criminal has run over to a car and driven away. The truck owner took down the car’s numberplate.
He hands that number to police. It turns out the car is stolen.
A GPS device located in the stolen car reveals that it’s stopped at 6700 Crossbrook Lane. Police race over. They find the car. They note that the GPS is displaying this new address as ‘home’.
Police find Donnie Jaydon Terry, 18, hiding on the porch.
They arrest him, probably for his own safety…
So. What does happen when you place a hummingbird in a wind tunnel?
Someone put that question to scientists at UC Berkeley. And they set about answering it, seeking to know what hummingbirds do in different wind conditions.
This film is at 1000 frames per seconds. And even that that speed the birds still look pretty quick:
To Turkey, where Mayor Melih Gökçek of Ankara is being sued by the Turkish Union of Engineers and Architects’ Chambers for investing tax money on a wonderful 20-foot tall robot statue. The statue is not a 3D version of a self-portrait. It’s to advertise a new theme park.
Said Gökçek in reply to the many critics who have slammed his project: “Respect the robot.”
Spotter: The Independent,
To the Red Hot Buffet World on Deansgate, Manchester, for a story that has the lot.
Ashley Dodds, 29, is with her daughter… Dennon. Dennon is 10. Dennon is with a friend of the same age. (We’ll get tired to saying Dennon eventually).
Mum orders a Sweet Kiss ‘mocktail’ for the girls. She then goes outside for a cigarette. The waiters brings the girls their cocktails – two glasses of Sex On the Beach (“A naughty little mix of vodka and peach schnapps topped with both cranberry and pineapple juice”).
To Des Moines, Iowa, where a thief has broken into a truck and stolen a bag of dog poo valued at $1.
There are so many questions.
“He broke in thought the driver’s side door, the victim told police. “He tried to stealing the truck by breaking the plastic around the steeeing column. But he couldn’t make it start. So he look around the bed and stole my bag of dog feces.”
The Des Moins Register says the dog faeces are valued at $1.
Two window cleaners are in the cradle at the top of China’s second tallest building. Outside the 91st floor of Shanghai’s World Financial Center it’s windy. Very windy.
Pass the bucket:
They walked away with only minor injuries.
One more reason to mistrust the Easter Bunny: Police in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, parade one Easter Bunny stuffed with $30,000 worth of meth.
If there was one holiday creation you’d suspect of drugs dealing, it would be the Easter Bunny.
Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King tells media:
“We’ve intercepted narcotics in the mail before. The Easter Bunny I thought was a strange touch. A hole was cut into the bottom of the rabbit and we found quite the surprise waiting inside. There were two condoms and meth stuffed inside the rabbit. It’s not the prize egg that we want in Tahlequah. We didn’t know who at the home would receive the meth or if they knew what they were receiving. We got a plain white van, drove to the residence and served an anticipatory warrant on the resident.”
To Domodedovo Airport near Moscow, Russia, were officials have pulled over a woman returning from Indonesia via Qatar.She has failed to decalre the 55 different breeds of snake, 35 lizards, turtles, six lemurs, two monkeys, two baby crocodiles and a baby leopard. The animals were stuffed inside tiny boxes and plastic containers, and the snakes in cloth bags.
The traveller says she bought the animals for $200 an Indonesian market.
The two baby crocodiles were dead. The rest are in an animal shelter.
The Daily Mail’s story on the four-year-old girl who only eats yoghurt is a disappointment. The child from Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, will only eat strawberry Petit-Filous. She eats 30 pots of the stuff every day. If given any other make of yoghurt, she “bursts into tears”. She “becomes hysterical” when offered solid food.
All good stuff that other parents can judge, mock and sink their teeth into.
But our beef is with the Mail because the child who only eats cheesy yoghurts is called – get this – Emilie-Lea. Yeah, as in Dairy Lea. C,mon, Daily Mail, sort your headlines out:
There’s something in the air over Palmerah, a sub-district of West Jakarta. And that something is the smoke from a 3.3-ton heap of marijuana.
When masked police torched the seized mega-stash they didn’t bank on what the smoke would do to air quality. As the cloud drifted over the town, locals got a free blowback.
It turns out that you can dope an entire town without any need for mirrrors.
So. Why are panda bears endangered? Here’s why:
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Can you poo on demand? They can in Jharkhand, eastern India, where around 60 locals protesting the Narendra Modi government’s land reforms squatted and defecated on demand in front of the Barwadih office block.
Sunderland magistrates’ court calls David Hutchinson, 48. So. Why ddi he have an unpaid for £35 Rampant Rabbit marital aide device in his pocket he left the Ann Summers store?
Prosecutor Lee Poppett puts it to him:
“This matter of theft dates back to February 9. On that occasion Mr Hutchinson attended Ann Summers…He paid for a number of items legitimately and left the store. It was later in the day that staff discovered a Rampant Rabbit sexual vibrator missing from its shelf.”
To India, where 40-year-old Bhagwat Singh has been spotted taking his daughter to school in Uttar Pradesh, India.
His youngest daughter wants to say at home. She has an exam and wants to skip school. Having tried and failed to coax her to class with offers of sweets and gifts, Singh opts for force: he ties her to the back of his motorbike with ropes and goes on the school run.
Disguise of the day: the man dressed as Darth Vader who robbed bank in Pineville, North Carolina.
Unless it was Darth Vader and what with the high price of electrity he’s swapped his light sabre for a gun?
Samuel Beckett, eat your heart out. Two men in a barren landscape have not sat around bickering as they wait for nothing; they have planted 10,000 trees over ten years. Jia Haixia is blind. Jia Wenqi is a double amputee. And rather than sitting around doing nothing they have set about enlivening the barren landscape around Yeli Village in northeastern China.
Jose Espinoza wanted to hide from the police. So. He spray-painted his face black and drove off in a stolen car.
You can think of a few other things that would arouse suspicion amongst the racially blind police force more than DWB (Driving While Black), such as:
a) Having a huge ISIS flag surgically attached to your forehead
Do all pets go to Heaven? It;’s big question to all you pets overs worried about the pets left behind after the rapture. Sure, pets can pray. But is any of it enough? Yes! Televangelist Jack Van Impe and his wife Rexella have news to thrill.
Spotter: Christian Nightmares
To a McDonald’s in Roseburg, Oregon, where coffee is a perfume:
“The Daily Star has a short story on a “thieving Romanian dwarf”.
In “‘Jet Bag’ for dwarf, the Star says a Romanian is being “probed for planning to smuggle a thieving dwarf out of Britian in his plane lugguage”. The man is Doru Apetrei wrote on Facebok. The Daily Mirror has the full text of his appeal in the story headlined “Police investigating ‘plan to smuggle thieving dwarf out of UK in plane luggage'”:
“Good evening! I’ve got a midget friend, 38 inches tall. He’s done a lot of stupid stuff here: he broke into a gas station in Elephant & Castle, also into some houses in Seven King (3 or 4), and he’s done some cards. But I won’t go into details! He’s being looked for here and wants to go back to Romania. He knows I’m leaving on the 11th [of March], so he suggested I put him in my luggage. He’ll add some money to my ticket and extra for the luggage (which is normal, I think!).
“Is there any risk of me getting caught? And if so, what can happen to me? The midget is an adult (he’s 30).”
The Philippines police showcase Andy Loyola, arrested after he was allegedly caught having sex with a missing cow. Farmer Rustico Sarno says his cow went missing. And when it came back it was pregnant. But it has never been with a bull.
Sarno alleges Loyola, 46, raped his cows, horses and water buffalo.
Loyola is at Silang Cavite Municipal Police Station, south of Manila. He is charged of violating the Animal Welfare Act.
This is a water buffalo: