Strange But True | Anorak - Part 50

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.

Small balls mean you’ll be a good father. Obviously

good dadTHIS might come as a surprise to some, that having small balls and a low testosterone level will mean that you’ll be a better father. But this is an obvious result of the economics of the mating game. A blindingly obvious one in fact.

Anthropologists at Emory University found that men with smaller testes were more likely to be directly involved in the care of their toddlers. Smaller testes also correlated with more nurturing-related brain activity.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 11th, September 2013 | In: Money, Strange But True | Comment

Manchester taxi driver says illegal passenger in his car was an inflatable doll

party bus
TO Manchester, where Bash Ali has been taken to court for allowing too many passengers into his taxi. The official says he had nine; the maximum is eight.
Mr Ali says the council is wrong. He says the ninth passenger was an inflatable mannequin dressed as a woman.
The explanation might have worked had Ali not altered his plea to guilty. He was ordered to pay £438.12 in fines and costs.
He said after the case:

“I have no faith in the justice system. I see all sorts of sights in this job – men dressed as women, women dressed as men and yes, plenty of dolls dressed up too.”

 Send them all down…

Posted: 11th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)

Drunk who accidentally stole stoned cheese-eating cat advertises for owner on Craigslist

django cat stolen 1
A MAN from Chico, California is advertising for the real owner of a cat he accidentally stole.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 11th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Male bank robber wore ‘pink with purple polka dot dress, a pink wig, and sunglasses’

Arnell Edwards
IS 50-year-old Arnell Edwards an idiot? The FBI says Arnell dressed in a “pink with purple polka dot dress, a pink wig, and sunglasses” to rob a bank in New Athens, Illinois,  of $1537.
Edwards allegedly passed a bank clerk a red Post-It note reading, “STICK UP ALL MONEY.” He then held a white rag over his mouth and spoke in a “high pitched squeaky voice“. The clerk had great trouble understanding what he was saying. 

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 11th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Amnesiac Jason Mortesen wakes up from surgery and sees his wife for the first time

JASON Mortesen was in hospital to have a routine hernia operation. But the anaesthetic – that helps you forget the procedure – gave him temporary amnesia. When he regained consciousness, Jason spotted an “incredibly beautiful” sat by his bed.

That was no lady. That was his wife Candice, to whom he’d been wed for six years.

Posted: 10th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Whatever happened to Dzhambulat Khotokhov the world’s biggest child?

Dzhambulat Khotokhov, right, a 4-year-old Russian weighing 56 kilograms (123 pounds) with a height of 118 centimeters (3 feet 11 inches), and Georgy Bibilauri, a Georgian, who turned 5 on Wednesday, 120 centimeters (4 feet) tall and weighs 51 kilograms (112 pounds), enjoys a meal, in Tbilisi, Georgia Wednesday, July 9, 2003. After the young wrestlers tied on the mat, they went off to celebrate Bibilauri's birthday with chocolate ice cream and Coca-Cola. (AP Photo/ Shakh Aivazov )


WHATEVER happened to Dzhambulat Khotokhov (aka Jambik), the Russian wrestler who aged 4 weighed 56 kilograms (123 pounds), stood 118 centimeters (3 feet 11 inches) in bare feet? In July 2003, Jambik was paired with Georgy Bibilauri, a five-year-old standing 120 centimeters (4 feet) tall and tipping the scales at 51 kilograms (112 pounds).

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 10th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Ramblers trapped between two bulls in Cornwall (video)

BULLFIGHTING has yet to catch on in Altarnun, Cornwall. Jennifer O’Malley and Dave Alden were rambling when a bull spotted them. It charged. They climbed a stile to escape. But on the other side stood an second bull.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 10th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Builders try on massive lingerie haul found on site

men knickers

“THEY must have spent a bit on underwear mate,” says Jason Irvine, 22, from Woodroffe. “I don’t know much about women’s underwear but it’s pretty flash. It looks expensive, doesn’t it? I tried some on and found it quite comfy. The 32A bra were just my size.”

“I had a look through for an address,” says another builder named Vinnie of the five draws full of lingerie found on a building site in Palmerston in Australia’s Northern Territory. “You should have a look at some of the gear. Corsets, G-strings, tiny knickers – she has got all the gear. Look at this red bodice. That’s outstanding.

“We were unsure what to do but did the right thing and called the NT News. Everyone’s been wondering what it’s been doing here. We thought it was a box of screws and bolts. We opened it up and there wasn’t screws and bolts at all.”


The NT News adds:

The impressive find was the talk of the town and can be reclaimed from the NT News who now have possession.

Curious builders should form an orderly line…

Posted: 10th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Superman ‘reflected’ attacker’s cowboy boot into Wonder Woman’s face – TV report of the year

wonder woman attacked


JENNIFER ‘Wonder Woman’Jennifer Wenger and Christopher  ‘Superman’ Dennis, have been attacked by a “cowboy boot wearing transient“. The super duo were were recording an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live when the woman pounced.

Highlights to look out for in the news report to follow:

Wonder Woman: “Right here’s where the heel went into my leg… of the boot. And when it hit my leg it bounced over and hit right here, where it’s bruised. and raised”

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 10th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment

Monkey rips off and eats baby’s testicles

monkey balls



TO Guiyang Qianling Wildlife Park in Guìyáng, southwest China, where a monkey has torn off a baby’s testicles and eaten one.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 9th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Cursed coconut upsets Maldives presidential election

coconut curse

“THE police brought a ‘ruqyah’ practitioner (white magician) to examine the coconut,” says a policeman on Guraidhoo Island, Maldives, where a suspicious ‘kihah’ (immature coconut)  had been spotted close to the  presidential election polling station in Kaafu Atoll.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 7th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Father makes family live like it’s 1986 to feed his own ego

DynastyCast-Season6-1985-1986TO Ontario, Canada, to see a family spent the year pretending it’s 1986. Why ’86? Well, the patriarch, Blair McMillan, was born in 1986. He says:

“We’re parenting our kids the same way we were parented for a year just to see what it’s like.”

The Toronto Sun reports:

GUELPH – If you ever need to know who was the prime minister in 1960 and you’re willing to wait 10 minutes for the answer, Blair McMillan is your man.

He’ll take his time carefully thumbing through a volume of his vintage encyclopaedia set, donated by a bewildered soul who probably wondered why the 26-year-old father of two couldn’t just get an Internet connection.

The thing is, Blair and his girlfriend Morgan, 27, are pretending it’s 1986.

And they’re doing it because their kids – Trey, 5, and Denton, 2 – wouldn’t look up from their parents’ iPhones and iPads long enough to kick a ball around the backyard.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 6th, September 2013 | In: Flashback, Strange But True | Comment

How to dress your hamster with a cardboard box and felt tips

JENNY, of Mythillogical- Myths & Fabrications, writes:

My daughter wanted to dress up her hamster in dolly clothes, I told her that wasn’t really going to work…but if we cut holes in a box and make some of those seaside type pictures you stick your head through, only hamster sized, perhaps we could make him look like he dressed up!

-I should point out to anyone concerned about animal cruelty- David Bowie (the hamster pictured) was not forced to do this, he put his head through the holes of his own accord, and out of curiosity. It is basically a box with holes in- the kind of thing you are encouraged to offer your hamster to play in for enrichment. You wouldn’t worry about someone giving their hamster a cardboard tube to play with- this is the same idea. The paints used are all non-toxic and kid safe, to ensure they would not cause him any harm. He was only in the box for a few minutes, and we took him out as soon as he got bored. If anyone else is intending to do the same, please do so responsibly, and with the best interests of your hamster at heart. Thanks 🙂













Guinea Pigs still win.


Posted: 6th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

We kid you not – man to marry his goat

goat marry

A BRAZILIAN bloke is going to get married to his pet goat, which isn’t sinister at all. Aparecido Castaldo, aged 74, has decided to end his days as a bachelor boy and marry his beloved Carmelita.

The happy couple will totter down the aisle next month in Igreja do Diabo (or, in English, the Devil’s Church) in the Brazilian city of Jundiai.

Aparecido has been in love with his stinking pet for two years and says a goat has advantages over a human companion.

She doesn’t speak and doesn’t want money,” says the father of eight presumably traumatised children, who have been vomiting into their laps, solidly, since their clearly troubled father broke the news.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 5th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

All hail the My Little Pony CV!


FANS of My Little Pony are terrifying. They’re not children. They’re all adults who like watching talking ponies fly around with their day-glo skin and are more obsessive than Breaking Bad and Smiths fans put together.

And so, to a My Little Pony CV that some lunatic sent into a potential workplace.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 5th, September 2013 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Jailed man smuggled loaded gun up his rectum

Mark Gregory Valadez
MARK Gregory Valadez, 33, was arrested on a minor charge. When he arrived at  Oklahoma City jail, he was frisked for contraband.

Officers did not discover the loaded Derringer pistol inside his rectum.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 5th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Brother’s room turned 90 degrees in excellent prank

Tobias Mathijsen

PLAYING tricks on your siblings is one of the most noble pursuits in life. One Dutchman has taken things to a whole new level though, by turning his brother’s room on its side!

Dutch filmmaker Tobias Mathijsen previously made a viral video last year when he turned his brother’s room into a little girl’s room, complete with lovely pink walls and posters of Justin Bieber to drool over.

However, Tobias wasn’t done there.

In his latest video, Mathijsen flips his brother’s entire room 90 degrees, going to the trouble of replacing the carpet and nailing furniture to the walls.

His brother appears, after a long journey homeward, far from impressed with his new room, but admits that the prank is “pretty cool”.

Watch the video here and watch how well the poor little brother can take a preposterous joke.

Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Snail grows in toddler’s knee – we’re all going to die

Paul Franklin

HERE at Anorak, we like to tell you about the demise of the human race thanks to our cousins in the animal world. Badgers have destroyed roads, tiny horses have started riding on public transport, rabbits are invading, Bigfoot is knocking about again and bears have started causing trouble in pubs.

Now, animals are hatching out of human limbs. We really are doomed.

Four-year-old Paul Franklin from California, fell over and grazed his knee. Nothing usual there. However, his knee soon became really swollen, so his parents decided to have a look at him.

Franklin’s mother, obviously not a qualified GP, had a go at the wound by giving it a good ol’ squeeze. And then she found a snail growing inside her boy’s leg.

She said:

“His knee was the size of an orange, and hot to the touch, and he’s limping. What came out looked like a rock – it was a black thing and I put it on a paper towel. It had whirls and I turned it over and it was a sea snail, and I just, like, had to laugh.”

The family has kept and named the snail, Turbo.

Paul Franklin 1

Meanwhile, little Paul Franklin is destined to a life of a waking nightmare, forever recalling the time when something was living inside him like Alien’s baby… and he’ll know that he was just a cog in a wheel, which would see animals destroying mankind once and for all.

Godspeed, young Paul.

Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

This kitten with one huge eye died (photos)

One-eyed kitten

WHERE in the world do you think a kitten born with one large single eye and no nose died an hour after its birth? Yep, in China.

The Persian mix-breed white kitten was born on August 30 and was 10 centimetres long, according to its owner surnamed Wang, a resident in the city’s Shizhong district.  Wang said the kitten passed away an hour after it was born as he rushed it to a local pet hospital for treatment after noticing its odd appearance. 

One-eyed kitten 2

A veterinarian at the Binjiang Pet Hospital surnamed Zeng said the kitten had most likely suffocated given it had no nasal cavity.


Posted: 4th, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)

RNLI ends dog’s Humber swim record attempt

THERE is no escape. Blyth RNLI claim to have rescued a dog swimming out to sea. Anorak has long suspected that theses rescues are unwanted. The animal could have been on a charity swim.

Says Lifeboat Deputy Launching Authority (DLA) Paul Raine:

“It’s good to see that someone knew what to do and called the coastguard on 999 for help instead of attempting to go after the animal themselves. I would advise any animal owners who find themselves in a similar situation to do the same.”

And the same goes for pets. If your dogs and cats see  human beings swimming out to sea or rowing a boat into the Atlantic, call the emergency services.

Posted: 3rd, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Police seek female thief who wore fake moustache to steal perfume in Salisbury

moustache woman
TO Salisbury, where police are seeking a woman in connection with the theft of a bottle of perfume from a branch of Boots. Police say the woman wears a fake nose and moustache.
Police can be so judgemental.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 3rd, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Is this the worst wedding proposal ever?

PROPOSING is a tricky business.

And so, to a man who decides to go into a shopping centre (glamorous!) with his girlfriend, before grabbing the mic like he’s Ghostface Killah, hooting sweet nothings at her as onlookers gawp and, presumably, a pal films.

So far, so typical.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 2nd, September 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Man drinks corpse toe and gets $500 fine to boot

toe drink

PEOPLE complain when they find a fly in their soup. Imagine for a minute, if you ordered a drink at a bar and there was a cadaver’s toe in it.

Well, one customer at a hotel was fined $500 after he swallowed a human toe at the bar.

The severed bit of corpse had been dropped into a shot of whisky as part of a tradition in Dawson City, Canada, where everyone is clearly mental.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 1st, September 2013 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

Sex in the study rooms closes public library

sex library
THE campaign to keep our libraries open moves to Windhoek Public Library in Namibia. Ruth Shikongo, a librarian, tells us:

“They (users) watch pornography and at times indulge in sex. The used condoms are a proof that people are involved in sexual activities in those rooms.”

She says an “elderly man alerted the library staff in May after he had witnessed a youth watching pornography while he was doing his assignments..The four students (two males and two females) were locked inside the study rooms and ignored the bell signalling that we were closing the study rooms. Where were they when a worker was looking inside each study room at closing time?” 

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 24th, August 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Bigfoot is real! Maybe! Watch this Sasquatch video and decide for yourself

Rant Mullens, 86, shows off one of several pair of wooden feet he has whittled since 1928, April 12, 1982, Vancouver, Wa. Mullens says the feet have figured in Bigfoot foot print sightings in the Northwest. (AP Photo)

NUTTERS will be going Sasquatch mad again as a video has appeared online which appears to show Bigfoot mooching around on top of a massive hill in the Canadian wilderness.

The short clip shows a large hairy ape-like creature, tootling across a forest hilltop before disappearing out of sight.

So it must be Bigfoot, right? There’s no other explanation.

Funnily enough, this clip saw the light of day after being released by the developers of augmented reality adventure app, Legend Tracker.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: 19th, August 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment