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.
WHEN Valeria Lukyanova, 23, from Ukraine met American Justin Jedlica, 32, for a TV show, it gave us a vision of the future. When all human life is extinct, the planet dead and alien lifeforms from millions of miles away are searching for signs of what might have gone before on the rocky ball once called Earth, they will find Val and Just exactly as they look now. They would have reproduced but, you know, as anyone who has performed the Ken and Barbie Karma Sutra knows, breeding without a match and a packet of candles is impossible.
Anyhow, cue the Dynasty reunion:
WITH 405 convicts on death row, Sri Lanka’s Prisons Department is looking for an executioner. The preferred method is not stress-induced heart attacks but hanging. The last three hangmen employed to off the felons quit when they saw what they had to do.
“We gave him one week’s training, but he resigned after seeing the gallows, saying that he didn’t want the job,” Chandrarathna Pallegama, commissioner general of prisons said. “He told me that after seeing the gallows he got upset. Next time, we will show the gallows to the new recruits before giving them basic training.”
Isn’t there a serial killer they could make some use of?
MARIJUANA is legal in Colorado. But one barber isn’t keen on its smell. Hugo Corral, owner of Hugo’s Barber Shop in Greeley, has issued a policy:
“I feel that it’s my right to make the statement. It’s the same thing as no shoes no service.”
“WE don’t know where these oatcakes could have come from,” says Jane Gavin, owner of High Lane Oatcakes, selling the delicacies to locals and the likes of enter-tayyyyyn-er Robbie Williams and darts champions Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor. A local reseller is repackaging the biscuits and selling them door-to-door. But people who paid £2 for 12 Oatcakes are horrified to find only six in the packet.
YOU’RE looking at an illustration from a 1530s manual on warfare. The advice is to “set fire to a castle or city which you can’t get at otherwise”.
One way of achieving this is with a flaming rocket cat. You can also surprise the enemy by using doves as instruments of death.
OR alternatively, don’t try ordering in an escort until you’re sure that your son’s girlfriend isn’t one:
An elderly Italian man got a rather unwelcome surprise when he ordered an escort – and his son’s girlfriend turned up.
The 70-year-old from Treviso, a city in the northern region of Veneto, hired the escort from the neighbouring town of Vicenza.
But to his shock, it was his 40-year-old son’s South American girlfriend who arrived at his house, The Local reported, citing Italian newspaper Il Gazzettino.
Red-faced, the pair declined to take the encounter further and swiftly parted ways.
THESE children in ‘Country Interiors’ magazine are called: Perpetua, Clarendon and Helvetica:
Vik and Perry are away.
Spotter: Harry Wallop
Man Carrying Adult Nappy And Can Of Skol Attempting Coitus With Cow And Sheep By Tottenham Hotspur Training Ground Evades Jail
“THIS is a case which as far as I am concerned is unique,” Judge Patrick James Patrick told Paul Lovell at Wood Green Crown Court. He tells the jurors to stop giggling.
Mr Lovell, 61, is accused of attempting coitus with a sheep, having earlier failed to seduce a cow in a field next to Tottenham Hotspur’s new training ground.
Lawrence Stephen, 23, was picnicking with his girlfriend. He witnessed the scene:
“The way he was walking around the field, I could tell that he felt like he was the only person in the field. He seemed like he was very comfortable with what he was doing – as if it was normal. He was trying to thrust his waist towards the cows and using his hands to get the cow’s mouth towards his crotch. I can’t remember him forcing the cow – he wasn’t actually grabbing the cow, but he was trying what he could.”
POLICE in Delhi did not reply to any of the 667 complaints sent their way because they forgot the password to their computer. One officer said the oversight was “a technical problem”.
So, nothing to do with human stupidity , then?
TO Portland, Oregon, where Mark Fischer has been arrested for attempting to break into an ATM machine.
When police arrested him, Fischer tossed pepper spray at them. In his backpack they found an acetylene torch, large knife and stun gun. The 32-year-old was wearing not one, but two ballistic vests. But the most notable part of this caper is that Fishers was wearing bullet-proof underpants.
These were not off-the-shelf armoured knickers, but normal pants into which Fischer (or his mum, perhaps) had sewn metal plates.
DORSET police need your help. They want you to identity this man, last seen robbing a the Ladbrokes betting shop in West Moors.
THE decision by eBay to discontinue its trade in Holocaust memorabilia brought to an end a particularly offensive and peculiar episode in the annals of collections and souvenir-hunting.
And while it is undoubtedly one of the most despicable examples, there is no shortage of tasteless, gauche and tacky souvenirs out there, if you know here to look…
(Warning: one picture below portrays a lynching. It is shocking.)
IS the birth of a new craze? Police in Lancashire are seeking a m an and a women who accosted a shop worker at the Accrington Asda supermarket with a wet bream.
The victim, 52, was working the fish section when a younger women approached. She asked about the fish. The would-be shopper then picked up the bream and used it to slap the fish seller about the face.
GRIMSTON- to Gallia and Hugo, twin sons, Lorcan Sebastian and Hector Sylvester, brothers for Merlin…
Mum and dad are investment bankers.
“SOMETIMES when we put fruits and vegetables on our dining table, it’s possible that after the larvae have incubated for a while that they might crawl around and then look for some new food and new environment,” writes Taiwan Dr. Shi Cheng-pien in the New England Journal of Medicine.
THE Brains’ Trust calls 42-year-old Robert C Williams. This is him in the video below at a bank in Laurel, Maryland. Having scored his instant cash withdrawal, Williams dropped the lot. He then stuffed the $20,000 haul inside an open umbrella. Ran off. Slipped in ice and cut his head open.
When Williams did make it to his getaway car, he’d taken so long reaching it, the police had no trouble arresting him.
BELGIUM has given the world chips and mayonnaise, Poirot and bakelite. Add to that is the Hotel Casanus, a hotel shaped like an anus.
“On a small island nestled between Antwerp and Ghent in Flanders, Belgium lies what could be the most remarkable hotel ever. Shaped like a giant anus, Hotel Casanus just screams, stay inside me!”
It’s ideal for travellers you are – just passing through…
Find it at the Verbeke Foundation Art Park.
THAT’S a huge pooh down the toilet in Scotland. It’s a massive Winnie the Pooh teddy found lurking in Scotland’s sewers last year. Other items found:
With The Serpent Handlers Of America’s Pentecostal South: Photos of A Gruesome Death By God’s Sweet Love
PASTOR of the day is snake handler Jamie Coots from Middlesboro, Kentucky. Last Saturday night he was bitten by a snake and died. Pastor Coots, who preached at the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church in Middlesboro, held the belief that poisonous snakebites do not harm believers as long as they are anointed by God.
Do the snake handlers trust God’s enough to dice with death? Coots did:
“Takin’ up serpents, to me, it’s just showin’ that God has power over something that he created that does have the potential of injuring you or takin’ your life.”
Many people have died.
In 1995, a woman was bitten by a snake in his church. She refused to go to the hospital. She died on Coots’ couch while church members prayed over her.
TO Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, where a woman has been badly burnt by an exploding toilet. The a methane gas explosion caused by the lack of ventilation and dirt of a Barcelona bar toilet. When the woman sat down and turned on the light, the spark triggered methane gas in the toilet to explode. The blast was made worse because of the pressure.
She is now suing the bar owners.