Strange But True | Anorak - Part 19

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Weird, offbeat and bizarre news from around the world. Funny, strange & odd news stories that make you wince, laugh and fear for humanity.

Icleand is putting ‘Coloured Cheddar’ cheese’ in security boxes to deter bandits

cheese iceland security


Do you love cheese? How much? Iceland have taken to securing cheese inside plastic boxes. This is not done to keep the cheese fresh, rather to prevent shoplifting.

In other news: is ‘Coloured cheddar” racist?

Spotter: @PLinotype

Posted: 18th, January 2016 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

Council leader dressed man as elderly woman for bogus news conference

news conference man dressed as a woman


It is a widely held belief that to render yourself completely invisible, you need only look ‘old’. Mindful of that, we look at events in Branston, Rhode Island, where director of senior services department Sue Stenhouse is stood by an elderly woman at a press conference.

She’s there to salute a new city programme “connecting high school students with seniors who need help shovelling snow this winter”.  The OAP has a sign identifying her as “Cranston senior home resident”.


news conference man dressed as a woman 1

But all is not as it seems. The snow has been scraped up from a city ice rink. The old woman is a man, a local van driver, who was, reportedly, invited by Stenhouse to dress like an old lady. Rumbled, Stenhouse has resigned. We don’t know about the man, but look out for him being voted Brantson Woman of The Year 2016, or dying alone and unheralded.


YouTube link.


Posted: 17th, January 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Washing machines with a brick inside bounce on trampoline

Hours of fun with a washing machine, a brick and a small trampoline:

Posted: 17th, January 2016 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment

Remeber when Ryanair staff drew a massive snow penis around aircraft at Dublin airport

In February 2015 Ryan Air staff marked the arrival of snow by drawing a giant snow penis by a company plane parked at Dublin airport.


ryan air penis


The owner is away.


Posted: 17th, January 2016 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

Stuffed and mounted: hunting for prostitutes business attacked by animal rights protestors

sex antlersTo Austria, where hunters are guaranteed a “happy ending”on return to camp. A business has been offering hunters in the Neustift-Innermanzing municipality lots of killing in Lower Austria’s Alpine foothills followed by an evening of human skin. The advert trills:

“After an exciting day’s hunting what could be better than a cosy night for two, or even three, in a remote mountain cabin. Everything is possible. The hunter’s return will be welcomed back by a lovely companion, and of course absolute discretion and confidentiality are guaranteed.”

The country’s Association Against Animal Factories (VGT) is aghast:

“It is hunting with prostitutes. It seems that with money anything is possible,” says VGT boss Martin Balluch.

The hunting company has now removed the offer. Although hunters are free to go and **** themselves.

Posted: 15th, January 2016 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

Daily Mail publishes ‘loving’ picture of dying kangaroo being raped

kanagaroo dying


Jane Fryer sees the picture of the kangaroos “in the shade of a Australian mango tree”. She sees the “last loving embrace for a dying kangaroo”. Fryer says the male kangaroo “tired to revive his mate” as his little joey looked on.

The loving male’s revival technique, says Australian Museum Principal Research Scientist Dr Mark Eldridge, involves attempting to insert his penis into her dying body.


kanga dead sex


Says the expert:

There is a story behind the images, but not the anthropomorphised version of true love that has accompanied the images in publications. The male, which appears to be lovingly “cradling the head” of the female as she dies, is actually in a state of sexual arousal.

“The male is clearly highly stressed and agitated, his forearms are very wet from him licking himself to cool down. He is also sexually aroused: the evidence is here sticking out from behind the scrotum (yes, in marsupials the penis is located behind the scrotum).”

Kangaroos are extremely sensitive to heat, says Dr Eldridge. Furthermore, the kangaroo is not, unfortunately, “propp[ing] up her head so she could see her joey before she died”. Instead, says Dr Eldridge, “this is a male trying to get a female to stand up so he can mate with her.”

Cancel the Disney movie.


Posted: 14th, January 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True, Tabloids | Comment

A giant emerges from the demolition of Cockenzie Power Station, Scotland

The demolition of Cockenzie Power Station, Scotland, conjured this incredible image:


Demolition of Cockenzie Power Station, Scotland, 2015.


It lives!


Posted: 13th, January 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Police hunt diarrhoea medicine bandit

'Getting clean away'In a case of hit and runs, a man has made off with stolen diarrhoea medicine from a chemist in Wheelgate in Malton, North Yorkshire.

Do you know the man who forgot to pay for a dose of Imodium tablets?

That’s him stood by the Cadbury’s chocolate display, eyeing the Buttons Tube but yearning for a Crunchie.



Posted: 12th, January 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Poachers caught after shooting robotic decoy deer

To Maryland, where two keen-eyed poachers are hunting deer.

David James Few, 21 of Taneytown, Maryland, and Brian Kelley Stitely, 24, of Fairfield, Pennsylvania, are nabbed. The uniforms from Maryland Natural Resources police have been on a stakeout. They’ve spotted the pair’s spotlighted – and that the hunters have shot the agency’s robotic decoy deer.

Police swoop. They search the hunters’ vehicle, wherein they discover two crossbows, two flashlights, 4.2 grams of marijuana and a glass pipe.

“Robo-Deer” suffered minor injuries.

Posted: 12th, January 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Wanted man upset with police department’s image of him sends better photo

To Ohio, where the Lima Police Department looking for 45-year-old Donald “Chip” Pugh have a new photo to aid enquiries.

Pugh saw the police’s Facebook post about himself. He didn’t like the picture police chose:




He wrote to them, saying, “Here is a better photo that one is terrible.”


police photo


Lt. Andy Green is appreciative. “He’s drawing more attention to himself, which is going to make it easier for us to locate him, because the more attention that this post garners, the more people are going to see it, the more tips are going to come in about this guy,” Green said.

Everyone likes to be noticed…

Posted: 12th, January 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

X-ray of foot-long metal tongs man ate for a bet

tongs 1Meet Bhanvra Meghwal, 28. He’s ben sliced open at a hospital in Deesa town, India. Medics are removing a pair of foot-long tongs Meghwal says he swalloed ‘for a bet’.

“When we did his X-ray, we were shocked to see the tool inside his chest,” says Dr Thakkar. “We have to cut open his chest and esophagus (feeding tube) to remove the tool, which was around one-foot-long. We have also repaired the damage it caused to some of his body parts during operation. The patient is now conscious and doing fine without a ventilator.”




Big tongs. But you should see the size of the slice of lemon he chucked down first.


Posted: 11th, January 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Man fights law to use penis drawing as his official signature

penis signature hyams



To Melbourne, Australia, where Jared Hyams has spent five years fighting the federal government for the right to use a drawing of his cock and balls as his signature, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Jared Hyams didn’t think anyone at Australian Electoral Commission would study an application to change his address, so for a laugh he drew a caricature of a penis in the box that asked for his signature.

The AEC rejected his forms. Buoyed by failure, Hyams used the knob as his signature on applications for a passport, drivers’ licence and proof of age card.


 His penis signature has been accepted on his cards for health care, bank accounts, library and students cards

“It’s been an interesting journey,” says Mr Hyams. “But none of it is resolved. Everything is just left hanging.”


Posted: 8th, January 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Cougar with massive teeth growing from its skull discovered in Idaho (Photo)

Cougar with teeth growing form its head discovered in Idaho (Photo)


This cougar was spotted in Weston, Idaho. A hunter saw it and shot it dead. The animal has teeth growing from its head.

The cougar is facing to the left.

Spotter: Idaho State Journal

Posted: 8th, January 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

New Yorker turns toenail clippings into sellable art

finger nails collectorYou like your toenails? One 45-year-old Queens, NY, resident Mike Drake collects his fingernail and toenail clippings. He then turns them into acrylic paperweights. You can buy one for $300 – $500. You can buy two and be like a Mike, a collector.

“I used to bite my nails, and I wondered how long they could grow. And then I wondered how much I might be able to accumulate.”

So he collected his nail clippings in a Ziploc baggie for about a year, and was about to throw them out when inspiration struck. He decided to do something ‘artistic’ with them.

“I realised I went to all that effort, and I figured, in for a penny, in for a pound. I already worked with acrylics as a hobby so I decided to make paperweights.”

Want to see one?

paperweight nails


If you stare at it long enough you can see all the things Mike’s touched.

Spotter: WOW


Posted: 7th, January 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Wotsits: the tabloids’ favourite fat snack



The Sun newspaper loves Wotsits and those people who eat the cheesy puffs.


I’ve lived on Wotsits and chocs for 12yrs – 2008

Back then we met Rachel Scowcroft, 12, who had eaten one hot meal in her life: “her nightly dinner of Rice Krispies covered in melted chocolate.”

Rachel said:

“It’s not that I’m trying to be awkward. But whenever I try new food I get scared. I don’t like anything that’s not crunchy – or anything that’s too crunchy.”


You silly bunch of wotsits! – 2006

MUM Hilary Buckland has blasted a council which fined her £75 for dropping a Wotsit snack out of her car window.


Wotsit all about? James Corden has not let U.S. success stop the snacking – 2015

Says TV’s James:

“There’s a British shop two minutes away from my house. I go in and they’re holding a bag of Wotsits for me.”


Bigfoot ate my Wotsit! – 2015

The Sun cheated a little. This was no Wotsit:

Twice divorced Adam Davies – a former call-centre worker turned monster detective [!!!!] –  has spent almost 20 years and £60,000 tracking the hairy knuckle-dragger across the globe without ever once catching sight of him. If only he hadn’t gone to his tent when the monster dropped by for a Cheeto – a US snack similar to a Wotsit.


I hit 20st scoffing 10,000 bags of Wotsits and giant choc bar every day for 5 years – 2016

Meet Jo HUMPAGE (our capital letters.) Says Jo Humpage:

“When I nipped to the shop in the morning to get milk, I’d buy a super-sized Dairy Milk bar and six bags of Wotsits. I’d eat the chocolate on the way home then munch the crisps throughout the day.”

Mysteriously, she put on weight.

Every few months, Jo — who is married to HGV driver Ros, 43 — expanded by another dress size.

Non-British readers may wonder what all the fuss is about. A Wotsit is a decent enough snack. But what it lacks in nutrients it more than compensates for in its name. Saying ‘Wotsits’ is enjoyable. It’s pretty much the entire point of the Sun’s Food Beat: find a Wotsit story.


Posted: 7th, January 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Babypod lets a foetus know its parents are idiots



In the race to get their children ahead, those Other Parents will stop at nothing. They will buy Baby Einstein books, move to the best school catchment zones and transport their loved ones in get-out-of-my-way-4x4s, the bumpers of which are the ideal height by which to brain other people’s less lofty brood. Now they can buy “Babypod“.

Slither a Babypod speaker up a vaginal tract and blast the foetus with sweet music. If you’re having twins, use two speakers, so fostering the kids’ individuality.

Oh, and, mum and dad can listen in, too, via split headphones which hang out of the vagina. What can possibly go wrong?

What more can any pregnant woman want than having more stuff crammed up her private Clown Car?

And take care when cutting the umbilical cord, guys. Those phones are pricey!

Spotter: The Guardian

Posted: 7th, January 2016 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True, Technology | Comment

Watch Australian policeman’s delight at seeing Mckinlay river flow for first time

Mckinlay River

Surf’s up (for crocs)


Just before Christmas, the lone police officer in Mckinlay, Queensland, Australia, (population 20), watched a river flow for the first time in his lifetime.

Language is NSFW:


Posted: 7th, January 2016 | In: Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment (1)

Getting high on God: Watch televangelists explain their use of private jets

Kenneth Copeland, Jesse Duplantis, defending their private jets


They say it’s hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. But US TV evangelists Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis are making ready their appeal. Why do you have private jets?

Well, Amos had one…


Posted: 6th, January 2016 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment

British man arrested in Krygyzstan for sausage horse penis gag

Michael McFeat, 39, of Abernethy, is in Krygyzstan, where he works at the Kumtor gold mine.

As part of the Hogmanay celebrations, McFeat is served a sausage horse meat dish called the chuchuk. He considers the hideous lump of meat and thinks it looks like a horse’s penis, opining:

 “The Kyrgyz people queuing out the door for their special delicacy the horse penis!!!”


horse penis


Colleagues are outraged.

McFeat is contrite, posting on Facebook:

“I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely apologise for the comment I made on here about the kygyz people and horses penis. I truly never meant to offened anyone and im truly sorry as it was never my intension. I would also like to say the people in the picture had absolutely nothing to do with it. again im very very sorry.”

Too late!

Mr McFeat is under arrest. And you just know what’s for breakfast, lunch, Tiffin and din-dins in the local choky, don’t you. Pass the horse penis, Jock. Easy on the mayo…


Posted: 5th, January 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment (1)

Teen brandished machete gift at mother during Christmas board game despute

other parentsHow was your Christmas?  Did you and the family play games? One 15-year-old did. During play he threatened his mother with a machete he received as a Christmas present.

To West Jordan, Utah, then, where Sgt. Keith Bronson of the West Jordan Police Department says the the fight ensued after a board game was turned over and the boy couldn’t find all the pieces.

“We find that people have a wide range of coping skills,” Sgt. Bronson said. “Some of them are good and positive and some of them are not. Of course, this was a good example of what not to do – when you become angry and decide to take on the adults in your house.

“Specifically with a gift that they’ve given you just a few days earlier. I’m glad we were able to get there and bring stability to this situation as quickly as possible. We would encourage parents or people who are in charge of young people to call police as soon as they feel their own anger is getting out of hand. Police officers can often get in there quickly and and help diffuse a situation if we can be contacted early enough.”

Bad losers, you have been warned.

Posted: 5th, January 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Watch a cat in a monkey suit licking a banana

cat-banana monkey suit


As you know, it’s the Year of the Monkey.To celebrate  10 Cats has filmed a cat dressed a monkey licking a banana.


cat-banana monkey suit

Posted: 3rd, January 2016 | In: Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment

Jew-faced Kum & Go bandit arrested for looking himself in the toilet

To the Kum & Go convenience store in Oklahoma, where Michael Carter, 26, has Kum and not gone. Kum & Go employees say Carter refused to leave the business. Kum and Go employees have much to deal with.

What Carter did do was to lock himself in a store bathroom.


Kum and Go


Oddly, especially for man with such interesting face ink, Carter was dressed in a mask.

A toy gun was tucked inside his waistband. Before entering the Kum & Go, Carter was seen at a nearby Whataburger restaurant, where a diner took photos of him.


kum and go costume


Carter is locked up in lieu of $500 bond.

He has  toilet in his room.

Posted: 2nd, January 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Dead Russian man wakes in morgue – reaches for the vodka

dead russian viodkaTo Russia, where a man who ‘died’ after drinking many shots of vodka is at the morgue.  According to reports, medics in Khasanky, Russia,received a call from the man’s friends. The doctors arrived. They declared the man dead. They took him to the morgue and placed him in the freezer.

He was lucky to find a room. Speaking to Khasanskiye Vesti, police spokesman Aleksey Stoyev says:

That night the local morgue was filled to its capacity, the bodies were not only on the shelves, but also on the floor of the freezer room.

A few hours later, the man awake from death.  “It was very dark and cold and his brain was foggy due to the influence of alcohol,” adds Mr Stoyev. “In the darkness, he felt someone’s completely cold limbs and in fear rushed to the door.”

It as the lock-in to end them all.

Posted: 1st, January 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment