Strange But True | Anorak - Part 20

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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.

Highgate toilet for rent at £3000 A Year

Up the tofu mountain we trudge to Highgate, where James Atherton is looking to rent out his toilet. James owns a standalone bog inside a block of flats at the bottom of Highgate West Hill. He tells the Camden New Journal:

““The bus drivers in Highgate don’t have a toilet. I thought they might be interested in buying it, or maybe three of them could get together and rent it.”

Instead of pissing on Parliament Hill Fields, drivers will spend a penny £3,000 to slash all over James’s plumbed potty. He then puns:

“I hope they don’t shut the public toilets in Pond Square because they are needed but it would be good news for me in a business sense.”

Says one local: “It’d make an ideal starter home.”

Posted: 11th, April 2016 | In: Money, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Pranked Burger King staff break windows to stop restaurant exploding

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“It’s nothing I ever came across so I didn’t know what to do,” says Burger King employee Ethan Grewe, who works at the eatery in Coon Rapids, Minnesota,. “The caller told my manager the fire department were detecting dangerous levels of gas and if we didn’t break the windows the building would explode. I guess I was a little scared. My other co-workers were doing it so I just followed along.”

Threats to the King must be taken seriously:


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

Airport Authority of India orders: ‘No Eating Carpet’

eating carpet


The Airport Authority of India is an equal opportunities employer.

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

Life apes Fawlty Towers: man arrested for assaulting car

basil fawlty carThe Ford Taurus took the brunt of Mikhail Igrevich Belenky’s assault. The student 19, of Howard Lake, Minnesota, was seen screaming and hitting the vehicle on the Winona State University campus.

Police were called. Belenky told officers the car was giving him no end of trouble. the cops smelled booze on his breath. So they pinched Belenky for underage drinking.

It didn’t end there. Belenky had been abusing the wrong car. so they arrested him for first-degree criminal damage to property.


Posted: 10th, April 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

The New Day front page looks a lot like last month’s That’s Life magazine

In today’s The New Day newspaper, read the story of a mum who wants to have her son’s baby:


new day magazine


You might have read the same story in the March 31 issues of That’s Life magazine:


that's life magazine


Spotter: @nickw84 @RichLeighPR)

Posted: 8th, April 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True, Tabloids | Comment

Wife ‘shoots husband in testicles’ over affair

bullet testiclesTo Florida, where 60-year-old Victoria Reid has been arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon domestic violence and aggravated assault domestic violence.
She is said to have challenged her husband of 16 years over his affair.

Reid demanded that her husband sit on the couch and told him that she was going to maim him and give him post-traumatic stress disorder, from which she said she also suffers, according to deputies. Reid taunted her husband and threatened to shoot him in the face and chest and kill him, officials said. Reid shot her husband in his left knee, but the bullet travelled up his thigh and lodged in his testicles…

The affair is now on hold, indefinitely…

Posted: 4th, April 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

RIP Charlie the parrot, who died holding a pork scratching

pork parrot


Vale, Charlie, the African Grey parrot, who breathed his last at The Rising Sun in Kemsing, Kent, his home for 40 years. Says Charlie’s landlady Michele Hunter:

“He did all the things which were bad for him. His favourite foods were cashew nuts and pork scratchings, which makes sense when he lived in a pub, I suppose. I found him lying in the bottom of his cage, holding a pork scratching. So he must have been happy at the time he died, as he was eating away.”

End of days, readers. End of days…


Posted: 4th, April 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

‘Chris is Risen’: Jesus is rebranded in York

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Let us pray for Acomb Parish Church, in York, where “Chris is Risen”.

Says Assistant Curate Ned Lunn: “The pastor at the Baptist Church is actually called Chris. He’s got to get up for a sunrise service at 6.30am on Easter Sunday. His predecessor didn’t manage to get up for the service last year.”

Posted: 27th, March 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Police find drugs after suspect whispers ‘I don’t think they found all the stuff in the car’

drugs whisperLoud Whisper of the Day is the story of State troopers in Massachusetts who pulled over a car and searched it. Jordan Johnson, Ethan Richards and Carrie Tutsock were caught travelling at 11 mph above the speed limit.

The cops noticed the crack pipe resting on the front passenger’s leg. They find two more crack pipes, scales, needles, bags of heroin and a small quantity of crack cocaine.

In the back of the police car, Tutsock allegedly turned to Johnson and Richards whispered, “I don’t think they found all the stuff in the car.” Police return to the trio’s vehicle, where they discovered a Coca Cola can containing 230 baggies of heroin.

Johnson, Tutsock and Richards were arraigned in Northampton District Court on Thursday and were each charged with possession with the intent to distribute a Class A drug.

The message is that if you want to hoodwink the cops, hide your drugs inside a vessel labelled ‘Coke’ and play dumb – but not as dumb as Tutsock, obviously.

Posted: 20th, March 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Police hunting drive-by rap battlers in open-toe sandles





To Massachusetts, where police are searching for two men challenging passers-by to rap battles.

Charlton police said a black SUV with two or three men in their late teens or early 20s inside, pulled up to three young teenage boys on Dresser Hill Road at about 3pm on Saturday.

One of the men, described as having brown hair and a pale complexion, wearing a grey T-shirt, gray pants and open-toed sandals, got out of the vehicle and started rapping while the other men asked the boys if they wanted to “spit some bars” with them.

When the boys declined, the SUV drove off. 

Open-toed sandals. Singing. Brown hair… pale. Hanging out with other men. It’s the second coming!

Posted: 17th, March 2016 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment

Woman busted for marijuana after police respond to lost keys down toilet

toilet keysWhen Anna Reed of Spirit Lake, Iowa, dropped keys to her rented car down a public toilet she did as any rational human being would have done: she called the plumber locksmith rental office police.

When police arrived they asked Reed for her name. They ran it through the big computer and spotted an outstanding warrant for possession of a controlled substance. For added oomph, she told them there were drugs in the locked car.

The police called a locksmith, who opened the car door, allowing the officers inside to find  a “large variety of prescription pills and a small amount of marijuana”.

Reed has been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, and possession or use of drug paraphernalia.

Police were unable to retrieve the key from the toilet, which, like Reed, remain in deep shit.

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

Hackney meets Father Ted in a story of rat as big as your kids

Hackney massive rat


The story of a rat a big – or as small – as a toddler has been all over the news. The Star, naturally, made it its own. But was the rat really that big? Did it weigh the same as small child?

Hackney council, on whose patch “Tony” found the dead monster – picked it up; posed for a photo with the heavy beast on the end of a stick; threw beast away – is unsure:


giant rat hackney


Perspective? Maybe, says Father Ted:


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

Find your personality in your poo with this handy chart

Poo chart


Expanded Bristol Stool Chart with Personality Typing.

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

OK: here’s a picture of 4-foot rat found in London

huge rat


Story here.

Posted: 12th, March 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)

Huge rats take over Daily Star

The Daily Star is Number 1 for rat news:


DAily Star rat toddlers


The story goes that “A MONSTER rat as big as a child has sparked fears that Britain will be overrun with giant rodents.”

Although living in a land overrun by children might be more terrifying.

The huge pest was spotted in north London, lying dead next to a popular children’s playground. Weighing more than 25lbs and measuring four-feet tall, it had a tail like an adult’s arm.

It was found by a man named Tony, who says:


“This is the largest rat I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I’d say it was about four foot. I’ve got a cat and a Jack Russell and it was bigger than both of those put together.”

When was the last time you saw your cat and dog, Tony?




daily star rats


Rats have never had it so good.



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

Man who exposed his penis to woo ex-partner flashed wrong woman

“A man exposed himself to a young mother on her way to watch her child in a school play,” reports the Stoke Sentinel.  Tony Cartlidge is 24. He flashed his penis at a woman on the street. When she pushed him away, he asked her, “What’s up? You’re not normally like this.”

Police were called. Cartlidge told them he thought the woman was his ex-partner. He hoped showing her his penis would win her back.

It never did work out. Cartlidge earned a 12-month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement for 20 days. His ex remains at large and, one images, in heavy disguise.


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

Woman driving Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine chased by police



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A woman from Shasta County, California, led law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit in a van painted to look like the ‘Mystery Machine’ from the Scooby Doo cartoon. On Sunday at 12:50pm, a probation officer with Shasta County Probation contacted Redding Police Department regarding Sharon Kay Turman, 51, wanted for a probation violation.

According to police, Turman was found operating the 1994 Chrysler minivan painted teal and green. When officers tried to conduct a traffic stop, Turman took off in the van. A pursuit began as Turman sped away. The chase came to a stop, but Turman continued to speed southbound, said police.




Turman then drove through an intersection against a red light hitting four other vehicles. The California Highway Patrol helicopter later located the van just north of Anderson. Officers said Turman then continued the chase through the city of Anderson and onto Interstate 5 at speeds of over 100 mph.

Turman continued onto Highway 36 westbound, where she was spotted by the CHP helicopter abandoning her vehicle. Turman’s current whereabouts are unknown. She is wanted by the Redding Police Department as well as Shasta County Probation. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sharon Kay Turnman is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department.

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

Gunman escapes on hoverboard in glide-by shooting

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In what Dallas police are calling a glide-by shooting, a man has been shot by a felon riding a hoverboard:

Police were called to a RaceTrac gas station shortly after 4am. A man was found with a gunshot wound to his arm. The man told police he was driving when he offered to give the man on the hoverboard a ride.* The hoverboard rider, a black male with dreadlocks, declined. The driver came back about 30 minutes later and offered a ride again, but that angered the hoverboard rider – so the man on the hoverboard shot the driver in the right arm.

Police scoured the area but the shooter glided away from capture.

*The man’s story sounds about a straight-up as anyone whose ever tried and failed to ride a hoverboard.


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

Prostitute calls police when client’s dog joins in

dog sex


To Cannes, France, where a 45-year-old mechanic is offering a woman €20 to sit and watch him masturbate. She declines.

The next day he makes her a new offer: some more cash and a ménage à trois.

The prostitute takes the cash but is revolted when the third wheel turns out to be the man’s English Setter dog. He “had begun to assist his master in the satisfaction of his passions”, she recalls.

So she calls the police. He’s arrested. The dog walks free.

And millions of men wonder if they’ve ever had a threesome without realising it. Dog, they do so like to watch…


Posted: 4th, March 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Sex toy thief to police: ‘I would rather do this than be unfaithful’

'With this ring...'

‘With this ring…’


To Florida, where mum-of-four Ashton Barton is under arrest for allegedly stealing a vibrating Durex Ring of Bliss sex toy.

She told police: “I would rather do this than be unfaithful. My husband doesn’t want to touch me anymore. I would rather do this than be unfaithful.”

The Ring of Bliss is placed around “the base of the penis”.

How she planned to get the penis attachment is not known, what with her husband’s being untouchable.

Posted: 3rd, March 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Other parents: boyfriend duct-taped children to chairs and made them watch ‘Mommie Dearest’

Mommy's Dearest Boyrriend

Mommy’s Dearest Boyrriend


To Nebraska City, where two boys are watching the movie Mommie Dearest. The film’s bio runs:

Mommie Dearest, best selling memoir, turned motion picture, depicts the abusive and traumatic adoptive upbringing of Christina Crawford at the hands of her mother…screen queen Joan Crawford.

The two young movie fans, ages 4 and 6, may one day get to write a sequel of sorts in their own memoirs because their mum’s boyfriend, Glenn Oliver, 30, has duct-taped them to their chairs. Mary K. Lucas wanted her sons to watch the movie to show them she wasn’t the world’s meanest mom.


other parents

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When she went out to work, Oliver tried to make sure the kids did as mum wanted by forcing them to watch the show.

Someone looking in spotted the children glued to their seats inside a filthy home. They called the police. And now sweet Oliver has been sentenced to three years in prison.



Posted: 3rd, March 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Paying crime: man arrested after breaking into shop and paying for cigarettes



To Las Cruces, New Mexico, where a man is under arrest. His crime? Paying $6 for the pack of cigarettes he took.

Ellis C. Battista, 24, is charged with one count of breaking and entering, a fourth-degree felony. At around 3:30am, Battista and another man went to purchase a pack of cigarettes at Bradley’s convenience store.

The store normally operates 24 hours a day, but the clerk was not on duty and the store was locked. Store surveillance cameras and witnesses confirmed that Battista pounded on the store’s front door several times in an apparent attempt to gain the attention of the store clerk, who was not there.


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Battista then allegedly kicked the door’s lower panel, which broke. Battista, believed to be intoxicated at the time, then entered the store. Video surveillance indicates Battista selected a pack of cigarettes and ensured that cameras captured images of him leaving $6 for the merchandise. A witness called 911 to report the break-in, and police officers located Battista nearby.

Yes, indeed, dear British readers, $6 for a packet of 20 salmons. It’s a steal.

Note: In the UK ciggies cost around £9 for 20. It is daylight robbery.

Posted: 3rd, March 2016 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Nigerian government pays 23,846 workers who don’t exist

Looking to save money, the Nigerian government culled 23,846 workers from its payroll. The Finance Ministry says the mass sacking saved 2.29 billion naira (£8m, $11.53m). But don’t worry – the sacked workers never existed:

The audit is part of an anti-corruption campaign by President Muhammadu Buhari, who took power last year. Corruption and mismanagement have long been a challenge to Nigeria’s growth, and the government has promised to cut costs.

The audit started in December used biometric data and a bank verification number to identify holders of bank accounts into which salaries were being paid. This process allowed the identification of some workers who were receiving a salary that did not correspond to the names linked to the bank accounts.

It also revealed that some employees were receiving salaries from multiple sources…

And you can do your bit to help. General Dr Clement Okon has 57 millions trillion dollars in a private account. But he fell foul of the current President and needs your help to release the funds. Just send your bank details to….

Some 23,846 non-existent workers were removed from the payroll.

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

Shoplifter stole because only stupid people wait in line



To Florida, where Hope Hanak, 56, woman was allegedly tried to steal $500 worth of groceries from the Publix on Citrus Tower Boulevard.

Police said Hanak loaded groceries into reusable bags and went to the customer service desk to buy cigarettes. After paying for the cigarettes, she continued to walk out of the store without paying for the other items, according to the report. The total amount of items Hanak had in her bags was $508.75, police said. The store manager stopped Hanak, then called police. Hanak told police she had “just been been stupid and did not want to wait in line.”

Fair enough. Putting $500-worth of groceries through the tiles is laborious. The people stuck behind her would be tutting loudly and cause Hope no end of stress. Briskly walking off with the shopping was the sensible and selfless course of action.

The defence rests.


Posted: 27th, February 2016 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment