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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.

Drunk Yorkshire Woman Drove To McDonald’s Drive Thru When Staff Refused To Seve Her Unless She Was In A Car

WENDY Simpson had been drinking when she walked up to the Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, branch of McDonald’s.
But the shop was shut. Staff won’t serve her unless she used the 24 hour drive-thru window. 

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Posted: 23rd, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Man Arrested For Locking Wife In Shed For Singing ‘Ding-Dong The Witch Is Dead’ When His Mother Died



TO Cornwall, where Andrew Salmon reportedly locked his wife in a garden shed when she began singing “Ding dong, the witch is dead” following death of his mother.

Questioned later, Salmon explained his actions by saying that his wife never liked his mother and was very unsympathetic when she died.

He told magistrates she kept saying “ding dong, the witch is dead”.

“I was provoked but I am sorry for what I have done to my wife and regret everything I did.” he said. “I was pushed towards it although I should not have done it.”

Margaret Thatcher’s son Mark Thatcher was unavailable for comment. And stories that after his mother death he hired a huge silo are unfounded…

Spotter: The Independent

Photo:  Anti-Thatcher protesters react to the death of former British Prime Minister as they gather at Trafalgar Square in London, Monday, April 8, 2013. Opponents of the late Margaret Thatcher are taking a kind of musical revenge on the former prime minister, pushing the song “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead” up the British charts in a posthumous protest over her polarizing policies. By Friday, April 12, 2013, the online campaign had propelled the “Wizard of Oz” song to No. 1 on British iTunes and into the top five of the music chart used by the BBC to compile its weekly radio countdown. 


Posted: 22nd, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Policeman Sacked For Letting Cat Eat Prime Minister’s Peacock

WHEN a cat at a pet peacock on the lawn at Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Jaati Umra official residence in Raiwind, three policemen were suspended.

One officer tells The Express Tribune, “21 police officers were questioned about not doing their duty and failing to spot the cat eating the peacock. But the constables said they were on duty but did not anticipate a cat eating the peacock at night.”

It being known that cats eat peacocks in the day.

And it could have been worse…


Posted: 21st, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Saudi Arabia Bans The Names Linda And Sandy But June Is OK

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SAUDI Arabia has banned the name Linda.The country’s  interior ministry says Linda contradicts the religion or the culture of the Kingdom.

It’s also banned Elaine and – get this – Sandy. You’d expect the Ministry is tired of fielding cll for people looking for a Sandy King. It’s a wonder that June remains ok. But give it time and a few calls asked for ‘June Buggy’ and her sort will also be banned.

The full list of banned name is below. If your name’s on the list, chances are that one day Saudi Arabia will not let you enter its wonderland. It’s a ban  akin to being forbidden from being stuck in a lift with Noel Edmonds. You might never know you’ve been banned until it’s too late and you crave sweet death.


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Posted: 17th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)

Man Conceived After Phil Collins Concert Protests At Destruction Of His Heritage


“IT is a weird story, I must admit, ” says Kevin Walters. “About 21 years ago, my parents were at a Phil Collins concert here in Chicago, and one thing led to another. They ended up at the oasis … and I was conceived there. They were like, ‘Oh yeah, hey, we never really told you how you were born, or your conception,’ and my parents are weird people, so it’s not that surprising.”

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Posted: 16th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Reckless Youth Prankster Who Pretended To Rob ATM Machine User Gets Punched (Video)

PRANKSTER pranked. No, it’s not fake blood pouring from the nose of the fool who pretended to rob someone using an ATM machine.

The ‘Reckless Youth’ merry pranksters are Sydney’s Daniel Maran, 19, Robert Milazzo and little George Proestos, both 16.

Daniel was playing the victim. He says:

“The reason we made the video was it was a social experiment and what we wanted to try prove was that there are people out there that are going to help in a robbery. Literally in every clip someone came and pulled George off me except in the last clip where it went a bit far. We don’t blame anyone for that, we expected that.’’

Did George expect that?

Posted: 15th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)

Anti-Racism Event Cancelled For Banning White People

COMBATTING racism in America by showcasing racism in America:

An event meant to celebrate diversity and combat racism at a Washington state community college has been cancelled after a flier emailed to guests said white people weren’t invited.


Posted: 15th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comments (2)

Real Barbie And Real Ken Meet In New York – Pictures Of The Plastic Fantastic Couple

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:


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Posted: 12th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Sri Lanka’s Executioner Quits After Seeing Gallows For First Time

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?

Posted: 12th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Colorado Barber Shop Bans Anyone Smelling Of Marijuana

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:


smell like marijuana

He says:

“I feel that it’s my right to make the statement. It’s the same thing as no shoes no service.”

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Posted: 11th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Hampshire Sturgeon Found Living At A Carwash

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IN today’s ‘You’ll Believe A Fish Can Cycle’, we learn of a sturgeon named Steve, who left the World of Water in Romsey, Hampshire, in early February. One month later, staff at a car wash a mile from the attraction found Steve living in a puddle.

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Posted: 10th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Stoke Highland Oatcake Scammer Sought

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“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.

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Posted: 10th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

16th Century German War Guide Teaches How To Make Flying Cats Bombs (Photos)



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.

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Posted: 9th, March 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Strange But True | Comment

Lack Of Working Pens Triggers Crime Spree At Irish Police Station

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FEW below middle-age cannot understand the irritation of not being able to find a working pen. The youth have iPads and creepy Google goggles to record the everyday, but for many nothing beats the pen when you need to sign a name of jot something down quickly.
Not finding a working pen can lead to a rage.
Mindful of that, we hear of goings on at Henry Street police station in Limerick, Ireland. Members at Limerick Court have heard stories of pen-related incidents at the station. One not isolated incident featured a defendant attending the garda station to sign on as a condition of his bail relating to a separate matter. At the police desk, the man was told that there was no available pen for him to use. He should go home, and return with his own pen.

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Posted: 8th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Man Who Swallowed Whistle 15 Years Ago Finally Stops Playing That Tune

GOD fear the whistleblower, China’s Liu Yougang, 23, who swallowed a plastic whistle when he was 9-years-old. For 14 years, whenever he slept, his breathing would create a whistling sound.
On the upside, Mr Yougang could whistle along to Les Misérables without having to purse his lips; be able to alert footballers to an incident of foul play without missing a beat; and lighten the mood in time of trauma and fear by nonchalantly belting out a easy listening version of I’m Gonna Leave Old Durham Town.
But now the whistle is out. Medics at he West China Hospital, Chengdu, Sichuan Province on Monday have finally located the whistle and removed it.
Good news, then. And it might have been worse.

Posted: 8th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Old Man Who Hired Escort Surprised To See Son’s Girlfriend Arrive

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.

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Posted: 7th, March 2014 | In: Money, Strange But True | Comment

These Children in ‘Country Interiors’ Magazine Are Called Perpetua, Clarendon and Helvetica

THESE children in ‘Country Interiors’ magazine are called: Perpetua, Clarendon and Helvetica:


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Vik and Perry are away.


Spotter: Harry Wallop


Posted: 7th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)

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.”

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Posted: 7th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Delhi Police Unable To Investigate Cases Because They Forget Password To Files

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?

Posted: 6th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment (1)

Man In Homemade Armoured Underpants Arrested For Bank Robbery

TO Portland, Oregon, where Mark Fischer has been arrested for attempting to break into an ATM machine.


Armoured underpants man



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. 

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Posted: 6th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Dorset Police Issue Great CCTV Image Of Wanted West Moors Robber

DORSET police need your help. They want you to identity this man, last seen robbing a the Ladbrokes betting shop in West Moors.


dorset robber


Posted: 5th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment