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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.

Cats keeps coming back to sit in Lewisham doctors surgery

A CAT waits in a Lewisham doctors’ surgery. It keeps coming back. Anyone touching the cat does so at their”own risk”:

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Posted: 29th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)


Boston opens new ‘neighoborhood’ school (sign fail)

BOSTON Public Schools welcome you to the new Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School in Roxbury:

More back to school fails.

Posted: 29th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


School makes deaf Hunter Spanje change sign name because it looks like a gun

TO Nebraska, where 3-year-old Hunter Spanjer – he’s deaf – has been asked by the school to alter his sign language name because the experts think the gestures looks like he’s shooting a gun.

Hunter Spanjer’s sign violates the Grand Island Public Schools weapons policy.

Says Hunter’s father, Brian Spanjer:

“He’s deaf, and his name sign, they say, is a violation of their weapons policy. “It’s a symbol. It’s an actual sign, a registered sign, through (Signing Exact English).”

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Posted: 28th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment


In 1954 Dr Vladimir Demikhov created a two-headed dog (video)

HERE’S a cute Russian video about making two-headed dogs:

 In 1954 Vladimir Demikhov shocked the world by unveiling a surgically created monstrosity: A two-headed dog. He created the creature in a lab on the outskirts of Moscow by grafting the head, shoulders, and front legs of a puppy onto the neck of a mature German shepherd.Demikhov paraded the dog before reporters from around the world. Journalists gasped as both heads simultaneously lapped at bowls of milk, and then cringed as the milk from the puppy’s head dribbled out the unconnected stump of its esophageal tube. 

He was a pioneer:

Vladimir Demikhov, a veteran of the Red Army hospitals in World War 2, believed it was possible to transplant organs like the heart and lungs in human beings.

He was the father of heart bypass surgery.

Posted: 28th, August 2012 | In: Flashback, Strange But True, Technology | Comment


Australian school bans children from doing anything upside down

TO Drummoyne Public School, Sydney, Australia, where the students have been banned from performing handstands, cartwheels and somersaults. There will none of that sort of thing  in the playground during lunch and break times .

Anyone wishing to do gymnastics will need to find a teacher and with the “correct equipment.”

The message fromthe headmistress Gail Charlier says:

GYMNASTICS ON THE PLAYGROUND
Students have expressed a desire to perform activities such as handstands, cartwheels and somersaults on the playground  during lunch and recess times. We have consulted the State Schools Sports Unit for policy advice and have been informed  that such activities are prohibited unless under the specialised supervision of a trained gymnastics teacher with the correct  equipment ‘mats’. These activities therefore cannot be condoned during lesson breaks.

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Posted: 28th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comments (11)


Thief steal ebola patient’s mobile phone – gets ebola virus

TO Kibaale District, Uganda, where a thief has snaked into the isolation ward at Kagadi Hospital and nicked an Ebola patient’s mobile phone:

The suspect allegedly broke into the isolation ward on the night of Tuesday August 14, undetected by hospital guards. The patient, who has since succumbed to the deadly hemorrhagic fever, then reported the theft to the hospital security that then embarked on tracing the alleged thief.

Police detectives began tracking him after he apparently began communicating to his friends using the phone. But as police zeroed in on him, he developed symptoms similar to those of Ebola and sought medication at the hospital.

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Posted: 28th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comments (2)


Should there be a dangerous cat act? Mary Bale was right

NEVER trust a cat. Nora Scott, 80, from Tunstall, Staffordshire, says a neighbour’s cat attacked her. Was Mary Bale right. She was the women who dropped a cat into a state-of-the-art wheelie-bin, turning Lola into Top Cat, every cat’s TV hero. It might have been what Lola wanted. Cats, after all, can control human brains. Mary Bale became the leader of the Mary Bale Fan Club.

Now we read that cats are attacking us:

“I am terrified of this cat. It clawed my face and I had to go to the hospital and get antibiotics. I have spoken to the police, but they say there is nothing they can do. I think there should be a new law, because they have one for dangerous dogs. It just jumped up and clawed all down my face. There was blood everywhere and it left me with a black eye. Now I am too scared to go out, in case it comes after me.”

“Until something is done, then I will have to remain in my house. I used to love pottering about in the garden. I used to grow lovely flowers but I had to cut them all down so I could see whether the cat was hiding there.

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Posted: 25th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment (1)


76-year-old drugs smuggler did it to keep active

HOW do you keep active in your dotage? To Germany, where a 76-year-old grandmother tells the court she imported a tonne of cannabis from Holland to keep active.

A Düsseldorf judge has sent her to prison for two-and-half years for smuggling the drugs over a five-year period.

She says her career began in 2006. Her car broken down near Venlo. Two men stopped to help. They asked her to deliver a few washing powder containers to Germany. Soon she was earning €700 a trip.

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Posted: 25th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Oxford’s biggest idiot jailed for robbery (video)

IDIOT of the day is James Allan, who attempted to rob Martin’s newsagent in Northcourt Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

He’d robbed the place 10 days earlier.

This time he was armed with a toy gun.  The cashier handed over £134.98 taken from the till. Allan then removed his balaclava. The camera recorded his face. He then began to getaway, wrestling with the one-way door. He pushed and her pushed but it would not open. He kicked it. Shop manager Angela Croke then stepped forward, pulling the door open.

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Posted: 24th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Police tip: do not keep big tins of paint in back seat of cars (photo)

ADVICE of the day comes via the New South Wales police Facebook page: when driving take care to secure the 25-litre bucket of paint resting on the backseat of their car. A minor shunt can result in rapid redecoration:

 

Posted: 24th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Male driver had spit-roast dildo sex while driving

WHICH women’s magazine hack dare to say mena can’t multi-task? To St. Paul, Minnesota, where Brian Wutschke, 45, of Farmington is driving his red pickup truck whilst  white performing oral sex on a white dildo. Police find women’s knickers hanging from the rear view mirror and strewn about the vehicle.

A search of Mr Wutschke’s “waistline area” revleadd a vibrating sensation. He had a vibrator secreted up his anus.

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Posted: 24th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Who is the Duct Tape Bandit?

DO you know the Duct Tape Bandit? Police in Edmonds, Poulsbo, Redmond, and Stanwood in Western Washington are hunting the man who they have called the “Duct Tape Bandit.”

He committed four armed robberies in the area.

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Posted: 24th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Woman killed and ate sons thinking they were pigs

TO Chiang Mai, Thailand, where a woman has been arrested. She is accused of murdering and eating her two sons. One theroy si that she mistook them for pigs.

Says Mental Health Department deputy director general Kiattiphum Wongrachit:

“The woman killed her children because she didn’t continue her treatment and didn’t take her medication.”

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Posted: 23rd, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Ballooning turtle rescued from tree

IS it a bird? Is it  plane? Is it a small boy? Is it a donkey? No. It’s a turtle stuck with tape to a battery of balloons and released over Oceanside, California. But Branson the turtle never did make it to Japan. The balloons snagged in a eucalyptus tree.

Joel Rabagos’ mother took a video. Says Joel:

“When something like this happens, she always takes the video camera, no matter what it is.”

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Posted: 23rd, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Local news: Cumbrian woman finds Chinese tortoise in garden

LOCAL news story of the day: the News & Star tells of Margaret Parker, 67. She spotted a “baby tortoise” in the garden of her home in Upperby, Cumbria. Mrs Parker’s daughter dashed out to buy some supplies. Lorraine Boyes, 47, bought soem vegetables from the Co-op. But the tortoise refused to eat.

So. They called the Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Centre, near Wigton. The wee creature was placed carefully inside a cardboard box he tortoise. Rescue volunteer Pauline Adams soon arrived.  Says Margaret:

“I was worried it might have died. But then the lady from Knoxwood looked at it, picked it up and turned it over. She told me: ‘It’s not dead – it’s made of pot…My daughter was trying to tempt it with the lettuce and the tomato but I did wonder why it wasn’t moving it’s head, and decided it was probably just frightened. At first the woman from Knoxwood didn’t say anything when she saw it. It was about the same weight as a real tortoise, but when she picked it up and looked underneath there was writing on the bottom: Made in China.”

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Posted: 21st, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Fallen blind man sues after workmen removed his balcony

TO Blindheim, Germany, where wheelchair-bound Klaus Ohlmeier is addressing the court:

“I heard a noise, and then I can’t remember anything. I’m glad it didn’t come out any worse.”

Mr Ohlmeier is 64-years-old and blind. He lives in a home that was being  renovated. His balcony had been removed… His fall led to many broken ribs and internal bleeding. Says site manager Patrick B: “There was a sign.” For the, erm, blind people to read.

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Posted: 21st, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Mug shot of the day: Jeepers Peepers Joshua Dakota Traub

MUG shot of the day is of Joshua Dakota Traub, 20, of Tulsa. Traub has been arrested for alleged sexual battery (he smacked a female Walmart worker on the buttocks), being a peeping Tom (he peered inside the female toilets) and obstructing an officer (he gave unusual answers during his police interview, including saying he had a physical handicap of being hungry.

He duly had his mug shot taken, which, as you can see, bears the looks of a man who has peeped and seen…

 

Posted: 21st, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Dog Shaming: because your dog is shamed (photos)

TUMBLR of the day is Dog Shaming, in which dogs confess to any number of sins and moments of moral turpitude:

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Posted: 20th, August 2012 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment (1)


Police blow up marijuana ‘pipe bomb’ bong

LET’S get bombed! In Sherman Heights, San Diego, police have spotted a device that they think looks like a pipe bomb. It’s a 10-inch-long galvanized metal tube with capped ends. It lying in the dirt outside an apartment building.

Someone called the fire brigade. They called the bomb disposal squad. The area was evacuated. An expert checked out the pipe and in their wisdom decided it was a good idea to blow it up with a special rifle. So they did. One cap flew off to reveal the ‘bomb’ as a device for getting bombed. It was a bong for smoking marijuana through.

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Posted: 20th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Willy the cockatoo has been trained to call the neighbour a ‘whore’

TO Rhode Island, where Kathy Melker and Craig Fontaine are rowing with neighbours Lynne Taylor and Chris Levasseur over a bird. Melker says Taylor calls her nasty things and hurls vile insults. And so too does Taylor’s umbrella cockatoo, Willy.

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Posted: 20th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)


Jackmeoff Mudd arrested in Florida

TO South Florida in seach of nominative determinism – and finding a man arrested last Friday in Fort Lauderdale. Meet Jackmeoff Mudd.

Jackmeoff has been charged with assault, disorderly conduct, resisting an officer, possession of alcohol in an open container, and violation of probation.

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Posted: 19th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Eduardo Leite was pieced in the brain by a 6-foot metal pole – and lived

PICTURE of the day features the head of 24-year-old Eduardo Leite, a builder in Brazil. He was on site when a 6-foot metal bar fell and hit him in the head. The pole passed though his hard hat and into his head. He did not lose consciousness until he was put under for an operation to remove it.

Says Luiz Alexandre Essinger, chief of staff at Rio de Janeiro’s Miguel Couto Hospital:

“He was taken to the operating room, his skull was opened, they examined the brain and the surgeon decided to pull the metal bar out from the front in the same direction it entered the brain…Today, he continues well, with few complaints for a five-hour-long surgery..He says he feels little pain.”

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Posted: 18th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Local News: Postman finds swear word on letter

TO WORCESTER, where postman Douglas Nicholls is shocked to see a letter addressed to “Mr Fuck Off”.

Douglas Nicholls, 53 (!) talks of his pain to the local paper:

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the address. Even after 32 years working as postman I have never had anything like this. I delivered it at about noon on Friday. But afterwards I started thinking about it and felt even more offended.”

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Posted: 17th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Fish sneaks into home and smashes place up

TO Changji, Xinjiang Province, China, where Xu Xianmin and his wife are looking for an explanation. How did their home come to be trashed? And why is a catfish in the lounge?

Says Xu:

“I thought my home had been ransacked by thieves. The table was turned over, and stacked plastic bottles were everywhere. When I was picking up things from the other side of the table, I suddenly touched something cold and slippery, and it was moving!”

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Posted: 17th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True | Comment


School lunch scanner gives children mark of The Beast

TO Moss Bluff Elementary school, Lake Charles, Louisiana, where fears abound that the new dinnertime palam scanner is turning the children to the Devil.

Says parent Mamie Sonnier, sounding not a little like Annie Wilkes.

 “I was very, very mad. Disappointed.”

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Posted: 17th, August 2012 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment