News of the Weird: week of May 12
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Rob and Grace Jones wanted to replace a built-in toilet paper holder in their Crystal Lake, Ill., home on April 16 that required them to cut into their bathroom wall, NBC New York reported. That’s when they came across a most unusual find: a napkin containing two McDonald’s burger wrappers and a full order of fries inside. Vintage 1959. “We expected the worst,” Grace said. “I was protecting my children in case there was dried blood.” Rather dried ketchup. “Not a cold case, just cold fries,” she said. “They were very well preserved.” There must not be many mice in Crystal Lake.
An American family returning to the United States from a trip to Israel on April 28 triggered a chaotic bomb threat at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv when they attempted to smuggle an unidentified artillery shell blown up by a security check, the BBC reported. They had found the seashell in the Golan Heights and picked it up as a souvenir; at the airport, a family member took it out of a backpack and asked if it could be put in a suitcase. The security manager asked for her immediate area to be cleared, but someone misheard her and panic ensued. The family members were then interviewed and allowed to board their flight.
That’s one way to do it
As her United Airlines flight taxied to her gate at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on May 5, a passenger apparently couldn’t wait to disembark, WLS-TV reported. So he opened the emergency exit and stepped on the wing, then slid down the wing and onto the runway. Ground crew arrested the man and he was handed over to law enforcement.
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See double … and more
The Mansfield Independent School District in Texas will celebrate an unusual graduation this year, with 35 sets of twins in its senior class, as well as a set of triplets. Anthony and Angela Morka are among the twins who will graduate in late May, CBS News reported. “Knowing that it’s almost over is exciting, but it’s also kind of sad,” Angela said. “It will definitely be a change because we’re not going to be together like we always have been,” Anthony added. The district held a special multiple event on April 29 at Vernon Newsom Stadium.
- Five students at Ponte Vedra High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida have been charged with a “senior prank” in which a probable sandbar shark (banned from recreational and commercial harvesting in Florida state waters, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission) was hoisted over a staircase at the school on May 5, News4Jax reported. “I was going to the first half, and there was this huge shark hanging from the ceiling, and it smelled really bad,” said Cooper Gottfried, a sophomore at the school. The shark is the school mascot. Responsible parties can face charges of trespassing, wildlife violation, and criminal mischief.
- An unnamed Detroit man was arrested in late April for illegal possession of firearms, but federal agents who arrived at his home with a search warrant were more interested in how he made a living: he sold marijuana in a vending machine attached to his house, clearing $2,000 a day, he told them. The Associated Press reported that officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives made purchases from the machine to gather evidence before the bust. The man was released on bail.
As Pinellas County, Fla. Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Brien was driving away from St. Pete Beach to check on a 911 hangup call on May 4, he inadvertently drove onto Robin Diffenderfer, a 23-year-old woman taking sunbathing on your back in the sand, ClickOrlando.com reported. He hit her on the right side and mid to upper back. She was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and an investigation is ongoing.
Recent alarming headline
At a funeral in Lambayeque, Peru, on April 26, pallbearers were stunned to hear knocks coming from the coffin of Rosa Isabel Cespedes Callaca as they carried it, Metro News reported. They lowered the box to the ground and opened the lid to find that Callaca was weak, but alive, from a serious car accident. Cemetery keeper Juan Segundo Cajo said Callaca “opened his eyes and was sweating”. She was rushed to hospital, where she was shown to have weak signs of life, but sadly passed away a few hours later. Her family members suspect she may have been in a coma after the crash, rather than dead. Police are now investigating the incident.
Even retirees go crazy in the Sunshine State. On April 24, while Herbert Merritt, 64, was walking his dog near Kings Point Golf Course in Delray Beach, Robert Levine, 74, arrived in his golf cart and confronted him about walking too close to the course. Then, the victim said, Levine pulled out a handgun and began firing as Merritt ran away. CBS12-TV reported that Merritt was shot in the ankle, knocking him down, but Levine couldn’t leave him there; he kicked Merritt in the head, then retrieved a golf club from his cart and hit him with it several times. Levine is being held on charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated bodily harm, and discharging a firearm in public.
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After a trip to Sacramento, Gary and Patti Reitemeyer returned to their home in Redding, Calif., on April 22 with a most unpleasant surprise: hundreds of swallows that had apparently entered their home through the chimney, reported KRCR- TV. A neighbor had noticed a few birds earlier when he stopped to feed the cat, but the number had increased significantly by the time the couple got home. “We open the door and it’s like an Alfred Hitchcock movie,” Gary said. “It was crazy. We were dodging and dodging.” They called a restoration company to help clean the house, as it was uninhabitable. “All the furniture is gone, all the carpet is gone, the blinds are gone,” Gary said. Unfortunately, their homeowner’s insurance won’t cover any damage caused by this bizarre incident.
don’t make me dance
Police who arrested Amy Ann Harrington, 38, after crashing into a car on April 28 in Madeira Beach, Florida, suspected she was driving under the influence, so they attempted to conduct field sobriety tests with her, reported The Smoking Gun. They asked him to stand on one leg, walk and turn, but instead Harrington burst into “several movements of ballet and Irish folk dancing”, according to the arrest report. Harrington also refused to take a breath test; she was charged with impaired driving and jailed in the county jail.
Cream of the Bizarre
Harry Matadeen, 34, from Hampshire, England, has a wellness tip to share with the world: he drinks his own urine, plus he rubs it on his face. Metro News reported that Matadeen claims his habit, which started in 2016, made him look young and cured his depression. “I felt a new sense of peace, calm and determination,” he said of his 200ml daily dose. Skin therapy keeps her face “young, soft and radiant”. Matadeen calls urine an “acquired taste”, but says “fresh urine is never as bad as you imagine – it smells neutral and doesn’t taste bad unless you’re really toxic.” His family does not approve and his sister has stopped talking to him.
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