On Tuesday at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston a Continental flight got delayed for a rather unusual reason. Two otters that were caged in the plane's cargo hold got loose and had to be caught. Once were captured they were put in a box and removed from the plane. Unfortunately for the passengers, one of the otters escaped again and had to be chased around on the tarmac for 45 minutes before being recaptured and removed. By the time the luggage was reloaded the plane took off an hour and 20 minutes late. The 7:55pm flight finally left at 9:15pm but at least the passengers have an interesting story to tell over Christmas dinner. http://www.khou.com/news/local/Sea-Otters-on-the-loose-delay-Continental-flight-at-Bush-IAH-79956597.html
Remember the story we had a while back about the wrong house being torn down? Well this is a variation on the theme. Nilly Mauck of Las Vegas had her locks changed and all her belongings hauled away and discarded because her neighbors got foreclosed on. Yep, the mortgage company had 1157 emptied instead of 1156. When Nilly asked for $200,000 for ALL her belongings they told her nope we'll give you $5000. They, the mortgage company as well as the company contracted to empty the house, claim they do not know where her belongings were discarded. Possibly because they were 'discarded' into someone else's home? Hopefully she gets a lawyer and gets a hunk of that bail out money for her trouble. http://www.lasvegasnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=11710384#
A site called The Green Head has some really cool stuff like the above, bacon flavored popcorn! Light saber chop sticks and foot long marshmallows are among the strange items available. Not all of the products are WU worthy, but many of them are. There is also an indoor turkey fryer, which might have been useful to the WFLZ DJs Chuck told us about in his post! http://www.thegreenhead.com/page1
A 23 year old Chinese man who claimed to be depressed over a break up attempted to rob a restaurant in Benxi Heilongjang Province. After finishing a meal the young man grabbed the daughter of the proprietor and held a knife on her while demanding money from the cash drawer. Other patrons overpowered him then upon police arrival the robber showed them that he was wired with what appeared to be dynamite. When the bomb squad arrived they found that the 'dynamite' was camouflaged sausages. He said the shape of the sausages gave him the idea. I wonder what else he uses sausages for, seeing as dynamite isn't the only thing they resemble. http://www.ananova.com/News/story/sm_3608231.html
News of the Weird/Pro Edition
December 21, 2009
(alarming and/or delicious news from December 12-19)
Bad Week for Justice: Two inmates who between them had spent 63 years in the slammer received "Oops, My Bad"'s from the justice system when DNA overcame obviously-shaky eyewitness ID on one and ridiculous hair-fiber "evidence" (perpetually overrated by forensic "experts") on the other. James Bain, released 35 years after a jury of Florida's finest declared it beyond any reasonable doubt that he raped a kid, said, Ehh, "Everybody had a job to do. The police needed a suspect. The prosecutor needed a conviction. The wheels turned." St. Petersburg Times[quoted in the print edition; quote missing from the archived online edition] /// Washington Post
"Old Media" / "New Media": In New Bedford, Mass., the public library imposed its maximum fine for a book that was 99 years overdue: $361.35. In Hayward, Calif., a 13-year-old girl over-data'ed during one month on her dad's cell phone, and he was billed $22,000. Boston Globe /// KTVU-TV (Oakland)
Sounds Like a Joke: U.S. surgeon Mark Weinberger, who had been on the lam for five years avoiding a flood of malpractice lawsuits, was spotted in Italy and about to be captured. However, rather than face justice, he tried to check out by stabbing himself in the throat, but as befitting an incompetent surgeon, he missed the key artery and is now in custody. The Guardian (London)
And another: The Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre in Norfolk, England, has lowered the water level in its giant aquarium for Christmas because the big turtles (herbivores) are getting their annual holiday treat of brussels sprouts. Officials know from experience that if they don't lower the water level, the gas bubbles from the powerful turtle emissions will raise the level enough to trigger the emergency tank-flooding buzzers. Daily Telegraph
It's Good to Be a British Criminal (continued): Three knife-wielding home invaders burst in on businessman Munir Hussain, his ill wife, and their three children, forced them to the floor, and enconstipated them with fear, but Hussain eventually gained the upper hand, chased them away, and beat one with a pole and a cricket bat. Hussain got 2½ years' hard time. The burglar (the one who got caught) got probation. The Independent
Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.
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