Well, now we know that not only is it illegal to sell crack, but it's also illegal to sell fake crack. A 40-year-old unemployed man, Timothy Allen Riggin, was caught selling bread as crack in Fort Pierce, FL. That's right, he was selling little pieces of bread, the stuff you eat, as crack cocaine. I kind of feel bad for the people that may have purchased it from him, but then again I don't. Apparently, he was trying to sell the fake crack to help pay his bills. He is being charged with "felony possession of counterfeit controlled substance with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a convenience store charge and a misdemeanor count of resisting without violence." Yes, there is a mugshot.
It's okay to love animals. But some people take it to the next level and go animal crazy.
A 15 year old Colorado boy was found to have 53 baby birds in his bedroom. The birds had been taken from neighborhood nests. The birdbrained teen said he didn't know why he did it. He's been charged with animal cruelty and the baby birds were comfiscated. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31528404/ns/us_news-weird_news/
Outside New York City Hall a dozen protesters gathered to support beekeeping. There is an ordinance against having bees, venomous snakes, ferrets, and elephants in the city. Protesters want beekeeping to be legal and are also supporting a Brooklyn beekeeper who had her hives removed. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31511418/ns/us_news-weird_news/
A woman in New Mexico claims her bunny rescuing got 'a little out of control'. Over the last 12 years she has been taking in homeless rabbits. She says she tried to keep boys and girls seperate but the boys kept jumping the fence. Now after a neighbor's complaint 334 rabbits have been removed from the woman's yard and she has been sited under a city ordenance against having more than 5 pets per household. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31511386/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/
It's not always real animals that people go crazy over either. Peeps, the candy chicks, and Easter stickers constitute religious free speech according to the lawsuit filed by a Boulder, Colorado woman. When she refused to remove them from her apartment door after Easter her landlord removed them. The woman then stopped paying rent and was subsequently evicted. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31478636/ns/us_news-weird_news/
BONUS: This one isn't so much animal crazy people as animals driving people crazy. A portion of Interstate 430 in Arkansas had to be shut down and traffic diverted due to hogs, well, hogging the road. The animals had escaped an overturned tractor-trailer and had to be caught and removed. Sounds simple? These hogs were up to 800 pounds a piece. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31490981/ns/us_news-weird_news/
Firstly - I apologise for yet another animal post.
Poppy fields in Tasmania, Australia, were getting a strange reputation, due to the frequent appearance of crop circles. But the mystery appears to have been solved. Wallabies, hiding their addicted lifestyles beneath a cute and fuzzy exterior, have been breaking into the poppy fields, eating the heads of the poppies, and getting high. They then hop around in dazed circles, crushing the plants and making "crop circles." http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25686924-5000540,00.html
Or at least, that's what a government report wants you to believe.
Perhaps the wallabies are communing with alien masters, who order them to mark out landing sites for them. That's right, when the aliens invade, only wallabies, their willing accomplices, will escape the slaughter!
Next month sees the launch of a new airline, which in today's economy is weird enough, but this one is only for animals. Pet Airways, America's first animal-only air service, will initially only fly between NY, Denver, LA, Chicago and Baltimore carrying 50 'passengers' at a time in individual pressurized cabins. Private lounges and overnight accommodation for long-haul flights will also be laid on (Dream Dogs).
Clearly this is an idea who's time has come, as Air Canada has also announced this week that it is to carry pets on its planes, as long as they board as hand-luggage. From July, passengers will be able to book the space under their seats as stowage for up to 4 pets in ‘leakproof carriers’, let’s hope no-one thinks that means Tupperware (Telegraph).
And when airlines are not treating pets as luggage, they’re usually treating their customers as cattle. Ryanair, for example, this week announced plans to have the passengers load their own luggage, saving the company an estimated 20 million euros (Belfast Telegraph).
A worse fate greeted passengers on a Thomas Cook charter plane recently when due to a mechanical failure only the front hold could be loaded with baggage, hence passengers were asked to move to the back of plane as ballast, to balance it out. After seeing people disembarking from the service’s previous flight kissing the ground and putting their hands together in prayer, 71 refused and made other travel arrangements (Daily Mail).
Finally, if you think the customers have it bad, spare a thought for the staff of British Airways, which once billed itself as "the World's favorite airline". Times are now so hard for the company it has asked its workforce if they'd mind taking a pay-cut or even working for free for a month, just to tide the company over. BA's chief executive has lead the drive, promising to lead by example and forgo one month of his £735k ($1.2m) salary (Guardian).
It was bound to happen. Trying to stay connected during a bath, Maria Barbu died after her battery died from a long twitter session. Apparently, she was trying to plug in and the laptop dropped in the water.
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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