This story is from Father's Day, but too good to pass up.
They say once a Marine always a Marine, and this story sure adds credence to that idea. Chris Everhart, an ex-Marine, was camping with his three sons in Georgia over Father's Day weekend. While cleaning up after dinner one evening they heard a crash. A three hundred pound bear lumbered into their campsite. Chris went for his jeep to grab pots and pans to frighten the bear. He didn't have the chance to get there as his 6 year old son, Logan, tried to scare the bear himself. The bear was not intimidated and advanced on the boy. Kyle, an older brother, started throwing rocks to fend off the animal. Seeing the children threatened Chris reacted. He picked up a log and threw it at the bear, striking it in the head. The bear colapsed dead. How's that for Dad of the Year? http://digg.com/d1xEHZ
Years ago cars had lighters in them, now you can have one in your phone. It's called the SB6309 Lighter Phone. It uses the cell phone's battery to light your cigarettes. I don't smoke but if you do, you can buy one here:
Ladies and gentlemen, due to unforeseen circumstances, I have to take the day off (well . . and the day after this). News of the Weird / Pro Edition for July 20 will be posted Wednesday morning, July 22 (but will still be the post that is based on the news from July 11-18).
From North Dakota. Mark Neary's car was robbed Wednesday. The concerned thief left him a note detailing what was taken and encouraging Mark to lock his car in the future. Apparently the robber also thought Mark's taste in music was 'awesome'. In the long run Mark was actually lucky, it seems the keys were in the car too. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090718/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_thief_s_advice
From New Jersey. A homeowner got a most unusual visit Wednesday. Craig Fletcher,35, stopped by to apologise for burglarizing the home on June 29th. Craig did not actually take anything with him during the robbery as the homeowner arrived and chased him causing Craig to drop the bag of loot. He was none the less arrested for that burglary and another in the neighborhood. http://news.aol.com/article/burglar-apologizes-is-arrested/576064
From Utah. The SnowShack, a sno cone stand, was robbed Wednesday. The armed man apologised to the 16 year old running the stand. He said he owed his brother $80 and had to commit the robbery to pay it back. The girl handed over the money and the apologetic man ran away. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weird-news/story/1146682.html
Must have been something about Wednesday. Wednesday's thief is full of woe I guess.
That's the question Wisconsin homeowner Nick Krupp must be asking. Friday morning the driver of Wienermobile was attempting to turn around in Mr. Krupp's driveway. The driver didn't manage to put the thing in reverse before hitting the gas to back up. The Wienermobile shot forward hitting the deck and becoming lodged under it. The foundation of the home was cracked and the Wienermobile was moderately damaged. And yes, according to an Oscar Mayer spokesperson, insurance will cover the damage. The story and a picture are available here- http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weird-news/story/1146685.html
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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