Thursday, July 19, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #18: Weird News Stories

13 Weird News Stories

1. Man calls 911 to save him from police -- LARGO, Fla. - A 38-year-old man was arrested after he called 911 and told a dispatcher he was surrounded by police officers and needed help, authorities said. (Can you indict someone for stupidity?)

2. Meal guest finds host's wife, stepson in freezer -- BRUSSELS, Belgium - Police detained a man in eastern Belgium after a dinner guest found the bodies of the host's wife and stepson in a freezer, authorities said Thursday. (I think I'd skip dessert if I were you...)

3. With this shoe, I thee brain ... -- LONDON - Scottish bride Teresa Brown's dream of a perfect wedding day probably did not include attacking the groom with her stiletto shoe and spending the weekend in a cell. (Why does this sound like people we know...?)

4. Wayward paratroopers land in prison yard -- CANON CITY, Colo. - A unit of 25 military paratroopers landed inside the perimeter of a state prison, but not to quell a riot or attempt some movie-script breakout. They just goofed. (I told you to stop and ask for directions!)

5. Man allegedly kills zebra in drive-by shooting -- RED OAK, Texas - An 18-year-old man was arrested Friday and accused of killing a zebra named Zambi in a drive-by shooting. (Well, shoot, Bubba...I thought it was some weird-ass deer.)

6. Police: Fake cop pulls over real cop -- BOHEMIA, N.Y. - There were flashing lights atop his SUV and what appeared to be a police badge in his hand, but it was the man he tried to pull over who was the real police detective. (Ooops...)

7. He's Done: Wife charged with fork stabbing -- PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Despite an 86-year-old man's objections, his wife will stand trial on accusations of stabbing him with a fork during a restaurant food fight. (Hey, at least she wasn't holding a knife!)

8. Kids at graveyard school face nightmares -- PATNA, India (Reuters) - Scores of Indian children attending a school located in a graveyard were having recurring nightmares about ghosts and have appealed to authorities to shift them from the site, officials and residents said. (Guess they weren't doing too spooktacular in their studies...)

9. Police excuse angry computer user for outburst -- BERLIN (Reuters) - A German man who startled his neighbors when he hurled his computer out of the window in the middle of the night, was let off for disturbing the peace by police who sympathized with his technical frustrations. (Yup, I'm jealous. Have you any idea how often I've wanted to do this to the work computer -- just this week alone??)

10. "Too sexy for my bus," woman told -- BERLIN (Reuters) - A German bus driver threatened to throw a 20-year-old sales clerk off his bus in the southern town of Lindau because he said she was too sexy, a newspaper reported Monday. (I'm too sexy for your bus, too sexy for your bus, too sexy it hurts...)

11. As tasty as a truckload of rats -- BEIJING (Reuters) - Live rats are being trucked from central China, suffering a plague of a reported 2 billion rodents displaced by a flooded lake, to the south to end up in restaurant dishes, Chinese media reported. (Nutricious and delicious, tastes like chicken!)

12. Ariz. hospital sends patient a $49M bill -- SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. - Hundreds of people who were treated at a southern Arizona hospital received exorbitant medical bills as high as $49 million because of a computer error. (And we thought HMOs couldn't get any worse...)

13. N.Y. man drowns while retrieving golf balls from Lake Michigan -- NORWOOD, Mich. (AP) - A New York state man drowned while retrieving golf balls that he'd hit into Lake Michigan, police say. (Guess he shouldn't have tried wading in the deep end...)

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Kissa Starling said...

Those are hilarious. Where in the world did you find those? I love the fork stabbing and the fake cop ones the best!

Heather said...

Hehe...gotta love the "weird" and "odd" news sections on Yahoo, AOL and MSNBC. :D

Tempest Knight said...

OMG! *ROFL* There are too funny! Talk about people being totally weird. Hehehe!

Shelley Munro said...

OMG - the mind boggles. I would have loved to see the food fight with the 86 year old and his wife!

Gina Ardito said...

Oh, dear Lord, the world is way too crowded with stupid people! Thanks for my morning giggle.

Jennifer Shirk said...

That was great! I love weird news stories!

People are nuts. LOL!

Kate said...

Definitely weird!! And I'm sure all of them are true!

And hello! :-)

Rhonda Stapleton said...

Ummmmmmmmmm wow, people are so stupid...and weird. ROFL. Thanks for sharing those!!!

Jennifer McK said...

I love these and your comments made coffee come out my nose.
It hurt, btw. LOL.

Adelle said...

Thanks! Now I have that stupid song in my head, I'm too sexy for my... lol

Jenna Bayley-Burke said... I have to think of something...

Debbie Mumford said...

Oh, my! Truth really IS stranger than fiction ...

Paige Tyler said...

LOL! Some of those are too funny!


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Marguerite Labbe said...

It takes all kinds I swear.

Jana said...

11. As tasty as a truckload of rats -- BEIJING (Reuters) - Live rats are being trucked from central China, suffering a plague of a reported 2 billion rodents displaced by a flooded lake, to the south to end up in restaurant dishes, Chinese media reported. (Nutricious and delicious, tastes like chicken!)

*Gag Spew*

Ugh, Trix, warn a gal, would you? LOL

These are great. Love your commentary, btw.

Well, shoot, Bubba...I thought it was some weird-ass deer.


Ava Rose Johnson said...

Number 2 was pretty recent. It was an incredibly story. AFter finding the bodies, the guest calmly rejoined the party and another few guests quietly about it and one of them stepped outside and called the police. Crazy

Heather said...

Adelle~ evil plan worked (and if it makes you feel better, I have that song in my head now too).

Jennifer McK and Jana ~ Now what fun would warning people be? Just so long as you didn't spew all over the monitor. *WEG*

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by and commented so far! Glad to bring a few giggles to your day!

Elle Fredrix said...

I love these kinds of stories. I have the feed to Reuters Oddly Enough news on my home page.

It's a wonder the human race is still running. Some people are just plain stupid.

Lis said...

lmao My gosh some of those are unbelievable. I esp. like the paratroopers lol