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August 18-31
VOL.14 ISSUE. 26

News Quirks

Roland Sweet
Published Thursday July 10, 06:24 pm
Don’t put things in trucks, then sit on them to hold them down

Photo Credit: Illustration by Myron Campbell

An unidentified man had to be hospitalized for road rash and fractures after he fell from a pickup truck onto an Interstate highway in Shreveport, Louisiana. He told police he was riding on top of a mattress and a box spring to hold them down because they weren’t secured, but they suddenly flew out, taking him with them. Police pointed out that it’s physically impossible for a human being to hold down a mattress if it goes airborne. (Shreveport’s KSLA-TV)

Success Breeds Failure

City buses in Saint John, New Brunswick, stopped offering free wireless Internet service to riders after it became so popular that the cost tripled. “There started to be a pattern of abuse develop, especially in the last six to eight months, where we had a lot of people streaming and downloading very extensive files, and the usage got very high,” said Frank McCarey, general manager of the Saint John Transit Commission, explaining that Wi-Fi costs jumped from $1,000 to $3,000 a month. “You like to offer things, just as long as they’re not too expensive.” (CBC News)

Don’t Be Wrasslin’ Gators

Four men driving outside Sulphur, Louisiana, found an 11-foot-long alligator blocking the road. They removed their shirts, threw them on the gator’s head and approached from behind, intending to jump on it. Suddenly, according to Glen Bonin, “it spun around and grabbed my hand.” Bonin needed 80 stitches but kept his arm. “I’ve always been the kind of guy who learns the hard way,” he admitted, adding that he hopes “with therapy, I’ll be able to straighten out my ring finger and pinky a little bit.” (Lake Charles’s KPLC-TV)

Mountain 1, Flip-Flops 0

Rescuers needed a stretcher to carry a tourist who hurt his ankle while climbing one of Scotland’s highest mountains in his flip-flops. One of the injured man’s companions was barefoot; the other was wearing sneakers. After the three men explained they wanted to reach the top of Aonach Mor to experience snow for the first time, John Stevenson, leader of Lochaber Mountain Rescue team, said, “We told them next time they come back to Scotland to stand on snow, they should wear something more appropriate.” (BBC News)

Curses, Foiled Again

Police reported that a gunman forced a 60-year-old man in New Orleans to withdraw money from an automated teller machine, but before the ATM dispensed the cash, the robber fell asleep. The victim alerted police, who arrested Meyagi Baker, 17. (New Orleans’ WDSU-TV)

Fun In Gun Country

Rachel Mendoza told authorities in Liberty County, Texas, that her 12-year-old son injured himself with a bullet he found. “He held a cigarette lighter under a .22-caliber round to see what would happen,” the sheriff’s report said. “The bullet exploded, sending bullet fragments through his left middle finger and lodging in [his] left eyelid.” (Houston Chronicle)


While attempting to holster his .45-caliber pistol at a gas station in Macon, Georgia, a man shot himself in the groin area. Authorities reported that when he took off his pants to check the wound, he saw that he had “shot himself in the penis and that the bullet exited out of his buttocks.” (Macon’s WMAZ-TV)

Posthumous Holiday

The European Court of Justice ruled that a German man’s widow was due payment for the man’s 140.5 days of accrued vacation because “the unintended occurrence of the worker’s death must not retroactively lead to a total loss of the entitlement to paid annual leave.” (Associated Press)

Thanks, Obama

Arizona’s Maricopa Association of Governments ordered Dianne Barker, 65, to “immediately cease performing cartwheels at MAG meetings.” Officials said they had warned Baker repeatedly not to perform cartwheels because doing so disrupts meetings. “You have from time to time suggested that MAG cannot prevent you from performing cartwheels during your comments,” their letter to her states. “That position is incorrect.” Barker called the letter “intimidating, threatening and defaming,” and said the agency has infringed on her right of free expression. Michael LeVault, who chairs MAG’s Regional Council, denied the ban is an attempt to shut down public comment but “a safety issue.” (Phoenix’s The Arizona Republic)

In The Doghouse

A woman who discovered a small fire in the rear of her family’s home in Louisville, Kentucky, grabbed the dog’s water bowl to douse the blaze. Instead, the fire quickly spread, said fire and rescue Major Rob Millner, because the woman’s 3-year-old daughter had mistakenly filled the water bowl with gasoline. Crews needed an hour to extinguish the fire, which had spread to a neighbour’s house. (Louisville’s WAVE-TV)

Holy Bible Verses, Batman!

Two weeks before the death of radio DJ Casey Kasem, 82, the feud between his wife, Jean Kasem, 59, and his daughter, Kerri Kasem, escalated when Kerri arrived at his home in Silverdale, California, with an ambulance to take her father to the hospital. While paramedics waited to enter the home, Jean threw a pound of raw hamburger meat at Kerri. She explained that she was following a Bible verse: “In the name of King David, I threw a piece of raw meat into the street in exchange for my husband to the wild rabid dogs.” (NBC News)

High Profile

Police accused Jeremiah Scales of selling synthetic marijuana from his girlfriend’s house in Bloomington, Indiana, after a nearby sign announcing “Drugs This Way” alerted them. “Our detectives did some surveillance, as well as some buys,” said police Sgt. Pam Gladish, noting that comings and goings at all hours stood out in the otherwise quiet neighbourhood. (Indianapolis’s WTHR-TV)

Compiled from mainstream news sources by Roland Sweet 

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