Guy Makes Fortune Selling Fresh Air!
A French college student has made a small fortune selling cans of fresh air. Antoine Deblay, 22, decided to offer 250 cans of air from his hometown of Montcuq in south-western France. After setting up a website and offering the "100% bio" product for sale at $6 plus another $6 for postage and handling, the orders soon came rolling in and he received 1,000 orders in three weeks. But non-French speakers may not quite get the humorous reason why the product is so popular. In France, Montcuq is often mispronounced as "mon cul," which translates to English as "my backside". So most folks buying the product are doing so as a novelty product as its name, Air de Montcuq, can be translated as "the air of my backside."
Don't Sleep On the Plane!
When Tom Wagner fell asleep flying from Louisiana, he woke up at his layover in Houston, inside a dark, empty and locked plane. Wagner says that the United Express crew left him in the plane, even after he alerted authorities through calls to his girlfriend, for more than 30 minutes. Wagner fell asleep in a window seat near the back of the airplane. When everyone deplaned at the layover, nobody woke Wagner up. He woke up in a pitch-black and cold cabin, and the aircraft doors were locked. Luckily, his cell phone wasn't dead and he called his girlfriend so she could alert authorities. Half an hour later, workers boarded the aircraft and rescued him. He said they wanted him to keep the incident quiet, and put him up in a nearby hotel and gave him a $250 flight voucher to make the ordeal go away. United Express maintained that its crew did a post-flight walkthrough.
My Wife or My Harley
In Charles City, Virginia, Bob White's wife told him to choose between her and his Harley Davidson motorcycle. So White posted an ad on craigslist reading: "Wife says: 'Harley goes or she goes'... Your choice. Both in excellent condition: $5,900." White says he will consider best offers under his target price and also trade-ins. He is also offering either a pick-up or delivery service. His tongue-in-cheek ad reads: "Sportster: 2006 XL1200L Sportster in excellent condition. Wife: 1959 model year in excellent condition, considering. Sportster: Only 6,500 miles (less than 900 miles per year!). Wife: High Mileage. Sportster: Well maintained... and it shows - see the pictures. Wife: High maintenance - and it shows - see the pictures." He goes on to describe the Harley as "great for beginners or seasoned riders alike" while the wife is described as "the expert's only model" and a "beautiful edition, white with a mean streak". And he concludes: "Sportster: Come out and test ride before you buy. Wife: Don't even go there."
Life's Not Easy When You Look Like Jesus!
A bearded darts fan has been banned from a big English tournament for the second year in a row -- because he looks like Jesus. Nathan Grindal was kicked out of last year's Cash Converters Players Championship after the 5,000-strong crowd saw him on the big screen and started chanting "Jesus". The chants were so loud and distracting to players that the guy was asked leave the event at Butlins in Minehead, Somerset. When he tried to return for this year's tournament, security wouldn't let him through the doors. Grindal, an Australian, complained: "Two big beef-head security guards dragged me into an office and told me they wouldn't let me watch the darts. I felt quite intimidated. It's not my fault that I look like Jesus." A Butlins spokesman said: "Based on his disruptive behavior last year, both Butlins and the organizers, PDC Darts, made the decision not to allow Grindal into the tournament."
Last Wish: Big Tip!
Before Aaron Collins of Springfield, Vermont died, he gave his brother, Seth, a mission: Eat, be merry and leave a giant tip. So Seth did just that, leaving a $500 tip for a Friendly's restaurant waitress. It's part of a nationwide tour that Collins is carrying out in the name of his brother, who died in July 2012 at the age of 30. The waitress, Julie Bombria, said she thought she was going to faint after getting the generous tip. In his will, Aaron Collins asked his family to give his money to people in need. Through his family, he's given away 81 tips throughout the Midwest, Pacific and Mountain West regions and is now in New England. The total's up to $50,000. And Seth says, "Being on the other side of the table and giving away $500 tips is very rewarding."
Being 93-Years-Old -- You're Doing It Right.
Chances are there's not another 93-year-old in the world who paid homage to his late wife the way Jack Hake of Dorset, England did. Despite his advanced age, Jack completed a charity skydive while carrying his late wife's ashes with him. Jack said he carried the remains of his beloved wife Veronica because "we did everything together." Jack made the tandem dive from 10,000-feet with a trained skydiving instructor. He noted, "I had to be lifted into the plane because I couldn't walk but I wasn't nervous." He had emptied Veronica's ashes into a plastic bag which he then strapped to his chest. He added, "My wife and I were married for 70 years and we did everything together. We've done it all - boating, fishing, cycling. You name it, we did it together. We have never been apart."
The Invisible Girlfriend
Happy being single but tired of your friends and family nagging you about finding that someone special and settling down? There's an app for that! The new "Invisible Girlfriend" app promises to provide "believable virtual and real world proof" that you have a significant other. It provides phone calls, voicemails, random gifts and best of all -- a Facebook relationship. Monthly pricing for the service can range from $10 bucks a month for the basics and up to $75 a month for the "almost engaged" service. Creator Matt Homann said, "We're giving them a better story to tell, even if the story isn't true." The company is also developing an "Invisible Boyfriend" and says that both apps will be LGBT-friendly.
Don't Mess With Harvard's Bell!
Harvard University is not happy with Commercial Music Service Co of Lancaster. So much so that the university is suing the company, claiming they were sold a defective bell clapper which then broke an 81-year-old, 5,000-pound bell dedicated to the memory of Harvard students who died in World War I. The Ivey Leaguers say the bell clapper installed in 2011 produced a two-foot crack that changed the deep, resonant tone of the bell, creating a louder and harsher sound. In papers filed in U.S. District Court in Boston, Harvard said the company, formerly called Chime Master, had started servicing the bell in 2006 and persuaded the university to buy a new, custom-made clapper even though it knew there was a spare. We're talking a pretty big bill here as the mouth measures five feet across. The suit, which charges negligence and breach of warranty, seeks unspecified money damages.
Firefighters Spend Two Days Rescuing
Cat In Manchester, England, firefighters spent two full days trying to free a curious cat that was stuck 90-feet in the air on a viaduct over a railway. The black-and-white kitty was finally snared by a humane trap and officials named him Lucky (of course) and are seeking a new home for the feline. Lucky was first spotted by Kishore Kapoor who works at a cabinet making shop under the viaduct. She told firefighters, "There is no way it can get down, if it jumps it will be splattered." Using a cherry picker and plenty of patience, firefighters set up a trap on the viaduct, and Lucky finally took the bait. No one can figure out how Lucky got up there in the first place.
Late For Court? Here's What Not To Do!
After 30-year-old Jennifer Chirico realized she was going to be late for her own court hearing in Connecticut, she allegedly started making seven anonymous bomb threat calls to court houses, law enforcement agencies and newsrooms. Federal prosecutors say Chirico wanted to postpone her hearing for a minor criminal charge so she reportedly attempted to disguise her voice and called courts in Waterbury, Harford and New Haven that she had set up bombs due to explode that morning. No bombs were found at the sites, but Chirico was arrested and released on $10,000 bond at the time. It remains unclear whether an unnamed accomplice will be charged. When she was confronted by detectives, she reportedly said her accomplice persuaded her to commit the crime after her friend promised to give her a ride to court, but overslept. She faces one count of telephonic bomb threats, which carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000!
Grapes! A Black Widow's Best Friend!
In Pennsylvania, Yvonne Whalen got quite the shock while washing some freshly purchased red grapes and felt her fingers brush up against something slimy. Then she saw something that made her drop the colander into the sink -- a black widow spider crawling on the grapes! Unfortunately this has turned out to be a trend rather than an isolated incident! The deadly spiders have been found on grapes at supermarkets in Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. In another incident this month in Michigan, 20-year-old Callum Merry noticed a spider web in a bag of grapes purchased at a Kroger store in Brighton. He said, "I looked in the grapes and there was a black widow staring right at me!" Black widow spiders -- known for their red, hour-glass shaped insignia -- are venomous and their bite can be fatal, especially in small children and the elderly, without treatment. It's not uncommon for black widows to be found among grapes, since the spiders often build their webs in grape vineyards.
Too Slow! To Jail You Go!
This is about as stupid as it gets. In Greely, Colorado, Taylor Radig, who is associated with the animal rights organization Compassion Over Killing, filmed cattle abuse as she worked at the Quanah Cattle Company from mid-July through September. She then reported the abuse and handed over the video to the Weld County Sheriff's Office. So they arrested her -- for not reporting the abuse as soon as she saw it happening, which apparently is a violation of state law. Quanah is owned by J.D. Heiskell & Co., a privately owned feed company based in Tulare and with operations around the country. In a prepared statement, JD Heiskell Holdings in Tulare said it is "dismayed" by images showing dairy calves being mistreated at the Quanah ranch, and vowed to cooperate with authorities investigating the alleged abuse.
WEIRD NEWS: The Ankle Bone's Connected to the Idiot
A Colorado crook stepped into a mess of trouble when he decided to celebrate his release from custody by going on a robbery spree – while wearing an ankle bracelet designed to track his every move.
Ironically enough, Brandon Campbell was sentenced to wear the monitor after he was convicted of stealing a GPS device earlier in the year. He didn't let his court-issued jewelry get in the way of his job, however, breaking into more than a dozen houses in Denver's suburbs, causing thousands in damage and boosting armloads of booty.
Campbell tried to plead not guilty to the offenses, but forgot that his tracking system placed him at the scene of each robbery at the exact time it was happening. As the county district attorney put it, "I don't think that there's any doubt at all that this guy is the last guy picked on the prison Brain Bowl team."
From Pasco County, Florida, where bozo Charles Boyd likes Dunkin’ Donuts. Really likes Dunkin’ Donuts. He likes them so much that he went to extreme measures to save some money on his donut purchases. Our bozo, after learning that police officers get a discount at the local donut shop, had himself a phony badge made. When he went through the drive-thru, he flashed the badge and even showed off a holstered handgun, all the while claiming to be a United States Marshal. And for quite some time the Dunkin Donuts employees tolerated our bozo’s ruse, even though they suspected he was a fake. But it was when he also started coming thru on weekends demanding his discount that they decided enough was enough. The cops were called and it was discovered that the badge was indeed bogus. He’s busted and charged with impersonating an officer and improper exhibition of a firearm.
From Rocklin, California, comes the story of four bozos who who broke into a number of cars in a parking lot, getting away fwith GPS units, wallets and other items. They then took advantage of their newfound wealth by going to a nearby Carl’s Jr. restaurant to celebrate. And celebrate they did, buying nearly $120 worth of burgers, tacos and other yummy stuff. And rather than leaving to enjoy their meal, they then carefully spread all the food on the trunk of their car and posed for an Instagram photo showing off all their grub. Which might have been OK except that one of their victims was keeping an eye on her stolen credit card and noticed a $120 charge on her card at Carl’s Jr. Cops went to the restaurant and were able to get our bozo’s license plate number from a parking lot surveillance that captured their Instagram display. They’re busted!
From Queens, New York comes the story of bozo Michael Graham who was busted by the IRS after filing 1800 bogus tax returns, hoping to collect $1.6 million in fraudulent refunds. Instead he only received one refund, worth about $900. He slipped up when he cited employers that did not exist and used consecutive social security numbers on his returns. He’s now doing three to ten in federal prison.
From Cleveland, Ohio comes the story of bozo Jesus Ortega who had just pulled off a successful bank robbery. Now he was faced with the question of what to do with his cash. Three bags of it in small bills. He decided to go to another bank and open up a savings account. He slipped up when he told the teller he was homeless and unemployed and the cash was donated to him. The suspicious teller called the cops who identified him as the thief. He assured his place in the Bozo Hall of Fame when, as the cops were leading him out, he shouted back to the teller and asked her what interest rate he would be getting.
From Tyler, Texas where two bozos burglarized a residence and fled with their loot on foot. Officers investigating the crime noticed the burglarized home was surrounded by a field of tall grass. And in the middle of thatfield of grass was a recently beaten down path. A path that led directly to our bozo’s residence nearby. A quick check found the stolen goods inside, along with our busted bozos.
From the International File in Hitachi, Japan comes the story of an unidentified bozo who burst into a shop armed with a knife and demanded cash. In the middle of the robbery our bozo realized he’d forgotten to wear his mask. Knowing that without it capture was almost certain, he put away his weapon and asked the shopkeeper to "Please call the police." He did and then handed the phone to our bozo who explained his predicament, asking the cops to come over and arrest him as soon as possible. They were glad to do so.
From Beverly, Massachusetts comes the story of bozo Gregory Tarver who had printed up around $40,000 in counterfeit bills. He also had in his possession a device for cutting the sheets of cash into individual bills. Must be hard work, this counterfeiting, because our poor bozo was so tired that he fell asleep behind the wheel of his SUV while he was stopped at a red light. A police officer awakened Sleeping Beauty, noticed the bills and equipment in the back and our bozo was busted.
Some Guys Have All the Luck!
Rod Stewart once sang "Some Guys Have All the Luck." He could very well sing Joseph Palmarchuck has all the luck. Joe just won $1.35 million in the Michigan's Classic Lotto 47 game. That's amazing in itself but so much more so when you consider that this is the second time Palmarchuck has been a million-dollar lottery winner. He also won a $1 million lottery game in Tennessee. Joe and wife Phillis moved to Mecosta County, north of Grand Rapids, in 2011. He says he likes to specifically buy the lottery tickets that retailers put aside as mistakes. The Palmarchuks plan to use the money to hunt for a condominium in a warm state so they can start skipping the Michigan winters.
Batman, Son of Superman Jailed for Theft and Drugs!
A Singaporean man with a most unusual crime-fighting name turned out instead to be a drug-using villain who stole from his own brother. Batman bin Suparman, which means Batman son of Suparman in the Malay language, was given a 2-year and 9-month prison sentence for various offences including stealing his brother's ATM card to make unauthorized withdrawals. The 23-year-old unemployed man had also broken into a local business to steal money to feed his heroin habit. Batman, who has his own fan club on Facebook, became a social media sensation after an image of his identity card with his unusual name was circulated online. Unfortunately being a social media superstar doesn't exactly pay the bills.
You're So Vain, You Probably Think This Plate is About You!
In New Hampshire, the man who legally changed his name from David Montenegro to "Human" has gone to the state's top court to defend his right to have a vanity plate that insults police: COPSLIE. Human argued in state Supreme Court that denying him the plate is a violation of his right to free speech. He requested the plate in 2010 but was instead given one bearing his alternative choice of GR8GOVT. The Division of Motor Vehicles has a regulation which prohibits vanity license plates containing messages which the DMV believes a reasonable person would find offensive to good taste. New Hampshire Associate Attorney General Richard Head, who argued on behalf of the DMV at the hearing, said the agency was within its authority to deny the vanity plate request claiming it would have "insulted an entire class of workers." Meanwhile, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union has sided with human. It called the DMV's standard on vanity plates "unconstitutionally vague, overbroad, and viewpoint discriminatory. A ruling on the case is expected by early next year.
Promoting Men's Health, the French Way!
While many American men are growing facial hair for "Movember" as a way to promote awareness for men's health issues, the French have a different idea. A French company that makes hand sanitizer, Merci Handy, hired three women to walk the streets of Paris and grab men by the testicles -- to raise awareness of prostate cancer. And by the looks on some of the men's faces, they had no idea what was coming. They uploaded a video of the event on YouTube which the company said was made in response to another YouTube sensation, one which saw three men "motorboat" random women to raise awareness of breast cancer. Each grab raised 10 euros for the cause and the girls raised a total of around $600 bucks.
Our Church is NOT a Penis!
The folks at an Illinois Christian Science church are not that thrilled about their new-found internet fame. That's because it has nothing to do with their theology or good works, but rather because their church building, when viewed from the sky, looks remarkably like a large penis. Scott Shepherd, a church official said, "We didn't design it to be seen from above." He also says that it's "a little bit of a stretch" to claim that the aerial view of the structure looks like male genitalia, but we suggest you Google it and decide for yourself. The church, which is located in the town of Dixon (of course), was designed by an architect Shepherd says "probably" designed it that way by accident. At least the church has maintained a sense of humor about the whole thing, posting a Facebook message stating, "Fig leaf coming soon." And by the way -- and we're not making this up -- the church's slogan is "Rising up."
Man Dies Drinking $54K Worth of Liquid Meth!
A 55-year-old British man died after accidentally drinking liquid methamphetamine from a bottle he thought contained a fruit juice. Romano Dias, from Cambridgeshire, England, fell ill after consuming the drink given to him by his adult daughter. After drinking half a glass, Dias reportedly said it tasted "awful" and began complaining of a burning in his throat. He then said, "I am in trouble here. I am dying, I am dead." It was later determined the liquid was not juice, but $54,400 worth of pure methamphetamine. The bottle was delivered to Dias' daughter's home some three years ago under the correct address but a wrong name. She kept the package for months and eventually gave it to her father. Detective Inspector Ian Simmons said, due to the high value of the contents, officials believe the bottle was destined for a drug dealer who may have been planning to introduce meth to the area.
Bombs Away In Vero Beach, Florida 51-year-old Randolph Smith was arrested after leaving a fake bomb for his wife, trying to scare here. Deputies had received a call from a woman who said her husband left a gray pipe with a wire protruding from one end on the kitchen counter. There were several hand-written notes on the counter, including one that read, "This is (an) explosive. (It's) a bomb." Smith's wife told deputies she is in the process of getting a divorce. The bomb squad was called and determined that the device didn't contain any explosives. Deputies tracked Smith down at a Burger King and arrested him. During questioning he tried to leave the interview room and had to be handcuffed. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, planting a hoax bomb and resisting arrest without violence. Smith reportedly told detectives he left the hoax bomb because his wife had "pissed him off."
Lego Men in Space
A pair of Lego men were launched to the edge of outer space by two friends who built their own space probe! Jon Chippindall and Ian Cunningham released their space camera - The Meteor - 17 miles into the Earth's atmosphere. The two men met while studying aerospace engineering at Manchester University and built the probe for just $400 bucks in their spare time. The Meteor was launched from Mold in North Wales and within two hours it had soared 90,000-feet above the Earth - three times the height of Mount Everest - before the balloon burst and the camera crashed back down. The pair retrieved the device from where it landed, 75 miles away near Chesterfield. They discovered The Meteor alongside the two Lego men they placed on board in a farmer's field. Jon told Manchester Evening News: "It was really exhilarating to know that this thing had been to the edge of space and come back down, and that the technology had worked as it was supposed to."
Maybe they'll change the name from O'Hare to Alligator Airport! A small 12-inch alligator was found under an escalator at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, leaving authorities puzzled. A maintenance worker discovered the alligator and an officer captured it by putting a trash can over it. An airport spokesperson said, "We don't know where it came from or how long it'd been residing in the airport facilities. It's one of those random incidents." The gator is now being cared for by the Chicago Herpetological Society and will most likely head to an out-of-state alligator farm once authorities give the organization the all-clear to release the animal. No one at the airport was injured.
When Hunting For Bigfoot Goes Horribly Wrong!
Three people in Oklahoma were arrested over a bogus hunt for Bigfoot that authorities say wasted their time and put a man in the hospital with a nasty gunshot wound. Omar Pineda, 21, was arrested after he told Rogers County deputies that he shot his friend in the back when a "barking noise" spooked him during a hunt for Bigfoot late Saturday night. Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said, "If they had just been factual, upfront and truthful with us and explained that this was truly an accident, as strange as it might sound, we would have went ahead and investigated and probably nobody would have gone to jail. But how do you believe anything after that?" The bullet reportedly entered the victim's back and went through his stomach. He underwent surgery and is expected to survive. Pineda's father-in-law, Perry Don James, 53, was also arrested in connection with the so-called "Bigfoot hunt." Police said that James, who is a convicted felon, threw a gun in a pond, which police dive teams then had to recover. Oklahoma is not exactly known as a hotspot for Bigfoot sightings in the U.S., although more than a few encounters have been reported there over the years.
Too Smart to Be in Prison
At Chicago's Cook County Jail, chess grandmaster Timur Gareev entertained inmates when he simultaneously beat 10 prisoners even though he couldn't see the chess pieces. He was blindfolded at the time and he simply called out his moves from a chair at the front of the room. The jail uses a chess program to teach inmates that patience and strategy are more effective than impulsive decision making. Gareev told reporters, "It's kind of almost a visceral sense of the experience that you take in. If you're trying to memorize every single game, all the moves, all the variations, it's quite impossible." Gareev, a 25-year-old genius from Uzbekistan, said that multiple chess games at once makes competition more interesting. He pulled the same stunt earlier this year in Russia. He's ranked as the No. 4 chess player in the United States. His next feat? Playing 50 chess matches simultaneously, which would earn him a world record for most concurrent games.
The Really Dumb Reasons We Kill Each Other
For the second time in the past two years, a person in Philadelphia has been shot and killed over a parking space. This time, a 23-year-old father is dead after a dispute over double-parking ended in gunfire. According to police and witness accounts, Mark Ellis, a worker at Temple University's hospital, was dropping off his fiancee, Syreeta Manire on Dewey Street in West Philadelphia, but he had trouble maneuvering around a car that was double-parked in front of him. That car was driven by a 25-year-old armed security guard who was in the neighborhood to pick up his sister, shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday morning. When the security guard, whose name is currently being withheld by police, returned to his vehicle, he saw Ellis's car pulled up directly behind his. An argument ensued and at some point Ellis insulted the security guard as "not a real cop," according to witness accounts. Both men were armed and both pulled their weapons and started shooting! Investigators are still trying to determine who shot first. Police said they found at least nine shell casings at the scene.
Iron Man Arrested
In San Antonio, Texas, 42-year-old Colin Ryan has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after beating a 27-year-old woman with a clothes iron. The woman suffered severe swelling and cuts and bruises to her face in the beating and detectives had to wait several days to interview her due to the severity of her injuries. The woman later told detectives that Ryan had called asking her for a ride. He offered to give her money for gas and told her to come to his motel room to get it. But soon after she entered the room she says Ryan acted as if he had no idea who she was, then began beating her with his fists and a clothes iron. The woman said she was able to crawl to the door, open it and scream for help, at which point Ryan suddenly began asking her why she was screaming.
Twinkies Are Back!
Proving once and for all that Hostess Twinkies are back, world-famous heavy-weight eater Joey Chestnut spanked his rival in the first World Twinkie-Eating Championship over the weekend, scarfing down 121 of the snack cakes and possibly beating Takeru Kobayashi's previous Guinness World Record for Twinkie eating. The competition, held at Bally's Casino in Tunica, Miss., pit Chestnut against the only man who stands a chance at beating him, Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie. Chestnut was able to deep-throat 10 more Twinkies than Stonie, and a gut-wrenching 50 more than the embarrassed third-place competitor. The Twinkie title is just another notch in Chestnut's belt including his world record of 69 hot dogs and buns at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest this year.
Guess What's Scaring Off the Pirates?
You won't believe what is reportedly being used to scare off Somali pirates who might otherwise be tempted to attack merchant navy ships off Africa's east coast. Britney Spears. Okay -- not actually Britney herself -- but her music. Reports are circulating that Britney Spears' songs "Oops! I Did It Again" and "Baby One More Time" are being blasted at extremely high volumes, with the speakers aimed directly at the pirates so the ship's crew doesn't have to deal with the ear-splitting tunes. Naval officer Rachel Owens said, "These guys can't stand Western culture or music, making Britney's hits perfect." Others theorize that it's not so much the Spears music itself as it is the intense volume of the music. Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) defense systems have been in use for a while. LRADs blast walls of sound which bring people to their knees, and have been used to quell riots and deter pirates in the past. Late last week, the White House warned that pirate attacks were on the rise off Africa's west coast.
Hey Bite Me!
In Athens, Georgia, apparently nobody ever taught 23-year-old David Franklin Cruz that it's rude to bite a woman on the butt while you're drunk. Cruz was arrested outside a local bar after a victim told police that he drunkenly "dropped to his knees and proceeded to bite her on the buttocks. Cruz had allegedly been kicked out of the bar for his drunken antics and officers said he smelled like booze and behaved in a "very agitated and uncontrollable manner." Two other witnesses -- a man and a woman -- told officers that Cruz approached them and asked for kisses, which they refused to give. Another woman said that Cruz groped her breast, but she did not press charges. Cruz was booked into the county jail on the three misdemeanor counts, including sexual battery.
This "Exotic Wedding Photo" Crap is Getting Out of Hand!
OK this exotic wedding photo stuff is really getting out of hand! In China, a couple tied the knot and then tied on safety ropes as they literally hung off a cliff for some outlandish wedding pix! Fang Jing and her husband Lu Zhao arranged for the photographer to join them hundreds of feet above the ground on a cliff face after getting married. The climbing enthusiasts were photographed as they hung by ropes on the mountainside and were suspended in the air for more than three hours. Their wedding outfits, including the dress, were carefully transported to the climbing location where the couple got changed on the spot for the photoshoot. Photographer Long Tien said, "It was a bit nerve-racking being suspended by ropes and I've never really done such a difficult one before but the pictures really worked out well.
Ducks Love Popcorn -- Who Knew?
A flock of ducks apparently flocked inside a New York pharmacy before being lured out by a trail of popcorn. Around 50 ducks waddled into the store through two sets of sliding doors in Saratoga Springs. Employees first tried to herd the ducks out with a mop but when that didn't work they managed to feed them popcorn and then lead them back outside with the salty treat. The ducks left peacefully and no damage was caused to the store.
Beer! For God's Sake Save the Beer!
He may be disabled, but Georgia's Walter Serpit wasn't about to let a home fire destroy his prize possession! Mr. Serpit, who walks with a cane, made sure all eight members of his family were safely out of his burning home before risking his life to retrieve a case of Bud Light as flames engulfed the property. He later told reporters, "I told them to get the kids out and everything, and me myself, being an alcoholic, I was trying to get my beer out. I went back into the house like a dummy and the door shut on me because of this back draft. It was about to kill me." Luckily, Serpit escaped unharmed from the blaze, which officials believe was caused by a newly installed water heater.
No Woman, No Drive!
Saudi comedian Hisham Fageeh is quickly becoming an internet sensation thanks to his satirical version of the Bob Marley classic "No Woman, No Cry" which he has changed a bit to protest the ban on women driving in his homeland. Fageeh describes himself as an artist and social activist and has racked up over three million views for the song, "No Woman, No Drive." He pokes fun at one cleric's claims that driving could harm reproductive organs by singing, "Ova-ovaries all safe and well, so you can make lots and lots of babies." Saudi Arabia continues to be the ONLY country in the world that imposes a state ban on women drivers.
Take That You Stupid Fear!
Talk about conquering your fears. Caroline Seeds used to be so afraid of heights she avoided tall buildings and walking over high bridges. But amazingly the 27-year-old now flies through the air with the greatest of ease as a trapeze artist in the big top of Billy Smart's Circus in Britain. She says, "I've always been scared of heights and avoided going anywhere high, unless I was strapped in. But I love performing so much I have managed to get over my fear of heights and I'm often so caught up in what I am doing that I forget how high above the ground I am." A trained dancer, she originally joined the circus doing that -- dancing. Then she met her now boyfriend who offered to teach her tricks on the trapeze.
There Truly Is a Sucker Born Every Minute
There apparently really is a sucker born every minute -- a Japanese sucker! A Japanese travel agency is offering people the chance to send their cuddly stuffed animals on vacation. No kidding. Unagi Travel charges from $20 - $50 bucks for the service depending on the destination and the size of the toy. The company says the unusual offer particularly appeals to people who are unable to go on vacation themselves. One customer said, "I want to see and walk around the sights that I viewed through my stuffed animal's journeys someday." She had reportedly been unable to get out much due to an illness that made it difficult for her to walk. But the good news is, her stuffed animal's vacation motivated her to get medical help and she was eventually able go out regularly again.
Joker Arrested in Maine! Batman Not Needed!
Police didn't need Batman to help them arrest the Joker in Pittsfield, Maine. Our friend was returning from a Halloween party and wearing Joker makeup when he was charged with drunk driving after crashing his car. Police say 64-year-old Dennis Lalime lost control of his car at about 2 a.m., then struck multiple trees before coming to a rest. Amazingly he wasn't injured. A nearby homeowner heard the crash and called police, who arrested Lalime on an operating under the influence charge. In his mugshot photo, he looks just like the Joker.
Florida Dude Almost Commits Murder While Committing Suicide!
Number one rule of committing suicide -- you're not allowed to take anyone else out in the process! In Port Richey, Florida, Jeane Sams was visiting her cousin when she was struck in the leg by a bullet that had just traveled through the head of a suicidal man! Sams had stepped outside to take a phone call when she was hit. Family members rushed her to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Pasco County Sheriff's Deputies later determined that the bullet was the same one used by Diaz's neighbor, who shot himself in the head that night during an argument with his girlfriend. He died at the scene.
Why I Love the Thrift Store
A Seattle thrift store recently got a very valuable donation. Too bad they can't sell it. An employee found a bag in the donation box filled with 2.5 pounds of marijuana! Police kindly confiscated the "donation." While marijuana possession is now legal in Washington, officials are still setting up a system of licensed sellers and growers. Apparently, thrift shops aren't going to be included. In order to prevent similarly generous donations the Deparment sent out a press release with this helpful information: Donating to thrift shops is a terrific way to give a second life to your old couch, used kitchen appliances or flannel leopard jammies. However, thrift stores cannot accept tires, soiled mattresses or large bags of pot.
Remember: Candlesticks = Deadly Weapons!
Who knew a candlestick could be a deadly weapon? In San Antonio, 38-year-old Tamika Denise Winn has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after she hit her boyfriend in the head with a "large gold candle holder." She hit him so hard that it actually broke over his head and which point she allegedly continued her attack by hitting him "several times more in the face with her fists!" The argument started about 9 p.m. when the couple was discussing their respective sisters. The sisters and their children lived in a duplex next door and were apparently getting evicted. Winn's boyfriend said he would have room for his own sister and her two children in their two-bedroom duplex, but not for Winn's sister and her two children. Winn began to argue with him for not including her family in the relocation plan and things got ugly from there!
Norway Embraces Halloween!
A Norwegian department store is in hot water for selling fake, but very realistic human body parts packaged up like cuts of meat. And while it's only a Halloween decoration, a children's watchdog group doesn't find it funny. A spokesperson from the Norwegian children's council said, "What we have here is very extreme, especially as it is next to the children's costumes. The body parts are covered in blood and packaged to look like meat in a fridge. Many children think it's scary." The packages are labeled "Chop Shop", with stickers containing bogus nutritional information. The shop's owner dismissed all the complaints saying, "It's just for fun."
Squirrels, Snakes and Lizards -- Mighty Tasty!
Gene Penaflor is lucky to be alive after remaining lost for 18 days in the Mendocino National Forest in California. The 72-year-old and a hunting friend somehow became separated on September 24 and Penaflor, from San Francisco, is said to have tripped and been knocked unconscious. The search for him was called off after four days as there were no signs of his possible whereabouts. He was eventually found on Saturday by a group of hunters and a search team from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office. Penaflor said he ate lizards, a couple of frogs, snakes and a squirrel -- whatever he could catch -- as his survival mode kicked in. He told reporters, "When you have no food for 18 days, whatever protein you can get, you do!"
Park and Kiss
There's been too much traffic congestion at a new train station in Padove, Italy -- because young lovers are taking too long to say passionate goodbye! So the city council voted to put in a "Park and Kiss" lane. Mayor Ivo Rossi, said, "It is part of the Italian nature to be passionate, it is understandable that people want to express that passion and show their feelings with as proper kiss when saying goodbye for a while." He said that the new project has been a huge success and lengthy delays at the train station are now a thing of the past. Some have been spotted in the Park and Kiss lane for as long as 15 minutes.
Churchill Beats Obama, Liberace as Insult King!
Former Prime Minister Winston Churchill has beaten off stiff competition from Barack Obama and Liberace to take first place in the best insults of all-time poll. Churchill won with the following biting response to MP Bessie Braddock, who had criticized him for being drunk -- "My dear, you are ugly, but tomorrow I shall be sober, and you will still be ugly." Churchill pops up again on the list at number five with, "Tell him I can only deal with one s**t at a time," after being disturbed by the Lord Privy Seal while on the toilet. Here's the complete top ten:
Another Life Ruined From Big Mac Attack
In Ohio, an intoxicated Randall Miller was arrested after eventually surrendering to police after blowing through a police checkpoint while in the thrall of a late-night Big Mac attack! Miller reportedly told police that he didn't stop at the checkpoint because he wanted to finish his Big Mac. He also admitted to drinking between 10 and 15 beers! According to the Smoking Gun, a booze-soaked Miller apologized to the officer that pulled him over, saying he "was too drunk and he just wanted to eat his Big Mac before he stopped." He was arrested on charges including drunk driving and fleeing an officer. Police say his blood alcohol measured at more than three times the legal limit when taken into custody.
Call the Jell-O Police!
In Macungie Township, Pennsylvania, a 39-year-old man was so angry that someone stole his Jell-0 from the office break room refrigerator, that he called 911 to report the theft. The unidentified caller also told the police dispatcher that this was not the first time his food had been stolen at work! According to the report, the "incident remains under investigation." While it may seems surprising that cops took a reported Jell-O theft with even a modicum of gravity, this is far from the most absurd call a police department has ever received. In March, a Florida mother called 911 and asked if officers could "come out and scare the [blank] out of my kids," in order to teach them a lesson about respecting authority. Police decided that the mother was the one who needed a lesson about respecting authority, and threw her in jail after she allegedly assaulted the responding officer.
Home Depot Hit Man?
In Jacksonville, Florida, 70-year-old Diana Reaves Costarakis met with what she thought was a hit-man at a Home Depot to discuss a gardening project of sorts. It seems she wanted her daughter-in-law permanently planted six-feet under. She was willing to pay $5,000 to get the job done and handed over $500 as a down payment along with a photo of her daughter-in-law, her address, and vehicle description. What Costarakis didn't know was that the hit-man she was talking to was actually an undercover officer. The next day Costarakis allegedly handed over an additional $1000 and told the undercover detective her daughter-in-law wore expensive jewelry, and when the job was done, he could keep the diamonds she was wearing as the final payment. When the undercover officer asked her if she wanted her daughter-in-law dead, she reportedly said, "If you don't, I will." At that point she was arrested and charged with criminal solicitation and criminal conspiracy, both first degree felonies.
Really?? Who Steals Gumby? It's a sad day in West Saugerties, New York and a sad day in America. Someone stole a 7-foot-tall, 50-pound sculpture of Gumby from Bob Malkin's front yard! Sculptor Ze'ev Willy Neumann made the piece for Malkin more than three years ago, and it has delighted neighbors and passersby ever since. "People would see it and smile and take their kids to say 'Hi' to Gumby," Malkin said. He added, "It's an American classic. He's friendly. Everybody loves Gumby. I guess the people responsible loved him so much that they stole him." Police are investigating and offering a $100 reward for information leading to the safe return of Gumby.
Sex-Crazed Tarantulas Are Coming For You!
Folks in California are getting ready for Tarantula Lovefest 2013. It's true! Al Wolf, director of the Sonoma County Reptile Rescue, said that this past weekend and next is going to be the biggest spider movement of all!" He explained, "All the males will be looking for the girls so it's gonna be eight-legged love." Male tarantulas mostly live underground in burrows, but during mating season, their lust brings them up to the outside world in search of females, who are waiting in their own burrows. As if droves of randy tarantulas running around isn't creepy enough, their mating process is. Males carry their sperm on the outside of their bodies and weave a "sperm web" which they keep until they find the lady tarantula of their dreams. And while we may be terrified of the spiders, we really should give up a little sympathy for the males. If a tarantula hook-up happens when the female is hungry, she's apt to devour him... after the lovin'!
Get Ready For Thanksgivukkah
Bet you didn't know but Hanukkah will be a national holiday in the U.S. this year. That's because in a rare convergence of the calendar, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same date-- Nov. 28. It's a very rare occurrence and the last and only time this holiday mash-up has happened before was in 1888. While Hanukkah, which commemorates a Jewish military victory over Greek forces in the second century B.C. and the miracle of a day's worth of lamp oil lasting for eight, is technically a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar, it has become increasingly prominent in the past century as part of the broader seasonal push. Meanwhile, others see this rare occasion of "Thanksgivukkah" as a commercial opportunity. There's already a Thanksgivukkah Facebook page which is promoting a line of Thanksgivukkah commemorative items, including a T-shirt done in a Woodstock rock-festival motif with the catchphrase "8 Days of Light, Liberty and Latkes." Not to be outdone is Asher Weintraub, a 9-year-old New Yorker who created what he dubs the Menurkey -- a menorah in the shape of a turkey. With help from his parents, Asher funded his project with a successful $25,000 fundraising campaign on Kickstarter over the summer (it netted $48,345). The family is now hoping to sell as many as 2,500 in versions both ceramic (for $150) and plaster ($50).
Tip of a Lifetime!
In Springfield, Oregon, bartender Aurora Kephart just got the tip of a lifetime. One of her regulars at Conway's Restaurant and Lounge often tips her with Keno tickets from the Oregon Lottery. On Tuesday evening, the man who wishes to remain anonymous asked Kephart to choose two. When she checked the numbers, Kephart's first ticket won $5. But the second won $17,500! Talking about her customer, Kephart said, "The look on his face was incredible. I automatically handed it back to him; it was his ticket." But the man wouldn't take the ticket back and made Kephart sign it so she could be the only one able to collect the prize. With the bar busy, Kephart went right back to work, her brain "scrambled" by the big tip. The next day, she claimed her prize at the Oregon Lottery office in Salem. She did ultimately give the man a percentage of her winnings saying, "I just couldn't not give him some of it."
How Do You Plan To Hide That?
Police in Hampton, New York, a rural upstate town are looking for a 70-foot-long mobile home that was stolen from a diner's parking lot. Police say the mobile home had been placed on a trailer that was parked at a diner in the town awaiting delivery to neighboring Vermont. But the owner had to have emergency surgery and when he came back to Hampton a few weeks later, the trailer with the $50,000, partially furnished mobile home was gone. Police believe someone hitched a truck to the trailer and towed it away late on the afternoon of Sept. 23, when a witness reported seeing it headed toward Vermont.
Birthday Cake Bandit?
In Kelso, Washington, a woman brought her child's birthday cake into a courthouse, thinking that would be safer than leaving it in the car with her dog. But that turned out to be a huge mistake when a stranger grabbed and ate handfuls of the cake. The chocolate cake had been passed through a metal detector and was sitting on a table when it was attacked. Cake and frosting went flying when a Cowlitz County sheriff's deputy grabbed the cake molester and took him to the ground. Other deputies rushed over to help, only to end up smeared with frosting. Deputy Joe Connor said that 50-year-old Robert Fredrickson was arrested in the cake caper. Fredrickson had apparently been on his way to a court appearance when he went cake crazy! A local grocery store offered to replace the cake.
In Brazil, a woman's attempt to fly a mobile phone into a prison on the back of a pigeon failed when the exhausted bird collapsed just after clearing the jail walls. Police then arrested 21-year-old Cristielli Mansa who had attempted to send the device to her boyfriend, Wagner Machado Rodrigues, 19, who had been arrested for drug trafficking. Unfortunately for the pair, the pigeon cleared the three-meter high wall of the Central Prison in Porto Alegre, but then fell right in front of a patrolling prison officer's vehicle. Officers rushed outside where they found Cristielli and another man with a second pigeon which had a cell phone battery strapped to its back. Both were charged with attempting to smuggle items into prison and with animal cruelty.
Those Silly Saudis!
If you didn't know, in Saudi Arabia women are banned from driving. A group of activists is calling for women to defy the ban in a big organized protest on October 26. The effort has gained support from some prominent women activists although as of Sunday, the campaign's website was blocked inside the kingdom. Meanwhile, a Saudi cleric, Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan, is pleading with women to put "reason ahead of their hearts, emotions and passions". He also claims that medical studies show that if women drive, it automatically affects their ovaries and can cause their children to be born with defects. He said, "That is why we find those who regularly drive have children with clinical problems of varying degrees." Of course he wasn't able to actually cite the medical studies he quoted. The ban on women driving is not backed by a specific law, but only men are granted driving licenses. Women can be fined for driving without a license but have also been detained and put on trial in the past on charges of political protest.