Weird News of The Week

Weird News Of The Week!

FROM THIS WEEK'S WEIRD NEWS FILES:

In Oregon, Ross Allan McMakin's girlfriend called cops, saying Ross too drunk to drive. By the time a deputy pulled him over, McMakin had driven into oncoming traffic, sped along a sidewalk and smashed into a mailbox. The 21-year-old was wearing a T-shirt proclaiming himself to be "Drunk as [crap]." Cops his blood alcohol was twice the legal limit.

click image to see the full picture, with expletive-NSFW (screenshot via HuffPostLive)

A crook in Florida swiped a stranger's credit cards and used them to go on a shopping spree. Wolfgang Schneider stopped at a Publix mini-market where he racked up a charge of $1.69, then high-tailed it over to a nearby Walgreen's where he added a whopping $1.05 to the total. Schneider is being held on $3,000 bond for his theft, totaling less than $3.

Larry Clinton is a lifelong fan of Duke's Mayonnaise, a regional brand known around the southeast. He loves it so much that he wants to spend the rest of eternity inside a mayo jar. His daughter told the company, and they custom-made two jars for him, with his full name on the label. Dad is happy, but hopes he doesn’t have to use the jars anytime soon.

Duke's custom Mayonnaise label with Larry's name-click image for larger view (CF Sauer)

Manhattan court stenographer Daniel Kochanski went rogue during a criminal trial and repeatedly typed, “I hate my job, I hate my job” instead of the trial dialogue. Kochanski, who has since been fired, wreaked havoc on 30 cases. It may have jeopardized hard-won convictions by giving criminals the chance to claim crucial evidence is missing.

A laptop was stolen from a New Hampshire home last year. He couldn’t crack the password, so he called Apple computer to see if they could help. They asked for the MacBook's serial number, and used that to send a follow-up email to the registered owner, who alerted police. They tracked down the 24-year-old thief, and arrested him Monday.

Britain’s 17-year-old Shaun Dibsdale took a ride in a kiddie swing, which was fun…until he couldn’t get out. He was wedged in the seat for a solid 30 minutes before firemen were able to free him. They needed a trusty Allen key to take the swing apart. Dibsdale was treated for thigh injuries by paramedics before being taken home.

Big kid stuck in little kid's swing (courtesy SWNS)

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WANT MORE WEIRD NEWS?  HERE'S WHAT WE FOUND LAST WEEK:

A tree-trimmer in Pennsylvania is miraculously alive after taking a chainsaw blade to the neck and nearly losing his head. James Valentine’s chainsaw slipped and caught him right in the side of his neck. Lucky for him, the blade got stuck in muscle and missed a major artery. Doctors performed emergency surgery to remove the blade and Valentine is said to be doing well.

X-Ray of the chain saw blade that almost took a man's life (KDKA/Allegheny (PA) General Hospital)

An Illinois man broke a bowling record with a score of 280. Now, scoring a 280 has been done many times before and it's not a perfect game, but Andrew Cowen did it bowling backwards. Cowen says bowling backwards doesn't put any extra strain on his arm. He didn't even look back to see how many pins he knocked down. He was able to tell by the sound.

Las Vegas casino bar masseuse Christina LaFave agreed to a private massage session with Kenneth Herold. While in his room, she asked him to remove his $35,000 Rolex, but when she was done, the watch was gone. LaFave she had no idea where it was, but an X-ray showed that she’d placed it in a very intimate part of her anatomy. She faces two felony counts.

X-Ray showing the exact location of the missing watch (YouTube)

Can you imagine being rich and owning a yacht? Now, can you imagine being so very rich that you forgot you even had a yacht? A Norwegian man has finally claimed his luxury yacht that he had forgotten about for two years. The boat was left in a Swedish harbor with the keys still in it. Police found the owner, and now he has to get the boat and pay two years' of harbor fees.

A car bomber in Dublin, Ireland, was injured when his explosives went off while he was planting them. The bomb went off inside a Volvo SUV just inches from his face. The man was able to stagger away and was ultimately arrested. The unexpected explosion happened because he may have failed to reset the clock on his explosives for Daylight Saving Time.

Actual picture of the car bomb that went off too soon (Twitter)

A Spanish couple's outdoor sexcapade came to an abrupt and unexpected end when the woman fell into a 30-foot well. The couple decided that the top of a boarded-up well shaft looked like a good place. But the boards broke and the woman fell, while her partner took off and left her there. He's likely the one who placed an anonymous emergency call to police.

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You may have noticed that a preponderance of weird news stories come out of Florida. Fark.com even has a separate category called "Florida." And now, an enterprising writer at Buzzfeed has put together a list of the 101 Most Insane Things That Have Ever Happened in Florida. CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS AMAZING COMPILATION OF WEIRDNESS.

EVEN MORE WEIRD NEWS FROM TWO WEEKS AGO:

Romania’s Radu Calincescu showed up at his local emergency room after a night of drinking. He was complaining of pain in his throat, but when doctors scheduled an X-ray, they found a fork lodged in his esophagus. He apparently bet his friends that he could swallow a fork without getting hurt. Doctors said it wasn’t in an area where it could cause any real damage, and told him to wait a few days  to see if it would pass through his system on its own.

XRay of the fork in Radu's esophagus (Europics)

Two companies are looking to dig up an old dump in New Mexico in hopes of turning up thousands of copies of the E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial video game. After the hit film came out in 1982, Atari rushed the game out. But, it was a total failure. Rumor has long held that the game-maker dumped thousands of cartridges in a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

the flop video game, ET
 
Children from the Sam Lang Village in Vietnam have to cross a swollen river in order to get to school every day. To do that, they crawl inside a large plastic bag and one of the villagers floats them across the river. They come out on the other side completely dry and, presumably, still breathing. Villagers do this until all of the children have safely crossed. 

a crazy way to get to school (tv.tuoitre.vu)
 
A Texas-based pizza chain is being boycotted for selling a pizza with a Mexican slang name. Pizza Patron released a new pie called "La Chingona," which can be translated most politely as "badass." The pizza, which went on sale yesterday, has 90 slices of jalapeno-infused pepperoni topped with diced jalapeno peppers. Radio stations have refused to air the commercials, citing concerns about bad taste and potential fines by the Federal Communications Commission.

(Pizza Patron')

Tyler Austin Black, a 22-year-old machinist, got a tattoo on his leg declaring the University of Kentucky as the 2014 NCAA champions. They’re still in it and will take on Wisconsin in the Final Four this weekend. Black got the tattoo last week, in hopes that his confidence would be seen by the players and give them a necessary boost.

(Tyler Austin Black)

Police in Utah arrested a man named Christopher Reeves, but he's not Superman. The late actor was actually Christopher Reeve, with no "s." However, the 33-year-old Reeves was busted for meth possession and driving under the influence. Ironically, the guy just happened to be wearing a Superman T-shirt when he was arrested and booked.

the man of steel is now the man behind iron...bars (Davis Co. Utah Sheriffs)

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