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FROM THIS WEEK'S WEIRD NEWS FILES:
A Illinois woman busted for driving under the influence told cops that she'd had one too many because she was celebrating the reinstatement of her driver's license following a DUI. Erin James was driving a friend's car to dodge the ignition lock on her car.
Erin James mugshot, courtesy krmg.com
Wellington, New Zealand has a street called Torless Terrace. The street sign constantly gets vandalized with white tape or paint to make it say TOPLESS Terrace. Street crews had to replace the sign, and thanks to an error, the new sign actually said Topless Terrace. An official said, "we don't want it turning into a tourist attraction … or overrun by giggling schoolboys."
Torless Terrace...or Topless Terrace? courtesy stuff.co.nz
A Michigan woman is facing criminal charges after a year-long run of Facebook harassment against herself! Cheryl Nelson made eight separate calls to cops about the harassment, which she blamed on an ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, but upon further investigation, authorities found out that she'd actually created a second account, which she used to send threatening messages to herself. She's been offered a plea deal if she stays out of trouble.
Cheryl Nelson mugshot (screenshot from WXYZ-TV Detroit)
Korea’s Hang Mioku was so obsessed with plastic surgery that she injected cooking oil into her face when doctors refused to give her any more silicone. The former model has been left permanently disfigured, even after ten corrective surgeries in which doctors removed 60 grams of silicone, oil and other foreign substances from her face and 200 grams from her neck.
here's what she looked like BEFORE surgery...
...and how she looked after the first surgery (left) and after 10 surgeries (right). How sad...
Energy West in Montana sent scratch-and-sniff cards to customers to teach them how to recognize the smell of natural gas. It apparently worked a little too well. When a garbage truck picked up several discarded several boxes of expired scratch-and-sniff cards and compressed the load, the odor prompted false alarms and building evacuations all throughout downtown Great Falls. A company spokesperson apologized for the disruption.
the evacuation scene (courtesy Great Falls Tribune)
Tyrone Helmwood thought it would be easy to hold up a chicken joint in Sydney, Australia, but he didn't account for quick-thinking cashier Joanna Petry-Tartnoski. When he demanded cash from the drawer, she grabbed a large tub of hot chili sauce, and threw it directly into his face, stunning and temporarily blinding him long enough for her to call cops to come to the scene. Helmwood's father sympathized, saying, “I would have poured hot fat upon his head."
WANT MORE WEIRD NEWS? HERE'S WHAT WE FOUND LAST WEEK:
A Brazilian man shot himself in the head with a harpoon, then waited 10 hours before he bothered to seek medical attention! Bruno Barcellos de Souza Coutinho was cleaning the speargun after a fishing trip when it accidentally went off and drove itself 12 inches into his skull. His aunt insisted he go for help, and when he arrived in the E.R., he was described as "totally lucid," with virtually no brain impairment, however, he did lose the sight in his left eye.
x ray courtesy of metro.co.uk
A British horticulture expert says that, in addition to sunlight, fresh water and good air, plants thrive when they hear the music of Black Sabbath! In a controlled study, plant guru Chris Beardshaw set up four greenhouses with various sonic environments, and heavy metal really perked up those petunias. Beardshaw says the plants exposed to great big, thumping noise, and rowdy music were the shortest, but had the best flowers and the best disease resistance.
he's good for your houseplants!
A nine-year-old in Britain has developed a serious addiction, and his parents couldn't be happier. Lane Fountain is hooked on vacuuming, a rare psychological condition called Williams Syndrome. Dad says that they treat Lane to a visit to a vacuum shop as a reward for being good and he knows all the different models, makes and product numbers.
Lane Fountain, vaccuuming (courtesy mirror.co.uk)
Britain’s Martin Andrews says he accidentally spilled some fabric softener on his T-shirt, and ended up indelibly marking it with the face of Jesus Christ with his arms outstretched. Not everyone agrees though. One of Martin’s co-workers insisted that the stain looks more like Fonzie from Happy Days.
Jesus or Fonzie? You decide... (courtesy Christian Post)
A British internet provider charged a customer an extra 20 bucks … for dying before the due date on his bill. Jim Bowden posted a picture of his late father-in-law's bill from Virgin Media, which featured one entry saying that the man's bank had declined payment because he was deceased, followed by a second entry tacking a late payment fee on top of that amount. After receiving thousands of nasty messages, the company apologized and withdrew the charge.
the Virgin Mobile bill (courtesy Digital Spy)
French bus drivers are threatening to strike because their uniform pants are too tight. The drivers will stage a protest strike for 24-hours on June 3rd because they don't approve of the pants. A union leader said employees weren't consulted in choosing the uniforms.
EVEN MORE WEIRD NEWS FROM TWO WEEKS AGO:
Michigan Judge Raymond Voet has warnings all over his courtroom about the use of electronic devices, so he was furious when he heard the sounds of a cell phone. He was shocked when he found that they were coming from his device. Voet said he didn't know how to turn his new phone off, so he pled guilty to a contempt charge and slapped a $25 fine on ... himself!
Judge Voet...minus his smartphone (courtesy ctpost.com)
Guns and fast food don’t mix. A fast food place messed up a chicken wing order from a Tennessee father and son. So, Antonius Hart Sr., & Jr., came back with an AK-47 and threatened to shoot up the place! And Georgia police Sergeant Scott Biumi tried to speed up the line at his local McDonald's by getting out of his car and pulling his service revolver on another customer who was dawdling.
Antonius Hart Sr (left) and Jr. (right) (courtesy GrandReport.com)
Sgt. Scott Buimi (Forsythe County Sheriff's Office)
With the tragedy last week in Boston, everyone is super-sensitive. So it’s no surprise that Jason Cruz was booted from a flight at New York's JFK International Airport for saying he wanted to bring “The Bomb” aboard the plane. Turns out, it was a sandwich from a local deli, nicknamed "The Bomb" because of its explosive flavor. TSA agents took Cruz and his friend into custody. They were eventually released, but they missed their flight.
the sandwich known as The Bomb (courtesy of Adam Kuban SeriousEats.com)
An Australian woman was convicted of assaulting a police officer with a quiche. Officers tried to serve Jane Bugmy with legal documents. Jane then rammed Constable James Wheatley with a baby carriage and threw a quiche at him. She told the court she’d just dropped the quiche, but a photograph taken by police clearly showed the quiche was thrown with force.
Seattle cops got a report of a shoplifter in a grocery store, pushing a wheelchair with only a handful of cherry tomatoes covering his privates. The man was eating and spilling food all over the place after ditching his pants in the produce section. By the time cops got him, the only thing found on him was a still-frozen, but half-eaten Jimmy Dean sausage sandwich.
Three men were ejected from a festival in Saudi Arabia because they were "too handsome." Authorities said they feared women could become attracted to them. Saudi Arabia is a country that prohibits women from interacting with unrelated males. The men were thrown out because organizers feared female visitors would look at them.