Andrew J. Hewett

Monday, March 30, 2015

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1164)



PERVERT ALSO STUPID
When James Rivers, 57, of Kent, Washington, learned his wife was about to report him for keeping child-porn on his computer, he shipped the laptop to a technician to have the hard drive erased. And, though he gave strict instructions the files should not be opened, they were ... and he was arrested. (Post-Intelligencer, 10-16-14)
NINE LIVES MINUS ONE
Ellis Hutson was so heartbroken after finding his cat Bart run over by a car, he asked his friend, David Liss, to please dig his little pet a grave. Five days after burying Bart, Ellis opened his door to find his neighbor, Dusty Albritton, holding a not-so-dead Bart. They rushed him to the hospital where the Humane Society of Tampa Bay performed surgery to remove one eye, wire his jaw shut and insert a feeding tube. Bart should be well enough in about six weeks to return home to Hutson. (http://www.dailyoffbeat.com/articles/6180/20150128/zombie-cat-buried-alive-ellis-hutson-bart-cat.htm)
POOCH DESERVES A DOGGIE TREAT
The Blade newspaper in Toledo tells of a family in Port Clinton, Ohio, who reported somebody had tried to break into their home. But, thanks to Mama, their usually very gentle 11-year-old pit bull, all the police found was a trail of blood in the snow leading from their home. Police asked hospitals to watch for anyone needing treatment for dog bites. (http://fox2now.com/2015/01/28/ohio-pit-bull-thwarts-would-be-burglar/)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1163)



FELONIOUS FELLOW ON FACEBOOK
A 22-year-old Mineral Wells, TX, fellow, Eddie Smith, was so proud of himself, on Facebook he posted: “So, I have 16 warrants out right now. Lol they know where I’m at tho (sic) so, it must not be TOO bad.” This message caused police to search their outstanding warrants. They only found 14 city warrants, but they still arrested him. Unable to pay his fines or make bond, a judge ordered Smith to serve 51 days in jail. (The AP, 1-27-15)
WOULD TAKE THE FUN OUT OF SEX
Do you have a satisfying love life? If so, what’s the first thing you do after intimacy? Well, no matter what you do, bet you don’t match the male ornamental tree trunk spiders (a.k.a. coin spiders). These little 8-legged males are well documented to first have sex, then bite off what is left of their own sex organs. That’s why female coin spiders can be impregnated by several males, but males can only do the deed once. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/23/spider-bites-off-genitals_n_6529234.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news&ir=Weird%20News)
LUCKY CORPSES
The Toronto Star reported on Christmas Eve 2014, a fire on the grounds of Innisvale Cemetery and Crematorium in Innisfil, Ontario, had occurred. But, thanks to the firefighters’ rescue efforts, 15 dead bodies awaiting cremation were “saved” from burning. (Toronto Star, 12-24-15)

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1162)



CAN ANY WINE BE THIS TASTY?
If you drink especially cheap wine, this will make even less sense. After 76 bottles of wine were stolen from a Napa Valley, California, restaurant, they later turned up inside a North Carolina cellar. Though the investigation was just underway, what’s known is that even one of the bottles, a Domaine de la RomanĂ©e-Conti, was priced at $10,000, while the entire 76 were valued at $300,000. (The AP, 1-24-15)
AT LEAST THEY GOT WET
When a small plane flying over Lake Taupo in New Zealand developed engine trouble, all on board were forced to jump. Good thing is, all six passengers were skydivers on a training mission. (BBC News, 1-7-15) 
TWO-OUT-OF-THREE DRUNK
Dallas police pulled over a vehicle around 3:00 a.m., on Jan. 25, 2015, and arrested the driver on a DUI charge. While they were processing this first arrest, another driver crashed his car into the policemens’ patrol cars and was also arrested on a DUI charge. And..., before police could wrap this up, a third driver ran into these already wrecked cars. At least this last driver was sober. (The Dallas Morning News, 1-26-15)

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1161)



GOT MORE THAN FRIES WITH THAT
After Janelle Jones pulled through a Burger King drive-thru in Rochester, N.H., she realized her bag contained more than her order. That’s when she found $2,631, Burger King’s bank deposit. Though she and her husband briefly considered keeping the money, being strong Jehovah's Witnesses would not allow it. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/25/orders-food-bag-of-cash_n_6541116.html?utm_hp_ref=weird-news)
SO? IT’S ONLY TAXPAYER MONEY
Knowing Congress and presidents often change their minds, NASA recently continued to build on a $349 million rocket testing tower in Mississippi for a "moon" project canceled in 2010. That non-used tower sits just down the road from a second rocket testing tower, for its "replacement" mission, an "asteroid" project... because? Senators, according to the Washington Post, believe it’s smarter to keep contractors at work. In 2013 six similar projects were “mothballed.” (Washington Post, 12-15-14)
BONA FIDE BELLY BUTTON FACTS
A North Carolina State University study, The Belly Button Biodiversity project, observed the "faunal differences" in the microbial ecosystems of navels. This was done in hopes of learning more about the "tens of thousands" of organisms which crawl inside this umbilical cord leftover. (http://mauitime.com/news/enema-bandit-strikes-again/)

WEIRD, BIZARRE and UNUSUAL (.1160)



LAW ENFORCERS ABOVE THE LAW
In December 2014, 58 police agencies of the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) claimed to be a private, non-profit organization, exempt from public record laws. Private individuals can’t carry weapons, arrest people and break down doors during raids. Yet these "law enforcement councils" refuse to comply with government open-records laws for civilian monitoring of SWAT activities. (https://aclum.org/news_6.24.14a)
EXAMPLE OF A TRULY LUCKY DOG
Accountant Rose Ann Bolsany feeds her dog, Bella Mia, fillet steak and has bought it more than 1,000 designer outfits. This dog also wears diamond and pearl jewelry. Rose Ann spent £65,000 (over $97,000 U.S.) on her dog in 2014 and, if this 3-year-old outlives her, it will inherit  a share of her fortune and one of her homes. (http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/19/woman-leaves-1-million-to-her-dog-including-an-entire-house-5027395/)
DON’T WASTE YOURS
Are you a strong supporter of recycling? What if it’s recycling urine? The term urine therapy or urotherapy refers to various applications of human urine for medicinal or cosmetic purposes. This includes drinking and massaging skin/gums with one's own urine. (FYI: In ancient Rome, urine was used for tooth-whitening.)  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urine_therapy)