Here’s a collection of strange things I’ve come across recently.
A family in Chicago thought their pit-bull had eaten one of their daughter’s finger. When the doctors said it wasn’t a dog injury, the father went home, gutted one of the family’s two piranhas and found the finger. Seriously? They have a toddler and a pit-bull and two piranhas?
In Britain, a team at Bristol University has developed a chewing gum called Rev7. It’s water soluble and won’t stick to footpaths (sidewalks). London Mayor Boris Johnston is strongly in favor. He’s tired of the cost of cleaning gum and other “adhesive” objects off the streets.
Motorist Flora Burkhart has been charged in Van Buren, Arkansas, for rear-ending another vehicle and then fleeing the scene of the collision because she didn’t want her ice-cream to melt.
Two cops in New Mexico, Ernest Armijio and Brian Bernal, aren’t allowed to carry guns because of their law-breaking history. One because of a dispute over child support arrears, and the other because of domestic violence.
Some things in life are too quaint for words. I learned this week that Britain has a public office called “Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary”. What does it do? Conducts reviews of how well the regional police forces in England and Wales are doing their jobs. But it’s a cute title, isn’t it?
Recently, I came across the Finnish and Russian habit of swimming in frozen, or near-frozen rivers and lakes. Apparently they punch a hole in the ice and jump in, often wearing ordinary swimwear rather than wetsuits. How do you stop the ice freezing up again on you? Keep a pump in the water to keep it circulating.
So would anyone else care to contribute anything odd you’ve come across in papers, on the net, or seen personally? The stranger the better!
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