The Weird Week in Review

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No Wife for World's Worst Student

74-year-old Shiv Charan made a vow that he would not take a wife until he passed India's year 10 school exams. That was in 1969. Charan has taken the exams almost every year since then, and has failed 38 times. This year, he failed all but one subject, Hindi.

"As long as I am alive I will go on giving examinations in order to get a wife," he said.

Asked if he was ready to give up his quest, he said: "Better to die than go back on your word."

Frantic Rescue Effort Saves Doll

Police in Gympie, Australia broke through a car window to save what they thought was an unconscious baby locked inside. The 'baby" turned out to be one of the extremely life-like dolls created by artist Vynette Cernik. Cernik said a similar incident occurred in the US when police broke into a Hummer to save a doll.

Police Raid Amtrak Mooning

The annual Mooning of Amtrak event was held Saturday, and around 8,000 people showed up to bare their backsides to passing trains in Orange County, California. 50 officers of the Orange County Sheriff's Department and California Highway patrol were called over complaints of nudity. They shut down the event and dispersed the crowd, but no arrests were made. The mooning is an annual tradition that started over an offer of free drinks in 1979.

Bull Crashes Pool Party

150bull.jpgGuests had just begun to arrive at Jamie Stewart's new pool when an escaped bull crashed through and plunged into the water. He couldn't climb out on his own, so the pool had to be  partially drained and the bull hoisted out by six firemen and a local veterinarian. The process took three hours. Stewart had just filled the new pool with 10,000 gallons of water the day before. His children were disappointed that they didn't get to swim, but "they ended up with a much better story to tell their friends."

Man Who Robbed McDonalds Produces a McDonalds Jingle

Tamien Bain robbed a McDonalds when he was 14 years old, and served 12 years for the crime. Now he's one of five finalists in a contest to produce a jingle -for McDonalds! Bain now goes by the name "BAiNG The Locksmith" and visits prisons and juvenile centers with other rappers to talk about how he turned his life around. He told the contest officials about his previous experience with McDonalds before he was named as a finalist. You can vote on the jingles at the contest MySpace page through Sunday.

World's Greatest Dad Caught in Sex Sting

125Dad.jpg33-year-old Daniel Allen Everett of Clarkston, Michigan thought he was on his way to a sexual rendezvous with a 14-year-old girl he met on the internet. Instead, he was met by police officers, who arrested him on child sex charges. It's not clear whether Everett has children, but he was taken in wearing a t-shirt proclaiming him to be the "World's Greatest Dad."

Suicide Designed to Look Like Murder

You hear of murders that were covered up by making it look like a suicide, but the reverse seems to be the case with the death of Red Lobster executive Thomas Hickman. Hickman was found March 15 lying in a field in New Mexico. Police have determined that Hickman shot himself in the back of the head, using a gun attached to helium balloons. The balloons could have carried the gun away, making the death appear as a murder, but the balloons and the gun, which was modified to reduce its weight, were found nearby.

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July 18, 2008 - 3:49am
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