The Weird Week in Review
16 Arrested in Fight at Nonviolence Concert
Silver Spring, Maryland hosted a youth concert called Stop the Violence in memory of 14-year-old student Tai Lam, who was shot to death last year. Fighting broke out near the stage, and police arrested 16 adults and juveniles for disorderly conduct, assault, and resisting arrest.
St. Bernard Frozen in Place
The breed that normally rescues people in cold weather had to be rescued at the Peter Yegen Jr. Golf Club in Billings, Montana. A 16-month-old St. Bernard named Duke had fallen through the ice on a pond, climbed out, and sat down on the ice. His wet backside then froze to the ice, leaving him immobile. Firefighters donned dry suits to reach Duke and cut the ice around him. It took four men to lift the 118-pound dog and the chunk of ice still stuck to his tail. Duke was taken to an animal hospital, where he was fine after the ice was removed with the help of a blow dryer.
Traveler Rescued from Sewage Tank
An unidentified man was rescued from a waste tank under a rest stop bathroom on Highway 30 near Filer, Idaho on Thursday. He had climbed into the tank to look for his keys. Another driver found him and called emergency services. Police, firefighters, paramedics, and other emergency personnel responded, and found the man up to his neck in sewage. They summoned highway maintenance department workers, who retrieved the man by opening an access port used to remove waste. Filer Police Chief Cliff Johnson told the story to local news.
"It took some lifting to get him out, and he had cut himself pretty good trying to get himself out," Johnson said.
The man was allowed to wash off with the fire truck hose at the scene, where he made another painful discovery.
"That's when he discovered the keys were still in his back pocket," Johnson said.
Short Pony is Bane of Emergency Services
People who see Shorty tend to call emergency services because they are convinced the poor pony is stuck in the mud. Four times Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's animal rescue team responded, only to find that the pony was fine. Shorty is half Shetland pony and half New Forest pony. He has the long body of the New Forest breed and the very short legs of a Shetland, which lead passers-by to believe he is sinking in the mud on the banks of the river Test in Redbridge, Southampton, England.
First Time Golfer Gets Hole In One
62-year-old Unni Haskell played her first full round of golf February 25th in St. Petersburg, Florida. She had completed two months of lessons taken on the driving range with pro Rick Sopka. Sopka had planned a putting lesson for that day, but Haskell talked him into a round at nearby Cypress Links. Her very first swing on the first tee sent the ball onto the green and into the hole.
"I didn't know it was that big of a deal,'' she said. "I thought all golfers do this.''
Human Corpse Delivered to Pet Store
Employees at the Pets Plus Store in Philadelphia expected a shipment of tropical fish in salt water Tuesday, but when they opened the large box, they found a dead body instead! The body was that of a 65-year-old San Diego man who was supposed to be sent to a research lab in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The tropical fish were left at the airport.
US Airways Inc. released a statement saying the air cargo problem was caused by a "verbal miscommunication between a delivery driver and the cargo representative." The Tempe, Ariz.-based airline said it's deeply sorry.
Monkey Takes Revenge on Owner
Leilit Janchoom of Nakorn Sri Thammarat province in Thailand used a monkey named Brother Kwan to climb trees and retrieve coconuts to sell. Brother Kwan reportedly found the work stressful and tedious, but was not allowed to stop. Last week, the monkey threw a hard-skinned coconut at Janchoom, which killed him instantly. Locals believe the monkey snapped under the harsh treatment and intended to kill his owner.