The Weird Week in Review

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Innovative, But Illegal

Police in Lincoln, Nebraska arrested 40-year-old William Logan Jr. on a misdemeanor theft charge. Logan was caught on surveillance camera using a vacuum to suck change out of coin laundry appliances. Detectives went to the home where Logan lived with his father, who recognized him from the surveillance photos right off. Logan only retrieved about $20 from the machines at an apartment laundry room. Logan was known to local authorities from previous arrests, including a conviction for stealing a Christmas tree from the Salvation Army.

Rain of Worms

Teacher David Crichton was holding a physical education class outdoors in Galashiels, Scotland, last week when worms began raining from the sky.

The boys heard a "soft thudding" on the artificial pitch - then looked up to see dozens of worms plummeting from the sky.

David, 26, said he and other teachers at Galashiels Academy were baffled by the incident.

And they later found more worms spread across a school tennis court almost 100 yards from the pitch. He said: "We started hearing this wee thudding noise. There were about 20 worms on the ground.

School staff eventually found about 120 worms. It is believed that a freak weather event lifted the worms along with water from a nearby river. The story was first reported on April first, but there is of yet no indication that it was an April Fool.

The Honeymoon from Hell

Stefan and Erika Svanstrom of Stockholm, Sweden set out on a world tour for their honeymoon. They were stranded in a heavy snowstorm in Munich, Germany in December. They arrived in Cairns, Australia just in time for a cyclone. The couple traveled to Brisbane to find flooding, so left for Perth where there were raging brushfires. The Svanstroms then went to Christchurch, New Zealand, arriving just after the big earthquake in February. They went to a few other locations before traveling to Tokyo, Japan days before the earthquake and tsunami. A calm visit to China wrapped up their trip and they returned to Stockholm on March 29th. The good news is that their marriage survived the trip.

Training Sharks to Eat

Lionfish are pretty, but they belong in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. They lack natural predators in the Caribbean, so lionfish have become quite the invasive species since they escaped from aquariums ten years ago to breed in the waters off the US and Central America. In Honduras, divers are not only hunting them, they are also training sharks to eat the lionfish! Humans are also encouraged to eat lionfish, which are tasty once the venomous spines are removed.

Elderly Woman Cuts off Internet in Two Countries

An unnamed 75-year-old woman in Ksani, Georgia was looking for scrap metal and dug up a cable, which she cut in order to sell it. The cable was a fiber optic line that carried internet service to users in Georgia and neighboring Armenia. Thousands of subscribers in both countries were offline for several hours, with up to 90 percent of users in Armenia affected. The woman was arrested for damaging property, and could face up to three years in jail. Due to her age, she was released pending trial.

Man Glued to Walmart Toilet Seat

An April Fool's Day prank left a man stuck to a toilet seat at the Walmart store in Elkton, Maryland. Lt. Matthew Donnelly of the Elkton Police Department said someone put glue on a toilet seat in the store's mens room.

There, they found the 48-year-old victim, who called for help after realizing the sticky situation he was in when he tried -- and failed -- to stand up and leave the superstore's restroom, Donnelly said.

It took responders 15 minutes to remove the victim from the stall, but they were unable to disconnect the toilet seat from his body, Donnelly said.

Instead, the victim was taken to Union Hospital of Cecil County, where the seat was detached. He left with only minor injuries to his buttocks, Donnelly said.

The perpetrator, if found, could face second-degree assault charges.

Woman Fights to Keep her Disabled Kangaroo

Christie Carr of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma is seeking an exemption from the city council from the regulation against keeping exotic animals. Carr cares for a paralyzed red kangaroo named Irwin. Carr, who suffers from depression, knew Irwin even before the animal's run-in with a fence that left him disabled. Now he is her certified therapy animal, and Carr takes him everywhere, including visits to a nursing home where the residents enjoy cuddling with a kangaroo. Because of his paralysis, Irwin is not likely to grow to full size or become dangerous, but city council members are leery of setting a precedent with an exemption.

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April 8, 2011 - 4:15am
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