The Weird Week in Review
Man Reports Incorrect Change to Police
Dexter White of North Charleston, South Carolina paid a drug dealer $60 for crack cocaine, but says he only received $20 worth. Naturally, he was angry, so after he smoked what he had, he called 911 to report that he had been shortchanged. White asked for the police to send a canine unit to his location. Police responded, but instead of getting him a refund, they arrested White on a charge of disorderly conduct.
Mobility Scooter vs. Airplane
Colin Furze, a plumber in Lincolnshire, England, holds the world speed record for a mobility scooter, driving one that he built at at 71.59 mph. Now he can say he has raced with an airplane!
Mr Furze spent nearly three months and £400 converting his scooter, fitting it with a powerful 125cc motorbike engine beneath the seat, five gears and twin exhausts.
And remarkably the scooter managed to accelerate faster than a Robin DR400 single engine propeller aircraft when the pair were pitted against each other down a runway in Lincolnshire.
Eventually the plane overtook the scooter, but Furze is satisfied with his scooter's performance.
Led Zeppelin Finds Hidden Burglar
An alert neighbor heard a strange noise at the house next door in Friern Barnet, Greater London, England last December. He looked out the window and saw footprints in the snow on the rooftop and called police. Officers arrived with a sniffer dog named Led Zeppelin about the same time the resident came home. The burglar tried to hide in a bedroom under a duvet, but Led Zeppelin uncovered him. Police arrested 36-year-old Robert Erdei. Erdei was convicted last week and sentenced to four years for burglary with intent to steal.
Teacher Shaves After Ten Years
Gary Weddle did not shave for 3,454 days. The 50-year-old middle school teacher was so absorbed with watching the news after the 9/11 attacks that he went for days without showering or shaving. Then he made a vow to not shave his face until Osama bin Laden was captured or proven dead. Weddle had no idea that his whiskers would grow for almost ten years, but he kept the vow. Parts of his beard grew 14 inches long! Weddle finally shaved it off Sunday evening, just before president Obama addressed the nation about bin Laden's death.
Fancy Luncheon on the L Train
Imagine a formal feast served on a subway train! That's exactly what happened in New York City on Sunday, aboard the L train bound for Brooklyn. The guests only knew they were there for an "underground dining experience." What they got was an experience, all right: a six-course meal of caviar, filet mignon, and more, served on lap trays and finished up in a half-hour. The entire event was arranged by several cooperating supper clubs, unbeknownst to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Officials of the Authority were not happy. After all, open drinks of any kind are not allowed on city trains.
Dog Hides in Bathtub to Survive Fire
A home in Greenville County, South Carolina burned for hours as firefighters battled the blaze. The family was away from home, but Mia the one-year-old Belgian Malinois was inside. The dog saved herself by hiding in a bathtub in the basement! Mia's owner, Chris Brumby, said he knew the dog was smart.
He said Mia was able to get to a bathtub on the lowest level of the house, where she waited as firefighters doused the home with water. As the water ran down into the basement, it filled the bathtub and soaked Mia, keeping her safe from flames, Brock said.
Brumby said the dog has learned how to open doors throughout the house, and that she had to open four doors to get to the bathtub where she was found.
Six hours after firefighters arrived, they found Mia, wet and sooty, but well. The cause of the fire has not yet determined.
Going to Prom in the Weinermobile
Ben Ross was seriously hurt in a motorcycle accident. A joke he made while in the hospital led his mother to petition the Oscar Mayer company to take Ben and his girlfriend Molly Muchow to their prom in the Weinermobile. The company came through, and Ben and Molly were driven in the 27-foot vehicle to the L.D. Bell High School prom last weekend at the Dallas Trade Center.