The Weird Week in Review
Town Erects Statue to Commemorate Beatles' Layover
On September 18, 1964, The Beatles changed planes at a tiny airport in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. The 15 minutes they spent there was the biggest thing that ever happened in the small town. Now, 47 years later, the town has unveiled a statue by artist Danny We called "Abbey Road" commemorating the event. Last Sunday, the unveiling was accompanied by a tribute concert and townspeople sharing memories of that glorious day in 1964.
Evicting A Middle-aged Son
An elderly couple in Mestre, Italy, near Venice, called in lawyers to help get their 41-year-old son to leave home. The unnamed son has a good job but just never left home, preferring to let his mother cook his meals and do his laundry. He has been served with papers giving him ten days to move out or let the courts get involved. Statistics show that 48% of Italians between the ages of 18 and 39 still live with their parents, and more and more elderly parents are seeking help in getting them to move out on their own.
Wombat Bequest Held Up in Probate
The Wombat Awareness Organisation in Australia made the news a couple of years ago when an unnamed American died and bequeathed $8 million to the animal charity. However, they still haven't seen the money, as members of the man's family are contesting the will. Meanwhile, the WAO doesn't have the cash to fight for the intended donation. Brigitte Stevens of the organization says they may never see the money, and that's not the worst part. When the news came of the bequest, small donations dried up because the public thinks the Wombat Awareness Organisation has all the money they need. Meanwhile, the charity is fighting a mystery disease that is killing southern hairy-nosed wombats in Australia.
Man Goes on All-Breast Milk Diet
A man named Curtis is experimenting with an all-breast milk diet since his wife Katie gave birth to his first child nine months ago. Katie donated extra milk after the birth of her first two children, but did not find a needy recipient this time around. Curtis began drinking her milk to settle his stomach, and now subsists on it. Representatives of milk banks say it would be better if Katie's milk went to a baby who needs it. Curtis and Katie were documenting the experiment on the blog Don't Have A Cow, Man, until their story hit the news. The blog has since been removed.
Diabetic Dog Finds Home with Diabetic Twins
Roxy is a Staffordshire bull terrier who suffers from diabetes and requires daily insulin shots. The Scottish SPCA wondered if she would ever be adopted into a permanent home. But Catherine and Graham Hendry didn't consider the shots a burden because their 8-year-old twin daughters, Louise and Katie, also have type 1 diabetes and must take daily shots as well. Their own "Staffy," Buzz, had recently died and they were enchanted by Roxy's ad in the newspaper. The Hendry girls and their new dog now all have their daily injections together as a family.
Plane Crash is Not a Plane Crash
A motorist on Interstate 71 north of Cincinnati, Ohio, called emergency services to report a plane down Wednesday morning. Fire and emergency crews arrived to find a plane, but no crash. The airplane was a prop for a water park!
Spokesman Derek Blevins at The Beach water park in Mason tells WHIO radio the decorative prop has been on the property since May and was never an issue before. But he says it may be more visible from the interstate because falling leaves have reduced the amount of tree cover.
Daughter and Granddaughter Born on Same Day
Peter Lee of Manchester, England, was caught in a situation from the movie Father of the Bride 2, in which Steve Martin had to juggle a wife and a daughter giving birth at the same time -almost. Lee's wife, 32-year-old Ann-Marie Mills, gave birth to the couple's third child on September 9th at 4:29 AM. A few hours later, while Lee and Mills were leaving the hospital with their new daughter Racheal, Lee's 24-year-old daughter Sharon arrived in labor. Her son Bradley was born at 6:20PM -also on September 9th. New grandfather Peter Lee is proud, and says he should have taken bets on the births.