The Weird Week in Review

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Batman Brings Suspect to Police

A man dressed in a full Batman costume came into the Trafalgar House Police Station in Bradford, England, and presented an unnamed suspect wanted for handling stolen goods and fraud. The police say they do not know who was under the costume and mask. After turning over the suspect, the Caped Crusader left. The police team wrote about the incident on their Facebook page.

"Batman came into the helpdesk, stated to the staff 'I've caught this one for you' and then promptly vanished into the night to fight crime and the fear of crime in Bradford.

There is some speculation that the suspect knew Batman and set up the stunt to turn himself in.

Look for Directions, See Your Man Cheating

In Russia, Yandex Maps is used like Google Maps. Marina Voinova of Perm, Russia, looked up an address and used the "street view" part of Yandex to see where she was going. That's when she saw a picture of her boyfriend of five years standing on the street -with another woman! When he came home and was confronted with the evidence, Sasha confessed, but proclaimed he didn't love the other woman. Marina split with him anyway. Yandex does not blur faces in their street view images unless the person requests it. It's a little too late for Sasha.

Egyptian Cat Goes to England in a Suitcase

Be careful when you pack a suitcase, because a container full of clothing may be irresistible to your cat! Mervat Ciuti flew from Cairo to London with a large suitcase, but had no idea her persian cat Bisou was in it. She was in a taxi heading to Nottingham after the 6-hour flight when a relative called to tell her they could not find the cat. Ciuti checked her luggage, afraid she would find the cat dead. But Bisou survived the 3,400 mile trip, despite being zipped in a suitcase in the cargo hold with hundreds of other bags. Unfortunately, after traveling internationally, the cat is in quarantine in England, but should be reunited with Ciuti by summer.

Meat Pies Contain No Horse, No Meat

Authorities in Iceland ordered tests on meat pies sold in grocery stores in response to reports of horse meat being found in beef products across Europe. Icelandic meat inspector Kjartan Hreinsson announced that no horse meat was found in any of the brands tested in Iceland. However, one brand sold as beef pie was found to have no meat in it at all! Inspectors say the pies seemed to be filled with some sort of vegetable matter. The case was turned over to municipal authorities, as it turned from an adulteration check to a truth-in-advertising scandal.

Man Fakes Kidnapping to Cover Two-week Absence

Rahmell Pettway of Brooklyn, New York, was so afraid of his girlfriend's wrath after he was gone from home for two weeks that he staged his own kidnapping. He was found by a passer-by between two parked cars, tied up with duct tape. Police responded and sent Pettway to a hospital, but they had suspicions as the roll of duct tape was still attached to his wrists.

He initially “couldn’t recall” what had happened, but later told police two men in a light-blue minivan abducted him on Feb. 19 near Bainbridge Street and Reid Avenue.

He claimed his captors covered his eyes and hauled him to parts unknown before dumping him on Macon Street near Malcolm X Boulevard weeks later.

But authorities grew suspicious of his account, and Pettway soon confessed to the hoax, saying he had gone AWOL for a couple of weeks and was terrified of facing his significant other.

Police did not react kindly to the explanation.

“He’s a total moron,” said one law-enforcement source. “It was a pathetic attempt to pull the wool [over] her eyes.”

Pettway was arrested for filing a false report.

Puppy Stuck in Sink Drain

An 8-week-old puppy named Tyson in Leicester, England, found a discarded sink outside and wanted to get a good look, and got his head stuck in the drain hole! Tyson's owner, Nilu Odedra, and her daughter tried lubricating the puppy's neck with shampoo, but could not get his head out. So they loaded the puppy, sink and all, into a car and took him to Park Vet Hospital, where the veterinary staff had a good laugh, took pictures, and then managed to extricate the dog after giving him a sedative. Tyson was a bit shaken by the experience, but was back to normal within a few hours. See more pictures in the Yahoo News article.

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March 8, 2013 - 10:01am
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