The Weird Week in Review
Violinist Gives Thank You Concert for Cabbies
Violinist Philippe Quint took a cab home from the airport in New Jersey last month, and left his 285-year-old Stradivarius in the car. Cab driver Mohamed Khalil returned the $4 million instrument to Quint. As a "thank you," Quint performed a special lunchtime concert for about 200 cabbies in the parking lot at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Artificial Beak for Bald Eagle
Beauty is an Alaskan bald eagle whose beak was shot off several years ago. She was taken to a refuge, but her beak did not grow back. Next month, Beauty will get a new nylon-composite beak, thanks to the work of volunteer engineers and veterinarians. The bird must remain in captivity, but will be able to drink and eat properly.
Self-tracheotomy with a Steak Knife
55-year-old Steve Wilder of Omaha, Nebraska awoke one night and couldn't breathe. He had a similar episode once before, in which his air passage swelled shut. Figuring he didn't have time to wait for emergency medical help, Wilder used a steak knife to cut a small hole in his throat, which allowed air to enter his windpipe. Doctors expect no adverse effects from the self-tracheotomy.
Chunky Monkeys Put on Diet
Visitors to Ohama Park in Sakai, Japan love to feed the monkeys. Now 30 percent of the monkeys at the zoo are so fat they have trouble getting around, and some weight three times as much as they should! Zookeepers have instituted a strict diet, and visitors are asked not to feed the monkeys.
X-ray Shows Python Swallowed Kitten
An eight-week-old kitten in Australia's Northern territory was killed and consumed by a five-foot python. The cat's head was three time the size of the snake's head, but the python unhinged its jaw and swallowed the kitten whole, as an x-ray shows. The kitten's owner found the bulging snake, and called a snake wrangler after rounding up the other cats. The python will be released after he has digested his big meal.
World Record Lego Tower
Legoland Windsor in Berkshire, England has the world's largest Lego tower ever! The tower, shaped like a Viking longboat, was completed with the help of park visitors. Children built 20 cm sections, which were hoisted in place by crane. The previous record is held by a 96-foot tower built in Toronto last year.