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The Weird Week in Review

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Giant Catfish Attacks Fisherman

It sounds like a fish story. A 36-year-old Austrian tourist says he was helping a friend to land a large catfish in a lake near Gyor, Hungary when the fish bit him in the leg and pulled him into the water! The catfish is estimated to be 6.5 feet long, weighing 220 pounds. The tourist kicked the fish in the head several times before he was released. The fish then swam away.

Sizzling Tortoise Survives Fire

A fire broke out in Becky Smith's home when a heat lamp turned over on her tortoise cage, setting the wood chip litter ablaze. The bedrooms were engulfed, and two tortoises died. A third tortoise named Shelli was thought to be dead as well, as his cage was melted. Although he was too hot to touch, the firemen put Shelli in water and saw his shell sizzle. Shortly afterward, the tortoise stuck his head out of the shell! Shelli was kept overnight in a veterinary clinic and pronounced well enough to return to his damaged home -in a different cage.

Woman Drinks Tequila, Vodka, and Beer, Falls 5 Stories

An unnamed 20-year-old woman in Boulder, Colorado was injured when she fell out of a fifth-story window of an apartment building.

Boulder police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said the woman, whose name was not released because police are still investigating the incident, "sustained serious bodily injury but is expected to recover."

The woman, who had traveled to Colorado from California to visit her older sister, had consumed "a couple of tequila shots, at least two lemonade vodka drinks and probably a couple of beers" at a rooftop party at the Spanish Towers, Huntley said.

And that's just what they remembered she drank.

No Burger King for Barefoot Baby

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Scorned Lovers Use Superglue for Revenge

An angry wife and three double-crossed mistresses got revenge on their common lover in Chilton, Wisconsin. After the wife contacted the other women, they lured 36-year-old Donessa T. Davis of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin into a motel room, where one woman tied him to the bed before the other three came in adn confronted him. They slapped him, cut off his underwear, and used super glue to fasten his penis to his stomach. Therese A. Ziemann, Wendy L. Sewell, Michelle M. Belliveau, and Tracy M. Hood-Davis were arrested on charges of false imprisonment and fourth-degree sexual assault. Mr. Davis himself was later charged with child abuse, theft, and harassment.

Man Wants Tattoos of All Nations Flags

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Russian Soccer Fans Told to Drink Whiskey

Russia's Health Ministry is doing their part to keep soccer fans healthy. When the team travels to Wales for a World Cup qualifer, they gave fans advice on measures to take to avoid the H1N1 swine flu virus.

"We urge our fans to drink a lot of Welsh whisky as a form of disinfection," VOB head Alexander Shprygin told Reuters.

"That should cure all symptoms of the disease."

Russia expects several hundred fans will travel to Wales to support the team.

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