The Weird Week in Review
Doctors Remove 50 Pound Tumor
Surgeons at a hospital near Buenos Aires, Argentina removed what may be the world's largest malignant tumor ever successfully excised. An unidentified 54-year-old woman had a tumor weighing over 50 pounds removed from her uterus after suffering constant pain for a year and a half. Doctors said tumors of this type usually weigh between four and seven pounds. The woman left the hospital weighing 67 pounds less than when she entered. Her uterus and ovaries were removed along with the tumor.
Shoplifting Suspects Nabbed During Police Event
If you are going to help yourself to a five-finger discount, the worst of all possible times to do it would be during a "Shop with a Cop" event. But that's exactly what happened Wednesday in Clackamas, Oregon. Portland police were at Fred Meyer to help children shop for back-to-school items when security personnel caught 20-year-old Shane Alexander and 30-year-old Jason Vantress allegedly filling their backpacks with store merchandise. Police assisted store security in arresting the two. They apparently knew the police shopping spree was in progress, but thought no one would notice anyway. Otherwise, the back-to-school event was a big success.
Hitler Could Have Had African or Jewish Ancestors
DNA samples taken from 39 of Adolf Hitler's relatives lead researchers to believe the Fuhrer may have descended from a group that he hated.
A chromosome called Haplogroup E1b1b1 which showed up in their samples is rare in Western Europe and is most commonly found in the Berbers of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, as well as among Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews.
Hitler's obscure family history made him wonder about his lineage during his lifetime.
Beehive-eating Dog Wins Award
Last year Ellie the Labrador ate a beehive containing dead bees and pesticides. This year, she won an award. For bravery? For her remarkable stomach? No, this award went to the pet with the most unusual pet health insurance claim. She beat a border collie that ran through a window and a terrier that bit a chainsaw. All three dogs made a complete recovery before the award was bestowed. Ellie's owners say there is nothing the dog won't eat.
Misidentified Patient Left Before Cancer Surgery
Joseph Wheeler is suing a hospital in Upper Marlboro, Maryland and two security guards who "beat him up" as he tried to leave the hospital.
Wheeler was hospitalized after a car wreck in June. He woke the next day to find he was scheduled for cancer surgery! He was wearing a patient identification bracelet with the wrong name, wrong birth date, and possibly the wrong sex. Wheeler tried to leave the hospital and was confronted by security guards who threatened and manhandled him. The guards took him to a security office where a supervisor admitted the identification bracelet was wrong, but didn't want Wheeler to leave wearing the bracelet. Wheeler spent three days in another hospital recovering from injuries.
Vikings Raid LA Restaurants
A group called the "Norse Hollywood Dining Vikings" dress up as Viking pillagers and gather at Los Angeles restaurants to eat, drink, and be merry. Leader Tony Swatton says the Vikings, wearing chain mail and carrying weapons, go out together about once a month for "extreme dining".
Swatton says it's great fun watching the crowd's reaction to a horde of costumed vikings showing up, but the reaction they will get in Oktoberfest will probably pale in comparison to the reaction they got from IKEA employees during a recent visit.
"We got a group of nine vikings to go there for the Swedish meatballs," he said. "At one point, the security guards came up and asked, 'What are you doing here?' We said, 'We're from the home office in Sweden.' They didn't know how to react."
Woman Puts Cat in Garbage Bin
Lola the cat was trapped in a garbage bin for 15 hours before her owners in Coventry, England found her. Darryl Mann and his wife Stephanie Andrews-Mann reviewed the recording from their security camera and found out what happened. A woman passing by their home stopped to pet the cat, looked around, and dropped her into a garbage bin and closed the lid! The video was posted online and viewed by animal lovers around the world. The woman was later identified as 45-year-old Mary Bale, who is under police protection due to public outrage over the incident. Bale apologized for her actions, but also said she didn't know what all the fuss was about. The RSPCA is investigating the incident.