The Weird Week in Review
Chad and Barbie Soper of Rockford, Michigan have three children. Their latest is baby girl named Cearra who was born on October 10th, giving her a birthdate of 10/10/10. But get this: their older daughter Chloe was born August 8, 2008, so her birthdate is 8/8/08. And their son, Cameron, was born on September 9, 2009 -which means his birthdate is 9/9/09! The dates were not exactly random, as Chloe and Cearra were born after induced labor due to their mother's health problems. The Sopers do not plan to have a fourth child in 2011.
Armed Robbers Lose Hostages at Waffle House
Two masked men entered a Waffle House at in Springfield Township, Ohio and demanded money. An employee slipped out the back door and contacted police. One of the armed robbers herded the other 17 people who were dining or working during the overnight shift into a back room. Then, he returned to the front of the restaurant and a door closed behind him -which automatically locked behind him! The hostages all ran out the back door and were greeted by police officers. The two men dropped their weapons and tried to flee, but were stopped by police. A search of the area uncovered two other men hiding in a Jeep with masks, gloves, and weapons. Police believe alcohol was involved.
Firemen Rescue Kitten from Sewer
Three-year-old Alannah Merleto of Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, Australia flushes a lot of things down the toilet, as some children do, but her two-day-old kitten was the worst thing she could flush. Eight members of the NSW Fire Brigade came with rescue equipment to see what they could do. The firemen found the kitten by putting a camera down the pipe, and pushed the kitten to an access valve. The rescue took five hours. The kitten was reunited with his mother Pusska and renamed Cain after the firefighter who pulled him from the drain.
A Job Nobody Wants
Twenty-year-old Marisol Valles is a mother and a college student. She is also the new police chief in Praxedis Guadalupe Guerrero, a town near the Chihuahua/Texas border where drug traffickers terrorize citizens with impunity. There were few applicants for the job, which is considered a virtual death sentence by many in Mexico. The city's police force has 13 officers, nine of whom are women, and one police car. The area is in the midst of a war between rival cartels.
Man Chasing One-legged Goose Hauled from River
A goose in Wausau, Wisconsin escaped being dinner when the man who was chasing him had to be rescued from the Wisconsin River.
Troy Kaczor, 40, told police he shed his shirt and shoes at Big Bull Falls Park in downtown Wausau before he dove into the river, intending to catch the one-legged bird and then roast it, Wausau Police Lt. Bill Kolb said.
Kaczor, who had been drinking heavily before taking the plunge, was unable to escape the clutches of the cold water and was rescued by Wausau firefighters, Kolb said.
The goose, apparently sober and a better swimmer, escaped harm, but was unavailable for comment.
Centenarian Goes for PhD
Bholaram Das was 19 years old when he was jailed for opposing British rule in India in the 1930s. He has worked as a teacher, a lawyer, and a judge, and then retired in 1971. Last week Das celebrated his 100th birthday. Proving that you are never too old to pursue a dream, Das has enrolled in a PhD program at Guwahati University. The centenarian's children and grandchildren have pledged to help him in his quest to put "Dr." in front of his name.
Two Monkeys Named Station Masters
Hoping to draw new customers, Hojo-cho train station in Hyoto prefecture has named two baby monkeys as station masters. Nehime and Rakan, seven and three months old, were dressed in uniforms for their introduction to the public. They are following in the footsteps (or pawprints) of Tama, a tortoiseshell cat who was named station master of Kishi station in Wakayama prefecture four years ago. Tama was living at the station before the publicity stunt was conceived. See a video report.