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The Weird Week in Review

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7-year-old Wins Art Contest by Accident

Rebekah Poulain of Torquay, Devon, England thought she was uploading her child's artwork to a private folder online, but mistakenly added it to a public folder in 2009. The mistake did not come to light until a year later, when Leilah Poulain, who was seven years old when she painted the picture, was notified that she had won an art contest. Her mother had accidentally entered the competition when she uploaded the artwork! Leilah beat out 1,700 entrants, and her painting of a penguin is now on display at the world-famous Saatchi Gallery in London.

Assault with a Dead Weasel

An unnamed man in Hoquiam, Washington was arrested on charges of assault. He apparently burst into an apartment looking for his girlfriend. The apartment belonged to the woman's former boyfriend, and she was a guest. The attacker was carrying a dead animal.

The victim asked, "Why are you carrying a weasel?" Police said the attacker said, "It's not a weasel, it's a marten," then punched him in the nose and fled.

The perpetrator left the animal carcass behind. Police caught up with him later and arrested him. For the sake of accuracy, a marten is a member of the weasel family.

Guess the Substance

Frontier Airlines called in a report that sparked a response from the Milwaukee Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Unit. A suspicious white powder was found on board a flight from Phoenix to Milwaukee -on a diaper changing table. You can see where this is going. A flight attendant doing a final check reported the powder, and the TSA began an investigation. There were diapers in the waste bin, and it was determined that there were two infants aboard the flight. The investigation eventually determined that the substance was, in fact, baby powder. The TSA was called "out of an abundance of caution," according to Frontier spokesman Peter Kowalchuk.

One-armed Man Single-handedly Robs Bank

The US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested Carmen Palella in connection with a bank robbery Tuesday in Albany, New York. Palella, who lost his hand and forearm in a traffic accident when he was 12, allegedly robbed the State Employees Federal Credit Union. He walked in, demanded money, and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. He did not mention having a weapon, and no one was injured. Palella is on parole for an earlier bank robbery.

Twin Friars Die on Same Day

Identical twins Julian and Adrian Riester did everything together. They were born together on March 27, 1919. They were rejected for military service because of one bad eye each, on opposite sides like a mirror image. They joined the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor together, and served in the same location for most of their 65 years of service. Brother Julian died Wednesday morning at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Brother Adrien died that afternoon. The cause of death for both was heart failure. They were 92 years old.

Titanic II Sinks

Maybe he should have seen it coming. Mark Wilkinson of Birmingham, UK, bought a used 16-foot cabin cruiser named Titanic II. The boat sprung a leak on Wilkinson's very first outing from a port in Dorset, and just like its namesake, the boat sank beneath the water.

“It's all a bit embarrassing and I got pretty fed up with people asking me if I had hit an iceberg,” Wilkinson, 44, told British newspaper The Telegraph.

When Wilkinson returned to the harbor on his second-hand boat (worth about $1,600), it sprung a leak. U.K. newspaper The Sun reported that a large hole opened up in the fiberglass hull. Soon, the stern of the boat was fully submerged in water. As the small cruiser went down stern-first, Wilkinson abandoned ship when a harbor master threw in a life preserver attached to a rope.

Onlookers cracked that the small boat could have been sunk by an ice cube.

Man Crashes While Driving to Traffic Court

Robert Eugene Craver of Salisbury, North Carolina has several court dates this summer on various charges ranging from traffic violations to assaulting an officer. He was driving to court to answer charges of reckless driving on Thursday morning when his pickup truck crossed into the oncoming lane and crashed into another truck. Both drivers were taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries. Before leaving the scene, Craver explained that he was late for court, and took his eyes off the road while looking for his attorney's phone number. Police at the scene believe Craver was under the influence of drugs.