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The Weird Week in Review

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Police Chase Ends as Car Lands on Sleeping Man

Police in Hamden, Connecticut, tried to pull over an SUV for outstanding violations after midnight Tuesday, but were instead led on a five-mile chase. The driver sped through a college campus and into the town of New Haven. Police laid "stop sticks," but the driver avoided them. The car finally stopped when it slammed into a house, landing on top of 34-year-old Michael Sweat, who was asleep in his bed. The suspect fled the scene. Paramedics responded and an engineering team arrived to prop up the house while Sweat was extracted from under the car, which took about an hour. Sweat was taken to the hospital suffering from burns, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

64-year-old Lard Deemed Fit to Eat

Hans Feldmeier received a can of lard from supplies distributed to Germans by the United States after World War II. He stashed it away and never opened the can. Feldmeier, who lives in Warnemünde, Germany, near the Baltic Sea, recently found the can and took it to authorities to see if it was still edible. The State Office for Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Security declared it fit for human consumption, although it had lost some consistency and taste. Feldmeier was delighted to hear of the unusually successful preservation, but when he requested his can back from the agency, they gave it back to him empty.

Holy Mackerel!

A truck full of fish overturned and dumped its load into Northern Ireland farmer Gordon Flinn's field on Thursday. The several tonnes of mackerel were piled two feet deep in places. The driver of the truck was taken to the hospital, but was not seriously injured and was able to return to the scene. The truck was removed and the road opened later that night, but the Flinns may have to put up with a fishy smell for some time.

Vermont Inmate Slips Pig into Police Decal

Inmates at a Vermont prison supply decals and other print materials to the state's police force. That includes the state police crest that is attached to official vehicles. A year after new decals were installed on 30 cruisers, it was discovered that the official crest, which depicts a cow on a pastoral hill, now includes a pig. The pig image is hidden in the cow's spots. Someone in the prison's print shop had changed the official design. The prank is under investigation.

Glacier Thief Arrested in Chile

Police in Chile have arrested an unnamed man who was driving a truck containing five tonnes of ice. The ice was allegedly stolen from the Jorge Montt glacier and was intended to be sold as designer ice for cocktails in upscale bars and restaurants. The value of the ice was placed at £3,900, but police are also considering adding charges of violating a national monument. The glacier is part of the Bernardo O'Higgins National Park, and is already endangered, retreating by around half a mile every year.

Man Accidentally Joins Antarctic Expedition

The planned expedition led by Norwegian Jarle Andhoy was already shady, and now there's an unwilling member along for the ride. The yacht took off in a hurry as immigration officials arrived to investigate Andhoy at an Auckland harbor, while a local mechanic was on board repairing an anchor on the 52-foot boat Nilaya.

Mr Andhoy and three crew members have embarked on an unpermitted voyage to Antarctica's Ross Sea, in defiance of both the Norwegian and New Zealand governments.

A previous trip he made to Antarctica almost a year ago ended in disaster when his yacht Berserk sank in a fierce storm and three men died.

Declaring himself "a Viking", the Norwegian adventurer says he is seeking the wreckage of the Berserk, which was serving as a supply ship for an attempt to reach the South Pole on quad bikes.

Authorities are looking for the Nilaya, which Andhoy said does not have a locator beacon. It is not thought to have adequate supplies for an extra crew member, either.

World's Smallest Woman is Big on Politics

Jyoti Amge was known as the world's smallest teenager until she turned 18, and is now certified by Guinness as the world's smallest woman. Amge is 30 inches tall and weighs only 12 pounds. A major celebrity in India, Amge made news this week when she endorsed candidates of the right wing Maharashtra Navnirman Sena party in Mumbai. She says she hopes her size doesn't overshadow her political views, but her size is what draws considerable crowds to appearances she makes for the candidates.

Indonesian Twins Reunited 29 Years Later in Sweden

Emilie Falk and Lin Backman were born in Indonesia in 1983 and adopted by two different families from Sweden, who were not informed they were twins. They were told about each other by a taxi driver, and the families met. But as the girls did not look alike and had different fathers listed on their papers, the parents decided they were not related after all and lost touch over the years. When Falk recently got married, she felt a renewed interest in the old story. She tracked down Backman, who lived only 40 kilometers away. Both are now teachers and both had gotten married on the same date one year apart. DNA tests revealed that they are, indeed, fraternal twins.