The Weird Week in Review
Eternal Flame Extinguished Due to Unpaid Gas Bill
The former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan has a memorial to fallen soldiers of World War II in the capital city of Bishkek, which features an "eternal flame." However, the government is three years in arrears to the gas company, Kyrgyzgas, that supplies the fuel for the flame. The bill is now over $9,000, and Kyrgyzgas turned off the supply line, putting the eternal flame out. The government said there is some confusion as to who is responsible for the bill, but they hope to work things out before the annual May 9 memorial commemorations.
Dull and Boring
Many cities adopt a "sister city" across the pond. These matchups between the New World and the Old World serve as a sort of cultural exchange. People in the village of Dull, in Perthshire, Scotland, have shown their sense of humor by seeking out a partnership with the Oregon logging town of Boring. It may be the most exciting thing that's happened in the two towns in a while.
Community councillor Marjorie Keddie said: "It might seem like a joke, but this could have real benefits for Dull. Everyone has been smiling at the prospect of the very eye-catching road sign this will inevitably require."
The two towns are not exactly equivalent, as Boring has a population of 12,000 while Dull could scramble up maybe 80 people.
Stabbing Victim Used Kebab as Pressure Bandage
James Hobbs of Highbridge, England, got into an altercation in Somerset with Jamie Edney, who slashed Hobbs' throat. To stem the bleeding, Hobbs grabbed a kebab from a takeout order and pressed it against his neck. He still lost over six pints of blood before being stitched up at the hospital. Edney was later sentenced to five and a half years for the stabbing, the lowest possible sentence, because he didn't start the fight.
Where Do You Work? "Roof"
Richard Haughton builds and repairs thatched roofs in Scottow, Norfolk, England. But when he works, all eyes are on his dog Axel, who's right there on the roof with Haughton and his crew. The Newfoundland mix has been climbing the ladder to be with his master since he was a puppy, and now has quite a reputation among customers, who love the rooftop dog. Axel climbs up well, and doesn't mind spending all day on the roof, but still cannot climb down on his own. He'll wag his tail to let the work crew know he needs to be brought down.
Felony Charges for $1 Soda
Mark Abaire of Naples, Florida, requested a cup for water at the local McDonalds, but instead filled it with soda from the fountain. When confronted by the manager, Abaire declined to pay for the soda, and was arrested shortly after. Although the crime would normally be misdemeanor theft, Abaire's record of petty theft raised it to a felony charge. He was also charged with trespassing and disorderly intoxication, both misdemeanors.
Cher's Key to the City Sold on eBay
Officials in Adelaide, Australia, were not happy to see the honor they bestowed upon singer Cher for sale at eBay. The Key to the City was sold early Thursday on the auction site. Mayor Stephen Yarwood said he was "exceptionally disappointed." Former mayor Steve Condous, who presented the key to Cher in 1990, said,
"I'm disappointed. I would have thought that getting the key to a city like Adelaide would have had some value to her, but obviously it doesn't because she wouldn't have got rid of it," said Condous.
"If she didn't want to keep it she should have returned it back to the city."
The bidding is is now closed; the key sold for over $95,000.
Targeting Customers: You're Doing It Wrong
Cedric Barnes of Florence, South Carolina was apparently looking to drum up some business by calling names from his list of phone contacts. He must have not recognized the name of one man he called trying to sell some marijuana. It was his former probation officer. The officer set up an appointment for the transaction and contacted Florence police, who were the ones who actually met with Barnes, bought the pot, and then arrested him. Police seized a half-pound of marijuana and some cocaine during the bust.