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The Weird Week in Review

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Man Rescued from McDonalds High Chair

An unnamed man in Cork, Ireland, stopped by a McDonalds outlet early Tuesday morning. For some reason, he sat in a high chair designed for infants and toddlers. When he couldn't get out, police were called. They managed to free the man from the high chair, and no charges were filed. However, witnesses, who say alcohol was involved, managed to snap a picture that went viral. A spokesman for McDonalds remarked that anyone using a high chair in their shops should always have adult supervision.  

Don't Dry Toilet Paper in the Microwave

Once an entire roll of toilet paper is wet, there's no saving it. It's gone. You may as well toss it in the garbage. An unnamed person in Tucson, Arizona, learned that lesson the hard way.

An attempt to salvage a soggy roll of toilet paper will end up costing someone several hundred dollars.

Fire crews were called Saturday afternoon to a Foothills senior living complex in the 1500 block of East River Road when a smoke alarm was triggered, Capt. Barrett Baker, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department, said.

The apartment sustained several hundred dollars in smoke damage.

Get a Degree in Heavy Metal

A new course to be offered this fall at New College Nottingham in England will lead students to a two-year degree in Heavy Metal. The school says it was developed in response to student demand. The new course will teach students the history and business of heavy metal, as well as how to write and perform songs. Public performances are part of the course in the second year. Those who complete the course have the option of continuing their path to a four-year degree at  Nottingham Trent University, which will accept credits from the heavy metal course. Though some say the degree is a waste of time, others point out that employers tend to cull stacks of job applicants by rejecting anyone without a college degree of some sort.

Fan Standoff at Science Fiction Convention

A clash between Star Wars fans and Doctor Who fans sparked a visit from police at the Norwich Sci-Fi and Film Convention on Sunday. The convention was co-hosted by the Norwich Star Wars Club at the University of East Anglia. When members of a rival group, the Norwich Sci-Fi Club, showed up, they were refused entrance. Jim Poole, treasurer of the Sci-Fi Club, arrived at the club and approached an actor from the TV series Doctor Who to request an autograph, and was asked to leave, sparking the dispute between the two groups. Poole called police to report an assault. Police arrived and determined there was no assault, but gave both groups a talking-to in order to reduce tensions.   

How to Beat the Lines at Walt Disney World

Some families with money to burn have found a nefarious way to bypass long lines at Walt Disney World in Florida: hire a disabled person to be part of your family for the day.  

The “black-market Disney guides” run $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day.

“My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’ — the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours,” crowed one mom, who hired a disabled guide through Dream Tours Florida.

“You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge,’’ she sniffed. “This is how the 1 percent does Disney.”

The woman said she hired a Dream Tours guide to escort her, her husband and their 1-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter through the park in a motorized scooter with a “handicapped” sign on it. The group was sent straight to an auxiliary entrance at the front of each attraction.

Those who skip lines by riding a wheelchair or motorized scooter can bring up to six group members with them on rides at Walt Disney World.

Singing Woman Forces Emergency Landing

An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York made an emergency stop in Kansas City to deal with an unruly passenger. An unnamed woman on the flight sang "I Will Always Love You" and would not stop. A Federal Air Marshal on board could not get her to stop. She kept singing as she was escorted off the plane. Security officers in Kansas City took custody of the woman, and detained her until she calmed down, then released her. She left the airport in a taxi, and the plane continued its journey, arriving in New York only one hour late.