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The Weird Week in Review

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Boeing's Biggest Plane Landed at Wrong Airport

The Boeing 747 LCF Dreamlifter is a modified airliner that can haul the most cargo by volume of any plane in the world. Boeing uses it to haul plane parts, particularly whole 787 Dreamliner fuselages. For takeoff, it officially requires a runway of 9,199 feet. Wednesday night, a Dreamlifter arrived in Wichita, which has several airports. The plane received clearance to land at McConnell Air Force Base, the intended destination. Instead, the plane landed at the much-smaller Col. James Jabara Airport nine miles away. Jabara has no control tower, and a 6,101-foot runway, which is almost a thousand feet short of the big plane's landing requirements. The plane landed with no injuries or damage -just some serious tire skid marks. But what next? A much bigger runway is required for takeoff.

A replacement crew was sent in to fly the plane out of Jabara and nine miles over to the Air Force Base. With much of the cargo removed, the plane was able to take off on the short runway Thursday afternoon.

Super Spicy Snacks Send Kids to Emergency Room

Popular new snacks covered with flavor powder described as "Flamin' Hot" or "Super-Spicy" are sending children to the emergency room with gastritis, an inflammation of the stomach lining. Pediatrician Dr. Martha Rivera says she sees a half-dozen cases of gastritis in children every day -attributed to too many hot snacks. Emergency physician Dr. Robert Glatter thinks the kids become enamored with the burn of the spices, but blames the artificially-flavored powder for the irritation. He says he never sees emergency room cases from eating too much salsa. More and more schools are banning the ultra-hot snacks. Glatter advises parents to keep an eye on kids to make sure they don't become addicted to the spicy snacks.

Cats Hear You; Don't Care

A new study from the University of Tokyo sheds some light on cats' understanding of the human voice. A team led by Atsuko Saito studied 20 house cats over eight months in their natural habitat: at home with their owners. They found that 50 to 70 percent of cats would turn their heads when they heard a human voice, regardless of who it was. Their reaction was more intense if the voice was their owner's. This shows that cats do recognize their owner's voice. However, only 10 percent of the cats gave the feline version of an reply: by meowing or moving their tails. Apparently, cats mostly choose to ignore what they hear.

Blame It On Grandma

Dillon Coker was captured on camera speeding on the A127 in Essex, England. The 26-year-old responded to the summons that he wasn't driving the vehicle at the time; it was his grandmother. A quick check by the authorities revealed that Coker's grandmother lived in Sierra Leone, has never been to Britain, and does not know how to drive. Coker found out Tuesday that "perverting the course of justice" carries a stiffer sentence than speeding. He was sentenced to six months in jail, a suspended license, a £500 fine, and 100 hours of community service.

Frenchman Having Trouble Getting Home

Kevin Chenais went to the United States from his home in France to seek help with a hormone disorder. Chenais weighs 644 pounds. British Airways flew him to Chicago 18 months ago, but refused to take him back to France, citing safety issues. A week later, Virgin Atlantic agreed to fly Chenais to London. Once in London, his problems were not yet over. Eurostar railways refused to take him on the train through the Channel Tunnel to France, citing safety regulations. Finally, Chenais was able to secure passage on a P&O ferry.

The Absolute Grossest Way to Have Your Fortune Read

S. S. Singh is a "scatomancer," meaning he tells people's fortunes by examining their poop. In the new documentary A Journey to Planet Sanity, Singh says, "It's a lost art. You'd be surprised how accurate it actually is." Singh advises filmmaker Blake Freeman to do his business in the toilet, but not to flush. He then burns sage and examines the retrieved specimen.

What happened next shocked Freeman, who was already having a hard time keeping a straight face. "You're just going to pick that up with your hand?" he asked. "You have to get into it," Singh replied. "The stronger the aroma, the more accurate the prediction."

A Journey to Planet Sanity will be released in theaters and on iTunes December 6th.