The Weird Week in Review
China Performs Cavity Searches on 10,000 Pigeons
October first is National Day in China, commemorating the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. As part of the celebration in Beijing, 10,000 pigeons were released over Tiananmen Square. But first, each pigeon had to undergo a security check, which included an anal probe. The process was videotaped by authorities. The procedure drew widespread derision on social media.
“I have not heard of pigeons released at National Day requiring security checks, but it is possible for them to carry things such as explosives,” Mr Yang of website China Pigeon Net, told the New York Times.
“They could carry something on their legs, under a wing, or in their anus. If they carried out security checks they would find them, just like on a person when they get on an airplane,” Mr Yang said.
That last sentence should make anyone wary of booking a flight out of a Chinese airport.
Woman Charged with Meth Possession over Spaghettios
Police in Gainesville, Georgia, arrested 23-year-old Ashley Gabrielle Huff on suspicion of drug possession after a traffic stop on July 2. Huff, a passenger in the car, was found with a spoon that had some kind of residue. Huff, who has no prior record, maintained that the spoon only had Spaghettios on it. Huff tried to resolve the case through the Hall County Drug Court, but was re-arrested on August 2 when she couldn’t make it to a hearing. Her assigned public attorney was working on a plea agreement when the report came back from the crime lab: the residue was indeed spaghetti sauce, and not the suspected methamphetamine. Huff was released from jail Thursday after being held for two months.
Air Traffic Rerouted Around Walrus Herd
A lack of sea ice has caused a estimated 35,000 walruses to congregate onshore in Alaska. The FAA has rerouted air traffic to avoid the area, and local communities have asked bush pilots and sightseers to steer clear, lest they cause a stampede. A stampede would be especially dangerous for the high numbers of female and baby walruses, as they could be trampled to death. Even the media have been asked to stay away, as low-flying helicopters have the greatest chance of causing a disturbance among the animals. The herd is the biggest “hauling out” observed since the US gained control of Alaska. Walruses normally spread on floating sea ice when they aren’t swimming, but the summer sea ice is at its sixth lowest level since satellite measuring began.
Reporter Covering Missing Child Finds Missing Child
A ten-year-old boy was reported missing Thursday in Tampa, Florida. ABC Action News reporter Cameron Polom went to the neighborhood to report on the search Friday morning. Paul Ezekiel Fagan had been missing for 14 hours when Polom saw a child standing off by a fence.
"I said, 'Have you been missing?' I said, 'Come here, buddy, and I just picked him up and I said would you mind if I lift you up?'" Polom said. "And I just said come with me, I just held his hand and walked him over to you guys. It's crazy." he said.
Deputies walked the little boy up to the house, and when family saw him, they ran to the little boy and hugged him.
Paul had been hiding among bushes in a neighbor’s yard, afraid to come home because he’d be in trouble. He said he left home because he “wanted some space” away from his little brother.
Glowing Dog Food Blamed on Sea Bugs
Fiona Wallis of Taranaki, New Zealand, bought a couple of meaty bones for her dog, and was astonished to see one of the bones start to glow as her dog Tyke carried it in his mouth. Both bones emanated a blue glow. Wallis said she naturally thought it was radioactive. Dave Allan of Jimbo's Pet Food collected the glowing bones and sent them off to Auckland for testing.
University of Auckland microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles had not yet examined the bones, but says there’s most likely a perfectly normal explanation: marine bacteria. The bones were kept in brine before packaging, which sea bacteria would thrive on, and then packaged, which would mask the fluorescent process due to lack of oxygen. She says that most strains of such bacteria are not harmful.
Man Tries to Rob Gas Station with Boomerang
An unnamed Australian man from Moorooka allegedly walked into a Shell station in Tarragindi, Queensland, and asked people for money. He then threatened the clerk and brandished a boomerang. However, there wasn’t room inside the station to launch a boomerang properly, and the would-be thief fled when his boomerang didn’t return to him. Police soon found the man and arrested him. He was not charged with attempted robbery, but had to appear in court on a notice of public nuisance.