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The Weird Week in Review

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The Incredible Roast Beast

Chef David Varley outdid everyone with his Thanksgiving feast at Michael Mina's restaurant at Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco last month. The “Roast Beast” (or "Lambpigcow”) consisted of 24 quail, 12 chickens, eight ducks, six turkeys, two lambs, and a pig, rolled up in a side of beef and stuffed with chestnut-turkey sausage. It was roasted on the restaurant’s giant rotisserie and served to guests with access to a gravy fountain. Varley joked that after this holiday tailgate party, he might take a few years off from working on Thanksgiving.

Hearse with Deceased Inside Stolen from Funeral

Prominent Sydney human rights lawyer Seth Richardson died at age 52 and the funeral was held Thursday, but not without incident. During funeral preparations, a man jumped into the hearse and drove off- with Richardson in a coffin in the back! Richardson’s brother Tobias called police, who at first thought he was reporting a murder when he said a man drove off with his dead brother.

Tobias Richardson took matters into his own hands, jumping into his car and giving chase. Fortunately the hearse had turned into a cul-de-sac and Tobias Richardson blocked the only way out with his own car. The police arrived moments later and detained the driver.

The driver turned out to be a man with dementia who had walked away from his nursing home. He was taken to a hospital and no charges were filed. The incident was resolved in 20 minutes, and the funeral proceeded on time.

"Seth would have thought this was so funny, he had a wicked sense of humour," Ms West said.

Read the rest of the story at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Changing the Law to Match the Mistake on the Sign

If you don’t clean up your dog’s poop in North Hempstead, a community on Long Island, New York, you’ll face the possibility of a fine or imprisonment. But how much is the fine? The law says the fine is $25, but the signs say the fine is $250. It would cost a lot of money for the small community to have all the signs changed, so they are considering raising the fine to match what the signs mistakenly say! A $250 fine may be a better deterrent, and a few violators might eventually raise enough money to actually replace the signs. However, if it works, there would be no incentive to change it.

Has Anybody Seen the Bridge?

Robert Cortis of Farmington Hills, Michigan, reported that someone had made off with his bridge. He had gone to the property he owned Wednesday to move the bridge, which his father had built decades ago, and found it gone. The 40-foot footbridge was made of steel and wood and weighed around 5,000 pounds. On Thursday, police found the bridge, twenty miles away in Belleview. It was undamaged. As of yet, no suspects have been identified, and there’s no word on how the bridge was taken.

Dog Visits Hospital for Two Years Waiting for Deceased Owner

A little dog named Masha went to the Novosibirsk District Hospital Number One in Siberia with her owner when he was admitted two years ago, and then visited him every day. But when he passed away, Masha returned again and again. And she still goes there every day, waiting for her master.

Masha has become a well-known, and much loved, figure at the Novosibirsk District Hospital Number One, where patients and workers ensure she has a warm bed and food to eat. But, aware of her obvious sadness at being unable to find her owner, staff are hoping an animal lover will come forward to adopt her and give her a new home. Chief doctor Vladimir Bespalov told Novosibirsk Vesti TV: 'You see her eyes, how sad they are - it’s not the usual shiny eyes for when a dog is happy. You can see this in animals in the same way as with people. 'There is nothing medicine can do for her here, but we are still hoping that Masha will be able to find another owner. One day, and we very much want this day to come soon, our Masha will trust somebody.'

Masha has been compared to Hachiko, the dog who waited for his owner at the train station for eleven years after the man died. Read more about Masha at The Siberian Times.

School Open Despite Zero Enrollment

Llanfynydd Primary school near Carmarthen in South Wales is open, but there are no pupils attending. The final eleven students transferred to other schools over the summer, yet Llanfynydd remains open, with a teacher, administrators, and even a custodian. The village of 580 people must keep the school open, due to a bureaucratic process that requires a consultation and a formal decision. The consultation has been completed and a vote will be taken in January, but the school still cannot close until the end of the school year next summer. Meanwhile, the teacher and other staff members have been given other daily duties.