The Weird Week in Review
Fried Egg Left at Crime Scene
Police on the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of Cornwall, investigated a break-in at a storage shed next to a school football field. The door to the shed was damaged. And someone had left a fried egg at the scene, which puzzled investigators. The detail of the fried egg was posted on The Isles of Scilly Police Facebook page and went viral. The page now has more followers than the Isles of Scilly population. So far, the case has not been cracked.
Chase Ends When Suspect Loses Leg
An attempted traffic stop over a defective brake light in Taylor, Wisconsin, led to a high-speed police chase on Tuesday. The driver, 47-year-old Thomas Fuselier, refused to stop and sped up to 80 miles per hour. At one point, he was waving at the pursuing police car. Officers lost him but soon found his car abandoned in a ditch.
Authorities from both counties followed footprints into a wooded area for more than one mile and across a creek before a deputy found Fuselier on the ground unable to get up because his prosthetic leg was stuck in a fence, according to the complaint.
Police found meth and a pipe in his car.
New York Times Invents a New Country
In an article about one of the guys free climbing El Capitan, the New York Times had to issue a correction because they had mentioned the nation of “Kyrzbekistan, which does not exist.” They had meant to say Kyrgyzstan. Before the correction could be added, the newly coined nation of Kyrzbekistan already had a fictional history, culture, even its own Twitter feed. Of course, it is a former Soviet republic.
Sheriff’s Rug Says “In Dog We Trust”
The Pinellas County (Florida) Sheriff's Office commissioned two large green rugs with the department’s logo printed on them. A few weeks later someone finally noticed that the text inside the logo said “In Dog We Trust” instead of “In God We Trust.” The rug manufacturer will replace them with the correct logo. Meanwhile, one of the $500 rugs with the error is up for auction, with all proceeds going to the animal shelter Canine Estates Inc. The bidding currently sits at $1000.
The Smell of Money Wakes Man from Coma
Xiao Li of Shenzhen, China, fell into a coma after a week of no sleep in August of 2013. Doctors tried everything they could to revive him, but it was a year and a half later that they found the trick that worked: cash. When nurses waved bank notes under his nose, Li started to respond.
“We had asked his family what really drove him, and they were very clear that it was money,” Tang said. “When we learned about his fondness for money, we experimented with notes and change.
“Memories of smell and sound can be very powerful stimulants,” he added. “We found that a crisp, new 100 yuan note crumpled under his nose worked best.”
Li is now undergoing therapy and making progress in his recovery.
Juvenile Poses as Hospital Doctor for a Month
Police in West Palm Beach, Florida, received a report of a “child” wearing a lab coat with a stethoscope and telling people he was a doctor at St. Mary’s Medical Center. When they investigated, two security guards at the hospital were familiar with the “doctor,” and had seen him work there. One security guard said he’d been there at least a month. Police interviewed the unidentified teenager, who assured them he was a doctor and had been for years. The boy was released to his mother, who said he has an undisclosed illness, but refused to take his medicine. There were no reports of the teenager actually treating patients during his time at the hospital.