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The Weird Week in Review

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Intruder Spends Five Hours Caught Upside-down in Window

Two freshmen at Nottingham Trent University in England spied an unusual sight as they walked through the campus Friday morning. A man had tried to enter a building through a window when his legs were caught, leaving him upside-down with his rear end exposed. The students talked to him while taking photographs and video, then called emergency services. Police and firefighters responded, but they also had to take selfies before rescuing the man, who said he’d been in that position for five hours. Rescue workers eventually had to break the window to free him.

Truck Was Not “That Stolen”

Police in Destin, Florida, spotted a pickup truck that had been reported stolen from Crestview. They spoke to the occupant of the truck, 58-year-old Debra Jean Mason.

She said the truck belonged to man she knew as “Cole,” but became “evasive” and wouldn’t look at officers when asked if she knew the vehicle was stolen, the report said. She eventually said that Cole had “stolen the vehicle from his mother,” but had let Mason borrow it. When officers pointed out that she knew the vehicle had been stolen, she replied, “I didn’t think it was that stolen,” according to the report.

Mason was arrested and charged with grand theft auto.

Cat Returns from the Dead

We thought he was a goner, but the cat came back. Bart, a cat in Tampa, Florida, was hit by a car. A neighbor, Dusty Allbritton, found him laying in the road, stiff. Bart’s owner, Ellis Hutson, buried Bart in the back yard. But five days later, Bart showed up at the nearby store where Allbritton works! He was taken to the Tampa Bay Humane Society, where he was discovered to have a broken jaw and other facial injuries. The Humane Society of Tampa later reported that Bart’s surgery was a success, although he needed a blood transfusion the next day. Bart should be able to return home in a few days. Meanwhile, the cat that donated the blood, named Draco, is available for adoption.

Woman Drives Around with Marijuana Stash for 13 Years

Melodie Peil of Alamagordo, New Mexico, drove her 1990 Chevy van everywhere since she bought it 13 years ago. She used it to ferry her kids and then her grandchildren. Recently, she had trouble closing the door properly, and had a friend look at it. When he removed the passenger door panel, bricks of marijuana fell out! The stash turned out be 13.5 pounds of pot.

Police say the drugs were likely stashed there by the van’s previous owner, more than 13 years ago. “It was packaged typically how the drug traffickers package marijuana. You know, they wrap it in foil, they wrapped it in saran wrap real tightly,” said Alamogordo Detective Lieutenant Roger Schoolcraft. Peil didn’t just drive the van to the grocery store and back. It’s gone through at least 10 border patrol checkpoints in New Mexico and it passed every time. Police say it’s likely because the weed was so old and it was packaged so well.

Just in case there is more weed stashed in the van, Peil plans to take it to the border patrol for a thorough x-ray.

Heist Nets 17 Coffins

in a pun-filled Facebook post, the Maribyrnong Police announced the theft of 17 coffins from a warehouse in Braybrook, Victoria, Australia. “Quite the undertaking really.” The coffins were being kept as overstock for a Melbourne funeral parlor. Police have since received some leads in the case. The coffins are worth around $2,000 each. Citizens are urged to beware anyone trying to sell a coffin at a discount rate.

Even Cheating Couldn’t get Him a License

Mohammed Al Zafari wanted to land a job that involved driving a car, but he had no license. He took the driver’s test 15 times in Canterbury, Kent, England, but failed each time. As a last resort, he asked his friend Emaad Alkaabi to take the test in his name. Alkaabi already has a driver’s license, but when he took the test as Al Zafari, he flunked it! Four months later, they repeated the scheme. The outcome was better in that Alkaabi passed the test, but worse in that he was caught impersonating Al Zafari. The 29-year-old Alkaabi admitted the deception, and was sentenced to nine months incarceration.