The Weird Week in Review
Stop Throwing Pizzas on the Roof
In the AMC series Breaking Bad, one scene showed the lead character Walter White flinging a pizza onto the roof of his house. The house is a real home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and apparently fans of the show have been throwing pizzas on its roof, even years after the series ended. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan had a few harsh words this week for those responsible.
"There is nothing original or funny or cool about throwing a pizza on this lady's roof," Gillian fumed on the show. "It's just not funny, it's been done before. You are not the first."
Tough guy actor Jonathan Banks, who played enforcer Mike Ehrmantraut and joined Gillian on the podcast, backed his boss, vowing to "hunt down" anyone caught pulling the stunt.
Gilligan said the people who live in the house have been very welcoming and tolerant of Breaking Bad fans, and shouldn’t be treated this way.
Car-Size Stingray May Be World’s Largest Freshwater Fish
A freshwater stingray estimated to be between 700 and 800 pounds was caught and released last week in the Mae Klong River in Thailand. The ray was measured at 7.9 feet wide and 14 feet long. Those on hand for the measurements included veterinary professor Nantarika Chansue; Jeff Corwin, the host of the TV show Ocean Mysteries; and biology professor Zeb Hogan, who knew that stingray from when he caught and tagged it in 2009. The ray is estimated to be between 35 and 40 years old. Is it a record? The ray was not weighed because the procedure may harm it. The Guinness Book has a separate record for saltwater rays and saltwater fish. The largest freshwater fish previously recorded was a 693-pound Mekong giant catfish.
Police Searching for Bowel Movement Bandit
Akron, Ohio, police have logged 19 cases of someone defecating on parked cars over the last three years. Wednesday morning, the perpetrator was caught on film. A resident who has been victimized seven times had set up a camera overnight, and a man was recorded doing the dirty deed for the eighth time between four and six AM. None of the victims who have viewed the video recognize the man, but police say they have some tips.
Driverless Snowmobile Travels 12 Kilometers Down Highway
A snowmobiler near St. Jude’s, Newfoundland, crossed the Trans-Canada Highway Monday afternoon when the accelerator became stuck. The driver bailed, but the snowmobile headed down the highway. In other circumstances, the vehicle would have soon left the highway and crashed, but the snow was piled high on both sides of the road. The snowmobile bounced off the snow walls, which kept it heading down the highway for 12 kilometers before it launched off a snowbank and landed upside-down. Cpl. Dean Hyde of the Deer Lake detachment of the RCMP estimated that the snowmobile was traveling at 50 to 60 kilometers per hour. Mercifully, there were no collisions with other vehicles. (Link contains auto play video.)
Kentucky Politician Arrested for Overdue Library Book
Johnathan Masters, who is running for the office of Lieutenant Governor in the Kentucky democratic primary, was pulled over by a state trooper while on his way to a TV appearance in Bowling Green. The reason for the stop was expired plates, but then the officer ran a check and found a warrant for Masters’ arrest.
"When he came back, he asked me, 'Did you take out a library book 11 years ago?'" Masters said.
It seems Masters had a warrant out for his arrest on of the charge of “theft by failure to make required disposition of property," a misdemeanor when the property is under $500.
"I started to laugh, but he said, 'This is serious!' and he took me to jail for three hours," Masters said.
Masters paid a bond of $100 and will be arraigned March 30. He plans to ask for a jury trial.
German Anti-vaxxer Ordered to Pay Out €100,000 Challenge
Stefan Lanka is a biologist in Germany. He believes that measles is a psychosomatic illness, and posted a challenge four years ago on his website to give €100,000 to anyone who could prove that measles is a virus. German doctor David Barden collected the findings of many scientists on the matter and presented them to Lanka, and then claimed the reward. Lanka dismissed the research, and was sued. This week, a court in Ravensberg ruled that the evidence was sufficient and Lanka has to pay up. There have been 33,000 cases of measles in Europe since 2014.