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The Weird Week in Review

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Stacked Vehicles at Shopping Center

Police in Maryville, Tennessee, were mystified as to how a Camaro ended up completely on top of a Subaru in a shopping center on Wednesday. By the end of the day, the story was stitched together. A teenager driving the red Camaro started to feel dizzy as he drove through a nearby roundabout. He lost control of the car, which hit an embankment and became airborne, then landed on the Subaru parked in the parking lot. No one was injured in the accident, and the driver will not be ticketed.   

New York Airport To Build World’s First Animal Terminal

New York’s Kennedy Airport revealed plans to build a $48 million terminal next year for animals. Called The ARK at JFK, the facility will feature a luxury lounge for pets, plus barns, corrals, cages, and other holding facilities to handle all kinds of creatures passing through.

Many arriving animals are quarantined for a period of time (for horses, it’s normally about three days) to make sure they’re not carrying contagious diseases. And The ARK is designed to make their stay as pleasant as possible, with hay-lined stalls for up to 70 horses and 180 head of cattle, plus an aviary and holding pens for goats, pigs and sheep. For dog owners, The ARK will offer a 20,000-sqf (1,860-sqm) luxury “resort” run by the company Paradise 4 Paws, complete with bone-shaped splashing pools, massage therapy and “pawdicures with colored nail pawlish.” Dogs can watch flat-screen TVs and their owners can check in on them via webcam. Cats will have their own trees to climb. And all animals will have access to a 24-hour clinic run by Cornell University’s veterinary college.

The 178,000-square-foot terminal will replace a animal holding facility built in the 1950s.

Intruder Hid Under Bed for Three Days

This is worse than thinking of monsters under your bed. A homeowner in Spotswood, New Jersey, took out his trash. That’s when Jason Hubbard entered the home and hid underneath a bed in a spare bedroom. He stayed there for three days before being found! Hubbard used the time to charge his four cell phones with an outlet under the bed. He was found when the homeowner heard a noise on the third day. Hubbard has been charged with criminal trespass, burglary, and theft of services.

Do Not Take Selfies with Bison

A 43-year-old woman was visiting Yellowstone National Park with her daughter and decided to take a selfie with a bison in the background. The bison was about 18 feet behind them, but apparently objected to the intrusion of his privacy. The unidentified woman and her daughter heard the bison approach from behind and started to run. The beast was faster, and tossed the woman through the air with its head. She was taken to a clinic with minor injuries. The National Park Service said it was the fifth bison encounter that resulted in injuries this year.

Man Steals Hearse to Frame Enemy

It’s a complicated story from Buffalo, New York. Michael Healing was in trouble because he’d cheated a drug dealer out of $11,000. The dealer then kidnapped Healing and stole his mother’s car, which Healing had been driving. Healing promised to get the money, but came up with a “better” plan. He took a hearse from in front of a church during a funeral. The hearse, which did not contain the deceased at the time, was supposed to be found with the drug dealer in it, leading to his arrest. Instead, police arrested Healing when he reported his mother’s car stolen. And those are just the highlights from The Buffalo News.

Winner of French Scrabble Championship Does Not Speak French

Nigel Richards of New Zealand entered the French-language Scrabble tournament in Louvain, Belgium, and took first place. But he doesn’t speak a word of French.

"He won't know what [the words] mean, wouldn't be able to carry out a conversation in French I wouldn't think," Liz Fagerlund, former president of the New Zealand Scrabble Association and a friend of Richards, told the New Zealand Herald. He just  memorized a French dictionary.   The dictionary Richards memorized includes all French words made up of two to 10 letters. "To him words are just combinations of letters," Yves Brenez, the competition's organizer, told FranceTV. "I’m perhaps exaggerating a bit, but he comes up with scrabbled (words of seven or more letters) that others take 10 years to know.”

Richards knows his Scrabble, though, and how to win. He’s held several English-language U.S. and world championships.