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The Weird Week in Review

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Badger on a Bender

A female badger is recovering at an animal shelter in Rewal, Poland. She was found unconscious, surrounded by seven empty beer bottles. Two more were hidden in the bushes. Rewal is a seaside resort, and shelter workers believe the badger, now named Wandzia, stole the bottles from tourists and opened them with her teeth. After two days of sleep, the badger is recovering, although still somewhat disoriented. She may be released into the wild this weekend.

Woman Has Hysterectomy, Also Loses Two Teeth

Clare Jones of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, UK, went to a hospital for a routine hysterectomy. When she awoke from the surgery, two of her teeth were missing. No one in the operating room recalls anything happening to them. Jones assumes that someone pulled the teeth when they had to “put something in to help with my breathing during the operation.” The hospital has launched an investigation, which may take up to two months.  

Emergency Call: Cat Ate My Bacon

Police in West Yorkshire, UK, hope to educate the public about the proper use of 999, the British emergency number, by publicizing some improper calls. One man called the emergency line and complained that his cat had eaten his bacon. Specifically, his girlfriend let the cat eat the bacon. Was he concerned about the cat’s health? No. 

Over the course of the 90-second call, the caller tells the operator that he wants to press charges against his girlfriend and the bacon-eating feline. The operator finally explains point blank: "Sir, it's not a criminal offense to let your cat eat your bacon. And we don't arrest cats."

Boyfriend Stops Robbery During Proposal

Nicholas Anderson of Hickory, North Carolina, conspired with his girlfriend Deanna’s young son to propose to her during a visit to their favorite restaurant, Salsarita’s. They were there on Monday to pop the question when the plans were interrupted by a man who tried to rob the restaurant! Anderson jumped up and grabbed the perpetrator as he was trying to make his getaway. He held the guy in a choke hold until the would-be robber passed out. After the incident, Anderson took Deanna and her son to a park, which was Plan B. She still had no idea he was going to propose, but after his heroic actions earlier, how could she have said no? Anderson said the robbery incident actually made it easier: “After all that happened, asking her to marry me wasn't near as bad.”    

Kittens Reportedly to Blame for South Nashville Wreck, Power Outage

A driver ran into a power pole in Nashville Monday morning, causing a power outage for hundreds of city residents.

The man reportedly told police he had a litter of kittens in the car and that one of the tiny feline's distracted him and caused him to slam into the power pole, partially knocking it over. Emergency crews transported the man to a hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, police said.

None of the kittens was injured. There was no explanation offered as to why he was driving with a litter of kittens at 12:30 AM.

Lost ATM Money Found After Man Bought SUV with Cash

On Monday, an ATM crew forgot a bag containing $150,000 in cash and left it outside in Mahwah, New Jersey. Surveillance cameras caught images of a van stopping and picking up the bag. The van was found on Wednesday, and 42-year-old Alton Harvey was arrested. A new SUV with a sticker price of $46,000 was also found near the van; it had been purchased with cash shortly after the money bag was picked up. Police also issued an arrest warrant for Jamar Bludson of Newark, who Harvey said was with him during the incident.