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The Weird Week in Review

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Cell Phone Picture Said to be Lizard Man

There have been sightings of a “Lizard Man” in Bishopville, South Carolina, since 1988. On Sunday, August 2, a woman named Sarah caught a picture of what she believes is the legendary Lizard Man, running along a tree line near her church. The next day, an unidentified man submitted a video he had taken of the Lizard Man in May. Both were shown on the local TV news.

In the 20-second video, the photographer ducks behind a tree as a dark figure with what appears to be a long tail walks by some 30 or 40 yards away. The video stops as the figure appears to turn towards the camera. "If you're wondering I absolutely believe it's real. I also don't know if it's the same thing you posted," he added. "When it noticed me I high tailed it out."

 Read more about the Lizard Man of Lee County here.

Bounty Hunter Arrested After Targeting Police Chief’s Home

It was a case of a wrong address, a mistake anyone could have made. Bounty hunter Brent Farley and a group of ten assistants surrounded a home in Phoenix, Arizona, Tuesday night hoping to arrest a fugitive from Oklahoma. But the house belonged to Phoenix Police Chief Chief Joseph Yahner. Yahner told the crew to go away, that they had the wrong address, several times, and finally came out of the house in his underwear. There was no physical altercation, but Phoenix police came and arrested Farley on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing. He may also face other charges, as Farley is a felon and was carrying a handgun during the incident. The raid was instigated after a bond company asked for tips and received one via Facebook. 

The Longest Birthday Ever

Sven Hagemeier of Germany has set a new Guinness World Record for the longest birthday ever: 46 hours. As he celebrated his 26th birthday, Hagemeier flew across several time zones, from Auckland, New Zealand, to Brisbane, Australia, and finally to Honolulu, Hawaii. The flight to Hawaii crossed the International Date Line, which added a whole new day to his birth date. Most of the date was spent on airplanes, but a certificate from Guinness should make up for it.   

Inflatable Minion Causes Despicable Traffic Jam

On Sunday, residents of Dublin, Ireland, were treated to the sight of a Minion, from the movie Minions, that was 30 to 40 feet tall. On Monday, the inflatable character came loose from its tether and caused havoc as it blew down onto the Old Swords Road. One car lost its outside mirror, and traffic was tied up for a while, but no one was injured. There were a lot of pictures taken. An investigation was launched to see if any regulations were broken in the incident.

Fake Cop Pulls Over Real Cop

An unnamed man from North Kingsville, Ohio, is under arrest for impersonating a police officer. He pulled over a car Sunday night using a black SUV fitted with red and blue emergency lights. The driver of the car he pulled over, however, was an off-duty Youngstown police officer, who didn’t believe the man in the SUV was really a cop. After trying repeatedly to convince the officer that he really was a policeman, the man fled. The officer contacted North Kingsville police, who identified the vehicle a short time later and arrested the pretend lawman.  

Rare White Wallaby Spotted in Northamptonshire, England

Wallabies are marsupials native to Australia. Over the past few years, occasional sightings of wallabies in England have occurred, and it was determined that a few escaped wallabies have formed a colony in the wild. The latest sighting last weekend was in Salcey Forest in Northamptonshire. A group of horse riders saw a rare white wallaby. One of the riders was from Australia, and couldn’t believe her eyes. Caroline Phillips set out to investigate after a friend had told her about seeing a white kangaroo. She soon saw a “white thing” and went toward it. Phillips soon saw the white wallaby hopping away, and managed to record the animal on video.