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The Weird Week in Review

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Rogue Sheep Finally Gets a Haircut

Sightings of a lone sheep in Australia were reported to the RSPCA, and a crew from the agency captured it Tuesday. Chris, as they named him, is a Merino sheep that had gone unshorn for at least five years. A team of five volunteer sheep shearers, including national champion Ian Elkins, worked for 40 minutes to remove 89 pounds of wool! Now Chris is 89 pounds lighter and has a world record for the most wool removed from a sheep in one shearing.

Car Taken Away? Drive a Barbie Jeep!

Tara Monroe, a student at Texas State University, was arrested for driving while intoxicated. When her father heard the news, he drove down to the campus to take her a bicycle- and took her vehicle back home with him. But Monroe did not want to ride a bicycle around campus. She went to Craigslist and bought a Barbie Jeep, that is, a child-sized battery-powered vehicle. The sight of the student traveling around campus in the tiny pink Jeep was so odd that several people shared her picture, and now she’s a viral sensation. Monroe doesn’t quite know how she feels about that, but it beats pedaling a bicycle.

Man Saves Wife, Child and Barbecue Ribs from Fire

Robert Wright was a hero when the apartment building caught fire about 3 a.m. Wednesday. The apartment next door was burning, so Wright ushered his family out, and some precious belongings, too. He told 9news:

“The only thing I think first is ‘make sure them ribs is right’ and ran over and got my family, man,” Mr Wright said, in the interview that is now going viral. He managed to get his wife and children out of the house, along with the ribs, while a woman and child who were in the burning apartment managed to scramble out the window.

The occupants of the burning apartment were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. Wright refused treatment, and was looking forward to a barbecue dinner.

Dog Falls 14 Stories into Man's Arms

Ted Nelson of Portland, Oregon, looked out his apartment window and noticed a dog had climbed through the balcony railing of another building. The balcony was 14 floors up! Nelson ran outside over to the other building, and positioned himself under the dog just in case it fell. And then the dog fell, right into Nelson’s arms. Or rather, it hit him in the chest, but never hit the ground. Nelson and his girlfriend took the Bichon Frise to a veterinarian, who declared the dog, named Mordy, healthy outside of some bruises. Mordy’s owner said she is grateful for Nelson’s quick actions.

Write an Essay to Win a Historic Vermont Inn

It’s not exactly a sweepstakes, nor a raffle, even though it costs $150 to enter. The contest relies on an essay you write in order to win a $600,000 inn in Vermont. The nine-room inn is on the National Register of Historic Places, but owner Doreen Cooney had trouble finding anyone who could afford it. That’s why she decided to have a contest. If 4,000 entries come in, that will cover the value of the property. And someone who can express how much they want it will get the chance to run their own Vermont inn, just like Dick and Joanna Loudon on the TV show Newhart. No word as to whether the inn comes with its own Larry, Darryl, and Darryl.

Would-be Thieves Picked the Wrong Victim

Monique Bastos was walking to a class with two friends on Tuesday when the group was accosted by two muggers in Acailandia, Brazil. They pulled up on a motorbike and demanded the group hand over their phones. Instead of succumbing, Bastos knocked over the motorbike and held one of the men in a choke hold with her legs while the other fled. Bastos is a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, and she and her friends were on their way to jiu-jitsu class. She held the man immobile until police arrived 15 minutes later to arrest Wesley Sousa de Araujo. Bastos said it is the second time she’s had to defend herself from a stickup on the street.