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The Weird Week in Review

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He Lived

Truck driver David Monaghan of Salford, Lancashire, UK, was traveling through Shrewsbury when this happened. A pair of construction platforms on an incoming truck shifted as the vehicle came around a curve, and one went right through Monaghan's windshield! Look at the picture, and think about where a driver in Britain sits. The incident was caught on his dash cam.

He said: “I still can’t believe it happened – I thought I was dead. I had two seconds to make a decision and luckily it was the right one. I managed to put my foot on the brake, the clutch, keep my hand on the steering wheel and duck down. I don’t know how I did it. “But I am so glad I did because I keep thinking about what might have happened if my lorry would have flown on to that roundabout. I could have piled into a number of other cars, I could have killed countless others.”

Monaghan stopped the truck, and witnesses ran up, sure that he was dead. He managed to reach up and wave to them. The 62-year-old Monaghan only suffered some cuts to the back of his head. Still, he’s taking some time off work to recover from his near-death experience

Mall Charges Kids to See Santa, Quickly Backtracks

An elaborate Christmas attraction at Cherry Hill Mall in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, had parents seeing red. The Adventure to Santa enclosure had been set up in the mall, with an entrance fee of $35 to $50 for photographs and video. Santa Claus was inside, so children who just wanted to talk to him had to pay even if they didn’t want photos or video. The attraction was very popular last year, but it was also free. This year’s charges had parents venting on social media and complaining to the mall’s management. That led to a change of heart. A visit to Santa Claus will now be free of charge.

Chain Reaction Accident Leaves Home Wrecked

An unnamed homeowner in Merrimack, New Hampshire, hired a tree service to remove 20 trees. A crane used in the tree removal hit a old septic tank, which the homeowner didn’t even know about. The septic tank collapsed, and the crane's wheels fell into the hole left behind. The top of the crane crashed into the house, but did not injure the two people inside. However, a worker was left hanging in a tree. When the crane was moved out, it hit the worker in the tree, who was then taken to a hospital with a foot injury. All in all, it was an eventful day in Merrimack. 

Roo on the Roof

Trent and Bronwyn Duggan of Melbourne, Australia, heard a crash on their roof Saturday morning. They went to investigate and found an Eastern Grey kangaroo sitting on the roof! The animal had hopped up about twelve feet to land above his comfort zone.

"It sort of sounded like three grown men line dancing on the top of my roof," Mr Duggan said.

The kangaroo didn’t know what to do, so the Duggans summoned wildlife authorities. The ‘roo was up on the roof for six hours when wildlife expert Sharon Bonnici ended the standoff by climbing up and sedating him with a tranquilizer gun. Or, as Bonnici put it, “encouraged him down.” 

Spaghetti Strainer Allowed in Driver’s License Photo

A woman in Lowell, Massachusetts, has won her battle to be pictured on her driver’s license wearing a colander on her head. Lindsay Miller is a Pastafarian, and insisted the strainer is a sign of her devotion to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. She was denied a license renewal in August because of her demand. Headwear is not allowed in license photographs unless it is for medical or religious reasons. Miller appealed, and brought a lawyer. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster began in 2005 as a parody of other religions and aims to highlight the difficulty of defining religion at all. Miller’s appeal hearing was to be this week, but the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles canceled it and moved to allow Miller to wear her religious symbolism on her license.

A Name So Awkward, No One Believes Him

An Australian man with a Vietnamese heritage is upset that Facebook keeps deleting his account, insisting that he use his real name. The problem is that he is using his real name, which is Phuc Dat Bich. The 23-year-old even went so far as to post a photo of his passport online to convince Facebook that it is his real name. In case you are wondering, it is pronounced “Phoo Da Bic.”