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The Weird Week in Review

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Triceratops Causes Traffic Jam

A 20-foot-long triceratops blocked traffic on High Street in Godshill on the Isle of Wight on Friday night last week. The beast, named Godshilla, was supposed to be home at Island Gems, but was taken on an unapproved outing

It belongs to Martin Simpson of Island Gems, who said: "It must have taken five hefty lads to move it. "It's great people are talking about it, but I wouldn't want to encourage anybody to cause a hazard for traffic."

Many believe alcohol may have been involved. The dinosaur has been returned to its home.

Hot Pockets

Josh Hamilton was making a purchase at a gas station on Owensboro, Kentucky, last weekend when his pants burst into flames! He ran outside and dropped his pants, and a store employee put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. The fire is attributed to a spare lithium battery he had in his pocket, which probably reacted with keys or coins. Never carry loose batteries without a cover. Hamilton was taken to a hospital with second-degree burns. You can see a gif of the surveillance video here.

Runaway 'Unicorn' Leads Police On A 4-Hour Chase

On Wednesday, photographer Sandra Boos of Madera Ranchos, California, was taking pictures of a child with her white pony Juliet, who was dressed in a pink halter and a spiral unicorn horn. Juliet suddenly bolted and ran away. Concerned calls began to come in to the local police from drivers reporting a unicorn loose on different highways. A helicopter was dispatched. Juliet was spotted in an orchard, but police could not approach the skittish creature. After four hours on the lam, Juliet was finally calmed by a friend of Boos on horseback, and she was led away to her paddock. There were some near-misses in traffic, but the unicorn was uninjured.   

Identical Twins Give Birth to Twins, Twice Each

Twin sisters Kerri Bunker and Kelli Wall of Orem, Utah, have a lot in common. Not only are they identical, they and their husbands are very busy -between them they have nine children under the age of five. Wall had twins on October of 2010, and Bunker had twins eleven months later. Then Bunker had a single daughter. Then last June, both sisters found out they were pregnant again -both with twins! So each sister now has two sets of twins. The Walls and the Bunkers used fertility treatments for three of the pregnancies that produced six of the nine babies. 

Police Confiscate T-shirt Launcher

The Townsville Crocodiles basketball team in Queensland has used a homemade cannon to toss t-shirts into the crowd for more than ten years. Only recently did someone ask the Townsville Police where one could obtain such a launcher, which sparked an investigation. Police determined that the cannon, which is essentially a PVC pipe powered by an air compressor, is a category B weapon. The team surrendered the cannon to the police. A Queensland Police Service statement said,

"Category B weapons need to be licensed and registered, having established a genuine need for possession. "Weapons of any category can only be manufactured by a licensed armourer." The determination puts the homemade pipe launcher in the same category as a single shot centre-fire rifle, a double barrel centre-fire rifle, a repeating centre-fire rifle, a break action shotgun and centre-fire rifle combination.

The Crocodiles general manager Rob Honan was perplexed, as the cannon can’t fire anything heavy enough to hurt someone. The team is looking for another way to distribute t-shirts.

Police Rescue Fake Fur Collar

Police in Newport, Shropshire, UK. were called out on a report of an injured otter on the side of the road. When they got to the specified location, they found the “otter” was a fake fur collar that had become detached from a coat. But that wasn’t the end of it. Police officers duly Tweeted the incident and then decided to have some fun with it. They named the collar “Ollie” and took a picture of him riding in a police vehicle.

Later, we see that Ollie has settled in well at his new home at the police station. He’s checking out the publicity he’s generated.