The Weird Week in Review
AIRPORT SENDS IN THE CLOWNS FOR SECURITY LINES
Airport security lines are becoming longer and longer as air travel increases and the TSA experiences budget cutbacks. At some airports, clearing security can mean a two or three hour wait. TSA officials advise passengers to show up early. Airports are responding by bringing food and entertainment to those waiting in line. Cincinnati brought in miniature therapy horses. San Diego has clowns from the Fern Street Circus. Sea-Tac Airport moved its musicians to the outer side of security to play for a captive audience. Several airports are providing snacks and drinks to those in line.
You can’t miss when you combine your customer’s two favorite things. Pizza Hut in Britain is experimenting with a new recipe for pizza crust that uses beer. the “beer pizza” comes in two flavors, The Steak Feast and American Hot. However, the trial run is today only, and only at one Pizza Hut location, Finchley Lido Hut in London. And only until supplies run out. According to The Mirror,
Guests can try the new dishes for free at the brand's newly refurbished flagship restaurant – part of its nationwide £60 million investment programme.
But they'll need to whisper the secret words, ‘I Like it Hop’, to their waiter or waitress when ordering and purchasing a beer of their choice, to try the pizzas.
If diners like what they get, beer pizza may roll out to other locations in the future. Whether it will ever come to the US is unknown.
WOMAN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL WITH SHARK ATTACHED TO HER ARM
An unnamed woman walked out of the water in Boca Raton, Florida, on Sunday with a nurse shark on her arm. The two-foot-long shark had its teeth sunk into her forearm. She seemed calm and there was little blood, but as she waited for paramedics to arrive, she began to have trouble breathing. Paramedics administered oxygen and took her -and the shark- to a hospital, where she was listed in stable condition. There is no word on the condition of the shark. Nurse sharks have thousands of teeth and can hold on for quite some time after biting, but teeth on a small shark rarely penetrate deeply.
BUBBLE GUN GETS KINDERGARTEN STUDENT SUSPENDED
A kindergarten student at Southeast Elementary in Brighton, Colorado, took a plastic gun that produces soap bubbles when the trigger is pumped to school. She was caught using the gun to blow bubbles during recess. This violated school policy, and the girl was suspended for one day. Her mother apologized, saying she didn’t know the child had the gun in her backpack, but also said the school should use some common sense. The school stands behind its decision, citing school policy. The school released a statement that said, in part
The bringing of weapons, real or facsimile, to our schools by students can not only create a potential safety concern but also cause a distraction for our students in the learning process.
It’s not clear what learning process was distracted during recess.
MORTARBOARD TOSSING WILL BE PHOTOSHOP OPTION ONLY
The University of East Anglia Law School in Norwich, UK, has notified soon-to-be graduates that the tradition of tossing one’s mortarboard into the air will no longer be tolerated. The custom is now banned for health and safety reasons after some students were injured by falling hats last year.
The school is offering an alternative: Photoshop. A group shot will be arranged so the students can mime the act of tossing their mortarboards, and the headgear will be Photoshopped into the picture, which students can purchase for £8.