The Weird Week in Review
MISSING CAT EMERGES IN PARIS EIGHT YEARS LATER
Marna Gillian and Sean Purdy had a cat named Moon Unit, until she disappeared from her home in London as they hosted a New Year’s Eve party in 2007. They searched for her, and posted notices, but after a few months decided that Moon Unit was not coming home. Fast forward to 2016, and Gillian received an email from a French animal rescue group that they had identified Moon Unit from her microchip!
"She was found in Essonne, a suburb south of Paris," Gillian explained. "We have no idea how she got there. Our best guesses are that she stowed away, or found a new family, was brought over by them, and then ran away? The stowaway theory seems the most likely i think.
"She didn't get there legally, we do know, because her microchip would have been checked in that case."
Gillian and Purdy are no longer a couple, but they took a train together to collect Moon Unit in Paris. They say she is adjusting well, and will soon be introduced to one of her adult kittens.
A CRIME STRAIGHT FROM SEINFELD
Brian Edward Everidge was pulled over by Michigan police in April for speeding. His rented truck was found to contain 10,000 bottles and aluminum cans, which he was taking to redeem for the deposit money. In court this week, Everidge admitted that the cans and bottles were from Kentucky, a state that has no bottle deposit. Returning non-refundable bottles may get him up to five years and/or a $5,000 fine. If Everidge had returned the bottles for deposit, he would have received about $1,000. That might or might not have covered the cost of the rental truck, gas, food, and tolls. You will remember this scheme was the plot of a famous Seinfeld episode, entitled “The Bottle Deposit.”
CAR CRASH LEADS TO BEE ATTACK
Two residents of Laurel County, Kentucky, were surprised when they crashed into a fence Tuesday night, and surprised again when they were attacked by a hive of bees! Neighborhood resident Gary Lee Anderson heard a big "boom" and then saw that a Geo Tracker had crashed into a fence, and apparently disturbed a beehive.
"And the guy came out, screaming and squalling, and running around about like a chicken with its head cut off," Anderson said.
Then Anderson says they ran up the road, grabbed a hose outside his home and started trying to spray off the bees.
"I told him, 'You need to get out of that water,'" Anderson said, "but I didn't know he was getting eat up by bees, I thought he was just high."
Noah Elkins and Priscilla Simpson were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries from the crash and from numerous bee stings. Anderson was stung as well. Elkins was cited for DUI and Simpson for public intoxication.
IT'S SO HOT THAT POOP IS BURSTING INTO FLAME
Excessive heat and dry conditions have led to a bothersome occurrence in upstate New York. Residents complained of smoke and a bad smell in the town of Throop. It was coming from a burning pile of horse manure at a farm. The owner said the large piles of manure had been spontaneously combusting in the heat, and had ignited several times. Three local fire departments were summoned, and extinguished the burning pile in two hours.
MAN FENDS OFF CARJACKER WITH CAR WASH HOSE
Michael Davis of Shreveport, Louisiana, took his car to a car wash at 2 a.m. Wednesday for a cleanup. He was spraying the vehicle down when he was approached by a man with a gun who demanded his money and keys.
"He said 'give me your keys and your money,' and I said 'what'd you say?' and I took the sprayer and just sprayed it right in his face," recalled Michael Davis.
Davis' dashcam caught it all on video as Davis turned the power washer on the gunman and forced him to flee. Moments later, another man comes into view, appearing to attempt to grab the hose.
Davis doesn't let up, spraying the second man with the hose before swinging the wand at him. That man can be seen trying one more time to grab at the wand before also fleeing out of frame.
Davis then called police. You can see that dash cam video at KSLA-TV.