The Weird Week in Review

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Edward Grant
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Edward Grant of Middletown, New Jersey, caught a fish Sunday in Raritan Bay. It’s a fluke, in more ways than one. It appears that something, possibly a bluefish or shark, had taken a bite out of the fish. The injury was completely healed.

"We were very shocked," Grant said, adding, "We used a few other words, too." Grant tossed the 18.5 inch fluke back into the bay, deciding it had been through enough already and deserved to live. "I felt bad for it," he said.

Was this fish lucky for both surviving such a bite and being tossed back in by a fisherman? Or is it unlucky for being bitten and being hooked?


An abandoned briefcase was turned over to a police officer in Seattle on Sunday. The person turning it in thought it was a simple lost-and-found case. When the police officer opened the briefcase, he found bags containing a total of 154 grams of cocaine. The briefcase also contained marijuana, a set of scales, a cell phone, some pills, and an identification card belonging to a 19-year-old man. A short time later, a 19-year-old man approached nearby police officers and asked if they’d found a briefcase. The unnamed man matched the ID found in the briefcase, and was promptly arrested for possession with intent to distribute.


A man named Jordan encountered a venomous redneck spider in a portable toilet at a construction site in Sydney, Australia, in April. The spider bit him on the penis and he was taken to a hospital for treatment. On Tuesday, the same man checked underneath the seats of a portable construction site toilet before sitting down—and was bitten by a spider again!

Jordan, who preferred not to reveal his surname, said he was bitten on "pretty much the same spot" by the spider. "I'm the most unlucky guy in the country at the moment," he told the BBC. "I was sitting on the toilet doing my business and just felt the sting that I felt the first time. "I was like 'I can't believe it's happened again.' I looked down and I've seen a few little legs come from around the rim."

Jordan said his colleagues were worried about him the first time, but this time he got laughs as his co-workers took him to the hospital. The second spider has not been identified. Jordan says he will not be using worksite toilets in the future.


When police in Des Moines, Iowa, attempted to pull over Taylor Parker for a traffic violation, he took off and sparked a police chase. Taylor attempted to get rid of a shotgun in the car by throwing it out the window. The gun hit the ground, which triggered it to fire off a round—into the vehicle’s tire. The 24-year-old Parker left the disabled car and fled on foot, but was soon captured by police. A “significant quantity” of meth was found in the car, and Taylor was charged with possession of both the drugs and the weapon.  


Witnesses called the North West Motorway Police to report an assault on the M62 highway near Warrington, England, on Saturday. One of the callers said a man was “biting a lady.” Police scrambled to find the vehicle. They pulled the car over, and saw both the driver and passenger covered in blood. Fake blood. The two were actors on their way to a job as extras playing zombies. The couple were happy to pose for a picture to accompany the police report