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The Weird Week ending December 21st

Drug Traffickers Open Fire on Santa's Helicopter

Drug traffickers in a Rio de Janeiro slum opened fire on a helicopter carrying a Santa to a children's party. The helicopter was forced to land, and two bullet holes were found in the fuselage. Apparently, the gangsters that control the slum areas mistook it for a police chopper. Uninjured and undeterred, Santa got a ride to the party by car.

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Paul Karason is as blue as a man can be, but he's not just sad. He has been using colloidal silver as a remedy for 14 years, which can lead to a condition called Agyria, in which the skin turns blue. Karason says he hopes people in his new home in California are more understanding of the condition.

Son's Punishment is Profitable

An unidentified father proudly returned home with a hard-to-find game that he bought for his 15-year-old son. The son was found smoking pot with friends in the backyard. The angry father put the Guitar Hero game for Wii up for auction on eBay, and sold his $90 investment for $9,100!

Man Finds His Long-Lost Birthmother at His Workplace

Steve Flaig drives a truck for the Lowes store in Grand Rapids. He had searched for his birthmother for years, until he realized he had slightly misspelled her name. A quick search revealed that she had recently been hired as a checkout clerk at ... Lowes!

This Marriage Started in the Toilet

Jennifer Cannon married her Prince Charmin yesterday, and the couple started their new life together on a roll. They were wed in the Charmin Restrooms in New York's romantic Times Square, and Jennifer wore a dress made from seven rolls of toilet paper.

iPond: Cool or Cruel?

The iPond is an iPod accessory the combines a speaker with a tiny aquarium! So tiny, some consider it a form of animal cruelty.

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A woman was ticketed after her goats were caught mating and relieving themselves on her own yard. Behind a fence. That's illegal in Dibble, Oklahoma, even on private property. It makes one wonder what happened to cause such a law to be enacted.

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Bleat Along to Classic Holiday Tunes With This Goat Christmas Album
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Feeling a little Grinchy this month? The Sweden branch of ActionAid, an international charity dedicated to fighting global poverty, wants to goat—errr ... goad—you into the Christmas spirit with their animal-focused holiday album: All I Want for Christmas is a Goat.

Fittingly, it features the shriek-filled vocal stylings of a group of festive farm animals bleating out classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The recording may sound like a silly novelty release, but there's a serious cause behind it: It’s intended to remind listeners how the animals benefit impoverished communities. Goats can live in arid nations that are too dry for farming, and they provide their owners with milk and wool. In fact, the only thing they can't seem to do is, well, sing. 

You can purchase All I Want for Christmas is a Goat on iTunes and Spotify, or listen to a few songs from its eight-track selection below.

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Cheese Wheel Wedding Cakes Are a Funky Twist on an Old Tradition
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If there’s ever a time you have permission to be cheesy, it’s on your wedding day. What better way to do so than with a pungent wedding cake made of actual wheels of cheese? According to Elite Daily, cheese wedding cakes are a real option for couples who share an affinity for dairy products.

One of the trailblazers behind the sharp trend is Bath, England-based cheese supplier The Fine Cheese Co. The company offers clients a choice of one of dozens of wedding cake designs. There are bold show-stoppers like the Beatrice cake, which features five tiers of cheese and is priced at $400. For customers looking for something more delicate, there’s the Clara centerpiece, which replaces miniature wedding cakes with mounds of goat cheese. Whether your loved one likes funky Stilton or mellow brie, there’s a cheese cake to satisfy every palate. Flowers are incorporated into each display to make them just as pretty as conventional wedding cakes.

Since The Fine Cheese Co. arranged their first wedding cake in 2002, other cheese suppliers have entered the game. The Cheese Shed in Newton Abbot, England; I.J. Ellis Cheesemongers in Scotland; and Murray’s Cheese in New York will provide cheese wheel towers for weddings or any other special occasion. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from clearing out the local fromagerie and assembling a cheese cake at home.

[h/t Elite Daily]

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