The Weird Week ending January 11th.

Where's the Beef?

A truck carrying $100,000 worth of prizewinning bulls headed for a professional bullriding show was hijacked in Nashville last Friday. The woman who was driving the truck managed to jump to safety. The bulls were recovered Saturday morning as the truck had run out of gas, but the thief remained at large. And that's no bull.

Bridge Stolen 150missing-bridge-khabarovsk.jpgOvernight

Russian police are searching for thieves who dismantled and carried away a 200 ton metal bridge. The bridge leading to the heating plant in Khabarovsk in eastern Russia vanished overnight, leaving employees to find alternate routes to work. Authorities say the replacement bridge will be made of concrete.

Firm Offers Family Allowances to Pet Owners

The Tokyo-based Kyoritsu Seiyaku Corporation, a veterinary products manufacturer, has begun to give a "family allowance" of 1,000 yen, or about $9 a month, to employees who own cats or dogs. The company does not yet offer paid leave when a pet dies, but is looking into the possibility.

Boy Glues Self to Bed to Avoid School

10-year-old Diego Palacios of Mexico dreaded returning to school after Christmas break so much that he glued his hand to his bed. After spending two hours trying to unstick him, his mother called paramedics who freed him, after which he was sent to school.

"I didn't want to go to school because vacation was so much fun," Reforma newspaper quoted the boy as saying.

Men Wheel Corpse to Check-Cashing Shop

66-tear-old Virgilio Cintron died of natural causes in New York. Two of his friends, in an attempt to cash his $355 Social Security check, took him to a check-cashing shop in a wheelchair wheeled chair. They apparently knew the clerk would ask for him to be present. However, the attempt was foiled when a crowd gathered and drew the attention of a police detective.

Boss Fires Staff for Not Smoking

If you have ten workers, and three of them request a no-smoking work area, what do you do? Fire them, of course! A German IT company's manager, identified as Thomas J, did just that.

"I can't be bothered with trouble-makers," Thomas was quoted saying. "We're on the phone all the time and it's just easier to work while smoking. Everyone picks on smokers these days. It's time for revenge. I'm only going to hire smokers from now on."

Fluorescent Pig Gives Birth to Glowing Piglets

One of the three Fluorescent Green Chinese pigs bred in 2006 has given birth to eleven piglets after mating with a normal boar. Two of the piglets inherited the gene for Green Fluorescent Protein from the mother. The first generation of glowing pigs was produced by injecting the protein while they were embryos.

Moron Arrested After Driving Truck Into House

A man was arrested last Friday after he drove his truck into a house in Texas. 20-year-old Bryan Scott Moron was arrested after failing a sobriety test. His blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

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Two Human Toes Were Stolen From an Anatomy Exhibit
Pierluigi Luceri, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Pierluigi Luceri, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A 28-year-old New Zealand man walked into an anatomy exhibition with 10 toes and walked out with 12. We don't know why or how he did it, but the man stole two human toes from a Body Worlds display in Auckland last month, The New Zealand Herald reports.

The unnamed man appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to improperly interfering with the corpse "of an unknown person" and purloining two toes, which alone are valued at about $3800. The motivation for the human remains heist wasn't stated. (Fulfilling a dare seems a likely explanation, or maybe he's just a fan of The Big Lebowski.)

Whatever the reason may be, the story has a happy ending, at least: The digits have since been returned to their rightful place in the "Vital" exhibit, which explores the human body in motion. "Vital," which will remain open in Auckland until July 13, is one of several traveling exhibitions curated by Body Worlds. Two other Body Worlds exhibits are currently on view in the U.S., including "RX" (showcasing the effects of disease) in Toledo, Ohio, and "Animal Inside Out" (an "anatomical safari") in Richmond, Virginia.

The bodies, all of which are donated for exhibition purposes, are preserved via plastination, a process that "replaces bodily fluids and soluble fat in specimens with fluid plastics that harden after vacuum-forced impregnation," according to the Body Worlds website. More than 16,000 people around the world have signed up to donate their bodies after their deaths.

[h/t The New Zealand Herald]

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David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images
Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images

David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]


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