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The Weird Week ending January 11th.

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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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Little Baby's Ice Cream
Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Nalcrest, Florida: Where Postal Workers Go to Retire
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You could say that the Nalcrest community in central Florida delivers affordable retirement housing for seniors. And with amenities like a pool and tennis courts, you might even say it has the whole package [PDF]. Or you could just go with the pun that the community itself has landed on: “Nalcrest: A First Class Community.”

Nalcrest, you see, is a retirement community exclusive to members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC); the village has 500 ground-level apartments available for postal workers to enjoy after they’ve delivered their final Oriental Trading catalog. Garden-style units start at just $374 a month, including water, sewage, trash removal, basic cable, maintenance, and use of all of the recreational facilities.

The idea for an affordable, profession-specific retirement community came to NALC president William Doherty in the 1950s, when he toured Europe and saw similar setups organized by labor unions, religious groups, and fraternal organizations [PDF]. He proposed the idea for U.S. mail carriers as early as 1954, then pounced when Congress passed a law in 1959 that provided loans to build housing for seniors. Doherty was there to break ground on July 1, 1962; Nalcrest officially opened for business less than two years later on January 20, 1964. The dedication ceremony included a band of mail carrier musicians and a separate group called “The Singing Mailmen,” a group made up of—you guessed it—singing mailmen, as well as a female water skiing team that proudly flew pennants spelling out “Nalcrest.” After a stint as the ambassador to Jamaica, Doherty himself retired to Nalcrest, living there until his death in 1987.

Though residents may not be traipsing a daily mail route anymore, they still have plenty of options to stay active. Nalcrest has shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce, miniature golf, tennis courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, walking trails, and a softball diamond (home to the Nalcrest Eagles). It also boasts a travel club, a women’s association, and free art classes, among other activities. There’s one thing, however, it doesn’t have—dogs. With the exception of therapy dogs, Nalcrest has a no-canine rule in deference to retirees who were bitten in the line of duty and have an aversion to the animals.

If a dog-free community seems like paradise for postal workers, the other thing Nalcrest lacks cements its status as letter carrier nirvana: There are no mailboxes, because there is no home mail delivery. Each resident has to visit the Nalcrest post office to pick up any correspondence.


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