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The Weird Week ending February 8th

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Woman Falls Head-First onto Knife... and Survives

72-year-old Mary Townsen fell on a knife she was using in the garden, which plunged through her eye socket and into her brain. Neurosugeon Dr. Kent Grewe removed the knife.

"We took it out and nothing happened," he said. "It's like, remember the Sword in the Stone?"

There was barely any bleeding and her eyeball was somehow untouched.

The accident left her immediately unable to read or do math. In the two years since the accident, Townsen has learned to drive, and her abilities have been returning a little at a time. Warning: link contains graphic x-rays and video.

Have You Seen This Man?

150_faceless_robber.jpgPolice released this artist's sketch of a man who robbed a bank in Bangkok last week. The man allegedly took 200,000 baht from the Ladprao branch of the Government Savings Bank several weeks ago. The sketch is a composite based on the recollection of eyewitnesses, who say the man was wearing a motorcycle helmet. If you recognize him, you are asked to call the Royal Thai Police.

Women to Strip for Hospice

Cancer patient Imelda Sharpe is rounding up friends to take it all off for a "tastefully bare" calender to raise funds for the Wigan and Leigh Hospice, in Wigan, England. The 59-year-old has been a day patient at the hospice for 18 months.

None of us have ever done anything like this before so it's quite nerve-racking. However, I've got it in my head that this is my way of saying thank you and giving something back to the hospice for everything it has given to me.

Sharpe was inspired after she saw the movie Calendar Girls.

150_future.jpgRussians Say Time Machine Possible in May

Russian mathematicians have claimed that time travel could be possible within the next three months. The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) will be conducting nuclear expeiments in the tunnels below Geneva in May. Irina Aref'eva and Igor Volovich of Moscow's Steklov Mathematical Institute say the energy they will produce my open up the possibility of visitors from the future. CERN member Dr Brian Cox calls the speculation "nothing more than a good science fiction story."

House for Sale; Body in Closet

A real estate agent was showing a house in Quorn, a village north of London to a prospective buyer when they found owner of the home dead in a closet. The house had been on the market for a week. The 40-year-old single man had inherited the home from his mother who died recently, and was found hanging by a belt. Authorities are treating the case as a suicide.

Man Beaten for Breach of Urinal Etiquette

47-year-old Edward Trevor Aldridge pled guilty to assault charges in Christchurch, New Zealand after an altercation in a mens restroom. He punched a man who used a urinal next to him.

Defence counsel Liz Bulger told the court: "This incident arose from a breach of what I understand to be urinal etiquette.

The judge sentenced Aldridge to 300 hours incarceration and 50 hours of community service.

Voters Told They Were Using Invisible Ink150invink.jpg

Twenty voters who went to the polls in Chicago Tuesday found they were given pens that didn't work. An election judge told them not to worry, that the pens had invisible ink, and would be read by a scanner. But no, the voters had been given the wrong pen, one that worked with a computer touch screen instead of the standard ink pens for paper ballots. The votes were not counted, but election officials worked to track down the twenty voters and ask them to return to the polls to vote again.

Beer was Buckled Up, Baby Was Not

Tina Williams was arrested in St. Augustine, Florida Sunday on drunk driving charges. She was found with a case of Busch beer in the front seat. The beer was wearing a seat belt. A baby girl in the back seat with her mother was not in an infant seat nor was she wearing a seat belt. Asked why the child was not buckled up, Williams reportedly told the officer, "I don't know."

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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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