The Weird Week ending February 29th
Robbers Target Club During Biker Meeting
Two masked men with machetes went to a Sydney, Australia nightclub intending to rob the place. They picked the night that about 50 members of the Southern Cross Cruiser motorcycle club were holding their monthly meeting.
"These guys were absolutely dumb as bricks," Jerry Vancornewal, leader of the bikers, told CNN Thursday. "I can't believe they saw all the bikes parked up front and they were so stupid that they walked past in."
The bikers subdued one robber and restrained him with electrical wire. The other crashed through a glass door and jumped off the balcony to escape. Police arrested him nearby. A third person, waiting in a car, has not been apprehended.
Elephant Fitted with Prosthetic Leg
A young elephant in Thailand was the vicim of a land mine near the border with Myanmar and lost one of her front legs. Veterinarians at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital in Lampang province have made Mocha a new leg, and reporting that she is able to walk more easily on all four legs.
Traffic Cops take Ballet Lessons
Police officers charged with directing traffic in Timisoara, Romania have been sent to dance class to get their moves down.
"The aim is to develop an ability to regulate traffic and achieve elegance in their movements, which will not only be agreeable to the eyes but could also help drivers waiting at a red light get rid of their stress or sadness," the head of the community police in the town of Timisoara, Dorel Cojan, told AFP.
The twice-a-week classes are taught by two former members of the Timisoara Opera Ballet. See a video here.
Woman Gives Birth To Child Nearly Her Own Size
33-year-old Stacey Herald is 28.5 inches tall. She was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease. Five weeks ago, Herald gave birth to an 18-inch daughter! Her first child, Katira, has the same genetic disorder, but the new baby Makaia is expected to grow to normal height. For years, doctors told the northern Kentucky woman that she wouldn't survive a pregnancy. Now, officials from the Guinness Book of World Records are investigating Herald's claim to be the smallest woman who ever gave birth.
Deadly Cactus Found in Australia
An invasive species of cactus, native to Mexico, has been found in Mundubbera, Australia. The spines of the Hudson pear cactus are so tough they can penetrate tires, and pliers are required to remove them from flesh! They have been known to kill koalas who cannot remove the spines and then develop infections. The plant was introduced to Australia as a garden plant, but has spread over hundreds of miles and threatens the value of farmland.
Counterfeit Ferrari Ring Busted
Police in Rome uncovered a business that cobbled together fake parts to produce counterfeit Ferrari sportscars. 21 automobiles were confiscated, including 14 which had already been sold. Authorities believe the buyers knew the cars were not actual Ferraris. The cars were sold for around 20,000 euros, or about a tenth of the price of a real Ferrari.
Large Truck vs. Small Tunnel
A flatbed truck carrying an oversized crane was caught on video entering the Ted Williams Tunnel in Boston Tuesday. The driver didn't stop, despite warning lights that were triggered by overheight sensors. The video shows sparks flying as the crane became detached. The truck finally stopped when the crane ripped the tunnel's ceiling. No one was injured, but it took an hour and a half to clear the wreckage.