The Weird Week ending April 4th
The Running of the Sheep
The town of Te Kuiti, New Zealand staged their own version of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, with one difference -they used sheep! Nearly two thousand sheep ran through the streets on Sunday. The event drew crowds of tourists and locals to Te Kuiti, where sheep farmers have been dealing with the effects of a drought for the last few months.
Underwater Ironing Record Set
A group of 72 Australian scuba divers have taken "extreme ironing" to new heights by setting a record for underwater ironing. The group took their linens and their irons (sans cords) into the 3 meter deep ocean off the coast of Melbourne. The previous record for underwater ironing was a group of 70 who ironed in a pool in 2005. Saturday's event also raised money for an underwater conservation cause.
Burglar Plays Dead
Neighbors of the Crespo Funeral Home in Burjassot, Spain heard someone breaking in during the night and called police. The owners and police searched the mortuary and found a 23-year-old man lying in a glass case used for viewing deceased people during wakes. He was trying to play dead, but his everyday clothing gave him away. And he was breathing. The man's name has not been released.
Dog Saves Joey
A four-month old kangaroo was in his mother's pouch when she was killed by a car in Torquay, Victoria, Australia. The unharmed joey would normally have died, but Rex the mixed-breed dog gently took the roo to his owner, Leonie Allan. The kangaroo was calm and even snuggled up with Rex. Now named Rex Jr, the joey is under the care of the Jirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary, and will be released at 18 months of age.
The Triumph Luxurious Diamond Thong was the highlight of a lingerie fashion show in Singapore on Thursday. The front of the thong has 518 cut diamonds worth $122,000. Romanian model Danielle Luminita wore the thong as she was carried down the catwalk on the shoulders of two male models. The thong is not for sale, and will be put on display, after dry cleaning.
FSM Statue Erected at Tennessee Courthouse
The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster installed a statue of the deity outside the Cumberland County Courthouse in Crossville, Tennessee. The group released a statement that says, in part:
The Flying Spaghetti Monster is a pile of noodles and meatballs, but it is meant to open up discussion and provoke thought. Being able to put up a statue is a celebration of our freedom as Americans; a freedom to be different, to express those differences, and to do it amongst neighbors -— even if it is in a noodley way.
The courthouse lawn has a variety of symbolic artwork from citizens and groups. See a video of the TV coverage.
Students Accused of Plagiarizing Honor Code
Students at the University of Texas at San Antonio produced an honor code to discourage cheating and plagiarizing. The draft was a direct copy of the honor code used by Brigham Young University, which is posted online. BYU cited their source, The Center for Academic Integrity at Clemson, but the Texas school did not. The project spanned several years, and was started by students who are no longer at the school. Akshay Thusu, the student now in charge of the project, said the code will have proper attribution by the time it is submitted to faculty.