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The Weird Week ending April 4th

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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.

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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.

150Joey.jpgDog 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.

Diamond Thong

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.

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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.

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Fisherman Catches Rare Blue Lobster, Donates It to Science
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Live lobsters caught off the New England coast are typically brown, olive-green, or gray—which is why one New Hampshire fisherman was stunned when he snagged a blue one in mid-July.

As The Independent reports, Greg Ward, from Rye, New Hampshire, discovered the unusual lobster while examining his catch near the New Hampshire-Maine border. Ward initially thought the pale crustacean was an albino lobster, which some experts estimate to be a one-in-100-million discovery. However, a closer inspection revealed that the lobster's hard shell was blue and cream.

"This one was not all the way white and not all the way blue," Ward told The Portsmouth Herald. "I've never seen anything like it."

While not as rare as an albino lobster, blue lobsters are still a famously elusive catch: It's said that the odds of their occurrence are an estimated one in two million, although nobody knows the exact numbers.

Instead of eating the blue lobster, Ward decided to donate it to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. There, it will be studied and displayed in a lobster tank with other unusually colored critters, including a second blue lobster, a bright orange lobster, and a calico-spotted lobster.

[h/t The Telegraph]

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Master Sgt. Rose Reynolds, U.S. Air Force, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain
How the U-2 Aircraft Made Area 51 Synonymous With UFOs
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Master Sgt. Rose Reynolds, U.S. Air Force, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

Area 51 may be the world’s most famous secret military base. Established on an abandoned airfield in the Nevada desert, the facility has fueled the imaginations of conspiracy theorists scanning the skies for UFOs for decades. But the truth about Area 51’s origins, while secretive, isn’t as thrilling as alien autopsies and flying saucers.

According to Business Insider, the U.S. government intended to build a base where they could test a top-secret military aircraft without drawing attention from civilians or spies. That aircraft, the U-2 plane, needed to fly higher than any other manmade object in the skies. That way it could perform recon missions over the USSR without getting shot down.

Even over the desert, the U-2 didn’t go completely undetected during test flights. Pilots who noticed the craft high above them reported it as an “unidentified flying object.” Not wanting to reveal the true nature of the project, Air Force officials gave flimsy explanations for the sightings pointing to either natural phenomena or weather research. UFO believers were right to think the government was covering something up, they were just wrong about the alien part.

You can get the full story in the video below.

[h/t Business Insider]


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