The Weird Week in Review

Brazen Broccoli Bandit

Someone invaded Frank Fahy's garden in King's Somborne, England four times in one week. Each time the thief cut through the protective netting and took only one head of broccoli. Fahy posted signs after each theft, warning of surveillance, insecticide, and police action, but the vegetable villain has not been deterred. Fahy reports that he was victimized in a similar manner a year ago.

Obese Inmates Sues Over Weight Loss

19-year-old Broderick Laswell was arrested in Benton County, Arkansas last September on a murder charge. He weighed 413 pounds at the time. Since then, he has lost 105 pounds, and is now suing his jailers for starving him. Authorities report the jail food provides 2300-3000 calories a day.

Wedding Couple Jailed

A wedding couple became involved in a brawl with each other and wedding guests after repeating their wedding vows in Ross Township, Pennsylvania.

The fight between dentist David W. Wielechowksi, 32, of Shaler, and his bride, Christa Vattimo, 25, began as the couple were about to enter their room at the hotel on McKnight Road on Saturday night, according to police.

The couple spent their wedding night in jail, in separate cells.

Escaped Flying Pig Recovered

150pinkpig.jpgA signature Pink Floyd giant inflatable pig escaped its tether and flew away during the Coachella music festival last weekend. The tattered pig came to ground in the driveways of two families in La Quinta, California. The families will split a $10,000 reward offered by Coachella organizers. They will also share four life tickets to the annual music festival.

Crabs Attack Passenger After Plane Crash

Three people were returning to Houston from a fishing trip Tuesday when their small plane stalled in midair. An emergency landing in a field wrecked the fuselage, but no one was hurt from the crash itself. However, the man in the back seat suffered from crab pinches.

"When this happened, Craig was sitting in back and he said the cooler just went. Crabs went all over him just biting him left and right," said Georgette McGuire, the girlfriend of one of the men aboard the plane. "He said it was driving him crazy. He's got a bunch of crab bites on him."

Huge Beaver on a Liquor Rampage

150_beaver.jpgA large beaver broke into a liquor store in Ozersk, Russia last weekend and smashed several bottles of vodka before authorities could apprehend him. The beaver, who was thought to be fleeing nearby forest fires, was taken to a safe area and released.

High-Priced Dinosaur Dung

Dinosaur coprolites were sold for $960 at an auction Wednesday. Bonhams New York auction expected the fossilized feces to bring only around $450.

The buyer was Steve Tsengas of Fairport Harbor, Ohio. The 71-year-old owns OurPets, a company that sells products to treat dog and cat waste.

"Poop," he said, "is a big business in the pet industry."

Tsengas plans to use the purchase to display at trade shows.

Bleat Along to Classic Holiday Tunes With This Goat Christmas Album

Feeling a little Grinchy this month? The Sweden branch of ActionAid, an international charity dedicated to fighting global poverty, wants to goat—errr ... goad—you into the Christmas spirit with their animal-focused holiday album: All I Want for Christmas is a Goat.

Fittingly, it features the shriek-filled vocal stylings of a group of festive farm animals bleating out classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The recording may sound like a silly novelty release, but there's a serious cause behind it: It’s intended to remind listeners how the animals benefit impoverished communities. Goats can live in arid nations that are too dry for farming, and they provide their owners with milk and wool. In fact, the only thing they can't seem to do is, well, sing. 

You can purchase All I Want for Christmas is a Goat on iTunes and Spotify, or listen to a few songs from its eight-track selection below.

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Cheese Wheel Wedding Cakes Are a Funky Twist on an Old Tradition
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If there’s ever a time you have permission to be cheesy, it’s on your wedding day. What better way to do so than with a pungent wedding cake made of actual wheels of cheese? According to Elite Daily, cheese wedding cakes are a real option for couples who share an affinity for dairy products.

One of the trailblazers behind the sharp trend is Bath, England-based cheese supplier The Fine Cheese Co. The company offers clients a choice of one of dozens of wedding cake designs. There are bold show-stoppers like the Beatrice cake, which features five tiers of cheese and is priced at $400. For customers looking for something more delicate, there’s the Clara centerpiece, which replaces miniature wedding cakes with mounds of goat cheese. Whether your loved one likes funky Stilton or mellow brie, there’s a cheese cake to satisfy every palate. Flowers are incorporated into each display to make them just as pretty as conventional wedding cakes.

Since The Fine Cheese Co. arranged their first wedding cake in 2002, other cheese suppliers have entered the game. The Cheese Shed in Newton Abbot, England; I.J. Ellis Cheesemongers in Scotland; and Murray’s Cheese in New York will provide cheese wheel towers for weddings or any other special occasion. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from clearing out the local fromagerie and assembling a cheese cake at home.

[h/t Elite Daily]


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