The Weird Week in Review

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Exam Had Answers on the Back

12,000 teenagers in Britain took the GCSE music exam last week. Most didn't notice that the answers to the test questions were printed on the last page of the exam booklet.

"All exam papers have a copyright statement dealing with source material on the back page," an OCR spokeswoman said. "This one in particular had more detail than is usual in a music paper."

Officials believe that at most, 5% of the scores would be affected, and students will not have to retake the test.

Don't Look at My Face!

A 50-year-old Saudi Arabian woman asked for a divorce after her 70-year-old husband tried to sneak a peak at her face. Neither her husband, Om Rabea al-Gahdaray, nor her children have ever seen her unveiled face. It is a tradition in her native village near the city of Khamis Mushayt. The wife was asleep as he attempted to lift her veil, but woke up and became angry. Although he promised never to do it again, she is seeking a divorce after 30 years of marriage.

Bull Stampedes Through House

A family in Monschau, Germany was stunned when a rampaging bull ran through their house. The bull burst through the back door, took a tour of the kitchen, hall, and living room and crashed out the front door. No one was injured, but the bull was shot sometime later. It was part of a herd that escaped from a nearby farm. The damage to the home was estimated at 10,000 euros ($15,600).

Oreo Cookies Cause Traffic Jam

150_Oreo.jpgA truck loaded with 14 tons of double-stuffed Oreo cookies overturned Monday on interstate 80 in Illinois. The driver had fallen asleep at the wheel around 4AM as he was traveling south from Chicago. Both lanes had to be closed while authorities picked up the cookies.

Cat and Mouse Game Causes Blackout

Power outages in Tirana, the capital of Albania, are common, but they are usually caused by worn out equipment. A 72-hour blackout last week was a different story. A cat chasing a mouse had apparently run into high-voltage cables and shorted out the system. Authorities took pictures of the two electrocuted animals, because they had never seen anything like it.

Lost Parrot Tells Vet his Address

150_parrot.jpgPolice rescued a lost African grey parrot in Nagareyama, Japan. After a night at the police station and no words from the parrot, police took him to a veterinarian while they tried to locate its owner. After a few days, Yosuke the parrot opened up to the vet, and recited his name and exact address! He belonged to the Nagareyama family, who had been teaching Yosuke to recite his name and address for about two years.

Woman Strips After Wolf Whistle

An Israeli woman visiting Kerikeri, New Zealand was tired of hearing wolf whistles from construction workers. When she approached an ATM and heard a reaction from the men, she calmly stripped off her clothing, used the machine, and then got dressed.

"She said she had thought 'bugger them, I'll show them what I've got'," Police Sergeant Peter Masters told NZPA.

Police explained to the unnamed woman that such behavior is unacceptable in New Zealand.

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May 23, 2008 - 4:47am
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