The Weird Week in Review

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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Two Human Toes Were Stolen From an Anatomy Exhibit
Pierluigi Luceri, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Pierluigi Luceri, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A 28-year-old New Zealand man walked into an anatomy exhibition with 10 toes and walked out with 12. We don't know why or how he did it, but the man stole two human toes from a Body Worlds display in Auckland last month, The New Zealand Herald reports.

The unnamed man appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to improperly interfering with the corpse "of an unknown person" and purloining two toes, which alone are valued at about $3800. The motivation for the human remains heist wasn't stated. (Fulfilling a dare seems a likely explanation, or maybe he's just a fan of The Big Lebowski.)

Whatever the reason may be, the story has a happy ending, at least: The digits have since been returned to their rightful place in the "Vital" exhibit, which explores the human body in motion. "Vital," which will remain open in Auckland until July 13, is one of several traveling exhibitions curated by Body Worlds. Two other Body Worlds exhibits are currently on view in the U.S., including "RX" (showcasing the effects of disease) in Toledo, Ohio, and "Animal Inside Out" (an "anatomical safari") in Richmond, Virginia.

The bodies, all of which are donated for exhibition purposes, are preserved via plastination, a process that "replaces bodily fluids and soluble fat in specimens with fluid plastics that harden after vacuum-forced impregnation," according to the Body Worlds website. More than 16,000 people around the world have signed up to donate their bodies after their deaths.

[h/t The New Zealand Herald]

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David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images
Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images

David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.
"Lobster"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy
"Cowboy"

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]

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