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The Weird Week in Review

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Nail in Skull Removed with Claw Hammer

George Chandler of Shawnee, Kansas accidentally shot a nail into the top of his head when the hose to his nail gun became tangled. He didn't immediately know that he had a 2.5 inch nail in his head. He was rushed to the hospital, where a doctor used a common claw hammer to remove the nail. Chandler says he feels very lucky the injury wasn't more serious.

21-Leaf Clover Sets Record

Shigeo Obara, a farmer in Japan's Iwate prefecture discovered a clover last week with an amazing 21 leaves! The current world record is an 18-leaf clover, which Obara himself grew in 2002. Obara, a former food crop researcher, has been cultivating clover for over 50 years, crossbreeding and studying its genetic makeup.

Antarctic Base Gets 16,500 Condoms for Winter

There are no supply shipments to Antarctica in the dead of winter during total darkness. In the final shipment of the season last month, McMurdo Station received 16,500 condoms, which will be available free to the 125 staff members who "winter over". Supply planes will resume in September. You do the math.

Kitten Saved by Vacuum Cleaner

150trappedkitten.jpgFirefighters in Dunbar, Scotland used a vacuum cleaner covered with a sock to extract a newborn kitten from a drain! The mother cat climbed behind a sink to give birth to her litter. One of the kittens fell down the drain hole. Rescuers used a vibrascope camera to find the kitten, before using the vacuum cleaner to pull it to safety.

Chief Judge in Obscenity Case Caught Posting Porn

Judge Alex Kozinski is the chief of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He is currently presiding over a case of obscenity involving a filmmaker. Kozinski's website was found to have explicit photos of naked women and farm animals on his personal website.

The images were posted to a subdomain of the judge's web site that could only be accessed by directly typing in the correct URL. The domain, however, was not password-protected. In addition to the pornographic images, the subdomain contained legal writings, music files and the judge's personal photos.

Kozinski said he didn't know that anyone could access that part of his site.

Unicorn Deer Born in Italy

150unicorn.jpgA one-horned deer nicknamed Unicorn has been spotted at the Center of Natural Sciences, a wildlife preserve in Prato, Italy. The horn is growing out of the center of the young deer's head. Experts believe it is the result of a genetic abnormality, but the central position of the horn is extremely rare. The deer's twin has two horns.

Mugger Admires His Haul in CCTV Lens

Police got a really good look at a mugger after he took a necklace and bracelet from a teenager in Bromley, England. The thief used the lens of a closed-circuit television camera as a mirror to admire himself wearing the goods. His image has been printed in papers and shown on TV in case someone recognizes him.

"The general consensus is that he is not the brightest spark. He was there for a long time and either didn't care or wasn't aware he was being filmed."

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Little Baby's Ice Cream
Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Nalcrest, Florida: Where Postal Workers Go to Retire
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You could say that the Nalcrest community in central Florida delivers affordable retirement housing for seniors. And with amenities like a pool and tennis courts, you might even say it has the whole package [PDF]. Or you could just go with the pun that the community itself has landed on: “Nalcrest: A First Class Community.”

Nalcrest, you see, is a retirement community exclusive to members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC); the village has 500 ground-level apartments available for postal workers to enjoy after they’ve delivered their final Oriental Trading catalog. Garden-style units start at just $374 a month, including water, sewage, trash removal, basic cable, maintenance, and use of all of the recreational facilities.

The idea for an affordable, profession-specific retirement community came to NALC president William Doherty in the 1950s, when he toured Europe and saw similar setups organized by labor unions, religious groups, and fraternal organizations [PDF]. He proposed the idea for U.S. mail carriers as early as 1954, then pounced when Congress passed a law in 1959 that provided loans to build housing for seniors. Doherty was there to break ground on July 1, 1962; Nalcrest officially opened for business less than two years later on January 20, 1964. The dedication ceremony included a band of mail carrier musicians and a separate group called “The Singing Mailmen,” a group made up of—you guessed it—singing mailmen, as well as a female water skiing team that proudly flew pennants spelling out “Nalcrest.” After a stint as the ambassador to Jamaica, Doherty himself retired to Nalcrest, living there until his death in 1987.

Though residents may not be traipsing a daily mail route anymore, they still have plenty of options to stay active. Nalcrest has shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce, miniature golf, tennis courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, walking trails, and a softball diamond (home to the Nalcrest Eagles). It also boasts a travel club, a women’s association, and free art classes, among other activities. There’s one thing, however, it doesn’t have—dogs. With the exception of therapy dogs, Nalcrest has a no-canine rule in deference to retirees who were bitten in the line of duty and have an aversion to the animals.

If a dog-free community seems like paradise for postal workers, the other thing Nalcrest lacks cements its status as letter carrier nirvana: There are no mailboxes, because there is no home mail delivery. Each resident has to visit the Nalcrest post office to pick up any correspondence.


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