The Weird Week in Review

Bride's Dress Falls Apart at Altar

A 30-year-old woman in Italy is suing her dressmaker for 23,000 euros after her wedding dress fell apart. The stitching came undone as the couple stood at the altar, revealing her bottom to the congregation. The ceremony was completed, but proper photographs could not be taken at the wedding in 2006. The bride and her husband have since separated.

Immigrant Cat Survives 7 Days in Locked Truck

A cat named Mia jumped into a delivery truck in Ezstergom, Hungary looking for a place to give birth. The truck driver then drove over a thousand miles to the company's home base in Milton Keynes in the UK. The truck was not opened for the seven day journey, during which time Mia delivered two kittens. The adventure gained Mia a nomination for the 'Most Incredible Story' category at the upcoming Rescue Cat Awards 2008.

Woman Kills Husband with Folding Couch

A woman in St. Petersburg, Russia was upset with her drunk husband and kicked the handle of their automatic folding couch as he was lying on the fold-out bed. The bed folded up, and the husband was caught between the mattress and the back of the couch. She waited three hours to check on him. Emergency service workers responded, but said that the man had died instantly.

Human Pincushion Welcomes Olympics

125olyflags.jpg58-year-old acupuncturist Wen Shengchu planted 200 miniature flagpoles plus an Olympic torch in his head to welcome visitors to Beijing for the Olympics. He had seen people paint flags on their faces and decided to outdo them. He says the piercing needles do not hurt, but he advices others not to try this stunt. Wen plans to put 2008 needles in his head to commemorate the opening ceremonies on August 8th. See a video here.

Naked Man Hijacks Bus

Police were called Tuesday after 35-year-old Charles P. Sell was seen naked and stealing beer in Las Vegas. Sells fled the scene, jumped onto a moving city bus, and broke out the back window to get inside. He threw the driver off the bus and drove it about 200 yards, then leapt off. A police officer had to board to stop the still-moving bus! Sells was arrested and sent for a mental evaluation, then booked on grand larceny and other charges.

Collecting Cow Farts

150cowfart.jpgScientists in Argentina are studying the effect of methane produced by livestock on global warming. To measure the amount of gas produced by cows, animals have been outfitted with pink tanks to collect their farts! Their findings: each cow produces between 800 to 1,000 liters of emissions every day, according to Guillermo Berra, a researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Technology. Researchers say feeding cows clover and alfalfa instead of grain can reduced emissions by 25%.

Drunk Joins Firefighting Team

When a fire alarm rang out in Berlin, a 38-year-old inebriated man answered the call. He rushed to the fire station and was outfitted by firefighters, who did not know he was an impostor. After arriving at the burning apartment building, the other firefighters realized they had been infiltrated and called police.

"When fire breaks out, it's all hands on deck!" the man told officers when questioned about his motives. He was released without charge after sobering up overnight in a police cell.

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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.

Buy it on Amazon

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

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]


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