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The Weird Week in Review

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This week, the weird news appears to point toward an uprising of animals against people. Go figure.

Dog Eats Crime Weapon

Antonio Vasquez Jr. was arrested in Fresno, California in a bizarre burglary. He is accused of entering a home and rubbing spices on one resident, and using a sausage to hit another in the head. The spices and sausage belonged to the residents. The suspect discarded the sausage, which was eaten by a dog. Lt. Ian Burrimond sais it was one of the strangest cases he's seen.

"That's right, the dog ate the weapon," Burrimond said.

"I tell you, this was one weird case."

78-year-old to Celebrate Bar Mitzvah

Bernie Marks is practicing singing the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish ceremony that marks the symbolic passage to manhood. But at 78, Marks is a bit past the traditional age. When he was 13, he was living in a Polish ghetto under Nazi rule. Later, his family was sent to Auschwitz where he last saw his mother and brother. Marks and his father were sent to a labor camp until they were liberated by US forces in 1945. Until recently, it was frowned upon for older men to be Bar Mitzvahed, but rabbi Mona Alfi sees no problem in righting the wrongs of the past.

Surfer Towed by Shark

John Morgan was surfing off the coast of Byron Bay, Australia, when a shark became entangled in his leg rope. The frightened shark reacted by quickly swimming to sea.

''I had just come off a wave when I saw a large swirl of water,'' MrMorgan told The Northern Star newspaper.

''I was then suddenly hauled backwards ... like I was riding behind a powerful jet ski.''

Morgan was dragged about 50 meters before the shark broke free. He considers himself lucky he wasn't bitten.

Flying Fish Breaks Teenager's Jaw

150Silver-Asian-carp_g_320.jpg15-year-old Seth Russell was riding an inner tube towed by a boat in Arkansas' Lake Chicot when a fish flew out of the water and hit him in the face. He was knocked unconscious and taken to a hospital, where he underwent surgery to wire his teeth together. The fish was a Silver Asian carp, a species imported in the 70s to clean ponds. There have been several incidents of injuries caused by the fish at Lake Chicot.

Bear Jumps Into Man's Fishing Boat

A unidentified 51-year-old man was fishing at a marina near the Canadian Pacific coast when a black bear swam across a river, climbed onto a dock, then jumped into the boat and attacked him! The man's companions managed to kill the bear. The victim was airlifted to a hospital in Victoria, where he is recovering from his wounds.

Bees Kill Six After Truck Overturns

150bees.jpgA truck carrying bee hives collided with a farm vehicle in Changchun, China, releasing thousands of honeybees. Three people were stung to death, and three more died in a collision as traffic swerved to avoid the swarm. It took workers in protective clothing several hours to clear the debris. China accounts for nearly half of the world's honey production.

Virginity for Sale to Pay for College

22-year-old Natalie Dylan (not her real name) will conduct an auction for the right to take her virginity. She has completed a bachelor's degree, and is hoping for $1,000,000 in order to pay for graduate school. eBay turned down the auction, so it will be held at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel in Nevada. No date has been set for the auction.

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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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