The Weird Week in Review

Police Chief Arrests 48 Relatives

The chief of police in Heizhugou, Sichuan province, China oversaw the arrest of 48 of his relatives, with 25 of them serving various sentences. Laobulaluo has personally arrested his brother and two of his cousins. His activities led to threats against his parents, and violence against their livestock.

"In the first few years, I did not dare head back to my hometown to pass the New Year holiday, but now it's all right. Everyone understands and supports what I was doing at the time," the report quoted him as saying.

World's Longest Beard

A new record has been set by a man in Surrey, British Columbia. 42-year-old Sarwan Singh, a teacher and devout Sikh, has a beard measuring 1.895 meters (6.217 feet) long. His beard was measured in a public ceremony Tuesday night at the Akal Academy and has been accepted by the Guinness Book of World Records. The previous recorder holder was Shamsher Singh in India, who grew a beard to 1.83 meters in 1977.

Otto's Big Adventure

The staff at the Sea Star Aquarium in Coburg, Germany was baffled by mysterious short circuits in the night, and posted guards overnight to see what was causing the problem. One the third night, they found out it was Otto the octopus causing the problems. A spokesman for the aquarium said,

"We knew that he was bored as the aquarium is closed for winter, and at two feet, seven inches Otto had discovered he was big enough to swing onto the edge of his tank and shoot out the 2000 Watt spot light above him with a carefully directed jet of water."

Aquarium staff have set the light farther away and will find new toys for Otto to play with.

Around the World on a Penny Farthing

150pennyfarthing.jpgAfter two and a half years, Joff Summerfield has completed his quest to ride around the world on a penny farthing. He built the old-fashioned bicycle himself. The 40-year-old Summerfield rode from the Greenwich Observatory through Europe and into Turkey, across Australia and New Zealand, then into China and Tibet, visited the Mount Everest base camp, across southeast Asia, the US and Canada. He biked through 23 countries on four continents. His plans now are to write a book about the adventure.

Man's Coffin Kills Wife

67-year-old Marciana Silva Barcelos was riding in the front seat of the hearse in her husband's funeral procession Monday in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul when a traffic accident occurred. The coffin carrying Josi Silveira Coimbra pitched forward against the back of her neck and killed Barcelos instantly. Her son and the driver of the hearse were injured in the wreck. The 76-year-old Coimbra had died the day before of a heart attack while dancing.

Plastic Surgery Addict

150hang.jpg48-year-old Hang Mioku became so obsessed with plastic surgery that she moved to Japan to avail herself of various procedures. Eventually, doctors refused to treat her, so she moved back to her native Korea. A plastic surgeon there provided her with syringes and silicone so she could do her own facial injections. When her supply of silicone was gone, she injected her face with cooking oil!

Hang's appearances on Korean TV caused viewers to donate money for surgery to try to reduce the size of her face.

The initial procedure alone saw over a quarter of a kilogram of foreign matter removed from Hang's face.

After 13 Years, the Cat Came Back

Melinda Merman and Frank Walburg of Santa Rosa, California had last seen their cat George in 1995. Thirteen years later, the manager of a mobile home park captured a stray and took him to an animal shelter. There, an implanted chip was found on the cat traced back to his owners. Walburg and Merman said that George had lost half his weight during his misadventures, but is gaining weight now that he's home.

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Two Human Toes Were Stolen From an Anatomy Exhibit
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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
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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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