The Weird Week in Review
Cop in Charge of Drunk Driving Caught Driving Drunk
A deputy police inspector in Tokyo was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on Monday. He had bumped another car and ran off the road. Local media identified the inspector as the officer in charge of a campaign against drunk driving that had involved police handing out stickers at bars and restaurants.
"It is inexcusable for a member of the police to have caused this case and we plan to deal with it strictly," Tsutomu Sato, the head of the National Public Safety Commission told reporters.
Two-faced Kitten Born in Perth
A kitten with two faces was born yesterday at a veterinary clinic in Perth, Australia. A newspaper photographer was at the clinic to shoot pictures of greyhounds when the birth occurred, and took the opportunity to snap pictures of the newborn kitten. The kitten's two mouths meow simultaneously, controlled by its single brain. It eats only from one mouth, as the other has a cleft palate.
Former Prisoner Settles in Lost Penis Case
The State of Washington will pay $300,000 to a man who lost his penis and one testicle to flesh-eating bacteria while in prison. 61-year-old Charlie Manning was incarcerated in 2004 and developed a rash that was first diagnosed as an allergic reaction. By the time he was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, or flesh-eating bacteria, surgeons had to remove several pounds of flesh in order to save Manning's life. Manning filed suit in 2007, and the settlement was reached in October.
World's Tallest Mohawk
Eric Hahn, a musician in Omaha, Nebraska, has the new Guinness World Record for the tallest mohawk hairdo. His locks stand 27 inches above his head, 3 inches taller than the previous record holder. Hahn donated the hair that was cut to produce the mohawk to Locks of Love, a charity that provides wigs to cancer patients who have lost their hair. Hahn's band also staged a concert last Friday to benefit Locks of Love and a local charity.
Hold the Toilet Handle Down
A 91-year-old woman in Jersey City, New Jersey was robbed by a man who impersonated a water company employee. He told her there was a water emergency, and instructed her to hold the handle of her toilet down or else the house would explode. The victim obeyed and held the handle for about two minutes. When she gave up and came out of the bathroom, the woman found that the man had ransacked her house and made off with $3,650 in cash.
Lost Cockatiel Identifies Owners by Phone
A lost cockatiel perched on passerby Sue Hill's shoulder in Wrexham, England. Once home, she phoned the local veterinarian to see if anyone had reported a missing bird. Someone had, and soon Hill was on the phone with Carole Edwards. Hill put the phone up to the cockatiel's ear and when he heard Edwards' voice, he spoke for the first time, saying his name Smokey.
"It was so amusing. When she shouted 'Smokey' he just responded straight away. It was hysterical, and there was no doubt in my mind they were the owners."
Doctors Find Worm in Woman's Brain
Doctors in Phoenix, Arizona thought the worst when they saw the results of Rosemary Alvarez' MRI scan. She was taken into surgery to remove a tumor on her brain stem. Once they got inside, surgeons were surprised to see not a tumor, but a worm! Dr. Peter Nakaji even laughed when he saw what the problem was.
"I'm sure this is a very strange response for the people in the operating room," he told MyFOXPhoenix.com. "But because I was so pleased to know that it wasn't going to be something terrible."
The surgeons removed the worm, and Alvarez has recovered completely.