The Weird Week in Review
For some reason, this week's weird news roundup features many lost and found items.
Fisherman Finds Lost Ring After 21 Years
An unnamed fisherman landed an 8-pound bass on Lake Sam Rayburn in Texas and found a class ring inside it. An internet search led him to the owner of the ring, 41-year-old Joe Richardson, who was surprised to ever see the ring again. He had lost it while fishing only two weeks after his graduation -in 1987! His mother was upset at the time because the ring cost $200. She should be happy with this news.
Newborn Found in Manger
Father Thomas Rein of the Catholic church of St Peter and St Paul in Poettmes, Germany went to the church sanctuary for midday prayers last week and heard a baby crying. The newborn boy had been laid in the manger of the church's nativity scene.
'We prepared the crib in the pre-Christmas period so children could lay fresh straw in it and ponder on the meaning of Jesus and Lo! There really was a Jesus-child in it!' he said excitedly.
Emergency services took the baby to a pediatric clinic, where the nurses called him Peter after the name of the church. The baby is doing well, and his 38-year-old Romanian mother has been found. She had left him in the church because of a "difficult personal situation."
2,700-year-old Pot Stash Discovered
A 2,700-year-old grave unearthed in the Gobi Desert near Turpan, China revealed the world's oldest marijuana stash! The grave belonged to a blue-eyed Caucasian man buried with a number of valuable items. DNA tests reveal that two pounds of what was assumed to be coriander is actually marijuana. Characteristics of the plant indicate it was grown and harvested for its psychoactive properties. It has lost its potency over the years.
Snake Survives Week in Car Fan
Noel Padgham of Yarrawonga, Australia wondered what was making that awful noise in her car. After a week of hearing it, she took the car for a check. Mechanics suspected something was stuck in the air conditioning fan. Air-conditioning mechanic Kit Carson found a meter-long carpet python in the fan case.
"He'd been spinning around like a bloody washing machine, but the end of his tail must have been hanging out - it was all feathered and ratty."
The snake was taken to an animal hospital, where five centimeters of his tail had to be amputated, but he is expected to make an otherwise full recovery.
Woman Swept to Sea During Proposal
45-year-old Scott Napper met 22-year-old Leafil Alforque on the internet in 2005. On Saturday, three days into her visit from the Philippines to his hometown in Oregon, he took her to Proposal Rock near Neskowin Beach in order to give her a ring and ask her to marry him. As they approached the rock, a wave knocked the 93-pound woman down and swept her into the ocean. As Napper searched frantically, a bystander called rescue workers, who were on the scene within minutes. They looked for Alforque for two days before calling off the search, but her family hopes the body can still be found. Police do not suspect foul play.
World's Oldest Living Animal Discovered
A picture of a tortoise taken in 1900 during the Boer War was recently sold at auction. The buyer did some investigating and found the tortoise is still alive and living on the island of St. Helena in the south Atlantic. He belongs to the government of the British territory. Jonathon was a mature tortoise of about 50 years when he was brought to the island in 1882, which makes him around 176 years old! He lives on the governor's plantation and is still active enough to mate with three female tortoises regularly. Jonathon is believed to be blind in one eye, but that hasn't slowed him down.
130,000 Misplaced Inflatable Breasts
The Australian men's magazine Ralph planned a promotion with their January issue: they were going to insert inflatable breasts as a gift. That's not likely to happen now, because the shipment of 130,000 inflatables was lost at sea. Literally lost, since no one seems to know what happened. They were there when the ship left Beijing, but not when it arrived in Sydney. The lost novelties were worth around $200,000, a big blow for the magazine whose parent company is currently $4 billion in debt.