The Weird Week in Review

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Inflatable Breasts Recovered

Last week we learned that a shipment of 130,000 inflatable breasts were lost during shipping between Beijing and Sydney. The shipment has been recovered in Melbourne, where they had been offloaded by mistake. The men's magazine Ralph is scrambling to get them packed inside the January issue, as was the original plan. Editor Santi Pintado said the breasts were found just in time; one more day and they would have missed the scheduled issue.

Chipmunk Disables Car with Nuts

When Hope Wideup of DeMotte, Indiana noticed her windshield wipers and turn signals on her car wouldn't work, she found a glove under the hood that a chipmunk had stolen earlier. She drove another car for a couple of weeks, and then tried it again. When the car made a loud revving noise, she looked under the hood again. Underneath were thousands of black walnuts! The chipmunk had apparently stuffed nuts in the accelerator throttle. After $242 in repairs, Wideup says she will alternate her cars so neither will sit unused for long.

Actor Slits Throat on Stage with Switched Prop

Daniel Hoevels' final scene in the play Mary Stuart called for a suicide. But Saturday night,  the blunt prop knife had been switched with a real knife, so the blood spurting from his throat was also real. The audience applauded the "special effects", unaware the actor was injured until he failed to rise and take a bow. Hoevels survived because the knife missed the carotid artery -barely. After hospital treatment, he returned to the stage wearing a bandage for the Sunday night performance. Police are investigating the incident.

Cat's Face Reattached After Accident

150edgar.jpgEdgar, a female cat in Winthrop, Massachusetts came home after a three day adventure with half her face hanging from her skull. Her unnamed owner fainted when she saw the damage. When the woman recovered, she took Edgar to Angell Animal Medical Center. Surgeons reattached the skin on Tuesday with 35 stitches. Edgar is recovering well, and seems to have suffered no nerve or eye damage. Doctors believe she may have gotten under a car hood to say warm and was injured by a moving fan belt, an occurrence that usually kills a cat instantly.

Christmas Parade Duty Saves Suicidal Man

In a scene reminiscent of the movie It's a Wonderful Life, an unlikely event saved a suicidal man from drowning. Deputies from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office river patrol were on duty for the 54th annual Christmas Ship Parade on the Columbia and Willamette rivers. They spotted a car with the engine running on a bridge and feared the worst. A search by various agencies who responded led them to the unnamed man who had apparently jumped into the water and was clinging to a log. Deputy Ken Yohe was one of the first responders.

"Any other night, we wouldn't have had a boat out," Yohe said. "We would have been responding from home."

"He could barely move," said Yohe. Officials estimate the man had been in the water about 40 minutes, and he was suffering from hypothermia. He was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital, where he was in intensive care.

"This is amazing," Yohe said. " It was amazing that he was even alive."

Obama to Appear in Nativity Scenes

150obamanativity.jpgEvery year for centuries, craftsmen in Naples, Italy sell handmade figurines for Italian nativity scenes. These scenes often have dozen of figures, including celebrities and newsmakers. The top selling figure this year is the US president-elect.
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"The ones we are selling the most of are those of Barack Obama, America's new president, along with his wife Michelle," said craftsman Genny Di Virgilio.

Tradition requires that the nativity scene be built up over time until Christmas Eve, when baby Jesus is put in the manger as the very last element of the display.

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December 12, 2008 - 5:24am
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