The Weird Week in Review

Garlic Salt Used to De-ice Roads

Tone Brothers Inc. is a spice producer in Ankeny, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines. The company has donated 18,000 pounds of garlic salt to the city for use in de-icing roadways. The garlic salt would have otherwise gone to a landfill. City officials say road crews have been mixing the garlic salt with regular road salt, and that it melts ice just fine. However, the scent tends to make road workers hungry!

Gorillas and Their Mist

Chessington Zoo in London has issued an apology to guests after giving the gorillas a Christmas treat of Brussels sprouts. The seasonal sprouts are highly nutritious, but the gorilla farts caused horror among people around them.
*
Gorilla keeper Michael Rozzi said: "We feed the gorillas brussels sprouts during the winter because they are packed with vitamin C and have great nutritional benefits.
*
"Unfortunately, an embarrassing side effect is that it can cause bouts of flatulence in humans and animals alike.
*
"However, I don't think any of us were prepared for a smell that strong."

The zoo has taken the sprouts off the menu while the zoo is open to the public. The gorillas will enjoy them when the zoo is closed on Christmas Day.

No Cake for Adolph Hitler Campbell

The ShopRite food market in Greenwich Township, New Jersey refused to decorate a birthday cake for a three-year-old in the manner his parents wanted, with his name: Adolph Hitler Campbell. The store also will not make a cake bearing the name of Heath and Deborah Campbell's second child, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell, who will turn two in February. There is also a third child named Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell. A spokeswoman for ShopRite said the cake request was inappropriate.

The Campbells said they wanted their children to have unique names and didn't expect the names to cause problems. Despite the cake refusal, the Campbells said they don't expect the names to cause problems later, such as when the children start school.

Armed Robbers Demand Egg Beater

150eggbeater.jpgAccording to police in Plant City, Florida, Robert Thompson and Taurus Morris entered the home of a man they knew and threatened the victim with a knife and a pistol. They demanded that the man turn over his metal egg beater! When officer found the men outside the home, the egg beater was in Thompson's back pocket. Thompson and Morris are being held on armed burglary charges.

Foot Found in Baby's Brain

Sam Esquibel was born October first just hours after an ultrasound picked up what doctors believed to be a brain tumor. Three days later, pediatric brain surgeon Paul Grabb prepared to remove the tumor, only to find a small foot growing inside the baby's brain! He also removed parts of another foot, hand, thigh, and what appeared to be intestines. Doctors are yet unsure if the organs are teratomas (tumors in which stem cells form body parts) or fetus in fetu (a parasitic twin). Sam is doing well and is expected to recover completely, although he will be monitored for more tumors.

Cat Wears Contact Lenses

150ernestcat.jpgErnest is a 15-year-old cat who lives at a shelter in Godshill on the Isle of Wight. He suffers from entropion, a condition where the eyelids roll inward and cause inflammation. Surgery might correct the condition, but veterinarians were concerned about how such an old cat would react to an anesthetic. The solution? Contact lenses! The lenses protect Ernest's eyes from his eyelids. Before, he had trouble seeing where he was going, but now has a new lease on life, according to shelter workers.

Man Who Snatched Wig Will Have Toupee

An unnamed man was arrested in Taipei after he snatched the hairpiece off a politician's head. Chiu Yi, a Nationalist Party member of parliament, said he felt like someone had pulled his pants down in public. The wig snatcher was a supporter of former Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian, who was released from jail only a day before. Chiu is an opponent of Chen. The assailant was arrested and released after paying $452 in bail.

"With that kind of bail, it means the crime isn't too severe," the Control Yuan publicist said. "But it's unclear what the name of the crime should be called."

nextArticle.image_alt|e
Pierluigi Luceri, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
arrow
Weird
Two Human Toes Were Stolen From an Anatomy Exhibit
Pierluigi Luceri, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
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]

nextArticle.image_alt|e
Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images
arrow
entertainment
David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images
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]

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios