The Weird Week in Review
Eyebrows Shaved for Charity
72-year-old Si Burgher had eyebrow hairs as long as three inches. They were so long he brushed them every day. Not anymore -the Bloomfield, Illinois Rotary ClubÂ sold people turns at trimming Burgher's eyebrows! Trimmers paid $100 each, with Burgher's wife Amy getting the first shot. The stunt raised $1,600 for PolioPlus, a polio eradication campaign. Burgher himself has donated about $7,000 over the years to the campaign to pay for polio vaccine in developing countries.
Flying Car Launched
A team of British adventures led by 45-year-old pilot pilot Neil Laughton has taken off on a 42-day trek from London to Timbuktu in a bio-fueled flying car. The Parajet Skycar is essentially a dune buggy with a fan and a paragliding wing. The car was designed by 29-year-old engineer Giles Cardozo, who will join the expedition for part of the journey. Civil aviation official will not allow the car to fly over the English Channel, but they plan to fly over the Straight of Gibraltor.
Woman Kidnaps Washer Repairman
Tracey Fox of Thornley, England bought a washing machine ten months ago and requested service for it five times. When it finally quit working altogether, she had to do without three weeks before a repairman came. The repairman told her she would have to pay for repairs, even though the machine was under warranty -and that such repairs would cost more than the machine was worth. Fox said,
"Then he was going to leave and that's when I lost it. I told him he'd have to dial 999 because there was no way I was letting him out until it was fixed.
After police were called, the situation was resolved and Currys have since offered her and her husband Terry, 44, a new washing machine.
Man Arrested After Returning Reassembled Lobster
Walter U. Tessier of Amsterdam, New York returned a lobster to a grocery store, saying it was bad. The clerk was arranging for an exchange when he noticed the lobster was only a shell. When confronted, Tessier ran from the store carrying a bag of crab legs. When police visited him at home later, he had already eaten the crab legs. Tessier was charged with petty larceny.
Director Shoots Actor During Rehearsal
A stage production of John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men was in dress rehearsal Monday night in Sarasota, Florida, when an actor was almost killed by a gunshot. During the final scene, director Bill Bordy shot 81-year-old actor Fred Kellerman at point blank range in the back of the head. Bordy was shocked that the Smith and Wesson pistol was loaded. Luckily, the bullet only grazed Kellerman's head. The worst effects were the sound, which temporarily deafened Kellerman, and the tetanus shot he received after the incident. See a video report here.
Hitching a Ride to the Inauguration
Two Dutch students, Omar Kbiri and Lennard Hulsbos, found themselves on a last-minute trip to Washington, DC to watch the inauguration, thanks to Virgin founder Richard Branson! Branson was at a conference Tuesday in Amsterdam and mentioned he was flying back to the States for the inauguration. He then opened the forum up to questions via SMS. One message asked, "Can you take 2 broke students to Washington DC?" Branson answered "Yes." Kbiri and Hulsbos were taken by limousine to Branson's private jet and flown to Washington. A volunteer spontaneously offered to pick up the cost of hotel accommodations for the students.
Frenchman Speaks Non-Stop for 124 Hours
Lluis Colet talked about Catalan culture, Salvador Dali, and other subjects to break the world record for non-stop speech in Perpignan, France. Colet spoke for 124 hours straight- five days and four nights! Notaries were on hand to act as witnesses for the Guiness Book of World records. Crowds who gathered to hear Colet speak at a railway station broke into applause when he finished. It is not known if they were applauding his world record or thanking him for stopping.