The Weird Week in Review

Driving Lesson Nearly Causes Air Disaster

A Cebu Pacific Air flight had to pull up suddenly while attempting to land at Legazpi City, Philippines, when the pilot saw a van on the runway! The vehicle was reportedly driven by the son of an airport aviation chief, who was giving his girlfriend a driving lesson. The airplane carrying 80 passengers was able to land after circling long enough for the van to leave the runway.

4-foot Worm Found in Cornwall

Matt Slater, a curator at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay, Cornwall, England and his team were puzzled at the wreck their carefully grown coral reef had become. After weeks of watching the reef fall apart, they decided to take it apart to find the culprit. What they found was a giant reef worm! The four-foot worm is covered with thousands of stinging bristles. The staff nicknamed the worm "Barry", and carefully relocated it into a separate tank at the aquarium. Slater believes it may have arrived as a juvenile in a shipment from another aquarium.

Blowin' In The Wind

Cindy and David Emminger of Malibu, California have had enough of the smell that blows their way from Bob Dylan's estate. They've complained to city officials about the the chemical scent from a portable toilet on the property, apparently used by Dylan's guards. Mayor Andy Stern says no one else has complained, and he will let the city's code enforcement authorities deal with the matter.

"I really have not involved myself in Bob Dylan's toilet, and by the way I haven't involved myself in anyone else's toilet in Malibu," Stern told Reuters.

Bat Launches with Space Shuttle

150spacebat.jpgThe space shuttle Discovery launched from Cape Canaveral on Sunday with a stowaway -a bat hanging on the outside of the external fuel tank! NASA had hoped the little guy would fly away before launch, but he held on, even after the engines roared, and held on at least as far as observers could follow. Images confirm that the bat was alive before launch, but probably did not survive the trip. The bat has been hailed as a hero among bats, and a tribute video has been posted.

Flammable Water Supply

Amee Ellsworth of Fort Lupton, Colorado has flammable water in her home. Her plumbing is contaminated with natural gas. A half-mile away, Renee McClure can produce a three-foot flame by holding a lighter to her running faucet. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission tested and confirmed the contamination, but cannot pinpoint the source of the problem, as there are eight gas wells nearby maintained by two gas companies. It is not known how many other homes are affected, but around 100 homes draw water from the same aquifer as those tested. Meanwhile, Ellsworth is concerned that the water may cause an explosion at any time.

Paraplegic Man Suffers Spider Bite, Walks Again

150_brownrecluse.jpgDavid Blancarte of Manteca, California was confined to a wheelchair since a motorcycle accident paralyzed him 21 years ago. Then a brown recluse spider bit him, sending him to the hospital and then to rehab for eight months. A nurse noticed a muscle spasm in Blancarte's leg, and after five days of therapy, he began walking again! Then, one day after the story of the medical miracle was published, Blancarte was arrested on an outstanding warrant for domestic violence.

Beekeeper Accused of Killing Beekeeper

Donald Robert Alcock of Woodford, Australia, is accused of murdering competing beekeeper Anthony Ross Knight by shooting him in the back of the head while he slept.

Prosecutor Daniel Boyle told the Queensland Supreme Court in Brisbane that Mr Alcock was in serious financial trouble when he went to Mr Knight's property with the intention of stealing honey worth $40,000.

He said Mr Alcock made the decision to shoot Mr Knight when he realised he could not steal the barrels and tubs of honey without waking him.

The police investigation started when Alcock was taken to the hospital after a 1400 kilogram barrel of honey fell on him as he was unloading it. The barrel was marked as owned by Knight.

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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]

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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.

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]


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