The Weird Week in Review

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Drunk Driving a Barstool

28-year-old Kile Wygle of Newark, Ohio was arrested for drunk driing -on a barstool! The barstool on wheels was powered by a lawn mower engine. Wygle crashed the homemade vehicle and called 911 due to his injuries. Police responded and gave Wygle a series of sobriety tests, which he failed. The barstool was not impounded.

Lacy Lingerie Helps Find North Pole

When you approach the North Pole, compasses don't work properly because the difference between the geographic pole and the magnetic pole are more pronounced than elsewhere. So the Catlin Arctic Survey, currently en route to the pole to measure the Arctic Ice Cap, are having to use alternate methods of navigation. To measure wind direction, they are using a pair of lacy panties! Veteran explorer Pen Hadow said,
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"It an entirely genuine situation. If you can get gossamer thin material and attach it your ski pole it is particularly useful for this project because we can cannot use the compass as we are so close to magnetic north and it is too cold to use the GPS.
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The panties were donated by a friend of the expedition.

Man Sleeps at Work, Wakes Up in Boston

21-year-old Sidney Nurse dozed off while handling baggage at his job with JetBlue on Monday. That was at JFK airport in New York. The next thing Nurse knew, he was airborne in the plane's cargo hold! He called the airline on his cellphone to let them know where he was. The hold was pressurized, so Nurse survived to tell the tale when the baggage was unloaded in Boston. A medical team checked him out and said he was fine, so he flew back to New York -this time in the passenger section.

12-foot Pothole

150pothole.jpgA driver in the Ukraine slowly drove his car over what he thought was a water puddle when his Volkswagen dived into a 12-foot crater! The unnamed driver had to smash his rear window to escape before water filled the vehicle. Workers drained the water from the hole, which was caused by a broken water main, to reveal extensive damage to the car.

Woman Locked in Car Calls 911

It sounds like an old joke, but this really happened in Kissimmee, Florida. A woman called 911 because she was locked in her car and couldn't get out. The dispatcher instructed the woman to pull the lock button up manually, which saved the day. Hear the 911 call here.

Man Swallows Scissors

150scissors.jpgInstead of using a toothpick, 27-year old Lin Kong of Putian, China borrowed some nail scissors to pick his teeth. As dinner companions told jokes, Lin laughed and swallowed the 4-inch scissors! The scissors opened slightly and the sharp points dug into his throat. Surgeons were able to remove the scissors while using local anesthesia.

Fiancé Drops Engagement Ring Off Brooklyn Bridge

Don Walling proposed to his girlfriend, Gina Pellicani on the pedestrian walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge when he dropped the diamond ring.

"I got on one knee, proposed and it just flew out," Walling said. "I watched it fall through the crack on the bridge, right between the wood planks."

The ring fell on the roadway below. Walling climbed down to the road in heavy traffic and found the ring, which was bent but repairable. Walling had assembled friends and family to witness the proposal, so the entire episode was caught on video.

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April 3, 2009 - 5:49am
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