The Weird Week in Review

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From Greece to Poland Underneath A Bus

A 19-year-old Afghan man named Yahiya climbed underneath a bus in Athens and strapped himself to the undercarriage with a belt for a free ride. He traveled this way through Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary and Slovakia, and was discovered in Nowa Deba, Poland. Along the way, his face was scratched every time the bus changed gears. When he emerged from the bus after his 1,700 mile trip, Yahiya was disappointed to find he was in Poland instead of Italy, his intended destination. He had stowed away on the wrong bus!

Plane Takes Off Without Pilot

A 1940 model biplane was being readied for takeoff at a monthly vintage vehicle show at Goodwood airfield in England Sunday when it took off on its own! The unnamed pilot had just swung the propeller to start the engine, but couldn't jump into the cockpit before the plane began moving forward. The plane ran in circles, then took off for a flight of about 200 meters before crashing into trees at the edge of the field. If it had cleared the trees, the plane may have been able to fly for 150 miles, as the fuel tank was full.

Bees Invade White House Lawn

Secret Service agents were warning White House visitors of an airborne threat Thursday. A swarm of honeybees had taken up residence in a bush near the northwest security gate. Charlie Brandts, the White House carpenter who is also a beekeeper was summoned to handle the colony. Brandts managed to capture the queen bee in a cardboard box. Other bees followed, but it is not known whether all the bees are gone. Honeybees will be returning to the property, as Brandts is also charged with installing two beehives for Michelle Obama's vegetable garden.

Cat Rescued from Rubble Five Weeks Later

150felix.jpgAndrea Schröder of Cologne, Germany had not seen her cat Felix since the city's archive building collapsed into a pile of rubble five weeks ago. Her parents' apartment building had also collapsed -they escaped, but two cats went missing. On Monday, firemen clearing the rubble heard a weak meow. They carefully dug out the cat, which they recognized from the pictures Schröder had posted in an effort to find him. Felix was weak and disoriented, but had no broken bones or injuries.

Divorce by Text Message

A Saudi Arabian man in Iraq sent a text message to his wife and got a legal divorce. Under Saudi law, a man can divorce his wife by saying "I divorce you" three times. A court in Jeddah ruled that the divorce is valid even if sent by text message, after confirming that the unnamed man also called two of his relatives to make his intentions clear. The newly-divorce man is in Iraq to participate in "jihad". This is the first known divorce in Saudi Arabia achieved by text message.

Rare Shark Species Found, Eaten

150Megamouth.jpgFishermen near Burias island in the Philippines caught a 500kg megamouth shark, which died while struggling in their net. The megamouth (Megachasma pelagios) is one of the rarest fish in the world, with only 40 sightings recorded since it was discovered in 1976. At the port of Donsol, members of the World Wildlife Foundation identified the shark and took pictures. They asked the fishermen to preserve the specimen, but instead they ate it sauteed in coconut milk.

To Protect and Serve Doughnuts

Retired arson investigator and state trooper Ken Borders has opened a doughnut shop in Louisville, Kentucky and named it Police Doughnuts. He says the name came from the stereotype of police hanging around doughnut shops, although he says it's an outdated image. He is looking into registering the name as a trademark and possibly opening more locations.

"I have two words for it: hysterical and genius," said John Keeling, a metro police patrol officer who lives in Eastwood. "I wish I had thought of it."

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April 10, 2009 - 5:36am
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