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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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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Nalcrest, Florida: Where Postal Workers Go to Retire
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You could say that the Nalcrest community in central Florida delivers affordable retirement housing for seniors. And with amenities like a pool and tennis courts, you might even say it has the whole package [PDF]. Or you could just go with the pun that the community itself has landed on: “Nalcrest: A First Class Community.”

Nalcrest, you see, is a retirement community exclusive to members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC); the village has 500 ground-level apartments available for postal workers to enjoy after they’ve delivered their final Oriental Trading catalog. Garden-style units start at just $374 a month, including water, sewage, trash removal, basic cable, maintenance, and use of all of the recreational facilities.

The idea for an affordable, profession-specific retirement community came to NALC president William Doherty in the 1950s, when he toured Europe and saw similar setups organized by labor unions, religious groups, and fraternal organizations [PDF]. He proposed the idea for U.S. mail carriers as early as 1954, then pounced when Congress passed a law in 1959 that provided loans to build housing for seniors. Doherty was there to break ground on July 1, 1962; Nalcrest officially opened for business less than two years later on January 20, 1964. The dedication ceremony included a band of mail carrier musicians and a separate group called “The Singing Mailmen,” a group made up of—you guessed it—singing mailmen, as well as a female water skiing team that proudly flew pennants spelling out “Nalcrest.” After a stint as the ambassador to Jamaica, Doherty himself retired to Nalcrest, living there until his death in 1987.

Though residents may not be traipsing a daily mail route anymore, they still have plenty of options to stay active. Nalcrest has shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce, miniature golf, tennis courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, walking trails, and a softball diamond (home to the Nalcrest Eagles). It also boasts a travel club, a women’s association, and free art classes, among other activities. There’s one thing, however, it doesn’t have—dogs. With the exception of therapy dogs, Nalcrest has a no-canine rule in deference to retirees who were bitten in the line of duty and have an aversion to the animals.

If a dog-free community seems like paradise for postal workers, the other thing Nalcrest lacks cements its status as letter carrier nirvana: There are no mailboxes, because there is no home mail delivery. Each resident has to visit the Nalcrest post office to pick up any correspondence.

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