The Weird Week in Review

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Collect $4 Million; Go Directly to Jail

Barry Shell of Brampton, Ontario could call it his lucky day -or his unlucky day. He won $4.4 million dollars in the Canadian Lotto drawing July 18th. Monday, he went to pick up his winnings at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. When he walked out of the building, he was arrested on the spot on a six-year-old warrant for theft under $5,000. Lottery officials say all winners are checked out for warrants. At least he was able to raise the bail.

Baffling Toilet Signs

New signs for a public loo in Winchcombe, England have people scratching their heads. The infographic resembles a cross-country skier, or a man on an escalator. The words "ambulant urinal" convey the idea of a urinal that walks.
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Chris Pike of the Tewkesbury Borough Council says "ambulant" restrooms are larger than standard, and are "intended for people who may be partially disabled but cannot access the full disabled unit."

Girl Hit by Plummeting Tortoise Loses Memory

12-year-old Cheng Cheng of Chongqing, China was walking along the street when she was hit on the head by a falling tortoise. Cheng was taken to a hospital where she was diagnosed with a concussion and amnesia. The tortoise survived the fall and laid eggs later, but eventually died from wounds suffered in the fall. Authorities are not sure how far the animal fell, since no one living in the building will admit throwing, or even owning, a tortoise. The tortoise has been frozen as evidence.

Modern-day Cinderella Offers Reward for Shoe

150_shoe37-year old Louise Bawn of Bristol, England was out for a night on the town and had changed her high heels for flats to relieve her aching feet. At home, she realized one shoe was missing from her purse. The £400 pair of Christian Louboutin shoes had been a gift from her husband. Brawn said she would go to any lengths to get the shoe back, and has retraced her steps, handed out flyers, and offered a reward for the safe return of the missing shoe. She has even places a classified ad with a picture of the shoe's mate. A later story revealed that Bawn owns over 100 pairs of shoes.

Heavy Metal Cure for Constipation

48-year old Viorel Firoiu of Orlea, Romania, admits he was drunk when he tried to cure his constipation by sticking a hammer in his rectum. He went to a hospital where x-rays revealed not one, but two hammerheads inside! Firoiu said the constipation was caused by cherries he ate. Then he drank a few to relieve the pain, then when the first hammerhead came off the handle, he used a second hammer to retrieve the first! The second hammerhead also came off its handle. The two hammerheads had to be removed surgically.

Surgery and Lawsuit for Five-legged Puppy

150_5leggedpuppyCalvin Owensby of Gastonia, North Carolina found a puppy with an extra leg in his dog's latest litter. He contracted with a New York freak show owner, John Strong, to sell the puppy for $3,000. Word got out and Allyson Siegel of Charlotte offered $4,000 to keep the puppy out of the show (the $3,000 price plus Strong's $1,000 deposit). Owensby agreed, and Strong threatened to sue Owensby for breach of contract if he didn't receive the puppy. Meanwhile, Siegel had the puppy's non-functioning fifth leg removed at a veterinary hospital on Thursday. Whether Strong will pursue the lawsuit at this point is unknown.

Land Mine Left in Goodwill Box

Goodwill employees in Arvada, Colorado emptied a donation box on Tuesday and found an olive-green box with the words "Front Toward Enemy". It was a land mine! The shopping center that houses the Goodwill store was evacuated.

Arvada police say the Claymore land mine didn't go off in the donation box and no one was hurt. A bomb squad disposed of the device.

Police Sgt. Jeff Monzingo says it's unclear whether the device was operational or where it came from. No suspects have been identified.

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July 24, 2009 - 4:52am
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