The Weird Week in Review

Woman Tries to Steal Puppy at Gunpoint

24-year-old Ashleigh Johnson of Kellyville, Australia placed an ad to sell a Chihuahua puppy. An unnamed 26-year-old woman who responded to the ad went to Johnson's home and met the puppy named Diego. While the woman was holding the dog, she pulled a gun and said she "needed love" and was taking the puppy without paying the $1500 price. Johnson's father, a security guard, grabbed the gun. Johnson's brother, a police officer, helped to restrain the woman until she could be arrested. Diego was not harmed and is still for sale.

Rescuing a Parrot with a Cherry Picker

A 13-year-old macaw flew 50 feet up into a tree and was too scared to fly down. Emma Hooper of Botley, England believes that Cleo flew away because she was distressed at moving to a new home. When the RSPCA refused to come, Hooper called to rent a hydraulic lift, but was told it wouldn't be available until the next day. Hooper stayed by the tree all night long. The cherry picker arrived at 7:30 AM, and Cleo was finally brought down. She had spent 16 hours on the same branch.

"Hitler's Skull" Belongs to Woman

Recent DNA tests show that the skull purported to belong to Adolf Hitler is not his. Hitler committed suicide in 1945. His remains were burned the next day by the Russian Army. One year later, bone fragments were recovered from the site and kept by Russian authorities until they were cremated in 1970, with the exception of a piece of the skull, which showed a bullet hole. American scientists who examined the bone found it to be suspiciously small. DNA tests revealed that the skull is from a woman. It is not believed to belong to Hitler's wife Eva Braun because there was no evidence that she was shot.

Fat Skunk Put on Diet

A skunk named Mr. Bumble was turned over to the RSPCA when his owners could no longer handle him. The skunk weighed in at 14 pounds! It is thought that his love, described as an "addiction," to bacon sandwiches is to blame. Mr. Bumble is now at Tropiquaria Animal Park in Watchet, England and is on a vegetarian diet. The regimen includes long walks as well.

It Pays to Dress Nicely for Court

Robbery suspect Ronald Tackman walked out of a Manhattan courthouse before his hearing Wednesday morning. He hasn't been seen since. He had left a holding area and went behind a courtroom. A security guard saw him in his business suit and let him out, assuming he was a lawyer. The 54-year-old Tackman had escaped jail once before, in the 1980s.

Dwarf Village is a Theme Park

120 little people live in a village near Kunming, China. The village was set up to protect the dwarves from discrimination. You can't live there if you are over 4 feet 3 inches tall.
Now the group has turned itself into a tourist attraction by building mushroom houses and living and dressing like fairy tale characters.
"As small people we are used to being pushed around and exploited by big people. But here there aren't any big people and everything we do is for us," said spokesman Fu Tien.

Sports Announcer's Goofy Prediction Comes True

Seattle Mariners color commentator Mike Blowers was asked to make a prediction about the Mariners matchup with the Toronto Blue Jays. Blowers got very specific and said that 1. rookie Matt Tuiasosopo would hit his first home run since joining the majors, 2. the hit would come in a 3-1 count, 3. off a fastball 4. in the second inning, and that 5. the ball would land in the second deck. Four of the five predictions came true! The ball barely missed the second deck.

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Cheese Wheel Wedding Cakes Are a Funky Twist on an Old Tradition
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Nom & Malc, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If there’s ever a time you have permission to be cheesy, it’s on your wedding day. What better way to do so than with a pungent wedding cake made of actual wheels of cheese? According to Elite Daily, cheese wedding cakes are a real option for couples who share an affinity for dairy products.

One of the trailblazers behind the sharp trend is Bath, England-based cheese supplier The Fine Cheese Co. The company offers clients a choice of one of dozens of wedding cake designs. There are bold show-stoppers like the Beatrice cake, which features five tiers of cheese and is priced at $400. For customers looking for something more delicate, there’s the Clara centerpiece, which replaces miniature wedding cakes with mounds of goat cheese. Whether your loved one likes funky Stilton or mellow brie, there’s a cheese cake to satisfy every palate. Flowers are incorporated into each display to make them just as pretty as conventional wedding cakes.

Since The Fine Cheese Co. arranged their first wedding cake in 2002, other cheese suppliers have entered the game. The Cheese Shed in Newton Abbot, England; I.J. Ellis Cheesemongers in Scotland; and Murray’s Cheese in New York will provide cheese wheel towers for weddings or any other special occasion. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from clearing out the local fromagerie and assembling a cheese cake at home.

[h/t Elite Daily]

Screenshot via Mount Vernon/Vimeo
The Funky History of George Washington's Fake Teeth
Screenshot via Mount Vernon/Vimeo
Screenshot via Mount Vernon/Vimeo

George Washington may have the most famous teeth—or lack thereof—in American history. But counter to what you may have heard about the Founding Father's ill-fitting dentures, they weren't made of wood. In fact, he had several sets of dentures throughout his life, none of which were originally trees. And some of them are still around. The historic Mount Vernon estate holds the only complete set of dentures that has survived the centuries, and the museum features a video that walks through old George's dental history.

Likely due to genetics, poor diet, and dental disease, Washington began losing his original teeth when he was still a young man. By the time he became president in 1789, he only had one left in his mouth. The dentures he purchased to replace his teeth were the most scientifically advanced of the time, but in the late 18th century, that didn't mean much.

They didn't fit well, which caused him pain, and made it difficult to eat and talk. The dentures also changed the way Washington looked. They disfigured his face, causing his lips to noticeably stick out. But that doesn't mean Washington wasn't grateful for them. When he finally lost his last surviving tooth, he sent it to his dentist, John Greenwood, who had made him dentures of hippo ivory, gold, and brass that accommodated the remaining tooth while it still lived. (The lower denture of that particular pair is now held at the New York Academy of Medicine.)

A set of historic dentures
George Washington's Mount Vernon

These days, no one would want to wear dentures like the ones currently held at Mount Vernon (above). They're made of materials that would definitely leave a bad taste in your mouth. The base that fit the fake teeth into the jaw was made of lead. The top teeth were sourced from horses or donkeys, and the bottom were from cows and—wait for it—people.

These teeth actually deteriorated themselves, revealing the wire that held them together. The dentures open and shut thanks to metal springs, but because they were controlled by springs, if he wanted to keep his mouth shut, Washington had to permanently clench his jaw. You can get a better idea of how the contraption worked in the video from Mount Vernon below.

Washington's Dentures from Mount Vernon on Vimeo.

There are plenty of lessons we can learn from the life of George Washington, but perhaps the most salient is this: You should definitely, definitely floss.


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