The Weird Week in Review

Fugitive Busted After Making Cop His Facebook Friend

Max Sopo was a fugitive from Seattle wanted on fraud charges. He was missing for several months when a Secret Service agent found he had a Facebook page! The page was private, but the investigation found that Sopo had a Facebook friend listed who was a former Justice Department official. The official didn't know Sopo's background, but was able to help agents access the account and trace him to Cancun, Mexico. Sopo was arrested and is awaiting extradition.

Escaped Balloon Did Not Carry Boy

Thursday afternoon, an experimental homemade weather balloon slipped from its tethers in Colorado. Authorities and news media chased the the balloon as it drifted for two hours, thinking that 6-year-old Falcon Heene was carried away with it. When the balloon landed 90 miles away, there was no child aboard. Falcon was later found hiding in his home. The family, who once appeared on the TV show Wife Swap, later appeared on Larry King Live. When asked why he didn't respond when he heard people calling his name, Falcon replied, "You guys said we did this for the show."

Man Gets Probation for Stabbing Fish

Donald Earl Fite III of Portland, Oregon was sentenced for an incident of domestic violence. He had approached Sarah Harris about their recent breakup, but she refused to take him back. Fite became violent with Harris, who escaped her apartment and called 911. When she returned with police, she found Fite had impaled her purple betta fish with a knife and left it sticking to the floor.

Fite admitted to police that he killed the betta, saying, "If she can't have me, then she can't have the fish."

Fite was sentenced to two years probation and a psychiatric evaluation.

Rare Goat-Sheep Rustled

The rare Schwarzhalsziegen goat looks like the front half of a goat and the back half of a sheep. There are only a few hundred in existence. An undisclosed number of goats were stolen in Dillenburg, Germany by someone in a Volkswagen hatchback. A police spokesman said,
"They will find them almost impossible to sell on because every single one of them is accounted for around the world."

Toddler Escapes from Toddler Escape

18-month-old Carter Powell walked out of a daycare center in Billings, Montana, and was rescued from traffic by a passing motorist. Police contacted his mother, Julie Powell, who became angry that she was not contacted by the drop-in daycare center. Police checked the facility out and concluded it was safe and that the incident was a fluke. The name of the daycare center is Toddler Escape Drop-In Child Care. Despite the name, the president of the business said this had never happened before.

Champion with a Popeye Forearm

22-year-old Matthias Schlitte has been a competitive arm-wrestler since he was 16. He has won a string of competitions in his native Germany, including the Iron Curtain Armwars in Blackburn and the German Championships in Haltern. A closer look makes it clear that Schlitte only wrestles with his right arm, which is twice the size of his left arm! His Popeye-like right arm measures almost 18 inches around.

No One Wanted to Claim Rocket Launcher

Jarrette Schule found a missilie launcher in his backyard in rural Comal County, Texas on Tuesday. He took it in his house, then began calling authorities to report it. He called the FBI, the sheriff's department, military police, and Homeland Security. Schule said no one wanted to take responsibility for the weapon. Nineteen hours later, a criminal investigator from the Army arrived. Three hours after that, an Army ordinance disposal team retrieved the weapon. There is still no word on how it got to Schule's yard.

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Two Human Toes Were Stolen From an Anatomy Exhibit
Pierluigi Luceri, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Pierluigi Luceri, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A 28-year-old New Zealand man walked into an anatomy exhibition with 10 toes and walked out with 12. We don't know why or how he did it, but the man stole two human toes from a Body Worlds display in Auckland last month, The New Zealand Herald reports.

The unnamed man appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to improperly interfering with the corpse "of an unknown person" and purloining two toes, which alone are valued at about $3800. The motivation for the human remains heist wasn't stated. (Fulfilling a dare seems a likely explanation, or maybe he's just a fan of The Big Lebowski.)

Whatever the reason may be, the story has a happy ending, at least: The digits have since been returned to their rightful place in the "Vital" exhibit, which explores the human body in motion. "Vital," which will remain open in Auckland until July 13, is one of several traveling exhibitions curated by Body Worlds. Two other Body Worlds exhibits are currently on view in the U.S., including "RX" (showcasing the effects of disease) in Toledo, Ohio, and "Animal Inside Out" (an "anatomical safari") in Richmond, Virginia.

The bodies, all of which are donated for exhibition purposes, are preserved via plastination, a process that "replaces bodily fluids and soluble fat in specimens with fluid plastics that harden after vacuum-forced impregnation," according to the Body Worlds website. More than 16,000 people around the world have signed up to donate their bodies after their deaths.

[h/t The New Zealand Herald]

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David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images
Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images

David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]


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