The Weird Week in Review

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Fake Fingerprints by Plastic Surgery

27-year-old Lin Rong re-entered Japan even though she had earlier been deported back to China for overstaying her visa. She wasn't caught until she was arrested on other charges, because her fingerprints were different. Lin had undergone surgery to have her left fingerprints moved to her right hand, and vice versa! Japanese police noticed unusual scars on her fingers when they arrested her for faking a marriage in order to stay in the country. She reportedly paid around $15,000 for the surgery in China.

Weird Norwegian Skies

Wednesday morning, a strange spiral lit up the sky over Norway, from Trøndelag to Finnmark, and many people took pictures. It started as a blue light that looked like a beam reaching up from the earth. It then started spiraling like a disc in the sky. A greenish-blue beam then emanated from the spiral. The strange phenomenon lasted about twelve minutes, then disappeared. It was almost a day later when Russian authorities confirmed that their navy had launched a Bulava ballistic missile, but would not comment on the ship's location or any connection with the lights over Norway.

Man Makes a Living on Discarded Betting Tickets

Jesus Leonardo hasn't placed a single bet in ten years, but he supports his family with his winnings from the off-track betting parlors of New York City. Leonardo picks up tickets discarded by people who thought they had lost bets, and double checks them for winners.

"It is literally found money," he said on a recent night from his private winner's circle. He spends more than 10 hours a day there, feeding thousands of discarded betting slips through a ticket scanner in a never-ending search for someone else's lost treasure.

Leonardo made $45,000 by checking tickets last year, which he gathers with the help of two friends. And yes, he pays income taxes on his winnings.

Fox Takes Escalator to Subway

London Underground passengers were surprised as a fox boarded an escalator at the Walthamstow Central station last Saturday night. He bounded down the down escalator and was shooed back up by maintenance workers at the bottom. The fox dashed back up and sat at the top of the escalator, cool as a cucumber, while bystanders took his picture. Then he walked off on his own accord, apparently disappointed in missing his opportunity for a train ride.

Police Investigate What Defines Jazz

Spanish police raided the Sigüenza Jazz festival because of a report that the music being played wasn't jazzy enough!

Police decided to investigate after an angry jazz buff complained that the Larry Ochs Sax and Drumming Core group was on the wrong side of a line dividing jazz from contemporary music.

The jazz purist claimed his doctor had warned it was "psychologically inadvisable" for him to listen to anything that could be mistaken for mere contemporary music.

The complainant called the cops after concert organizers refused to refund his ticket price. After listening to the music, police decided he might actually have a case.

Judge Orders Makeup for Tattooed Defendant

Neo-Nazi gang member John Ditullio went on trial for murder Monday in Florida. The 23-year-old was prepared by a court-ordered makeup artist before appearing before the jury. Ditullio's lawyer had argued that certain tattoos Ditullio got after he was arrested could prejudice the jury. Those tattoos included barbed wire, a swastika, and an obscene word. The judge agreed and ordered that those tattoos be covered by makeup. However, the judge's orders stated that tattoos Ditullio had before he was arrested for the 2006 murder not be covered up.

Boy's Tongue Sticks to Metal Pole

In a scene reminiscent of the movie A Christmas Story, a boy in Boise, Idaho was rescued after he touched his tongue to a metal pole in freezing weather. Firefighters used a glass of water to free the boy, who was unidentified but is estimated to be about ten years old. The boy's tongue bled a little, but he continued walking to school after the incident Tuesday morning.

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December 11, 2009 - 4:22am
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