The Weird Week in Review

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Water Lowered for Farting Turtles

The staff at the Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre in Norfolk, England learned their lesson last year, when farting turtles set off overflow alarms at another aquarium. The turtles get a Christmas treat of Brussels sprouts, which cause gas in turtles as they do in humans. When feeding sprouts to the turtles this year, the Norfolk aquarium has emptied out thousands of liters and lowered the water level to keep the expected bubbles from splashing water and setting off sensors.

Displays Supervisor Christine Pitcher said: ''Last time an aquariist had to dash to the centre in the middle of the night, so we're not going to take any chances.

''Sprouts are really healthy for green turtles.

''The high levels of calcium in them are great for their shells, the fibre is good for their digestion and they also contain lots of beneficial Vitamin C, sulphur and potassium.''

"Best Job in the World" Still No Picnic

Remember how envious you were of the lucky person who got the best job in the world? Ben Southall, who beat 35,000 job applicants to live in a luxury island home and blog about the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia was stung this week by an Irukandji jellyfish. The venomous jelly is tiny, but its sting can cause shooting pains, vomiting, and (in rare cases) death. Southall was taken to a hospital where he spent the night, but recovered enough to enjoy the final week of his six month assignment.

Police Impound Driverless Car

Police at a checkpoint in Chistchurch, New Zealand were astonished when a car approached them with no one at the wheel! The car stopped, however, and the story was sorted out. The driver had apparently jumped into the backseat when he saw the police. The female passenger then struggled to control the wheel. The "backseat driver" tested positive for alcohol and was arrested. As police were in the process of impounding the car, they found another man in the trunk! He was just along for the ride, but narrowly escaped being impounded with the vehicle for 28 days.

Man Impaled With Knife Orders Coffee

An unnamed man walked into a diner in Detroit and ordered coffee, even though he had a 5-inch knife stuck in his chest. The 52-year-old man said he had been mugged, then walked about a mile trying to get help. He called emergency services from a pay phone, then went to the diner for coffee while he waited for the ambulance. Restaurant employees and customers couldn't believe how calm he was. The victim was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover completely.

Otters Cause Plane Delays

Continental flight 1294 was supposed to take off from Houston at 7:55PM, but was delayed due to otter chaos. A group of caged sea otters got loose in the cargo hold and were tearing their way into some luggage. Passengers saw the otters being taken off the plane in a box, but one otter escaped again and took off across the tarmac. Airline employees chased the otter for 45 minutes before capturing it once again. The plane finally took off at 9:15PM.

Man Charged with Being Drunk on a Mobility Scooter

A CCTV camera caught 37-year-old Nigel Lee Drummond operating his mobility scooter while intoxicated in Darlington, England. Police found his alcohol level was three times the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle. He was charged under an old law against "being drunk in charge of a carriage", since modern drunk driving laws do not apply to scooters. Drummond paid a fine and now helps the police's awareness campaign against using a mobility scooter while drunk.

China's Last Tiger Eaten?

There's no way of knowing whether the tiger that made a meal for five men was really the last Indochinese tiger in China, but no one has seen any others in years. Kang Wannian of Yunnan Province in China claims he killed the tiger in self-defense last February. Then he ate it.

A local court sentenced Kang to 10 years for killing a rare animal plus two years for illegal possession of firearms, the local web portal Yunnan.cn reported. Prosecutors said Kang did not need a gun to gather clams.

Four villagers who helped Kang dismember the tiger and ate its meat were also sentenced from three to four years for "covering up and concealing criminal gains", the report said.

The Indochinese tiger is on the brink of extinction, with only small populations left in Laos, Vietnam. Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma.

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January 1, 2010 - 3:06am
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