The Weird Week in Review
Skeleton Replaces Copenhagen Mermaid
Denmark's iconic statue of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid normally sits in the Copenhagen Harbor, but left last week for temporary residence at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. On April Fool's Day, she returned -as a skeleton! The display was made from human bones and a swordfish skeleton. Tourists enjoyed the prank as the fake posed in the harbor for a few hours, then was removed to the museum for display the next several days.
Despite Gunman, Pizza is Delivered
Burkina Faso native Assami Semde was delivering two pizzas in the Harlem area of New York City when he was accosted by two hooded teenagers. One drew a gun and demanded the pizzas. Semde put the pizzas down and punched the gunman, who ran off. Then he grabbed and held the other man until police arrived. Then he finished delivering the pizzas, still hot, before he went to file a police report.
Semde's boss, Frank Grecco — a retired NYPD detective with 22 years on the force — called the teen "very courageous" but added, "I told him, "˜Next time, leave the pizza!'
Starry Night in Cereal
Doyle Geddes, a teacher at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah, led 150 students through the construction of the world's largest recreation of Van Gogh's masterpiece Starry Night. The finished product was 72 feet by 90 feet on the gym floor, and an inch deep in breakfast cereal! A Malt-O-Meal factory donated two tons of Tootie Fruities, Cocoa Dyno-Bites and Frosted Mini Spooners for the project. The work was displayed to the public for four hours on Saturday, then the cereal was collected and given to a farmer to feed his pigs. The Herald Journal details the process of making the recreation.
Women Arrested Trying to Smuggle Body Onto Plane
Gitta Jarant and her daughter Anke Anusic took Jarant's husband, 91-year-old Curt Willi Jarant to Liverpool John Lennon airport to board a flight to Berlin. The tickets had been booked weeks earlier. They had even arranged help to get the disabled man's wheelchair on board. Airport staff noticed that he was cold and called medical help. Jarant wasn't just cold; he was dead. The two women insisted that Jarant was only sleeping and that he always slept like that. According to an airport employee, when informed of Jarant's condition, the women asked if they could travel without him. Mrs. Jarant and her daughter were arrested an a charge of failing to report a death. The coroner is awaiting a report to determine how long Jarant had been dead.
Cow Trapped for Days Below Street
A cow apparently squeezed itself into a culvert in Kaysville, Utah and wandered through the town's storm drain system. It became stuck where the drain narrowed. Animal Control officers officers were alerted when a couple heard noises and found a full-grown cow in a street drain. They tried in vain to chase the cow out the way she came in. Finally crews had to dig up part of the street, and a tractor was used to pulled the cow out. Officers said the cow was underground for at least five days. She was returned to her owner with bruises and scratches.
Doctors Perform C-Section, Woman Not Pregnant
An unidentified woman came to the Cape Fear Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina and asked for a Caesarian section in 2008. A resident diagnosed the woman as pregnant and admitted her to the hospital. After two days of trying to induce labor, she was taken for a C-section. Only during surgery did doctors find that there was no baby! The woman had a false pregnancy. Last week, the North Carolina Medical Board issued the lowest level of disciplinary action against the on-call doctor and the doctor who performed the surgery, stating that they failed to confirm the pregnancy, which the resident was unqualified to diagnose.
Every Easter in Stratford, Ontario you can see the swans returning to the Avon River in style. They move out of their winter quarters in a fenced area and are escorted to the water by a parade of bagpipers. The Stratford Police Services pipe band wore kilts and marched to the river while playing music. The swans waddled behind, accompanied by a throng of townspeople and tourists who came to witness the event. The event was captured on video.