The Weird Week in Review
Basketball Player Caught Reliving His High School Years
It almost sounds like a movie script: a high school basketball coach in Texas welcomes a 16-year-old Haitian refugee into his home, who becomes a standout player on the team. Sophomore Jerry Joseph was living that dream until other coaches recognized the player as Guerdwich Montimere, a 22-year-old graduate of a Florida high school. After an investigation, Montimere was jailed on charges of presenting false identification. Now the school's basketball record is in danger, and authorities are trying to determine if Montimere dated any of his fellow students.
Man Stuck in Mud Too Embarrassed to Call for Help
Twenty-five-year-old Xiao Chen sunk up to his waist in mud at the edge of the Chang Jiang River in China one night. Although he had a cell phone with him, he was too embarrassed about his predicament to call for rescue! He tried to get himself out for four hours before asking for assistance from passing fishermen. The fishermen then summoned professional help. The rescue took another seven hours after emergency responders arrived. Firemen worked to free Xiao, but their efforts to pull him out were hampered by his refusal to remove his pants.
Truck Full of Lingerie and Sex Toys Stolen
A fully-loaded truck was stolen in Plymouth Township, Michigan. The merchandise from Lover's Lane was ready to be delivered to twenty different stores when the truck and its cargo disappeared.
Marketing Specialist Eric Gorde said the truck was full of its spring line of merchandise such as "lingerie, dancewear, club wear, toys, lube and all kinds of romantic stuff."
The truck was recovered on Monday, but all the product is still missing.
Authorities will be on the lookout for suspicious online auctions and sales offers.
Suicide Brought Them Together
Andriej Ivanov was depressed because his fiancee died in a car wreck the day before their wedding. Maria Petrova's parents threw her out of their home because she was pregnant. Both decided to end their lives by jumping off a high bridge in the town of Ufa in central Russia. That's where they met. Ivanov persuaded Petrova not to jump, and the two talked to each other all night. Now the would-be suicides are engaged to be married and begin new lives together.
Thief Returns Beer Because It Wasn't Cold Enough
A clerk at a gas station in Clarksville, Tennessee noticed some cases of beer had disappeared from the store front while she was working in the stockroom. Shortly afterward, an intoxicated man came in asking if he could exchange a few cases of warm beer for chilled beer. The clerk asked if the man had paid for them. The unidentified man became anxious, asked for directions, and left, according to the police report.
Cat in Tree for Six Weeks
Lucky found himself 90 feet up in a tree in Hartsville, South Carolina and was so frightened he didn't come down for six weeks! In fact, he would still be up there if it weren't for a brave tree climber. The fire department, a utility company, and a tree service had tried several times to bring the cat down, but didn't have equipment tall enough to reach him. Lucky's owner, Richard Nall, was relieved to have his cat back.
"He was alert, his eyes were wide open, ( he was) skinny as a rail, very dehydrated, and probably was in his last few days," Nall said of Lucky's condition after he was freed from the tree.
Family friend Debbie Wilkes immediately transported Lucky to his veterinarian in Bishopville.
The cat lost nearly half his body weight, but is expected to recover.
World's Heaviest Hamburger
Canadian chef Ted Reader made a big hamburger. Big, meaning it weighed 590 pounds! He put the burger together at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, in an attempt to get into the Guinness Book of World Records. The previous heaviest burger weighed only 185.8 pounds. The Toronto burger took six hours to cook, and was then dressed with the usual fixings. The stunt raised $8,500 to beneft a camp for burn victims.