The Weird Week in Review
Waffle House Worker has Wild Ride
Andrew Brian McKnight was standing outside the Murfreesboro, Tennessee Waffle House where he worked when three teenagers walked outside, followed by a waitress who said they hadn't paid for their order. McKnight approached the group. The three jumped in a car, and the driver started forward, bumping McKnight. He fell on the hood of the vehicle, which took off. While the car sped down the road, McKnight managed to call 911. 18-year-old Christopher Allen Miller drove for about five minutes at up to 60 mph with McKnight on the hood. Police arrested Miller, and turned his two juvenile passengers over to their parents. McKnight was not injured.
Survival Tip: Disrupt the Power Grid
Imagine you are stranded in the woods with no way to call for help. An unnamed man in Saskatchewan found himself in just such a position, but he figured out a plan that worked. He cut down some power line poles! Several hundred people in Wollaston Lake and Hatchet Lake Denesuline Nation lost electrical power for two days. But the power company found the lost traveler.
"He was found under his boat in a very distressed state, so essentially he was stranded for a number of days and just desperate for people to know where he was," SaskPower spokesman James Parker said.
The man reported he had been on a boat on the lake when he hit bad weather. He ended up stranded in the bush, with no way to communicate with the outside world, Parker said.
But he had an axe and he knew SaskPower would have to check the downed line, so he went to work.
"Essentially it was mission accomplished, because we got the call, we chartered a helicopter "¦ and on Friday around noon we discovered him," Parker said.
Funeral Crasher Was There for the Food
A man spotted at dozens of funerals in Wellington, New Zealand, has been warned away from further attendance. He has not been identified, but the staff of the Harbour City Funeral Home took his picture and distributed it to other funeral homes. The respectably-dressed middle-aged man would show up for as many as four funerals a week and fill his backpack with containers of food. He hasn't been seen since a staff member took him aside and told him he couldn't take food home.
Flying Over the Airport Tollbooth -in a Car
A car approaching the tollbooth at the Dallas-Fort Worth International airport struck a concrete barrier and flew over the booth. Security cameras recorded the car's launch. When it came to rest, the driver got out and started making a call on her cell phone. That's when the vehicle exploded. The tollbooth operator and other drivers were uninjured, but driver Yasmine Villasana sustained a broken wrist. Villasana was arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Transgendered Men Not Arrested for Flashing Breasts
A group of transgendered men caused a commotion at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware last weekend when they took off their tops to show their enhanced breasts. Beachgoers complained to lifeguards, who requested that the men cover up. When they refused, someone called police. The group however, had covered up by the time police arrived. No citations were issued, because technically it is not illegal for anyone with male genitalia to expose his chest, although it would be illegal for a female to do so.
"We'll see if we need to address it," said Kathy McGuiness, one of Rehoboth's commissioners. McGuiness said this will be a topic at a town hall meeting next week.
"I can't speak for the mayor or anyone else. I can speak for myself because I am a commissioner. I hardly see us reversing the topless law. I don't think we are going to repeal it and allow women to go topless. Now if someone is going to go through the process of having implants, then they probably should think about following the laws of the person they would like to become," McGuiness said.
Observatory Dressed as R2D2
A unidentified group of students at Carleton College in Minnesota staged a very big prank at Goodsell Observatory on the campus. The entire front of the building with its distinctive dome was dressed to resemble R2D2, the Star Wars droid! The facade was also outfitted with sound effects. See a video at Facebook.
Engaged Couple have been Together Since Birth
Amy Singley's mother and Steven Smith's mother became friends when they shared a room in the maternity ward at St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania in 1986. Their babies were both born on April 17th of that year. The two families remained in contact over the years as they attended the same church. Now Amy and Steven, who have dated since high school, are set to be married on June 12th. Neither of them will ever have an excuse for forgetting the other's birthday.