The Weird Week in Review

Longest Tennis Match in History

John Isner and Nicolas Mahut began their first-round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday. Before a winner was declared on Thursday, they had played five sets and 183 games! The last 138 games were in the final set. By then, millions of people around the world were watching the two relatively-unknown tennis players. The previous longest match in Grand Slam tennis was a mere six hours and 33 minutes. The Isner-Mahut matchup took a total of eleven hours and five minutes over three days. Isner won the match, 70-68, and will advance to the second round at Wimbledon.

Man Hold Up Gas Station with Caulk Gun

A teenager in Austin, Texas tried to rob a convenience store by brandishing a caulk gun. The store clerk said a man dressed as a woman entered the store, then 17-year-old Jose Alejandro Romero came in, pointed a caulk gun at the clerk, and demanded money. Romero struck the clerk with the caulk gun. The clerk struck back with a trash can.

The assailant left the store without money and sped off in the red pickup, the affidavit said.

The other man, identified as Kenneth Williams, told investigators that he is a transgender prostitute and that Romero had picked him up from the street before the attempted robbery, the affidavit said.

Williams spent the night driving around with Romero as he got money from several locations to buy and smoke crack, the affidavit said.

A warrant has been issued for Romero's arrest.

Antarctica's Nudist Club

Those who work in the freezing weather of Antarctica are already members of a very exclusive club, but with a initiation stunt, they can join an even more exclusive club. The traditional "nudie run" takes a slightly different shape for different nationalities, according to Dr. Chris Cormick. Australians run a lap of the the accommodation block if they are dared or if they lose a bet. New Zealanders skinny dip in Lake Vanda. Americans leave a 200-degree sauna and run a lap.  When the temperature is -100F, this stunt will earn them membership in the "300 Club" for enduring a 300 degree temperature change.

Cop Arrested for DUI on His Way to Court

Constable Glen Campbell of Gosford, Australia was arrested for driving under the influence last November, when he passed out at a shopping center. His blood-alcohol level was 0.395, one of the highest ever in Australia for a person who had been driving. He was in uniform at the time. Campbell was due in court over that charge last Tuesday, but was pulled over on his way to the hearing, and registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.253. Campbell pleaded guilty to both charges, and was ordered to live with his parents and not drink or drive. He will be sentenced in September.

Cat Receives Bionic Feet

A cat in England named Oscar was struck by a combine harvester last year and his back feet were mangled to the point that they had to be amputated. Veterinary surgeon Noel Fitzpatrick fitted Oscar with new hi-tech feet called intraosseous transcutaneous amputation prosthetics (Itaps).

Mr Fitzpatrick explained: "The real revolution with Oscar is [that] we have put a piece of metal and a flange into which skin grows into an extremely tight bone."

"We have managed to get the bone and skin to grow into the implant and we have developed an 'exoprosthesis' that allows this implant to work as a see-saw on the bottom of an animal's limbs to give him effectively normal gait."

The Itap technology is now in tests for human use. Dr. Fitzpatrick is the subject of a BBC documentary called The Bionic Vet.

Two Wives Claim Man's Dead Body

Chandan Kumar Chakrabarty, alias Sazzad Hossain of Dhaka, Bangladesh, led a double life that no one knew until he was killed by muggers last year. Two women, one Hindu and the other Muslim, both claimed the body as his widow! The 42-year-old man had married both women. The Hindu wife, who married Chakrabarty/Hossain 15 years ago, wants his body cremated in line with their religion. The Muslim wife says he converted to Islam a year ago, and should be buried with Muslim rites. Local police plan to hear testimony from Chakrabarty/Hossain's friends to determine which wife will receive the body.

Nude Woman Leads Police Chase

Police in West Valley City, Utah say a naked women drove up to another car, left her car and got into the second car and drove off. The owner of the stolen car, who had stepped out to post a sign, called 911 and then jumped in the woman's vehicle to chase her. The woman, followed by police, drove to a field and fled the car. Police then chased her on foot and searched the field. When they spotted her, she jumped into a police cruiser and drove off, dragging officers for a short time before they could let go. The woman crashed the cruiser and fled on foot once again. She climbed through a barbed wire fence to find more officers waiting for her. Police finally subdued the woman, later identified as 31-year-old Sylvina Beagley, with a Taser. She was taken to a mental health facility for an evaluation. The police car was a total loss.

Bleat Along to Classic Holiday Tunes With This Goat Christmas Album

Feeling a little Grinchy this month? The Sweden branch of ActionAid, an international charity dedicated to fighting global poverty, wants to goat—errr ... goad—you into the Christmas spirit with their animal-focused holiday album: All I Want for Christmas is a Goat.

Fittingly, it features the shriek-filled vocal stylings of a group of festive farm animals bleating out classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The recording may sound like a silly novelty release, but there's a serious cause behind it: It’s intended to remind listeners how the animals benefit impoverished communities. Goats can live in arid nations that are too dry for farming, and they provide their owners with milk and wool. In fact, the only thing they can't seem to do is, well, sing. 

You can purchase All I Want for Christmas is a Goat on iTunes and Spotify, or listen to a few songs from its eight-track selection below.

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Cheese Wheel Wedding Cakes Are a Funky Twist on an Old Tradition
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If there’s ever a time you have permission to be cheesy, it’s on your wedding day. What better way to do so than with a pungent wedding cake made of actual wheels of cheese? According to Elite Daily, cheese wedding cakes are a real option for couples who share an affinity for dairy products.

One of the trailblazers behind the sharp trend is Bath, England-based cheese supplier The Fine Cheese Co. The company offers clients a choice of one of dozens of wedding cake designs. There are bold show-stoppers like the Beatrice cake, which features five tiers of cheese and is priced at $400. For customers looking for something more delicate, there’s the Clara centerpiece, which replaces miniature wedding cakes with mounds of goat cheese. Whether your loved one likes funky Stilton or mellow brie, there’s a cheese cake to satisfy every palate. Flowers are incorporated into each display to make them just as pretty as conventional wedding cakes.

Since The Fine Cheese Co. arranged their first wedding cake in 2002, other cheese suppliers have entered the game. The Cheese Shed in Newton Abbot, England; I.J. Ellis Cheesemongers in Scotland; and Murray’s Cheese in New York will provide cheese wheel towers for weddings or any other special occasion. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from clearing out the local fromagerie and assembling a cheese cake at home.

[h/t Elite Daily]


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