The Weird Week in Review

Octopus Receives World Cup for Predictions

A two-year-old octopus named Paul received worldwide acclaim for predicting the winner of the World Cup tournament. Paul correctly picked the winners of eight games by selecting one of two food containers with flags of the matched countries on them in his tank at Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany. For his efforts, the octopus was presented his own cup, a replica of the trophy given to the champion Spanish team, on Monday.

Dyslexic Postman Can't Read Addresses

Wayne Daniels delivered mail for the British Royal Mail service, until March, when it was discovered that he had dumped 420 letters instead of delivering them. The 25-year-old man pleaded guilty to theft and delaying the mail on Monday. Daniels' defense lawyer explained why he did it.

Fran Tyler, defending, said: "He suffers from dyslexia and he was struggling to read the addresses.

"He said it was an impulsive action born out of frustration and said it was a disgrace to himself and to the Royal Mail. He had not discussed the problem with colleagues because of a mixture of pride and embarrassment."

Daniels was ordered to pay a fine and perform community service.

Fisherman Reels in 5-pound Goldfish

Nick Richards caught a big fish at a lake at Poole, Dorset, England, but it may have been someone's pet. The catch was a 5-pound goldfish -the biggest goldfish ever caught in England! The 16-year-old Richards speculates that someone may have taken the fish to the lake when it outgrew an aquarium. Richards named the fish Billy, had pictures taken with it, and returned the fish to the lake.

Man Fined $2,000 For Taking Garbage

Paul Lawrence saw a woman put an air conditioner out with her garbage in Queens, New York, and asked if he could take it. She consented, but a sanitation worker saw the exchange, which led to a $2,000 ticket for Lawrence. Further, the vehicle used in the caper was impounded, and Lawrence's aunt, who owns the car, was also fined $2,000! Technically, rubbish at the curb is city property. New York City receives revenue for recycling, so Lawrence's new air conditioner was considered stolen goods. Officials say the law is intended to stop organized theft of recyclables. Lawrence intends to fight the fine.

Dog Honks Horn for Emergency

Max the chocolate Lab was inadvertently left in the car when his owner was unloading packages at their home in Macungie, Pennsylvania. The temperatures outside was in the 90s, and the parked car began to warm up quickly. What did Max do? He honked the horn! His owner looked outside and saw nothing, but Max continued to honk until she came outside and found him. Max was rushed to a local veterinarian, who treated the dog for heat exhaustion and said he had no serious injuries.

Swiss Bikers Deliver Condoms

Health authorities in Switzerland have a new campaign to encourage safe sex. When the need arises, people can have condoms delivered by bicycle courier! One phone call summons a delivery of condoms at $7.50 for a package. The initiative works with bike delivery services in Bern, Geneva, and Zurich. Numbers on how many take advantage of the service are due at the end of the month, but the publicity the program generates alone is worth the effort, according to the Swiss AIDS Federation.

Stolen Penguin Found

Kelli the penguin disappeared from the Dublin Zoo, a victim of pranksters who scaled a fence to snatch the 10-year-old Humboldt penguin from her enclosure. Luckily, Kelli has an implanted microchip that not only identifies the bird, but sends out a signal that can be traced. The penguin was found abandoned on a city sidewalk. After a medical checkup, Kelli was reunited with her partner Mick in the zoo's penguin enclosure.

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Two Human Toes Were Stolen From an Anatomy Exhibit
Pierluigi Luceri, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Pierluigi Luceri, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A 28-year-old New Zealand man walked into an anatomy exhibition with 10 toes and walked out with 12. We don't know why or how he did it, but the man stole two human toes from a Body Worlds display in Auckland last month, The New Zealand Herald reports.

The unnamed man appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to improperly interfering with the corpse "of an unknown person" and purloining two toes, which alone are valued at about $3800. The motivation for the human remains heist wasn't stated. (Fulfilling a dare seems a likely explanation, or maybe he's just a fan of The Big Lebowski.)

Whatever the reason may be, the story has a happy ending, at least: The digits have since been returned to their rightful place in the "Vital" exhibit, which explores the human body in motion. "Vital," which will remain open in Auckland until July 13, is one of several traveling exhibitions curated by Body Worlds. Two other Body Worlds exhibits are currently on view in the U.S., including "RX" (showcasing the effects of disease) in Toledo, Ohio, and "Animal Inside Out" (an "anatomical safari") in Richmond, Virginia.

The bodies, all of which are donated for exhibition purposes, are preserved via plastination, a process that "replaces bodily fluids and soluble fat in specimens with fluid plastics that harden after vacuum-forced impregnation," according to the Body Worlds website. More than 16,000 people around the world have signed up to donate their bodies after their deaths.

[h/t The New Zealand Herald]

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David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images
Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images

David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]


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