The Weird Week in Review
Europe Seeing More Radioactive Wild Boars
Increasing numbers of radioactive boars have become a problem in Germany, where they have attacked people and caused traffic problems. Boar hunting is a lucrative activity in Germany as wild boar meat is popular, but many of the boars bagged this year have been too radioactive to consume. The government compensates hunters who cannot sell the meat due to radioactivity, which is caused by the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl, Ukraine. The wild pigs have reproduced above normal levels because of warmer winters and an increase in corn crops in Germany.
Tokyo's 'Oldest Woman' Hasn't Been Seen for Decades
In the wake of last week's news about Tokyo's oldest recorded man being dead, city officials decided to check on the oldest woman in their records, Fusa Furuya, alleged to be 113 years old. She was nowhere to be found. Furuya's 79-year-old daughter said she hadn't seen her mother since the 1980s. The address she had for her mother turned out to be a vacant lot. Tokyo authorities are now seeking Furuya's son in hopes of settling the mystery of what happened to Furuya.
Woman Finds Husband on Facebook Marrying Another Woman
In early 2009, Lynn France of Cleveland was looking for evidence that her husband was cheating on her. She had already caught him with another woman once, and had evidence that he wasn't traveling to the places he claimed he was. So she typed the name of the "other woman" into Facebook's search field.
Click. And there it was, the stuff of nightmares for any spouse, cuckolded or not. Wedding photos. At Walt Disney World, no less, featuring her husband literally dressed as Prince Charming. His new wife, a pretty blonde, was a glowing Sleeping Beauty, surrounded by footmen.
"I was numb with shock, to tell you the truth," says France, an occupational therapist from Westlake, a Cleveland suburb. "There was like an album of 200 pictures on there. Their whole wedding."
France began divorce proceedings after the discovery. So remember, Facebook is no place to practice bigamy.
Woman Types Help Message With Toes During Robbery
Amy Windom of Atlanta, Georgia was the victim of a break-in at her home. The gunman struck her with a handgun and tied her hands to the bed. She was left tied up for hours, while the intruder robbed the house and left. But Windom didn't take it lying down. She used her laptop to send an instant message to her boyfriend -by typing with her toes! Her boyfriend then called police. The intruder is still at large, believed to be driving Windom's car.
Switched at Birth with a Happy Ending
Dimas Aliprandi of Joao Neiva, Brazil always wondered why he didn't look like his sisters. When he was 24, he finally could afford a DNA test which proved he was not the biological child of his parents. His parents were shocked! Further investigation found that Aliprandi was switched at birth with another boy born on the same day. Elton Plaster and his family agreed to DNA tests that confirmed the two had been switched at the hospital in which they were born. What happened afterward is the most remarkable part. The Plaster family invited the Aliprandi family to come and live on their farm, where they built another house. Both young men are now living with both their biological parents and the parents who raised them.
Robber Calls Wendy's to Complain About Cash
When you rob a fast food outlet, you expect to come away with a lot of cash. One thief in Atlanta was sorely disappointed with his take, so he called the Wendy's he robbed to complain.
"Next time there better be more than $586," he said during one call. He made "a similar threat" in the second call, police said.
About 11:15 p.m., a man wearing a ski mask and holding a gun walked up to the drive-through window at the Wendy's at 1940 Piedmont Road, police said. He told an employee to put the cash drawer on the counter.
Police are hoping to get clues as to the thief's identity by studying the security cameras.
Superman Saves Family Home From Foreclosure
A family in the south US who wishes to remain anonymous was packing up their belongings because their home was in foreclosure. Now, you know that moving house is the time you find things that have been lost for years, but no one in the family expected to find a copy of Action Comics #1. But they did. Action Comics #1 is the first ever appearance of Superman. This particular copy could brings as much as $250,000 at auction.