The Weird Week in Review

Burglar Holds Garage Sale at Victim's House

On June 17th, Greg Kemmis of Sarnia, Ontario was out of town when his home was broken into and robbed. According to witnesses, the thief stole tools and equipment, put price tags on them, and sold them at a yard sale in front of the burglarized house! He put up a sign that said "Tools for sale" and stayed with the "merchandise" from 9:30AM until 4PM. One shopper bought a $3,000 machine for $110, and then turned it in to police when he realized it was stolen property. Last week, police arrested 26-year-old Kail Russell Stokes in connection with the theft.

Swedish Woman had One Foot in the Grave

In a scene that we've seen in horror movies, a graveyard in Sweden tried to suck a woman under. The unnamed woman was tending to family graves at Brågarps church in Skåne, Sweden on Wednesday when her leg sank into the earth softened by recent rains. Fortunately, there were other people around, and emergency services were summoned to extract the frightened but uninjured woman. The parish says the grave will be repaired.

Freezing Man's Skull Saves his Life

After 25-year-old Kyle Johnson suffered a horrific longboard accident, his brain swelled so badly that doctors in Ogden, Utah had to remove parts of his skull in a procedure called a bilateral decompressive craniectomy to relieve the pressure.

"Most neurosurgeons do a decompressive craniectomy on one side of the head, where the trauma was," Welling said. "In this case, Kyle had such a global brain injury that we needed to take both sides of his head off, and you just leave a small strip of bone right down the middle."

After Welling and his team removed Johnson's fractured skull, they put it back together with micro-screws and plates. And then "“ they put it in the freezer.

Three weeks later, when the swelling went down, they thawed the skull fragments and replaced them in Johnson's head. He regained consciousness after another week and is recovering.

Royal Descendant Sues Russia for Kremlin

Valery Kubarev can trace his lineage back to the Rurik dynasty, the royal family who ruled Russia during the time the Kremlin building was erected. Kubarev founded an organization called the Princes' Foundation for the Advancement of Religious and National Consensus. The foundation is suing the government for the use of the Kremlin in perpetuity, claiming ownership of the building. The lawsuit sounds like long shot, but the Russian government is currently returning buildings that the Soviet government took from churches, so the courts have agreed to hear the case. In another twist, there is no existing documentation on who actually owns the Kremlin, so Kubarev's claim may have merit.

Wing Falls Off Plane; Pilot Walks Away

A stunt pilot survived a bizarre accident during an air show in Santa Fe, Argentina last weekend. Dino Moline flew a RANS S-9 Chaos plane into a maneuver when one of the wings broke off! The 22-year-old Moline managed to deploy the plane's ballistic parachute, which slowed its plunge to the ground. The pilot burned his foot, but was otherwise fine. The incident was captured on video.

Bears Guard Canadian Pot Farm

Police raided a farm in Christina Lake, British Columbia to find that black bears had been enlisted to scare intruders away from the premises. Two people were arrested for running a marijuana plantation. The ten or so bears did not pose a threat to police.

"They were tame, they just sat around watching. At one point one of the bears climbed onto the hood of a police car, sat there for a bit and then jumped off," said Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant Fred Mansveld.

In Canada, feeding bears is illegal as it leads to bears associating food with humans and increases the likelihood of bears coming into towns and cities to look for food.

One has to wonder whether the bears were guarding the marijuana or helping themselves to it. See a video news report.

Paint Huffer Guy Arrested Again

Patrick Tribett of Wheeling was arrested Wednesday night in New Martinsville, West Virginia for huffing paint -again. Tribett is internet famous for his 2005 mugshot showing gold spray paint on his face. This is at least the ninth time Tribett has been arrested for inhaling chemicals. The news article contains a slide show of seven mugshots, most featuring evidence on Tribetts' face.

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8 Bizarre Places People Have Gotten Stuck
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Some days it just doesn’t pay to venture outside, particularly when you wind up the subject of a police and fire department rescue because you’ve somehow trapped yourself inside an ATM machine. Check out eight other strange environments that have ensnared bystanders and prompted emergency responses.


A giant see-through container full of plush toys is any child’s idea of paradise, and they will attempt any means possible to inhabit it. For three-year-old Jamie Bracken-Murphy of Nenagh, Tipperary, Ireland, that meant crawling through the small flap from which the toys can be retrieved and finding himself lodged in a claw machine. Murphy was on display for about 10 minutes before an off-duty fireman was able to coax him back out the way he came in. Jamie’s father, Damien, expressed little surprise at his son’s predicament, saying that, "He's a very mischievous, sharp kid who's always pushing boundaries."


A man has a traffic cone over his head

In 2013, a man in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England thought he’d have a bit of fun by sticking a traffic cone—otherwise known as a bollard—on his head. To his dismay, the large cone slid down over and past his shoulders, entombing him in plastic. John Waterman, a witness to the incident, captured it all on his cell phone. "It was very random," Waterman told The Telegraph. "It's not the usual thing you see in the middle of Hemel Hempstead on a Sunday lunchtime." The man stumbled around for more than two hours before anyone bothered to call police.


Aurora, Illinois was the site of a recent cement mix-up, when an unidentified man became trapped in a cement hopper. The worker had climbed into the machine to clean it, but found he was unable to move when residual cement on the machine's floor began hardening around his legs. It took firefighters more than two hours to extricate him from the hopper. He was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries, but released the same day, according to the local fire department.


A stock shot of a person stuck in a toilet

In 2016, a Norwegian man named Cato Berntsen Larsen found himself in deep trouble after he tried lowering himself into a public toilet to retrieve a friend’s cell phone. The toilet’s tank was located underneath the seat, allowing enough room for Larsen to become trapped. To his dismay, the tank—which is not connected to a sewage system and is only emptied sporadically—was full of human waste. Adding to the putrid nature of his enclave, Larsen vomited and was bitten by an unknown animal: His situation did not improve until authorities were able to come and pull him out. "It was damn disgusting," Larsen said, "the worst I have experienced. There were animals down there, too."


Tourists and residents of Tübingen, Germany are quite familiar with Chacán-Pi, a giant stone sculpture of a vagina created by Peruvian artist Fernando de la Jara. The towering display sits just outside Tübingen University’s Institute for Microbiology and Virology and has attracted curious onlookers since 2001. In 2014, an unnamed American student decided to go spelunking in the 32-ton carving for a photo opportunity and became trapped, necessitating rescue by 22 firefighters. The Guardian called them “midwives” and reported that the student was “delivered by hand.”


A man appears to be stuck inside a washing machine

Sometimes, games of hide-and-seek can go very wrong. That was the case for a man near Melbourne, Australia in 2014, who climbed into his top-loading washing machine fully nude to surprise his partner. Unfortunately, he was unable to climb back out. Responders were able to grease him with a liberal application of olive oil and pull him out. First Constable Luke Ingram told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that, as a rule, “My advice would be for people not to climb into appliances.” The warning went unheeded by another Australian man in 2015, who found himself lodged in a front-loading machine and had to wait while rescuers disassembled the entire unit in order to free him.


If you’re ever challenged by your adult friends to fit into a baby swing at a public park, you can confidently say that it won’t work. That’s because a man from Vallejo, California tried it in 2011. While he managed to slide into the seat using liquid laundry detergent, he couldn’t slide back out. As his legs began to swell, his friends abandoned him overnight. He wasn’t rescued until nine hours later, when a groundskeeper heard his screams for help at 6 o'clock the following morning. "The man sustained non-life threatening injuries to his body," the San Francisco Chronicle reported, "but there’s no word yet on the condition of his ego."


A chimney sits on a rooftop

There are many Santa jokes to be made, but when you’re the man trapped in your own home’s chimney for four hours, there probably isn’t a huge urge to start laughing. In late 2016, a Tucson, Arizona homeowner who had locked his keys in his home opted to retrieve them by re-entering his abode via the chimney. While it was a spectacularly bad idea, he actually almost made it: His feet were touching the floor of his fireplace before the space grew too narrow to allow for any further passage and he got stuck. Firefighters were able to pull him out from the roof, covered in soot but otherwise unharmed.

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This Octopus Species in Northern Australia Can Hunt on Dry Land
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Most octopuses live in the ocean—but in northern Australia, a small, shallow-water species takes to land in search of food. Abdopus aculeatus is the only octopus that’s specially adapted to walk on dry ground. Using its long, sucker-lined arms, the slimy sea creature pulls itself along the shoreline as it searches tide pools for crabs.

Witness Abdopus aculeatus in action by watching BBC Earth’s video below.

[h/t BBC Earth]


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