The Weird Week in Review
Breaking in to Steal ...Bacon!
A man burglarized a house in Redhill, Surrey, England Saturday and stole a telephone and a package of bacon. That's all he took. According to police, the thief also left a slice of bacon over the door handle. The homeowners cannot figure out why anyone would want to steal bacon. The telephone was later recovered, but the bacon is nowhere to be found. Police have released a closed circuit television image of the suspect in hopes that someone will recognize him.
World's Shortest Man
Edward Nino Hernandez of Bogota, Colombia has been named by the Guinness Book of World Records as the shortest man in the world. The 24-year-old Hernandez is 27 inches (70 cm) tall and weighs only 22 pounds. The previous record holder was He Pingping of China, who was slightly taller than Hernandez and died last March. Hernandez is currently working as a actor in a Colombian film in which he plays a "drug thug." His parents say that doctors studied Hernandez as a child, but could never explain why he is so small.
Zebra Crossing Zebras
When is a zebra not a zebra? When it's a zebra crossing, but that's only part of the story. A public safety advertising campaign in Russia hopes to draw motorists' attention to pedestrians crossing the road by using zebras. The police in charge of the campaign couldn't get zebras, so they did the next best thing -they painted stripes on white horses! The fake zebras drew plenty of attention, as they were paraded around the streets of Moscow festooned with safety messages. See a video report here.
Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Stronger?
Isabella Blyth of Gorgie, Scotland turned 106 years old last Saturday. She looks much younger, and attributes her long and healthy life to the fact that she's never been romantically involved.
The plucky pensioner, who celebrates her birthday tomorrow, has no regrets about living a life of abstinence and in fact believes it has made her physically and mentally strong.
Miss Blyth's niece, Sheena Campbell, who visits her aunt a couple of times a week, said they would mark the day with a cake, champagne and a reminisce about the past.
"She says that she has never felt the need for a romance and has never had time for a man. She had a high-powered job as a private secretary with North British Distilleries, which meant she was always busy.
Students at the University of Baltimore signed up for Course No. CMAT 333, a class called "Media Genres". The actual subject matter was hidden in the course description, because if it were named "Zombie Studies", there would be a mad rush to sign up! The class will watch 16 zombie movies, study other materials, and then each student will submit an analysis, whether by academic paper, script, or storyboard. Credit in the class will help students achieve the new minor in pop culture offered by the university.
Angry Mob Burns Crocodile Sanctuary
Americans Cherie and Vince Rose moved to Punta Gorda, Belize in 2004 to open a sanctuary for two endangered species of crocodiles. The result was the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary. Sunday morning, an angry mob of villagers set fire to all the buildings on the property, including the Rose's home. The crowd was angered over two missing children. A psychic had told the people of the village that the Americans had fed the two siblings, ages 9 and 11, to the crocodiles at the sanctuary. The Roses were not home during the arson, but were at an island on a crocodile rescue mission. They have vowed to stay in Belize and rebuild their sanctuary.
Suing a Theater for Wasting Her Time
A woman in China has done what many of us would like to do. Chen Xiaomei, a lawyer in Xian, Shaanxi province is suing a movie theater and a film distributor for wasting her time by playing twenty minutes of advertising before a film. She isn't seeking big money, just an apology, her ticket price, and a small sum for damages. Her goal is to force movie distributors to limit advertisements to five minutes or notify theater patrons of how long pre-show ads will run. Chen's lawsuit has been accepted by the People's Court in Xian.