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.

Zombie Studies

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.

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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.
"Lobster"

Buy it on Amazon

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

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]

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