The Weird Week in Review

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Toddler Falls Six Floors Unhurt

An 18-month-old boy in Paris fell out of a sixth-story apartment window Monday afternoon. He bounced off a canopy over a ground-floor cafe and into the arms of a doctor who was passing by! The man was walking along with his wife and son. The son spotted the toddler falling, and the doctor, identified as Philippe Benseniot, positioned himself to catch the child. The child cried a bit but calmed down and appeared to be unhurt. The boy was taken to a hospital and was released with a clean bill of health.

Man In Breathalyzer Costume Arrested For DUI

Matthew Nieveen was arrested in Lincoln, Nebraska early Monday morning for driving under the influence. The 19-year-old was also cited for underage drinking. He was wearing a Breathalyzer costume at the time.

"He was dressed as a PBT (preliminary breath testing) alcohol sensor and had been attending a Halloween party prior to the stop," the report says.

Police took Nieveen to Cornhusker Place, where, the report says, his blood alcohol measured more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent. The legal limit for minors is zero.

Pizza Chain Offers $31,000-an-hour Job

The Japanese division of Domino's Pizza is making an offer no one could refuse, but will only go to one lucky applicant. To celebrate the chain's 25th anniversary in Japan, one person will be paid the Japanese equivalent of $31,000 to work at a Domino's outlet for one hour in December. The company promises to release details about the application process on November 10th. A spokesman for the company said they were "a little surprised" at the response so far.

Boa Constrictor Mom Gives 'Virgin Birth'

A boa constrictor housed at the North Carolina State University's Department of Entomology has given birth twice, to a total of 22 baby snakes. Researchers at the facility were surprised at the caramel color of all the babies, which is a recessive trait exhibited by no other snakes in the lab. They tested the DNA of the offspring and found they had WW sex chromosomes. Normally, male boa constrictors have ZZ sex chromosomes and females have ZW chromosomes. DNA tests of the mother and all available males followed, which proved the offspring were the result of a "virgin birth" with no paternal DNA whatsoever. The baby snakes are half-clones of the mother, a result of the egg cells splitting and fusing with their own copies instead of fusing with sperm cells.

Coconuts Removed for Presidential Visit

Officials in Mumbai have ordered the removal of coconuts from trees near the Gandhi museum to prevent the possibility that they may fall on US president Barack Obama's head when he visits India.

Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his freedom struggle against the British, is among five places the US president is visiting apart from a school, college and hotels attacked by Islamic militants in 2008.

"We told the authorities to remove the dry coconuts from trees near the building. Why take a chance?" Mani Bhavan's executive secretary, Meghshyam Ajgaonkar, told the BBC.

People die every year in India from falling coconuts.

Game Show Edits Out Rude But Correct Answer

The British TV game show Countdown resembles Scrabble in that contestants are given letters and make words using them. A recent game saw a Cambridge student presented with the letters 'DTCEIASHF'. Yes, he could have used them all, but answered with a eight-letter profanity. The show's language expert ruled the compound word meaning a "rude or obnoxious person" acceptable, but Channel 4's producers ruled it obscene and rerecorded the round with different letters.

Drive to Memorialize Toto

A terrier named Terry was renamed Toto after he played Dorothy's beloved dog in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. Upon the dog's death, he was buried at the home of his owner, Hollywood animal trainer Carl Spitz. Spitz's house was demolished later to make room for a highway, so Toto's grave site was lost. When J.P. Myers heard the story this year, he teamed up with author Steve Goldstein to get a historic marker placed in honor of Toto. The two plan to buy a grave at the L.A. Pet Memorial Park and have a stone placed there so fans can pay their respects. So far, they've launched a Facebook page and plan to take donations at the cemetery on Sunday.

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November 5, 2010 - 5:34am
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