The Weird Week in Review

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.

Bleat Along to Classic Holiday Tunes With This Goat Christmas Album

Feeling a little Grinchy this month? The Sweden branch of ActionAid, an international charity dedicated to fighting global poverty, wants to goat—errr ... goad—you into the Christmas spirit with their animal-focused holiday album: All I Want for Christmas is a Goat.

Fittingly, it features the shriek-filled vocal stylings of a group of festive farm animals bleating out classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The recording may sound like a silly novelty release, but there's a serious cause behind it: It’s intended to remind listeners how the animals benefit impoverished communities. Goats can live in arid nations that are too dry for farming, and they provide their owners with milk and wool. In fact, the only thing they can't seem to do is, well, sing. 

You can purchase All I Want for Christmas is a Goat on iTunes and Spotify, or listen to a few songs from its eight-track selection below.

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Cheese Wheel Wedding Cakes Are a Funky Twist on an Old Tradition
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If there’s ever a time you have permission to be cheesy, it’s on your wedding day. What better way to do so than with a pungent wedding cake made of actual wheels of cheese? According to Elite Daily, cheese wedding cakes are a real option for couples who share an affinity for dairy products.

One of the trailblazers behind the sharp trend is Bath, England-based cheese supplier The Fine Cheese Co. The company offers clients a choice of one of dozens of wedding cake designs. There are bold show-stoppers like the Beatrice cake, which features five tiers of cheese and is priced at $400. For customers looking for something more delicate, there’s the Clara centerpiece, which replaces miniature wedding cakes with mounds of goat cheese. Whether your loved one likes funky Stilton or mellow brie, there’s a cheese cake to satisfy every palate. Flowers are incorporated into each display to make them just as pretty as conventional wedding cakes.

Since The Fine Cheese Co. arranged their first wedding cake in 2002, other cheese suppliers have entered the game. The Cheese Shed in Newton Abbot, England; I.J. Ellis Cheesemongers in Scotland; and Murray’s Cheese in New York will provide cheese wheel towers for weddings or any other special occasion. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from clearing out the local fromagerie and assembling a cheese cake at home.

[h/t Elite Daily]


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