The Weird Week in Review

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Star Rugby Player Quits Team Over Photo

Joel Monaghan of the Canberra Raiders rugby team is no longer with the Canberra Raiders. Monaghan asked that his $250,000 per year contract be canceled after a photograph of Monaghan in a compromising position with a friend's dog was leaked to the internet. The picture was snapped at a post-season party with about 30 teammates. Monaghan's resignation saved the team's management from having to decide whether to fire him or not. Monaghan said he takes full responsibility for the incident. Alcohol was involved.

New Species of Lizard Found -on the Menu

Vietnamese herpetologist Ngo Van Tri noticed something strange about the tanks of lizards at the small diners in the village of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. They were all female, which is odd for the species Leiolepis ngovantrii, which is what they were thought to be. So he called a friend, herpetologist Dr. Lee Grismer at La Sierra University in California, who traveled to Vietnam with his son, a doctoral candidate. By the time they arrived, the batch of lizards a restaurant owner said he would save were gone.

"Unfortunately, the owner wound up getting drunk, and grilled them all up for his patrons... so when we got there, there was nothing left."

Faced with an empty tank and nearly dashed hopes, the men asked around at other cafes in the area for the local delicacy, and hired children to track down as many of the lizards as they could find.

What Gismer received were 60 specimens -all females -of a previously unknown lizard species that reproduces without males.

Blasted Tower Falls the Wrong Way

A demolition crew planned for the 275-foot smokestack to fall one way, but it fell the other way Wednesday at the Mad River Power Plant in Springfield, Ohio. The tower brought down power lines and crushed equipment. There were no injuries, but 4,000 houses were left without power. Nine traffic lights were out of order, and there was one traffic accident. The demolition was captured on video.

Man Forced to Eat Beard in Fight Over Lawnmower

Harvey Westmoreland of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky and his brother Joseph got into an altercation with Troy Holt and James Hill over the price of a lawnmower Holt tried to buy from Westmoreland. Westmoreland said that in addition to throwing punches and pulling a knife, the two men also cut off Westmoreland's beard and stuffed it in his mouth, forcing him to eat it. Alcohol was involved. Despite threats, the Westmoreland brothers called police. Holt and Hill later pled guilty to unspecified charges. The comments below the news story are equally entertaining.

Campaign Signs May Become Collectible

You must admit it's a name to remember: Young Boozer III. Boozer won the race for Alabama state treasurer, despite a rash of campaign sign theft early in the campaign. It seemed that college students wanted the signs for their dorms and frat houses. Boozer's campaign manager Glenda Allred also got requests from out of state for the signs, which some believe may become valuable in time. However, she said there were still signs left to be picked up after the election. The future value of the signs is uncertain.

Something Borrowed

In order to make Jillian Sherlock and Nikhil Pereira's wedding day as perfect as possible, the five bridesmaids kept quiet about the carjacking incident until after the ceremony was complete. A man who had broken into a house near the church in Boston was looking for a getaway, and the limousine carrying the bridesmaids looked like a possibility.

“He started fighting with the driver, and the girls got out and ran,” said Karl Kammann, a Buckingham Bus driver who had just dropped off 48 guests at the church. “It was chaos. Right out from under the wedding party! What a way to get married.”

The driver got out, the limousine disappeared, and was found abandoned a short while later. The ceremony went on as scheduled while police cordoned off the area as a crime scene. Another limousine was summoned to carry the wedding party.

Tasmanian Tiger Pelt Found at Garage Sale

What do you do with the pelt of an extinct animal? Get it appraised, of course! Bill Warren of Fallbrook, California picked up an unidentified animal skin at a garage sale for $5, and found that it belongs to a Tasmanian tiger, or Thylacine, which was declared extinct in 1936. Andrew Snooks from Armitage Auctions in Australia said the pelts are extremely rare. The last one sold at his auction house went for $68,000. But Warren is barred from selling the pelt, as the Thylacine is still on the US Endangered Species List. Warren plans to apply for an exemption and is hoping for the best.

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