The Weird Week in Review
Man Shoots TV Over Palin's Dance Routine
Steven N. Cowan of Vermont, Wisconsin was watching the TV show Dancing with the Stars and became upset that Bristol Palin had not yet been eliminated from the competition. So he got his shotgun out and shot the television set. He then pointed the gun at his wife, who fled and called authorities. Cowan, who is under medical care for a mental health problem, was arrested and charged with second-degree reckless endangerment. Bristol Palin advanced to the final round of competition.
Man Threatened After Saving Woman
Suffering from a sleepless night, Chris Sullivan of Ocean City, Maryland saw a car drive into a canal at about 2AM Monday. As the car began to sink, he rushed from his upstairs apartment to help the driver escape. He dove into the water three times as the car filled up, but could not open the doors or windows. Sullivan finally found a wooden plank and used it to break the car's rear windshield. As 23-year-old Taylor Cole Vanderhook exited the sinking car, she had words for Sullivan.
"She said, 'Dude, I'm gonna kill you -- you broke my car.' I said, 'Darling, you gotta get out, or you're going to die,' " Sullivan said.
Sullivan offered to give Vanderhook a ride home, but police soon arrived, finding her at a nearby bus stop, and arrested her.
Vanderhook was held on drunk driving and other charges. The Ocean City police department plans to honor Sullivan with an award for outstanding service.
Severed Hand Reattached -Three Months Later
Ming Li was on her way to school when a tractor ran over her and severed her left hand. Doctors in China thought the hand could be saved, but the arm was too damaged for reattachment. So they grafted the hand to Ming's leg in to keep it alive! After three months of repair and healing, the 9-year-old's arm was judged to be ready for the hand, so it was removed from her leg and reattached to her arm. With therapy and additional surgery, doctors believe she will be able to use the hand for most normal activities.
3-year-old Finds Gold with Metal Detector
James Hyatt of Billericay, Essex, England had never used a metal detector before. After all, he's only 3 years old. He was on an expedition with his father and grandfather in Hockley for just a few minutes when his detector started beeping. The trio dug up what turned out to be a 500-year-old gold reliquary, possibly worth millions of pounds! The sale price of the find will be split between Hyatt and the landowner.
March of the Santa Penguins
African penguins dressed as Santa Claus and his reindeer helped to open the annual holiday festival at Everland Amusement Park in Yongin, South Korea. The penguins marched in somewhat of a parade formation, accompanied by several human Santas who tossed artificial snow in the air. Other animals at the theme park were dressed for the event, but none were able to march as well as the penguins. The story contains video and a photo gallery.
A Koala Walks into a Bar...
A tavern in Australia got a visit from what turned out to be a celebrity last weekend. Patrons took pictures and called friends to come over to see the koala who came in Saturday evening, presumably to get out of the rain. Kevin Martin of the Marlin Bar on Magnetic Island described the incident.
"He sauntered up to the bar ... I asked him for ID and he got all disgruntled ... walked around the bar and then climbed up a pole and sulked," Mr Martin said today.
"We have a big stuffed marlin on the roof and he just sat under the marlin in front of the speaker, listening to the music.
"He fell asleep."
Rangers were called to take the koala back to his natural habitat. Magnetic Island is known for its large population of koalas.
Fake Doctor Performed Breast Exams at Bars
It sounds like a joke, but this time it worked -for a while. Police in Boise, Idaho arrested Kristina B. Ross on charges of practicing medicine without a license. Ross allegedly told women in local bars that she was a plastic surgeon named Dr. Berlyn Aussieahshowna and conducted breast exams on at least two women who have been identified. A plastic surgery center contacted police when women began calling the office looking for the nonexistent Dr. Aussieahshowna. Police suspect there may be more victims.