The Weird Week in Review
Women Rescued After Truck Lands in Tree
Erin Dawn Bowser was apparently driving too fast along Route 68 in Evans City, Pennsylvania Monday morning. She hit a car and a guardrail and then her car launched off the side of the highway and into a tree, where it became stuck -30 feet above the ground! Rescue workers say Bowser was not only conscious, but calm as they set up equipment to retrieve her from the tree. The road was closed for several hours while a crew extracted Bowser. She was taken to a hospital with only minor injuries, and is facing several traffic citations. See a video report as well.
Oswald's Coffin for Sale
The coffin that Lee Harvey Oswald was buried in back in 1963 is up for sale at an auction house in California. The coffin spent 18 years underground until Oswald was exhumed in 1981 so that his identity could be confirmed. The presumed assassin who was shot and killed before going to trial for the murder of president Kennedy was then reburied in a different coffin. The wooden coffin is not in great shape, but experts say it can be restored. Bids will be taken until December 18th.
Lawnmower + Boat = Shortcutter
John Hinton of Horsham in West Sussex, England, combined a boat and a riding lawnmower to make a vehicle he can drive around traffic jams by slipping into a canal. The vehicle is completely amphibious. However, with a top speed of 6 miles per hour, the "shortcutter", as its called, is more likely to cause a traffic jam than to circumvent one. Hinton says his vehicle is a prototype and he will continue to improve it.
Dentists Repair Elephant's Tusk
A 27-year-old elephant named Devidasan developed a painful 19-inch crack in his tusk over the past five years. C.V. Pradeep, a dentist in Kerala, India, did some research and decided to fill the crack with the same resin used to repair human teeth. The difference: repairing the tusk took 47 tubes of resin in a two-hour operation!
"It was literally an elephantine task, because we had to find specialist equipment and modify it," Dr Pradeep said.
"The main difference between this and a similar operation carried out on humans is that we were not able to use X-ray screening, because none of our mobile X-ray units was large enough to suit the elephant's needs."
The elephant was not tranquilized, and remained cooperative through the procedure. The repair seems to have eased his toothache.
A Family of Three with One Birthday
Jamal White of St. Paul, Minnesota fell in love with a woman who had the same birth date as he did, November 24th, although she was a year older. Tiara White also had the same last name as Jamal even before they were married. The couple welcomed their first child, Jamal, Jr. into the world on -you guessed it- November 24th. The odds of all three family members having the same birthday were calculated at 1 in 133,225. And none of them will have any excuse for ever forgetting each other's birthdays.
A grain silo in Norwalk, Ohio collapsed on Tuesday, sending a "sea of corn" into the area, covering a block of neighborhood. The over 100,000 bushels of spilled corn was 12 feet deep in some places. The rushing grain pushed a nearby house off its foundation and knocked over a fire hydrant. No injuries were reported, and officials don't know what caused the silo to collapse.
Teenager Swallows Bag of Cocaine
Massachusetts police pulled over 18-year-old Art Taylor in Framingham for failing to signal a turn. Taylor acted strangely when confronted and reached for a small bag containing white powder. Despite a struggle, he swallowed the bag containing what appeared to be cocaine. Taylor was arrested for assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. You will understand why this item is in the weird news section only when you see his mugshot.