The Weird Week in Review

One-armed Legless Man Beats Nurse

A male nurse is off work with his knee in a brace after being attacked by a disabled man he was caring for. The patient, who has only one arm and no legs, punched the caregiver with his arm and flailed around with his stumps at Royal Darwin Hospital in Northern territory, Australia. The 50-year-old nurse’s knee was severely injured. A spokesperson from the hospital refused further comment, citing privacy issues, except to say that the hospital tolerates no violence and that the matter has been resolved.

Man Proposes; Drops Ring in Sewer

John Iverson of Denver, Colorado presented a diamond ring to his girlfriend and asked her to marry him. She said yes and accepted the ring. Iverson then dropped the wedding ring that went with with the diamond engagement ring. It fell into a grate and down the storm sewer. The Denver Fire Department was called, and firefighters managed to retrieve the ring after 45 minutes of work. With video.

Woman Saves Husband from Tiger with Soup Ladle

Tambun Gediu of Kg Sungai Tiang, Malaysia, was hunting squirrels when he encountered a tiger. The 60-year-old man tried to climb a nearby tree, but the tiger dragged him down. Gediu’s wife, 55-year-old Han Besau, heard the tiger’s roar. She grabbed the first thing she came to and rushed into the woods to help her husband. Besau found the tiger attacking Gediu while the man tried to defend himself. Besau screamed and beat the tiger on its head with her weapon -a wooden soup ladle! The tiger ran off. Gediu had deep lacerations, but he had to wait ten hours to be taken to the hospital, because the village is so remote. He is expected to recover from his wounds.

The Phil Campbell Convention

Phil Campbell was surprised to find a town named Phil Campbell, Alabama. He visited the town, got a nice reception, and decided to organize a Phil Campbell convention. The first one was in 1995, and the second one is this year. So if your name is Phil Campbell (or Phyllis Campbell or Felipe Campbell), you are invited to Phil Campbell to meet other Phil Campbells in June. There is a Facebook group for the convention in which many members have the same name.

Busted by His Own Dog

A sheriff’s deputy in Moro, Oregon pulled over a pickup truck with California plates. As he approached the vehicle, a sock flew out the window. The sock was stuffed with marijuana. The driver, 32-year-old Joel Dobrin of San Diego, was busted by his own dog!

After the stop, the driver explained to Sgt. Terrel that as he was being pulled over, he tried to stash the sock. His pit bull mix dog grabbed the sock and wouldn’t let go, enjoying the tug-of-war game. The dog won, tossing the sock out the window.

Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey had high praise for the canine.

“I wish everyone traveled with their own personal drug dog. It sure would make our job easier.”

Dobrin was charged with possession of marijuana and hashish.

Stabbing Pains Due to Knife in Head

Li Fu of Yunnan Province, China got into a fight in 2006 and was stabbed in the head. He was given medical treatment for his injuries. Last month, he sought treatment for continuous migraine headaches. An x-ray revealed that Li had a four-inch knife blade embedded in his brain! The family was so shocked that they went for a second opinion, which confirmed that the blade was indeed still in his head. The knife that Li was stabbed with four years earlier had broken off, but was never detected by those who treated Li at the time. He underwent surgery last weekend to remove the blade, and is expected to recover.

Firefighters Rescue Plastic Swan

Residents of Straubing, Germany, called the emergency line when they spotted a black swan in a frozen pond. The swan did not move, and was obviously stuck in the ice. A total of 25 firefighters responded to rescue the bird, inching out over the ice to reach it. They found the swan to be a plastic decoy, which had been placed to scare other birds from the pond. Luckily, no one was injured during the operation, and the firefighters chalked it up as a training run.

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Pop Culture
Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.


Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!

Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.


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