The Weird Week in Review

7-year-old Wins Art Contest by Accident

Rebekah Poulain of Torquay, Devon, England thought she was uploading her child's artwork to a private folder online, but mistakenly added it to a public folder in 2009. The mistake did not come to light until a year later, when Leilah Poulain, who was seven years old when she painted the picture, was notified that she had won an art contest. Her mother had accidentally entered the competition when she uploaded the artwork! Leilah beat out 1,700 entrants, and her painting of a penguin is now on display at the world-famous Saatchi Gallery in London.

Assault with a Dead Weasel

An unnamed man in Hoquiam, Washington was arrested on charges of assault. He apparently burst into an apartment looking for his girlfriend. The apartment belonged to the woman's former boyfriend, and she was a guest. The attacker was carrying a dead animal.

The victim asked, "Why are you carrying a weasel?" Police said the attacker said, "It's not a weasel, it's a marten," then punched him in the nose and fled.

The perpetrator left the animal carcass behind. Police caught up with him later and arrested him. For the sake of accuracy, a marten is a member of the weasel family.

Guess the Substance

Frontier Airlines called in a report that sparked a response from the Milwaukee Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Unit. A suspicious white powder was found on board a flight from Phoenix to Milwaukee -on a diaper changing table. You can see where this is going. A flight attendant doing a final check reported the powder, and the TSA began an investigation. There were diapers in the waste bin, and it was determined that there were two infants aboard the flight. The investigation eventually determined that the substance was, in fact, baby powder. The TSA was called "out of an abundance of caution," according to Frontier spokesman Peter Kowalchuk.

One-armed Man Single-handedly Robs Bank

The US Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested Carmen Palella in connection with a bank robbery Tuesday in Albany, New York. Palella, who lost his hand and forearm in a traffic accident when he was 12, allegedly robbed the State Employees Federal Credit Union. He walked in, demanded money, and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. He did not mention having a weapon, and no one was injured. Palella is on parole for an earlier bank robbery.

Twin Friars Die on Same Day

Identical twins Julian and Adrian Riester did everything together. They were born together on March 27, 1919. They were rejected for military service because of one bad eye each, on opposite sides like a mirror image. They joined the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor together, and served in the same location for most of their 65 years of service. Brother Julian died Wednesday morning at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Brother Adrien died that afternoon. The cause of death for both was heart failure. They were 92 years old.

Titanic II Sinks

Maybe he should have seen it coming. Mark Wilkinson of Birmingham, UK, bought a used 16-foot cabin cruiser named Titanic II. The boat sprung a leak on Wilkinson's very first outing from a port in Dorset, and just like its namesake, the boat sank beneath the water.

“It's all a bit embarrassing and I got pretty fed up with people asking me if I had hit an iceberg,” Wilkinson, 44, told British newspaper The Telegraph.

When Wilkinson returned to the harbor on his second-hand boat (worth about $1,600), it sprung a leak. U.K. newspaper The Sun reported that a large hole opened up in the fiberglass hull. Soon, the stern of the boat was fully submerged in water. As the small cruiser went down stern-first, Wilkinson abandoned ship when a harbor master threw in a life preserver attached to a rope.

Onlookers cracked that the small boat could have been sunk by an ice cube.

Man Crashes While Driving to Traffic Court

Robert Eugene Craver of Salisbury, North Carolina has several court dates this summer on various charges ranging from traffic violations to assaulting an officer. He was driving to court to answer charges of reckless driving on Thursday morning when his pickup truck crossed into the oncoming lane and crashed into another truck. Both drivers were taken to a hospital with undisclosed injuries. Before leaving the scene, Craver explained that he was late for court, and took his eyes off the road while looking for his attorney's phone number. Police at the scene believe Craver was under the influence of drugs.

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Little Baby's Ice Cream
Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Nalcrest, Florida: Where Postal Workers Go to Retire
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You could say that the Nalcrest community in central Florida delivers affordable retirement housing for seniors. And with amenities like a pool and tennis courts, you might even say it has the whole package [PDF]. Or you could just go with the pun that the community itself has landed on: “Nalcrest: A First Class Community.”

Nalcrest, you see, is a retirement community exclusive to members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC); the village has 500 ground-level apartments available for postal workers to enjoy after they’ve delivered their final Oriental Trading catalog. Garden-style units start at just $374 a month, including water, sewage, trash removal, basic cable, maintenance, and use of all of the recreational facilities.

The idea for an affordable, profession-specific retirement community came to NALC president William Doherty in the 1950s, when he toured Europe and saw similar setups organized by labor unions, religious groups, and fraternal organizations [PDF]. He proposed the idea for U.S. mail carriers as early as 1954, then pounced when Congress passed a law in 1959 that provided loans to build housing for seniors. Doherty was there to break ground on July 1, 1962; Nalcrest officially opened for business less than two years later on January 20, 1964. The dedication ceremony included a band of mail carrier musicians and a separate group called “The Singing Mailmen,” a group made up of—you guessed it—singing mailmen, as well as a female water skiing team that proudly flew pennants spelling out “Nalcrest.” After a stint as the ambassador to Jamaica, Doherty himself retired to Nalcrest, living there until his death in 1987.

Though residents may not be traipsing a daily mail route anymore, they still have plenty of options to stay active. Nalcrest has shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce, miniature golf, tennis courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, walking trails, and a softball diamond (home to the Nalcrest Eagles). It also boasts a travel club, a women’s association, and free art classes, among other activities. There’s one thing, however, it doesn’t have—dogs. With the exception of therapy dogs, Nalcrest has a no-canine rule in deference to retirees who were bitten in the line of duty and have an aversion to the animals.

If a dog-free community seems like paradise for postal workers, the other thing Nalcrest lacks cements its status as letter carrier nirvana: There are no mailboxes, because there is no home mail delivery. Each resident has to visit the Nalcrest post office to pick up any correspondence.


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