The Weird Week in Review

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Woman in Speeding Car Fakes Labor Pains

Police in New Zealand were chasing a car speeding at over 90 miles per hour, and were about to lay spikes in the road to stop it, when the driver stopped near the town of Tauranga. He told officers that he was rushing his passenger, who appeared to be in labor, to the hospital to give birth. An ambulance was summoned to rush the pregnant woman to the emergency room. Later, officers called the hospital and discovered the patient had signed herself out shortly after arriving. The cops, angry at the waste of resources, later found and arrested the 23-year-old driver.

Horse Rescued from Basement

A family in Elbert County, Colorado awoke to find their horse Summer trapped in the home's basement. The horse had fallen into the cellar through a window well.

“We thought of bringing her up the basement stairs,” Heap said. “But the stairs didn’t look safe enough to support her weight.”

A veterinarian sedated Summer, who sustained minor cuts and injuries in the fall, and a coring company was contacted to cut into the foundation of the home. The initial plan was to expose an area around a second window well, remove a portion of the foundation and create enough space to bring the horse out of the basement, Heap said.

When the crew had removed enough material around the window, Summer walked out on her own.

Man Defends Business with Tractor

In Alta, Norway, 66-year-old Harald Mikkelsen stopped a thief who was trying to leave his store. Mikkelsen thwarted a getaway by lifting the perpetrator's car with his tractor! Mikkelson only lowered the car when police arrived, 45 minutes later. The incident was captured on video by tourists, and Mikkelsen has become a national celebrity for his actions last Friday.

21 Tons of Mustard and Ketchup

Thieves in Vienna, Austria made off with 21 tons of mustard and ketchup. A truck driver went to work Monday to find the trailer, which was loaded with the condiments, had been stolen from his truck. Authorities are on the lookout for the missing mustard as well as the $22,000 trailer, which is believed to have been the actual target of the theft.

Boise Hires Weed Eaters

The city of Boise, Idaho is trying a new method for controlling the invasive rush skeletonweed. A herd of 600 goats has been brought in by a company named We Rent Goats to eat the weeds off the 680-acre Polecat Gulch Reserve. City officials say the cost of the goats is comparable to spraying chemicals, but better for the environment. Using goats is also safer as they can reach places in the rocky hills that would be hazardous for humans to roam. The goats are expected to work for about a week, or until the weeds are deemed under control.

"Dumb and Dumber"

Ryan Letchford and Jeffrey Olsen, both of Marlton, New Jersey, thought it would be funny to photograph themselves appearing to get arrested in Radnor, Pennsylvania. They got into a police van belonging to constable Mike Connor and shut the door -and found themselves locked in. A friend tried to free them, but couldn't, and called 911. Responders woke Constable Connor, who unlocked the van.

"I came down and unlocked the doors, and 'Dumb and Dumber' pranced out of the van," Connor said. "They looked a little embarrassed."

Inside the van, officers found cigarette butts and "a large amount of saliva," police said. It's unclear why the men apparently were spitting in the van.

Letchford and Olsen were arrested for real on charges of attempted car theft, criminal mischief, and public drunkenness.

Dachshund Saves Owner and Inspires Recovery

Tom McKinney of Yuba City, California fell off a ladder and couldn't move. His neck was broken. His 10-year-old dachshund Chelse was the one who found him. No one else was around, so McKinney told Chelse to get help -and she did, by waking McKinney's sleeping wife and alerting her to the emergency. Now, Chelse is inspiring McKinney to walk again. After all, the little dachshund learned to walk again after she'd broken her back seven years ago. McKinney said if she could do it, he could, too. Two months after the accident, he is getting around with a walker, and has set his sights on walking without support.

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July 22, 2011 - 4:20am
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