The Weird Week in Review

Whale Takes Australian Couple On Wild Boat Ride

Glenn Wilson and Nerida Higgins were enjoying a cruise on their yacht off the coast of Queensland, Australia, when a humpback whale grabbed their anchor rope and took off, dragging the boat behind it. The ride lasted 15 minutes, then a second humpback whale took over the rope and dragged the boat. That's when the couple decided to cut the anchor line. They had already called the coast guard and emergency services, but the strange story was so unbelievable that authorities thought they were drunk. However, Higgins captured the adventure on video.

Seattle Superhero Phoenix Jones Arrested

The masked man known around Seattle as "superhero" Phoenix Jones was arrested Sunday morning for assault. Ben Fodor, a secret identity that was first revealed only after the arrest, is charged with pepper-spraying a group of people leaving a nightclub. Fodor says he used the pepper spray to break up a fight. The 23-year-old is out on bail, and formal charges have not been filed -yet. Other real world superheroes said Phoenix Jones has a history of going too far as a civilian crime fighter.

"I felt it was a long time coming, and sadly," said a man who, by day, is a Seattle-area consultant, by night, a Real Life Superhero calling himself Mr. Ravenblade. "I don't have anything against [Fodor], but he's done a lot of things that are against the core guidelines of the community and superhero status."

Fodor says he will resume his nighttime patrols in Seattle.

Marathon Runner Rides the Bus Into Third Place

Rob Sloan ran in the Salomon Kielder Marathon in Kielder, Northumberland, England, last Sunday. Or, around 20 miles of the 26.2 mile race. That's where he quit and boarded a bus. As the bus approached the finish line, Sloan decided to rejoin the race, and won a third-place medal. However, the next few racers wondered why they never saw Sloan pass them. A day later, Sloan admitted that he had quit the race, and the third place award then went to Steven Cairns of Peebles, Scotland, who ran all 26 miles.

Saddam Hussein Look-alike Says He Was Kidnapped by Porn Gang

Mohamed Bishr of Alexandria, Egypt, bears a striking resemblance to erstwhile Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Bishr told a local newspaper that after turning down a $330,000 offer to star as Hussein in a porn video, he received threatening phone calls urging him to accept the offer. Then on Sunday, Bishr said, three men abducted him with the intent to force his participation. The plot fell apart when the three men began arguing. They then threw Bishr out of the vehicle he was held in. Bishr told his story from a hospital, where he is recovering from the injuries he sustained as he was tossed from the van.

Smugglers Use Honeybees as Defense

Police stopped a truck suspected of containing smuggled cigarettes in Adana, Turkey. The truck was loaded with beehives. When confronted, the suspects released a swarm of bees which attacked the officers. Officials in beekeeping gear were summoned, and they found 32,500 packs of contraband cigarettes among the beehives in the truck. Three men were arrested: the truck driver and two beekeepers who accompanied him.

9 Men Rescue Moose Trapped In Pool

George Trapotsis of Manchester, New Hampshire found a bull moose in his backyard pool Friday night.

“This train-like noise came through the fence and dove right into the pool,” said Trapotsis.

The moose fell right through the pool cover, according to Trapotsis. "He tore the cover, got entangled and just couldn't move," Trapotsis said. Trapotsis said his first concern was keeping the animal alive and freeing it from the cover.

At about midnight the rescue of the moose was underway. With a rope attached to the moose, nine men pulled the animal out of the water.

“I didn’t get trained on how to do this, that’s for sure,” said Jack Pushee of New Hampshire Fish and Game. “There’s a first for everything.”

The moose then wandered off into the woods, apparently unharmed.

Family Lost In Corn Maze Calls 911

An unnamed family became disoriented while wandering a corn maze in Danvers, Massachusetts, and called 911 for help when skies began to darken. The couple said their young son was getting upset and they were worried about their newborn baby as well. Officers responded to the Connors Farm and found the family within minutes. They were about 25 feet from the maze exit. The owner of the farm says this has never happened before, as visitors who become lost normally push their way through the corn toward the sounds coming from the nearby highway. He offered the family free tickets for a return visit, which they declined.

22 Emojis That Look Completely Different on Different Phones

Emojis are a great addition to our communication toolbox. Without saying a word, we can talk about people, places, things, and emotions. But different platforms sometimes display the same emoji specification in different ways. An eye roll might come across as petulant or cheerful. A snake might look threatening or adorable. To help you navigate some potentially confusing cross-platform interactions, here are 22 emojis (referred to by their programming code names) that come out with important differences on Apple (iOS 11.1), Google (Android 8), and Samsung (Galaxy S8).


3 different face with rolling eyes emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Way to miss the point.
Google: Ugh. Oh boy. Nice one. NOT!
Samsung: Heh, heh. Neato.


3 different snake emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Beware!
Google: Beware?
Samsung: Aww. Snakey-poo.


Three different nerd face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Nerdy cuteness.
Google: Nerdy excitement!
Samsung: Nerdy astonishment!


Three different cookie emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Mmm. Delicious chocolate chips…
Google: Raisins? Nuts?
Samsung: Uh, thanks for the cookie?


Three different loudly crying face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: River of tears.
Google: Waterfall of tears.
Samsung: Cast adrift on a lake of tears.


Three different ghost emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Ready for a goofy good scare?!
Google: Me scary! (*wink*)
Samsung: (*clears throat*) Um, boo.


Three different couch and lamp emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Midcentury modern pad.
Google: Office waiting room.
Samsung: Haunted Victorian hotel.


Three different chipmunk emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Cute? No. Please allow me my dignity.
Google: Tee hee. Cute!
Samsung: Where did I put those nuts…


Three different octopus emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Oh. You surprised me there.
Google: Boo! I surprise YOU!
Samsung: Hellooooooo, over there.


Three different cat emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Always identified more with the mice, actually.
Google: On the internet, everyone loves a cat!
Samsung: Your texts are tedious.


Three different pizza emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Pepperoni.
Google: Pepperoni and olives.
Samsung: Pepperoni, olives, and extra cheese.


Three different man dancing emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Disco in the '70s.
Google: Miami Vice in the '80s.
Samsung: Dabbing, whipping, and nae-naeing at the middle school.


Three different old man emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: More like middle-aged.
Google: Old and yet somehow babyish.
Samsung: Very prematurely grey kid.


Three different running shoe emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Ready for the 5K.
Google: Ready for some stickball.
Samsung: Ready for the playground.


Three different detective emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Experienced and ready to assist.
Google: No experience yet, but can’t wait to start!
Samsung: Seen too much.


Three different person surfing emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Awesome!
Google: Pretty fun.
Samsung: Whoa. Help.


Three different framed picture emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: For the nursery.
Google: For the den.
Samsung: For the great hall.


Three different drooling face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Sooo delicious…
Google: Sooo incomprehensible…
Samsung: Sooo disturbing…


Three different clapping emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Pay attention!
Google: Polite applause.
Samsung: Hushed appreciation.


Three different t-shirt emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Casual Friday at the office.
Google: Saturday at the gym.
Samsung: Sunday on the couch.


Three different person frowning emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Hurt and disappointed.
Google: Crushed and disappointed.
Samsung: Not gonna stand for it anymore.


Three different fearful face emojis from Apple, Google, and Samsung

Apple: Yikes! Aaack! No way!
Google: Oh dear! Why! I feel sick!
Samsung: Bzzzt! Yoinks!

Check the platform differences for all the emojis at Emojipedia.

NSW Transport
This Just In
Australians Vote to Name New Sydney Harbor Boat 'Ferry McFerryface'
NSW Transport
NSW Transport

Proving that some jokes never die (or at least take a little longer to reach the Land Down Under), Sydney has a new ferry named Ferry McFerryface, according to BBC News.

For the uninitiated, the name Ferry McFerryface pays homage to an English practical joke from 2016. It all started when the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) made global headlines after launching an online poll to name a nearly $300 million polar research ship. Leading the vote by a significant margin was the moniker “Boaty McBoatface.”

For a short period, it seemed as though jokesters would pull off their naming coup. But once the competition reached its end, government officials ultimately decided to override the poll. They named the research ship RSS Sir David Attenborough instead, although they did agree to give the name Boaty McBoatface to one of its submarines.

Sydney recently held a similar competition to name a fleet of six new harbor ferries, and the results were announced in mid-November. Locals submitted more than 15,000 names, and winning submissions included the names of esteemed Australian doctors, prominent Aboriginal Australians, and—yes—Ferry McFerryface, according to the Associated Press. Boaty McBoatface also came out on top, but it was struck down.

“Given ‘Boaty’ was already taken by another vessel, we’ve gone with the next most popular name nominated by Sydneysiders,” said Andrew Constance, the New South Wales minister for transport and infrastructure, in a statement. “Ferry McFerryface will be the harbor’s newest icon and I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike.”

[h/t BBC News]


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