The Weird Week in Review

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For some reason, this week's weirdest news stories are overwhelmingly about people in "sticky" situations.

Pumpkin Dump Snarls Traffic

A truck lost its load and hundreds of pumpkins were strewn across a freeway near Detroit, Michigan, Wednesday morning. Other vehicles smashed many of the pumpkins, leaving a pulpy, slippery mess. A road maintenance crew had to bring in a snowplow to clear the road. No injuries were reported, but one driver had a smashed windshield. The truck driver was stopped, and may be cited for an unstable load.

Man Stuck Inside Tree

Orange County Deputies in Laguna Hills, California were summoned by residents who heard screams from a creek bed Tuesday morning. They arrived to find an unnamed man stuck inside a tree trunk. Part of his body was underground, as the hole in the hollow tree extended four or five feet below the surrounding landscape. Firefighters with specialized equipment were summoned, and took about 90 minutes to cut the tree safely off the man. Officials at the site could offer no reason why the man climbed into the tree. He was checked for injuries and mental health.

60 Elvises Have Left the Building

An Elvis tribute at the Holiday Inn in Rochester, Kent, England was held Saturday night to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. An unplanned event was added when a malfunctioning smoke machine set off a fire alarm, and the building was evacuated. Hotel guests were surprised to see about 60 Elvis impersonators in full regalia outside with the other evacuees. It caused a bit of confusion, but the fundraiser continued after the all-clear from the fire brigade. About 250 people attended the event.

"Heroin for Sale" Sign Raises Suspicions

You know there's a problem in your neighborhood when you see signs saying "heroin for sale" -with an address! That's what happened in north Portland, Oregon, last week. Portland police served a warrant on the address and found marijuana, heroin, pills, and cash. Six adults were arrested. There was also a teenager in the home at the time of the raid. Many assume that the neighbors, who had been complaining about the house for a year, made the signs, which they presented to the police before the raid.

Man Spends Nine Hours Stuck In Swing

An unnamed 21-year-old man in Vallejo, California, was rescued by firefighters after spending the night stuck in a child's swing. He had accepted a $100 challenge from friends who said that he wouldn't fit into the playground swing. The man fit into it, all right, after he "lubed himself" with laundry detergent. But then he couldn't get back out. The friends left him there alone. A groundskeeper found him the next morning and called the fire department. Firefighters removed the swing from its frame and took him to a hospital, where they cut the swing from his body with a cast cutter. There is no word on whether he ever collected the $100.

Modern-day 'Robinson Crusoe' Saved in White Sea

Sergei Ganyushev, a 25-year-old from Arkhangelsk, Russia, was stranded on an island in the White Sea only 150 kilometers from the Arctic Circle for 16 days. He set out alone on October first to gather seaweed, but his boat sprang a leak. Ganyushev swam to the tiny island of Malaya Sennukha, where he survived on seaweed and rainwater.

He said he gave up looking for passing ships three days before rescue and was about to take his own life when the helicopter flew overhead. When he heard the rotor, he managed to get up and wave down the aircraft.

Curiously, no one had reported Sergei missing. The helicopter was looking for survivors from another seafaring incident, in which a motorboat with a monk and a worker from a nearby Orthodox Christian monastery sank in the vicinity of the archipelago last Thursday.

The monk was found dead, but the search continues for his companion. Ganyushev was treated for hypothermia and malnutrition.

Man Reports 'Other Woman' as Burglar

He thought fast, but he didn't think well. Kevin Gaynor of Colorado Springs, Colorado, met a woman on Craigslist and invited her to his home around 3AM Wednesday. While she was there, Gaynor's girlfriend arrived home unexpectedly. The 24-year-old Gaynor quickly called police to report the presence of the other woman as a burglary in progress! The ruse didn't last long, and Gaynor was cited on suspicion of false reporting.

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October 28, 2011 - 4:55am
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