The Weird Week in Review

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Pepsi's Scary Defense

Ronald Ball of Illinois filed a lawsuit against PepsiCo in 2009, claiming he found a mouse in a can of Mountain Dew after taking a drink. Ball claims that he sent the mouse to the soft drink company and that they destroyed it. In their defense, Pepsi says that a mouse carcass would not exist in that form after being sealed in a can of Mountain Dew. An expert claims that the acid in the drink would cause a mouse to transform into a 'jelly-like' substance. One has to wonder if a defense against the lawsuit is worth planting that picture in customers' minds.

...But the Cat Came Back

Plucky Andrea the stray cat used up a couple of her nine lives, but would not succumb to the animal shelter's two attempts to euthanize her. The cat was picked up and taken to West Valley City's animal shelter in Utah. When she was not adopted within a month, the shelter sent her to a gas chamber, but she survived. A second gassing left her appearing to be dead, so the staff put her body in a plastic bag in a cooler. Later, she was discovered to have vomited and was checked for signs of life. When Andrea woke up, they decided not to try again. The cat was transferred to the Community Animal Welfare Society. Andrea has since been adopted, and is settling well into her new home.

Car Lands on Roof

In a scene you would expect from an action movie (or a comedy), a stolen car landed on the roof of a house in Fresno, California. Police say the car was going too fast and hit a rock and a tree stump, which launched it into the air and onto the roof. The driver of the car fled the scene and was arrested soon after at his girlfriend's home. There were people in the house when the car landed on it, but no one was seriously injured. A towing company had to use a crane to remove the vehicle.

Rare Coin Collection Stolen for Change

Police in Multnomah County, Oregon, are looking for Dan Johnson, Jr. in connection with a burglary at his father's home. The burglar took silver, jewelry, and a valuable rare coin collection from a safe. The rare coins were recovered from a change machine, where the perpetrators had dumped them to get about $450.

"The obvious answer that the crooks were idiots, just simply an idiot," said Dan Johnson, Sr. "To not know the value of what they had taken, just to get pocket change for it. Just really a stupid person. Makes me feel good he was a stupid person and didn't realize what he had."

The coin machine rejected the 500 silver quarters, which were redeemed at a bank. The bank is returning the coins to the elder Johnson. Two other suspects have already been arrested in the case.

iPad Accepted in Lieu of Passport

Martin Reisch was able to enter the U.S. from Canada without his passport by presenting a scanned image of it on his iPad. And no one even bothered to yell "Photoshop!" Reisch reached the border crossing before realizing he forgot his passport, but he had scanned it into his computer. Instead of making the two-hour trip back home, Reisch showed the scan to the border officer along with his driver's license. The "mildly annoyed" border guard took the iPad into the border hut for about five minutes, then handed it back to Reisch and wished him a Merry Christmas. Reisch traveled to the U.S. to deliver some Christmas gifts, and was able to cross back into Canada using the same scan of his passport.

15-pound Babies Not That Rare in Minnesota

Michael Robert Calistro-Gomulak was born on September 28th in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. He weighed 15 pounds, 7 ounces, when he was delivered by caesarian section one week early. But the large boy did not break a state record: at least three babies born in the state during the 1990s weighed more. The largest was 16 pounds, 7 ounces! Little Michael has another legacy, though -he was named after his grandfather, who saved his wife's life while mortally injured after their car was hit by a drunk driver.

Flying Shark Startles Pilot

An airline pilot preparing to descend to Christchurch International Airport in New Zealand reported a sighting of a shark at several thousand feet! The fish was later identified as an Air Swimmer, an inflatable remote-control shark that is designed to be used indoors only.

A spokeswoman for air traffic control company Airways, Monica Davis, said a pilot had reported the shark and its location about nine kilometres from the airport at 2pm on December 26.

"We advised subsequent traffic of its location, but no-one else reported seeing it."

It was not yet known whether the sighting would be formally logged as an air-safety incident, she said.

The shark's altitude and how close it came to the plane were unclear, Davis said.

Robber Hands Gun to Cashier by Mistake

A man tried to rob the Halifax bank in London, England, but was undone by his own confusion. He entered the bank and demanded £700,000 from a teller. He then apparently intended to hand over a bag to put the money in, but instead handed the cashier his gun. Suddenly realizing what he had done, the robber panicked, grabbed his gun back, and fled the scene on a bank employee's bicycle. CCTV cameras recorded the escape. Police have released pictures and are asking the public to help identify the perpetrator.

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January 6, 2012 - 3:17am
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