The Weird Week in Review

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Bank Robber Shoots Himself in the Foot

Three armed men entered a bank in Parana, Brazil, and took 30,000 Brazilian reals ($16,000). Security cameras recorded three of the robbers, but police believe six were involved. The surveillance video clearly shows one of the men accidentally shooting himself in the foot. He limped away with the others, but was arrested at a hospital the next day.

Cat in Cockpit Delays Flight

Air Canada Flight 603 to Toronto was scheduled to leave Halifax International Airport on Wednesday morning, but a cockpit intruder caused a delay. A cat traveling with a passenger escaped from its cage while the plane was loading. The cat, named Ripples, hid in the cockpit and became stuck in the avionics systems. A maintenance crew was called out to disassemble part of the flight deck to extract the cat. Ripples was returned to the cage, and the flight took off four hours and twenty minutes late.

Nail Removed from Man's Head

Dante Autullo of Chicago has somewhat of a reputation for being accident-prone, but this time he hit the nail on the head. Or rather, he nailed his own head. The accident was Tuesday night, but Autullo thought he had just grazed his skull.

He popped a few Advil and kept working. Later that night, he drove a plow truck for eight hours and took his children to a play rehearsal.

Autullo woke up after a nap Wednesday feeling nauseous with a nasty headache. He went to an immediate care center and eventually to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

When he saw the bright white silhouette of the nail on his X-ray, Autullo couldn't believe it.

"I thought it was fake. I said, 'Did you get that out of the doctor joke file?'"

Autullo underwent surgery to remove the nail and a bone fragment, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Chicken Nugget Diet Not Adequate

Seventeen-year-old Stacey Irvine of Birmingham, England, was admitted to a hospital after she collapsed and had trouble breathing. It came to light that she had eaten hardly anything at all besides chicken nuggets since she was two years old. She was diagnosed with anemia and swollen veins. Irvine was treated with vitamins and supplements. Still, she says she can't resist a diet of chicken nuggets, from McDonalds or KFC, although she admits "I am starting to realise this is really bad for me." That understatement is not news to Irvine's mother, who has been warning her for years that her diet would send her to a hospital. But Irvine had eaten other things -fries, chips, and an occasional piece of toast to go with her nuggets.

Money Laundering

After the fire department came and found someone had pulled a false alarm, Louisville Metro Police responded to a call about a man acting very strange. They arrived to find Jose Veras of Radcliff, Kentucky, in an apartment building laundry room, stuffing money into a washing machine. Police found around a thousand dollars in small bills scattered around. Veras does not live at the apartment complex. Police also determined that he was the one who pulled the fire alarm. Veras was arrested for trespassing. He apparently has a mistaken notion of what money laundering really entails.

Sports Recruitment Video Too Violent, Popular

A recruitment video for Benedictine University athletics was pulled by the school after it went viral. School officials say the video wasn't approved through the proper channels. The video was posted on Deadspin and mentioned at other sites. It shows athletes launching various balls through the moon, the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and even through the Earth's core. John Sink, of the company that produced the video, said it would be re-edited.

"The volleyball that went through the planet, which of course that happens all the time, it hits a pagoda," he said. "That was seen as kind of violent."

University officials understand some people "enjoyed" the video, and apologized to anyone who was offended.

Turkey Breaks Into Library

Police in Deadwood, South Dakota, investigated a break-in at the local public library. A broken window was first blamed on a possible rock thrown by a snow blower, but a look around inside revealed an intruder. A good-sized turkey had gotten into the library and was trying to find his way out. Police chased the turkey for about 20 minutes, and captured it by throwing a blanket over it. Once outside, the bird fled on foot. The perpetrator is still at large.

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January 27, 2012 - 4:19am
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