The Weird Week in Review

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Naked Shopping is a Hit

A new Priss supermarket opened in Süderlügum, North Frisia, Germany, on Saturday with a special promotion offering €270 worth of groceries to the first 100 shoppers who showed up in their birthday suits. The offer went over much better than expected, with around 250 naked people waiting as the store opened. Supermarket manager Nils Sterndorff was surprised, as he had expected maybe a dozen people to take advantage of the promotion. He was pleased with the gimmick's success. The shoppers were mostly Danish, who often cross the German border to shop because prices are generally lower.

When Camera Traps Go Bad

Camera traps are hidden in the forest to record wildlife without disturbing their natural behavior. The cameras are equipped with infrared lights and motion detectors. But some folks think they should be clearly labeled after one caught an unnamed Austrian politician having sex on film. However, the organization managing the traps say they are camouflaged specifically to preserve the animals' natural habitat and to not draw attention. On the one hand, the politician is guilty of trespassing, as the area was clearly posted as forbidden. But the tape will not be made public, as its release is against Austrian law and carries a $25,000 fine.

UK Airport Auctions Off Jewelry Instead of Returning It

Lost airline luggage is so common as to become a cliche, but this case is no joke. The Duchess of Argyll flew into Glasgow Airport in 2006, but her luggage containing $150,000 in jewelry did not make it. She notified the airport authority and the police. Two months later, the luggage was found, but instead of returning it to its rightful owner, the British Airports Authority auctioned off the contents! The Duchess only discovered what happened when she recognized one of her heirloom pieces in an auction catalog this year. The jewelry had been sold years earlier and the proceeds went to charity. But now the BAA had to reimburse the Duchess an equivalent sum from the sale. And most of the jewelry, as well as the documents related to the case, cannot be found.

Woman Beats Up Husband Over Onion Magazine

Lynne Rasbornik of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, was looking through her husband's car when she found copies of the satire magazine The Onion and a local alternative newspaper called the Shepherd Express. Rasbornik was enraged, as she considers both publications to be pornography, and attacked her husband so violently that police were summoned. Officers at first thought Rasbornik was the victim, but noticed she kept picking and scratching at herself to make her minor wounds look more serious. Rasbornik was arrested for domestic abuse.

Train Engineer Adopts Owl from Track

Guo Zuchun drives a train in Chongqing, China. One day he saw three tiny owls on the track and managed to stop the train before hitting them. They were too small to fly, and are believed to be victims of a storm that destroyed their nest.

Two were given to a local wildlife centre to be raised, but Guo was allowed to keep one as a pet.

Now the young owl thinks his new life is a hoot, says Gou.

"I take him to work every day and he sits on the dashboard in front of me having a good look at what's going on around us," he said

"He seems to like riding the train more than he likes flying," laughed the driver.

You can see pictures of the baby owl riding the train with Guo at Austrian Times.

Three Teens and a Deputy Injured in Drunk-driving Simulation

Drinking and driving don't mix. You know what else doesn't mix? Teenage drivers and drunk-simulating goggles. A group of Explorer's Club members in Elkhart, Indiana, were taking turns driving around a parking lot Monday in a golf cart wearing the goggles, which distort the wearer's vision. A 14-year-old driver turned hard and tipped the cart over. The driver, two teenage passengers, and the instructor all sustained minor injuries. They were treated at a hospital and released. The golf cart sustained some damage, and was taken out of service.

Woman Finds $6500 Ring in Goodwill Jeans

Deb Thompson of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, picked up a pair of blue jean capris at her local Goodwill store. In the pocket, the clothing donor had left a diamond engagement ring! An appraisal set the value of the ring at around $6,500. Thompson reported the ring to Goodwill, and the staff posted the story on its Facebook page. Within a short time, seven different people had claimed the ring, but so far no one has a concrete claim. Thompson hopes to find the correct owner and hear the story behind the ring, but if not, she will be able to keep it.

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June 22, 2012 - 4:41am
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