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Plane Carrying Proposal Banner Crashes

Mike Flynn hired a plane to carry a banner saying "Will you marry me?" over the beach where his girlfriend Michelle would see it. Ten minutes into the flight, pilot Mark Simmons noticed his engine was failing. The plane crashed, but Simmons was unhurt. His 8-year-old son was monitoring his radio transmissions, and initiated a rescue effort. Meanwhile, Flynn was waiting at the beach, not knowing what happened to his proposal. Two days later, Simmons was back in the air, carrying the banner. This time, Michelle saw it, and said yes.

Dispute Over Kittens Leads to Tomato Fight

Walter and Norma Ricker of Chuckey, Tennessee, share a backyard garden with their neighbor, 28-year-old Rachel Price. But that cooperation came to an end when the Rickers started feeding some stray kittens, and the Prices wanted the cats gone. The disagreement escalated into a physical fight last Friday when Norma Ricker and Rachel Price began throwing green tomatoes at each other.

"She reached down, got a big one and slapped me upside the jaw with it,” said Ricker.

According to the offense report, Ricker said Price hit her on the arm with a tobacco stick causing minor injuries. “She got a tomato vine, yanked it up and starting swinging it around, over her head as hard as she could,” Ricker explained. “She had her face puckered up. I’ve never seen someone look so mad. I told her she looked like the devil.”

The neighbors put a fence up between their backyards to divide the garden.

Goat Man Spotted, Identified

Early last week, a photograph of a man dressed as a goat spotted near a herd of mountain goats in Northern Utah went viral. Wildlife officials were concerned that the man was putting himself in danger from either the goats or hunters who might shoot him by mistake. But the man in question came forward. The 57-year-old Southern California hunter was preparing for an archery goat hunt to be held next year, and was testing a goat suit for the event. Officials are now satisfied that the unnamed experienced hunter was in no real danger.

Man Refuses to Leave Jail

Rodney Dwayne Valentine was released from the Rockingham County Jail on Saturday morning, but didn't go anywhere. He requested the jail give him a ride to a motel, but the jailer declined, and said Valentine should take a cab. By afternoon, Valentine was still at the jail and refused to leave. So deputies arrested him for trespassing -and put him back in jail! Valentine is being held until a court appearance August 9th.

Man Welcomes Son, Grandson, and Great-grandson

Patrick Sloan of Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, saw three new babies born into the family within a three-month period: his son, grandson, and great-grandson, too!

First, Patrick, 60, became a dad for the fourth time – 28 years after the birth of his third child.

His second wife Joanne, 39, had little Ethan on March 14.

Then, in June, Patrick’s grand-daughter Fern, 18, presented him with his first great-grandchild, Mason.

And 12 days after Fern gave birth, it was her mum Odette’s turn to head for the delivery room. She too produced a healthy baby boy, Leonard.

So Ethan is Mason’s great- uncle, Fern has a new uncle as well as a new son, and Odette is celebrating the arrival of a son, a grandson and a half-brother who is 35 years younger than she is.

The article goes on to describe other relations, as there are more sons in the family. Sloan is happy, if a little overwhelmed, with the babies. He had a vasectomy reversed in order to have children with his second wife.

Exploding Blue Termites Spew Toxic Goo

A tropical termite species, Neocapritermes taracua, is found to have a singularly effective defense mechanism. Some termites carry blue "backpacks," or external pouches, full of copper protein crystals. This material produces a toxic goo when mixed with termite saliva, which the defensive termites carry in their abdomen. When the colony is threatened by a rival species, Labiotermes labralis, the termite combines the chemicals to create the goo that kills the rivals. These suicidal defense termites are found to be older than normal worker termites, which leads scientists to think that is part of their life cycle when a termite is older and less productive.

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July 27, 2012 - 5:43am
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