The Weird Week in Review

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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Two Human Toes Were Stolen From an Anatomy Exhibit
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Pierluigi Luceri, Flickr // CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

A 28-year-old New Zealand man walked into an anatomy exhibition with 10 toes and walked out with 12. We don't know why or how he did it, but the man stole two human toes from a Body Worlds display in Auckland last month, The New Zealand Herald reports.

The unnamed man appeared in court Monday and pleaded guilty to improperly interfering with the corpse "of an unknown person" and purloining two toes, which alone are valued at about $3800. The motivation for the human remains heist wasn't stated. (Fulfilling a dare seems a likely explanation, or maybe he's just a fan of The Big Lebowski.)

Whatever the reason may be, the story has a happy ending, at least: The digits have since been returned to their rightful place in the "Vital" exhibit, which explores the human body in motion. "Vital," which will remain open in Auckland until July 13, is one of several traveling exhibitions curated by Body Worlds. Two other Body Worlds exhibits are currently on view in the U.S., including "RX" (showcasing the effects of disease) in Toledo, Ohio, and "Animal Inside Out" (an "anatomical safari") in Richmond, Virginia.

The bodies, all of which are donated for exhibition purposes, are preserved via plastination, a process that "replaces bodily fluids and soluble fat in specimens with fluid plastics that harden after vacuum-forced impregnation," according to the Body Worlds website. More than 16,000 people around the world have signed up to donate their bodies after their deaths.

[h/t The New Zealand Herald]

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David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
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Dominique Faget, AFP/Getty Images

David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.
"Lobster"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy
"Cowboy"

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]

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