The Weird Week in Review

Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Theme Song Prompts School Lockdown

Travis Clawson's life got flipped, turned upside-down. A receptionist at an eye doctor's office in Pennsylvania called 19-year-old Travis Clawson on Thursday to confirm an appointment. Instead, she got an outgoing message that alarmed her. She thought she heard the teenager say something about shooting up the school. The receptionist then called Sewickley police, who contacted the Ambridge Area High School, where officials put the school on lockdown. Police found Clawson at the school and arrested him.

An investigation determined that the outgoing message on the phone was Clawson singing the theme to the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The line “And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school” was what alarmed the receptionist and set off the crisis. Clawson was released and has not been charged with any crime, but his parents were urged to have him change the outgoing message on his phone.   

Man with Sword and Blind Cat Arrested  for Burglary

Police in Lawrence, Kansas, received an emergency call saying that a man barged into a mobile home and terrified the residents into fleeing. He was described as shirtless and shoeless, but he was wearing a sword in a scabbard at his waist, and was carrying a cat and some Chinese meditation balls. He stayed in the mobile home and ate the resident's food. Police came and arrested 31-year-old Blake Robert Hurd. Not long after, another resident of the neighborhood reported a burglary that had occurred while the residents were away. The list of missing items included a Japanese-style sword, a blind black cat, and a pair Chinese meditation balls. The blind cat, named Freddie, was returned to his owner along with the other items.

Mexican Police Confiscate Marijuana Cannon

There's no need to smuggle drugs across the border when you can just fire them over with an air cannon. Police in Mexicali, Mexico, seized a homemade cannon made from a length of plastic pipe powered by compressed air. The device had apparently been used to lob canisters of up to 30 pounds of marijuana over the border into California. U.S. Border Patrol officers contacted Mexican police after finding such packages near the border.

Obama Runs for Governor

Kenya's new constitution, enacted in 2010, calls for dividing the country into 47 counties. The country's first national election in years will determine who will govern those counties, as well as who will be president. Malik Obama, the Kenyan half-brother of the U.S. President, threw his hat into the ring for the governorship of the new western county of Siaya. It is Obama's first political campaign, and several other better-funded politicians are running for the same office. Obama hopes that the name recognition will help his chances.

Priest Sprays Crowd with Holy Water Gun

Father Humberto Alvarez of Saltillo, Mexico, has a decidedly pop culture style. He has a special clerical robe with the  logos of superheroes, including Superman. He blesses congregants during youth services with holy water shot from a water gun. The adults enjoy the sprinkling as much as the children, but Father Alvarez puts the gun away for adult services. The shenanigans are popular with congregants, but the Bishop of Saltillo is reportedly not happy about it.

Refrigerator Full of Semen Confiscated From Student

Art student Marc Bradley Johnson prepared his masterpiece entitled "Take This Sperm and Be Free of Me" for exhibit. It consisted of 68 vials of his own semen in a refrigerator. The exhibit, which debuted last Friday, invited members of the public to take a vial away with them. However, the School of Visual Arts in Manahattan confiscated the exhibit the next day, citing health concerns. School officials planned to have the vials destroyed as hazardous waste, but Johnson objected. After days of discussion, the school agreed to return the vials to Johnson. The exhibit will go back on display, but the vials are now sealed and will not be given away.  

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March 1, 2013 - 12:02pm
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