The Weird Week in Review
Batman and Captain America Save Cat from Burning Home
A pair of superheroes responded to a house fire in Milton, West Virginia, even before the firefighters arrived. John Buckland, dressed as Batman, and Troy Marcum, dressed as Captain America, had been speaking to children at an American Legion Post about positive lifestyles. When they emerged from the event, they saw rising smoke in the neighborhood.
"He (Captain America) breaks out the window," Buckland said. "The smoke lets out and as I can start to see I reach down and grab something furry!"
While the home owners were out of town, their cat couldn't get out and had to be resuscitated by Batman.
Buckland is a former firefighter in addition to his career as the Caped Crusader. The cat was not initially happy about being rescued, and even hissed at Batman. But bystanders were impressed. See additional pictures here.
Flight 666 goes to HEL on Friday the 13th
Finnish and Danish airline passengers aren't particularly superstitious, or this flight would be empty. On the contrary, Finnair flight AY666 bound for Helsinki (code HEL) is almost full. Finnair flies from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Helsinki, Finland every day under the flight number AY666. And few Scandinavians would confuse Helsinki with hell. But pilots are having a good time with the confluence, telling jokes among themselves -while pledging to reassure any superstitious passengers. The forecast for the flight is for calm skies over the Baltic.
School Misspells Own Name on Yearbook Cover
Moorhead High School in Moorhead, Minnesota, received the finished yearbooks for 2013, and found their school -and town- was misspelled. On the cover. It said Moorehead.
“They proofed the book and the cover, and they missed it,” district spokeswoman Pam Gibb said. “I don’t know that there’s much we can do now. It’s a mistake, and it was made.”
The district can’t afford to reprint the yearbooks, which annually cost about $20,000 to $21,000 to produce, Gibb said, noting final invoices haven’t been paid yet for the 2013 yearbook. Sales of the 2013 book have totaled about $19,000 so far, she said.
There has been some discussion of making a label to cover it up, but how unique would that be? The class of 2013 will look back at this in twenty years and laugh.
"Nuclear Barriers" Used to Separate Soccer Fans
Portable barriers designed to be used during nuclear or biological incidents were deployed to separate exiting football fans in Devon, UK, after a match between Plymouth Argyle and Bristol Rovers. It was the first time police had used the barriers, which are about 15 feet high and 65 feet long, at a game. The tactic was deemed successful, as only two people were arrested. Curiously, the story does not mention which team won. Using the barriers in this manner seems like a good idea, to make use of expensive equipment designed for events that might never happen in order to solve everyday problems.
Australian Pig Gets Drunk and Picks a Fight with Cow
Just another Saturday night? Not this time, because it was a real feral pig that had too many beers at a camping area near Port Hedland in the Pilbara. Campers witnessed the pig taking three six-packs of beer, biting into the cans, and guzzling as much as he could, after which he picked a fight with a cow. The pig also rooted around in the garbage. The pig was last seen under a tree nursing a hangover. All this story needs is a video with a Yakety Sax sound track.
2013 Ig Nobel Prizes Awarded
The Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded each year to real scientists for real research that makes you laugh and then makes you think. The awards, bestowed last night in a ceremony at Harvard University, include the Peace prize to Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, for making it illegal to applaud in public, and to the Belarus State Police, for arresting a one-armed man for applauding. Prizes were awarded for research into reattaching severed penises, the probability of a cow sitting down, the beer goggles phenomenon, and an experiment in which a scientist swallowed a whole shrew without chewing to see if the bones would digest or come out whole. See the compete list of winners at Improbable Research.