The Weird Week in Review
18-foot Oarfish Found
Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute was snorkeling off the California coast when she spotted the carcass of an oarfish 30 feet below the surface. It took the efforts of 15 people to drag the fish onto the shore -it was measured at 18 feet long! Oarfish are rarely seen, as they stay deep in the ocean at depths of more than 3,000 feet. Mark Waddington of CIMI said the last oarfish he'd ever seen was three feet long. However, the fish can reach lengths of 50 feet or more. The Marine Institute displayed the fish, which had died of natural causes, for schoolchildren, then buried it in the sand to decompose. They plan to dig up the bones later for study.
Super Giant Peanut Butter Cup
It's an impressive peanut butter cup and we have the specs: 59.5 inches wide, an impressive 70.1 pounds of chocolate, and 159.7 pounds of peanut butter on the inside. All total -- weighing in at 229.8 pounds of candy glory.
All profits from selling the pieces are going to Project Against Violent Encounters or PAVE, a local organization helping violence survivors.
Sales of pieces from last Friday alone raised $1,280 for PAVE. Is this a world record? The papers and stats have been filed with the Guinness people, so we will find out soon.
Boy Scout Leaders Topple Ancient Rock Formation
Three men face potential felony charges after they filmed themselves turning over a rock formation in Utah's Goblin Valley State Park. They posted a video of the incident on Facebook, in which the rock is pushed off its pedestal, and the men high-five each other. The men, reported to be Boy Scout leaders, are unnamed in the story, but are tagged on Facebook as Dave Hall, Glenn Taylor and Dylan Taylor. They talk about how they saved some child from potentially being hurt by the precariously-balanced rock. Utah state park officials say there will be consequences for their actions. A criminal investigation is underway. The video is posted at the Salt Lake Tribune.
Florida Alligator Evicted From Hot Tub
Deputies in Vero Beach, Florida, arrived at a home to serve the resident with a drug-related warrant. But they found something more -an alligator in a hot tub! Resident Tony Wells told officers that the alligator was there when he moved in, so he kept feeding it. Well, what would you do under those circumstances? Trying to remove the alligator yourself could be dangerous, and feeding it seems prudent so it won't eat you! Wells was charged with possession of an alligator without a permit, and the gator was removed by Fish & Wildlife officers.
Man Arrested for Throwing a Parrot at Police
Police in Waterbury, Connecticut, responded to a report of a fight Tuesday night. They did not find a fight, but found Luis Santana running shirtless with a parrot in his hand. They ordered Santana to stop, but instead he threw the parrot at an officer. The parrot bit the policeman's finger and Santana ran into the woods. Santana was later found hiding in a bathroom in a nearby apartment. He was charged with assault, animal cruelty, disorderly conduct, burglary (because the apartment was not his), and interfering with a police officer. The parrot was taken to the Waterbury pound.
Blind Man Leads Cops on High-Speed Chase
Police in Sheffield, England, began to follow a vehicle at 3:30 in the morning, only to find out later that it was driven by a man who is legally blind.
Sheffield Crown Court heard he reached speeds of more than 85mph and went through several red lights in a bid to escape.
He went over roundabouts, ignored signs and bollards and was going so fast the car left the ground at one point and did a 360 degree spin.
Finally officers boxed in the car and saw the driver switch to the passenger side. Malazum Hussain then claimed his cousin had been driving, as he was blind. However, no other person was seen. Hussain suffers from macular degeneration, and can only see a few feet in front of him. He later admitted to driving the vehicle and was sentenced to nine months.