The Weird Week in Review

Elevated Motorcycle

How did this happen? We really don’t know! The motorcycle accident reportedly occurred early Saturday morning in Fortaleza, in northeastern Brazil. The news outlet reporting the accident heard several different versions of the story. A couple of versions had the wiring pole on the ground and then standing back up somehow, and others told of a motorcycle going so fast that it launched into the air. There is even confusion as to the nature of the pole, with the electric company claiming it belongs to the phone company, and vice versa. There are more pictures here

The Oddest Book Title of the Year

The annual Diagram Prize for the oddest book title has been awarded to How to Poo on a Date: The Lovers' Guide to Toilet Etiquette. The winner was decided by votes, and the book by Mats & Enzo barely defeated Are Trout South African? by Duncan Brown and The Origin of Feces by David Waltner-Toews.

Horace Bent, The Bookseller’s diarist and the custodian of the prize, said: “The public have chosen wisely. Not only have they picked a title that truly captures the spirit of the prize, they have selected a manual that can help one through life’s more challenging and delicate moments.”

The winning authors have been nominated for the Diagram Prize twice before, for books with a similar theme. This year, they are number one for a book about number two. Although there is no actual prize, the honor does bring a bit of publicity.

Snake Eats Golf Balls, Undergoes Surgery

A gray rat snake was found in a chicken coop in north Georgia. The snake had two large round objects in its stomach, which, from the fact that it was in a chicken coop, you’d think would be chicken eggs. The snake apparently thought so, too, but they were golf balls. Now here’s the really weird part: the chicken owner took the snake to get help for its problem! A team of veterinarians at the Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island performed surgery and removed the golf balls from the snake. The reptile is recovering, and will be returned to the wild when it is deemed healthy. No doubt it will head straight to the nearest chicken coop when that happens. Or a golf course.

Psychic Appearance Canceled Due to ‘Unforeseen Circumstances'

A performance titled An Evening of Mediumship with International Medium June Field was supposed to take place April 3rd at the Darwen Library Theatre in Darwen, Lancashire, UK, but it has been canceled due to “unforeseen circumstances.” Another show in Aberdeen on April 9th is also canceled. Ticket holders can get refunds. Someone should tell the production staff that it would be in their best interest to make up a story, because any other reason on earth would work better for the profession. As it is, the jokes just write themselves.

Yacht Problems Excite Crowd

A luxury yacht named the Victoria, estimated to be worth at least £1million, tried to negotiate the Richmond Bridge in London on Sunday. It did not go well. The river was about 7 feet higher than normal, and the boat kept crashing into the stone bridge in front of an appreciative crowd of onlookers.

The crew’s misfortune attracted little sympathy from crowds lining the banks.

Lesley-Anne said: “Some people were jeering. People were laughing at him and a guy in a dinghy was filming it all.”

The boat was able to return home once the water level had dropped. Meanwhile, the experience is enshrined in YouTube videos. See part two here.

Rare Egg Saved with Tape and Glue

A kakapo is an extremely endangered, heavy, flightless parrot. There are only around 125 of these birds left in New Zealand. So it was frightening when a kakapo named Lisa accidentally stepped on her own egg. Ranger Jo Ledington repaired the egg as best she could, with masking tape and glue. Lisa was given a dummy egg, and the taped egg was placed in an incubator for safety. On February 28th, the egg hatched and a new kakapo named Lisa One was introduced to the world. By surviving this long, the chick may look forward to a long life—kakapos live to an average of 95 years.

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March 21, 2014 - 12:14pm
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