The Weird Week in Review
MAN MISTAKES JELLYFISH FOR BREAST IMPLANT
An unnamed man at the beach in Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia, found a suspicious gelatinous object in the water. He thought it was a breast implant. He took it to the local police station and handed it over, telling them it may be evidence of a homicide. A short investigation revealed that the object was actually a dead jellyfish, most likely a common blubber jellyfish, that had lost its tentacles. The investigation was closed.
FISH FROZEN INTO SKATING RINK
A theme park in Japan had a creative idea: they installed an ice skating rink with 5,000 fish embedded in the ice! There were also crabs and shellfish in the ice. The idea was to give skaters the illusion of skating on the sea, but the stunt backfired when advertisements sparked complaints on social media. Space World manager Toshimi Takeda was shocked at the backlash.
Takeda told CNN the park would unfreeze the skate rink to remove the fish, hold an "appropriate religious service" and then reuse them as fertilizer.
He added the fish were purchased at a local fish market, and were dead before they were frozen.
BOY GETS TO BLOW STUFF UP
A 12-year-old cancer patient in Sydney, Australia, named Declan was approached by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and asked about his dearest wish. The boy replied that he wanted to "blow stuff up." And so you shall.
The Australian Federal Police organized a training day for Declan with their Specialist Response Group. The family traveled to the squad's Majura headquarters in Canberra, where Declan was put into various police scenarios where he saved the day by detonating explosives. He also learned about bomb demolition and police procedures. A good time was had by all.
CAT FENCE ERECTED AROUND VOLCANO
The nation's longest cat-proof fence has been unveiled in Hawaii. The five-mile fence around the Mauna Loa volcano is six feet tall and took three years to build. The fence is not to protect cats from volcanic activity, though. It's to protect the endangered Hawaiian petrel from the cats.
Mauna Loa’s lava-covered slopes make for some seriously forbidding landscape, but that hasn’t deterred cats, which have adapted to the Hawaiian islands just fine since arriving on explorers’ ships. So fine, in fact, that the little invasive predators are now a mortal threat to the endangered Hawaiian petrel, a seabird that breeds on Mauna Loa. Several thousand of the birds live in Hawaii, but only about 75 breeding pairs are on the Big Island.
The fence features an outward curve at the top, which should deter any but the most determined feral cats.
WOMAN RUNS TRIATHLON, BREAKS BONES, DELIVERS BABY, AND SERVES THANKSGIVING DINNER
On Thanksgiving Day, Rhonda DiCostanzo of Tacoma, Washington, woke up early and put the turkey in the oven. Then she went out to participate in the YMCA triathlon. Crossing the finish line, she fell and broke two fingers. At the emergency room, she saw a woman in active labor. As DiCostanzo is a certified midwife, she volunteered to deliver the baby, since the maternity staff would take too long to arrive on a holiday. As if that wasn't enough activity for the day, DiCostanzo made it home in time to serve Thanksgiving dinner to 16 people. And how was your holiday?