WEIRD NEWS A NAMELESS TOWN IN TN

WEIRD NEWS A NAMELESS TOWN IN TN

Nameless, TN – That’s Really Its Name

Of the many unusual names of American cities, including Ugly, TX, Peculiar, MO, and Accident, MD, Nameless, TN, is one of the best. Legend has it that a long time ago when its residents applied for a post office, they left the name on the application blank, so the US Post Office Department issued applications back with “Nameless” stamped on the form. Sounds like somebody at the Post Office was trolling.


WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS

Woman jailed after Las Vegas hiring agency dustup costs worker a toe

Las Vegas police have arrested a 25-year-old California woman accused of severing an employment agency worker’s toe in September, according to an arrest report.

On Sept. 9, Metropolitan Police Department officers were called to the Hire Quest Direct of Las Vegas office at 3110 s. Valley View Blvd., and found a woman “limping and bleeding heavily from her right foot,” according to an arrest report.

“Close by, in a bucket of ice, was a toe which had been severed from (the woman’s) foot,” the report said.

The woman told police Amina Abdullah, 25, arrived that morning to see if there was any work available, the report said. When Abdullah was told there were no jobs, she “became angry and kicked the front door forcefully,” the report said.

The woman’s right foot got stuck between the door and the metal frame as Abdullah continued kicking, resulting in one of her toes being severed.

Abdullah was gone when officers arrived, but detectives found her through her California driver’s license, the report said. She was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on Wednesday.


TWO MEN CLAIM THEY GAVE AWAY FREE METH

TWO MEN CLAIM THEY GAVE AWAY FREE METH

Two Altoona men said they sold gave away free meth

TWO MEN CLAIM THEY GAVE AWAY FREE METH

A Pennsylvania man charged with narcotics distribution claimed to police that he did not sell methamphetamine, but instead gave it away for free to those who came to his storage unit and asked for the drug, according to a criminal complaint.

Mark Hiles, 56, was arrested Saturday for allegedly selling drugs from a storage unit several blocks from his home in Altoona. Hiles, free on $50,000 bond, faces a pair of felony drug charges and three misdemeanor counts.

According to police, Hiles and Tyler Bartley, 25, were collared after investigators found them inside Hiles’s storage unit, which “appeared to being used as a residence.” During questioning, Bartley reportedly admitted that he worked as a “middleman” setting up drug transactions between Hiles and street buyers.

Bartley told cops that he would “exchange money for drugs” at Hiles’s storage unit, adding that “a large amount of methamphetamine was to be in the storage unit.”

When police searched Hiles, they recovered baggies containing meth and bath salts, marijuana, and “3 glass pipes with residue.”

APPARENTLY A LOT OF FOOT TRAFFIC AND HE WAS A NICE GUY

In a post-arrest interview, Hiles was asked about the foot traffic to and from his storage unit. Hiles explained that “his friends stop by to see him because they know he has methamphetamine,” the complaint states. “The Defendant denied selling methamphetamine for money, but stated he would provide methamphetamine to users for free when they asked.”

Investigators reported that they were familiar with Hiles’s storage unit since they had responded there last month following a “suspected overdose death.” While a “large quantity of suspected heroin had been seized,” cops say, Hiles was not charged in connection with that incident.

Hiles’s rap sheet includes multiple drug convictions, for which he has served several years in state prison. Hiles told cops that he is “currently unemployed and on disability with a monthly income of around $1300.”

DAWG SAYS: IT SEEMS THEY WERE PROVIDING A PUBLIC SERVICE MUCH IN THE WAY SAN FRANCISCO AND SEATTLE DO THESE DAYS.

THESE GENTLEMEN ARE CANDIDATES FOR SOME POLITICAL OFFICE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.


THE MYSTERIES OF THE DESERT

THE MYSTERIES OF THE DESERT

Utah monolith: Helicopter crew discovers mysterious metal monolith deep in the desert

THE MYSTERIES OF THE DESERT MONOLITH IN UTAH

What started as routine wildlife assistance took an extraterrestrial turn for Utah’s Department of Public Safety after officers stumbled upon a mysterious monolith in the middle of rural Utah.

Officers from the Utah Department of Public Safety’s Aero Bureau were flying by helicopter last Wednesday, helping the Division of Wildlife Resources count bighorn sheep in southeastern Utah, when they spotted something that seemed right out of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

“One of the biologists … spotted it, and we just happened to fly directly over the top of it,” pilot Bret Hutchings told CNN affiliate KSL. “He was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, turn around, turn around!’ And I was like, ‘What.’ And he’s like, ‘There’s this thing back there — we’ve got to go look at it!'”

And there it was — in the middle of the red rock was a shiny, silver metal monolith sticking out of the ground. Hutchings guessed it was “between 10 and 12 feet high.” It didn’t look like it was randomly dropped to the ground, he told KSL, but rather it looked like it had been planted.

“We were kind of joking around that if one of us suddenly disappears, then the rest of us make a run for it,” Hutchings said.

OFFICIALS DOWNPLAYING IT FOR NOW

Still, Hutchings said he thinks it was most likely placed there by an artist rather than an alien.

“I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big (“2001: A Space Odyssey”) fan,” he said, referencing a scene in the 1968 film where a black monolith appears.

Still, it is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on public lands “no matter what planet you’re from,” said Utah DPS in a statement released Monday.

The location of the monolith is not being disclosed, and it is not yet clear who — or what — put the monolith there, DPS said.

As of Monday, the Bureau of Land Management will be deciding whether further investigation is needed.


FLIGHT TO NOWHERE SELLS OUT

FLIGHT TO NOWHERE SELLS OUT

Qantas seven-hour flight to nowhere sells out in 10 minutes

Pre-pandemic, many of us viewed flying simply as a method of getting from one destination to another as quickly as possible.

But amid global restrictions, travelers have been daydreaming not only about far-flung destinations,

But the flying experience itself — from the thrill of the take-off to the unmatched views of the Earth from the cabin window.

That’s where “flights to nowhere” come in — air travel that takes place purely for the purpose of the journey, not the destination.

Proving how popular these now are, a sightseeing flight to nowhere offered by Qantas sold out within 10 minutes,

According to the airline, with passengers eager to take to the skies at at time when Australia has grounded almost all international flights paying premium prices.

“It’s probably the fastest selling flight in Qantas history,” the airline’s CEO, Alan Joyce, said in a statement.

“People clearly miss travel and the experience of flying.

If the demand is there, we’ll definitely look at doing more of these scenic flights while we all wait for borders to open.”

The seven-hour scenic flight will perform a giant loop taking in Queensland and the Gold Coast, New South Wales and the country’s remote outback heartlands.

From above, keen fliers should be able to spot famous Aussie attractions including Sydney Harbour and the Great Barrier Reef.

The jet will do a low flyover over certain landmarks, including Uluru and Bondi Beach.

Special onboard entertainment is promised too, including a surprise celebrity host.

The journey will take place on a Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, usually reserved for intercontinental journeys across continents.

Right now, there are very few flights operating to and from Australia due to travel restrictions and Qantas international fleet has been grounded.

The Dreamliner is renowned for its big windows, making it ideal for sightseeing from 30,000 feet.

Flight QF787, due to depart Sydney Domestic Airport on October 10 and return to the Australian metropolis seven hours later,

had 134 tickets on sale — spanning business class, premium economy and economy and costing from AUD$787 to $3,787 (US$566 to $2,734).


 

SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK

SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK

Florida woman, 19, ‘offered a deputy oral sex if he’d give back her confiscated Juul’ because she needed it ‘for anxiety’ after she was arrested for urinating in front of a squad car

  • Madison Ann Bryant, 19, was arrested on Sunday in Leesburg, Florida
  • Cops found her ‘heavily intoxicated’ sitting on the median of the US 27 highway
  • She urinated in front of a deputy’s squad car and was arrested 
  • While being taken to the local jail she offered oral sex to an officer to give her confiscated Juul e-cigarette back, according to the arrest affidavit   
  • She was charged with disorderly intoxication, a misdemeanor and offering a bribe to a public servant, a felony 

SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK LIKE THESE OFFICERS

Nineteen-year-old Florida woman Madison Ann Bryant urinated in front of a sheriff’s office squad car and offered oral sex to an officer to get her confiscated Juul e-cigarette back on Sunday, authorities say

A 19-year-old Florida woman urinated in front of a police car and offered oral sex to an officer to get her confiscated Juul e-cigarette back, authorities say.

Madison Ann Bryant was charged on Sunday with disorderly intoxication, a misdemeanor and offering a bribe to a public servant, a felony, according to The Smoking Gun.

Sheriff’s deputies found Bryant around 2.20am sitting on the median of the US 27 highway in Leesburg, a city 45 miles from Orlando.

Bryant said she exited a nearby truck after getting into a fight with the driver, her boyfriend, about ‘their relationship issues.’

Deputies spoke with her boyfriend, 22, who smelled of alcohol and he was arrested for drunk driving.

They had been at a party earlier and left because they were arguing.

Bryant ‘appeared to be heavily intoxicated’ and ‘spoke of many topics that did not make much sense’, the arrest report said. She did not initially face arrest.

As she waited with deputies for a ride home she said she ‘needed to use the bathroom and wished to go on the side of the road,’ according to the arrest affidavit.

A deputy offered to drive her to a gas station to use the restroom.

Instead Bryant ‘pulled her pants down and urinated directly in front of’ the squad car, holding onto the vehicle’s push bar as traffic passed by.

Cops found her sitting on the median of the US 27 highway in Leesburg, Florida (above)

While on the way to the county jail, Bryant repeatedly asked a sheriff’s deputy to give back her Juul vaping device, which had been confiscated by officers and offered oral sex in exchange for the Juul, according to the arrest report. File image above

When she pulled her pants back up she was arrested for disorderly intoxication.

While on the way to the county jail, Bryant repeatedly asked a sheriff’s deputy to give back her Juul vaping device, which had been confiscated by officers.

She insisted she needed the Juul ‘for anxiety’.

‘Madison asked me if I was married and had children,’ a deputy said in the report.

When he responded Bryant ‘stated that she was not trying to “fk that up” and that she would “suck my dk” if I gave her her Juul.’

The officer did not reply to Bryant.

Bryant, who was listed as working in real estate in her arrest paperwork, was released from the Lake County jail after posting $3,000 bond.


EXPLAIN THIS WEIRD ONE

EXPLAIN THIS WEIRD ONE

Dutch police find ‘torture chamber’

built inside shipping container

Dutch police arrested six men after discovering sea containers that had been converted into a makeshift prison and sound-proofed “torture chamber”

Complete with a dentist’s chair, tools including pliers and scalpels and handcuffs, a high ranking officer announced Tuesday.

Authorities said police conducted the raid before the torture chamber could be used and alerted potential victims.

Potential victims had went into hiding.

The grisly discovery was made last month by officers investigating leads generated by data from encrypted phones used by criminals.

EXPLAIN THIS WEIRD ONE

The communications network was cracked recently by French police.

Detectives in Britain and the Netherlands have already arrested hundreds of suspects based on the encrypted messages.

Tuesday’s announcement gave a chilling insight into the increasingly violent Dutch criminal underworld,

Which is involved in the large-scale production and trafficking of drugs.

Dutch police said last week that……


SOME WEIRD NEWS

SOME WEIRD NEWS

ALL IN THE MOOOOOOVES

A bull attempting to alleviate an “itchy bum” using a utility pole ended up knocking out the electricity for more than 700 homes in a Scottish town.

Hazel Laughton posted an apology to a local Facebook group after her 4-year-old bull, Ron, rubbed up against a utility pole and ended up knocking the transformer box to the ground.

MY EX-WIFE DID THAT ONCE TOO


SOME WEIRD NEWS

GOTTA LOVE THE DUTCH

The Dutch government suggested single people find a ‘sex buddy’ for lockdown

Dutch officials suggested singles in the Netherlands find a “sex buddy” or “cuddle buddy” to ride out quarantine with — provided that both partners were free of illness.


SOME WEIRD NEWS

THEN THERE ARE THE CHINESE

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Female students are less satisfied in relationships. Men are more comfortable with live-in partners.

A majority of women at Chinese universities have never masturbated, and one-third have never experienced an orgasm or don’t know what one is.

These are some of the findings from a national survey on the sex lives of university students .

Including undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students — released this week.

Conducted by the China Family Planning Association, Tsinghua University’s Research Center for Public Health, and China Youth Network, the survey involved 54,580 students from 1,764 universities nationwide.


WEIRD NEWS IN SUMMARY……

Coronavirus Gone Viral


Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely is on trial in Athens, Ala., facing 11 counts of theft and ethics charges related to his job. On Friday, March 6, Blakely went to the hospital, where his lawyers told the court he was being tested for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). But in a special hearing on Saturday, March 7, Dr. Maria Onoya told Judge Pride Tompkins that while Blakely was, indeed, admitted to the hospital and received multiple tests, none of them was for COVID-19. In fact, she said, there was no evidence to suggest he should be tested for it whatsoever, The News Courier reported. Tompkins ended the hearing with harsh words for Blakely’s defense team: “I don’t know what your tactic is, but it’s condemned by this court,” he said. He went on to note that he was “very disturbed” by the defense’s mention of COVID-19 in the motion to continue, calling it irresponsible, reckless and unfair to the community.

 

Well that turned out well…..


Meanwhile in Queensland, Australia, people are panicking about running out of toilet paper (and where not?) during the coronavirus pandemic, all of which makes Haidee Janetzki of Toowoomba extra popular after she made an error in a recent, routine, online bathroom tissue order she placed. “When it asked for quantity, I put 48,” she told 7News, “thinking that would be a total of 48 rolls; but it turned out it was 48 boxes containing 36 rolls each!” (That’s 1,728 rolls.) At first she thought it was the online retailer’s fault when she later checked her credit card balance, which showed an expense of $3,660. She decided to keep the rolls, incidentally, and, you guessed it, is selling the hot commodity at a markup.

 

Godly miracle cure?

Two state attorneys general and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are cracking down on long-disgraced Christian televangelist Jim Bakker, currently host of “The Jim Bakker Show” on cable TV. The New York attorney general’s office on Tuesday, March 3, sent a cease-and-desist order to Bakker, and on Tuesday, March 10, the Missouri attorney general filed suit against him as well. At issue is Bakker’s hawking of “Silver Solution,” a “Godly medication” made from silver that supposedly cures all sorts of ailments—including for use in treating COVID-19. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, The Washington Post reported, Bakker asked a guest on his show whether the gel could cure the coronavirus. “It’s been tested and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours,” said so-called “naturopathic doctor” Sherrill Sellman. In the letter, the “extremely concerned” Lisa Landau—chief of New York’s Attorney General Health Care Bureau—called the segment false advertising and said it violates state law. Bakker has 10 days to comply.

 

Better safe than sorry?

A man in Vilnius, Lithuania, with help from his sons, reportedly locked his wife in their bathroom after she expressed worry to him that she had contracted COVID-19 from traveling to Italy, where she came into casual, brief contact with some Chinese people. The husband called a doctor, who suggested she remain indoors and try to maintain at least six feet between herself and other family members for a period of time. Meanwhile, she contacted police because her husband locked her in a bathroom in the home and wouldn’t let her out. Rest assured, all ended (reasonably) well after the panic; she was released from the bathroom, tested for the virus and doesn’t have it.

 

Avoid cruise ships

The U.S. State Department has advised people, particularly older adults, to avoid cruise ships and air travel during the coronavirus onslaught. But some travelers just can’t be dissuaded. Take, for example, Ben Stults, a sophomore at Florida State University, who will head out on a cruise to Mexico this week for spring break. He’s hoping to “hit the sweet spot,” as he explained; that is, to get there and get home before the virus takes hold in Mexico. To be safe, however, he’s bringing along a respirator face mask and a deck of cards in case of, you know, quarantine. The Daily Beast asked Stults if he thought his plan was a sound one, to which he replied, “Honestly, no.”

 

Ped-Antic Pigs

Firefighters were called to a farm near Bramham, Leeds, in England on Saturday, March 7, to put out a fire in a large pigpen. At this particular farm, the pigs wear pedometers to prove they’re “free-range,” Fox News reported, but one of those gadgets was the probable cause of the blaze, firefighters said. They theorize that one of the pigs ate one of the pedometers, then passed it in its excrement, sparking a fire in the pen’s hay. The culprit was the copper in the battery reacting with the pig droppings. No pigs were hurt in the fire.

WEIRD NEWS OF THE DAY…….

Not So Clever, Cleaver-wielder

Matthew Davies, 47, of Dunfermline, Scotland, pled guilty on Friday, Jan. 17, to assault and robbery in the case of a bumbling Bank of Scotland holdup in September, the Daily Record reported. On that day, Davies charged into the bank with a meat cleaver in hand and a pillowcase over his head. Unfortunately, he had neglected to cut eyeholes in the pillowcase and therefore couldn’t see, so he quickly took it off after entering the bank and donning it. Undeterred, he used the meat cleaver to batter a glass partition on the counter and eventually took off with almost 2,000 British Pounds, casually wandering toward home, even stopping to pet a dog along the way. This casual get away allowed bank personnel to easily follow Davies to his home and alert the police; there, they found the cash, pillowcase and meat cleaver, along with a stun gun. He’ll be sentenced in February.


Not So Funny, Easter Bunny

Antoine McDonald, 21, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., became famous last year for dressing up as the Easter Bunny in Orlando, but he found his costume unhelpful on Thursday, Jan. 16, after ramming his motorcycle into a carport, which collapsed on a car parked there, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The motorcycle then hit a fence and flipped over, and a neighbor observed the Easter Bunny limping from the scene. When officers caught up with McDonald, lying in the back seat of a car, he denied involvement in the crash: “I wasn’t in any crash. I’m the Orlando Easter Bunny! Google it,” he claimed. “The bunny was alive but apparently injured,” officers reported, according to the Orlando Sentinel, and they asked him to remove the costume before arresting him and transporting him to the hospital for rib and leg injuries sustained in the crash.


Not Very Green, Alexandre Garcin

In June 2019, the city of Roubaix, France, proudly announced it had installed 187 solar panels to generate electricity for the city’s library and paid a local company about $113,000 for the “green” equipment. But, during the installation of a wind turbine to supplement the clean energy effort in December, workers noticed the solar panels had never been connected to the library’s electrical network. Oddity Central reported the panels were intended to supply about a quarter of the library’s needed power, but “we realized this was not the case,” admitted Alexandre Garcin, the city’s deputy mayor, who did not elaborate on why it took six months to figure out the oversight.


What Else? It’s Elsa!

Houston mother Emily Madonia’s nightmare began in 2015, when the Elsa (from Frozen) doll her daughter received for Christmas 2013 began reciting lines from the movie in both English and Spanish; originally, it had only spoken English. Next, the doll began speaking and singing randomly, even when her on-off switch was in the “off” position. In December 2019, Madonia threw the doll out, Click2Houston reported, but her husband and she later found the doll in a bench inside their home. So, they double wrapped the doll in plastic bags and “put it in the bottom of our garbage can,” Madonia wrote on Facebook. Days later, her daughter found the doll again in the backyard. Finally, Madonia sent the doll to a friend who lives in Minnesota, where it (perhaps?) remains. In the meantime, Madonia has been contacted by paranormal investigators, as well as the Travel Channel.


Spotted in Halifax

Ben Lilly, 40, on his way to Halifax in West Yorkshire, England, on Saturday, Jan. 25, passed an object in the road that looked like a dead or injured animal: A leopard, to be specific. Lilly stopped and turned around, carefully approaching the large, motionless, spotted cat. He told Metro News his heart was racing, and he was afraid his face might be “ripped off” by the beast. “I saw the markings on it; it had a long tail on it, too,” Lilly said. “But, as soon as I looked at it from another angle, I started laughing.” It turned out to be a leopard-print jumpsuit, complete with tail. Lilly speculated on Facebook that it might be “someone’s outfit from last night. … It was Saturday morning, and Halifax is a bit of a drinking town.”


SOME STRANGE TID BITS…….

You’re Never Too Old

Joan, 89, and her friend Pauline, 84, had their wishes fulfilled in early December after asking administrators at the Glastonbury Court care home in Bury St. Edmunds, England, for an attractive man with a “large chest and big biceps” to visit them. Sure enough, a male stripper dressed as a fireman arrived at the home to entertain the ladies, waving his belt around his head as he danced for them. “I wish he could visit us every day!” gushed Joan to the Daily Mail. “He made me feel like I was young again.” Joan made her request through the home’s “Wishing Tree” initiative, which others have used to ask for things like a shopping trip or a day at the beach. “This isn’t the typical kind of visitor we have,” said home manager Sharlene Van Tonder, “but based on the response, he was one of the most popular.”

That Bra Is So Ewe!

A romney ewe living on a farm near Auckland, New Zealand, is getting some relief from an unusual problem, thanks to a clever veterinarian and a brassiere meant for humans. Rose the sheep had suffered damage to her udders when she produced a high volume of milk during her pregnancy with triplets. “When this happens,” Dr. Sarah Clews told Stuff, “the udder can hang so low that it can be traumatized on the ground.” The condition can sometimes be a cause for euthanasia, but Dr. Clews thought a bra might help lift the udders and allow them to heal. Rose’s owners eventually located a 24J maternity bra big enough to do the job, and it worked; after three weeks of wearing the bra, Rose’s udders recovered enough that surgery was no longer needed.

One Hot Christmas Gift

Justin and Nissa-Lynn Parson of McKinney, Texas, were all in when their son Cayden, 12, asked for a magnifying glass for Christmas. “We thought, ‘Oh, he wants to magnify something'” to read or examine up close, Nissa-Lynn told KDFW. Instead, Cayden and his brother, Ashton, used the glass—and the sun’s concentrated rays through it—to light a newspaper on fire on the family’s front porch, which soon spread to the yard, eventually destroying the lawn and the family’s Christmas decorations. “We ran inside and started screaming,” Cayden said. The family doused the fire with “pitchers of water, blankets smothering it, sprinklers turned on, hose turned on,” Nissa-Lynn recounted, adding that now Cayden “will definitely have yard work to do once spring comes.”

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

In Jefferson County, Colo., would-be car thief Todd Sheldon, 36, has finally admitted it’s just not the vocation for him, according to police. Fox News reported Sheldon had tried over recent weeks to steal multiple vehicles, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, but each time, he was caught in the act: First by a homeowner, then by sheriff’s deputies minutes later, “just down the street,” responding to deputies’ queries about what he was doing by telling them, “I’m trying to steal this truck!” He was taken into custody and bonded out, but a week later, deputies responding to a report of someone trying to break into a car again found Sheldon. “This really sucks!” Sheldon told an officer. He remains in jail as of this writing.

Belligerent Bird

Police in Elizabethtown, Ky., were called Friday, Dec. 27, to the parking lot of a CVS pharmacy over a “public menace,” according to WKYT. The culprit was a “hostile chicken” that “pecked viciously” at the officers and “made some adept use of vehicles for cover” before they were able to corral it in a plastic milk crate, according to the police department’s Facebook page. Officers transferred the foul fowl to “someone who can give him more suitable accommodations,” then attended to their wounds with “some doughnut therapy.”

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What’s Schadenfreude in Japanese?

Japanese YouTuber Marina Fujiwara has harnessed the pain she feels when she sees couples basking in love during the holidays by developing an (as far as we’re aware) unique device: a light connected to her computer that turns on whenever anyone breaks up on social media. Oddity Central reported on Friday, Dec. 27, that Fujiwara’s device is connected to the internet through a “bridge,” and it’s set to light up whenever a breakup status is posted on Twitter. “I want to celebrate Christmas,” she said, “but when you see a couple going out on a Christmas date and doing something like that, I am attacked by a huge sense of loneliness and feel disgusted.” While her machine is not available commercially, Fujiwara says it’s easy enough to set one up for yourself.

NEWS OF THE WEIRD: Dec. 12, 2019

Steak ‘n’ Shakedown

Kentarias Gowans, 20, of Flowery Branch, Ga., came up with a novel way of celebrating Thanksgiving this year. He was scheduled to work at the Steak ‘n’ Shake in Oakwood that day, but called in sick, and said he wouldn’t be in. But around 10 p.m. that evening, Gowans arrived at the restaurant with a handgun, which he held to another employee’s head while demanding money, the Gainesville Times reported. Multiple employees and customers called 911, and police arrived to see Gowans exiting the restaurant with his gun. He briefly raised the weapon, officers reported, but then dropped it, and he was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

Things That Go “Boeing!”

As Stephanie Leguia of Milton, Mass., and her neighbor, Wenhan Huang, chatted in Huang’s yard on Sunday, Dec. 1, an unusual object slammed to the ground just feet from where they stood. Their backs were turned when what looked like a “giant silver tarp” crashed down, reported the Boston Herald. On its way to the ground, it had lopped off four tree branches. “If it had hit us, we would have been dead,” Leguia said. Turns out the object was an uninflated silver evacuation slide that fell some thousands of feet from a Delta passenger airliner that was arriving in Boston from Paris. The FAA confirmed that the pilot had heard a loud noise as the Boeing jet aircraft approached Logan International Airport, but didn’t know what it was, and the plane landed without incident.

Hands Up, Honey

Callie Carswell of Morganton, N.C., and her fiancé, Clarence Moore III, allegedly staged an elaborate crime in the name of love just before Thanksgiving. Around 10 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, while Carswell worked at the Big Daddy convenience store, Moore entered the store carrying an ornamental sword and wearing a hat and bandanna to disguise his identity. He “demanded” money from Carswell, leaving with $2,960, the Morganton Department of Public Safety told The News Herald. When the “robber” left the store, she called 911. Police went on to work the case overnight; meanwhile, the loving couple made an early morning stop at Walmart to buy a ring and get engaged on the spot, documenting the big event on Facebook. But details of Carswell’s story didn’t add up, and investigators found evidence in her car and at their home that led them to arrest the crooked couple. Moore confessed to the crime, but Carswell was less contrite, shouting at reporters as she entered the courthouse: “I will assault you! I didn’t do it. Watch the fucking video, and you’ll see that I was fucking terrified! I wasn’t involved!” The couple’s been charged with armed robbery, misuse of 911 and filing a false police report.

Scandalous (Size: XL)

In The Hague, Netherlands, management at supermarket chain Albert Heijn is walking back a request that employees send in a photo of themselves in their underwear, in order to work out sizes for new uniforms. Workers were asked to use an “innovative mobile app” to submit the photos, AFP reported, but the company backed down after the complaints started rolling in. “The manager told us that if we don’t do it, we can’t be in the store anymore, because we don’t have the right corporate clothing,” said one 17-year-old employee who works at the Nijmegen branch. A spokesperson for the chain said that, “although [the] pictures were not visible to management, this should never have happened. We apologize to all involved.”

Cyr-ious Paranoia

Ronald Cyr, 65, of Van Buren, Maine, became the victim of his own trap on Thanksgiving Day when he was shot by a handgun that he had rigged to fire whenever someone opened his front door. Cyr was able to call 911 and say that he had been shot, WAGM reported, but he later died. When officers of the Van Buren Police Department arrived, they found that, along with the home’s front-door booby trap, other devices were set up in and around Cyr’s home, prompting them to call the Maine State Police bomb squad. (Homemade security devices that use weapons are illegal in the United States.)

Dueling Lithuanians

At her early December murder trial at Kingston Crown Court in Kingston, England, 35-year-old Asta Juskauskiene of Dartford was accused of arranging a duel between her estranged husband, Giedruis Juskaukus, 42, and her lover, 25-year-old Mantas Kvedaras. As the story goes, according to the Telegraph, the woman had left her husband and become acquainted with Kvedaras, who was serving time in a Lithuanian prison. He was released in May, and after his arrival in England, both men claimed Juskauskiene as their own. So, logically, she decided they should fight to the death in an alleyway on Monday, June 17—a duel which Juskaukus did not survive. He was found with 35 stab wounds to his body and neck, and Kvedaras confessed to the attack. The prosecutor, Hugh Davies, contends that Juskauskiene manipulated the two men, harbored Kvedaras after the incident and repeatedly lied to police.

Weird news of the day

World’s Crappiest Gin

About a year ago, Les and Paula Ansley of Mossel Bay, South Africa, stumbled upon a novel idea for a new type of spirit, which they call Indlovu Gin, the AP reports. During a safari, they learned that elephants eat a wide variety of fruits and flowers but digest less than a third of it. “As a consequence, in the elephant dung, you get the most amazing variety of these botanicals,” Les Ansley said. “Why don’t we let the elephants do the hard work of collecting all these botanicals, and we will make gin from it?” Why, indeed? They collect the dung themselves, by hand, and describe their gin’s flavor as “lovely, wooded, almost spicy, earthy.” (“Indlovu” means “elephant” in the Zulu language.) Each bottle’s label notes where the dung was gathered and when. “Most people are very keen to actually taste it,” Ansley said. A bottle sells for about $32.

Dead Reckoning

After losing in district court, convicted killer Benjamin Schreiber took an unusual claim to the Iowa Court of Appeals, but was shut down again on Wednesday, Nov. 6, according to The Washington Post. Schreiber, 66, was sentenced to life in prison in 1997, but in March 2015, he suffered a medical emergency in his prison cell that caused doctors to have to restart his heart five times. Schreiber thus claimed he had, albeit briefly, “died,” and therefore he had served his life sentence and should be released. The district judge didn’t buy it, though, saying the very filing of the motion by Schreiber proved he was still alive; the appeals court agreed, saying, “Schreiber is either alive, in which case he must remain in prison, or he is dead, in which case this appeal is moot.”

College Life… and Death?

A Dutch university now offers students a turn in the “purification grave,” a hole dug in the ground where students can lie down and reflect on their lives for up to three hours. Radboud University initially offered the experience in 2009 as a temporary experiment, but due to increased demand, it’s back this year, according to Vice. Students are not allowed to bring their phones or anything else with them into the grave. “You can see it as a special place of meditation: Below you the earth, above you the sky,” the university website explains. “You will then automatically notice what is going through your mind.” If you’re skittish about entering the grave, you can sit on the bench nearby. Radboud also offers its students “crying rooms” and “nap pods.”

Egg-scruciating Death

Subhash Yadav, 42, of Jaunpur, India, visited a market to eat eggs with a friend, News18 reported on Monday, Nov. 4, but the two fell into an argument. To settle the dispute, police said, Yadav accepted a challenge to eat 50 eggs in exchange for 2,000 rupees. He ate 41 eggs, but just as he began to eat the 42nd, he collapsed, unconscious. He was rushed to the hospital but died a few hours later from complications of overeating.

Dead Ringer

Hot Springs, Ark., paramedic Lisa Glaze, 50, was arrested on Monday, Nov. 11, after she allegedly cut a 1.7-carat diamond ring off the finger of a dead woman and sold it to a local pawn shop. The patient, Gloria Robinson, had been transported to a medical facility on Wednesday, Oct. 16, where she later died. When her personal items were returned to her family, they noticed three of her rings were missing, according to arrest documents. KTHV reports two of the rings were found, but investigators say Glaze sold the third ring at Hot Springs Classic Gun and Pawn for $45, and the band had been cut. Robinson’s sister retrieved the ring from the pawn shop and had it appraised, revealing it was worth almost $8,000. Glaze was charged with felony theft and misdemeanor unlawful transfer of stolen property.

Have a Ranchy Holiday!

For the person on your gift list this year who can’t get enough… ranch dressing, Hidden Valley comes to the rescue with a decorative holiday stocking full of its famous, creamy nectar. FanSided reports the Hidden Valley Ranch Custom Holiday Stocking measures 105 square inches, festooned in red and green, and filled with 52 ounces of the company’s Original Ranch Dressing. It comes with its own mantle holder and has a handy pouring spout at the toe. All that for $35.

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Getting What You Paid For

Jennifer Colyne Hall, 48, of Toney, Ala., was distraught when she called the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office dispatch on Wednesday, Oct. 2, so officers were sent to see her. Public information officer Steven Young told The News Courier the officers first approached Hall’s landlord, who told them she had been “acting strangely” and hinted she might be on drugs. When the officers spoke to Hall, she produced a clear bag from a baby wipes container and told them, “I want this dope tested!” because, she feared, the methamphetamines in the bag might contain some other drugs she hadn’t requested. Asked if she had consumed the product, Hall said she had, but, unsurprisingly, couldn’t remember when. She was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.