Tag Archives: Weird Crime

This is the world that we live in

It’s baffling out there. Things that confuse and amaze me:

Wouldn’t this man’s prowess with the electric saw merely prove his fitness for a job?  Austrian saws off own foot to avoid work.

And here I thought Easter was about chasing the Easter Bunny into a trap with sticks and dogs. Easter Egg Hunt canceled because of aggressive parents. “Organizers of an annual Easter egg hunt attended by hundreds of children have canceled this year’s event, citing the behavior of aggressive parents who swarmed into the tiny park last year, determined that their kids get an egg.”

I thought Spinal Tap had taught everybody: If you’re going to stuff your jockey shorts, use a cucumber.  Man arrested after “abnormal bulge” in underpants. “Police allegedly found nine stolen credit cards, a loaded firearm, about 180 ecstasy tablets, about 28 grams of amphetamines and a large amount of cash hidden down the man’s pants.”

Why was nobody fighting for Trisha Yearwood? Country Music Debate Leads to Hammer Attack. “An argument about country music stars Reba McEntire and Loretta Lynn escalated into a domestic dispute that has Savannah-Chatham police looking for a man believed to have attacked two people with a hammer Tuesday.”

Never, in years of owning pets, has this happened to me. What am I doing wrong? Businessman’s snake vomits cash.

And finally: Yo quiero tacocopter. I need this service. How do I petition the FAA to let tiny robot drones deliver to tacos to me?

Tacocopter Aims to Deliver Tacos Using Unmanned Drone Helicopters.

(Thanks for most of these links to the inestimable Dave Barry. There’s much more at his blog.)

Sunday links: Mimes fight crime, turkeys drop, Amish feud

Weird stories for a placid Sunday.

Rich writes: “A practical use for mimes… or a clever way to get rid of them?”

Mimes tackle traffic chaos in Venezuela.

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A part of Venezuela’s capital is giving dangerous drivers the silent treatment, sending mimes into the streets to do what police alone have not: tame the lawless traffic.

About 120 mimes dressed in clown-like outfits and white gloves took to the streets of the Sucre district this past week, wagging their fingers at traffic violators and at pedestrians who streaked across busy avenues rather than waiting at crosswalks.

Next, some Amish folks wig out.

Four arrested over hair and beard attacks on Ohio Amish.

Police in the US state of Ohio have arrested four men suspected of assaulting a 74-year-old member of the Amish community.

He is one of several Amish people in the state who have had their hair and beards forcibly removed in apparent efforts to humiliate them.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdallah said two more people were being sought.

Suspicion has fallen on a breakaway Amish group rejected by the mainstream community.

A splinter cell. The Amish have a militant wing — who knew?

UPDATE: The suspects in the hair cutting case have been named. They include Lester and Johnny Mullet. Yes, that’s their name.

Finally, WKRP in Cincinnati’s most iconic episode comes to life.

FAA says it’s ready for Arkansas turkey drop.

YELLVILLE, Ark. – No one in the northern Arkansas town of Yellville will say if they expect wild turkeys to fall from planes for this year’s Turkey Trot festival. But the Federal Aviation Administration says it is watching.

Organizers of the festival long ago disavowed the tradition of letting wild turkeys fall from low-flying airplanes as spectators watched them glide to the ground…But someone continues to drop the turkeys.

The FAA is on alert. “If a plane flies over and a turkey comes out of it, we’re going to be talking to somebody,” a spokesman says.

As God is my witness, people are nuts.

Today in stuffed shorts: lobsters

The epidemic of trouser-stuffing by thieves enters a snappy crustacean phase.

Shopper arrested with live lobsters in shorts.

A man in southern Mississippi is accused of trying to walk out of a D’Iberville grocery store without paying for food items he’d stuffed into his cargo shorts including live lobsters.

Police Chief Wayne Payne says 35-year-old Nathan Mark Hardy was arrested Saturday after allegedly being caught stuffing food into his cargo shorts — two bags of jumbo shrimp, a pork loin and two live lobsters.

Payne says Hardy, of Biloxi, tried to escape by throwing the pork loin at employees at the local Winn Dixie but fell while running away.

Pants lobsters. The codpiece of choice for the modern felon.

(Via Bill Crider.)