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News From A Weird World: The Offbeat News for 14th April 2011

News From A Weird World is a regular weekly article that I publish and which includes some of the strangest news stories from the previous week.

Note: This is not my entry for the A-Z Blogging Challenge, you can find a link to that post here: L Is For Lime Cay In Jamaica.

In this edition of News From A Weird World, you can find some really weird stories that include joining the US Army to become a US Citizen, the Prime Minister Pen Snatcher, the soap actor who died 5 times in a day, attack of the flying vacuum cleaners, beware of giant flying fish and more.

This article was previously published on the Yahoo Contributor Network.

 The stories to be found on News From A Weird World are the kind that are just so bizarre, they make you realize that fact is often stranger than fiction, and make you wonder what on earth people were thinking to get into the news in this way.

 This is a selection of weird news stories from the past week that I hope you enjoy, and if you do, please can you help spread the word by sharing the stories with your friends.

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 Join The US Army And Become A US Citizen

 It sounds too good to believe doesn’t it, and like most things that sound too good to be true, this was just another scam.

 A Chinese man who lives in Los Angeles convinced a number of immigrants that if they joined a special squad of US Army recruits, that they would be able to become US Citizens.

 The problem is that not only was the idea fake, so was the squad itself, which by the time he was arrested consisted of over 100 Chinese nationals, who were charged as much as $450 to join the special unit.

 The Chinaman gave his recruits uniforms, and they went on special events, like parading through a suburb of Los Angeles and visiting the aircraft carrier USS Midway, which is decommissioned and in a San Diego museum.

 It sounds like something out of Red Dawn doesn’t it, a Chinese army in the USA!

 The squad leader has thankfully been arrested, and has been charged with theft by false pretences, manufacturing deceptive government documents, and counterfeiting an official government seal.

 He could face up to eight years in jail for his offences.  Given that he could be out in less than half that time, it doesn’t sound very long considering the nature of his offence does it.

 Read the full story HERE.

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 The Czech PM Snatches Pen

 It’s something we have all done when staying at a hotel or at other locations where pens are lying around isn’t it, snatching a pen to save us having to buy one, or to add to our collection of pens from different places.

 The Czech Prime Minister was attending a press conference in Chile last week, and was seated next to the Chilean President. 

 What happened while the Chilean President was speaking can be seen in a video that has gone viral on YouTube, and that shows the Czech PM opening a pen case on the desk in front of him, taking out the pen, hiding it under the table and then sneaking it into his pocket.

 It’s not something that he is going to easily be able to live down, that’s for sure.

 Read the full story HERE.

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 Police Attacked With Vacuum Cleaners During Clean Up Operation

 Police in the Northern Territory of Australia were in hot pursuit last week of a stolen van that belonged to a cleaning company.

 The van had been stolen by teenagers, and as it got onto the highway and the police tried to stop it, the thieves tried to lose them by throwing the contents of the van at the police car.

 That included vacuum cleaners, buckets, and even ladders.

 After a chase that went on for 70 miles, the teenagers lost control of the van and it rolled over.

 The thieves, a 19 year old and a 14 year old were taken to hospital, and later discharged and placed under arrest.

 What’s the betting that they are charged for a menial offence and are in trouble again within a few months?

 Read the full story HERE.

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 He’s Dead Five Times In One Day!

 You know what it’s like when you watch the soap operas, you either see the same actors playing different roles, or you see similar scenarios being played out in different soaps.

 A well known veteran actor from Hong Kong had his character die in no less than five soap operas last week, in a 24 hour period.

 Actor Law Lok-lam said that he didn’t mind his character dying, if that was what the story line said, but apparently his daughter was upset having seen reports of her father’s death posted everywhere on the internet.

 A spokesperson for the television channel stated that the fact that he died five times in such a short period of time was purely a coincidence.  Yeah right!

 Read the full story HERE.

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 Beware Of Flying Fish

 When we read of flying fish we normally think of the sparrow sized flying fish that are so cute to see in tropical waters, and they also make a great sandwich when fried.

 Boaters on the Suwannee River in Florida sometimes have to deal with a different kind of flying fish, a much bigger one, and guess what?  They are back in town!

 The signs have been posted everywhere, warning boaters to watch out for Gulf Sturgeon, which can grow to up to eight feet long and weigh as much as 200lbs.

 when it’s spawning time and the fish are likely to leap out of the water, they can really do some serious damage if they hit someone on a boat, or even if they hit a boat itself.

 So if you are thinking of going out fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, be on the lookout for flying fish.

 Read the full story HERE.

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 I hope you enjoyed this edition of News From A Weird World as much as I enjoyed compiling all the stories.

 You can now also find links to all of the News From A Weird World and Offbeat News editions at Squidoo, and if you do enjoy these weekly Offbeat News articles, please could you help share them with your friends etc. I am sure they could use a good laugh too.

 News Reports Are Taken From The Following Sources:

ABC News Australia
Courthouse News
Demotix
Digital Spy
Football 365
Metro UK
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The Bournemouth Echo
The Daily Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The London Evening Standard
The Sun

News from a Weird World The Offbeat News 06 April 2011

In this edition of News From A Weird World, you can find some really weird stories that include Fake Australian Wine Flooding UK Market, Nazi Sabotage In The USA Thwarted, A Potty Place For Phosphates, Not A Bright Way To Throw Dogs Off Your Scent, No Kids Allowed To Play Outside and more.

 

 

This article was previously published on the Yahoo Contributor Network.

 

 

News From A Weird World  (previously known as Offbeat News) is a selection of weird stories that have appeared in the news during the past week, which have been tracked down by scouring news sites from around the world while wearing my Sherlock Holmes deerstalker hat.

 

The stories to be found on News From A Weird World are the kind that are just so bizarre, they make you realize that fact is often stranger than fiction, and make you wonder what on earth people were thinking to get into the news in this way.

 

This is a selection of weird news stories from the past week that I hope you enjoy, and if you do, please can you help spread the word by sharing the stories with your friends.

 

 

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Fake Australian Wine Floods Market

 

Another scam has hit the High Street in the UK this week, and this time it’s fake bottles of Australian wine with a label from the popular Jacob’s Creek Winery that are being sold in a number of locations in the country.

 

Other than the fact that the fake wine tastes awful, which is a little after the event should you have fallen for the scam and bought a bottle, there is one way that you can tell if it’s the real thing or not.

 

It is thought that the wine originated in China, and as is typical in items from that part of the globe, there is a typo on the label.

 

Instead of saying “Wine Of Australia” the fake labels read “Wine Of Austrlia”.

 

Read the full story HERE.

 

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Nazi’s Invade The USA : It’s A WWII Comedy Of Errors

 

It’s rather like the movie Red Dawn but going back a generation, but had it not been for a comedy of errors, the Germans might have been able to successfully disrupt things in the USA in the middle of 1942.

 

According to documents that have recently been released by MI5, the Germans planned to sent saboteurs to the USA by submarine, with the intention of their creating havoc by blowing up factories, as well as roads and railways.

 

The plan all started to go wrong however, when one of the team got drunk in a bar in Paris and told his companions about his mission.

 

Then when the submarine finally reached the USA, it ran aground on a sandbar off the coast of Long Island.

 

As the four spies were attempting to bury their supplies on the beach, still in their German uniforms, they were spotted by a coastguard, who was persuaded to leave them alone by means of a $300 bribe. 

 

They were however captured later, after the leader called the FBI, demanded to speak with J Edgar Hoover, and said that he was a saboteur.

 

The submarine was apparently allowed to get away because the coastguard were too slow to take action.

 

Another team landed on the coast of Florida, where they were to also undertake a similar mission, but they too were swiftly captured.

 

I did check and it’s genuine, although it reeks strongly of April Fools Day don’t you agree.

 

Read the full story HERE.

 

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A Pretty Potty Place To Find Phosphates

 

Imagine the scene if you will.  Here is a group of geologists in a remote area of Australia’s Northern Territory, looking for phosphates and other mineral resources.

 

They had spent a few days searching the area without success, and then one of the team, while sitting on the toilet at their campsite, was kicking rocks around with his feet and happened to spot something of interest.

 

Deciding that they ought to survey the area, their instruments showed that what they thought was a barren area, was actually one that had some rich deposits.

 

Well what do you know.  Sometimes good things happen to those who shuffle their feet while sitting on the potty.

 

Read the full story HERE.

 

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Not The Best Way To Throw Dogs Off Your Scent

 

When a drunken woman crashed her car in Port St. Lucie in Florida, she reckoned that by taking off her clothes she would be able to throw the police dogs off her scent.

 

A K9 unit found her soon after, hiding in some nearby woods wearing just her bra and panties.

 

Apparently she had drunk at least 4 beers and a cocktail, and a marijuana pipe was also found in the car.

 

The police dogs could most likely have caught on to her scent from a mile away.

 

Now she is of course behind bars.  Whether she remains in just her bra and panties is another story, but if the face is anything to go by, I hope not for those who have to look after her.

 

Read the full story HERE.

 

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Kids Banned From Playing Outside

 

Well now I have just about heard it all, having read that an official in a place called Edgewater in Florida wants to ban kids from playing outside.

 

Admittedly there isn’t much green space in the development, which is called Persimmon Place, but they want to prevent kids from playing outside unless they are accompanied by an adult.

 

The penalty for breaking the rules would be a $100 fine!

 

In addition, there would be no skateboarding, games of tag, or loud toys allowed.

 

Sounds to me like a pretty boring place for a kid to grow up, unless they are fat and addicted to video games.

 

Read the full story HERE.

 

 

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I hope you enjoyed this edition of News From A Weird World as much as I enjoyed compiling all the stories.

 

You can now also find links to all of the News From A Weird World and Offbeat News editions at Squidoo, and if you do enjoy these weekly Offbeat News articles, please could you help share them with your friends etc. I am sure they could use a good laugh too.

 

 

News Reports Are Taken From The Following Sources:

ABC News Australia

Courthouse News

Demotix

Digital Spy

Football 365

Metro UK

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Bournemouth Echo

The Daily Mail

The Daily Telegraph

The London Evening Standard

The Sun

 

News From A Weird World 23rd March 2011 Offbeat News

In this edition of News From A Weird World you can find news stories that include:  Give Me A Kiss, A Big Boy, Supermarket Scrabble, Cashing In On The Royal Wedding, Pay To Pray, Car Insurance Quotes and more.

This article was previously published on the Yahoo Contributor Network..

News From A Weird World (previously known as Offbeat News) is a selection of bizarre stories, strange stories, odd stories and weird news stories from the past week, that have been cleverly extracted by scouring news sites from around the world.

The stories to be found on News From A Weird World are the kind that are just so bizarre, they make you realize that fact is often stranger than fiction, and make you wonder what on earth people were thinking to get into the news in this way.

This is a selection of weird news stories from the past week that I hope you enjoy, and if you do, please can you help spread the word by sharing the stories with your friends.

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“Give Me A Kiss” : “No!” : BANG!

Those of you who read News From A Weird World regularly and who are from Florida, have argued that I ought to not pick on Floridians as much as I do, since there are dumb people in other parts of the USA, as well as the rest of the world.

So with my intention this week being to try and stay clear of Florida news, I headed off to an Australian news site, and what is the first article that I come across?

Well this is indeed an unusual one, and as you may have already guessed, it’s a news story from Florida.

When a 53 year old ex police officer man moved in next door to a 92 year old woman six months ago, it seems that she developed a crush on him.

Things came to a head in the last week, when the woman went to his house, and refused to leave unless he gave her a kiss.

When the man refused, the woman left, but minutes later four shots rang out, all aimed at the man’s house, one of which broke a window and covered the man in a shower of broken glass.

So fellow men, should we be concerned if a little old lady comes up to us in the future and demands a kiss?

Read the full story HERE.

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He’s Just A Growing Boy But Watch Him Grow!

A three year old boy from China was only 5.7lbs when he was born, but from the age of 3 months he took a liking for food, and apparently cried non stop unless his parents placated him.

Now at the age of three, he is five times the size of a normal toddler, and weighs 132lbs (well at least that was last week)!

The boy, named Lu Hao, eats three large bowls of rice a day, more than his parents combined, and they seem unable to cope with his continued weight gain.

The situation has become so serious that now his mother is unable to pick him up, and since he hates walking, she takes him to school on a motorcycle.

The family have tried to get him to do exercise, and have taken him swimming to a local river, but it seems that whenever he does anything it just makes him even hungrier.

One wonders if the cure is to just suffer his cries for food, and to feed him normal amounts, while he gradually loses weight, or to keep on as now and suffer the consequences of him reaching a weight where he will be unable to move at all.

Read the full story HERE and see the photos.

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Supermarket Scrabble : Now That’s My Kind Of Game

British supermarket chain Tesco thought that they were going a good thing, when they changed the labels on their herb and spice containers to show a large initial letter (see pictures), to make it easier for shoppers to find the one that they wanted.

The problem is though that when staff come to stock up the shelves, they find that naughty shoppers have re-arranged the containers on the shelves to spell out rude words, such as B-O-T-T-O-M, B-O-O-B-S and S-P-A-N-K-I-N-G.

Known at Supermarket Scrabble, the game has taken off in a big way, and has spread to other stores and also other products, such as birthday cards with large letters.

The cure?  I don’t know, is there a cure for schoolboy humor?  It certainly makes shopping more fun.   Knowing my luck though, if I tried it I would get caught.

Read the full story HERE.

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Guess Who Is Cashing In On The Royal Wedding

Every time there is a big event, like a Royal Wedding, it seems that just about everyone jumps on the bandwagon and floods the marketplace with products to commemorate the event.

It came as a bit of a surprise to visitors to the gift shop at Prince Charles’s Highgrove Estate last week to find that they were selling nothing less than a jigsaw of Prince William and Kate Middleton, as well as other Royal Wedding memorabilia.

Prince Charles is not the only one to be found cashing in on the event of the year however, with Kate Middleton’s parents selling Royal Wedding themed items on their party gift web site, including Rule Britannia trivia scratch cards that expose the words “Off With Your Head” should the wrong answer be scratched off.

Even Lady Diana’s brother, Lord Spencer, is selling April wedding vacation packages to wealthy Americans, which include a guided tour of the estate.

So what’s next?   Is Nanna Elizabeth about to open rooms in Buckingham Palace for Bed & Breakfast, with VIP views of the happy couple arriving after the wedding ceremony.

Read the full story HERE.

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If You Pay To Pray The Nuns Say Hurray!

When the nuns of the Holy Trinity Monastery near Oxford in England were looking for ways to help pay their bills, they came up with the idea of offering prayer retreats.

Now these are not your typical prayer retreats, as these are set to be online retreats, which cost between £10 ($15) and £150 ($225) per program, each lasting five days.

During the program, participants are guided in prayer through pod casts, reading texts and online chat.

It sounds good in theory, but how do the people who subscribe to these online retreats know whether they are being duped or not.

We all know that should you dial a number that offers erotic chat, while you might be aroused by believing that you are talking to a gorgeous young woman, in reality she could be a grandmother in her 60’s and with no teeth.

The same could be true when signing up for this service, you never really know who you are dealing with, unless of course they have video chat.

Read the full story HERE.

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How Much Was That You Wanted To Insure My Car?

Jake Redshaw from Salford near Manchester in England saved up and bought himself a six year old Vauxhall Corsa for £3,000 ($4,500) when he turned 17.

Being at the minimum driving age in the UK he expected to pay about the same for insurance as it cost him to buy the car, but he was horrified when he saw the quote from the AA (Automobile Association), who are one of the largest vehicle insurers in the UK.

The quote was more than just a little above what he expected, in fact it was 10 times higher, at £32,819 ($52,000).

The AA did apologize and say that the quote was due to an error, but statistically speaking, even though only 12% of drivers in the UK are in the 17-24 age bracket, they are responsible for 30% of all accidents.

But the quote as compared to the average which is between £12,000 and £13,000, well that’s worth putting in a frame.

Read the full story HERE.

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I hope you enjoyed this edition of News From A Weird World as much as I enjoyed compiling all the stories.

You can now also find links to all of the News From A Weird World and Offbeat News editions at Squidoo, and if you do enjoy these weekly Offbeat News articles, please could you help share them with your friends etc. I am sure they could use a good laugh too.

News Reports Are Taken From The Following Sources:

ABC News Australia
Courthouse News
Demotix
Digital Spy
Football 365
Metro UK
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The Bournemouth Echo
The Daily Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The London Evening Standard
The Sun

News From A Weird World : The Offbeat News 16 March 2011

In this edition of News From A Weird World, how well do the British know their meat, a girl who is smarter than Einstein, blowing it on chocolate, doing what in a chocolate shop, a two headed turtle, Australian UFO conference and more.

 This article was previously published on the Yahoo Contributor Network..

 News From A Weird World (previously known as Offbeat News) is a selection of bizarre stories, strange stories, odd stories and weird news stories from the past week, that have been cleverly extracted by scouring news sites from around the world.

 The stories to be found on News From A Weird World are the kind that are just so bizarre, they make you realize that fact is often stranger than fiction, and make you wonder what on earth people were thinking to get into the news in this way.

 This is a selection of weird news stories from the past week that I hope you enjoy, and if you do, please can you help spread the word by sharing the stories with your friends.

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 How Many British Just Don’t Know Their Meat

 A new survey was taken in the UK as part of the National Butcher’s Week meat promotion, and the findings are rather sad, as well as being a little disturbing.

 When it comes to cuts of meat and their origins, it seems the British no longer have much of a clue, since so many depend on ready meals and take-out food these days.

 When asked if you could buy a pork wing, 17% of those surveyed believed that you actually could.

 It gets worse though, with more than 20% believing that you could buy chicken chops and lamb drumsticks, and 10% had even asked a butcher for a leg of liver.  (Personally I think that’s pretty offal!)

 20% of those surveyed thought that tofu was a kind of meat (disturbing if you are a vegetarian), and 5% thought that traditional British dishes such as haggis, faggots, game pie and oxtail contained no meat at all.

 One of the problems is that the supermarkets have forced many traditional butchers shops to close down, and even when there is still a local butcher, the supermarket prices are often cheaper, causing many to shop there instead.

 Well I’m off now to get some Hot Pork Wings and some Curly Fries (made from pigs tails I presume).

 Meantime, you can read the full story HERE.

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 Brighter Than Einstein And Only 11 Years Old!

 Victoria Cowie is a bright young girl who comes from Wolverhampton in the Midlands of England.

 It’s her IQ of 162 that has put her in the news this week, since that is 2 points more than the renowned physicist Albert Einstein, and she is one of the brightest people in Mensa at just 11 years old.

 Victoria is an only child and is far from being “odd” like so many very bright people.

 She loves animals, drama and music, and enjoys playing soccer, according to her Mom.

 As for when she grows up, Victoria would like to be a veterinarian.

 I wonder how the next few years will pan out and where life will take her.  Victoria could be one to follow in years to come.

 Read the full story HERE.

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 Well That’s One Way To Blow Your Inheritance

 When her Mother passed away 4 years ago at the age of 73 and left her £10,000 ($15,000) as an inheritance, 45 year old Mary Tetley from Denbigh in North Wales knew exactly what to do with it.

 You see Mary is a chocolate lover, so much so in fact that she booked a 3 month vacation, touring the finest chocolate factories in Europe.

 During the trip, which took Mary around France, Belgium and Switzerland, she ate the finest chocolate based products every day, and came home 28lbs heavier than when she left.

 Since the return, aided by her husband Mark, Mary has seen the second part of her dream become a reality, as they have opened their own chocolate shop.

 I just hope that she doesn’t eat all the inventory.

 Read the full story HERE.

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 He Did What In A Chocolate Shop?

 Well here we go from reading about a sweet lady indulging in her dream of owning a chocolate shop, to another one from Sweden that also involves a chocolate shop, but isn’t quite in the same vein.

 A 45 year old man was out shopping in the city of Finspang in Sweden, when he got the urge to go – you know what I mean.

 Since staff at the shop that he was in, which happened to sell chocolate by the way, refused to allow him to use their restrooms, because of strict health regulations, the man decided to just go, there and then.

 Sure, he could have left the shop and found a public convenience, like most people (well like all people you would hope), but no, he just let his anger get the better of him, pulled down his pants, squatted and pooped on the floor, shouting abuse at the girl on the cash register as he did so.

 He then ran off, but not before grabbing a chocolate bar, and leaving behind a pair of soiled underwear.

 The man, aged 45, has since been sentenced to 8 months in prison, charged with shoplifting, assault and molestation.   Apparently he had previously shouted abuse at the cashier on several other occasions.

 It’s not exactly what you want to find happening in a store that sells food items is it.  I wonder if they had to destroy all food items that weren’t properly wrapped.

 The original article does actually have an artist’s impression of the offending poo.  I wonder how many of you reading this are just sick enough to go take a look.

 Read the full story HERE.

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 That’s Rare : A Two Headed Turtle With Five Feet

 Well from one story of a turtle head poking out (reference to Austin Powers) to a different sort of turtle head poking out.

 An African Spurred Tortoise that hatched 7 weeks ago in the town of Zilina in Northern Slovakia is creating quite a stir.

 The turtle is truly one of a kind, having 2 heads and 5 feet.

 The owner has called the turtle “Magdalena”, where “Magda” and “Lena” are the names that he gave to the two heads.

 It’s fortunate for the turtle that it was born in captivity, since with 2 heads and the fifth foot sticking out between them, it can’t retract fully inside it’s shell, and therefore would be unlikely to survive in the wild.

 Although the turtle fits into the palm of a hand right now, a fully grown African Spurred Tortoise can grow to 90cm or 36 inches.  

 If Magdalena does reach that size, she could indeed be like a two headed monster of storybook fame.

 Read the full story HERE.

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 Australian UFO Conference Cancelled Due To The Weather

 Attendees at the first UFO conference that was to be held at a campground in a remote area of the Northern Territory in Australia were hoping for a treat, but the surprise that they actually got was something the organizers had not planned for.

The organizers had to call off the event, because heavy rain left 95 percent of the property under water, including the whole of the campground, and 24 rooms and cabins.

 Since one of the speakers had already arrived, as well as the band and a few attendees, the speaker did go ahead, but it does sound as if this event was a bit of a washout.

 Read the full story HERE.

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 I hope you enjoyed this edition of News From A Weird World as much as I enjoyed compiling all the stories.

 You can now also find links to all of the News From A Weird World and Offbeat News editions at Squidoo, and if you do enjoy these weekly Offbeat News articles, please could you help share them with your friends etc. I am sure they could use a good laugh too.

  News Reports Are Taken From The Following Sources:

ABC News Australia

Courthouse News

Demotix

Digital Spy

Football 365

Metro UK

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Bournemouth Echo

The Daily Mail

The Daily Telegraph

The London Evening Standard

The Sun

News From A Weird World : Offbeat News 9 March 2011

This article was previously published on the Yahoo Contributor Network.

 In this edition of News From A Weird World, a woman slaps child on a school bus, another mother fights her kids over a perm, a man tapes a boy to chair in school, 10 year old girl is made designated driver, goats disrupt Nigerian elections, happier news from New Zealand and more.

 News From A Weird World (previously known as Offbeat News) is a selection of bizarre stories, strange stories, odd stories and weird news stories from the past week, that have been cleverly extracted by scouring news sites from around the world.

 The stories to be found on News From A Weird World are the kind that are just so bizarre, they make you realize that fact is often stranger than fiction, and make you wonder what on earth people were thinking to get into the news in this way.

 This is a selection of weird news stories from the past week that I hope you enjoy, and if you do, please can you help spread the word by sharing the stories with your friends.

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 Woman Boards School Bus And Slaps Child

 If you read News From A Weird World regularly, you will know that I pick on people from Florida occasionally.  Ok, so I pick on them rather a lot, and this week with time short and knowing that the Florida news is a good source of stories, we are going to start off in Pompano Beach in Southeast Florida.

 Before anyone protests too much, I used to live in South Florida, and yes for 2 months in Pompano Beach myself, but I never got arrested or made the news once.

 This woman did, however, after a surveillance camera on a school bus showed her boarding the bus on 23rd February, and giving a 7 year old boy a good slap.   The woman claimed that the boy had hit her 6 year old daughter (watch the video HERE).

The video shows the woman boarding the bus, despite the driver’s attempts to stop her, then going up to the boy, and then forcibly giving him a good back-hander, telling him “don’t you put your hands on my child”.

 The woman then looks up at the camera and says “I don’t give a ****”.

 The woman, aged 27, is now in custody, and at the time of the offense was on probation for driving with a suspended license.

It seems that no matter what attempts are made to make travel on school buses safer, someone always finds a way to worry anxious parents.

 Read the full story HERE.

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 Mom Fights With Kids Over A Perm

 You may have heard me mention St. Lucie County in Florida before, because it has a reputation for being the center of a lot of strange news stories.

 This one from Fort Pierce in the very same county is no exception.

 A mother was discussing with her teenage daughter as to whether she should get a perm or not.   This turned from a discussion into a heated argument, and ended up with the mother chasing the girl and her older sister with a kitchen knife in her hand.

 The younger daughter, aged 17, was arguing with her mother over whether she should have a perm or not, according to the older sister, aged 23.

 The mother wanted her daughter to have a perm, but the girl didn’t want one.  When both daughters tried to leave the house, the mother grabbed a knife and chased them as they ran out of the house and towards the older sister’s car.

 The mother then picked up a block of concrete, and threw it at the car, breaking the windshield.

She was placed under arrest and is on charges of aggravated assault and criminal mischief.

 Read the full story HERE.

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 Group Leader Tapes Boy To Chair And Turns Him Upside Down

 I tell you, who would want to be a kid growing up in these parts of Florida!

 Let’s move just south from St. Lucie County to Titusville on the Space Coast, which also has it’s share of odd stories.

 This one concerns a 21 year old man who was working as a group leader in an after school program.

 Having got fed up with a boy who was causing trouble in his group, he is claimed to have taped him to a chair, then turned him upside down, as a means of trying to make him stop disrupting the group.

 The man is also accused of putting the boy into a trash can, pushing him in so firmly that he was unable to get out.

 Mind you, I bet a good many teachers have wished that they could get away with something like this when they have had really unruly children in their class.

 Read the full story HERE.

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 When Is It Not Right To Be Appointed The Designated Driver?

 Well the red light just lit up in St. Lucie County yet again, so back we go a few miles further north of Titusville to Port St. Lucie, where a woman has been charged with child abuse and allowing an unauthorized minor to drive.

 It seems that the, aged 10, was being given driving lessons when she crashed into 3 vehicles and a house.

Police found a 39 year old man in the front passenger seat, whose hand was covered in blood, and who claimed to have had 2 beers.

 The girl’s mother, aged 33, was in the back seat of the car, also drunk, and in possession of marijuana, and also in the car was the girl’s 8 year old brother.

 The woman is going to jail for 18 months, and the man was sentenced to 13 months in prison followed by 11 months on probation.  He was previously charged with child abuse in January.

 To me the most frustrating thing about all these news stories is that these people are allowed to breed.  What do you think?

 Read the full story HERE.

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 How Do You Sabotage An Election In Nigeria?

 An opposition party in Nigeria is accusing their rivals of sabotaging their campaigning, by blocking the runway where their candidate was due to land to attend a local election meeting.

 The runway was blocked by a herd of rams and goats, which caused the plane carrying the presidential candidate to make an emergency landing, which damaged the plane.

 Elections in Nigeria are usually affected by corruption and sabotage attempts, but this is the first time apparently that animals have been used to disrupt election campaigning.

 Read the full story HERE.

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 At Last A Happier Story Out Of Christchurch, New Zealand

 A quick trip to the other side of the world before we end this week’s News From A Weird World, and this time to Christchurch in New Zealand, site of the horrendous earthquake in February.

 The earthquake caused a giant rock to crash through the walls of a house in Christchurch on 22nd February, and it ended up coming to rest in the hallway.

 The owner of the house, Phil Johnson,  put the bolder up for sale on an internet auction site, listing it as follows:

 For sale, 1 owner, 25-30 tonne landscape feature (answers to the name Rocky).

He is in pristine condition (just a little bit of concrete dust). Suitable for garden feature, or as in our case, a magnificent addition to your living area… Rocky will enhance your ‘indoor-outdoor’ flow considerably.

The owner was pleasantly surprised to find that the bids for “Rocky” came to NZ$60,000 (US$44,000), the sum of which is being donated to a charity to help victims of the disaster.

 Mr. Johnson, “You Rock!”

 Read the full story HERE.

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 News Reports Are Taken From The Following Sources:

ABC News Australia
Courthouse News
Demotix
Digital Spy
Football 365
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The Bournemouth Echo
The Daily Mail
The Daily Telegraph
The London Evening Standard
The Sun