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How Bizarre!
by Asa Butcher
2008-02-28 08:12:02
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Browsing the news daily we are always overwhelmed with politics, revolutions, accidents, wars and celebrities often missing these little bits of news at the bottom of the page. They are often funny, sometimes weird, and they give us a new perspective on life, so here's the next in our new column series: How Bizarre!

Live hen found on lorry engine after 100 mile trip

A lorry driver was an accomplice to a real-life Chicken Run after making a 100-mile trip with a live HEN under his bonnet.

The trucker only heard it clucking when he arrived at an Asda depot near Chepstow, Monmouthshire. It had been sitting on his engine since he left Staffordshire. Transport clerk Alex Viljoen said: "The driver was afraid to pick the bird up. She was a bit warm and there was oil on her feathers, but she seemed quite happy."

Nicknamed Paxo, she was taken to vet Caroline Marlow and given a clean bill of health - then laid an egg. Caroline plans to keep her but change her name to Sally.


Woman keeps 75 hibernating tortoises in her fridges

Mrs Neely who runs the Jersey-based Tortoise Sanctuary, had to set up the fridges because of the particularly mild winter.

Her tortoises hibernate for up to three months between December and March, and need steady temperatures between 3c and 8c.

They are in danger of waking early if it heats up - and then do not have enough body weight to keep themselves warm and not enough energy to eat or drink.

The 75 tortoises were given three weeks without food, allowed to complete their toilet needs (tortoises must empty their digestive system before hibernating), then bathed, weighed, wrapped and put to bed - with the odd bottle-of wine or jar of mayonnaise for company.


'Finger-Gun' Used In Theft Attempt

A 19-year-old tried to hold up a Volusia County convenience store on Sunday night using his finger as a pretend gun, according to sheriff's deputies.

Justin MacGilfrey, of South Daytona, was arrested on attempted robbery charges after the incident at the Circle K, located at 1800 S. Nova Road near Daytona Beach.

According to Volusia County sheriff's deputies, MacGilfrey entered the store at about 8 p.m. and told the clerk, "Give me all the money in the register." The clerk, who had been looking down at the time, thought someone was playing a prank on him but looked up and noticed MacGilfrey pointing a finger at him, apparently pretending that it was a gun, deputies said.


Wandering Horses Jam Up Tunnel Traffic

Transportation officials say three horses wandering along Interstate 64 stopped eastbound traffic at the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel for about 30 minutes Tuesday morning.

A Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman said state troopers rounded up the horses, which were taken to a garage at the tunnel until animal control officers could arrive.

A VDOT spokeswoman said authorities got the call about the loose horses about 5:45 a.m., after drivers and VDOT employees in the tunnel control room spotted them.


Falling icicles kill six

Six people have been killed in three days by icicles falling from buildings in a central Russian region, ITAR-TASS news agency reported Tuesday.

Plummeting chunks of ice is an annual hazard for pedestrians in Russia during the spring when the sun finally melts thick layers of ice and snow which build up on roofs over months of freezing temperatures and darkness.

Medical authorities in the region of Samara told ITAR-TASS that five people died in the city of Samara and another person died in the nearby town of Otradny between February 23 and February 25.

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Sand2008-02-28 09:07:15
For those of you whose appetite for the insanity of humanity has not been slaked you can gobble a few more items at http://www.newsoftheweird.com/archive/index.html

AP2008-02-28 14:05:23
The question is: was his finger covered with something (piece of cloth, ecc.) or just naked???!

AP2008-02-28 14:09:17
The poor guy has low self-esteem as a thief, needs to do psychotherapy...lol

AP2008-02-28 14:13:47
...Or maybe he was just doing a sociological experiment: "What inspires more fear: guns or conviction?"

Clint2008-02-28 15:19:01
Great stories.
The headline for the chicken should have been 'Coq au vin'!!
Let's hope the women's husband with the hibinating tortoise didn't come home from the pub and put a meat pie in the microwave!!
I thought that even all vehicles in Virginia needed 'horse power'!!
Death by icicle would be a great Whodunnit with no murder weapon. Keep em coming boys!

Clint2008-02-28 15:24:02
Does the Ireland Eurovision song sung by a Turkey Puppet count as a bizarre story.... probably not cos its a sure fire winner.

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