Monday, November 20, 2017

WEIRD NEWS

While Discussing Church Shootings, Man Accidentally Shoots His Wife

Down at the First United Methodist Church in Tellico Plains, Tennessee, an unidentified man was participating in a discussion about the recent church shootings and he proudly announced that he took his gun everywhere. Apparently needing to prove this point, he then pulled out his .380 caliber Ruger handgun to show everyone and then accidentally shot himself and his wife! Our friend was described as in his 80s and was at a luncheon at the church. After showing the weapon around the room, he loaded the magazine, apparently chambered a bullet, and returned the gun to its holster. But when a person approached to see weapon, police say the man "pulled it back out and said, 'With this loaded indicator, I can tell that it's not loaded.'" With the gun lying on a table, the man then pulled the trigger and quickly revealed he had no idea if the gun was loaded or not. The gun fired and the bullet hit his hand before striking the left side of his wife's abdomen, exiting on the right. Both husband and wife were flown to a Knoxville hospital and are expected to survive and police say no charges will be fired. Really? How about a charge of being too stupid to own a gun? (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Guy Throws Girlfriend's Shoe Out of Truck So She Won't Strangle Him

Police in York County, Pennsylvania, say a man had to throw his girlfriend's shoe out of his truck window to get her to stop strangling him! Officers have charged 43-year-old Stacey Stringfellow with strangulation and harassment after receiving reports of a woman standing on a loading dock, screaming about her boyfriend. The boyfriend, Nathaniel Huger, had driven up from Florida that morning and the two were sitting in his truck when she confronted him about emails she found indicating he was cheating on her. During the confrontation, Huger said, Stringfellow got out of the passenger seat, went behind his seat, wrapped her arm around his neck, and began choking him. Huger said he was unable to breathe, so he moved his mouth up and down on her wrist, using his teeth in an attempt to break her hold. Once he freed himself, Huger said, he threw one of her shoes outside the truck in an attempt to get her to exit the vehicle. It worked. She went after the shoe and Huger drove off out of fear for his safety. Police say there were no witnesses to verify the story, but based on the evidence they saw, they took Stringfellow into custody. (Fox 43)

Guy Overdoses, Then Kills His Mom

It's a double tragedy in Pennsylvania where authorities say a woman may have died because she cleaned up her son's drug paraphernalia after finding him unresponsive in the bathroom. The son ultimately died of a drug overdose and investigators believe Theresa Plummer probably absorbed a substance through her skin or had a reaction to something she handled in the bathroom while cleaning up after. She was 69 and he was 45. A coroner statement said: "This is a caution for safety for anyone coming into contact with any type of powder substance. You should use extreme caution and notify the proper authorities. My strong advice to any family that may have this happen to them is to call law enforcement to have them or EMS services come back and remove the substance or material that may have been left behind." (WJAC)

Sorority Life Ain't What it Used to Be

Life is not good at the Chi Omega house at Ohio State University. Madeleine Entine, a sophomore, has sued the school's ADA coordinator for forcing her and her service dog to move out of the sorority house. The service dog helps her control her panic attacks and she says the school violated the Americans with Disability Act and the Fair Housing Act in making its decision. The reason they made her move is because another sorority sister has extreme dog allergies that exacerbate other medical conditions. Now a judge has to decide who gets to stay and who has to go. Entine is the Chi Omega chapter vice president-so traditionally she would live in the house. Coordinator Scott Lissner ultimately determined that "over time, continued exposure to dog dander would ultimately be untenable and unsafe for the housemate (who was not named)." US District Judge Algenon L. Marbley has heard the case and is currently weighing his decision. No comment from OSU of Chi Omega. (CNN)

Onward Christian Soldiers

In Bristol, Connecticut, a social studies teacher invited a Muslim woman to speak to her middle school class about the Muslim culture. Then good Christian parents started sending the teacher threatening emails and phone calls. One of the letters was posted on Facebook where commenters called the presentation a disservice to Christianity and denounced Islam. So Superintendent Susan Kalt Moreau cancelled the presentation even though both Chris Wilson, chair of the school board, and Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu spoke in favor of the presentation and mentioned its educational value for the seventh grade class. Another presentation on Judaism was also canceled, although Moreau said the school district was planning on holding a panel discussion on world religions at a local high school. Farhan Memon, of the Council on American Islamic Relations' Connecticut chapter, questioned the message Moreau was sending with the cancellation. While acknowledging that safety was of utmost importance, he said, "Cancelling speakers outright emboldens individuals and organizations in Bristol who are Islamophobic and Anti-Semitic." (New York Daily News)

It's Tougher Than You Think to Get an A in Miss Yokasta's Class 

A Columbian teacher is facing jail after she forced pupils to have sex with her in exchange for good grades. Identified only as Yokasta M, the 40-year-old threatened to fail the pupils if they refused to sleep with her. This all came to light when one of her victims finally spoke to his parents after his father saw pictures of her on his phone. He told them that she would send explicit pictures of herself after approaching them on social media. In one of the pictures Yotaska M sent to pupils she lay on a bed of cuddly toys with a pink bear covering her private parts. She is now facing 40 years in prison and her husband is seeking a divorce. (Newser)

Look Up in the Sky, It's a Bird, It's a Plane, Wait... What?

Officials with the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington, have admitted that one of their aircraft was involved in the obscene skywritings spotted in Okanogan County. It seems the planes drew images of male genitals in the sky that were seen by many people who both photographed and tweeted the pictures. In a statement, navy officials said, "The Navy holds its aircrew to the highest standards and we find this absolutely unacceptable, of zero training value and we are holding the crew accountable." Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration said there's not really anything they can do because unless the act poses a safety risk, they have no jurisdiction. An FAA official said they "cannot police morality." (KREM 2)

Found Your Car

An absent-minded German driver finally had his car returned to him after he forgot where he parked it-20 years ago! Authorities in Frankfurt found the car in a garage in a building which to be demolished. Unfortunately the car had basically rotted away over the years to the point that it was unfit to drive. Police drove the 76-year-old man to be reunited with his long lost Volkswagen Passat. The owner reported it stolen back in 1997 but it had just been hidden from view and was actually exactly where he parked it.(Augsberger Allgemein)

What the What?

As if it's not bad enough finding out that the funeral home placed the wrong body in the casket for your son's wake, imagine making the discovery because the body in the casket has legs... and your son did not. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Benjamin Brown Jr. died and had lost both his legs due to complications with diabetes. So the first thing his family noticed when they arrived at the funeral home for Benjamin's wake was that this body indeed had legs. The funeral home says it's committed to resolving any issues that the family has. (WTVC News)

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