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Friday, May 4, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

Lions Are Not Pets
Here's a quick little pro-tip: Just because you bottle feed a lion cub, doesn't mean said cub will grow up to be your bestie. The owner of a wildlife park in South Africa is recovering from several lacerations and a broken jaw after a lion he once bottle fed as a cub attacked him. Michael Hodge was investigating a strange smell in the lion's enclosure at the Marakele Animal Sanctuary which seemed to be disturbing the animal. As Hodge was leaving the enclosure, the lion raced toward him and dragged him to some nearby bushes as visitors screamed and Hodge yelled for help. Hodge was eventually rescued and airlifted to a hospital in Johannesburg. The attack was captured in a graphic video that is online. Tragically, the lion, a large male called Shamba, was killed during the attempt to save Hodge. The family said in a statement that Hodge "is only too aware of the dangers of working with wildlife but they remain his passion," and that the family is devastated by the loss of the 10-year-old lion, which they raised from a cub. Hodge and his wife, Chrissy, came to South Africa from the UK in 1999, opened a lion project in 2003 and the sanctuary seven years later. (Newsweek)

Cell Phones and Fire... Don't Do It!
In Northeast London, around 30 people were injured at a Jewish festival. It seems a bonfire was going and some of those in attendance were of the opinion that cell phones are evil. Several started throwing their phones into the fire in protest which was not the best decision. Cell phone batteries have a bad habit of exploding if they are overheated. However, the blast only happened as the fire was being lit, so some say it was really caused by fumes from the fuel on the fire, believed to be oil. London Ambulance Service went to the scene at about 11pm and treated multiple people for burns. Ten of them were hurt by the flames while another 20 were injured as they turned and ran. Hackney Police said none of the injuries were serious and no charges were filed. (Metro)

But I Was Bullied
In Tampa, Florida, 37-year-old Scott Stone was arrested after he allegedly splashed a corrosive chemical on two luxury cars, causing more than $3,000 in damage. When asked why he did it, he told detectives the cars reminded him of vehicles driven by people who bullied him in college. Stone now faces two counts of criminal mischief and told detectives he didn't know who owned the cars. The two cars were a 2017 Porsche Macan and a 2015 Mercedes 500. Ironically, Stone's own car, a 2012 GLK Mercedes, doesn't seem to remind him of the bullies and was spotted at the scene at the time of the attacks. (TampaBay.com)

Blockbuster, Yes - Blockbuster, Tries to Boost Business
In Anchorage, Alaska, a Blockbuster Video store - yes, a Blockbuster Video store - has been trying to increase store traffic by putting on display a jockstrap once warn by actor Russell Crowe in the 2005 movie Cinderella Man. The jockstrap has a kind of strange history - it recently became part of a celebrity auction, which Crowe has dubbed 'the divorce auction,' where it caught the eye of the host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver." Oliver purchased the jockstrap and some other items and sent them to Anchorage, which has one of the last remaining big box store video chains. The video store is trying to stave off streaming movie services, which are gaining popularity as more broadband capability comes to the nation's most remote state. Oliver also sent along the robe and boxing shorts worn by Crowe in the movie as well as the actor's hood from "Robin Hood," his vest from "Les Misérables" and a director's chair with Crowe's name on it. Kevin Daymude, general manager of Blockbuster Alaska, admits it was "be awesome" if Crowe were ever to show up at the store, but in the meantime he'd like to send photos of the display to him as a thank you. And as for the most asked question so far, no, he doesn't know if they washed it before sending it, but he would like to think they did. (Yahoo News)

Don't Ride Your Overpriced Designer Bike to the Thrift Store
At a Salvation Army Store in Keysborough, Australia, a young man went inside to shop and left his $1,000 bicycle just inside the front of the store after asking permission from the attendant. Apparently not everyone got the memo. Before he left, his prize Fuji road bike was sold by two volunteers, not realizing it wasn't a donation. Best part - it was sold for $20! Meanwhile, the store has put out a plea to try and get the bike back and are trying best they can to compensate the customer. (AU News)

Think You're Having a Bad Day?
Think you're having a bad day? Meet 19-year-old Caitlin White of Scotland, who suffers from gastroparesis -- a rare stomach disorder which means her stomach muscles are partially paralyzed. The result is she throws up more than 30 times a day and survives on soups, gels and powders. She's down to 85 pounds and also spends eight hours a day receiving vitamin and mineral infusions at Perth Royal Infirmary. Her family has been fighting for the past two years to have her referred to an expert and now Dr. Catherine Calderwood, Scotland's chief medical officer, has intervened in the case. Calderwood has ordered the teen to be referred to NHS Greater Glasgow where she will be seen by Dr. Ruth McKee - one of Scotland's leading gastro experts. The 5-foot 5-inch teen had also fought five bouts of sepsis since October 2017 due to buildup of toxic bacteria in her gut. There are also fears she is becoming resistant to antibiotics to beat the deadly blood infection. Now I'm sorry, what was it you were complaining about? (FOX News)

What the What?
A chaotic scene took place in Indiana when bags of cash flew out the back of a Brinks truck on Interstate 70. In fact - it was $600,000 worth of bags of cash. Indiana State Police Cpl. Brock McCooe said it looked like a movie - loose bills flying all over the interstate and cars stopping, people getting out of their cars and grabbing cash. Police said they were looking for a school bus driver who allegedly grabbed a handful of cash before taking off, as well as four individuals in a white pickup truck who allegedly took an entire bag of money. The Brinks drivers said they do not know if the back door had opened from a malfunction or human error. While some people have called in, willing to return money they grabbed, the amount is far from the amount that is missing. McCooe said police are offering amnesty to those who return the money. Others, he warned, will be charged with theft if caught. (FOX News)

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