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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

WEIRD NEWS

Croc Bites Off Your Arm. Well We Ain't Cancelling the Wedding!
A couple attacked by a crocodile in Zimbabwe wasn‘t about to let a little thing like having an arm bitten off ruin their wedding day! Jamie Fox (no, not that Jamie Foxx) and his fiancĂ©e, Zenele Ndlovu, were canoeing on the Zambezi, one of Africa's longest rivers, when a crocodile attacked them on Apr. 30. Zenele lost her right arm and suffered injuries to her left hand. Five days later, they married in a hospital chapel. Fox said, "We were glad we still had our lives and managed to keep our wedding date, although we had to do with a much smaller venue. The celebrations went ahead at the original venue but Zenele and I had to remain at the hospital." He described the wedding as "incredible." The Victoria Falls Guide, a travel website, describes canoeing on the Zambezi above the Victoria Falls "the perfect activity for those who not only want to see the abundant bird and animal life but also want to experience the peace, tranquility and beauty of the Zambezi River." Turns out not so much for everybody. Zenele was discharged from the hospital on Monday. (Newser)

Uh... You Seen Any Plutonium Laying Around Here?
Idaho State University has got a real problem on their hands. They've admitted to misplacing a gram of weapons-grade plutonium and federal authorities want to fine them $8,500. The university has not been able to account for the bit of radioactive material since 2003 but, nonetheless, believes it was properly stored at a licensed disposal facility. However, with no documented proof, the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it must propose the fine. Dr. Cornelis Van der Schyf, vice president for research at the university, blamed partially completed paperwork from 15 years ago as the school tried to dispose of the plutonium. "Unfortunately, because there was a lack of sufficient historical records to demonstrate the disposal pathway employed in 2003, the source in question had to be listed as missing," he said in a statement to the AP. The statement said the plutonium "poses no direct health issue or risk to public safety" and was being used to develop ways to ensure nuclear waste containers weren't leaking and to find ways to detect radioactive material being illegally brought into the US following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. While the missing amount could not be used to make a nuclear bomb, it could be used to create a so-called dirty bomb to spread nuclear contamination. (CNN)

And Guess Who's a Stalker
Well guess who got themselves arrested for stalking? Surely you remember George Zimmerman. Police say he threatened a private investigator working for a documentary filmmaker making a documentary about - you guessed it - Trayvon Martin. Court records show Zimmerman was issued a summons for a May 30 arraignment on a charge of misdemeanor stalking. A sheriff's report says the investigator contacted Zimmerman in September on behalf of Michael Gasparro, who is making the documentary. The series is being produced by rapper Jay-Z. Court records show the private investigator received 55 phone calls, 67 text messages, 36 voicemails and 27 emails from Zimmerman in December. The former neighborhood watch volunteer fatally shot the 17-year-old Martin in 2012 in the central Florida city of Sanford. He was acquitted of all charges. (Newser)

Jeff Bezos Always Has Time to Help You Find Your Dog
He may be a very busy CEO of Amazon, but Jeff Bezos will find the time to help you find your lost dog. Businessman Richard Guttfield was at a loss to explain how his black miniature schnauzer, Wilma, went missing. The only thing he had to go on was the fact an Amazon delivery driver had dropped off a shipment of dog food. With nothing to lose, Guttfield emailed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to see if he could help. Guttfield says that after that email, "We had someone who was amazing who tracked the driver and found our dog and brought her home." Reportedly, Amazon checked the driver's GPS log and discovered he had made a trip home before moving onto his next delivery. That's where Wilma was found a few days later. An Amazon spokesperson said: "This is inexcusable and does not reflect the high standards we have for our delivery partners. We take these matters seriously and this individual is no longer delivering Amazon packages for the independent delivery service provider." Many of the drivers that deliver packages for the company are independent couriers, and do not work directly for the company. (WSRZ)

Lizzie Borden Took an Axe... and Opened a Bed and Breakfast!
The Massachusetts mansion where the infamous Lizzie Borden lived after being acquitted of the axe murders of her father and stepmother will soon be open for overnight stays and tours. Crews are finishing renovations, and the owners of the Fall River home known as Maplecroft hope their bed-and-breakfast opens for business within a month or so. The home retains some features from Borden's time, including floral wallpaper in the dining room and a tin ceiling in the kitchen. But just so you'll know, it is not the house where Andrew and Abby Borden were slain in 1892. That is now the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum. Lizzie Borden and her sister moved to Maplecroft in 1894, and she lived there until her death in 1927. Both homes have the same ownership. (Herald News)

Author Helps Son with His Essay on His Book. Guess the grade!
A British teenager struggling with an essay on an Ian McEwan book didn't get a really good grade even though he got help from the author himself - who also happened to be his dad! The award-winning British author says he feels "a little dubious" about his books being studied in school. His son Greg had to read McEwan's novel Enduring Love as homework. Mr. McEwan said, "I confess I did give him a tutorial and told him what he should consider. I didn't read his essay but it turned out his teacher disagreed fundamentally with what he said." The teacher gave Greg a C+ for the essay. Ouch! (Telegraph)

Yeah - More Guns in Schools
In Flint, Michigan, police are conducting an internal investigation after a Flint officer's gun accidentally discharged at a high school wrestling meet Saturday. The officer with the gun was off-duty at the time and watching his son compete in the multi-school event at Fowlerville High School. Fortunately the bullet only struck and lodged in the gym floor. One person trying to get away reportedly twisted an ankle, but that's the extent of reported injuries. The gymnasium was immediately evacuated. The officer and the department are cooperating with the external investigation and conducting one internally as well. (WJRT)

If at First You Don't Succeed
In Franklin, Indiana, Barry K. Ridge had been arrested for driving his riding lawnmower while drunk. Apparently, believing the old adage that if at first you don't succeed, try, try again, Mr. Ridge gave it another go on Saturday, so once again was arrested by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office. A sheriff's deputy was sent to a Franklin home around 5:15 p.m. after a caller said a man wearing a neon green shirt, riding a red lawnmower, pulled into his yard and began to mow his grass. It was Mr. Ridge and the officer said his eyes appeared glassy. According to the police report, Ridge's breath test at the Johnson County Jail registered .165. The legal limit in Indiana is .08. Ridge is already awaiting trial on an DWI arrest from April 8, 2018, where he was reportedly on his lawnmower in a Kroger parking lot causing a disturbance. (ABC 15)

Jim Bakker is at It Again!
Remember televangelist Jim Bakker of "Jim and Tammy Faye" fame? He's at it again. Baker, now 78, says that if you want to survive the end of days, the best thing you could do is buy one of his cabins in Missouri's Ozark Mountains. And while you're at it, be sure to pick up six 28-ounce "Extreme Survival Warfare" water bottles for $150. Baker made the comments promoting his Morningside church community alongside his co-host and wife, Lori, on an episode of "The Jim Bakker Show," which is filmed near Branson, MO because - well of course it is! In the 70s and 80s Bakker gained fame hosting the evangelical Christian TV program "The PTL Club," well until 1987, when his empire came crashing down amid a sex scandal and charges of fraud. (The Belleville News-Democrat)

What the What?
A beekeeper somehow managed to keep his cool when 3,000 bees escaped into car as he drove them home. Beekeeper Wallace Leatherwood, who works as a builder, bought about 18,000 live bees, but left them in his car when he went to go and see a possible job nearby. But before he left, he moved three of the boxes into the cab of his truck, and one of them apparently wasn't as secure as he would have hoped. Leatherwood said, "When I came out, (one of the boxes) was black with bees, and there were bees everywhere. I thought, well, I don't know what to do. I didn't want to lose my bees. They were $165 (£122) per box." So the thought of driving the 40 miles home with them inside the car with him didn't phase him at all. Un-bee-lievably, he was not stung once during his entire journey, but admits that a few of the tiny insects had a go a him when he tried to get them out of his car. (Metro)

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