WEIRD NEWS

Woman's Best Friend

So much for "man's" best friend. A new study says women feel more secure and sleep better if they have a pet dog in the bed! The study, published in the Journal of the International Society of Anthrozoology, collected data from 962 adult women, 55 percent of which shared the bed with at least one dog, 31 percent with at least one cat, and 57 percent with a human partner. Researchers found dogs that slept in their owner's beds, "were perceived to disturb sleep less and were associated with stronger feelings of comfort and security." Cats, however, are a different story. Researchers noted the cats were, "equally as disruptive as human partners," and were, "associated with weaker feelings of comfort and security than both human and dog bed partners." (CBS)

It Sucks When Your Parents Suck

In Webster, New York, 19-year-old Emily Scheck is gay. When her parents found out - by discovering a picture of their daughter with her girlfriend - they responded by throwing out all of her childhood toys and mementos including all of her stuffed animals, awards and certificates! They then sent Emily a text warning her that if she didn't quit college and undergo conversion therapy to "cure" her homosexuality, she would be disowned. But the teen, who studies at Cansius College in Buffalo, refused to quit school, or hide her sexuality, leaving her homeless and broke. She came home to discover her car filled with the precious sentimental items she had gathered throughout her childhood. The license plates had also been taken off Scheck's car, with her dad refusing to pay for its insurance after discovering her sexual orientation. Scheck's parents added a note confirming that she had been disowned, and warning her never to contact them again. She was left homeless and with just $20 in her pocket, until a friend stepped in and set up a GoFundMe account which soon raised $100,000 to help her pay her way through college. Scheck, who works two jobs to support herself, then faced being barred from competing for her college, because of National Collegiate Athletic Association rules banning students from accepting donations. But the NCAA has since updated their rules so that Scheck can compete while using the donations to support herself. A statement issued on Scheck's behalf by Cansius College said: "Thank you to everyone who showed their love and support in this difficult time. The positive outreach has been unbelievable. I never expected this amount of support." (Metro)

Hey Thanks for Screwing This Up!

Sometimes a big mistake can be a good thing. In Goldsboro, North Carolina, Zerineia Carmichael wanted to buy the Carolina Panthers lottery game ticket on Sunday, but the store clerk gave her a "777" ticket instead. Carmichael said she normally would have asked the clerk to give her what she asked for, but for some reason she decided to keep it. That proved to be a very good decision. When she began scratching off the card in her car, she thought she had only won $7, but she kept scratching and seeing more 7's. When she was done, she had won $277,777. After state and federal taxes, she took home $195,837, part of which she said she plans to use to get a new car. (Yahoo.com)

Worst Wedding Photographer Ever?

A wedding photographer apparently tried her best to ruin her client's wedding after allegedly having sex with a guest and then peeing on a tree when she was told to leave. This all went down in Weatherford, Texas, where 26-year-old Katherine Leigh Mehta, who is also a part-time swimsuit model, was arrested after police were called to the wedding venue. She had allegedly been found having sex in a spare bedroom at the Springs Event Venue and was thrown out by an off-duty policeman. She then began cursing out guests, according to a police report. After the alleged urinating on the tree things apparently escalated further when she told attending officers at approximately 8pm: "Y'alls families will be dead by Christmas, Y'all's daughters are dead." This was allegedly followed up with: "My dad is going to find out about this, and y'all are (expletive) dead. D-E-A-D." Mehta, who was a Maxim Cover Girl finalist under the name Max McIntyre, was then arrested for public intoxication, obstruction and retaliation. Police found prescribed Xanax in her coat pocket when they searched her at Parker County Jail and think she may have taken the drug and then drank alcohol, which can confusion and other side effects. Mehta's sister claimed her drink was spiked and two men had "tried to approach her and do inappropriate things." (Metro)

What Ever Happened to You Smelt It, You Dealt It?

There used to be an unwritten rule that whoever first smelt the fart, must be the one responsible. Things didn't work out that way in Dania Beach, Florida, when 47-year-old Shanetta Yvette Wilson allegedly broke wind while standing in the checkout line at the Dollar General store. John Walker, the customer standing next to her, complained and the two got into a "verbal dispute." That's when Wilson allegedly pulled a small "lock back knife" from her purse, "opened the knife and told the victim she was going to ‘gut' him," according to police. While doing so, she pulled back her right hand with the knife as if she was going to attack the victim with it. After police were called, Wilson was found nearby by deputies and arrested. She was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. (Miami Herald)

Fake News

A 21-year-old Indonesian man who used a custom-made fake police uniform and a fake gun to pose as a police officer and get women to go out with him. Unfortunately, this resulted in him being arrested by the real police. Ari Septian Pratama allegedly pretended to be a cop for about a month and even went around telling people that he was the son of Southeast Sulawesi's regional police chief and that he was a doctor of police forensics. Apparently, he did it all to impress women and get dates. It worked and he successfully convinced 10 women to go out with him, including civil servants, nurses, doctors, and, get this, even actual policewomen. He would rent expensive cars and tell the women that he wanted to marry them, in order to convince them to sleep with him. And that worked too. The fake cop denies using his fake identity for monetary gains, but at least two of his victims have alleged that he used his authority to extort money from them at ATMs. This could all lead to a long prison sentence for "Officer" Pratama. (Oddity Central)

What the What?

A Bellingham, Washington couple is thanking their lucky stars after a 100-foot tall tree fell on their car, nearly crashing through the windshield and potentially killing them. After a family-filled Thanksgiving weekend in Hoodsport, Joseph and Deborah Bernard took the road Monday morning to make their way home. Around 9:45 a.m., the couple was driving along local Highway 101 when a "100-foot fir tree fell on our car," Deborah recalled in a Facebook post. She said, "The car was totaled but amazingly we were not hurt!" she wrote, adding a tow truck driver who later arrived at the scene suggested the couple buy a lottery ticket as "he'd never seen anyone walk away from an accident like this." The couple later said the fact that they were not killed is a miracle and they give credit to wearing seat belts and to God. (FOX News)

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