WEIRD NEWS

Lesson Learned
In Swanston, Ohio, Matt Cox's 10-year-old daughter got suspended from riding the school bus for bullying. And then it happened again. So Matt decided drastic action was in order. Instead of driving his daughter to school as she expected, Cox made her walk the five miles in 36-degree weather. He did break up the miles over her three-day suspension and made a video, filmed while he followed slowly behind her in his car. In the video he says, "So children, if you're watching this, please understand that bullying is unacceptable." He then posted it to Facebook-where it has been shared more than 350,000 times since Monday. Cox says that while his daughter was upset when she started the walk, he talked to her during it, and by the end she had calmed down. Later in the video caption he wrote: "UPDATE: lesson learned! Still has all her extremities intact is happy and healthy and seems to have a new outlook on bullying as well as a new appreciation for some of the simple things in life she used to take for granted." Though surprised the video went viral, Cox said he later read all three of his children some of the comments that related stories of bullying and the impact it can have. Though most seem supportive of the action, not everyone's on board. One poster wrote: "Humiliate her by putting her on Facebook being punished. Irony." I don't care what you say. I love this dad! (News 5 Cleveland)

Teens and Guns
In Harris County, Texas, we may have found the world's dumbest teen. A 17-year-old school girl who apparently stole an AK-47, then shot herself in the foot while trying to stick it down her pants! Cops who responded to the shooting call found two females, 17, and a 16-year-old male at the scene. The Harris County Constable Precinct 4 office said the gun had been stolen in a home burglary incident just hours earlier. One witness said of the victim, "She remained conscious the entire time, she kept thrashing back and forth ... she was screaming in pain." Of course given the power of an AK-47, she's very lucky to be alive. In fact the shooting victim, who was charged with burglary and unlawful carrying of a weapon, was said to be in critical condition when initially hospitalized. The male teen was also charged, with burglary and tampering with evidence because he allegedly tossed the AK-47 down a storm drain after the gun went off. Police are investigating what role the third teen in the group played, and whether she'll also face charges. (KTRK)

Twitter Wars Winners
Twitter data has once again proven that BTS, a South Korean boy band, is indeed taking the world by storm. Year-end stats released by the Billboard website says the K-Pop group is the most tweeted about celeb in the US for a second year in a row! It's also notable that magazine says BTS leads its readers' poll for 2018 Person of the Year. There's the Top Ten Tweeted About Celebs List and their Twitter handles from Billboard:
BTS (@BTS_twt)
LeBron James (@KingJames)
Kanye West (@KanyeWest)
Drake (@Drake)
EXO (@weareoneEXO)
Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande)
Cardi B (@iamCardiB)
Beyonce (@Beyonce)
Park Jimin (#Jimin)
Nicki Minaj (@NickiMinaj)

(Newser)

First Romaine, Now Baby Ibuprofen
Check your bottles of baby ibuprofen: Tris Pharma is voluntarily recalling three lots of its "Infants' Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL" that were sold at Walmart, CVS, and Family Dollar under store-brand names. The recalled bottles may have higher levels of ibuprofen than they should. A press release states: "There is a remote possibility that infants, who may be more susceptible to a higher potency level of drug, ... therefore may be more vulnerable to permanent NSAID-associated renal injury. Adverse effects that may be experienced are nausea, vomiting, epigastric pain, or more rarely, diarrhea." No adverse events have been reported so far. (ABC News)

Could You Spot a Fake Nike?
US Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a shipment of over 9,000 counterfeit Nike sneakers in New York, per a release from Nike. The shipment of shoes had come from China and was headed to California, when CBP officers thought something looked off about the shoes, and submitted images to the CBP's Apparel Footwear and Textiles Center for Excellence and Expertise. Upon confirmation that they were fake shoes, they were seized. Genuine versions of the sneakers would have been worth nearly $1.7 million. Troy Miller, Director of CBP's New York Field Office, said in a statement: "This significant seizure of counterfeit Nike sneakers illustrates Customs and Border Protection's continued commitment to protecting the American consumer against the proliferation of substandard and potentially unsafe counterfeit consumer goods." On a typical day in 2017, CBP seized $3.3 million worth of products with Intellectual Property Rights violations in a day, according to the agency. (PIX 11)

I Smell a Rat
In Delray Beach, Miami, some students of Atlantic Community High School say they lost their appetite after discovering a large rat crawling around in one of the school's snack vending machines. Oh yes, there is video and it's making the rounds on social media. Latoya Johnson said her daughter shot the footage which shows the rat climbing around inside a vending machine and coming in contact with packaged food. The Palm Beach County School District confirms the incident happened and said the vending machine was locked so students couldn't use it. The vending machine company was called right away. They sent out an exterminator who arrived later that day. I'm sorry I didn't have my homework ma'am. I was just to traumatized by the school rat to concentrate. My doctor says it may be PTRD - Post Traumatic Rat Disorder. (CBS Miami)

Messed Up Janitor
A custodian at Harwood Union High School in Vermont was cited on misdemeanor charges after allegedly writing "I am going to kill you all" in liquid soap on a mirror in a boys bathroom. Police cited 51-year-old Dick Peck for misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and creating a false public alarm. According to a press release sent to parents and other community members Wednesday, it was also Peck who "discovered" the message. The superintendent also wrote that "The team believes the concerns regarding the threat have been resolved!" (VT Digger)

What the What?
It's a world first - a 32-year-old woman has given birth to a healthy baby girl following a successful uterus transplant from a deceased donor. The baby was born Dec. 15, 2017 - a little over a year after the 32-year-old woman received a uterine transplant, but doctors only have announced the good news in a report this week. The woman, who was not identified, was born with a rare condition that left her without a uterus. She received the uterus transplant in September 2016. The procedure took 10 hours, and the uterus was out of the donor's body for around seven hours, according to an interview with Dr. Dani Ejzenberg and Dr. Willington Andraus, two of the lead doctors at the University of San Paulo who led the procedure. (New York Daily News)

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