In Portugal, 33-year-old Michael Kearns was vacationing with his partner, 37-year-old Louis Benson, when they decided to take in the view on top of a large 100-foot tall wall that overlooks the popular Pescadores beach. Unfortunately, once on the wall, they then got the urge to do selfies together overlooking the beach. Yep, they lost their balance and plunged 100-feet to their deaths sometime between 1am and 6am local time. Their bodies were found on the beach the next morning. Tributes have begun to flow for the beloved couple, who left Australia in January to travel the world and had attended a friend's wedding in Portugal just weeks earlier. One friend posted: "No words can describe what we have lost." In a chilling twist, Kearns shared a photo of a glass of red wine on the beach with the exact wall he would fall from just 24 hours before his death. (Daily Mail)
Maybe Don't Eat What the Other Guests Leave Behind
In Shelburne, Vermont, it seems some guests staying at the Inn at Shelburne Farms left behind something they probably didn't intend to - some marijuana edibles. Police say they looked just like "Whoppers" malted milk balls and that apparently was too much temptation for two inn housekeepers who ate what they thought was chocolate. The two ladies were found unresponsive by police and rushed to the hospital. Police say there are no charges being brought against the two guests and the employees have recovered and will not be fired by the inn. However, Shelburne Farms says employees are told to never eat anything left behind by guests and after this incident, they are reviewing their training to ensure all workers understand that. (WCAX News)
The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office in Tennessee is making headlines after coming up with a unique approach to catching wanted people. They've created a weekly online game show called "Busted Bingo", where wanted people are assigned numbered balls and randomly selected for an all-inclusive stay in a county jail cell. The first episode aired in November of last year and Sheriff Wayne Anderson, the host of the unusual game show, said that the game was an innovative way of getting the public involved in the process of catching wanted offenders. The idea was that if someone recognized the selected "winner" of the game, they could call the police to turn them in and save officers the trouble of locating them. Believe it or not, it actually worked. The first ever winner of Busted Bingo was busted just a few hours after the episode aired on YouTube. Now the controversial game show is hotter than ever and has helped the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office catch over a dozen wanted people. Sheriff Anderson said, "We work on warrants every single day, every night, 24/7, trying to find people. But we wanted to come up with a new way, a different way that everybody will watch and it will help us find more people." Busted Bingo is so unique that a German film crew recently flew from Munich to do a documentary on it. (WJHL)
Hey Isn't That Dad's New BMW?
Meanwhile, over in Nigeria, a man only identified as Azujuike has created quite a bit of attention after spending $90,000 on a brand new BMW X5 and using it as a casket to bury his late father in. The dad died of old age and his son apparently wanted to send him off in a luxury car. A photo of the car being lowered into the grave by pall bearers under the watchful eye of Azubuike recently went viral online and caused quite the controversy. While a few people applauded the man's intention to honor his father in a unique way, most Facebook users were furious saying the money was wasted and could have been used to help develop his village. "Buy the car for your parent while he is still alive if you are moneyed and bury them with a decent coffin but this is just being foolish and showing off," one person wrote. Ooh - I like that! Are you "moneyed?" (Oddity Central)
One Night in Bangkok
Having trouble getting your new restaurant off the ground? Take a cue from Staneemeehoi - which translates to "Shell Station" - a struggling seafood restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand. Well it was struggling, until the owner hired a team of smoking hot male waiters and had them dress in skimpy women's clothes and scream like damsels in distress as they serve patrons! No kidding - and it worked! No surprise that the restaurant's owner, 34-year-old Veerasak Maesa, used to work as a male model and is the leader of the now famous wait staff. Kind of like Thailand's Magic Mike. Yee Haw! (Oddity Central)
Congress Finally Does Something Decent
It's called the CREEPER Act - because it deals with stuff, well, that's damn creepy! CREEPER stands for Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots and the bill bans the importation and sale of anatomically correct child sex dolls and robots. The bill states: These dolls "normalize submissiveness and normalize sex between adults and minors," are "intrinsically related to abuse of minors," and lead to "the exploitation, objectification, abuse, and rape of minors." Although some experts have said using such dolls might actually cut down on pedophilia, those who voted for the bill disagree. Bill sponsor Rep. Dan Donovan says, "Once an abuser tires of practicing on a doll, it's a small step to move on to a child." Fellow House Republican Bob Goodlatte notes the child sex dolls "desensitize the user, causing him to engage in sicker and sicker behavior." A release from Donovan's office reports the UK seized 128 of the dolls, and 85% of the men who imported them were found to have child porn. It gets worse. Apparently the dolls not only can be made to look like a specific child, they can also be given certain facial expressions, like fear or sadness. More than 166,000 people have signed a petition in support of the ban; the UK and Australia have passed similar laws. Goodlatte added, "I am saddened that there are people in this world who would create realistic child sex dolls and distraught that there are people in this world who would buy them." (Newser)
Who Falls For This? Oh, Dumb Doug!
You know that old trick where the police offer to test your illegal drugs to make sure they're safe and pure? Down in Florida, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office decided to give it a try and posted an announcement on their Facebook page. Sure enough, 49-year-old Douglas Kelly contacted them after he believed he was sold the wrong illegal drug. He explained that he had a bad reaction from smoking the narcotic he purchased a week earlier. So Mr. Kelly wanted detectives to test the substance because he wanted to press charges against the person who sold him the wrong drug. Detectives agreed to test the substance if Kelly came to the sheriff's office. He did - and after the substance tested positive for meth, he was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine without a prescription. Best part is the final line of the Facebook Post: "Remember, our detectives are always ready to assist anyone who believes they were misled in their illegal drug purchase." (CBS 47)
What the What?
(You didn't think you were going to get through the day without a poop story did you?) In Carson City, Nevada, Sheriff Ken Furlong has identified what started the big Voltaire wildfire, currently burning just west of the Casino Fandango, which has prompted voluntary evacuations for homes in Voltaire Canyon. It seems two campers attempted to burn poop in a hole at their campsite. Seriously. There is currently no estimation on the size of the fire but it is heading towards the burn zone of a fire that burned the same area last year, which was also called the Voltaire Canyon Fire. The two campers, according to Furlong, have been detained by Carson City Sheriff's deputies. (RGI.com)