It is without a doubt the dumbest lawsuit of all time. In New Delhi, 27-year-old Raphael Samuel is a self-proclaimed anti-natalist - that is a person who believes that people should abstain from having children because giving birth to sentient beings without asking for their consent is morally wrong. So you guessed it, he's now suing his own parents for giving birth to him without his consent. Samuel doesn't have anything against children or life itself, he simply believes that a life form which has not given its consent to live should not be brought into the world and thus to be subject to the hardships of life. Of course he doesn't explain exactly how one is supposed to give such permission. Still, because he considers himself a victim of "forced life", he's taking his parents to court. Sam says, "I want to tell all Indian kids that they don't owe their parents anything. I love my parents, and we have a great relationship, but they had me for their joy and their pleasure." Sam also runs an anti-natalism Facebook page where he routinely posts anti-procreation messages like "Isn't forcing a child into this world and forcing it to have a career, kidnapping and slavery?" He has a whopping 431 followers. (Oddity Central)
When You Buy Lottery Tickets with Stolen Credit Cards
It may one of the dumbest criminal moves of all time. In Canada, a 33-year-old woman thought she'd won $50,000 in the lottery-and technically, she had-until police discovered the winning ticket was purchased with a stolen credit card. So they arrested her when she tried to cash in the ticket at an Atlantic Lottery office. She can't collect the prize if she purchased her ticket illegally and police say the ticket was among several items purchased at the same store with the credit card. The woman is now charged with theft and fraud. It's not clear what will happen to the lottery winnings. (I say give it to the woman who got robbed! (CBC)
Puppy Finishes Marathon... Well, Sort Of!
Over in Thailand, marathon runner Khemjira Klongsanun recently made international headlines after she found a small puppy on the side of the road, picked it up and then carried it the final 18 miles of the Chombueng Marathon. While others either ignored or avoided the adorable ball of fur, Khemjira stopped to check on it, thinking it had been abandoned. With no houses around she decided that this was an unsafe area for such a young, helpless animal, so carried it all the way to the finish line. She later told reporters it was much harder than it sounds, but definitely worth the effort! Klongsanun posed with her new friend after crossing the finish line, and the photos went viral on social media almost instantly. The day after the marathon, she took to social media to ask for help locating the owner's dog, and even went back to the place she found it at hoping she'd find someone looking for it. No one came forward so she adopted it and named it Chombueng, after the marathon. (Oddity Central)
That Time You Lost Your Trademark
So you're a fast-food giant that loses a trademark for one of your most popular sandwiches - what's the worst that could happen? Well, your biggest rival could mercilessly troll you, for one. That's what's happening to McDonald's in the EU, where the chain recently lost its Big Mac trademark after unsuccessfully suing a smaller Irish burger chain named Supermac's. That legal loss led to Scandinavian Burger King execs gleefully rubbing their hands together and coming up with a dastardly plan: Incorporating the Big Mac name into their own menu items. Iwo Zakowski, the chief of Sweden's BK operations said, "It's too much fun for us to stay away." So now, at Burger King restaurants in Sweden, guests can order things like "The Anything but a Big Mac," "The Burger Big Mac Wished It Was," and "The Kind of Like a Big Mac, but Juicier and Tastier." There's even a wacky commercial to go along with it. See McDonald's! Stop going after the little guys and stuff like this wouldn't happen. You'd still have your trademark if you'd had just kept your Big McMouth shut! (Guardian)
Get Drunk on the Plane... It Just Might Cost You a Lot!
In Britain, 44-year-old David Young is a recovering alcoholic who had been sober for 18 months. But his wife just left him and he had a death in the family of a close relative that sent him spiraling into depression. So right before he boarded a WestJet plane at Calgary International Airport, he went to the bar and had about six drinks. Stevenson became so inebriated that when he boarded the flight to London, he got angry with the flight crew and a passenger and went to the bathroom during takeoff. His belligerence eventually forced the plane to turn around and jettison 20,000 pounds of fuel, which allowed for a safe landing back in Calgary. In court Young pleaded guilty and apologized for his "disgusting" actions but the judge ordered him to pay $21,260- the cost of the fuel. He's also been barred from entering Canada which is where his mother lives. The good news is he's been back attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings every night since his fateful flight. (CBC)
Down in Melbourne, Australia, there's a burger joint called Pablo's Escoburgers. It's kind of controversial because the name is a pun on infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. And now all hell is breaking lose because they're serving a new burger with a line of white powder on top and a rolled fake dollar bill. The backlash started after Pablo's dropped a photo of its "Patron Burger" on Facebook, with a caption that read "infamous patron burger that people are lining up for." The white powder line is actually just garlic powder, but a lot of people found the reference to snorting cocaine very offensive. The fact that other photos showed a small plastic bag with more garlic powder and a spoon, which allegedly comes with The Patron Burger, only made things worse. There was so much negative feedback that Escoburgers co-owner Vaughn Marks finally put out a written statement to clarify things which read: "We are very proud of our burgers but we do also understand that Pablo Escobar was a horrible man who destroyed the lives of thousands of Colombians. We do not condone, idolize or promote Pablo Emilio Escobar or his actions in any way. We are however Australian and know how to have a laugh about a good play on words. It's just a name of a pop-up burger bar not really a theme. Hard not to offend someone in 2019. Marks also made it very clear that he has no plans of changing the restaurant's name. (Oddity Central)
Sometimes Amazon Gets it Wrong
Sometimes Amazon gets an order wrong. Like the Canadian woman who ordered a dish for her cat, and instead Amazon sent her a stun gun and pepper spray! Jacynthe Cardin, of Montreal, received the package and immediately turned the items over to police, as both items are reportedly illegal in Canada. An Amazon spokesperson called the situation "an unfortunate incident. We are taking this matter very seriously to ensure it doesn't happen again. We've worked directly with the customer to resolve this incident." Amazon says the error happened in a U.S. warehouse when an employee placed a wrong label on a box after a bar code error -- and added that her cat dish is on its way. Hope they added free same day shipping, yes? (FOX News)
What the What?
In Nebraska, 39-year-old Travis Fieldgrove and his 21-year-old daughter, Samantha Kershner have each been charged with incest. It gets much darker. Kershner reportedly told a police officer that she was in a competition with her half-sister to see who could sleep with her father first. Fieldgrove is being held on $100,000 bail and Kershner on $20,000 bail. Police spoke with Fieldgrove after receiving a tip about their relationship and allegations of incest. Both admitted they were having a romantic and sexual relationship. Kershner spoke to officers alone five days after the initial interview and tried to deny that she had had sex with Fieldgrove, but later recanted that denial. If convicted the father and daughter face a maximum of eight years in prison. (Omaha.com)