October 8th saw the annual North American Wife Carrying Championship where husbands and wives compete in a race for beer and cash. The winning couple receive their combined weight in beer and 6x her weight in cash. [via]
Woman from Extreme Couponing TV show that can't stop collecting toilet rolls.
A Swiss driver got into a jam when he drove up a 'glorified goat track' after following instructions on his satnav. Unable to go forward or turn around to go back the way he came, he was forced to call the emergency services.
A helicopter was scrambled and rescued him and his van from the mountain. The Daily Mail has a photo of the van being recovered by the helicopter.
Enough fat to fill nine double-decker buses is being removed from sewers under London's Leicester Square.
A team of "flushers" equipped with full breathing apparatus has been drafted in with shovels to dig out an estimated 1,000 tonnes of putrid fat. It is claimed to be the largest-ever sewer clean-up of its kind.
If you look at the photo you'll notice the lack of facial protection. When I've watch programmes about cleaning London's sewers, the workers, most of whom seem to love their jobs, say that there's no point wearing any protection as the smell still gets through. [via]
An Australian man is seriously ill in hospital after eating two slugs as part of a dare.
Doctors believe that the 21-year-old, who has not been named, contracted the rare rat lungworm parasite from the slugs.
The disease, which is a type of meningitis, can lead to swelling of the brain and spinal cord and has been known to be fatal.
He has spent the past month hospital in Sydney, but is expected to survive.
Yes, you read that headline correctly. A Lithuanian man living in Aberdeen, Scotland was fined £600 for "exposing his penis and thrusting it in her face, forcing her to take evasive action to avoid getting struck".
He says he can't recall the incident happening but accepts the police's accounts of what happened.
A woman from Manchester has become the first person in the UK to change her name by Deed Poll to a web domain, according to the Legal Deed Service.
Twenty-four-year-old Claire Forshaw changed her name to Princess-Rainbow.com last week because she really liked rainbows!
She had previously been put off changing her name by her boyfriend, 23-year-old Robert Morris, who had tried to dissuade her by claiming it would cost hundreds of pounds. Then she found out that she could get it changed for as little as £10.
The Legal Deed Service says it “firmly believes” the former Ms Forshaw is the first person to change her name to a web domain. Princess-Rainbow.com, who currently works as a care assistant, plans to use her namesake web domain to set up an online business selling artwork. Link
A flight had to be diverted after a man suffering from bi-polar disorder stripped naked. Two off-duty police officers were on board who subdued the man whilst it was being diverted. Read more.
A man returned to his home to find someone had broken in, but nothing was missing - except a $6 steak that was apparently cooked and eaten while he was away.
The man had broken a window to gain entry and rather than take anything decided to cook a steak that had been left out to defrost. Link
A man has been breaking into sex shops in Cairns, Australia and having sex with blow-up dolls abandoning them in a nearby lane.
The man's method of entry (into the shop) is to smash his way through the wall and squeeze in.
As well as having sex with the dolls, he also has a strange habit of cleaning up the mess he had made after entering the building. Link
Thailand's Scorpion Queen, 39-year-old Kanchana Kaetkaew, has set a new world record - by holding a poisonous scorpion in her mouth for just over two minutes.
Kaetkaew completed the record in Pattaya, Thailand and was handed the arachnid by her husband - who, coincidentally, is known as the Centipede King.
She has gone on to begin her second world record attempt: entering a glass compound where she hopes to stay for 33 days and nights along with 5,000 scorpions. That would be one day longer than the current record which she set in 2002. Link
A teenager has changed his name by deed-poll to the world's longest name. George Garratt, 19, changed his name to "Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined".
The teenager, from Glastonbury, Somerset, added that while he thought the new name was "crazy", his grandmother was no longer speaking to him.
The man now faces fines for violating Japan’s Waste Management Law. [via]
Image via Metro
I love it when police forces reveal the details of some of the crazy calls they receive. A force in central Scotland has released details of a few gems such as the woman who dialled 999 because a rabbit she bought via a newspaper did not have floppy ears, a woman who called after she was splashed by a car which drove through a puddle and a man who dialled 999 to ask for the post code of a police station.
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