In a world where we are surprised daily by news we never thought we’d hear, it’s getting harder and harder to find news that qualifies as being “strange.” But, thanks to the NPR website, here are a few news items that are worthy of celebration. You may have seen some, but they’re worth re-visiting.
Hunter Knocked Unconscious By Shot Goose Falling Out Of The Sky. The phrase “turnabout is fair play” could hardly be more apt.
Florida Child Gets Stuck In Toy Claw Machine. Okay, it had to be hard for the kid to get in there, but how many hundreds of quarters will it take to get him back out?
Farmer Calls Police Over Tiger In Cow Shed. After a lengthy stand-off, it was determined that the tiger in the Scottish farmer’s barn was stuffed – not as in full from eating too much, but from being a toy.
Swiss University To Offer Degree In Yodeling. I think this is funny because it has the word “yodeling” in it. Personally, I think a few courses in yodeling would be sufficient, but I guess there is demand for an actual degree.
The Great Baboon Escape. Fifty baboons escaped from their enclosure at the Paris Zoo a few weeks ago. No faces were removed, however, as the baboons wandered back into their assigned spot.
New Orleans Finds 93,000 Pounds Of Mardi Gras Beads In Storm Drains. This is remarkable to me, since any given set of beads weighs almost nothing. Can you imagine how many shirts were lifted to generate that number of beads?
You’ve Waited, Now It’s Here: The Smartphone-Powered Nose Hair Trimmer. It’s not very often that I’m at a loss for words.
Keeping Animals Away With Deer Snorts And Dog Barks. Japanese trains will be blaring out sounds of animals’ warning sounds to keep said animals off the tracks. We in Wisconsin hit enough deer that maybe we should put speakers on our cars.
There are surely “legitimate” news stories that are weirder and harder to believe, but it’s nice to reflect on some items that are not as serious. After some internal debate I decided not to include the story of the man with the five and a half foot-long tapeworm. You’re welcome.