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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Weird news - Number mistake, lawyer receives a lot of texts

One hears of weird cases where a television program or a movie mentions a phone number as a part of its content; and the people behind the program had not bothered to check up whether the number was a genuine number or a fake. As a result, there have been cases where people have found themselves being bothered with a number of phone calls or messages. In some cases, the respondents take the message about a wrong number clearly, but others can get abusive when told that the number that they have been getting in touch with is not the number that they are looking for.
This one case is slightly more complicated in terms of how it happens. There was an offer for a free Chipotle burrito, and a number was given. However, in a issue about a phone number being local vs. national, people from a given location would instead find their text messages being sent to a local lawyer instead of the company. The lawyer suddenly found that he was getting a large number of messages asking about the offer rather than being sent to the company (link to article):
Chipotle offered a free burrito to anyone who texted "RAINCHECK" to the number 888-222 as compensation after the fast-service Mexican restaurant closed on Monday for a meeting regarding the recent E.Coli outbreak. The confusion occurred as some texters accidentally added an extra "2" to the end of the number, causing them to reach Levine instead of the number offering the free burrito coupon. "It started this morning around 9:00 a.m. when I suddenly got a text that just said, 'raincheck,'" he told Tech Insider. "Curious, I wrote back with a question mark."

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Weird news - Dispute over washing machine leads to murder

Murder can sometimes happen for trivial items. In most cases, it happens when a person is already highly strung, and the latest sort of conflict pushes a person over. When there are guns involved, it can turn deadly. This happens even within families, especially when there is some kind of tension involved. It gets really problematic when there is an ongoing tension and this keeps on impacting the people involved in this kind of tension, putting them at a point where they can snap at any point of time. 
In this case, the dispute was so bad that the person actually killed his own family members, apparently over something as trivial as a dispute over a washing machine; when there is easy access to guns, the person over the top can suddenly take access to these guns and do something dramatic and tragic during the impulse (link to article):
A man shot and killed his wife and two others in his home on New Year's Eve before his son wrestled the gun away and fatally shot him in a chain of events apparently set off by a dispute over a washing machine, authorities said Friday. "It looks like it was a dispute between the dad and the son's girlfriend, probably over using the washing machine," Sheriff's Lt. John Corina told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. "For some reason, this set the dad off." The son, 33-year-old Christopher Morey, eventually recovered the gun from his father and shot him, authorities said. Morey is being held on suspicion of murder on $1 million bail, authorities said.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Weird news - Ants inside a girl's ears

There are all sorts of horror movies about insects or creatures that make their living space inside a person; or take over the body and start using the body for controlling it and mass-reproducing. Remember Alien, where the alien does all sort of things. There are numerous other bad movies that are on the same subject.
However, once in a while we come across a weird case where some kind of animal infestation manifests itself in a human body; sometimes it does not even appear real - but then, one has to believe others who has seen this to happen. For example, consider this case where this girl detects some pain in her ear and then it seems like ants start to come out from ear, and this is something that doctors have seen but don't have an answer for why this has happened (link to article):
elieve it or not, big ants seem to have made a 12-year-old girl's ear their home. At least 10 to 15 of them are emerging from her ear every day . Even doctors, who treated the girl, are shocked to see such a case, for which they have not found any precedent in medical history . However, she does not feel any pain despite the presence of the ants. The doctors, who checked her ear through laparoscopic camera, could not find any 'queen ant' inside the ear who might have laid eggs.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Weird news - Feeding a thief to extract gold

People smuggling items across airports and borders is one of the biggest problems that police and security agencies have to deal with. Smuggling routes and carriers can be quite sophisticated, and sometimes these routes are something new that agencies don't know about and it takes some time for that route to be intercepted and blocked, and the carriers captured. One of the ways that is common now, used especially for drugs and sometimes for other items, is for the carrier to ingest the item so that it is not obvious that they are carrying such items. Once in a while, these drug packets can burst, which can cause the death of the carrier.
The problem when somebody ingested such items is about getting it outside. So, if a person has ingested gold, it can be detected through x-ray and other devices; but how to get it out. Other than cutting up the person, the only way is for the person to excrete the items through the normal way that they get rid of body waste, through their potty. How to ensure this happens quickly, feed them items that cause them to quickly want to poop, The same happens when a thief runs off with gold, but is then caught and wants to get rid of the evidence (link to article):
The Mumbai police force-fed four dozen bananas to a chain-snatcher to recover a stolen gold chain which he had swallowed in an attempt to not get caught, an officer said on Saturday. The incident occurred in the Ghatkopar east fish market in the eastern suburbs late Wednesday night when the accused, Gopi R Ghaware snatched and ran off with a woman’s 25 gms gold chain. As the woman screamed, some residents gave chase, pinned him down and hammered him, according to investigating officer Kailash Tirmare of Pant Nagar Police Station.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Weird news - Thief sends own photo to police

Vanity gone to a new high, incredible stupidity, or sheer arrogance that nothing could happen. When the police are hunting for a suspect, they look for some means of identification, such as a photo. Now, these photos that the police can get is something that is in most cases not ideal - the police could be old, or taken from a side, or taken with some hat or cap or spectacles on, anything that makes the photo different from a passport type photo.
When the police do get a photo of a person who they are hunting for, they would publicize the photo or push it through channels, so that other police stations could pull in the person if they came across, or members of the public could find and report such a person to the police. The better the photo, the faster it is likely that the outstanding person could be captured. So, when you think that in a weird case, such a fugitive would come across their photo put out by the police, and send a better photo to the police, it would seem like the ultimate ego (link to article):
A wanted man in Ohio wasn't happy with his mugshot — so he offered police a "helpful" hand in the form of a selfie. The Lima Police Department said Donald A. Chip Pugh is wanted for failing to appear in court for a DUI and is also a person of interest in other cases including an arson and vandalism. The 45-year-old, though, obviously did not approve of official mug shots circulated by the department. It said Pugh had sent police a new picture showing him in a suit and glasses while sitting in a car with a sunroof.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Weird news - ISIS militant kills own mother

This is more of horrific news rather than weird news, but anything related to the terrorist Islamic group, ISIS has the possibility of being horrific and likely to cause a huge amount of horror in the minds of those who get information about any activity of the ISIS. Their past activities with regard to execution of anyone who does not support them, of beheading people, and so on, are scary.
But there are single activities that seem extremely strange, where you have people doing stuff that shows how badly they have been indoctrinated and how they are immune to logic. There are incidents in the world where people have been known to kill a parent / kill their parents, but it is something that is rare and always seem weird when it happens. However, to report your own mother to the headquarters of the terrorist organization, and then to follow orders by killing your own mother by shooting her shows the extent to which humanity has gone from followers of ISIS (link to article):
An Islamic State militant carried out a public "execution" of his mother because she asked him to leave the group, activists say. Ali Saqr, 21, killed his mother, Lena al-Qasem, 45, outside the post office in Raqqa, Syria, eyewitnesses said. Raqqa has served as IS' de facto capital since the group captured the city in August 2013. IS does not tolerate any dissent and imposes brutal punishments, often carried out in public.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Weird news - Poo falls from the sky on Indian

Imagine are you outside, and suddenly a chunk of ice falls on you. Hailstones from a height of several kilometers can fall with a pretty high speed, and in severe hailstones, these can actually cause damage to vehicles and break windowshields. So image such a chunk of hailstone hitting you, and causing enough damage to your body because of that. Now, this can happen once in a while, but what happens when you see that the chunk of ice that hits you is actually bluish colored, and once it thaws a bit, it starts smelling a bit. And then the realization that you have been hit by a chunk of solid excreta and urine from an airplane flying overhead.
This is not supposed to happen, and is rare compared to the number of flights that happen, but it has been found to happen enough times that a name has been given for this chunk - it is called 'Blue Ice'. This because the flushing systems of an airplane adds blue liquid to excreta and once in a while, a chunk can get free from the plane and fall below (link to article):
Her injuries could have been much worse, according to eyewitnesses. They say she only avoided being killed because the icy ball crashed into the roof of a house before hitting her. And the strong suspicion now is that this chilly projectile was composed of more than just frozen water. The newspaper claims that aviation scientists believe she may well have had the misfortune to become one of an incredibly rare group: people who have been hit by what the airline industry coyly calls "blue ice". That's its euphemism for the frozen human waste that very occasionally forms around the overflow outlets for aeroplane toilets, and then falls to earth. "Blue" because of the chemicals added to the toilets in planes to reduce odour and break down the waste.

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