Monday , 10 May 2021

Weird News of The Week


OH DAM! THE INTERNET’S OUT. Severe weather, earthquakes, and other natural disasters have been known to cause Internet outages for areas over the years, but the Canadian town of Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia lost theirs due to a different kind of disaster…beavers. About 900 residents of the town lost their Internet and cell phone access around 4 a.m. on Saturday a couple of weeks ago. When workers were sent to deal with the source of the problem, they found that beavers had chewed through the fiber-optic cable servicing the town. According to Liz Sauvé, a spokesperson for Canada’s Telus Mobility, the beavers first chewed through the conduit, then chewed through the cable in multiple spots. It was buried about three feet underground, which didn’t seem to stop the creatures as they searched for materials to build their dam. Service was restored by 6:30 p.m. on Sunday; no word on how they plan to prevent beavers from doing it again. (New York Post)

Police in New Orleans say a person in a Chewbacca costume stabbed someone during a fight in the city’s French Quarter. Cops on Monday released a photo of their suspect — dressed as the furry “Star Wars” character and holding a red lightsaber — in the hopes of identifying him. The street performer, believed to be a man in his 20s, knifed the victim during an argument Saturday at around 8:50 p.m. in the tourist-friendly district. The head of the creep’s costume came off during the squabble, a witness told cops. The photo of the suspect showed him with the Chewbacca head still on. The condition of the victim was not immediately released. (New York Post)

This neighborhood feud stinks in more ways than one. A Michigan man constructed a fence between him and his neighbor using unconventional materials to make it clear what he thought of the couple next door: animal waste. Victimized neighbor Wayne Lambarth complained to FOX2 on Tuesday about the wall of poop, which measures a whopping 250-feet long, between the two Lodi Township properties. According to a report from the outlet, the neighborhood feud between Lambarth and his anonymous neighbor began in 2020. Lambarth’s grandfather bought the land and divvied the farm property about 100 years ago, but for the last year, he and his neighbor began fighting over dividing the land differently. In a moment of anger, the neighbor decided to build a physical property line between the households made entirely of manure. As a farmer, he allegedly had enough access to cow fecal matter to create the large heap. “Normally they spread it on the field but they decided to make a fence out of it,” Lambarth told FOX2. Lambarth does not live on the property full-time, but his tenants Jaidyn Schwarzel and Coyne Gatto rent the house and are forced to see and smell the neighbor’s creation every day. “They are consistently ruining my morning as I walk out,” Schwarzel told WCRZ. “It’s just a s**t pile over there.” “It’s like you can’t leave the window open. The whole upstairs will smell like it,” Gatto added. Despite frequent complaints about the foul odor and the principle of the retaliatory actions, local law enforcement is unable to force the wall down, as the manure does not cross the legal property that belongs to Lambarth. They did agree with FOX2 that the poop wall is “a disgusting nuisance.” The neighbor refused to give his name or comment to the outlet, other than noting what he termed the fixture. “It’s not a poop wall. It’s a compost fence,” he said. (Newsweek)

Being the top student in the class is something some kids work for their entire high school career and typically, there’s only one valedictorian. But this year one Texas high school is honoring nine valedictorians graduating in the class of 2021 because they all have the same grade point average. Bellaire High School has named Alkiviades Boukas, Daniel Chen, Evie Kao, Angela Ling, Miles Mackenzie, Wenson Tsiah-Hao Tang, Christopher Zhou and twin sisters Annie and Shirley Zhu as valedictorians this year. All of these seniors have GPAs of 5.0, thanks to their challenging weighted courses, like AP classes and dual credit classes. If this sounds unusual, that’s because it is. In fact, it’s the first time in the history of the Houston Independent School District that nine valedictorians have been named. So are these teens bothered by having to share the spotlight when they graduate June 13th? They don’t seem to mind. “It’s a huge honor,” Evie Kao says. “And I’m so happy I get to share it with eight other people.” Angela Ling agrees and notes, “By sharing this title with my fellow students, I’m glad that our efforts are both recognized and rewarded.” (Good Morning America)

A group of Italian government officials are under investigation for feasting on a lunch of wild songbirds — including some that were a rare species. Carabinieri officers busted the lavish meal, which also defied COVID-19 guidelines, and found the illegally hunted creatures on the menu. The banquet secretly held in a government building near the city of Brescia included rare tiny birds such as hawfinches and red crossbills. Chaffinches, goldfinches, siskins and bramblings were also ready to be devoured. Around 20 public officials from the villages of Valle Trompia and Gardone Val Trompia had been in attendance at the lunch, the outlet reported. In addition to possibly breaking wildlife protection and hunting laws, the group is being investigated for violating coronavirus lockdown rules, which prohibit gatherings of more than a few people. Italy’s National Association for the Protection of Animals slammed the group for acting above the law. (New York Post)

A sleepy Aussie suburb resembled a scene out of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” after a massive flock of cockatoos descended upon the neighborhood on April 27. A Storyful video of the aerial invasion is currently ruffling feathers online. The freaky 45-second clip depicts thousands of white corella cockatoos shrieking wildly as they carpet streets, rooftops and lawns in Nowra, New South Wales. Parrots taking over a town might not sound particularly terrifying. However, the angry birds — which are native to the region — are incredibly destructive with past invasions resulting in wrecked storefronts and roads littered with bird droppings, local media reported. Unfortunately, not much can be done to mitigate the mayhem as the birds are a protected species. The scourge still doesn’t compare to that of their yellow-crested counterparts, which are known to chomp through internet cables, costing Australian providers tens of thousands of dollars. (New York Post)

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