Weird News

Before the papal visit, Filipinos can take a papal selfie with life size cardboard cutouts

MANILA, Philippines—In Asia’s bastion of Roman Catholic faith, images of Pope Francis are getting the pop star treatment. A church-run radio station in the Philippines is distributing life-size cardboard cutouts of the pope to generate “papal fever” among selfie-loving Filipinos before the pope’s visit in January. At the SM Mall of Asia, students, families and other shoppers on …

Chicken feast leads to the death of two black bears in B.C.’s Okanagan

KELOWNA, B.C.—Two black bears blamed for feeding on about 40 free-range chickens in British Columbia’s Okanagan have been destroyed by conservation officers. Chicken owner Dave Durrer says he returned to his east Kelowna, B.C., home this past weekend and found his wire fence smashed and the chickens buried in a nearby forest. Conservation officer Ken …

Twice lost wedding ring found by metal detector, finally returned to owner

WINNIPEG—A Winnipeg man’s twice-lost wedding ring has made a miraculous return, 12 years later and an ocean away. Helder Prazeres, who now lives in Alvor, Portugal, was stunned last month to get a Facebook message from someone in Winnipeg with a picture of the wedding band. Prazeres and his wife, Julie Salgueiro, were married in …

Giant wasp net discovered in spare bed

MANILA — Pest controller John Brikett received the shock of his life when he saw a giant net of wasps covering a single bed. Brikett, who works for Longwood Services Pest Control, said he found the wasps’ net inside a house in Winchester, Hampshire. The huge colony contained around 5,000 wasps, thousands more grubs, and …

Hello Kitty is not a cat, says Sanrio

MANILA — Just recently, an announcement from Japanese brand Sanrio made rounds in social media. According to Sanrio, Hello Kitty is not a cat. Christine Yano, an anthropologist at the University of Hawaii, is currently curating a Hello Kitty exhibit to be held at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. She shared that …

Child Services, online community appalled by Grandma’s photos of baby in roasting pan

  Central Ohio news station WBNS recently reported that a Columbus, Ohio grandma with a very offbeat sense of humour was visited by the local sheriff’s office and Child Services shortly after she posted photos of her granddaughter in a roasting pan, surrounded by potatoes. Many netizens were not amused by the picture, and by …

Knife impales Chinese man in head; earns him the nickname ‘Calm Brother’

BEIJING – Yunzhi Xiao, 57, was on a leisurely stroll last Thursday to a grocery store near his neighborhood in the city of Guangyuan, China, when he suddenly felt what he described as “very heavy weight” on his head. Little did the unsuspecting pedestrian know that “weight” was a knife which had fallen by accident …

Stranger Than Fiction: Weird Headlines from Around the Globe

Sometimes, reality really is stranger than fiction. Forget what you know about what’s logical and normal. Sometimes, headlines can seem like a Salvador Dali artwork—beautifully strange (or strangely beautiful) and downright insane. Here are just a few of the weirdest, strangest, most unbelievable news that made it to the headlines this year. The following news …

On the run for weeks, cat with bug catcher on its head is safely trapped

BRANDON, Man.—A Manitoba cat has been safely trapped after evading capture for weeks with what was believed to be a bird feeder stuck on its head. According to the Brandon and Area Lost Animals group, Butterscotch is in good shape considering his ordeal and was being treated at the Grand Valley Animal Clinic. Rescuers were …

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