The world of weird news

05 November 2018 | Columns

In the newsroom we're confronted by a variety of stories every day. Some heart-wrenching, some uplifting, and some downright weird.

Earlier this year I wrote a column for our sister publication, Republikein, about truly strange things that people had gotten up to in the first month of the year. Now we're speeding towards the end of 2018, and the weirdness hasn't let up.

Just last week I read how a huge spool of fibre-optic cable had fallen off the back of a truck in Texas, rolling down the highway, striking at least one car as motorists swerved to dodge it. A couple of years back, we witnessed something similar in Botswana when a number of spools carrying steel – weighing a ton each! – had rolled off a truck. What made the situation stranger, is that the truck was actually heading to my husband's worksite and we just happened to pass it.

Sticking to traffic-related events, in July a 67-year old man pinned his (now ex) girlfriend to the side of a bus with a forklift! Thankfully she was in a car when the incident occurred. When asked why he had done it, he admitted that it was because he didn't want her to leave him.

If you're imagining said event, imagine a Humvee landing in your backyard.

According to sources, the three-ton vehicle was pushed out of a military equipment transporter plane and landed in a residential area – seven miles away from the target. According to residents of Johnsonville, North Carolina, they heard a “boom” as the Humvee landed, before parachutes designed to slow its fall came down around it.

In other, albeit more feel-good news, veterinarians at a New Zealand zoo shared a video of an emergency “caesarean” they performed on a kiwi chick that couldn't get out of its egg. According to reports, the Auckland Zoo vets said they noticed the chick was moving less than it should inside the egg. X-rays revealed it was positioned the wrong way and couldn't hatch on its own. The video shows bird keeper Debra Searchfield using surgical tweezers to perform a “caesarean” on the egg to help the baby bird emerge from the shell.

In more animal news, there's no party like a goat party. Yes, you read right. Because those goats sure can party! If you like clubbing and you like goats, Spanky and Pippin are the party animals of the Los Angeles nightlife scene. And you can rent them for a party of your own!

According to reports, the two Nigerian Dwarf goats are professional party-goers, and they bring their own brand of goat magic to celebrations and parties of all types. Self-proclaimed goat-mom and ex child star Scout Raskin, is a lifelong animal lover and she has a lot of goats. She set up party goats in 2017 and charges US$99 per hour for people to rent them. And they even do goat tricks at no extra cost!

Of course, these stories are just a drop in the bucket of weird news out there. To get your own dose, just check out the latest news on the interwebnet.

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