Weird News


March 14, 2016

A penguin travelled 5,000 miles to visit the man who saved him from dying. Joao Pereira de Souza, 71, from Brazil found the aquatic animal in 2011, covered in oil and left to die on a beach, and saved its life.

He named him Dindim after finding him in the country's capital Rio de Janeiro, and put him back into the wild, thinking they'd never meet again. But his monochrome friend turned up on a beach near his home again months later and the pair have been inseparable since. Joao told the Brazilian news channel Globo TV: "I love the penguin like he's my own child and I believe the penguin loves me. No one else is allowed to touch him. He pecks them if they do. He lays on my lap, lets me give him showers, allows me to feed him sardines and to pick him up."

A woman was arrested after police saw her driving with a large tree stuck in the bonnet of her car.

The authorities spotted Mayann Christy travelling down the road in Illinois, Chicago, with the large foliage attached to her vehicle and stopped her in her tracks. But the 54-year-old driver claimed she didn't know how the tree had got embedded into the grill of her vehicle. Police even discovered the vehicle's airbags had been deployed, presumably due to the earlier impact. Mayan, driving a 2004 Lincoln, said she could have hit the tree somewhere near her hometown but couldn't remember exactly where. Roselle Police Department posted pictures of the unusual sight on their Facebook page and wrote: "Yet another reason why you should not drink and drive!"

Smirnoff's international music platform The Smirnoff Sound Collective, has launched a new documentary titled Tribes: Discwoman.

In the wake of International Women's Day (March 2), the vodka company has announced the release of the 12-minute-film - which is available to watch on their YouTube page - that aims to shine a spotlight on female DJ talent and issues of equal pay and opportunities for women in music. Justin Medcraft, Smirnoff's global senior brand manager, said they want the service to be the "the biggest contributor to the inclusive nature of electronic music culture" and added: "With International Women's Day, we are fulfilling that commitment by using our global platform to celebrate diversity in a way that inspires positive conversation within music and how the culture truly becomes better when everyone is included."

Lexus unveiled their first 360-degree video of a live immersive theatre production that featured Jude Law last Thursday. The Hollywood actor surprised fans when he played himself as part of the theatrical experience put on by the luxury carmakers last month, and the movie that was thus created - filmed with over 80 individual GoPro cameras - debuted on Lexus Europe's YouTube channel.

It allowed viewers to experience the glamour, excitement and immersion of the cinematic extravaganza and to move the camera as they wish to view any part of the scene. Speaking after the event, Jude said: "Starring in the immersive event was amazing. I've been a huge fan of the team behind the experience for many years and also by having seen a lot of work that they have previously done, from Punch Drunk to You Me Bum Bum Train. So it was very interesting being on the other side as a part of the team creating it - I mean I was just playing myself!"