Weird News


May 31, 2016

A couple who got lost in Pennsylvania while driving to New York, entered the property of a nuclear plant by cutting a chain at a gate, apparently in a quest to get back on the right road, authorities said.

The Chesapeake, Virginia, couple was driving from Baltimore on Friday night when they got on to an access road at the Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, owned by Exelon. The driver told the police that he didn't see two "No trespassing" signs when he cut the chain on the gate, the York Daily Record reported. Exelon spokeswoman Krista Merkel said the couple never posed a threat to the plant and security was monitoring them the entire time they were on plant property. "It seemed they inadvertently made it to our property and were trying to find their way back out," Merkel said. "They thought the only way they could get back was to cut the fence."

The University of East Anglia has banned students from throwing their mortar boards in the air after their graduation.

The establishment made the decision after some graduates were injured by falling hats, and students have now been told it could be added digitally to photographs for an extra charge, Sky News reports. Penguin Photography said: "As well as being safer, this will have the added advantage that even more of the students' faces will be seen in this photograph."

A woman says she and a friend were injured when they were jumped by a kangaroo while cycling in an Australian wine region.

Sharon Heinrich, 45, said yesterday that she and her friend Helen Salter, 47, were cycling side by side along a tourist route in the Clare Valley in South Australia state when she saw a large kangaroo standing on a slight rise. As they passed, the kangaroo bounded across the trail, landing with his long hind legs first on Heinrich's left torso and then on Salter's back. It knocked both from their bikes before hopping off, apparently unharmed, Heinrich said. "I've gone to ride past, I thought: 'He's cute,' and he's just jumped me and taken out the side of me," Heinrich said. "As I'm falling, I felt him push off me and then he's flown to Helen and taken her out. He looked peaceful. He didn't look angry," she added.

Chinese designers have invented a hoverbus, which promises to combat traffic jams.

The elevated vehicle - which was debuted at the China Beijing International High-Tech Expo - can carry up to 1,200 people at once and can pass above normal road vehicles, the Daily Mirror newspaper reports.

Bai Zhiming, the engineer in charge of the project, said: "With a carrying capacity of 1,200 people at a time, the TEB has the same functions as the subway, while its cost of construction is less than one-fifth of the subway. Its construction can be finished in one year."

Trials for the Transit Elevated Bus are expected to take place later this year in Qinhuangdao City.