Weird News


August 29, 2016

Weird News

A thrill-seeking pensioner punched someone in the face on a ride.

The 71-year-old adrenaline junkie, Emily Barker, has admitted she is a screamer on the loop-the-loop rides and in excitement she "flung" her arms in the air as she whizzed along on a roller coaster ride and accidentally hit the person sitting beside her. Speaking exclusively to BANG Showbiz about her most embarrassing moment on the stomach-churning ride, she said: "One time I was on a roller coaster and as I flung my arms in the air in all the excitement, I somehow managed to hit the person sat next to me! Luckily he laughed it off, but now I'm definitely more careful about getting overexcited on rides. During the rides, I tend to scream and scream and scream, but this is just a sign of me enjoying it! Afterwards, my friends and family all have a laugh about our reactions and often rejoin the queue for a second go."

People who get married in April are most likely to forget their wedding anniversary.

New research showed that over a third of couples who get hitched in the fourth month of the year - such as Jay-Z and BeyoncE or Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson - are most likely to forget the occasion, while one in 10 of those who tie the knot in August also let the date pass them by.

And new research from gift card and voucher market place Zeek also found 40% of young people age 18-25 had forgotten an anniversary, compared to just 20% of over 65s. The poll was carried out to launch Zeek's brand new service Zeekminder, which sends out gentle reminders for special occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays, ensuring members stay out of the doghouse.

A 100-year-old tortoise has walked over six miles in 10 days.

Touche escaped from her home in Fresno, California, on August 9, leaving her owner Nancy Knauss in a state of panic, but was found just over a week later 6.5 miles away. Speaking to the, Ms Knauss explained: "We posted on a lot of sites and we put fliers in people's mailboxes saying we had lost a tortoise and to please keep your eyes open, she could be in anybody's yard or garden." Nancy was particuarly concerned about Touche's whereabouts as she is a centenarian and is near-sighted. But 10 days after her beloved pet - who she has owned for 55 years - vanished, a gentleman got in touch to tell her he may have spotted the tortoise in his neighbour's garden. Ms Knauss said: "There's a lot of bad in the world right now, but there's a lot of really good people that care, too." The pair have now been reunited.

Hundreds of Scrabble players are going head-to-head to be crowned world scrabble champion at the MSI World Championships in Lille, France.

This prestigious event, supported by Mattel and Mindsports International, will see accomplished Scrabble players from around the world compete against each other for the games most sought, after title. The tournaments will also see several non-English speaking contestants take part. Players will compete in 24 rounds of Scrabble in order to qualify for the seeded play-offs. The eight top-placed players will proceed to the play-offs and the ultimate champion will be announced on September 4. Those competing from the UK include Austin Shin, Brett Smitheram, Femi Awowade, Natalie Zolty and Wayne Kelly. The lexicological experts will compete against a multitude of players from 27 countries who will battle it out for the Scrabble crown, as well as the opportunity to play and win a share of a prize pool worth €25,000.