Weird News


September 22, 2016

Weird News

Drug smugglers employ very creative methods to get their loads across the US-Mexico border.

But it's not every day they use a van outfitted with a 10-foot (3-metre) air cannon to shoot projectiles into the United States. Mexican federal police said in a statement last week they found such van parked on a street in Agua Prieta, Mexico, along the border with Douglas, Arizona. It was reported stolen from the city of Hermosillo in the Mexican state of Sonora over the summer. Images provided by the Mexican police show the black van with hole cut in its roof and a cannon in the back of the van that could fire projectiles. Authorities also said they found an air compressor apparently used to launch packages. US Border Patrol spokesman Vicente Paco said Tuesday that agents regularly see numerous methods used by smugglers to send contraband over the border fence.

Israel's postal service is delivering letters to a unique address that hasn't changed in thousands of years.

Ahead of the Jewish high holidays, it took some of the dozens of letters it receives each year that are addressed to God and delivered them to the Western Wall, where visitors traditionally place handwritten notes of prayer and wishes in the cracks between its stones. The postal service says the letters arrived from all over the world, including Russia, China, France, Nigeria and the United States. Most had no return address and were addressed to 'God,' 'Jesus' or 'Our Dear Father in Heaven.' The Western Wall, located in Jerusalem's Old City, is a retaining wall of the compound of the biblical temples. It is one of the Holy Land's mostvisited sites.

A young black bear led police on a two-hour chase through the streets of downtown Anchorage, Alaska - scurrying down sidewalks and across lanes of traffic, and even ducking behind a Pizza Hut along the way.

The Anchorage Police Department said they first received a call about the four-legged suspect around 6 p.m. Thursday. Police followed the bear until after 8 p.m., when the state Department of Fish and Game ended the animal's city tour. A video of the bear's exploits posted on Facebook by Anchorage police has been viewed more than 1 million times. No one was hurt during the bear's escapades. Police said wildlife officials relocated the furry tourist. Anchorage is home to some 300 bears, but police say encounters like this are rare.