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January 05, 2017

weird news

A shuttered Pennsylvania museum that features wax figures of all 44 US presidents and their first ladies will display the figures before they're auctioned off in mid-January.

The Hall of Presidents and First Ladies Museum in Gettysburg closed in November after visitors dwindled. It had been in business for about 60 years.

The collection features life-size figures of the presidents and one-third-scale figures of the first ladies in reproduction inaugural gowns, as well as other presidential memorabilia.

Previews of the wax figures will be held at the museum January 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The figures will be auctioned off on January 14.

A mummified body found face down in the back seat of a car in a Detroit garage will be examined by a specialist to determine age, gender and cause of death.

An autopsy by a University of Michigan anthropologist is set for Tuesday.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the body was discovered by a man interested in buying the property. He spotted it in a car. Authorities describe the remains as a skeleton dressed in pants, shirt and a sweater.

Police say tenants who lived at the home told officers they never entered the garage because the property owner told them they couldn't use it.

A New York City firefighter has made an unusual discovery, unearthing two nearly 100-year-old tickets for the city's long-defunct streetcar line at a firehouse in Manhattan.

WNBC-TV reports the unidentified firefighter was searching for material in the basement of Engine 7/Ladder 1 in the Tribeca area when he found an old tin cup containing two paper tickets dated Friday, September 14, 1917.

The tickets are for the Eighth Avenue streetcar line, which opened in 1852 and was operated by the old New York Railways Co. The city replaced its streetcars with a bus system in 1936.

The firefighter who found the tickets says the firehouse's basement is also home to company journals that are almost 100 years old.

Doctors in Vietnam have removed surgical forceps from a man who unknowingly carried them inside his body for 18 years, national television VTV reported.

Ma Van Nhat, 54, said the forceps had probably been left in his abdomen in 1998 when he had emergency surgery after a traffic accident.

Nhat had felt only the occasional pain, and a clinic had given him medicine for a suspected stomach ulcer. An X-ray taken late last year showed that the forceps were to blamed.

The six-inch long instrument had broken apart and became lodged in Nhat's stomach. They were removed in an operation.

The director of Bac Kan Hospital, Trinh Thi Luong, told VTV that officials were trying to find out who might have left the forceps in Nhat.

"Even if they are already retired, we will still inform them," she said. "This is a lesson to all doctors".

Medical errors are not uncommon in Vietnam. Over the past year, there have been two cases of doctors operating on wrong limbs, and three cases of men being diagnosed as pregnant.