Weird News


February 24, 2017

A library book due to be returned 75 years ago was delayed by the war.

Robert Lockman Sr was just nine years old when he borrowed the children's book Val Rides the Oregon Trail, written and illustrated by Sanford Tousey, from Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre, back in 1941.

Last Wednesday his son, Robert Lockman Jr, returned the book to the library and it was a staggering 75 years, two months and 13 days overdue as the date stamped was December 2, 1941, but five days later was the attack on Pearl Harbor that led the US to enter World War II.

Lockman Jr told Citizens' Voice: "I thought it would be the right thing to do. My dad was an honest guy. That's what he would have done. My dad was nine when he took that book out. I guess he just never took it back; that's not like him."

He had found the book in the basement of his Shavertown home, some three years after his father passed away in 2013.

And as overdue library book fines go, Mr Lockman would have racked up a bill of US$554 as the 1941 rate was two cents a day. But luckily, no fee was charged with its late return.

The book was returned in good condition, but it's unlikely to go back into circulation.

A man's "dream" is to pull two planes along with his teeth.

Ghulam Farooq has the ability to drag a minibus filled with passengers with his jaw, and has successfully completed a number of unusual stunts with various body parts, including lifting bricks with his eyelids while standing on a bed of nails; and already has his sights set on moving a number of aircraft with his mouth.

And according to the Mirror Online, the 32-year-old is desperate to get his stunts noticed in his own 'Guinness Book of World Records' because he claims he is better than any professional stuntmen who star in films or television shows.

He said: "I love doing stunts and this is the only thing I am good at, that is why I made it my profession. It is really a cakewalk for me.

"I can do better stunts than the stuntmen do on TV shows. I am just looking for a platform.

"I am the best stuntman in whole of Pakistan. No one else than me can do these death-defying stunts with ease.

"I have tried most of the deadly stunts by now, but my aim is to pull two aeroplanes with my jaw. I want to create a Guinness Book of World Records. That is my dream. It is not always easy but the amount of hard work I do, I am sure I would soon achieve my goal."

A heron has been spotted munching on a baby alligator that he killed.

Photographer Scott Martin couldn't believe his eyes when he caught the bird tucking into the little crocodilian in the Viera Wetlands, near Melbourne in Florida recently.

Scott said: "The great blue heron 'played' with the little gator for at least 20 minutes before killing and swallowing it."

The footage was uploaded to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's Facebook account and a spokesperson for the company explained: "Great blue herons eat nearly anything within striking distance, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, insects and other birds. This large, wading bird is a familiar sight to most Floridians. It's a permanent resident of wetlands throughout the state, often seen along ponds, lakes and canals in housing developments."

A giant python has been found hiding in the engine of someone's car in Florida.

The 11ft slithery snake was caught by police after a college student spotted the creature making its way underneath his roommate's motor and was told by an exterminator that it was too late to send someone to remove the animal.

Ross Price told The Sun Sentinel: "I'm used to seeing snakes, but nothing that big. You just don't expect something like that wandering around your house."

Three members of the police unit spent 15 minutes trying to coax the snake out of the engine before they managed to get it out and handed it over to Strictly Reptiles.

James Hand who owned the car said: "I thought about it later. What if it had crawled up into my car and made its way inside as I was driving? ... I don't want to think about it."