News of the Weird

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Bizarre events abound every day

From waterboarding kids to a man having a screwdriver stuck in his head, we take a weekly look at odd stories from around the world. See gallery


Man who saves toddlers from shark fired

While taking sick leave, Paul Marshallsea of Wales wrestled a shark away from a group of toddlers on an Australian beach, and for his heroics was fired from his job.

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Golfer survives fall into sinkhole

Mark Mihal, 43, was enjoying a nice round of golf in Waterloo, Ill., when suddenly he was swallowed up by an 18-foot sinkhole. Luckily, he only suffered a shoulder injury.

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4 arrested for freeway marriage proposal stunt

Hector Martinez of Covina, Calif., and three of his friends were arrested after they blocked Interstate 10 in California so Martinez could propose to his girlfriend. The bride-to-be said yes.

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Burglar leaves behind pickax with price tag

A man accused of stealing drugs from a pharmacy in Metairie, La., was tracked down because he forgot his pickax, which still had the price tag that included a bar code with the purchase information.

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13,000 dead pigs retrieved from Shanghai river

Nearly 13,000 dead pigs have been retrieved from waters around Shanghai at about the same time a safety effort to crack down on illicit trading of sick pig parts went into effect.

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Man pleads guilty to waterboarding children

A 42-year-old Montana man pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child after waterboarding four children – including two of his own – as what he calls a learning experience.

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Funeral home buries wrong woman

Simpson Family Mortuary in Inglewood, Calif., made a grave error recently when it buried the wrong woman.

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NJ stringing up dead birds to get rid of buzzards

Wildlife officials in Bridgewater, N.J., are stringing up dead buzzards to prevent an estimated 100 black and turkey vultures from roosting in the neighborhood.

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Patrolman stops speeding SUV, helps deliver baby

An Iowa City police officer got more than he bargained for when he pulled over a speeding SUV and ended up assisting in the delivery of a baby.

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Police: Couple brings kids along for bank heist

Police arrested a husband-and-wife bank robbery team in Utah that brought their two children along for the heist.

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Fake fingers fool punch-in clock in Brazil

Thauane Nunes Ferreira, a doctor in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was arrested after using fake fingers made of silicone and imprinted with real fingerprints to fraudulently punch-in to a hospital clock.

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Polish man has surgery to remove screwdriver from head

A 25-year-old Polish man underwent a three-hour operation to remove a screwdriver lodged about 2 inches into his forehead. The man has no recollection of how it got there.

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Brazilian police stumped by gift-wrapped skulls

In what police think may be part of a ritual, eight gift-wrapped skulls were discovered all over Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Book returned to Estonian library 69 years late

An Estonian man in his mid-80s returned a library book 69 years late. His excuse? A World War II bombing in 1944 damaged the library.

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Nun among 3 charged with illegal voting in Ohio

A nun in Ohio was charged with illegal voting after casting a ballot for a friend who died before the 2012 presidential election.

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