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6 weird things that happened this week

Gym selfies banned, a money shredding alarm clock and a terrible heroin smuggler – it’s all the MAD stuff you might have missed.

SHINE ON, YOU crazy diamond.

Pink Floyd celebrated craziness, and so too do we here at DailyEdge.ie Towers. We lift up the extraordinary, we trumpet the oddballs, we let our freak flag fly. Well, okay, maybe we just round up weird news. Give us a break, Jeez.

A Swedish gym chain has banned selfies in the locker room. The gym management claim the ban is to “protect the modesty of half-naked patrons”. First they came for the gym selfies, and I did not speak out, because I did not go the gym. Then they came for the lift selfies… (The Local)

Keith Barry’s heart stopped for a minute. During the finale of his TV3 show Brainhacker (for which the actual advertising tagline was: “Your brain will be hacked like a computer”), a stunt went wrong and the mentalist was left fighting for life. He was encased in a glass ice coffin and his body temperature dropped to a dangerously low level. “It was an experience for me,” Barry said. Evidently, he couldn’t HACK it after all. Har har. (DailyEdge.ie)

West Dunbartonshire council constructed a ten-level steel wheelchair ramp in reply to a disability access complaint. The mother of a disabled girl campaigned for two years for improved wheelchair access to her home. And their response? This £40,000 monstrosity. (Guardian)

They’ve invented an alarm clock that starts to shred your money if you don’t get out of bed. The device is yet to go on sale, but prototype images have been shared online, and reportedly the gadget is real. You’ll never be late for work again! Or else you’ll just be really, really broke. (Mirror)

A nude man caused a scene in his local McDonald’s in Chicago. WBBM CBS Chicago reports that the man “tried to enter a door leading to the food preparation area, approached the counter several times and strutted around the entire floor amid screaming and laughter.” Customers then hit the man with a caution sign. What does a man have to do to get a McFlurry around here, anyway? (WBBM CBS Chicago)

Source: Soda Head

A man caught smuggling heroin in Virginia told a police officer who pulled him over that he was going to visit a sick, elderly friend – in Texas Children’s Hospital. The man was pulled over for having an obscured licence plate and appeared “extremely nervous” when stopped. Officers searched the car after his bizarre reply, and found $250,000 worth of heroin wrapped in bundles. Not the sharpest crayon in the box, eh? (Gawker)

Hey you! Yes, you there. Spotted any wacky news in your local area? Let us know on fiona@dailyedge.ie or below in the comments if you’d like to see your name in lights. It could be you!

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