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7 weird things that happened this week

A pea-based divorce, 10,000 smartphones when all you need is a knife and a super-human thief – the bizarre news stories you might have missed.

AS JIM MORRISSON asked – where’s your will to be weird? 

If you don’t think you’ve exercised your right to be odd, your duty to be batty or your will to be weird this week, then look no further. has held up a magnifying glass to the most bizarre, most delightfully crazy parts of the internet and sniffed out all the odd new stories. 

A woman in Michigan this week discovered a 4ft boa constrictor in her sofa. This is not some sort of euphemism. Holly Wright of Grand Rapids truly did find a snake in her second-hand couch. This story begins to make more sense when you realise that Ms Wright found the seat on the street with a “free” sign on it. Before taking it home, she “smelled it and everything – it looked okay”. Well, Holly, it WASN’T okay. It was a COUCH you found on the street that had a SNAKE LIVING IN IT. (

A Hawaiian woman whose name is 36 characters long has finally got the entire thing on her ID. Her name is Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele (pronounced KAY’-ee-hah-nah-EE’-coo-COW’-ah-KAH’-hee-HOO’-lee-heh-eh-KAH’-how-NAH-eh-leh). She has campaigned for some time in order to be let use her name on ID, which was formerly limited to 35 characters. Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele got her name when she married her Hawaiian husband – whose grandfather gave it to him after it “came to him in a dream”. Right. (Yahoo!)


Police in the UK are on the hunt for bee thieves. A hive of sleeping bees was stolen from a community garden in Norwich on some date between the 13th and 22nd of December. Those sticky thieves, always reaching their hands into the honey pot. Wonder was it a heist or a sting operation? OK, we’ll stop. (Huffington Post)

A human foot in a shoe was found on a South Florida beach this week. A beach-goer noticed the foot on the north end of Jupiter Island in the Sunshine State. Reports on whether or not the man was footless at the time of the incidence have not been confirmed. (NBC Florida)

A snowy owl, a cardboard cut-out of Joey Essex and a tarantula are among the thousands of belongings reported as found by Travel Lodge in some of their 500 hotels. 16 million guests stayed in the chain hotels throughout 2013, and some left more than they arrived with. Other items included a 6ft snake skin, a life-size chocolate man and an astounding 10,000 smartphones. Travel Lodge spokesman Shakila Ahmed added that they have even found “exclusive yoghurt flavours that have not yet been launched to the public”. No need to brag, pal. (Mirror)

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A woman in Kuwait has filed for divorce from her week-long marriage following a matrimonial dispute about peas. The woman is said to be disgusted by the fact that her husband eats peas with bread instead of cutlery. This fight actually sounds more reasonable than a few we’ve had in relationships in the past. Who here can honestly say different? (Metro)

A thief in Massachusetts carried a 250lb safe from a restaurant. That’s almost 18 stone, or 113kgs. CCTV footage shows a man entering the side door of Stockholders Restaurant in Weymouth, then walking out lugging the safe wrapped in a bin bag. You kind of feel with that amount of effort that he almost deserves the safe, don’t you? Er, no, us neither. (AP)

Pssst. Spotted any wacky news in your local area? Let us know on or below in the comments if you’d like to see your name in lights. It could be you!

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