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HELPING HAND: A Chinese man was pushed off a bridge by an angry passer-by after his threat to commit suicide held up traffic for five hours, Chinese media reported on Saturday.

Retired soldier Lian Jiansheng  (66) broke through a police cordon and reached out to shake the hand of would-be jumper Chen Fuchao before shoving him off the bridge.

“I pushed him off because jumpers like Chen are very selfish. Their action violates a lot of public interests,” Lai was quoted as saying by the China Daily newspaper. –– Reuters.

SCORCHED: Fire officials in the Seattle suburbs say a sunny day and a dog’s glass water bowl combined to cause a blaze that charred the back of a home.
Bellevue Fire Department Lt Eric Keenan says investigators determined the glass bowl of water focused sunlight enough to act like a magnifying glass and start the fire on the home’s wood deck Sunday.
Investigators said there was no electrical wiring or other possible cause. –– Msnbc.

LOVE OVER OFFICE: The mayor of a West Texas city abruptly resigned on Wednesday, picking love over his love of office.
JW Lown told the San Angelo Standard-Times in a telephone interview from Mexico that he was involved in a relationship with a man who does not have legal status in the United States.
Lown (32) said he didn’t want to take the oath of office knowing he was “aiding and assisting” someone who is not a US citizen. He was to be sworn in on Tuesday but did not show up for the ceremony. –– Msnbc.

ACCIDENTAL MILLIONAIRES: A businessman and his girlfriend, whose bank accidentally handed them a $6, 1 million credit line, have managed to flee the country with more than a third of the cash, the bank said last Friday.
An international search is under way for the couple, who are believed to have gone on the run, possibly to Hong Kong or China, to avoid having to give the money back. –– Msnbc.

OUCH!: A would-be gangster shot himself in the crotch when his gun went off half-cocked in his pocket.
Lukas Neuhardt (27) had forgotten to put the safety catch on when he stuffed the gun into his trouser pocket to impress pals in Saarbruecken, Germany.
He told paramedics that a masked mugger had blasted him in the crotch in a bungled robbery.
But police found a hole in his statement when they saw that the gunshot had miraculously left his trousers intact. — Ananova.

MAMMA MIA!: A toddler who was gravely ill shocked her family when she woke from a coma singing Abba song Mamma Mia.
Layla Towsey’s family were told to say goodbye to her after she was struck down with meningitis and suffered a heart attack.
Mum Katy Towsey, 23, told the Daily Mirror: “We’d been preparing ourselves for bad news as the life support machine was keeping her alive.
“But on the Sunday morning I could hear her singing Mamma Mia! quietly. I couldn’t believe it. I knew immediately she was going to be OK.” –– Ananova.

BIDDING TODDLER: A three-year-old New Zealand girl bought a mechanical digger for £8 000 while her parents were asleep.
Pipi Quinlan  logged onto the family computer and got on to an online auction site her mum had been using earlier.
She then submitted what turned out to be a winning bid of 20 000 New Zealand dollars for a massive Kobelco digger, the Rodney Times reports. –– Ananova.

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