Weird Stuff Oddly Enough
What Bears Do
Unlike the Norwegian mother bear who burst into a vacation shack recently in Norway with her three cubs, downing a hundred cans of beer before trashing the place, some bears have better manners.
Like the black bear in Este Park, Colorado who, despite being greedy, didn't want to make a fuss.
Helping themselves to English toffee, choc-chip biscuits (cookies), and other sweets, this particular bear was careful not to break a thing.
Paying seven visits to the candy store to keep getting more treasures, this wiley burglar didn’t even leave a wrapper. Busting in through a poorly locked door, the sweet-toothed beast left the place otherwise intact, scoring top marks for tidiness.
Firefighters in Weymouth, England, managed to save the home of a resident with a surprising technique for clothes drying. By trying to dry his wet socks and undies in his microwave he not only to reduced their dampness, but also set his flat on fire. Despite smoke damage, the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service quenched the kitchen blaze and saved the rest of the apartment.
In a statement the Firefighters said, “… never put clothing of any kind in the microwave or an oven to attempt to dry them.” Bachelors of the world: you've been told.
Austria By Sea
A referendum on the tiny Greek island of Icaria could see Austria cease to be landlocked. Given Greece’s debt burden, the inhabitants of Icaria, are looking at seceding from Greece and becoming part of Austria instead. When the hundred-year-old treaty with Athens expires toward the end of this year, Icaria (near the Turkish coast) could vote to return to Austrian rule, which it left when still under the Ottoman Empire, back in 1912. With a high percentage of the population in favour, a trip to Austria could mean a nice spot on the Mediterranean by the beach.
Too Much Power
Perhaps this isn’t so much weird as a warning. Connecticut Light & Power refunded almost $10,500 to Mrs Grace Edwards of Cheshire, Connecticut, following intervention by the Office of Consumer Counsel to stop her being ripped off. It seems CL&P initially refused to cough up the bucks, insisting that the developer who previously owned the home had agreed to paying the electricity bill for the two public streetlights in front of the home.
According to Mrs Edwards, CL&P had been billing her around $20 a month over 25 years to run them. Yet, despite writing letters, calling, and doing everything possible, the company didn’t want to know. Since then, CL&P have apologised and, for her trouble, overcompensated her with almost double the charges she was billed.
Gloomy Guesses Lose Euros
Whatever the weather it better be correct. Sick of meteorologists getting weather estimates so wrong, local councillors in the Netherlands are demanding forecasters be fined for the errors of their ways. Tourism executive, Joep Thonissen, said "incorrect" predictions were causing "considerable damage" by scaring people away from tourist attractions and putting a dent into the local economy. If the weather is much better than expected, councillors in Hoek van Holland want meteorologists punished for putting out “false information”. And while it might seem like a wet joke, the millions of Euros being lost through unduly gloomy predictions are no joke.
Planned Hair Loss
Bashing through a wall, and crawling low on the floor to avoid motion sensors, three thieves stole six satchels full of human hair extensions from a Chicago beauty supply store, escaping without a trace. Valued at a staggering $230,000, the human hair thieves picked the best locks.
Don Shin, storeowner, thinks the culprits will try to sell the extensions out on the street or else directly to salons themselves. Used by hairstylists to add length and bulk to hairdos, extensions are made from either artificial hair or else the real thing. But, this time, they weren’t after the cheap stuff because they certainly knew the value of good hair extensions.