This year’s oddball articles
People (and pets) are not always so predictable — or rational. Although their actions may get them in trouble, it usually makes for some wildly entertaining stories.
Here, we compiled 11 of the best quirky, cute, and weird stories that came out this year, from a man who just wants to help fight crime to a gullible foreign news agency, and plenty of strange animal encounters.
Police: N.H. woman arrested 4 times in 26 hours
Joyce Coffey knows how to party, and literally nothing can stop her – not even getting arrested four separate times in 26 hours.
The Epping, N.H., resident’s four consecutive mugshots went viral after she went on an epic bender, with police getting involved after she kept blasting the AC/DC song “Highway to Hell’’ and threw a frying pan at her nephew.
The judge’s expert advice? Invest in some headphones.
‘Batman’ charged with obstructing Michigan police
If Batman existed today, it’s likely he would get arrested for disrupting a crime scene every time he tried to be helpful.
“He wouldn’t clear the scene, and we had a canine out there and he kept screwing up the scent,’’ said State Police Sergeant Jeff Gorno on 33-year-old Mark Wayne Williams, who came to assist the police dressed as the superhero despite their failure to broadcast a bat signal.
Williams was charged with resisting and obstructing police in an investigation, and sadly had his Batman costume taken away (although it’s not the first time it’s happened).
Maybe he’ll have better luck next time dressed as Robin.
Emu joins man on Va. jog, is reunited with owner
A lonely runaway emu in Virginia Beach just wanted some company while he stretched his legs – so he joined a jogger going for a run. Afterward, the pair grabbed a beer and had a meaningful talk about bird feed.
Iranian news agency picks up Onion article as fact
An extremely gullible English-language service for Iran’s Fars news agency republished a fake story from very fake news source The Onion.
The highly believable article said a majority of rural white Americans would rather vote for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than President Obama.
The paper republished the story nearly word-for-word, including a super-P.C. quote from a fictional West Virginian who said Ahmadinejad “takes national defense seriously, and he’d never let some gay protesters tell him how to run his country like Obama does.’’
Judge weds couple then sentences groom to prison
Wedding bells turned into a prison cell when a judge sentenced an Oklahoma man to four years in federal prison, then minutes later performed a marriage ceremony to wed the man and his longtime girlfriend.
Despite the romantic ceremony, the couple had little time for a honeymoon — as groom Larry Austin was quickly whisked off to prison to start his sentence.
Dog quickly takes in, nurses stray kitten in Minn.
It’s a miracle of adorable proportions: When Pat Weber found an abandoned kitten, her Pekinese Mittens started caring for their new fuzzy friend. The pooch even somehow began producing milk to nurse the kitten, who they named Bootsie.
Milford man pays off mortgage with pennies
What do 800 pounds of pennies look like? For Milford man Thomas Daigle, it’s a paid-off home.
In July, Daigle used around 62,000 of the copper coins to make the last payment on his mortgage (and likely freed up some much-needed storage space).
Woman who drove on sidewalk holds ‘idiot’ sign
After a Cleveland woman tried to creatively get around a stopped school bus, a clever judge sentenced her to stand outside in the 34-degree weather with a sign that said, “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.’’
That’s putting it lightly.
Shark falls from sky onto Calif. golf course
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s — a shark falling from the sky? Apparently, the 2-pound leopard shark was plucked from the ocean by a bird before it was dropped onto the San Juan Hills Golf Club.
Shockingly, the club’s employees said it was the first incident of its kind.
Maine drivers warned of zombie danger
The zombie apocalypse came a bit earlier than expected to Maine when a hacker changed a road sign to “Warning Zombies Ahead!’’
Although city spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said the signs were a distraction to drivers, just think of how many people’s brains were saved from being eaten.
R.I. neighbors: Cussing cockatoo violates noise law
The tale of a Rhode Island woman who trained her cockatoo to hurl curse words at her neighbors — who happened to be her ex-husband and his girlfriend — is a winning trifecta of talking animals, jilted lovers, and legal action to create the perfect storm of a hilariously weird story.