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 V.21 No.23 | June 7 - 13, 2012 

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Dateline: Israel

The Times of Israel reports that a husband sought a divorce from his wife because he believed her 550 cats were coming between them. Literally. The man told a rabbinical court in Beersheba that the cats got in the way of the bathroom door, kept him from cooking in the kitchen and frequently jumped on the dining room table to steal his food. “He was also unable to sleep in his bedroom because the surface of the marital bed was constantly covered with cats who refused to lie on the floor,” the paper noted. The court ordered that the couple reconcile, but the woman refused to give up any of her cats and opted to split from her husband instead. Under traditional Jewish law, women cannot instigate a divorce. A husband must serve his wife with religious divorce papers within 45 days of the court hearing concerning the divorce.

Dateline: Florida

A fisherman in the Tarpon Tournament Series at Boca Grande Pass reeled in a whopper this year: a fellow contestant’s prosthetic arm. Jake Wiseman, a former armed services member with an artificial limb, was one of eight wounded vets asked to participate in the professional annual tournament. Unfortunately, a particularly large catch made off with Wiseman’s arm. “All of a sudden the hand snapped off the prosthetic device, still hooked to the rod. And the rod and the reel and the hand went down into the water,” Wiseman told WINK News Now. Wiseman and the captain of the boat tried to stop the fish’s descent, but they were unsuccessful. “We watched it happen,” witness Rudy Salas told WPEC-12. “We said, Did you see that? His arm’s gone.” Amazingly, another angler in the tournament later hooked the same fish that made off with Wiseman’s arm. Wiseman’s line was still attached to the fish and his prosthetic limb was still attached to the fishing pole. “They brought it back to us,” said Wiseman. “So that’s my fishing story.”

Dateline: Ohio

Here’s an interesting solution to today’s tight job market. A Cleveland-area woman is accused of breaking into people’s houses, cleaning them up and then leaving behind a bill for services rendered. Sherry Bush of Westlake was a recent victim/client. Cleveland NBC affiliate WKYC reported that Bush came home one day to find her home notably tidier. “There were some coffee mugs that my husband had out.” Bush told the station. “She had washed them all.” The intruder also vacuumed the carpets, put away toys and took out the trash. She also left a note on a napkin, identifying herself as Susan Warren, including her phone number and asking for $75. Bush called Warren immediately, assuming the mixed-up maid had gotten her addresses crossed. “I said, What happened, did you get the wrong house? She said, No. I do this all the time. I said, What do you mean? She said, I just stop and clean your house.” When police contacted her, Warren reportedly told them she regularly enters strangers’ houses to clean them. The handy home invader already has charges in the nearby town of Bay Village for criminal trespassing. So far, no charges have been filed against her in Westlake.

Dateline: Minnesota

A St. Paul-area man was listed in critical condition after an unexploded firework lodged into his chest cavity. According to WTNH-8 News, 31-year-old Nick Beheng was shooting fireworks from a hand-held mortar tube on the afternoon of Saturday, May 26, when one of them misfired. “He lit the tube,” said Anoka County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Lapham. “One propelled into the air. The other went directly into his chest.” Beheng was quickly transported to St. Paul’s Regions Hospital. Worried about the explosive potential, surgeons contacted the police bomb squad, which waited outside the operating room while the item was removed from Beheng’s chest. The bomb squad transported the firework—described as a “live mortar round”—to a bunker at their training facility in Rosemont and destroyed it. Police Sgt. Paul Paulos told the television station that the firework was of a professional grade, about the size of an empty paper towel tube and capable of shooting several hundred feet in the air. Such fireworks are illegal in Minnesota.

Compiled by Devin D. O'Leary. Email your weird news to devin@alibi.com.
 
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