Alibi V.26 No.42 • Oct 19-25, 2017 

Odds & Ends

Odds and Ends

Dateline: New Mexico

The owner of a famous house in Albuquerque has begun installing a six-foot-high wrought iron fence to keep out onlookers. The owner of a residence used in the show “Breaking Bad,” has reportedly started putting up a fence around her property to keep tourists and sightseers from vandalizing her property. The Northeast Heights home was the filming site of the drug kingpin Walter White's house. A famous scene from the show's third season in which White throws a pizza on the roof of the house has inspired a number of fans to toss their own pizzas onto the roof of the private residence in the four years since the show ended—so many that “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan had to publicly chastise the perpetrators and ask fans to stop the practice in 2015. During the first weekend of this year's Balloon Fiesta, KOB4 reported that they counted 10 tourists come by the home within a 15 minute period.

Dateline: Michigan

A man with at least one warrant issued for his arrest taunted police from his Facebook account earlier this month. The man—whose Facebook user name is Champagne Torino—took to the social media site to tell the Redford Township Police Department, “You guys suck!” in a comment. In response, the administrator of the page warned him that continued trolling would result in him being blocked. He answered back in a private message, “Yeah I'm not worried about it. If your next post gets a thousand shares I'll turn myself in along with a dozen doughnuts. And that's a promise. And I'll pick up every piece of litter around all of your public schools.” The administrator took a screenshot of the message and posted it, with commentary asking for the help of the township's citizenry. “Donuts!!!! He promised us donuts! You know how much we love Donuts!” the post read. The post was quickly shared more than a thousand times, and was followed by a picture of a cartoon police officer dropping a microphone. The man known as Champagne Torino has not turned himself in, according to reports.

Dateline: Canada

A doctor is warning women that a new vagina cleansing trend can be potentially dangerous. The practice—known as a “vaginal facial”—involves the insertion of a skinned cucumber into the vagina followed by a twisting motion for around 20 minutes. The practice is being promoted by bloggers and YouTube contributors who are telling women that the practice “cleanses” the area. According to gynecologist Dr. Jen Gunter, nothing could be further from the truth, and inserting any object with unknown plant organisms into your body could be harmful. In a blog post, Dr. Gunter points out that it is impossible to “balance” the pH of the vagina by introducing external elements. “The pH in the vagina is controlled by the good bacteria, the same bacteria that attempts at 'cleansing' actually damage,” she writes. She also says that “by damaging lactobacilli and the mucosa, attempts at vaginal cleaning increase a woman’s risk of contracting HIV or gonorrhea if she is exposed. Paradoxically it will also cause odor.”

Dateline: Maryland

High school students in Baltimore were evacuated because of a pumpkin spice air freshener. Earlier this month, a “strange odor” coming from the third floor of the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School reportedly caused some students and staff to cough and have trouble breathing, prompting school officials to order an immediate evacuation. The fire department was called to the scene, and a Hazmat team began conducting tests to detect hazardous materials. Nothing dangerous was found, though, and emergency workers began opening windows to air out the building. It was then that they discovered the source of the smell was an aerosol can of pumpkin spice-scented air freshener. Officials with the fire department say there was no danger. Two children and three adults were taken to the hospital for ailing stomachs during the incident. Classes at the high school resumed the following day.

Dateline: Colombia

An island resort is promising tourists drugs, alcohol and orgies with sex workers. A recently released video advertising for a resort called Sex Island claims to be offering 30 vacationers a 4-day trip to a private Colombian island—the location of which has not been disclosed—to engage in sex with up to 60 women. The vacation is being offered by a firm called the Good Girls Company and is scheduled to take place between Nov. 24 and 27 and costs $5,000. According to the Sex Island website, the entire island will be open to guests, who will choose two women each day to accompany them and provide “unlimited sex.” Visitors are encouraged to trade partners during the stay. The island is described as “drug-friendly” and all meals and alcohol are included in the ticket price. Organizers also promise daily “surprise sexual events” including live sex shows and “partying” on a yacht.

Compiled by Joshua Lee. Email your weird news to josh@alibi.com.