Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends

Devin D. O'Leary
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Dateline: London

A pushy passenger on the London subway got an instant lesson in karma after he was reunited with the man he insulted—at a job interview. Matt Buckland, the head of recruitment for investment firm Forward Partners, told BuzzFeed, “At Monument Station, I stood to one side to let someone else off the train first, and I think he thought I was standing in his way. He pushed and I turned. I explained I was getting off too, but he pushed past and then looked back and suggested I might like to fuck myself.” Later that day the two men were reunited when Buckland interviewed the angry commuter for a web development job at his firm. Buckland said the man did not recognize him at first, but a few questions about his morning commute jogged his memory. “By the end of the interview, we laughed it off and were both happy,” said Buckland. The man did not get the job, but Buckland insists that had nothing to do with the incident on the Tube.

Dateline: India

A fight broke out at a wedding ceremony after the bride ditched her husband-to-be and married one of the guests. It happened at a ceremony in Rampur, northern India. Jugal Kishore, 25, suffered an epileptic fit just as he was about to place the garland on his would-be wife. Rather than becoming concerned about her future husband, 23-year-old bride Indira became angry that her family had been kept in the dark about Kishore’s medical condition. She announced that she would happily marry a guest at the wedding. According to the
Times of India, she chose Harpal Singh, her sister’s brother-in-law. The new groom, wearing jeans and a leather jacket, hesitated for a moment before agreeing to the proposal. The two were married as Kishore was rushed to the hospital. After he was treated and released, the original groom and his family returned to the reception and pleaded with Indira to reconsider her actions. When she refused, a scuffle broke out, with guests wielding plates and cutlery as weapons. Complaints were lodged with local law enforcement by both sides, but were eventually dropped. “Both families have amicably resolved the matter,” a police spokesperson later said. “Kishore and his family have now returned in peace to Moradabad.”

Dateline: Iowa

A woman undergoing cancer treatment at a hospital was overjoyed to receive a surprise visitor—her own runaway dog. Nancy Frank, 64, had been at the Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids for two weeks following surgery for uterine cancer when her miniature Schnauzer Sissy disappeared from her home. Frank’s husband, Dale, and her brother Barney were at the house looking after the dog. Mr. Frank searched the neighborhood for Sissy but was unable to locate her. Eventually, he got a call from the hospital saying they found Sissy nosing around the hospital lobby, located about 20 blocks from the Frank family home. The Franks’ contact information was printed on the dog’s collar. “She was on a mission that night to see her mom, but she couldn’t find the right elevator to take,” Mr. Frank told ABC News. After Mr. Frank arrived, the hospital staff allowed Sissy to visit her owner for a few minutes. “That was great just being able to see her,” Mrs. Frank told KCRG. “I’m glad she thought of it.” According to Mr. Frank, Sissy had never been to the hospital before.

Dateline: Kansas

A piano-playing animatronic clown has been found some seven years after it was stolen from a defunct amusement park—in the home of a convicted sex offender. Louie the clown was officially reported missing from Joyland Amusement Park in 2010. It was assumed the mechanical man disappeared sometime after the park was shuttered in 2004. Investigators in Wichita say the case has been kept alive by social media interest in the whereabouts of the missing robo-clown. Officers served a search warrant on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Wichita home of Damian Mayes. Mayes is a convicted sex offender currently serving a prison sentence for aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated criminal sodomy, and he is not eligible for parole until 2028. According to local officials, Mayes used to work at Joyland. “Like Lazarus rising from the dead, we have Louie the clown recovered,” Greg Kite, president of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Wichita and Sedgwick County, told the
Wichita Eagle. “We have been working on this for months, accumulating information, photographs and statements.” Police said two other people are likely to face felony charges in connection with the theft of the $10,000 clown.

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

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