Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends

Devin D. O'Leary
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Dateline: England

Archaeologists excavating Salisbury Plain, home to the famous Stonehenge Ruins, say they have made a startling discovery—dozens of cans of bacon and sunscreen. The items are leftovers from the U.S. Army, which staged from the area in preparation for the 1944 invasion of Nazi-occupied France during World War II. The BBC reports archaeologists found at least 15 tins marked “U.S. Cream Sunburn Preventive” that were “still intact.” Fortunately, the 1-pound, 8-ounce cans of “Sliced Bacon” were empty. Wessex Archaeology shared the find on its website earlier this month in celebration of America’s Independence Day. Sue Nelson, finds supervisor at Wessex Archaeology, told the BBC the remains of several World War II mess kitchens have been discovered in the area in recent years and that “the state of preservation of some of the US-issued provisions goes to show how well-made they were.”

Dateline: Germany

A 34-year-old man was arrested in Berlin after he allegedly stole a bicycle, tossed it through the front window of a restaurant, entered the establishment and then drank half a bottle of Tabasco sauce. Neighbors alerted police after hearing the window smash. The man, unidentified in press reports, was arrested while still inside the restaurant. Police spokesperson Jens Berger said the man was intoxicated at the time and told officers he did it because he was thirsty. Berger speculated the man may have mistaken the spicy condiment for a tiny bottle of liqueur.

Dateline: New York

According to
Playbill magazine, a man in the audience for the Broadway play Hand To God found the set decoration so realistic that he jumped up on stage and plugged his cell phone into a fake wall socket before the start of a July 2 performance. The incident happened at the Booth Theater. Audience member Chris York saw the man trying to charge his phone in the phony outlet and Tweeted about it, saying, “The crew had to stop the precook music, remove the cellphone and make an announcement as to why you can’t do that.” Cast member Marc Kudisch confirmed the incident the next day with his Tweet, “Dear general audience member, an electrical socket that’s part of the set of the play is NOT for you to charge your iPhone. … Just an FYI.”

Dateline: Alabama

An angry bull helped police in rural Alabama chase down a burglary suspect. Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls told WHNT-TV 26-year-old Brad Lynn Hemby was being sought in connection with a burglary in the town of Arab. The incident began around 8am on the morning of July 8 when the owner of a home on Baldwin Drive came home and found a truck in his yard belonging to two people who were burglarizing his home. The homeowner immediately called the sheriff’s Office. Hemby apparently tried to flee deputies in the truck, but it crashed a short time later. He continued to elude deputies on foot by running through a nearby cow pasture. Unfortunately for Hemby, the pasture was also home to a large bull. According to Walls, “The bull also gave chase along with deputies.” Hemby eventually fell into a barbed wire fence and “immediately surrendered to deputies.” Stolen property was recovered from Hemby’s truck, and the man was charged with burglary, theft and attempting to elude. The second person in the truck, a woman, disappeared into a wooded area and has not been located.

Dateline: West Virginia

A man accused of keeping two deer as pets inside his home has been fined $300. Ronnie Chapman appeared in court earlier this month proclaiming his innocence. According to Chapman, the deer did not live inside his home, but were free to come and go as they pleased. The two white-tailed bucks “just come in and bum a piece of candy and they’re back out the door,” Chapman told WSAZ-TV. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources police testified otherwise, saying there was more than enough evidence proving the deer lived inside the house “full-time” for at least a year. Police received a tip on July 4 about the unusual pets and responded to Chapman’s home where they found the two deer hanging out in his living room. The homeowner also kept a supply of hay inside the house. “I don’t see where I’ve hurt anything or done anything wrong, but I sure paid for it,” Chapman told WSAZ. In West Virginia illegal possession of wildlife is a misdemeanor.

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

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