Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends

Joshua Lee
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Dateline: Georgia

Police are saying that a mother deliberately drove her car into a pole to prove to her children that God would protect them. According to
WSB-TV Channel 2 in Atlanta, Bakari Warren was arrested last week after allegedly crashing her car into a concrete pole. Law enforcement officials say Warren admitted to police that she did it to prove to her children that God is real. Her two children, who were sitting in the back seat at the time, told officers that the act was done purposefully and that “her eyes was closed and she was saying, blah, blah, blah, ‘I love God.’ ” According to police, Warren allegedly told her children to buckle up before accelerating into a pole. She was arrested immediately at the scene. She allegedly told police that the reason for the incident could be found on Facebook, but no further evidence has been made public. Although no one received any lasting injuries as the result of the impact, officials say the damage could have been much worse if the angle of approach had been different or there had been more traffic on the road. Warren is currently in jail on $22,000 bond. She has been charged with two counts of child cruelty. Her children are reportedly staying with their grandparents.

Dateline: Spain

A woman reportedly died after receiving an acupuncture treatment using live bee stings in the place of needles.
CBS News reports that an alternative medical procedure involving the injection of bee venom into the body known as apitherapy allegedly caused a woman to enter into a permanent coma before dying of organ failure. The case was recently described in a paper published by the Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology. According to the paper, the woman was attempting to treat “muscular contractures and stress” through a form of acupuncture which uses bee stings rather than needles. She received the treatments every four weeks for two years and never showed any signs of an allergic reaction. Her doctors reported no known diseases in the woman’s past. According to the report, the woman had trouble breathing and lost consciousness during her last session. She was hospitalized and died several weeks later. The report concludes that “adverse events related to bee venom therapy are frequent” and suggests that practitioners educate themselves and take precautions.

Dateline: California

Animal control authorities in Sacramento seek donations to care for the nearly 300 rabbits rescued from a single home. According to
NBC Bay Area, law enforcement and animal control officers entered a Folsom, Calif., home last week and reportedly seized 286 rabbits of various breeds, sizes and ages. They were led there when a Folsom Police patrol officer saw a number of the animals on the home’s lawn during an unrelated call. Authorities first transported 54 of the rabbits to the Sacramento SPCA, then returned later in the evening to remove 232 more. The rabbits were fed and attended to by a veterinarian. The pets had to be seized because Folsom city code only allows for two rabbits per household. Law enforcement officers also reported the animals’ living conditions were substandard. Authorities are not allowing anyone to adopt the animals at this time as they are part of a current investigation into the homeowners. The Sacramento SPCA is seeking supplies and cash donations to help care for the rabbits.

Dateline: Internet

YouTube’s announcement that they will be placing heavier restrictions on firearms videos was met with derision by some gun enthusiasts who are now publishing their videos on one of the world’s largest pornography sites.
NPR reports YouTube will be banning videos that give instructions on building firearms, accessories and modifications as well as videos advertising the sale of firearms. Last year, YouTube banned videos illustrating how to use “bump stocks,” an unregulated device that allows a semi-automatic rifle to perform similarly to a fully automatic weapon. YouTube representatives have said that the new policy was developed over the last four months with the input of outside firearms experts. All video creators were given a 30-day notice to edit or delete any existing videos that violate the new policy. But some content creators are claiming the site is removing their videos and suspending their channels prematurely. In response, one group of creators removed their channel and begun uploading videos to Facebook and PornHub, one of the most visited pornographic websites on the internet. According to BBC News, the creators behind InRangeTV—a gun review site—said they would not be monetizing any videos they publish on PornHub. They said the move was made to find a “safe harbour” for their content and viewers. There are reportedly five gun-related videos uploaded by InRangeTV currently available on PornHub.

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

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