Bullets and Fish and Undead Prostitutes, Oh My!

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Bullets and Fish and Undead Prostitutes, Oh My!

Maybe a Piranha Would Have a Been Better Idea

An unnamed northeast Brazilian fisherman made a — bizarre in retrospect — bet with his buddy. He bet he could hold the next fish he caught between his teeth. We can only think this is an interesting bet if a piranha is involved, but the next fish he caught was a sole. Unfortunately, the sole wiggled free and slid down his throat where it lodged in his windpipe. The man actually managed to drive to a hospital while choking, but died before doctors could remove the errant flatfish. “It was a silly thing to do,” said Itcapui, Brazil’s Police Chief Carlos Alberto, “but he didn’t deserve to die because of it.”  — independent.co.uk/news/world/Americas; November 2012

What’s The Recipe?

Umm, so you go over to your boyfriend’s apartment and the two of you decide to cook something while watching TV. You preheat the oven and … boom, you end up in the hospital with the ER docs picking pieces of bullets out of you. How, you ask? Well, while Javarski Sandy, 25 and a licensed gun owner (and a no-criminal-record Wal-Mart employee) had put his .45 caliber Glock 21 into a drawer by the oven, he — for some reason — put the loaded magazine in the oven (sort of like leaving your car keys in the refrigerator. But not). Oven preheats, magazine explodes and girlfriend, Aalaya Walker, gets, er, peppered with shrapnel.  —Tampa Tribune; February 19, 2013  

Mourning Dueling

If you think Nagel Pantoja Medina was crazy, then you’ll really think David Morales Colon was. Media, 24-years old when his body was found under a bridge in San Juan in August 2008, was into the rap lifestyle. So much so that at his request at his wake he was embalmed and positioned upright in the corner of his mother’s apartment in full “gangsta lean,” complete with Yankees cap, shades, etc. Not to be outdone, 22-year old Colon was killed in a shootout with police. He was embalmed and dressed in jeans, shoes, jacket, baseball cap and shades, then draped over his favorite Honda in a 100-mph position. Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell album played and Colon — and his bike — were buried together. — Sky News Online and other sources. 

Speaking of the Dead

A Zimbabwean prostitute, known locally as MaNdlo, was plying her trade with a customer at the Manor Hotel in Bulaweyo when, much to her client’s surprise, she died. The client called the police who arrived with paramedics who determined the woman was dead. As they loaded her into an aluminum coffin for transport, MaNdlo woke up screaming, “You want to kill me!” A co-worker escorted the shaken woman away from the hotel. No word on whether this was a life altering moment for Ms. MaNdlo. — The Sun, March 28, 2013

Hey, Buddy. You Got a Dollar? I Got a Bridge …

In Ventura, California in September 2012, a con man worked a scam. The chump had to come up with $14,000. In return the scammer would spray the money with a secret chemical that would double the money. All the chump had to do was let the money dry. While waiting, needless to say, the scammer departed the scene. As newsoftheweird.com noted: “But the weirdest aspect of the scam is that people who are so unsophisticated as to fall for it somehow managed to amass, in this tight economy, $14,000 cash …” in the first place. — Ventura County Star, September 20, 2012

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