News of the Weird
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 91 09:49:18 PDT
Subject: News of the Weird
Officials at the Houston Zoo admitted that their coral snake
was a rubber imitation. "We had live snakes in the exhibit,
but they didn't do so well," said curator John Donaho. "They
tend to die."
Robert Kropinski of Philadelphia sued Transcendental Meditation
groups where he spent 11 years as a student & teacher, claiming
he suffered psychological disorders as a result of never having
achieved the "perfect state of life" the group promised. The
36-yr-old real-estate manager said, for example, that the groups
had told him he would be taught to "fly" through self-levitation,
but all he learned to do was "hop with the legs folded in the
A construction company in Saipan, Northern Marianas, placed a
notice in the local newspaper after 1 of its flashing amber
warning lights was stolen from a road construction site on March
28, 1984. Noting that the lights were necessary to warn motorists
of the excavation so they could avoid an accident, the company
said it was removing "the remaining warning lights and we are
not going to install them again unless we are sure they will not
And from "Wrong Arm of the Law":
In Atlanta, a daring thief stole $8900 worth of cameras &
accessories from an exhibit booth at a convention for crime-
detection experts. His getaway was delayed by having to pretend
to be a salesman and give a 45-minute sales pitch to a security
guard who had seen him walking off with the goods.
Police in Tulsa, responding to an emergency call that a man was
holding a woman at knifepoint, surrounded the wrong house. The
man was in the house next door. He tried several times to
surrender, but the police, thinking he was just a nosy neighbor,
kept ordering him back inside. After about an hour, a newspaper
photographer who lived nearby alerted police to their mistake.
In Florida, Dade County & Jacksonville officials discovered that
their new $34 million jail was being built with 195 cells-- but
no cell doors. Michael Berg, city-county director of jails &
prisons, said he wasn't sure how the oversight occurred but that
there was money to pay the extra $1.5 million to have the doors
added. And at the Ontario County Jail in Canandaigua, NY,
installation of new cell doors was halted when officials
discovered the bars were too far apart & prisoners could slip
Undercover police in Pompano Beach, FL, arranged to sell
2 lbs. of cocaine. The buyers turned out to be undercover
officers from the Ft. Lauderdale police force.
Police in Van Nuys, CA arrested Dennis John Alston on charges
of forging checks, then released him when he posted bail with
a $1500 cashier's check. It turned out to be a forgery.
Police in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, raided their own Christmas
party for not having a license to serve liquor.
Tommy Cribbs, the sheriff of Dyer County, TN, was arrested in
Van Buren, MO, after police noticed his car in the parking lot
of a local motel. A car of that description had been used in
the theft of 2 sheep from a nearby farm. Officers who were
questioning people at the motel were led to Cribbs after a
sheep was thrown from the window of his room.
© 1991 Peter Langston