The week that was

By Ian Kennedy

Highlighting the best of the rest. Quirky news stories from the week prior.

Highlighting the best of the rest. Quirky news stories from the week prior.

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The week that was

Officers in Beaverton, Oregon corralled a hamster and took the animal into “protective custody” after pulling over a driver, the hamster’s owner, and arresting her for driving under the influence.Scotty Thomas, a dump truck driver in Fayetteville, NC, bought …

 
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Army cadets, eager to one-up their rival Navy before the big game, kidnapped Navy’s billy goat mascot but FUBAR’d the mission and made off with the wrong goat.It was so cold at a Canadian football match (18 F, -8 C) that the sideline Gatorade froze solid.As g…

 
#28・

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A Japan Railways train driver sued JR West for ¥56 which was deducted from his paycheck over a one-minute delay which he is contesting. New York City’s subway on-time performance (defined as “within 5 minutes”) improved to 83.2% last month.A Michigan woman pl…

 
#27・

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A working Apple-1 computer in a rare wooden case was sold at an auction for half a million dollars. The 44-year old computer was purchased for $650.Angelo Fregolent parked his Lancia Fulvia 1962 in 1974 and left the car there for 47 years. It has since become…

 
#26・

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“Those celebrating Pakistan’s victory will face sedition,” warned the chief minister of India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh after Pakistan defeated India at the Twenty20 World Cup.A group of crypto investors are buying 40 acres of land in Wyoming to estab…

 
#25・

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Astronomers have detected mysterious radio waves from the center of the galaxy that vary dramatically and “seem to shut off at random.” Let’s hope it’s not another microwave.Tesla stock had a good week and is now more valuable than all other car manufacturers…

 
#24・

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A small town in Tennessee put itself up for sale for $725,000.The NYC Board of Health declared racism a public health crisis.Propagandists in China are blaming Covid on imported lobsters from Maine.Apple unveiled a $19 polishing cloth.Nokia launched a new pho…

 
#23・

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The Santa Barbara fire department rushed out to rescue what turned out to be a mannequin dangling from a cliff.Like the eddy of a stream clogged with leaves, one dead end street in San Francisco became a gathering spot for lost self-driving Waymo taxis.On Nat…

 
#22・

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Spectators of a flying drone light show in China ran in panic as the drones “went awry” hitting buildings and bystanders on the ground.The Trump 2024 presidential campaign rebranded itself with a refreshed, albeit uncreative name, Make America Great Again, Ag…

 
#21・

The week that was

Inflation became reality as the Dollar Store started testing out items priced at over $1.00.The markets were down sharply this week but a hamster trading crypto is outperforming the S&P 500.I don’t know why you would but you could if you wanted to, buy an…

 
#20・

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The population of Alabama is shrinking. Due to the deadly combination of the pandemic and vaccination hesitancy, the state recorded more deaths than births.Not to be outdone by AT&T’s Flying COWS announced a couple of weeks ago, the Verizon PR team trotte…

 
#19・

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As cooler temps set in and songbirds started their migration south, the annual crashing of birds into the Manhattan skyscrapers season began.In-person schooling started but the bus driver shortage was so severe in Massachusetts that they had to call in the na…

 
#18・

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Snow came early to Mt. Fuji. 21 days earlier than last year.AT&T restored cellular service to the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Ida using flying drone antennas, also known as Cell-on-Wings (COWS).College football started up again to packed stadiums of ho…

 
#17・

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Toyota took its self-driving buses out of service after one of them struck a Paralympic, taking the judo athlete out of service. Toyota apologized for the “overconfidence” of its vehicles.In Ida-flooded Louisiana, a man was eaten by an alligator. The Humane S…

 
#16・

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Trump's $20 billion border wall that has been circumvented by $5 ladders, is now partially washed away by torrential rains along the Arizona border.Spencer Elden, who was was posed as a baby swimming after a dollar bill on the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind alb…

 
#15・

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Tesla announced they are building humanoid robots to be used for unsafe, repetitive or boring tasks. “In the future, physical labor will be a choice,” said Elon Musk.Disney announced they are developing “sentient” robots and will have them wander their parks …

 
#14・

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Australian canoeist Jessica Fox found a perfectly stretchy, waterproof material to fix the tip of her kayak at the Tokyo Olympics: a condom.After asking the UK government to ban its cigarettes, Philip Morris is pivoting to asthma inhalers which it views as a …

 
#13・

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Due to the drought, the Northern California town of Mendocino is running out of water and is considering bringing it in via a tanker train. Greenville, another NorCal town, was reduced to ashes by the Dixie fire, the third largest in the state’s history.While…

 
#12・

The week that was

Researchers at MIT are working on an app that can successfully detect Covid-19 in asymptomatic individuals by processing recordings of an individual’s cough.A Louisiana family was briefly one of the richest families in America when their bank mistakenly trans…

 
#11・

The week that was

The people of the Isle de Jean Charles in the bayous of Louisiana became the first federally funded community of climate migrants.A startup in Amsterdam introduced an electric two-seater car that can run entirely on sunlight collected on its solar-paneled roo…