Weird Tales - Page Thirteen
New Yorkers who allow their mobile phones to ring
during performances at the theatre or cinema are to be fined £30.
A German schoolgirl has invented a bed for people
who find it difficult to get up in the morning. It tips half an
inch until the occupant is thrown to the floor.
Council road sweepers who are clearing up the debris
of fallen trees have been redesignated "leaf operatives".
Barbara Lewis rejected the man offered to her by
a dating agency in Slough, Berkshire. He was the husband she divorced
As he broke into a car in Texas a thief was killed
by the owner - a hunter - who shot him with a bow and arrow.
Hans Mueller of Frankfurt, Gemany, sued a railway
company after all the lavatories were out of order on this two-hour
train journey. He was awarded £350 for unnecessary suffering.
A smartly-dressed man in his thirties handed out
more than £1000 in £5 notes to shoppers in Keighley,
West Yorkshire, telling surprised recipients that the money was
'a present from Jesus'.
Motorists are enjoying free parking at the Tesco
store in Axminster, Devon, when it rains because solar-powered
pay-and-display parking machines only work when it is sunny.
An Israeli man who hired a prostitute suffered a
heart attack when she arrived at his Red Sea hotel. She was his
Matthew Palmer held up an off-licence (liquor store)
in Brighton with a courgette in a brown paper bag, telling staff
he had a gun. He was jailed for 2.5 years.
Two zookeepers near Cologne have been suspended
for eating the zoo animals. Police believe the men have eaten
five Tibetan mountain chickens and two Cameroonian sheep.
A Chinese tourist was refused entry to Russia after
he set off a Geiger counter at the customs desk. Medical treatment
for a thyroid disorder gave him a radiation reading 200 times
higher than normal.
Television bosses have changed the name of the new
adaptation of Dr Zhivago to simply Zhivago. They were worried
that viewers might think it was another medical drama.
Clayton Pettman of Edenbridge, Kent, returned home
from a safari holiday in Kenya to discover that he had won a a
raffle to visit Longleat Safari Park.
Clergyman Dorian Baxter has been sacked for impersonating
Elvis Presley at funerals in Ontario, Canada.
Police in Codstall, Staffordshire, stopped three
teenage boys playing on their home-made wooden go-cart because
it had no tax disc.
Brian O'Neill of Hodge Lea, Buckinghamshire, caught
his estranged wife in flagrante with her policeman lover. Mr O'Neill
was arrested when he tried to stop them.
A recent survey claims that the more gadgets a man
has, the more attractive he is to women. It was sponsored by an
electrical retail chain.
Marks and Spencer in Norwich are employing six prisoners
on day release to stock shelves, carry customers shopping to their
cars and work in the stock room. They are being paid up to £700
A man in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, walked into his
local police station and asked for the lost property department.
He wanted to hand in a horse.
The Royal Academy of Art is displaying a piece called
The Dark Throttle which consists of a dirty pub bar complete with
overflowing ashtrays and empty lager bottles - and charging £5
Worshippers in Holland can download 15 hymns and
psalms as ring tones for their mobile phones.
A German sauna has banned a man found filming naked
customers with a tiny camera hidden in a shower gel bottle.
A motorway in New Zealand was rerouted after Maoris
said that it would cross the lair of a legendary swamp monster.
A coach firm in Sutton Coalfield sprays OAP passengers
with an anti-snoring spray at the start of journeys because drivers
have complained about the noise.
Bride Manuela Voicu went into labour at her wedding
in Romania so the best man, Ion Vidican, put on her dress and
stood in for her.
An Iranian woman who cut off her husband's ear and
handed it to him after he challenged her late arrival home one
night was remanded in custody after telling a court in southern
Teheran that she did it to "teach him a lesson"
An Iranian paid a holy man the equivalent of several
hundred pounds to make him invisible. Convinced that he could
not be seen, he went into a bank in Teheran and helped himself
to a large number of banknotes. The police arrested him.
Burglar Karl Schulz of Dornbirn, Austria, took his
dog with him on 50 raids. He was caught when police found a paw
print at the scene of one robbery.
A bankrupt plastics firm in Panicino, Bulgaria,
paid off its staff in combs instead of cash.
Two Japanese men went deer hunting at night near
Mitsuishi on Hokkaido Island and managed to kill two prize racehorses
and wound a third. They were worth a total of nearly £400,000.
A dedicated fan of Gareth Gates missed meeting the
pop star when he turned up at her house because her father had
the television set on too loud.
Nobody heard the doorbell when the singer paid
a surprise visit to the home of Lisa Dragoonis, 15, in Griffnock,
near Glasgow, after she had won a competition on his web site.
A man from Hagen, Cologne, was arrested by police
after drinking six pints of beer, stealing a child's tricycle
and getting a taxi to tow him home. He was charged with drunk
Only two hotels in Las Vegas still put on shows
by high-kicking showgirls compared to more than 40 in the sixties.
There are, however, 200 lap-dancing clubs.