Offbeat News for 03-27-17

It Takes Man 33 Times To Pass Driver’s Test
If nothing else, Christian Whiteley-Mason is a very persistent man. At 42, the British man finally got his driver’s license…after an astounding 25 years of trying.
Christian first gave the test a go in 1992, but failed. Over the years, he spent $12-thousand on more than 85-lessons with 14 different instructors, but nothing worked. “I had 56 lessons with my first instructor,” Christian remembers, “and eventually he told me to just give up as I would never pass.”
After 33 tries, Christian was able to legally get behind the wheel. “I’m so proud of myself. It’s changed my life to be honest,” he says. “I felt like I’d achieved everything I really wanted to achieve, this was the one thing left I had to do.”
Doctors Remove Mushrooms That Began Growing In Woman’s Stomach
Make sure you chew your food…seriously. A 50-year-old woman went to a hospital in China complaining of stomach pain and discovered mushrooms she’d eaten had grown in her stomach.
It turns out if you don’t cook and chew dehydrated mushrooms properly, they can expand once they come in to contact with stomach acid. Doctors discovered multiple fungi had become lodged in the woman’s stomach, including a whole mushroom measuring almost an inch in length.
Surgeons removed the mushrooms piece by piece and the woman recovered and was discharged from the hospital.
PETA Grosses People Out After Telling Them To Look Inside Possums’ Pouches
Did you know possums are marsupials? That means they carry their babies in a pouch, like a kangaroo. PETA reminded us of that fun animal fact then asked us all to get more involved with those pouches than we’d ever want to.
The site published an article explaining that even when possums are dead, offspring may still be alive. So they’re asking those who come across a dead looking possum to peek inside the pouch and if the babies are alive, “rush” the animals to the nearest vet.
As you might imagine, the Internet has not accepted the challenge. While some people are simply grossed out, others point out that possums are known for playing dead and don’t want to risk touching the animal and getting bitten when they all of a sudden wake up.
Someone stole a National Guard humvee:
It’s not a good idea to steal from the National Guard. Authorities in Stow, Ohio are on the hunt for the person or people who broke into their armory and somehow managed to drive off with a humvee. Fortunately, the vehicle was found in a garage at a vacant home the next town over. So far, no arrests have been made.
Sword carrying Joker arrested:
Did you know wearing a mask in public is a felony in Virginia? Jeremy Putnam does. Authorities in Winchester have been getting calls about a man wearing a cape and carrying a sword and when they responded to the latest report, they discovered 31-year-old Putnam. As if a cape and a sword wasn’t enough, he was also dressed, makeup and all, like Heath Ledger’s Joker character from “The Dark Knight.” Putnam is being charged with wearing a mask in public, a felony punishable by up to five years in jail under Virginia law. Source: Winchester Police Department
Man arrested for eating pancakes in the middle of the street:
When he was picked up by Lakeland, Florida police, Kiaron Thomas was two things: hungry and inconsiderate. The 21-year-old decided to set up a chair and small table in the middle of a crosswalk and enjoy a stack of pancakes while blocking traffic. Thomas later admitted to police it was all a prank, but they weren’t amused. He was hit with placing an obstruction in the roadway and disrupting the free flow of traffic.

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