Offbeat News: A Weary Traveler, An Explosive New Year & Stupid Criminals


“Wayfaring Stranger”

What would you do if you woke up and found a stranger asleep on your couch? If you’re New Zealand homeowner Gordon Pryor, you let ’em sleep. Then, you wake him up with an offer of breakfast and coffee.

In case you missed it, Pryor shared a photo of the sleeping man on social media which prompted plenty of questions. After waking him up, Pryor got the answers. The college student had gone to a music festival, but took the wrong shuttle while trying to get home. When he found Pryor’s house, the guy decided to get some sleep and entered through an unlocked door.

The young man and 60-year-old Pryor chatted for about an hour before the student went on his way. “He was really humble, a helluva nice kid,” Pryor says. “[But] I just slowly wound him up and teased him a bit and made it quite clearly known that what he’d done was not exactly acceptable, but at the end of the day it was seen as a harmless things to do.”

“Bring In 2018 With A Bang”
During the New Year’s revelry of last weekend, a group of people were setting off fireworks in the parking lot of a Houston, Texas strip mall when one landed on the trunk of Hurara Hassan’s trunk. The rogue firework managed to set off the unlit explosives Hassan had stashed in his trunk… all 600 of them.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the unintentionally massive firework display. Footage of the aftermath has gone viral, but it doesn’t seem like Hassan is planning on changing his ways.

“I’m not worried about it,” he says. “I stay positive. I’ll go do the fireworks again. But I’ll make sure the trunk is closed next time.”


“Fanning the Flames”

Police in Toronto, Canada are looking for the man who lit a Porsche SUV on fire while it was sitting in a residential driveway. Unfortunately for him, he was in full view of a security camera. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man.

“Pennsylvania Prison Blues”

Edwin Wylie-Biggs is currently serving time in a Pennsylvania prison. A corrections officer saw an inmate pass Wylie-Biggs something so he performed a strip search. That’s when the officer spotted the tail end of a balloon sticking out of the inmate’s tail end. The substance inside the balloon tested positive for K2, a synthetic form of marijuana. Wylie-Biggs appealed his possession of contraband by an inmate charge on the grounds that Pennsylvania didn’t have an ironclad case. He also allegedly claimed the drugs weren’t his. The judge didn’t believe him and the charge is staying put.

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