Offbeat News: It’s Raining Lizards, Stupid Criminals, & More


“It’s Raining Lizards”

Residents in South Florida are not only dealing with chilly temperatures but falling iguanas, too. That’s right, lizards are falling from the sky. Well, trees, technically.

Temperatures have fallen to 40-degrees in Miami and with that, the exotic green iguanas are becoming immobilized and falling from their perches on tree branches. Naturally, people have been posting photos of the strange phenomenon on social media.

Don’t worry, though. Wildlife officials say the cold animals may appear to be dead, but are often still alive…and just fine.

“The Hair Harborer”

Plenty of people collect things, but Ezzeya Daraghmeh has a particularly unusual hobby. The 82-year-old Palestinian woman has been collecting her own hair since she was 15.

“I like my hair and I hate to throw it away,” she explains. “Even when I comb my hair or wash it I keep the hair that falls off.”

Ezzeya has now collected enough strands of her own hair that she stuffed three pillows full of it. She uses the pillows as decoration in her West Bank home.

“A Late Start to a Long Commitment”

John Corby is sick of dealing with late brides. The English priest has decided that he’s giving brides a 10-minute grace period on their wedding day. If they’re any later in getting to Holy Cross Church in Bearsted or St Mary’s Church in Thurnham, he’s charging them $135.

Corby’s decision is less to make a quick buck and more for all the other people who work weddings, like the choir, organist, and bell ringers. “I wanted to show that I was taking my staff seriously because they weren’t doing it for the money,” Corby adds. “I thought this is the way to do it.”

No word yet on if he’s had to dish out any fines.


“Anything for Love… Including That”

Dustin F. Pedersen’s romantic side has landed him in jail. The 36-year-old is being charged with robbing a bank in Middletown, New Jersey. How’d they know it was Pedersen? He allegedly wore the same hat during a second robbery. He isn’t a complete jerk, though. Pedersen bought his girlfriend an engagement ring worth just under $4,500 less than an hour after the robbery. He denied robbing one of the banks, but there are jail phone calls of Pedersen and his fiancé discussing the crimes. Hey, at least she said yes.

“May Cause Side Effects”

What’s dumber, snorting cocaine or snorting a powder you think is cocaine? A group of nine backpackers from multiple countries were rushed to hospital in the west Australian city of Perth after snorting a drug they mistakenly though was cocaine. In reality, they had ingested Hyoscine, a prescription drug which left them suffering seizures, paralysis and hallucinations.

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