Offbeat News: Lost Beer, A Two-Headed Snake & More

“Throw Down Your Standards”

China’s one-child policy ended in 2015 (well sort of, under the new plan, families can have two children if one parent, rather than both parents, was an only child), and now experts are saying that in the next few decades there will be 30-million more men than women.

Because of the huge gender gap, there’s a misogynistic fear these men will be “lonely bachelors” and women are being urged to lower their standards. It’s part of an effort to increase the birth rate in China and “balance” the genders. The Sichuan Daily newspaper feels marriage is really just about tolerating one another anyway:

“Marriage is a process of tolerating each other and it’s impossible that everything goes your way,” said the newspaper. “Change your attitude, return to the reality. Maybe there’ll be some imperfection, but your life will be full for it.”

Women are blamed for “being too fussy” about choosing a mate and have “idealized love.” They’re not settling for a “less okay person.”

“Party Foul”

One truck driver suffered a huge one when he tipped his tractor trailer spilling 60,000 pounds of beer onto a Florida highway. Michael Nolan Powell was driving on I-10 when he started driving outside his lane and traveled onto the shoulder of the road. The truck flipped onto the passenger side, causing 60,000 pounds of Busch beer to spill all over the highway. Good news? Powell only suffered minor injuries. Not great news – he was cited for careless driving. Bad news? No more beer!

“Double the Ratsnake”

If you’re afraid of snakes, stay away from the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas. They’ve got a two-headed ratsnake in the Freshwater Aquarium… you know, where it can be easily seen! Zoo reptile manager Brian Henley says the thing may grow as long as five feet… and yes, the snake eats regularly with both heads.


  • Filming your child’s first bike ride? That’s pretty normal. Filming them smoke their first bong? Not so much. An Australian mom is now behind bars after filming her 11-year-old son smoking his first bong. In the video – that she posted to Facebook – you can hear the mom encourage her son to “go for it” before he lights it up and inhales. Police found the video 24 hours after it was posted. The 29-year-old mom smokes the drug herself and described it in court as “a harmless, natural, and safe alternative to prescription medication.” District Court Judge Geraldine Davison felt the mom didn’t understand the dangers of giving her child the drug and sentenced her to nine months in jail.
  • A Long Island woman and her father were taken into custody after dumping a bucket of popcorn on a noisy two-year-old’s head during an animated movie. Apparently, the tot asked mom for popcorn and 25-year-old Keri Karman got annoyed. She allegedly put her hand over the child’s mouth before dumping her bucket of popcorn on the tot’s head… and bopped her with the empty container. Karman and her father Charles Karman were later taken into custody (because she did the hitting and he didn’t stop her) and charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

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