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Offbeat News: A Missing Vacation Home, Stupid Criminals, & More

A Houston couple is reporting their vacation home missing. Jo and Lonnie Harrison say their one-bedroom cabin is missing from the property they own in Madisonville. It’s being reported that they’re likely victims of alleged financial issues of the prior owner.

The prefabricated home was on property they purchased last year. The couple reportedly hadn’t checked on the property since November. When Lonnie recently returned, the house was gone with just pipes and blocks remaining.

Sgt. Larry Shiver says the couple is most likely victims of misrepresentation of the property when they bought it. Investigators are seeking the previous owner amid concerns the structure was repossessed and not stolen.

Aldi customer Pat Bateman was shocked to find half a frozen rat in a package of frozen vegetables bought from the store. What’s more awful is she had already ate more than half the bag and even fed some to her two-year-old granddaughter. Bateman complained to the store, which offered her around $40 for the incident. She was not happy enough and took her complaints to corporate, which offered nearly $700, but she still felt entitled to more. An investigation is reportedly under way and Aldi has removed the product from sale.

Doritos has revealed plans for a new “lady-friendly” version for the chip. It will be much quieter to eat and a lot less messy. The global chief executive, Indra Nooyi says that, “women would love to crunch loudly and lick their fingers… but prefer not to do this in public.” The packaging for the chip will even be small enough to fit in women’s hand bags. Of course this received tons of backlash from women’s groups who consider the move as a “tired stereotype.”


  • LAPD officers arrest a driver after finding burritos in his car with one unusual ingredient… meth. According to Fox, to the untrained eye, the foil packages look a lot like burritos, but take a closer look and its definitely drugs. Police found them during a routine traffic stop and also confiscated a gun and a huge sum of money. The driver was arrested on suspicion of transportation of narcotics.
  • A number of incidents heard on Philly police scanners after the Super Bowl have been released and some are downright ridiculous. Dozens of calls poured in citing masses of people climbing buildings and poles, flipping cars, and throwing bottles chanting “Meek Mill.” One man even landed in custody claiming to be an off-duty cop and another was caught jumping on top of a fire truck. One person even flew his drone over head to capture the crazy footage.
  • Joshua Walker was taken into custody after reportedly stealing his mother’s car and breaking into her family business. Somehow, the man evaded deputies for several hours and when found, he only had on the handcuffs and pink boxers.

Ritchie Valens Plays Last Show Before Death

On this day in 2006 – Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear announce they are splitting after 11 years of marriage.

In 1992 – Todd Rundgren and his wife, singer Michele Gray, have a son in San Francisco. They name the child Rebop.

In 1973 – Keith Emerson’s hands are injured during a performance by Emerson, Lake & Palmer in San Francisco. His piano, rigged to explode as a stunt, detonates prematurely.

And in 1959 – Appearing at Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake, Iowa, Buddy Holly, Richard Valens (pictured) and The Big Bopper. This was all three acts last ever gig before being killed in a plane crash the following day.

Offbeat News: Soda Pop Shop & Japanese Astronauts


Veronica Spekis, a retail clerk at the Soda Pop Shop in Maryland, got a pair of scratch-off lottery tickets from a regular customer as a year end “tip”. When she rubbed the first $5 Holiday Riches ticket, she discovered she’d won the $50,000 top prize.

Spekis, who was totally stunned by the holiday miracle, says she plans to use her winnings to help reach her goal of buying a house.

Norishige Kanai, a Japanese astronaut, apologized while on his way to the International Space Station for stating he had grown 3.5-inches while in space and expressing concern about whether he’d be safe on his return to Earth.

“My height’s been measured here in space and somehow, somehow, I’ve grown 9 cm! In only three weeks I’ve really shot up, something I haven’t seen since high school,” he tweeted. “This makes me a little worried that I might not be able to fit in the Soyuz seats for our return.”

When his tweet caused a media blitz, he apologized and said he’d measured himself after his captain raised questions about the apparent growth. Turns out, he’d stretched only 2 cm from his Earth-bound height.

A little known fact is, many astronauts “grow” one space missions, because their spines extend in the absence of gravity. They only grow a few inches usually, and it all disappears once they return home.

“This mis-measurement appears to have become a big deal, so I must apologize for this terrible fake news”, Kanai tweeted in a correction. “It appears I can fit on the Soyuz, so I’m relieved”.

Ikea is using some creative marketing to feel cribs. The Swedish furniture giant has asked women who think they may have a bun in the oven to urinate on its latest print ad to find out for sure. If the test is positive, discounts on baby furniture await!

Here’s how it works. The ad is running in Swedish magazine “Amelia” and has a picture of a baby crib with the text, “Peeing on this ad may change your life” at the top of the page. If the test is positive, a discount code is revealed for the advertised crib.

“This ad is also a pregnancy test. Pee on the marked area and wait a moment,” the print says. “If you are expecting, you will get a surprise right here in the ad.”

The agency behind the campaign said there were even “technical advancements made” while crafting the pregnancy test technology to work from a magazine page. Apparently, those advancements may have the potential to improve medical diagnostics in the future.
How’d you like to be the IKEA cashier who has to redeem those things?


A hard rockin’ 50-year-old man was arrested for allegedly making off with a massive haul of KISS memorabilia. The owner of the collection called police when he discovered his precious collection of shirts, records, action figures and magazines from his favorite band had been snatched from his storage unit in San Angelo, Texas. Surveillance video of the heist led police to Michael W. Roehr, who was charged with burglary of a building after his home was searched. He was also charged with burglary of a habitation and possession of a controlled substance. Some of the collection was recovered and returned to its owner, which is a good thing because he’d been collecting KISS goods for over 40 years!

A man in Russia apparently needed a drink so bad that he rammed a tank into a shop window, climbed through the rubble and stole a bottle of wine. Apparently, the already-drunk man swiped the vehicle from a motorsport training ground nearby, and took it on a joy ride bound for more booze. He also crushed a Daewoo car parked nearby in the midst of his desperate robbery, which ended up with him in cuffs. The shop wasn’t licensed to sell alcohol that early in the morning, authorities noted.

A bunch of folks parked at Greater Rochester International Airport over the Christmas holiday came back to fewer car parts than when they left for holiday vacation. Harry Coates III just may be to blame. He was arrested in connection to jacking multiple car parts and taken into custody after deputies tracked him to his home in Rochester. Coates admitted to stealing Cadillac rims and a Ford F150 tailgate from the airport parking garage, but that’s about it. He was charged with two counts of fourth degree grand larceny, one count of second degree auto stripping,and one count of third degree criminal mischief.

‘Offbeat News’ for December 12th


Imagine going to relax in front of the TV and finding a snake, but not just any snake. A man in Cooroy, Australia stumbled upon an eight-foot-long python relaxing on his couch.

Snake Catcher Luke Huntley responded to the scene and says the serpent was the largest he’s ever caught indoors. He also admits to getting a few laughs about how the snake seemed to be lounging around.

Huntley’s tip for keeping snakes out of your house? Keep your windows and doors closed.

Alwine, Germany now has a new owner. The town, which has a population of 20, was put up for auction. It wasn’t exactly a bidding war, though. Only one person was willing to cough up any money and ended up snagging Alwine for $164-thousand-900.

It’s unclear at this point what the anonymous buyer is planning on doing with his or her latest purchase or what Alwine’s current residents, who are mostly retirees, think about it.

A very lucky lady lives in Maryland. The unidentified 54-year-old bought a lotto scratch-off card that ended up being worth $2-million. This isn’t her first time at the rodeo, though. A few years ago, this same woman won $100-thousand on another scratch-off.

This time around, the winner kept the exciting news to herself, going to work and not telling anyone until she got home.

She decided to receive her jackpot in annuity, which comes to about $66-thousand a year for the next 20 years.


  • If you’re going to travel with more than 10 pounds of methamphetamine, make sure you follow all other traffic laws. In case you missed it, police in Pratt County, Kansas pulled a car over for a routine traffic stop. After finding probable cause for a search of the car, they hit the narcotics jackpot with the massive meth haul. All in all, the drugs are worth about $404,000 on the street.
  • Jamie Esposito subscribes to the go big or go home method. The 32-year-old is being charged with stealing 144 bottles of nail polish from Bayonne, New Jersey CVS, worth around $14-hundred. She was pegged for the crime after getting caught stealing from a nearby Rite Aid. That time, Esposito was found in possession of $64 worth of formula. Authorities also discovered drugs on her. It’s unclear what exactly Esposito ended up being charged with.
  • A 16-year-old babysitter figured if he had to watch a 10-year-old, he might as well put him to work…as his accomplice. Police in Rochester got a call about a child dragging a suitcase along the street. When cops arrived, they found the suitcase was filled with goods from a recent burglary, which they tied to the teenage babysitter. Oh, and for what it’s worth, the babysitter gave cops a fake name and age. They figured it out, though, and charged the unidentified minor with burglary, two counts of grand larceny, criminal mischief, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal impersonation. The unknowing accomplice was released to his parents.

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