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A Week's Worth of Weird!

Pricey yachts, al-Qaida cartoons and a great police report

7/22/2011

A gold-plated super-yacht that is claimed to be worth $4.5 billion has been built for an anonymous businessman.
 
 
An alleged brawl in East Texas over the affections of one man has led to the arrest of seven women.
 
An unsteady forklift dropped a container full of fine Australian wine worth more than $1 million, smashing most of the bottles.
 
 
Nepal has ordered a new measurement of Mount Everest to determine exactly how high the world's highest mountain is.
 
An al-Qaida affiliate says it plans to roll out what some have called a Disney-like animated cartoon aimed at recruiting children to the terror network.
 
 
MD police say two men who tried to carjack a vehicle ran off when they found out the car had a stick shift.
 
A bungee ride in Dallas apparently arranged by a woman to help her future husband face his fear of heights turned into a three-hour ordeal 50 feet up when the cables got tangled.
 
A 17-year-old Amish youth faces a host of charges after Buffalo sheriff's deputies said they saw him driving a buggy while holding an open can of beer and then led police on a brief chase.
 
Police say a Michigan bride — still in her wedding dress — was arrested on a felony warrant and briefly jailed after exchanging vows.
 
Eating starchy snacks like french fries and potato chips actually trigger the production of natural, marijuana-like chemicals in the body that make it difficult to stop eating the fatty foods, new research shows.
 
Here’s a story we received from the IUPUI police. I’ll post it exactly as it was sent:
 
 IU Health employees reported a male behaving erratically and officers made contact with a visitor who stated he was on the way to Riley Hospital to run for president. The male refused to calm down and was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Public Intoxication. He was also arrested for Possession of Paraphernalia and Possession of a Synthetic Cannabinoid; transported to Wishard Detention. He was issued a trespass warning for all IUPUI property.
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