90 Miles From Tyranny : 10 Crazy News Stories You Probably Missed This Week (10/5/19)

Saturday, October 5, 2019

10 Crazy News Stories You Probably Missed This Week (10/5/19)

With another week in the books, let’s take a look at the peculiar side of news with ten weird stories that made the headlines over the last few days. If you want to catch up on last week’s list, you can click here. This week, we watch pornography on giant billboards and listen to rock music under the sea, surrounded by sharks. We celebrate the Nigels of the world while we puzzle over what is mutilating cattle in Oregon.

10Anachronistic Artillery

Divers from the Royal Navy had to dispose of a German World War II bomb they found in the wreck of a 17th century warship.England was bombed heavily during the war and it is not uncommon for intact explosive devices to still be discovered to this day.The location of this ordnance, however, took everyone by surprise. Historical divers stumbled upon it while exploring the shipwreck of the London, a vessel that sunk in 1665 and is currently sitting at the bottom of the Thames near Southend Pier in Essex. They immediately alerted the navy who discovered that the unexploded device was actually one of the largest pieces of ordnance used by the Luftwaffe—a parachute ground mine which contained almost 700 kilograms (1,540 lbs) of Hexamite or the equivalent of 767 kilograms (1,690 lbs) of TNT. Disposing of the bomb safely proved to be a challenge considering there was zero visibility and a powerful tidal flow to deal with. An eight-man team of Royal Navy divers took 27 hours and 20 dives to tow the mine and detonate it at a disposal site in Shoeburyness.[1] 

9A Wrong Turn To Victory

A nine-year-old boy accidentally took part in a race for adults and won the whole thing.Last weekend, the Francis Franny Flyer event took place in Sartell, Minnesota. It is a 10-kilometer (6.2 mi) race with a separate 5-kilometer (3.1 mi) circuit for children that join up at the halfway point. Fourth-grader Kade Lovell from St. Cloud, Minnesota, loves to run and has set the record for the 5K event in his age group last year. Understandably, his mother was expecting him to win or, at least, be at the front of the pack. So when all the young racers started finishing and Kade wasn’t there, she got worried. What if he got lost or injured or, maybe, even kidnapped? As it turned out, Kade was fine. He had not only finished his race, but he took a wrong turn and ended up in the adult rally. According to him, a lady told him to “keep going straight” so he did. He ended up winning the adult race with a time of 48 minutes, a whole minute faster than second place.[2]

8Nigel Night

It was a celebration of everything “Nigel” at a pub in Worcestershire, England, where there was a “Nigel Night” party in honor of the quintessentially British name which is quickly declining in popularity.Records show that only eight Nigels were born in England and Wales in 2018. This shocked Nigel Smith, owner of the Fleece Inn, who decided that he wanted to do something to celebrate the “dying breed” of Nigels.He hosted a party on Saturday where 432 Nigels showed up, ranging in age from seven months to 80 years old. They came from far and wide, including Australia, New Zealand, California, and Texas. The event grew so large that there wasn’t enough room in Smith’s pub and he had to set up a marquee tent outside. Other people were also allowed to attend, despite their lack of “Nigel-ness”.The night’s entertainment included a comedian and two singers called Nigel, a special brew named Nige-ale, and an emotional moment where a woman proposed to her Nigel on stage.[3]

7For Your Viewing Pleasure

Hackers have been busy last weekend breaking into devices to show porn in places where you don’t usually see porn. We have not one, but two cases in different parts of the world: one in New Zealand and the other in the United States.First, there was the flagship store for sports company Asics in Auckland. The shop has outdoor screens above the entrance that normally play promotional videos. However, on Saturday night, someone gained access and played pornography on them for nine hours until staff arrived the next morning. According to a security officer, some people were shocked and offended, but others simply stopped and watched for a while before moving on.A similar thing happened in Auburn Hills, Michigan, except the raunchy content was displayed on an electronic billboard for motorists traveling along Interstate 75 to enjoy. Unfortunately, this adult entertainment only lasted for 30 minutes before it was taken down. Police have footage of two hooded men breaking into a small on-site building where the laptop connected to the billboard was stored.[4]

6Concert Down Under The Sea

Rock band Kiss will play one of the strangest concerts in history that will take place under the sea, to a small audience in a submarine surrounded by great white sharks.On November 18, the music group and the fans will travel in...

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