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Offbeat News 29th September 2010

Offbeat NewsOffbeat News is a selection of weird news stories that have surfaced in the last week. This is a selection of the best Offbeat news stories that we found and we hope they will leave you as astounded as they did us:

Well That Is One Way To Move A Carpet

A motorist in the South of England managed to capture video of a pensioner driving down the road on his mobility scooter, with a full sized carpet spread across the front.

The carpet was not only almost touching the ground on both sides as the man crawled along the road at up to 8mph, it also took more than the width of a lane, forcing the man to pull over whenever a vehicle came the other way.

It would be interesting to find out the full story behind this, but no doubt the carpet was going to cost a small fortune (to a pensioner at least) to be delivered.

Read the full story HERE and watch the video.

You can also see it here on YouTube

That’s A Fine Mess You Got Us into This Time

Well there’s nothing like having a good plan that goes horribly wrong, and that’s what happened when the tourist office for County Durham in the north east of England printed 50,000 leaflets that said “Bet you didn’t know that Bishop Auckland was the birthplace of Arthur Stanley Jefferson, better known as Stan Laurel.”

Unfortunately, while there is a statue of Stan Laurel in the town of Bishop Auckland, to commemorate the fact that he spent the early part of his life there, he was in fact born in the town of Ulverston, which is in Cumbria.


Stan Laurel is of course best known as being half of the famous silent era duo, Laurel and Hardy.

Stan was born in Ulverston in 1890, but moved to the USA in 1910. A copy of his original birth certificate is in the Laurel And Hardy Museum.

Read the full story HERE.

Vuvuzelas Are Set To Return At The Commonwealth Games

Remember the Vuvuzelas that made such a racket at the World Cup in South Africa this summer, and that sounded like a swarm of bees?

Well rumor has it that the Vuvuzelas will return at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, which are set to begin this weekend.

The Commonwealth Games have already been beset with horrific problems, including packs of wild dogs and monkeys attacking people in the stadiums in the search for food.

Maybe the sound of the Vuvuzelas will be enough to help keep wildlife at bay for the duration of the games.

If I thought that blowing one of these trumpets might help keep me safe from wild animal attacks, I would be blowing for all I was worth.

I just hope the sound doesn’t bring the Lions or Elephants out of the jungle though. The sound of “Whim-Away” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” could turn into “Runaway” and “The Lion Isn’t Sleeping Tonight!”.

Read the full story HERE.

Stiletto Express Gets Into The Guinness Book Of Records

A group of four girls, calling themselves the “Pinkettes” who took part in a relay race in Sydney in Australia this week have gone into the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest relay race in stiletto heels.

The event was held in the shadow of the Sydney Opera House to help raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness, and competitors were required to wear 3 inch heels.

First Ambassador To The Aliens?

The Sunday Times in the UK apparently reported at the weekend that the United Nations has appointed an ambassador to be the first point of contact with aliens, should they decide to visit Earth and make contact with us.

The United Nations has dismissed this, however with the year 2012 fast approaching, and news of the Catholic Church talking about aliens, as well as rumors of other governments setting up departments for handling alien relations, it does make you wonder.

While so many alien sightings are obviously fake, the fact that even ancient texts talk about man originating from the stars, and even scientific evidence finds it hard to explain some ancient drawings and artifacts, the fact that events such as Roswell have been heavily covered up are just a little scary.

While rumors are rumors, sometimes they turn out to be true, and I can’t see an organization like the United Nations creating a position like this at this time (assuming they did) unless there was a good reason for it.

Are our worst nightmares as seen in so many science fiction movies about to become real? I certainly hope not.

Read the full story HERE.

Pensioner With Automatic Prevents Robbery

An 83 year old man had just left a restaurant in Clearwater, Florida, when he was approached by a homeless man who wanted him to give him some money to buy a meal.

The pensioner refused to give the many any money, but he wouldn’t give up, asking him all kinds of “silly questions” and even claiming that he knew him from Alcoholics Anonymous.

The man ultimately became so frustrated at not being given any money, that he tried to grab the pensioner’s wallet, and that is when the pensioner grabbed his arm, but got pushed to the ground.

He was able to pull out his semi-automatic pistol, and the vagrant ran away, however two witnesses gave chase and called the police.

Read the full story HERE.

Sky Diver Helps Raise Money For Alzheimer’s

A 96 year old Florida man decided that a good way to celebrate his 96th birthday would be to jump out of a plane for charity, raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association of North and Central Florida.

So, strapped to an instructor, Donald Sugg made the jump from 14,000 feet, reaching speeds of up to 120mph in freefall, before the instructor opened the parachute at 4,000 feet.

Donald puts his desire to do this down to having watched the movie “The Bucket List”, where people make a list of all the things that they would like to achieve in their life.

Thankfully neither him nor his instructor suffer from Alzheimer’s and forgot to put on their parachutes.

Read the full story HERE.

As always, your comments on any of these news stories are appreciated, and if you enjoy News From A Weird World, please share this edition with your friends.

News Reports Taken From The Following Sources:

Digital Spy

ABC News Australia

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The Bournemouth Echo

The London Evening Standard

The Daily Telegraph

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