Weird Wide World: 7 baby dragons hatch in zoo; Man finds knife in back 3 years after stabbing
By Jason Fields
Digital First Media
03/22/2013 03:04:49 PM EDT
03/22/2013 03:26:43 PM EDT
The weirdest stories of the week, collected from around the globe.
Seven baby dragons hatch at Indonesian zoo
A zoo in Surabaya, Indonesia, recently welcomed seven Komodo dragon babies. There are fewer than 5,000 Komodo dragons in the wild.
A knife is shown in this handout photo taken in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, on Monday, March 20, 2013. A Northwest Territories man was just scratching what he thought was an annoying old itch earlier this week when it turned out to be a knife blade that had been buried in his flesh for almost three years. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS, Billy McNeely) (Billy McNeely)
A Canadian man was just scratching what he thought was an old itch this week when he discovered it was a knife blade that had been buried in his back for almost three years.
Billy McNeely said this week it all goes back to an April 2010 birthday party in McNeely's hometown of Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories. McNeely got into a fight over an arm-wrestling contest and was stabbed five times. A doctor stitched him up and never took X-Rays.
Ever since, McNeely would set off metal detectors and he's had a lump in his back where the knife entered.
Doctors dug out a blade measuring about 2.7 inches.
Goblin-proof chicken book wins odd-title prize
"Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop" by Reginald Bakeley has won Britain's quirkiest literary award, the Diagram Prize for the year's oddest book title.
The book took 38 percent of the votes in a public ballot, beating finalists including "How Tea Cosies Changed the World," ''Was Hitler Ill?" and "God's Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis."
"Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop" is subtitled "and other practical advice in our campaign against the fairy kingdom." It is described by its Massachusetts-based publisher, Conari Press, as "the essential primer for banishing the dark fairy creatures that are lurking in the dark corners and crevices of your life."
Previous winners of the quirky prize include "Bombproof Your Horse," ''Living With Crazy Buttocks" and "Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way."
- Via AP
Report: North Korean diplomats ordered to sell millions of dollars in drugs
North Korean diplomats are being sent to embassies around the world with more than 40 pounds of drugs each and a tight deadline to sell them, a South Korean newspaper reports.
The North Korean embassies are charged with pulling in about $300,000 each, The Chosun Ilbo quotes South Korean diplomatic sources as saying. Everything must go by April 15, apparently, which is the birthday of the country's former leader Kim Il Sung.
North Korea is said to have an established illegal drug-making business aimed at capturing foreign currency for the totalitarian Communist regime. It's part of an elaborate underground economy that drives the rest of the countries in the world crazy. NPR's Planet Money did an in-depth report on the issue.
- Digital First Media
16,000 dead pigs, 1,000 dead ducks found in China rivers
The number of dead pigs found in Chinese rivers has risen to 16,000 as of this week, and 1,000 ducks were found floating down the South River in Pengshan County.
The dead pigs were recovered within the last two weeks in rivers that supply water to Shanghai. No official explanation was given for the massive pig-carcass dumping, but authorities have assured the public that tests have shown Shanghai's water to be safe.
No one knows why the ducks were disposed of on the riverbank, but hog farmers have said that pig carcasses were being dumped because the police cracked down on the illicit sale of pork products made from dead and diseased pigs.
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