13 Oddee-est Stories of 2013
1Florida Woman Renews Marriage Vows with a Ferris Wheel
It was a happy day for Linda Lucharme of Gibstonton, Florida and her husband Bruce when they renewed their marriage vows this year. The one slightly unusual thing is that Bruce is a ferris wheel. Lucharme is said to be afflicted with objectum sexuality, a rare syndrome where people fall in love with inanimate objects. Bruce and Linda are officially married in the eyes of the state of Florida. The ceremony was conducted by a former Catholic priest who resigned from the Church because of the wedding. “I tie you flesh to steel,” he said to the happy couple. There was no word on where they spent the honeymoon.
2Mysterious Object Under Seattle Halts Tunneling
While tunneling under Seattle to build a new highway, engineers hit something mysterious on December 6 which has ground the project to a halt. The world's largest tunnel-boring machine, nicknamed Bertha, was stopped dead in its tracks when it hit “the object” as it is known, preventing further forward progress. Is it a UFO, an ancient building, or just a giant boulder? No one knows yet, as the area is still filled with water and a crew has yet to be able to actually see what is going on. Even more intriguing is that "the object" is only 45 feet below the ground.
3Fake Interpreter at Mandela's Funeral
4 Students Find a “Secret Roommate”
At first, residents of an old fixer-upper house near Ohio State University thought they had a ghost when cabinets and oven doors were regularly found left open. However, a subsequent investigation of the basement revealed a hidden bedroom behind a locked door that no one had been told about. Apparently, a fellow OSU student named Jeremy had been living there in secret. Jeremy was quickly evicted.
5Man Erects a Middle Finger Statue Next to His Ex-Wife's House
6Chinese Bowl Bought for $3 Sells for $2.2 Million
7Game Show Gives Babies as Prizes
8Woman Struck by Lightning Twice... in a Supermarket
Getting struck by lightning once is already a statistical anomaly... but what about twice, and in a supermarket? That's what happened to Lakeisha Brooks, who was shopping in a Louisiana supermarket when she heard a pop, saw a large flash, and had the feeling of “hot oil running down her leg” as she was zapped two times in a row while waiting in the checkout line. The lightning was thought to have traveled through the sprinkler system in order to strike the woman. The odds of getting struck by lightening once are already 1 in 6,250, and no weather expert had ever heard of it happening inside a store. It's too bad she didn't buy a lottery ticket.
9Man's Gut Brews Its Own Beer
10Nik Wallenda Tightropes Across the Grand Canyon
11US Treasury Reimburses a Family After Money was Eaten by Their Dog
While on a trip to visit their daughter with the family dog, Wayne Klinke and his wife stopped at a diner to grab a quick bite. When they returned to the car 45 minutes later, they realized that their dog had grabbed a bite, too - out of his wallet. The dog, Sundance, had managed to open a secret compartment in the car and eat five $100 bills that had been stored there. After following Sundance around for several days, Klinke was able to retrieve most of the pieces by going through the poop with rubber gloves. The US Treasury, which says that they reimburse damaged bills as long as they are 51% complete, was true to their word and sent the Klinkes a check for $500.
12Banana Boat in Legal Limbo
13Man Plots with His Wife to Have Himself Murdered
I wonder what would happen if Bruce met Bertha. Would Linda fly into a jealous rage?
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