While you were finishing up end-of-the-year projects at work and thinking about Christmas shopping, you were missing a lot of the bizarre things that were happening around the world. As we close out another week, it's time to look back on some of the weirder stories in a quick recap.
So here are a few of the strangest stories that you might have missed. If you think you're really smart, you can jump ahead and take the Fark Weird News Quiz without this little recap. If not, let's get started.
Most business trips are a grind. Generic hotel rooms, all-day meetings, mediocre television. But some workers get out of town and it's like a valve release. They're away from their responsibilities at home and they go out on the prowl to get lucky.
One businesswoman on a trip found what she was looking for and returned to her room with a partner for a bit of the old naked mambo. At some point during their athletic lovemaking session, they managed to dislodge a glass light fixture from the wall. It struck the woman in the face, injuring her nose and damaging her teeth.
Since the woman was on a business trip, she considered the injury to be work-related and filed a workers' compensation claim, claiming that her sexual activity in the hotel room was "in the ordinary purview of human life" and was therefore subject to compensation.
Her claim was denied, and this week Australia's Administrative Appeals Tribunal upheld the decision, telling the woman that, for the claim to have been valid, she would have had to inform her employer in advance that she was planning on naked entertaining in the x-axis.
The Man Who Was Evicted From an Egg
Dai Haifei had a problem. He'd graduated from college and landed an entry-level job with an architectural design firm. But the cost of living in Beijing was taking most of his earnings, so he did what many have done when facing the same difficulty: He built himself a modest place to live. He didn't use a dome or arch structure as his template, opting instead to go for a more primal shape.
Specifically, an egg.
For a little less than $1,000, Dai built the eccentric embryo with bamboo and earthen materials. It housed little more than a bed, a small bookshelf and a washbasin. Standing only 6 feet tall and roughly the size of a compact car, it wasn't spacious, but it was sturdy, waterproof and had solar panels to give him some electricity after the sun went down.
By constructing it right outside his office building, he also managed to eliminate his commuting costs. He spent most of his free time in local coffee shops or the gym. Sadly, Dai's odd little ovum drew the attention of local authorities. They considered the structure an "unauthorized construction" and evicted him. His months-long experiment in alternative living is over easy.
Ocean's 11, Florida-Style
Over on Fark, there is only one state in the U.S. that has such a high percentage of bizarre stories that it's earned its very own tag, and that is the lovely dangling chad known as Florida. Every week, Fark manages to find several stories there -- like the man who police say threw a rock though his neighbor's window because he was mad at his neighbor for putting a voodoo curse on him, or the woman who allegedly decided to carjack a taxi after it picked her up in front of her own house.
The weirdest Florida story this week is that of a not-so-dashing thief who reportedly made off with 11 packages of meat from a Winn-Dixie and tried to escape on a store-supplied electric shopping scooter.
Authorities say they don't know why Louis Lorensen allegedly pulled the meat heist or why he elected to make his daring getaway on an electric cart with a speedometer that ranges from Frozen Molasses to Lethargic Snail. Apparently he did not expect his pursuers to be able to capture him simply by walking up to him.
He also made quite an impression on the arresting officer by challenging him to a fistfight, taking a wild swing that missed, and then topping it off by threatening the officer with a sound thrashing whenever the cuffs came off, according to authorities.
Police say the Speedy Steak Stealer also managed to run over the foot of a 4-year-old boy during his escape attempt, which won't earn him any extra points with the general-population crowd, but certainly puts him on the wall for one of the most poorly conceived and executed robberies of the year.
Ghosts Shriek Because They Can See You Naked
As hard as it is to top the Meat Bandit, someone managed to do it. Police in Picayune, Miss., have cited one Robert Hurst, who had his photo snapped when he was caught creeping around in a cemetery late at night to take pictures of ghosts -- while naked.
Authorities had set up a motion-sensitive camera to take pictures in hopes of catching graveyard vandals and were therefore pretty surprised to find a picture of Hurst naked in the graveyard (which admittedly sounds like a euphemism).
According to Hurst, human skin is the best backdrop upon which to capture the energy orbs of disembodied spirits, but he admits that removing his pants was perhaps the point where he took his hobby a step too far.
Hurst faces one misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure. Police have yet to file additional charges for scaring ghosts.
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