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NYC Mailman Allegedly Kept 40,000 Letters Instead of Delivering Them

US Postal Service Mail Delivery Ahead Of Second-Quarter Results
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) logo is seen on the side of a delivery truck in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images

No word on whether he was grooving to all our love letters

A Brooklyn mailman has been accused of hoarding 40,000 pieces of mail at home, in his car and in has locker, according to a federal complaint.

The mail carrier, 67-year-old Joseph Brucato, was arrested this week after his supervisor noticed undelivered mail in Brucato’s car.

A police official said that when confronted, Brucato said he didn’t deliver mail on some days for “personal reasons.” The mail carrier’s lawyer said Brucato suffered from depression.

Brucato was arraigned Wednesday and subsequently released. The United States Postal Service has suspended him without pay.

TIME Bizarre

Your Wait for Sexy Halloween Costumes Inspired by Frozen Is Finally Over

Chilling

As Halloween approaches, the Frozen frenzy isn’t letting up any time soon. While cosplayers have been dressing up like the movie’s princess protagonists Elsa and Anna for months, the pop culture website Decider.com points us toward Yandy.com and Amazon.com, which are now selling Halloween costumes that make women look like sexier versions of the royals from Arendelle.

The Ice Queen costume bears Elsa’s blue dress, while letting go, if you will, of a little bit of hemline. Other bloggers think this costume, which is called both “Norwegian Maiden” and “Fearless Snow Princess” on Yandy.com, looks like Anna, in terms of the color scheme. There’s also the “Snow Queen,” and the “Funny Snowman,” which are similar to Olaf, the masochistic summer-seeking snowman voiced by Josh Gad in the movie. That costume boasts a “cheeky rear” and fingerless glovelettes with “brown faux branch arm print.”

Read the CEO of Yandy’s 2013 TIME interview to learn how the company’s costume designers come up with ideas for sexy costumes.

MORE: Meet The People at Yandy Who Design Sexy Pizza and Other Risqué Halloween Costumes

TIME Bizarre

This Exists: Colognes Inspired by Che and Hugo Chávez

Argentinian-born Cuban revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara. Havana, Cuba, January 7, 1959.
Argentinian-born Cuban revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara. Havana, Cuba, January 7, 1959. Joseph Scherschel—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

The Che scent is "woodsy and refreshing" while the Chávez scent is "softer and fruitier," the AP reports

New in the perfume aisle: the smell of socialism.

The Associated Press reports a Cuban company Labiofam spent over a year working with the French perfumer Robertet to create two new colognes, Ernesto and Hugo, inspired by the Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara and the late Venezuelan socialist president Hugo Chávez.

According to AP, the Che scent is “woodsy and refreshing” while Hugo is “softer and fruitier” with “hints of mango and papaya.”

Mario Valdes, who led the scent design team, told the AP, “We didn’t want to create propaganda, but rather pay homage to them and help their names endure.”

But creating a Che Guevara-inspired cologne is an ironic way to “pay homage” to the famous Marxist, since many report that he avoided bathing for most of his life. “Woodsy,” maybe, but “refreshing” he was not.

TIME Bizarre

Watch a Man Seduce a Giant Ear to Sell You Headphones

It's an earful, alright

Does this make you want to buy headphones?

In a series of ads for Sennheiser’s Urbanite headphones, a man with a German accent sensually bathes, massages and feeds… a giant ear.

“I looove ears,” he begins, wearing a ridiculous costume that is an oversized headphone. “I was born to pamper them,” he continues, now kneeling and giving the ear a bubble bath.

Further description of the man-on-ear pampering won’t do it justice. Watch the ad for yourself.

(h/t AdWeek)

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TIME Bizarre

Skunk Found Near a Frat House With Its Head Stuck in a Beer Can

A skunk with its head stuck in a beer near a frat house at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, September 14, 2014. Matt Hatfield / Oxford Police Department—AP

So college

This skunk was spotted neck-deep in a beer can near a fraternity house at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, offering us a very literal example of a “skunked beer.”

A resident flagged the local police, who arrived at the scene to find “the animal banging around trying to get the can off and running into shrubs,” according to the Associated Press.

Officer Matt Hatfield of the Oxford Police Department snapped this photo and fortunately an animal control officer managed to release the skunk from its dank, dark beer prison, freeing it to pursue a better-tasting brew. It’s also worth noting that the officer did so without getting sprayed, which skunks tend to do when agitated. The prospect of dying in a Miller Lite can is certainly grounds for agitation.

TIME Food & Drink

Goldfinger: The Man With the Kosher Deli Meat

Press On Bond Set
Sean Connery and a gold-painted Shirley Eaton being photographed on the set of the James Bond film 'Goldfinger', directed by Guy Hamilton, Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire, England, 1964. Paul Popper / Getty Images

He loves only cold cuts...

By the time the movie Goldfinger premiered in London 50 years ago Wednesday, on Sept. 17, 1964, that name was already familiar.

The novel on which the movie is based had been out for a few years, and Sean Connery had been making waves as James Bond on film since 1962. In a 1964 profile of the actor, TIME had gushed that the “polite, amiable, tall, dark, and loose-hung Scot” has so much character that he “stands out like a sea horse in a colony of jellyfish” in Hollywood, and that “his individualism is just right for Agent Bond, who makes steely love, is a wine snob, and likes to rub people out without spilling blood on the carpet.”

But that’s the not the only reason the name might have rung a bell.

Auric Goldfinger, it turns out, isn’t the only newsworthy Goldfinger out there. Well before his name became synonymous with trying to rob Fort Knox, there was Isaac Goldfinger, a New York City deli owner who got himself in a pickle over kosher meats.

As TIME reported in its Dec. 20, 1937, issue, Isaac Goldfinger found himself in the middle of a dispute between the Butchers’ Union and Ukor-brand kosher meats. Ukor was the only kosher meat sold in New York that wasn’t union-made, and Goldfinger’s deli happened to sell Ukor meats. The deli, at which Mr. Goldfinger was the owner and sole employee, was picketed by the union and estimated that the controversy was costing him $100 a week. When he tried to get an injunction against the picketing, the union took the case to the court of appeals. The result (Goldfinger v. Feintuch, 276 N.Y. 281) set an important precedent in labor law, as TIME explained:

Last week in a nationally noted decision the court ruled against Isaac Goldfinger. Though confirming the injunction as it applied to obstreperous picketing tactics, the court held that secondary picketing was perfectly legal provided: 1) it was peaceful, and 2) it was directed not against Mr. Goldfinger but against the Ukor products he insisted on handling. Said the opinion: ‘Where the manufacturer disposes of the product through retailers in unity of interest with it, unless the union may follow the product to the place where it is sold and peacefully ask the public to refrain from purchasing it, the union would be deprived of a fair and proper means of bringing its plea to the attention of the public.’

In other words, the union should have no grievance with the other deli products — they couldn’t urge a boycott of, say, the brand of bread that happened to be sold at a deli that also sold Ukor meat — but they were perfectly welcome to protest the meat at the place where the public would decide whether or not to buy it.

The story made the front page of the Brooklyn Eagle, where it was noted that the deli in question was located at 50 Avenue C in Manhattan — it’s an address at the corner of Avenue C and East Fourth Street where, appropriately enough, a deli still stands today.

Read a 1964 profile of Sean Connery here, in TIME’s archives: Canny Scot

TIME animals

Goldfish Undergoes Surgery for Removal of Deadly Tumor

Nicole Dorling

The rare surgery saved his life

When George’s owners noticed that he’d become very sick, they rushed their beloved pet to the vet for a check-up. That’s when George was diagnosed with a life-threatening tumor, and was recommended by the vet to undergo a unique surgery.

Except George is goldfish. And not just any goldfish: one that’s already 10-years old. While most owners would’ve said their goodbyes and flushed George down the toilet, his owners shelled out $200 for a vet at the Lort Smith Animal Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, to perform the rare surgery, according to the New York Post.

Very little of the hospital’s surgical practice is fish-specific, Dr. Tristan Rich, an exotic wildlife specialist who performed George’s surgery, told Daily Mail. George was first placed in a bucket of water that contained an anesthetic, according to the hospital’s Facebook. While excising the tumor, which had grown into his skull, Dr. Rich fed a tube containing water, oxygen and anesthetic into George’s gills, so that the goldfish would remain unconscious and alive.

At the end of the operation, Dr. Rich ran into a bit of trouble. The sutures didn’t hold, so instead he used tissue glue—something that’s normally used in human operations. Finally, Dr. Rich gave George antibiotics and painkillers, and placed him in a recovery bucket of clean water. Soon after the 45 minute operation, George started swimming and breathing on his own.

“For the owners, it’s not about having a fish, it’s about having this fish,” Dr. Rich told Daily Mail. “If you have a pet, regardless of what it is, then you have a responsibility to look after it as best you can.”

 

TIME Bizarre

Watch a Bat Interrupt a Live News Broadcast

An early Halloween surprise during this morning show

A bat flew into the Good Morning Tennessee studio in Knoxville yesterday morning, causing the anchors to go a bit batty.

“Out of nowhere the bat comes about this far from my face,” anchor Tearsa Smith said on the website for ABC affiliate WATE. “It dive bombed us and you could literally hear me screaming because we’re on TV and I get that and it’s a newscast, but I was gone!”

Eventually, with the help of trained professionals, the bat was caught after several hours and will be released into a wooded area.

TIME Bizarre

17 Goats Wander Onto Train Tracks in the Week’s Strangest Morning Commute

Authorities believe they spent 8-9 hours in a Spanish train station

Here’s one way to snarl a morning commute – a herd of 17 goats took a stroll down the railway tracks in a Spanish train station Tuesday morning, The Guardian reports.

The goats were “completely disoriented and frightened,” said security guard Antonio Jesús Martínez, who spent 40 minutes coaxing the goats off the tracks, according to The Guardian.

Eventually, all of the goats were taken out of the Terrassa station one-by-one and safely returned to their goatherd. “Some of them ended up spending eight or nine hours in the station,” said Jordi Carrera, a representative of Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalonia. “But they were well looked after.”

TIME Bizarre

Why Smoke 110 Cigarettes at Once? Anything For a World Record

From the May 13, 1974, issue of TIME
From the May 13, 1974, issue of TIME TIME

The Guinness Book of World Records has inspired some dubious feats over the years

Guinness World Records releases its 2015 edition this week, featuring a Pomeranian that’s the fastest dog on two paws and Metallica, the first musical act to perform a concert on every continent.

The book is also the 60th anniversary edition, but things have changed since the first-ever Guinness records book arrived in 1955. Though early editions were full of miscellany and trivia, its records tended to be fairly basic: fastest, tallest, smallest, deepest. But, as TIME reported in a May 13, 1974, feature on an “oddball Olympics,” a group of 200 California students who gathered to beat previous world records and set new ones, the records have gotten weirder. This passage shows the great lengths people will go to achieve such an honor, something current record holders will be able to relate to:

During the week-long oddball Olympics, contestants in 75 events set eleven new world records. John Parker, 24, made himself a 1975 edition Guinness notable by downing 300 goldfish, 75 more than the previous oldie goldie. Rick Sumner, 14, polished off 20 doughnuts in 9 min. 59 sec., beating the old record of 20 in 15 min. John McKinney, 17, and Rick Sackett, 25, each crammed 52 cigars into their mouths and kept them alight for 30 sec. (v. the previous record of 28 lit for 30 sec.). Another titlist, Scott Case, managed to smoke 110 cigarettes simultaneously for 30 sec. without endangering his health. Kevin Farrell and Corey Fletcher each stood on one leg for 7½ hr., 60 min. longer than anyone ever has before.

Allan Littman, 17, consumed a pound of grapes, with seeds, in 52 sec. to crush the old mark of 65 sec. Allan Greenberg, 22, twirled a record album on his forefinger for 5 hr. Bruce Stewart and Robert Argust slapped each other’s faces for 31 hr. to top the old record by one hour. Frank Dolce blew 116 smoke rings on one drag to break the old high by 30.

And the weirdness has continued. Other fun records TIME highlighted over the years include:

The longest song title, mentioned in the People section in 1969: “I’m a Cranky Old Yank in a Clanky Old Tank on the Streets of Yokohama with my Honolulu Mama Doin’ Those Beat-o, Beat-o, Flat-on-My-Seat-o, Hirohito Blues” by composer Hogey Carmichael.

The world’s largest diary, reviewed in 1995: 20 million words spanning 67 years and roughly 35,000 pages, penned by New York World reporter Edward Robb Ellis. The quality of the writing lives up to the quantity, based on his description of the late Senator Joseph McCarthy, the face of the Red Scare: “McCarthy has the slim hips of an athlete, a thick trunk and shoulders like a buffalo. Almost lacking a neck, his huge head seems perched on his shoulders. His mouth is long and thin, like a knife-gash in a melon.”

Fastest beer drinker, featured in a 1983 profile. Before Robert Hawke was known as Australia’s longest-serving Labor prime minister, he guzzled 2.5 pints of beer in 12 seconds at Oxford, earning a spot in the record book.

Read about the 1974 record-breakers here, in TIME’s archives: Oddball Olympics

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