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Man Un-Ironically Calls Cops to Report Chicken Crossing the Road in Portland, Oregon

Police "were unable to determine the chicken's intent."

A man un-ironically called the Portland, Oregon, police Monday to report a chicken was crossing the road, causing traffic.

“Hi, um this is actually not a prank call,” the man began in his call to a non-emergency dispatcher. “I had to slow down to almost to a complete stop.”

According to the Associated Press, Sgt. Pete Simpson said responding officers could not locate the bird and thus, “were unable to determine the chicken’s intent.”

The Portland Police very ironically posted the call on YouTube:

Whether this is the greatest or worst thing of all time is up for interpretation.

TIME Bizarre

Brazilian Woman Discovers Her Husband Is Also Her Brother

The two have been together for 10 years

A Brazilian woman on a quest to find her long-lost birth mother recently received the shock of her life: after locating her parent with the help of a radio program that specializes in finding lost relatives, she found out that her husband of seven years was actually the brother she never knew she had.

Adriana and her husband Leandro had known they’d both been abandoned by their birth mothers at a very young age. Adriana, 39, hadn’t seen her mother since she was 1, and Leandro learned at 8 that the woman he thought was his mother was, in fact, his stepmother.

The two got together 10 years ago, after Adriana moved back to her hometown in the wake of a failed marriage, and had a child together; neither of them, however, gave up the quest to find their birth mothers, and last month Adriana reached out to Radio Globo’s The Time Is Now. On air, Adriana’s mother disclosed that she’d also had a son whom she’d left — Leandro.

Adriana apparently told Radio Globo that she and Leandro planned to stay together. “Only death is going to separate us,” she said. “All this happened because God wanted it to happen.”

TIME Bizarre

Man Wins Police-Sponsored Doughnut-Eating Contest and Then Gets Arrested

Yum.

O sweet, sweet sadness! A North Carolina man, Bradley Hardison, was arrested this week shortly after winning a police sponsored anticrime doughnut-eating contest at the Elizabeth City Police Department’s National Night Out Against Crime, Reuters reports.

Hardison, 24, consumed eight doughnuts in two minutes, winning over a group of local policemen and firefighters. A day later he was arrested — apparently, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office had been attempting to interview Hardison (for nine months!) about his connection with two break-ins.

A local report brought Hardison to the attention of Lieutenant Max Robeson:

Robeson said they brought Hardison in for questioning on Wednesday.

“I said, ‘Congratulations on your win last night,'” Robeson recalled, before arresting the man on criminal charges of breaking and entering and injury to real property.

Justice = sweet.

TIME

Plane Makes Emergency Landing After Drunk Passenger Attacks Crew with Prosthetic Leg

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She just wanted to smoke her cigarettes in peace!

A plane was diverted Wednesday night after an inebriated woman had the mild mannered response of attacking flight crew with her prosthetic leg after they informed her that not only couldn’t she have cigarettes, but she couldn’t have access to a parachute so that she could leave the aircraft and its stringent rules.

There’s now word if Real Housewives of New York was streaming on the flight to provide her with feud tactic inspiration.

A spokesperson for the Sussex Police released the following statement:

At 10.22pm on Wednesday a 48-year-old unemployed woman from Edinburgh was arrested at the North Terminal, Gatwick Airport, on suspicion of using threatening behaviour while aboard Thompson flight 297 from Tunisia to Edinburgh. The flight was diverted into Gatwick after it was alleged the woman had been abusive and had thrown a prosthetic leg and food at cabin crew.

She was swearing blue murder, saying she was going to do this and that and the other, so the flight was diverted to Gatwick.

Passenger John Smith, 48, described a pretty horrifying scene to the Telegraph.

“She was shouting ‘I want cigarettes’ and that she wanted a parachute to jump off the plane,” he said. “She slapped a young girl and then assaulted the cabin crew with her prosthetic leg.”

The flight was originally expected at its destination at 11:30 pm Wednesday, but it was delayed to 2:30 am Tuesday so that the police could escort the woman off the plane and take statements from passengers.

It kind of makes that plane that was diverted because a woman refused to stop belting Whitney Houston sound pleasant.

[BBC]

TIME Bizarre

British Passport Officials Say Woman Cannot Use the Name ‘Skywalker’ in Signature

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American actors Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher in costume as brother and sister Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy, 1977. Terry O'Neill—Getty Images

Her name could be copyright infringement

Authorities told a British woman who tried to add “Skywalker” as a middle name on her passport that she’s committing trademark infringement.

Laura Matthews, 29, legally applied to change her name to Laura Elizabeth Skywalker Matthews “for a bit of a laugh” in 2008, using the famous Star Wars‘ character Luke Skywalker’s moniker, the BBC reports.

When she tried to renew her passport, she wrote her signature as “L. Skywalker.” But passport officials said they “will not recognize a change to a name which is subject to copyright or trademark.” Authorities said she will likely have to submit another passport with a different signature, though with the same printed name.

This was the first time Matthews encountered a problem with her signature. She says that she’s used it on her driving license and credit cards.

[BBC]

TIME Crime

Mystery White Flags on Brooklyn Bridge Provoke Social Media Frenzy

"We will not surrender"

The New York Police Department has removed a pair of white flags that mysteriously replaced the American stars and stripes on top of the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday morning.

While the unexplained security breach is under investigation by police, the incident has incited a slew of social media confusion and some conspiracy theories.

Has Brooklyn surrendered?

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams issued a statement that no, “We will not surrender our public safety to anyone, at any time.”

Were the flags in question actually American flags that had been whitewashed? Oren Yaniv of the Daily News said yes:

Even more suspiciously still, the police folded the flags in a ceremonial manner after taking them down:

While Adams is approaching the confusing stunt very seriously — “If flying a white flag atop the Brooklyn Bridge is someone’s idea of a joke, I’m not laughing. The public safety of our city is of paramount importance, particularly our landmarks and bridges that are already known to be high-risk targets.” — others online are taking a lighter approach.

It’s a marketing stunt for a little-remembered British singer of the 1990s:

Some thought it was a message from the borough on the other side of the bridge:

Others speculated what Brooklyn might be giving in to:

If it helps, public officials aren’t sure either. In the words of an NYPD Deputy Commission for Public Information officer to Business Insider, “We don’t know anything.”

TIME

George Harrison Memorial Tree Destroyed by Beetles

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Musician and former member of 'The Beatles' George Harrison attends a press conference to launch the new book by Derek Taylor 'Fifty Years Adrift' at the Sydney Opera House on November 30, 1984 Peter Carrette Archive—Getty Images

Much to the delight of wordplay fans

In a terrible case of irony, a tree planted in memory of Beatles guitarist George Harrison in Los Angeles has been destroyed by literal beetles.

The pine tree was planted in Griffith Park in 2004 in honor of the musician and avid gardener, who resided in LA at the end of his life.

But don’t fret. According to the LA Times, “Except for the loss of tree life, Harrison likely would have been amused at the irony. He once said his biggest break in life was getting into the Beatles; his second biggest was getting out.”

No date has been set for the replanting of a new memorial tree.

[LA Times]

TIME Bizarre

3,000 Ping Pong Balls Accidentally Rain onto a Highway

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They were supposed to be dropped on a waiting crowd

As video of hail the size of golf balls pelting a Siberian beach goes viral, 3,000 ping pong balls have pelted a highway in Idaho, the Associated Press reports via the Idaho State Journal.

A pilot was supposed to drop them over a crowd, but accidentally missed.

The ping pong balls were supposed to be redeemable for candy and $100 gift cards during an event called Blackfoot Pride Days, a periodic celebration of local pride.

The good news is that prizes were reportedly passed out anyway despite the mishap.

TIME Bizarre

This Shakespearean Statue Looks Exactly Like Ron Swanson

We're gonna just go ahead and keep believing it's Ron Swanson, actually

At Philly’s Walnut Street Theatre, you can find a marble statue that resembles Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman, known for playing the ultra-masculine, ultra-meat loving Ron Swanson. Behold:

As MTV News points out, this statue was actually erected in honor of Shakespearean actor Edwin Forrest, who began his career in 1820. Forrest does have some things in common with Swanson, though: a love of woodworking and a cantankerous demeanor, for example.

At this point, the theatre might as well just give in and tell people it’s Ron Swanson. Just put a plate of bacon and a bottle of whiskey beside it and it’s ready to go.

TIME Bizarre

Body Falls Out of a Coroner’s Car in the Middle of Traffic

“I thought someone was playing a prank," a local resident of Feasterville, Pa. said

Among the hazards to watch out for while driving in Pennsylvania: random dead bodies.

A corpse fell out of the back door of a coroner’s van and into the middle of traffic Friday following a car malfunction, according to the Bucks County Coroner’s Office. The unidentified driver was near a shopping center in Feasterville, Pa. on the way to the coroner’s office when the incident occurred around noon, the Bucks County Courier Times reports.

Local resident Jerry Bradley assisted the driver after he saw the body, which was covered in a body bag on a gurney, while waiting at a traffic light.

“I thought someone was playing a prank. Someone is pranking people,” Bradley told the paper Saturday night. “It was the most bizarre thing I’d ever seen.”

Bradley took a picture of the body in the middle of traffic before helping the driver quickly get it out of the street and back in the vehicle. The picture has been shared more than 1,900 times on Facebook.

“I have to keep going back to look at it to believe it happened,” Bradley said. “I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry. If that was my loved one I’d be angry.”

County spokesman Chris Edwards directed questions to Coroner Dr. Joseph Campbell but said “care was taken to respect the deceased individual” in a statement.

“The Bucks County Coroner’s Office deeply regrets this incident and will take steps to ensure that it is not repeated in the future,” he said.

[Courier Times]

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