Tired of hearing about North Korea’s evil plot to blow the whole world to smithereens? Then you’re in the right place. It’s the Latitude News Mishmash, our weekly round-up of the world’s weirdest stories.
One crazy trick
A prostitute collapsed in the middle of a strenuous bout of lovemaking at the Manor Hotel in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Police declared the woman dead, placed her in a coffin and carried her from the hotel. That’s when things went from sad to supernatural, according to a report from Bulawayo 24 News. The woman, who had merely passed out, started screaming from inside the coffin as terrified onlookers fled in fear.
“It was like a movie,” said one shocked witness. “People were running away in different directions. It was a scary incident because we were all convinced that she had died because she was just cold. Miracles surely do happen.”
Drinking your milkshake
Showing plucky can-do spirt, a Siberian entrepreneur dug a 200-foot tunnel and “siphoned off some 30 tons of crude oil from a local pipeline,” reports RIA Novosti, Russia’s state-owned news agency. The renegade oilman’s haul was estimated at around $16,200. But after being arrested for theft, he claimed that digging the tunnel and extracting the oil had cost more than what he ultimately earned.
“The man confessed that stealing the crude had turned out to be difficult on a practical level, as the fuel was always overflowing, soiling his clothes,” a police spokesperson explained. A+ for effort.
Licking whipped cream off a priest’s knee never looks good
What were they thinking? You can’t even say it seemed like a good idea at the time: The Salesian Society, an outfit that runs one-sixth of Poland’s religious schools, posted a photo on its website of children licking whipped cream off a delighted priest’s knobby, pale knees. The priest, who is the headmaster of the school, told Polskie Radio “girls and boys touching shaving foam with their lips has been practised for many years.”
Whipped cream or shaving cream, either way sounds weird. But not to worry: A local prosecutor said that there is no reason “to believe that the conduct of the head teacher was sexually motivated.” Even so, the Salesian Society banned the priest from pulling a similar stunt in the future. Anyone out there ever heard of this bizarre game before, or did the priest just make it up?