You can’t make this stuff up, and you probably wouldn’t want to. Welcome to the Latitude News Mishmash, where we pick three of the weirdest stories of the week for your amusement.
“It was worth it!”
What would you do for two cases of delicious, delicious Jack Daniels? A daredevil in northern Australia faced that existential question recently.
His answer? Float down a log on the “crocodile-infested” Daly River while completely nude. Brilliant!
“I’d enjoyed a few beers and it seemed a good idea at the time,” the bourbon-lover, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Australian website NTnews.com.
“We weren’t catching any fish – because the river was flowing too fast – so I thought, ‘Why not?’ But when I woke up the next morning, it didn’t seem so clever.”
Luckily for posterity, the man’s friend, who dared him to hop on the log in exchange for the liquor, captured this historic event on camera.
Watch out for that . . . cow?
In Nepal, where the majority of the population is Hindu, “killing a sacred cow” isn’t corporate jargon, but a religious taboo. Cows are said to be an earthly manifestation of the Hindu goddess Laxmi, and killing one still gets people in Nepal arrested. But the abundance of sacred cows is proving a problem, especially for the congested capital city, Kathmandu.
“The stray cows and oxen have been a big nuisance . . . They not only cause accidents, but also make the streets untidy,” a spokesman for the local police explained. “We see traffic jams because the drivers who try to avoid the cows often crash into other vehicles.”
Now according to a report from The National in the United Arab Emirates, the police plan to eliminate Nepal’s bovine menace by rounding the stray cattle up. No word on what they plan to do with the beasts, but we assume barbecue won’t be among the options.
Movie theater mouse steals french fries
There’s not a lot of meat to this story, but the accompanying picture was so good we couldn’t resist sharing it: The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports a shocked movie-goer found a mouse nibbling on her hot chips (Australian for “french fries”) at a movie theater in Perth.
The social-media savvy woman managed to snap a picture of the furry creature and post it to the cinema’s Facebook page. The theater has temporarily closed down to deal with its “rodent infestation.” Check out the photo to the left. Yum!