Want the world’s weirdest stories of the week? Then you’re in the right place. It’s the Latitude News Mishmash.
Dancing to a different beat
Like a ballerina trying to recover from a bad pirouette, Russia’s famous Bolshoi Ballet is reeling from scandal after scandal. First a male dancer allegedly organized an attack that left the troupe’s artistic director, Sergei Filin, badly burned by acid. Now a former star soloist is accusing the Bolshoi of being a “giant brothel.”
“Ten years ago when I was dancing at the theatre, I repeatedly received propositions to share the beds of oligarchs,” said Anastasia Volochkova during an appearance on a Russian television talk show. “When the girls asked: ‘What happens if we refuse?’, they were told that they would not go on tour or even perform at the Bolshoi theatre.”
Volochkova was reportedly fired from the Bolshoi in 2003 for being too heavy. For more on the story check out The New Zealand Herald.
Peeing in public
Gents, we’ve all been there: stumbling home from the bar with a full bladder (and empty wallet), you desperately peer into dark alleyways, looking for a place to lighten your load without attracting the attention of Johnny Law. OK, maybe we haven’t ALL been there; but for those who have, the City Council of Copenhagen feels your pain.
According to a report in Ice News, a Nordic newspaper, the council has installed “giant, white plastic lilies” on the street. The pretty flowers are, in actuality, portable urinals—”white plastic funnels” that connect directly through storm grates to the city sewer. “It’s something we developed for the Distortion music festival to create an easy, simple solution to an urban problem that can be set up and taken down easily,” a Danish official told the newspaper.
And yet there’s a deep sense of injustice flowing through this story: women need to pee too! No word yet on whether Copenhagen is cooking up an additional emergency floral urination system for ladies’ nights out.
Fishing for dead pigs
If life gives you dead pigs, then fish them out of the river. Wait, that’s not how it goes . . .
China’s polluted rivers have a new scourge: dead pigs. More than 3,500 of the poor porkers have been fished out from one river near the city of Jiaxing in the last week. Now the municipal government has asked unemployed fishermen to help retrieve the carcasses, reports The South China Morning Post. One villager tried the work for four days, but gave up because it was too disgusting.
But the fisherfolk in this badly polluted area have little other choice: “Even if you can catch fish, they are too smelly to sell,” another explained. The epidemic of floating pigs is the result of a police crackdown on the practice of selling pork products made from dead, diseased carcasses. Hog farmers believe it’s cheaper to dump the pig corpses in the river, potentially poisoning the local water supply, then dispose of them in treatment facilities.
Talk about acting like a pig.