The world’s a strange place, and the Latitude News Mishmash is here to bring you its most bizarre stories. Stay tuned for a look at the wide world of weird.
Less booze, more boink
In the northern Ugandan city of Gulu, women are demanding the local government limit the hours their “inactive and unproductive” husbands can drink. A local official revealed his office has received more than 50 complaints from women who claim their husbands do nothing but sit around all day and get drunk. And that means the men are apparently neglecting their spousal duties.
Uganda’s New Vision newspaper reports that one angry woman said her husband’s “excessive and unregulated consumption of alcohol had denied [the couple] the opportunity to produce more children . . . Other women pointed out that they are not ‘getting enough’ of what they should be getting in their marriages, in clear and pointed references to sexual activity.”
Look, Ma, no hands!
It probably seemed like a good idea when a Russian Air Force general with no “aerobatics” training tried to perform an aerial stunt in a Su-27 UB fighter jet. Wait, no. That doesn’t sounds like a good idea at all.
Luckily, Major General Kanamat Botashev and his co-pilot managed to eject safely after his ill-advised maneuver caused the jet to go into a tail-spin before crashing into a nearby forest. Botashev immediately resigned and, a year after the incident, was fined $160,000 in a court martial and given a four year suspended sentence.
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Sea lion serial-killer on the loose
Finally, a disturbing story from Vancouver Island in Canada where The Province reports a headless sea lion recently washed up on shore. This wasn’t an act of nature. It’s the fourth time investigators have come across a decapitated sea lion corpse in the last few months, leading them to believe one or more humans is behind the serial crime.
“Every year we get a number of sea lions and seals that have been shot,” said an official with Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. “What makes this different is that the heads have been removed.”
Canada’s First Nations tribe are allowed to harvest sea lions for ceremonial purposes, but only with a special permit. The Province writes that fishermen are also known to kill the creatures, who are known for their voracious apetite for seafood.