Talk about a bad trip. Motorists in California have recently been reporting unusual behaviour from coyotes, ranging from incidents where they stare down vehicles, to others who run out in front of cars. Experts have since investigated, and then ruled out all but two options: Either drivers have been feeding the coyotes, or the animals have been eating hallucinogenic mushrooms causing them to freak out. The fly agaric mushroom, a psychoactive vegetable, happens to grow in the area.
Now they know how we feel with Canada geese. Residents in the U.K. are apparently terrified ever since extremely-horny swans started getting, shall we say, territorial. The birds have been chasing people, pecking at children and cars, pulling up plants and leaving behind a pretty terrible mess. As a result, some residents have begun packing water pistols to keep the aggressive swans at bay. Because they are protected birds, there is little the government can do.
After all, safety first! A school bus driver in Florida may be fired after he allegedly made inappropriate comments to summer camp workers, drove erratically and offered to let students “pet the lions” at Lion County Safari. Even after being warned to stop, school district officials say the man opened the door for a second time and asked who wanted to get out to see the giant predators. The school board is still making its decision.
It all seemed so fun at the time… A pair of Scottish thieves used their ill-gotten gains from a credit card scam to charter a private jet to fly them to Elstree, the Hollywood of Britain, as part of some sort of twisted celebration. Once there, Jamie Abernathy and Brian Darroch paid for a hotel room and ordered all kinds of alcohol and food. The purchases took a bizarre twist, however, when the pair decided to order three stoves and 500 kilos of fish (how they planned to eat all that before it spoiled is beyond us). The pair have since admitted to their crimes, and have received separate sentences.
Meow? Twenty-year-old Nano says that when she was a teenager, psychologists found she had been born with a “genetic defect” that caused her to behave like a cat. Now, several years later, she sometimes walks on all fours while wearing a fake tail, ears and paw gloves. She also hisses when she sees dogs, and says she can hear things us regular humans can’t. Judging from the comments in the news stories about her, though, most people aren’t buying the story.