Truth be told, our recap of the weird this week has nothing to do with the holidays, but since I likely won't be posting anything next week, I had to make something sound festive. Might as well be the title.
This was another banner week for the wacky and absurd. We had a Chinese man who got a viral infection in his lungs from repeatedly sniffing his work socks after long shifts, a guy who proves that you shouldn't pay for your Egg McMuffin with weed, and someone in Montana who is shooting at “anything that looks like Bigfoot.”
A man who had a “bizarre habit of sniffing his smelly socks every day after work” has been diagnosed with severe fungal infection in his lungs in China. The 37-year-old man, surnamed Peng, was admitted to a hospital in Zhangzhou when he complained of a cough and chest pains. While doctors examined him, Peng told them that he had been “addicted to smelling his socks that he had been wearing.” The infection is believed to have come from a fungus that had developed in his footwear and spread to his lungs when he inhaled the spores.
I've heard of putting your foot in your mouth, but that is really taking things to extremes.
Police in Port St. Lucie, Florida report that 23-year-old Anthony Andrew Gallagher went through a McDonald's drive-thru and tried to pay for his order with a bag of marijuana. The fast food worker declined the tendered payment and Gallagher drove off. He returned a short time later. He was arrested on charges of marijuana possession and driving under the influence. The restaurant apparently called the police after the first attempt at “payment” and they were able to nab him when he returned. No one knows if he tried to pay with pot the second time around. It is also unclear if he has a lawyer, and if he does, how big a bag his retainer would've been.
A Helena, Montana man barely escaped injury last week when someone mistook him for the legendary Bigfoot. He reported he was target shooting on public land near Helena when he was shot at multiple times by another man. Several shots were fired, with bullets landing within a few feet to both his left and right. He confronted the shooter, who told him he was “not wearing orange and thought he was Bigfoot. The shooter told him, “I don't target practice — but if I see something that looks like Bigfoot, I just shoot at it.”
Seems like a reasonable plan.
The victim reported the man was driving a black Ford F-150 but did not have a license plate number or description of the alleged shooter. We can only assume that Bigfoot is probably a Chevy guy.
That's all for this week and probably this year. Our offices are closed on the 24thand 25th, and I am sneaking an extra day off in on the 26th. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and we'll see you next year.
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