Kyle McAleer, 20, a Chicago Cubs fan from Iowa, adopted a goofy “rally cap” idea from former Cubs player Starlin Castro, and has worn a plastic bucket to games for several years. As McAleer and his family watched a game from seats under Wrigley Field’s manual scoreboard on July 24, a 6- to 8-inch metal pin fell out of the board and onto McAleer; it cut through the bucket and cut into his head. Although he suffered a cut requiring five staples, McAleer is crediting the bucket for saving his life: “It might have fractured my skull. It definitely could have been fatal. I am extremely lucky.” Cubs spokesman Julian Green said the incident has been ruled an accident, and the team has sent McAleer some swag.
Why The Unemployed Should Not Drive Lamborghinis
Farah Hashi, 25, of Newport, Wales, is mad about cars. While he was visiting friends in Dubai, they arranged for him to drive a $350,000 Lamborghini Huracan. Hashi has one leg that’s shorter than the other; he typically drives a custom Vauxhall Corsa mobility car. He took full advantage of the high-powered sports car he’d been loaned. He was caught on roadside cameras 33 times in less than four hours as he reached a top speed of 150 mph. He racked up more than $47,000 in speeding fines. Farah’s brother, Adnan Hashi, said the rental company went to Hashi’s hotel room and seized his passport after the fines were issued. So Hashi is stuck in Dubai until the mess can be sorted out. “There is no way he has that money,” Adnan told the BBC. “He is out of work at the moment and went to Dubai to visit friends.”
When There’s Nothing More Important Than Tattoos
A Russian man who has covered more than 90 percent of his body — including his eyeballs — with black-ink tattoos underwent surgery on July 14 at Jardines Hospital in Guadalajara, Mexico, to remove his penis, testicles and nipples because he felt they spoiled his body art. Adam Curlykale, 32, of Kaliningrad, who is an albino, was diagnosed with cancer and started the tattooing process 12 years ago to cover scars left behind from the disease. “I always knew that I was different from the rest of society,” Curlykale told The Daily Mail. “My favorite color, for example, has always been gray, in different tones, and that’s why my current skin color is graphite.” He plans to finish the tattooing process by inking his remaining un-tattooed skin.
He’ll Do Anything For Wi-Fi
Just after midnight, a couple in Palo Alto, Calif., were awakened in their bedroom by a 17-year-old burglar with a garment obscuring his face. Instead of demanding money or jewelry, though, the intruder asked for their Wi-Fi password. According to the Sacramento Bee, the homeowner forced the teen out of the home and called police, who tracked him down a block away and arrested him for felony residential burglary. Police later determined it wasn’t the teen’s first attempt at connectivity. Less than an hour earlier that night, a prowler had summoned a woman from her home to ask for access to her Wi-Fi network also. She told him to go away, and he rode off on a bicycle — which she realized the next day he had stolen from her backyard. She called police, who recovered the bike near where they arrested the teen.
Did I Tell You I Own The Bruins?
Jeffrey Jacobs, 37, thought he had a great thing going. Last year, when a tree fell on his White Plains, N.Y., home, he told the owner of a tree service that he was the owner of the NHL’s Boston Bruins. Impressed, the tree service owner sent a crew in the midst of a storm, then billed the actual club owner, 78-year-old Jeremy Jacobs, $5,100 for the service. Police in nearby Wilton, Conn., heard about the deception when they received a call in May from security officials at a company chaired by the Bruins’ owner. The story sounded familiar. In November, Jacobs had been pulled over in Wilton. He told officers he owned the Bruins in an effort to get out of the ticket. On July 20, Jacobs was pulled over for using his phone while driving in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; sent back to Wilton; and charged with criminal impersonation.
Nude Jumping Jacks
Brody Tyler Young, 25, was arrested in a Nashville, Tenn., McDonald’s after spending the day locked in the women’s restroom, dancing naked, doing jumping jacks and hitting the wall. When officers managed to enter the restroom, they found Young locked in a stall, smelling of “chemical fumes, as if he had been huffing.” Young was taken into custody and charged with public intoxication and public indecency.
Diamonds Are So 20th Century
In Japan, Warp Space is offering newlyweds the chance to make their union universal with wedding plaques launched into space. According to United Press International, the startup company, founded by faculty members from the University of Tsukuba, will print a titanium plate with the names of the betrothed, and put it, along with a few hundred other plaques, in one of a series of small cubes to be released into space from the International Space Station. Astronauts will memorialize the launching by taking photographs, which will then be sent to the newlyweds. The service costs $270.
Painesville, Ohio, Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti has a reputation for serving up unusual sentences. He delivered on July 24 when 18-year-old Bayley Toth appeared in his courtroom. When Toth was convicted of two misdemeanor criminal mischief charges for toppling a portable toilet at Painesville Township Park in June, Cicconetti sentenced him to 120 days in jail, but suspended it in lieu of Toth shoveling manure at the Lake County Fair. “You act like an animal, you’re going to take care of animals,” Cicconetti told Toth. The News-Herald reported Toth will also have to perform 40 hours of community service and pay restitution for damage to the park.
The Man With The Deadly Feet
Artist Jonathan Crenshaw, 46, attracts a lot of attention in Miami among tourists, who watch him paint on a canvas with his feet. Crenshaw has no arms and is homeless. Profiled in a local newspaper in 2011, Crenshaw told of a difficult childhood. (He also claimed Gloria Estefan had given birth to 200 of his children.) He landed in the headlines again after stabbing a Chicago man with a pair of scissors on July 10. According to the Miami Herald, Cesar Coronado, 22, told police he had approached Crenshaw to ask for directions, when Crenshaw jumped up and stabbed Coronado — with his feet. Crenshaw’s story is that as he lay on the pavement, Coronado punched him in the head; so he stabbed him, tucked the scissors into his waistband and walked away. Police found Crenshaw, who has a lengthy arrest record, nearby.
The Grand Theft Auto Learning Curve
Faith Pugh of Memphis, Tenn., told WREG-TV that Kelton Griffin, a casual acquaintance from high school, “just out of the blue texted me and asked me to go out.” The two took Pugh’s car and stopped at a gas station, where Griffin asked Pugh to go inside and buy him a cigar. But while she was inside, she said, “he drove off. I came outside and my car was gone,” Pugh said. A little while later, Pugh received a text from her godsister, telling her Griffin had just asked her out on a date. He picked up the godsister in Pugh’s car and headed to a drive-in movie. “He didn’t even have any money,” Pugh said. “She actually paid their way to get in the drive-in just so I could get my car back.” Pugh alerted the police to the car’s location, and they arrested Griffin for theft of property. “I hope he’s in jail for a long time,” Pugh said.
Marketing 101: Ridicule The Customer
It’s time once again for minor league baseball promotion fun and games. In its promotion, the Montgomery, Ala., Biscuits managed to tick off a whole generation of baseball fans. The Biscuits announced Millennial Night on July 21. The team gave fans participation ribbons just for showing up, and provided a napping area, selfie stations and lots of avocados. While some Twitter users thought the promotion was insensitive, others were more philosophical. Dallas Godshall, 21, said, “more than targeting millennials, it’s sort of targeting older generations who like to make fun of millennials.” Pitcher Benton Ross weighed in: “If it’s insensitive, maybe they should just have thicker skin.”