Quirky World: Wife puts dead husband on ice for Alaskan road trip

Some of the stranger stories from around the planet

Adele kisses fan

Canada:

Adele said hello to one of her audience members with an accidental kiss on the lips at a show in Canada.

The singer had brought the 21-year-old superfan, reportedly calling himself Wisdom, on stage, where he revealed that he had flown in to Vancouver from his home of Nigeria just to watch her.

His experience of a lifetime was made even more memorable when he turned his head as she went to kiss him on the cheek and they locked lips, much to the audience’s delight.

USA: A woman who drove her husband’s body on a days-long traveling wake in Alaska and used ice from canneries to keep him cold was not breaking any laws.

Officers responded to a call last week to find the body of a 78-year-old man inside an aluminum transport casket.

Ketchikan Police Chief Alan Bengaard told the Ketchikan Daily News that the woman stopped at canneries for ice to put in the truck bed during the “rolling wake.”

The man died of natural causes.

A mortuary took custody of the body after the authorities were called.

The family can make further arrangements.

Bengaard said hopefully the woman won’t take her husband back out on the road, but that he wasn’t aware of any laws she had broken.

Political dissent

Thailand:

Two 8-year-old girls in Thailand have been charged for violating campaigning rules ahead of a contentious referendum next month after tearing voter lists off a wall because they liked the pink paper they were printed on, police said.

The military government has clamped down on dissent ahead of the August 7 vote on a military-backed constitution that it says will ensure stability in a country rocked by political turmoil for more than a decade.

The girls were charged with obstructing the referendum process and destroying public property after tearing down the lists posted outside a school, said Damrong Phetpong, police commander in the northern province of Kamphaeng Phet.

“They confessed to tearing down the voter lists because they liked the colour pink,” Mr Damrong told Reuters.

He said they would not face punishment because they were so young.

The referendum will be the first big test of the public’s opinion of the military government since it came to power after a May 2014 coup.

Critics, including major political parties, say the draft charter would give the military too much power over elected governments, and would not resolve differences between populist political forces and the military-dominated establishment.

The government, which appears jittery ahead of the vote, has brought in a law banning discussion of the constitution and lobbying, both for and against, with a 10-year prison sentence for anyone who breaks it.

Postal surprise

England:

A-level students have been left confused after receiving tampons in the post from Ucas, the university applications body.

One student wrote on Twitter: “Ucas can send me free pads and tampons but make me wait months to let me know if I’ve got into uni?????”

Another said: “Thanks Ucas sending me bare tampons am assuming they’re for soaking up my tears when I’m drowning in debt and tuition fees nice one X.”

Christmas shopping

England:

More than 8m people have already started their Christmas shopping and 3m have already finished, according to research.

The study from retailer QVC found that shoppers are expected to spend an average of £543 each on presents this year — over £16bn in total.

Liverpudlians are set to be the biggest seasonal spenders this year, forking out £653 each on festive food, frocks, friends and family.

Chips are down blouse

USA:

A supervisor at a Pennsylvania casino tried to steal $3,000 worth of chips from a craps table by hiding them in her bra.

The Express-Times of Easton reported that Brandy Micheli-Cheatham, 44, was charged with theft by unlawful taking after the incident at Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.

Authorities say cameras recorded her dropping and picking up $500 purple chips in a hallway, and placing something into her bra while in a casino lift.

Pokémon player won’t go

USA:

Police in Florida used a stun gun on a Pokémon Go player who resisted arrest when officers chased about 150 people out of Tampa’s Ballast Point Park after closing time.

Lieutenant Ricardo Ubinas said everyone except David T. Mastrototaro-Baermude, 20, complied with officers’ commands to leave the park. Mr Ubinas says when police attempted to arrest him, he grabbed an officer’s arm. He continued resisting, almost pulling an officer to the ground, before the stun gun was used.


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