Offbeat

Angry pig holds woman hostage

Sep 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A pig has turned on a woman who tried to look after it, effectively holding her hostage on a property in northern New South Wales. Sixty-three-year-old Caroline Hayes says she has been unable to leave her house to use the farm’s outdoor toilet at times because the white pig is aggressive towards her.



‘Bachelor catcher’ roams Nigeria

Sep 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

These days the bachelor is a symbolic one, chosen for the event. But in the past the troop of drummers known as “Nalako” used to roam the streets looking for men they thought should do the decent thing and marry.



Mr Average breaks the law at least once a day

Sep 22nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

Speeding, using a mobile phone while driving and dropping litter top the list of rules and regulations regularly flouted, a survey has found. Other laws often broken are eating while driving, parking on pavements and not wearing a seatbelt.



Driver chases down rider on stolen bike who carjacks van

Sep 22nd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A Salt Lake City man took matters into his own hands when he saw a stolen motorcycle he had helped customize, police said. The driver told police he ran the motorcyclist off the road and told him he was riding a stolen bike. A power line guide wire knocked the thief off the motorcycle, but he got up, forced his way into a passing van, and escaped.



The ‘Real’ Girlfriend Experience

Sep 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

My first date with a prostitute would be at a bowling alley in west Broward. We could talk about whatever she wanted. Do whatever she felt like doing. As long as it didn’t involve anything even close to sex.



Piggybank theft nets $24, 6 years’ jail

Sep 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

A man in the US state of Wisconsin has been sentenced to six years in prison for stealing $US20 ($24) from a two-year-old girl’s piggy bank.



Mystery creature roaming Sydney’s outskirts?

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees says rumours that a leopard inhabits bushland on Sydney’s outskirts cannot be dismissed, because the safety of children could be at risk.



Donkey jailed for stealing

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

The unnamed donkey was found in possession of the research institute’s corn and a local judge sentenced him to 24 hours in prison. The man who had his ass thrown in jail got off with a fine of 50 Egyptian pounds ($11.40).



Drug dealer levies fuel surcharge

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

An Indiana drug dealer asked a customer to pay him an extra $US25 “for gas money to deliver the cocaine,” court documents showed. With petrol retailing at about $US4 a gallon (3.79 litres), the dealer likely made a small profit on the fuel charge.



Canadian Greens leader apologises for not smoking pot

Sep 18th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

“I am not a fan of marijuana use. I have to confess this, I know all politicians are asked. I’ve never used marijuana. I apologise,” said Elizabeth May, who won extra attention this year by being allowed to join the televised national leaders’ debates.