The 15 Quirkiest News Stories from 2018
While headlines are meant to shock and surprise us, these stories reveal the true wackiness of the world in which we live.
Jessie the Parrot “turns the air blue”
Normally, one would like to thank the person who helps them out of a precarious or dangerous situation. Well, Jessie the parrot just isn’t that kind of girl. In mid-August 2018, she took her independence into her own talons and flew the coop. She remained on the roof of a neighboring house for three days, and when confronted with a firefighter’s attempt at rescue, the Macaw parrot squawked curses in his direction. She eventually came home on her own. For more bird humor, check out these hilarious bird photos you can’t miss.
Elderly heavy metal fans escape nursing home to attend festival
The year isn’t over yet, but this story is quite possibly the best of the year. Two elderly friends in a nursing home in Germany decided they deserved a field trip, so they hoofed it to the biggest heavy metal music festival in the world, Wacken Open Air. When the two were found, they didn’t want to leave—true fans—so they had to be escorted by police back to their residence.
The goat invasion of Boise
Yes, this happened: Over 100 goats took over a suburban area of Boise, Idaho when they escaped from a field kept by a company called We Rent Goats—a real company. Apparently, the goats were being employed as weeders, but they got a little overzealous.
The world’s smallest diamond thief caught
New York City has seen more than its fair share of robberies, but this is probably the only one committed by a creature only a few millimeters in size. A jeweler in the city simply watched in amazement for a few moments as he saw an ant attempting to make off with a small diamond. Ants regularly carry objects more than 100 times their own size, but those objects are usually food or other resources. For whatever reason, this ant just wanted something fancy. Read up on more hilarious animals who committed crimes.
Scientists solve the spaghetti problem
Anyone who has ever made spaghetti knows the problem: Break the hard noodles in half to get them in the pot and watch the fragments scatter around the kitchen. Thankfully, two genius scientists at MIT finally solved the problem. The answer? Twist and snap. There are no high stakes when it comes to spaghetti news, but fake news is all over the internet–this is how the U.S. countered it during World War II.
Yanny and Laurel fight it out
In 2015, there was the dress controversy (what color did you see?). In 2018, there was the Yanny and Laurel controversy. A clip of a voice saying the name “Laurel” went viral on the Internet when people were split into two separate camps: those who actually heard the word “Laurel” and those who heard “Yanny” instead. Apparently, which word you hear has to do with what range of frequencies your ears pick up best.
Peacocks harass Canadian cars
It’s no secret that peacocks flash their stunning feathers to attract a mate, but who knew they actually can’t stand the sight of their own reflections? Owners of blue or black cars in a neighborhood of Surrey, BC, found this out the hard way when feral peacocks in the area began attacking their cars. The peacocks can see their reflection and believe it’s a rival male—and they attack.
Zombie alert in—where else?—Florida
The age of the Internet has brought with it cybersecurity issues. Hackers have been able to break into everything from cell phones to government databases. Perhaps the most hilarious was the hacker-issued alert for a zombie invasion that went out to everyone who lived in Lake Worth, Florida during a power outage.
Woman launches massive Tinder dating competition
Some people use Tinder to meet people for random hookups. Others have managed to find the love of their life on the matchmaking app. In one very unusual case, a woman was able to use the app to lure dozens of men to what turned out to be a giant dating contest in the middle of New York City.
Gamers revolt after Luigi’s “death”
The Mario Brothers are icons of the video-gaming world, something their creator—Nintendo—learned it shouldn’t take lightly. In an online trailer, Nintendo showed Luigi falling victim in Dracula’s castle and his soul leaving his body. Gamers worldwide freaked out; the frenzy reached a point where the company had to issue a statement and assure everyone that Luigi would be OK. Bet you didn’t know these 15 surprising facts about your favorite games!