Hunter Thomas Olsson found himself being chased by an angry brown bear when his trainee hound picked up the front scent. He hoped Aquila had smelled an elk but instead she led him to the 2.4m (8ft) mother. He hid with his dog up a shooting post until help arrived.
Fresh out of ferrets
“Hello, is that room service? Would you send up a ferret, please?” That’s among the list of bizarre requests by guests at Best Western hotels. The ferretless visitor was attending a small-animals show and didn’t want to go empty-handed. Another guest asked for a ghost to be sent to his room, while another demanded a sea view in Birmingham – which about 80 miles from the coast.
Marek Bablewska texted his wife to say he’d be home soon – and seconds later ploughed the family car through the front door. “I wanted to give Monicka a surprise but I lost control of the steering wheel and shot up the garden,” he told police in Nowy Sqcz.
A cartoon wedding
And the bride wore white, er, rags – when she and her partner tied the knot dressed as the stone age cartoon stars, The Flintstones. David and Linda Alves wore Fred and Wilma costumes for their day in King’s Lynn, Norfolk – five years after they met. Batman and Robin were also there.
House proud Mike Dalmonico, 42, spent £10,000 doing up his new flat in Augburg only to be told he’d moved into the wrong apartment and must leave.
Drunk Michael Huber was trapped inside a clothes recycling bin after mistaking the flap for his front door. The 23-year-old was found after a passer-by raised the alarm in Ober-Ramstadt.
Hapless robbers armed with a handgun held up a burger bar – and fled with a charity piggy bank containing £12. The pair ran way when they set off an alarm as they tried to open a till. “We don’t believe we’re looking for professionals but nevertheless it was a serious offence,” said police in Dusseldorf.
Better to have loved and loft
A woman who heard noises in her attic discovered an ex-boyfriend living there, 12 years after they had separated. The nurse and mother of five was alerted by what she thought were animal noises. She called a nephew, who went up and found the man, 44, curled up inside a heating duct. “He had packed all the old coats and was jackets into the heating unit and was sleeping in it,” said the woman, of Rock Hill, South Carolina. Her ex, believed to have been living in the attic for several weeks, simply smiled and left the house.
Buy nine, get a quick one free
Police in Malaysia uncovered a car-wash promotion that offered free sex after 10 visits. Officers raided a message parlour in Kuala Lumpur and found customers had been using reward cards. Police said: “To get the extra offer, customers had to send their cars for washing nine times within a certain period. The 10th car wash entitled them to free sex.”
Ranjan Dash is coining it in… by wowing audiences as a human slot machine. The 32-year-old can swallow cash and regurgitate it minutes later. He can trap items as big as a fish in an enlarged epiglottis before they disappear into his stomach, doctors in Bhubaneswar think.
London lad, loving life and all that it has to offer.