Odd Spot # 7.
Friday, January 31, 2014
Mars Exploration rover scientists are baffled by a Martian rock discovered by the Opportunity rover. Experts describe is a being "like a jelly doughnut" and admit to being "completely confused" after it appeared on an outcrop that had been empty just days earlier.
Samurai swords, pistols, bullets, grenades, inert land mines and live explosives are among items US transport police have confiscated at airports in the past year. Officers screened 638,705,790 passengers in the US - and one of the more bizarre items found was a World War II bazooka in a carry-on bag at Chicago.
Flatulence from about 90 dairy cattle has caused a big methane explosion at a barn in Rasdorf, Germany. "In the barn for 90 dairy cows, methane built up for unknown reasons and was probably ignited by a static discharge, exploding in a darting flame," police said. The roof was damaged and one cow was slightly injured.
Police in Portland, Oregon, say a man suspected of shooting a neighbour shot himself in the groin while trying to leave the scene of the crime. Sgt. Pete Simpson tells "The Oregonian" the wound is "consistent with somebody putting a gun in his pants". The alleged gunman, 40, is being treated for the injury.
The age-old practice of exorcism has been given an upgrade by a clergyman in Arizona. Reverend Bob Larson says he has performed more than 20,000 exorcisms in the past four decades. Now he is giving possessed people the option of having their demons banished via Skype. A 60-minute Skype exorcism costs $295.