Weird News From August 2018 - Carlos GaminoBy Carlos Gamino

If you’re a regular reader here, you know that I enjoy weird news every now and then. These are the headlines that really caught my eye over the past month.

Florida Woman Captured by Cows

Officers in Sanford, Florida attempted to stop a woman who had stolen a white Subaru SUV using stop sticks. The sticks caused the vehicle to crash near a pasture, and two of the three passengers in the vehicle took off running into a pasture filled with more than a dozen nervous bovines. One woman was quickly caught by a K9, but the other was “It” in a game of tag the cows started. There’s video of the cows chasing the woman through the pasture and running her toward a fence, thanks to a helicopter flying overhead, which you can see here.

Paris Installs Public Urinals Downtown

Dubbed uritrottoir – a combination of the French words for urinal and sidewalk – public urinals are now sprinkled across Paris. Some have showered the move with criticism, saying that they’re immodest and ugly. Paris apparently has a problem with what locals call “wild peeing,” where people heed nature’s call regardless of location. Proponents of the street urinals say the idea is absolutely golden because it saves buildings, minimizes odor and the urine lands on hay, which can eventually be used as compost.

CDC Issues Suggestion About Not Washing or Reusing Condoms

Everybody knows that condoms are single-use, right? Apparently not, because at the end of July, the Centers for Disease Control tweeted, “We say it because people do it: Don’t wash or reuse condoms! Use a fresh one for each sex act.”

Goats Take Over Boise Neighborhood

A company called “We Rent Goats” (not to be confused with their competitors, “We Sell Lawnmowers”) allowed someone to borrow 118 ravenously hungry mammals that went rogue, mowing down rosebushes, eating low-hanging leaves and generally not caring about boundaries as they broke through a fence and started meeting the neighbors.

What Do You Think?

I’d love to read the weird news stories you’ve discovered, so please share them on my Facebook page or on Twitter with the hashtag #WeirdNews.

Carlos Gamino