2019’s Weirdest News Stories - Carlos GaminoBy Attorney Carlos Gamino

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know we’re big fans of strange news stories. We did a little digging in the archives and found these gems from 2019 – they’re some of the weirdest pieces we’ve ever read (and this time, we didn’t get any from FloridaMan.com, which is packed with fabulous fodder).

Trial by Combat

A Kansas man in the middle of a raging custody battle wanted to settle a series of disputes with his ex-wife in true Game of Thrones fashion. David Ostrom, the aspiring fencer, put his rapier-like wit on display when he requested that an Iowa judge allow him to sword fight his ex-wife “on the field of battle, legally.” He also asked the judge for three months to find samurai swords that were up to the task.

The judge denied the request, which could end in death, by saying, “Such ramifications likely outweigh those of property tax and custody issues.”

Border Patrol is Getting Crappy Signals and These Vultures Are to Blame

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection radio tower in Texas is sending out mixed signals since a horde of vultures has taken up residence, fowling things up for on-the-go agents. Apparently, the birds have been there for the past 6 years – and a rep from CBP said, “They will often defecate and vomit from their roost onto buildings below that house employees and equipment.” The scavengers usually feed on carrion, which isn’t always easy on the digestive tract, and one of their primary defense mechanisms is vomit.

Walmart Dressing Rooms: Enter at Your Own Risk

Pennsylvania police are frantically searching for suspects after someone released bedbugs in an Erie County Walmart’s dressing room. A manager found a pill bottle teeming with live bugs in a boys’ jacket for sale, and a hygiene contractor called out to examine the scene found several crawling around the men’s dressing room the next day. Rumor has it that the prosecutor is also itching for a conviction in the case.

What Are Your Favorite Weird News Stories From 2019?

What weird news stories stuck with you from last year? I’d love to hear all about them, so drop a link on my Facebook page or on Twitter.

Attorney Carlos Gamino