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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
In November, a 46-year-old man climbed into an enclosed area at the Taipei (Taiwan) Zoo, apparently to attempt to convert a pride of lions to Christianity by informing them that Jesus is their savior. According to witnesses, the lion king sauntered over and briefly sank his teeth into the man’s leg, but then, according to one account, “got bored” and returned to his previous state of lounging, as zoo personnel hustled the intruder away.
Although ride-on lawn mowers have been used as transportation to and from crime scenes before (and even as “vehicles” that drunk drivers get charged with DUI while operating), it is rare that a suspect tries to actually outrun police while on one, as Steven W. Coleman, 37, did in Dover, N.H., in December; he was wanted for questioning in an arson at a former girlfriend’s house, and when he saw the lights of a police cruiser, he opened the throttle and took off, for a couple of blocks, before a second cruiser cut him off.
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