This Week in Weird News:
People Are Terrible Edition
Welcome to another edition of This Week in Weird News. The weather’s not getting any colder and people aren’t getting any less weird. Time to put on your safety hats and take another trip down the rabbit hole.
Take it away, axolotl!
8. Man gets brutal revenge on daughter’s rapist
In India, a vengeful father served his own brand of brutal justice to a teen accused of raping his seven-month old daughter by tying him to a tree and chopping his hands off. The bloody incident happened after the teen appeared in court for his alleged crime.
In a report, the father said that he was willing to drop the charges and forgive the suspect in exchange for compensation for the crime. He also offered to drop the suspect home on his motorbike in their village of Kotli Ablu, Muktsa, India. On the ride home, however, the father allegedly attacked the teenager, tied him to a tree before using a machete to hack his hands off. The father then rode off on his bike and fled the scene. The teenager was found after locals heard his cries for help. The teen is now in the hospital in critical condition while the father is still at large.
7. Limp Bizkit fans show up at a gas station for a fake Limp Bizkit gig
Remember Limp Bizkit? They were a rap-metal band that was big in the late 90s to early 2000s. They sang about breaking stuff, the Mission Impossible theme, and something about rolling. They were the band for the angry youth back then. They were also the reason why wearing a red Yankees cap was cool. They were terrible and awesome at the same time.
A post announcing the band would be playing a free show at an Ohio gas station went viral. The post went so viral that people actually showed up, expecting the band to be belting out about doing it all for the nookie. The problem? The concert was a hoax. Though the police already warned the public and vocalist Fred Durst himself tweeted about the event being fake, but it was too late.
NOT TRUE – don’t let them pull one on you https://t.co/Qqcszn6Nsx
— Fred Durst (@freddurst) April 19, 2016
The fake event announcement had already spread like wildfire and people turned up at the location. It’s a good thing that no violence was reported when fans found out the event wasn’t going to happen. At least Fred Durst and crew know that people are still passionate about Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water. Rap-metal ain’t dead!
6. Conor McGregor retires and takes it back
UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor turned social media on its head when he announced that he was retiring, months before his rematch with Nate Diaz.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
He was also subsequently pulled from UFC 200, which is the same event for his fight against Diaz. UFC president Dana White said McGregor was removed from the card due to the latter’s refusal to fulfill promotional responsibilities.
Days later, McGregor posted an announcement on his Facebook page, explaining his refusal to attend press conferences and complained of the various PR responsibilities of a fighter.
As of writing, Dana White still has to comment on McG’s latest rant.
5. 30-year old man arrested for posing as a high school basketball player
— The Windsor Star (@TheWindsorStar) April 21, 2016
Canadian border officials recently arrested a 30-year old man for posing as a 17-year old in Catholic Central High School in Ontario, Canada. The man was found out to be Jonathan Nicola from South Sudan, and has been posing as a teenager for six months. The 6’9, 202-pound Nicola even became one of the school’s top basketball stars during that time, even getting as far as receiving clothing and shoe donations from the Detroit Pistons. Nicola is currently being held for violating the Immigration Refugee Protection Act.
A guy that big and that old will no doubt dominate the competition. It’s like that scene in Billy Madison where Billy kicks all the kids’ asses in dodgeball.