We listen when public clamors for ‘Huh?' news


POSTED: Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The public has been clamoring for another installment of the Honolulu Lite Department of Huh? wherein we look at the first several lines of actual news stories from wire services and on the Internet that are just too weird, scary or puzzling to make you want to read any further. And when the public clamors, we listen.


Honolulu Lite Department of Huh?

» The parents of a 7-year-old boy who broke into an Australian outback zoo and fed a string of small animals to its resident crocodile are likely to be sued after police said the boy was too young to be held responsible. A turtle, four western blue-tongued lizards, two bearded dragons, two thorny devil lizards and a 1.8-meter-long adult female Spencer's goanna were fed or led into the jaws of a 440-pound crocodile named “;Terry.”;

» Nail salons won't be allowed to use live, skin-eating fish when performing pedicures, the (Washington) state Department of Licensing has ruled.

» The grave of 19th-century Cardinal John Henry Newman did not contain his body, the Catholic Church has revealed.

» The celebrated German poet Friedrich Schiller, dead for more than 200 years, has been sent reminders that he should pay his TV and radio license fee.

» A Chinese restaurant has been criticized for keeping ornamental fish in a urinal. The restaurant in Changchun city has around 20 fancy carp in the 4-meter-long trough in the gent's bathroom.

» A restaurant in Japan has some unusual waiting staff—two macaque monkeys. Yatchan and Fukuchan serve customers hot towels and drinks and are given soybeans as tips.

» The enormous goonch, a type of catfish, is said to have developed a taste for human flesh after feeding on corpses thrown into the river after funeral ceremonies.

» A dog eating a watermelon helped cause a Boston man to repeatedly stab himself to prove to his brother he wasn't afraid of pain, police say.

» A U.K. woman accused of stabbing her mother's boyfriend to death was overheard during emergency calls threatening to eat his body, a jury has heard.

» A woman in Washington state says her cast-iron stove shot her in the leg. Cory Davis tells the Peninsula Daily News that she had just stoked the heating stove in her home when she heard a loud bang and was struck in her left calf.

» An elderly Bulgarian woman got the shock of her life when her cow suddenly reared up and mounted her—causing her donkey to collapse in laughter. The cow, named Dana, sent Rosita Kasaboba crashing to the ground, leaving her battered and bruised but otherwise unscathed. After recovering from her ordeal, the 68-year-old said, “;My cow has never done such a thing before.”;

» Wellness educator and nutrition consultant Karen Hanrahan has kept a McDonald's hamburger since 1996 to illustrate its nonexistent ability to decay.