In today’s collection of ‘Odd News,’ a Chicago man discovers a 3.5 inch nail in his head; a urinating cat sets off a fire alarm; a broken marijuana bong leads to an all-out brawl between brothers; a Wisconsin man is arrested for over-playing his cowbell; an Ohio town has a unique idea for hundreds of panties that appeared mysteriously in several treetops; and much more. Read on for the oddest headlines of the day, courtesy the Associated Press!
• A suburban Chicago man thought the errant nail that discharged from the gun he was working with had whizzed by his head. Instead, it was lodged in his brain. Family members say Dante Autullo spent more than a day with the 3½-inch nail in his head before having it removed Thursday, the AP reports. The 32-year-old was tinkering in the garage of his Orland Park home Tuesday when then the nail gun went off. He saw a small wound but couldn’t find the nail and didn’t think much of it. He went to work the next day but later went to the hospital with nausea and one monster of a headache. That’s when an X-ray uncovered the nail. Autullo is recovering after a four-hour surgery to have the nail removed.
• One western Pennsylvania fire department learned that there’s not necessarily fire wherever there’s smoke. New Castle’s assistant fire chief Jim Donston tells The Associated Press that firefighters were called when an electrical outlet on a floor was smoking, only to find that happened because the family’s cat urinated into the outlet. The New Castle News first reported the incident Friday and Donston supplied more details to the AP. The assistant chief says a Columbia Gas worker was at the house checking for a possible leak when he noticed the smoking outlet and called the fire department Wednesday about 7:30 p.m. Donston says firefighters “found the receptacle wet from cat urine” and shut off the electrical supply to that circuit.
• Two western Pennsylvania brothers are charged with simple assault and marijuana possession charges after what police are calling a brawl over a broken bong. Ferndale police tell the Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown they responded to a fight call Wednesday in which one man was reportedly brandishing a screwdriver while the other hid in his bedroom. After investigating, police say 18-year-old Tyler Kamler told them 23-year-old Brandon Kamler became upset when Tyler asked him about the broken bong — a glass or plastic water pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana. Police say they later found some small bags of marijuana, an ashtray and two smoking pipes buried in a flower bed after asking Brandon Kamler if there were other drugs in the house. The brothers don’t have attorneys and declined immediate comment when called at home Friday.
• Demonstrators calling for the recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker learned there really is such a thing as too much cowbell. Oshkosh police arrested a 26-year-old Appleton man on Thursday after he kept playing a cowbell and shaking it in an officer’s face when he and other protesters were told to be quiet. The Oshkosh Northwestern reports that when the officer tried to take the cowbell, the man pushed the officer. A 25-year-old Appleton woman then hit the officer in the back with her picket sign while the man was being handcuffed. Both were taken to the Winnebago County Jail. Police will recommend that the man be charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and the woman be charged with disorderly conduct and battery to an officer.
• Officials at Cairo’s international airport confiscated 420 pounds of frozen cow brains Friday from three Sudanese travelers who planned to sell them to Egyptian restaurants, authorities said. An airport official said it was the fourth time this week that customs officers there had foiled an attempt to smuggle cow brains into the country, reflecting the growth of a moneymaking scheme made possible by some realities of international supply and demand: Cow brains are cheap in Sudan, and Egyptians like to eat them. A pound of raw cow brains bought in Sudan for less than a dollar can be resold in Egypt for six times as much, airport officials said. That means Friday’s haul could have earned the men more than $1,500. Restaurants specializing in liver and brains are popular in Egypt. Both items are deep fried and often eaten in pita bread with spicy red sauce. Airport officials discovered the brains Friday while inspecting large freezer boxes brought in by three travelers on a flight from Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. After inspecting the boxes, the officials confiscated the brains since they couldn’t ensure they had been preserved in a sanitary manner. The brains would be burned, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity under airport rules.
• Hundreds of panties that turned up mysteriously last summer in trees along an Ohio road will be going up in another unusual place: on a pedestrian bridge over the Ohio River. The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette reports the undergarments will be added to an annual display for cancer awareness on the Purple People Bridge between downtown Cincinnati and northern Kentucky. A foundation that hung about 4,000 panties on the bridge last year to symbolize deaths from cervical cancer says this summer there will be a lot more. Authorities in central Ohio’s Fairfield County have agreed to turn over the littered underwear discovered in Berne Township in late August. Litter Control Deputy Gary Hummel says investigators interviewed a couple of people but the mystery was never solved.