Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 30th, 2012

Woman, 91, fights $2,312 water bill…, Overdose horror at city McDonald’s…, Indian officials furiously confused…, Woman finds shank knife…, A Florida airboat captain…, The Worst Six Flags Accidents Ever…, Drunken group of girls stabs…, The Olympic Swimmer…, Boy is hit in face by pigeon…, Couple Turned Away From Church…1. Woman, 91, fights $2,312 water bill; water company offers no explanation

Eleanor Sochanski always pays her bills on time. She also keeps meticulous records, habits she’s maintained during her 91 years living in Camden, the last 31 in the city’s Fairview section. The sheath of paid bills she maintains shows her combined water and sewer bills have long run between $50 and $60 a quarter. That means she uses around 3,000 gallons of water every three months.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 30th, 2012

2. Overdose horror at city McDonald’s; man walks in an shoots up in corner of the restaurant; when staff is informed the employee states “sorry, the manager isn’t in at the moment”

The 26 year-old St Kilda man entered the family restaurant near the Queen Victoria Market at about 3.30pm today and began injecting with a needle near shocked patrons. Andrew Kahn, of Adelaide, had travelled to Melbourne for a weekend away with his wife and children and had just visited the Vic Market when he saw the drug user – with his pants slipping down – in the corner of the McDonald’s.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 30th, 2012

3. Indian officials furiously confused after mystery woman walks alongside flag bearer in the Olympics opening ceremony

The Times of India reports that the woman “brazenly” walked alongside the official flag bearer, Sushil Kumar, yet no-one knows who she was or how she came to be at the head of the group. And she was not even dressed in team attire. India’s 40 athletes and 11 officials were dressed in yellow turbans and sarees, while the mystery woman was in jeans and a red zip-up jumper.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 30th, 2012

4. Woman finds shank knife in bag of Jolly Ranchers 

What kind of sordid violence is going down on the Jolly Rancher production line these days? California resident Amy Hu bought a fully sealed bag of Jolly Rancher Crunch N’ Chew candy, enjoyed a few pieces, and then pulled a rusty shank knife from the bag. Parent company Hershey has offered her three bags of replacement candy, but Amy’s concerns run deeper than missing out on treats.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 30th, 2012



 5. A Florida airboat captain whose hand was bitten off by a 9-foot alligator faces charges of feeding of the animal.

A Florida airboat captain whose hand was bitten off by a 9-foot alligator faces charges of feeding of the animal. Collier County Jail records show 63-year-old Wallace Weatherholt was charged Friday with unlawful feeding of an alligator and later posted $1,000 bond. His next court date is Aug. 22.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 30th, 2012

6. The Worst Six Flags Accidents Ever

More than 290 million people visited a theme park in the U.S. in 2010, enjoying 1.7 billion rides. For all the fear associated with those rides, things are relatively safe at theme parks across the country. According to the National Safety Council’s most recent survey of conditions at parks, 1,299 people were injured.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 30th, 2012

7. Drunken group of girls stabs 63-year-old man on subway 

A wolf pack of drunken young women “acting stupid” on a downtown No. 6 train in Manhattan stabbed a 63-year-old man early today — for having had the nerve to ask them to pipe down, police said. The man was on his way to work at about 6:15 a.m. when he was attacked as the train entered the East 23rd Street station, a law-enforcement source told The Post.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 30th, 2012

8. The Olympic Swimmer Who’d Never Been in an Olympic-Size Pool

To bring the Olympic spirit to developing nations in the late 1990s, the Olympic Committee allowed a small number of “wild card” athletes to join the Games. But because they didn’t have to go through any qualifying rounds to compete, not all of the contenders arrived prepared.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 30th, 2012

9. Boy is hit in face by pigeon while riding world’s tallest roller coaster

A 12-year-old New Jersey boy suffered a freak accident when a pigeon hit him in the face as he was riding the world’s tallest rollercoaster. Shane Matus, of Howell Township, was riding in the front car of the 128 mph Kingda Ka rollercoaster at Six Flags in Jackson Township when the unfortunate bird slammed into his face.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 30th, 2012

10. Couple Turned Away From Church After Members Complain About Black Wedding

A Mississippi couple says the church where they planned to get married turned them away because they are black. Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson say they had set the date and mailed invitations, but the day before their wedding they say they got bad news from the pastor of predominantly white First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs: Some members of the church complained about the black couple having a wedding there.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – July 30th, 2012