This Week in WTF, July 24, 2015

– The grossest thing you’ll see all day (maybe all week): You might just want to trust me on this.

– I’m sure it happens all the time: When prison inmate Ramon Somoza mailed a pro se filing to a judge in Utah, he included a razor blade along with the paperwork. This led to an investigation, but he will not face any charges. The prosecutor reportedly determined that it was an accident:

“He files a number of documents with the court, and he does not have access to white-out,” the prosecutor explained. Using the razor blade, Somoza “cuts out small strips of paper that he uses as white-out if he makes a mistake.”

That’s a really good idea—except for the mailing-it-to-the-judge part—given that correction tape is sure to be in short supply in prison. (h/t Scott Greenfield)

– Where is the deed recorded?: You might not think of real estate litigation as a place for the fanciful and bizarre, but oh how wrong you’d be:

A Spanish court is set to hear the most unusual arguments ever after a woman who claims to own the sun sued eBay for blocking her extraterrestrial real estate sales. Though it sounds a little nuts, a court in Madrid has ruled that 54-year-old Maria Duran has the right to have her case heard.

Maria Duran has been claiming ownership of part of the star since 2010 when she threatened to bill solar power users.

The 54-year-old registered the star in her name at a notary office in Spain, before opening an eBay account selling square-metre plots for one euro each.

But two years later eBay pulled her listings, saying they violated its intangible goods policy, and her account was blocked.

She had been selling parcels of about 11 square feet for about $1 each and had racked up 600 orders before eBay shut her down. Because nothing tangible was sold, it feared a scam.

[Emphasis added for lulz] (h/t Suzanne)

"Giant prominence on the sun erupted" by NASA/SDO/AIA/Goddard Space Flight Center [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Who wouldn’t want to own a piece of that?

– In your face, lawmakers!!!: Remember those New Hampshire state legislators who dumped eagle crap all over the dreams of a group of fourth-graders, who just wanted to have the red-tailed hawk named as the “state raptor”? Well, the White House helped those kids get them back by giving them the honor of naming a red-tailed hawk that has taken up residence near the president.

"Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) in flight" By Alan Vernon (Flickr: Red-tailed Hawk in flight) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Probably not this specific hawk (although I guess you never know…)

– We’re so beyond shark-jumping….: You may think you’re cool. You may think you’re Fonzie levels of cool.

But there is no way you are as cool as this raccoon riding on the back of an alligator.

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No. Way.

– We’re gonna need a bigger ocean: Drone technology allows us to see far more than we ever could on our puny legs, with their total lack of jumping-really-high. Sometimes, though, drones let us see more than we really want.

Orange County’s Seal Beach is a popular spot for swimmers and surfers, so its lifeguards figured they’d use a camera drone to keep a better eye on them. But what they saw instead was “10 to 12 great white sharks just feet from shore.”

(h/t Paul)

– I’ll stop complaining about the squirrels: We have a squirrel problems at my house. I may have mentioned this before. At least, though, we don’t have a mountain lion living under the house.

– Nobody was hurt, so I think it’s okay to laugh at this: For someone, this rather epic wreck of a rented Lamborghini in Dallas is a tragedy.

For those of us who already liked to make fun of Dallas, though, there are hints of Schadenfreude.

– I’ll just leave this here, and let you decide: “Slow-Motion Video Of Hot Girls Getting Shot In The Butt With Gummy Bears” (h/t this guy):

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– And finally, a lonely wanderer: CCTV sees the darnedest things.

Photo credits: “Giant prominence on the sun erupted” by NASA/SDO/AIA/Goddard Space Flight Center [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons; “Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) in flight” by Alan Vernon (Flickr: Red-tailed Hawk in flight) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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