Friday, May 25, 2018
Bizarre News

The five weirdest things that happened around Tampa Bay this week

The week started with the Internet abuzz about a tragic fire in Tampa — tragic not because of injuries or deaths, but because of the potential loss of beer. The damage was thought to top $1 million when Tampa's Yuengling brewery caught fire, but fortunately no beer was harmed.

David Brownell, 48, was scheduled to stand trial on insurance fraud, accused of faking a respiratory illness and bilking the state of $2.7 million. That's "was" instead of "is," because he died this week at Florida Hospital — of lung failure. He's survived by his wife, who thinks she's got some pretty good evidence he wasn't making the whole thing up.

AMC's Freakshow program finds fertile ground this weekend in the bay area's community of sideshow performers. A free live show being taped for television will feature 10 acts, including the Rubber Girl (think contortionist) and sword swallowers, fire-eaters and the Electric Lady, the Human Blockhead (pretty sure this is the guy who drills into his own face) and the Indestructible Woman (could be ANYTHING). Want to watch? Swing by the American Carnival Museum, 6992 Riverview Drive in Riverview, at 6 p.m. Saturday.

If you're going to rob a bank, you're going to need some sort of mask, right? And where are you going to find one of those. Fortunately for the two guys who ripped off a HomeBanc branch in Kenneth City on Thursday, it was Halloween. One wore a devil mask; the other, wearing a ghost mask, carried a gun. No word on whether they trick-or-treated afterward.

Spelling matters, schools teach our kids. Poor spelling makes you seem uneducated and uncultured. It can make it harder for you to find a job. It can even delay the mailing of your report cards. Time needed to correct a misspelling of the word satifsac … er, satsifactosatisfactory pushed back distribution of grades to Hillsborough County elementary students from Friday to Monday. School district spokesman and former Times staffer Stephen Hegarty said anyone writing an article about the mishap "should have somebody proofread it, several times." Always good advice.

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Oscar Mayer asked people to tweet photos of hot dog toppings. They got toothpaste and Pepto.

Oscar Mayer asked people to tweet photos of hot dog toppings. They got toothpaste and Pepto.

Oscar Mayer last week asked people on Twitter to tweet a photo at them of toppings on their new hot dogs ó which the company described as "improved."The payoff? A yearís supply of hot dogs hand-delivered by none other than the iconic Wienermobile.Sha...
Published: 05/21/18
Florida man climbs atop playground equipment at Clearwater park, tells kids where babies come from

Florida man climbs atop playground equipment at Clearwater park, tells kids where babies come from

A Florida man climbed atop a piece of equipment at a Clearwater Beach playground Sunday and yelled at a bunch of children in the area.His message: Where babies come from.Police took Otis Dawayne Ryan, 30, into custody on a charge of disorderly conduc...
Published: 05/21/18
Porn actor accused of shooting up Trump hotel appears in court and immediately admits to a crime

Porn actor accused of shooting up Trump hotel appears in court and immediately admits to a crime

Jonathan Oddi, the stripper and porn actor who stormed the Trump National Doral resort and got into a gunfight with police, wonít be getting out of jail anytime soon.A Miami-Dade judge on Monday morning ordered the 42-year-old Oddi held without bond....
Published: 05/21/18
To get back at co-worker, St. Pete woman took photos of her on the toilet. She now faces charges.

To get back at co-worker, St. Pete woman took photos of her on the toilet. She now faces charges.

A St. Petersburg woman is facing a felony voyeurism charge after she took photos of a co-worker using the restroom, St. Petersburg police reported.Ambrisha Costin, 25, was arrested Thursday on the charge. She later was released on $20,000 bond.Accord...
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Woman tried to start paper towel holder on fire in Tropicana Field bathroom, police say

Woman tried to start paper towel holder on fire in Tropicana Field bathroom, police say

A Clearwater woman was arrested in a bathroom at Tropicana Field Friday after police said she tried to start a paper towel holder on fire.Lisa D. Walker, 50, was arrested on charges of disorderly intoxication and possession of marijuana. The Rays wer...
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They got married on Clearwater Beach Sunday. Then they got drunk and arrested, police said.

They got married on Clearwater Beach Sunday. Then they got drunk and arrested, police said.

A man and a woman who got married on Clearwater Beach Sunday got drunk, got into a fight and were both arrested on domestic battery charges, police reported.Daniel Patrick Gillen, 61, and GeGee Riposta, 49, were arrested Sunday night. Both are from D...
Updated one month ago