Gathering We at The register are constantly on the lookout for important tech and science news to bring to you – our smart, fun, data-hungry readers – because we know you need to be kept up to date.
However, we know you also like knowing that silly people are doing weird, absurd, or unusual things for no obvious reason, so here’s a rundown of some of them.
The Texas Non-Slaughter Lawnmower
On Friday, an unidentified Fort Worth, Texas resident was embroiled in a four-hour armed confrontation with police over the condition of his lawn.
According to local media Fox 4 KDFW, under the City of Fort Worth code, grass on residents’ lawns must be less than 12 inches (30 cm).
This particular homeowner had received seven citations for his overgrown lawn in just two years. Police therefore arrived at 8:30 a.m. with representatives from a gardening company appointed by the city to enforce the law and cut the grass.
The police knocked on the door several times but got no response, so the mowers started mowing. At this point, the owner opened fire on the police and the assembled landscapers, luckily without hitting anyone.
“We heard about five to six shots,” said witness Melissa Sandoval, who lives nearby. “And that’s every time I screamed because I had never heard that before.”
“No one was hit by gunfire, but it appears some of the code-compliant vehicles were hit by bullets,” Fort Worth officer Jimmy Pollozani added.
Everyone involved then took cover, the police were reinforced by a SWAT team and a stalemate developed, in which the owner opened fire at least twice more. The standoff lasted nearly four hours, before police fired tear gas and forced the man out of his house, allowing him to be detained.
Upon his arrest, police said he was armed and wearing a hazmat suit of uncertain origin.
“This is the first time I’ve heard of it in my 15-year career,” said Officer Pollozani. “Getting shot at trying to improve the appearance of the community? It just proves the dangers of this job.”
The lawn was then successfully reduced in height by sufficiently careful gardeners.
Quarantine hotel ciggy raid
A woman in COVID quarantine at a hotel on Australia’s Gold Coast may have become the first person to violate the terms of her stay due to the intervention of a drone.
On June 11, a drone was spotted by a member of hotel staff delivering a pack of cigarettes to his room balcony, according to Australia 9 News.
The hotel notified the police, who questioned the recipient of the unconventional deposit. She was then fined AU $ 1,300 (£ 697, US $ 955) for violating her quarantine conditions.
If identified, the drone pilot could also be prosecuted for dangerous flight by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
It is not known whether this was a smoking or non-smoking room.
North Korean accordionists hit the charts
Norwegian artist Morten Traavik has collaborated with an unlikely group of musicians to release a truly unique recording.
Face us! Pyongyang Gold Stars Perform Popular Hits Vol. 1 is a re-recording of the 1985 album High and low hunting by Norwegian pop sensations A-ha, performed by an accordion quintet from Pyongyang Music School No.1 in North Korea.
Traavik told NK News that the album was born as part of a cultural collaboration with the DPRK, and evolved from a video of school students performing a more heartbreaking version of A-ha’s global hit “Take On Me “which went viral on YouTube in 2012.
“The impact of this clip inspired me to return to the DPRK some time later and record A-ha’s first full album. High and low hunting“, he said.” I dare say that the Kum Song music school did not disappoint this time around either. “
The music for the album was originally recorded in 2013, but Traavik believes a follow-up is unlikely to be recorded anytime soon due to the worsening political climate in the isolated country.
“The internal political climate in the DPRK has unfortunately become much less permissive and liberal – if one can use such a word – since the Seventh Workers’ Party Congress in 2016,” he said. “Culture and public space are now more tightly controlled than before.”
The album was published earlier this month on the ship ashore PhonoCo. label.
Mosquito tornado darkens Russian skies
Finally, after US President Joe Biden managed to survive an attempted presidential decapitation by a terrifying swarm of cicada monster insects Brood X, Russia has decided to prove to the world that it is equal to the States- United in all things by unveiling its own hexapod. apocalypse: a tornado of mosquitoes.
While report on the phenomenon, the New York Post quoted Lyudmila Lobkova, a disturbing and indifferent Russian entomologist, who said: “These are male mosquitoes that swarm around one of several female to mate – there is nothing wrong with that.”
Not yours, maybe.
It’s like that now. The excited mosquitoes form terrifying biblical weather phenomena and the boffins shrug their shoulders and say “there is nothing wrong with that”.
If, like me, your 2021 News Bingo card is now full, please join me in whispering a “Home?” Worried. from under the table.
It’s not even August yet. ®