An octopus seemingly having a nightmare, a 'rat boy' donated to an Indiana museum, and a shooting brought about by a fight over a Hot Pocket were among the weird and wondrous stories to cross our desk this week.
This past week researchers released a remarkable video of an octopus seemingly waking up from a nightmare. Captured during a month-long study of the creature's sleep habits, the intriguing footage shows the cephalopod go from being pressed against the glass of its enclosure in a state of slumber to suddenly lurching to life and scurrying away as if it were trying to escape a predator. According to the scientists who documented the strange behavior, including instances wherein it deployed its defense mechanism of spraying ink into the water, the octopus subsequently "just got up like nothing had happened" seconds later, leading to the theory that the peculiar incidents were the result of the animal having a nightmare.
A pair of peculiar stories centered around mysterious deliveries made the news this past week, beginning with a library in California which received a book that was a staggering 96 years overdue. Staff at the St. Helena Public Library were left scratching their heads when a man casually dropped off the long-lost tome that they only later discovered had been checked out in 1927. In an even stranger case that came to light later in the week, a museum in Indiana was mailed a package containing a bizarre figurine with an animal's head and a humanoid body. Dubbed the "Richmond Rat Boy" in honor of the the city where the Wayne County Historical Museum is located, the very weird doll is believed to have been something of a circus attraction around a century ago.
The weirdest story of the week came by way of Kentucky, where a dispute over a Hot Pocket led to one man in jail and another with a bullet in his backside. The almost unfathomable incident unfolded when Clifton E. Williams discovered that his unnamed roommate had eaten the last of their microwavable snacks. Outraged by the perceived disrespect, police say that he first instigated a brawl that only broke up when the roommate fled their apartment. Not quite finished being furious, Williams then allegedly chased after him with a gun and actually shot him in his posterior, which led to the hangry man being arrested and his no-doubt-former roommate needing medical attention.
For more strange and unusual stories from the past week, check out the Coast to Coast AM website.