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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Greetings fellow Bizarros:

Fame can be addictive. Even fake, ephemeral fame like you get on YouTube. And in order to get that fame, people will do some really stupid things that they would otherwise never do.

One such incident occurred recently in Minnesota where a young man talked his girlfriend into helping him with what turned into a fatal 'prank'.

So what would get a whole lot of views? 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz III decided the most outrageous thing he could do was to get his girlfrind, 19-year-old Monalisa Perez, to shoot him in the chest.

Oh, he was going to take safety precautions, of course. His plan was to hold a book up against his chest while Perez shot him.

The couple often made prank videos and posted them on YouTube. In one of the videos, Perez tries to prank Ruiz with a sandwich filled with hot peppers, and in another, the couple detail their stay at a haunted hotel.

But this time Perez tweeted that the couple had agreed to carry out "one of the most dangerous videos ever."

Unfortunately, the prank went very wrong, and the bullet went through the book and into Ruiz's chest, killing him before he could be air-lifted for medical treatment.

The stunt might have even worked if Ruiz hadn't decided to use one of the most powerful handguns in the world; the .50 caliber Desert Eagle.

It was not reported what book was used.

Perez was charged with second-degree manslaughter.


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*-- Crash Releases 30 Snakes on Highway --*

Authorities in Texas said a van crashed on the highway in the San Antonio area and released 30 snakes, a baby alligator and a tortoise. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office said the van blew a tire causing it to rollover onto the access road. The Somerset Volunteer Fire Department said the animals released in the crash include venomous rattlesnakes, copperhead snakes, a large diamondback rattlesnake and water moccasins. Lytle Animal Control and Texas Game Warden officials responded to the scene to recapture the escaped reptiles. The most recent update said 23 of the snakes had been recaptured, with one snake dead and the alligator still on the loose. The driver of the van and a 9-year-old passenger were taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center. The animals and vehicle involved in the crash are privately owned, the sheriff's office said.


The Case of the Mysterious Exploding Playgroud Slide?

A young boy suffered serious injuries while playing at a park with his parents and siblings, according to police in Wisconsin. West Allis police said that investigators are trying to figure out what caused the slide to explode while the boy was playing on it. Police ruled out foul play despite the fact that the manufacturer had installed this type of slide all over the world and they never exploded. The incident unfolded while 9-year-old Giuseppe Storniolo was playing at the Reservoir Park. The boy's mother Diana, said that she heard an explosion while her son was playing by the slide. At first, she thought that something fell, but when she checked on her son, she realized that he suffered second-degree burns on his leg. While the boy was sliding down, the slide exploded and melted. The slide was immediately taken apart by city workers.

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The story about the Bally's sign losing its Y reminded me of when my kids were young. The local Office Depot was missing the "ice" in office and the "e" in depot, so the sign read "Off D pot". My kids thought it was the funniest thing ever. -Mark

Perhaps Lorena Bobbitt was really trying to invent a drink but decided the Toe didn't make a good stiff cocktail. -Vince

Hi Lewis, I could not help but chuckle, when I read the story of Ashwin Kalyandurg who was trying to gain himself a Guinness World Record for walking the greatest distance on his hands. It was not the feat itself that made me laugh, nor his ambitions. Rather, it was that part of his training included climbing PALM trees. That, dear Lewis, was DESTINED for Bizarre News. -Lynda-Marie
[Yep. And his girlfriend have him HANDjobs. Get it?]

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