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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Greetings fellow Bizarros:

As yet another year lurches to an awkward close, I was so pleased to get a warm, encouraging comment from a long-time Bizarre News reader. Since this charitable soul conveyed a sentiment of confidence and optimism so much better than I could, I’ll let her have the last word of the year...


Thanks for another year of Bizarre News in my email. I always read it first and it never fails to start my day with a smile.

I hope you and those you hold dear have a wonderful holiday season and a healthy and prosperous new year.

Looking forward to the never-ending parade of nutty/silly/just-plain-stupid/Darwin Award people of 2018.

Kind regards,



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*------------ How's Thats For Luck? ------------*

The AFP reports a man inherited a house in France from a deceased relative only to discover $3.7 million worth of hidden gold. "It was under the furniture, under piles of linen, in the bathroom ... everywhere," an auctioneer says. It started when the unnamed-yet-very-lucky man started moving furniture and found a box of gold coins attached to the bottom of one piece. He continued poking around and soon found an old whisky box with more gold pieces hidden inside. By the time the treasure hunt ended, he had found 5,000 gold pieces, two gold bars, and 37 gold ingots. The entire haul weighed more than 200 pounds and was reportedly bought during the 1950s and 1960s. Meanwhile I can't even win on a stupid, $2 instant lottery ticket. How's that for luck?

*----------- That's Security for You -----------*

The New York Police Department released security camera footage of a man walking up to an armored truck and walking off with a $1.6 million bucket of gold. The department released security camera footage this week of the incident in midtown Manhattan, where the back of the truck had been left unattended while two men talked in front of the vehicle. The video shows a man casually taking the 86-pound bucket of gold flakes from the back of the truck and casually walking away. The man appears to struggle with the heavy bucket and takes frequent breaks -- traveling about a 10-minute distance in about an hour before getting into a van. "I think he just saw an opportunity, took the pail and walked off," NYPD Detective Martin Pastor told local news. Police said the suspect is believed to have fled to Florida, possibly in the Miami or Orlando areas.

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