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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Greetings fellow Bizarros:

Ah, the stresses of air travel; waiting in lines, invasive security checks, cramped seats, it's enough to make a person take ten or twelve drinks. At least that was the excuse of a woman who went berserk on a recent flight out of Russia and had to be restrained hand-and-foot by the cabin crew. Half naked. The woman was half naked, not the cabin crew.

Crew members said the woman was out of control after drinking too much in the duty free bar at Moscow before boarding the flight to Turkey, and they had to restrain her shortly after take off. The woman was violent and abusive and her behavior was frightening other passengers, they said.

They tied her legs together and her hands behind her back, before sitting her on the floor of the plane, topless except for her black bra, away from other passengers. It is not reported why she was only partially dressed.

Video shot by another passenger shows her trying to hit her head on the wall of the plane and screaming, in Russian, "You see what is going on? Look at me. Look at my blood. Those are beasts, those are liars, they are trying to trick you." The woman claimed she could see invisible people who she said were trying to kill her.

[That definitely sounds like vodka talking, to me.]

Russian media reports that the woman was released on arrival at Antalya Airport in Turkey. Turkish police reportedly said they had no interest in charging the woman and let her go free.


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At the annual hacker conference DefCon, Emmett Brewer, an 11-year-old boy from Austin, Texas, was able to change the results on a mock Florida election website. It took him 10 minutes. In total, 35 of 39 participants ages 6-17 successfully hacked mock versions of Secretary of State websites in six swing states during a portion of the convention called the Voting Machine Hacking Village, according to event organizers. The “hackers” managed to tamper with vote tallies, party names and candidate names, changing vote tallies to numbers like 12 billion and candidate names to "Bob Da Builder" and "Richard Nixon's head." The hack points to the larger vulnerabilities of the election infrastructure in light of the suspicion of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. State election officials, though, say the mock site did not duplicate all of the safety features in place to stop hacking.


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A man was caught on video climbing over a barricade at the Los Angeles Zoo so he could spank a hippopotamus. And I'm a little sorry to say that 'spanking the hippopotamus' is not a euphemism for anything. Video shows the man climbing the fence outside the hippo enclosure and sneaking up on two hippos, named Rosie and Mara. The man's approach is very cautious, and then when he's close enough, he slaps one of the hippos on the rear before rushing back over the fence and taking a moment to celebrate his feat. Rosie, the hippo that was slapped, does not show much of a reaction, but her mother appears startled and looks up as the guy is still in the enclosure. The zoo released a statement reading, in part: "The Zoo would like to remind everyone that it is never acceptable for a guest to enter the habitat of any animal at the Zoo. It is a privilege to observe these rare and endangered species, but they are still wild animals and their space must be respected at all times." If identified the man is looking at potential trespassing charges.

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Not that I have ever been faced with a similar situation, but I imagine it would be pretty easy to avoid somebody who was trying to attack me with a circular saw. I mean, it's not like it has a lot of range. Plus, the attacker is like of limited by the power cord, isn't he?
[There are battery-powered saws. Plus, you can't run very far on a roof.]

Lewis, I don't know if you've ever been to Texas, but pretty much everybody's armed down there. I'm surprised that remote controlled alligator didn't get shot to hell by the first yahoo who saw it.

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