Round up At The Register, we’re always on the lookout for big tech and science news to bring to you, our smart, fun, data-hungry readers, because we know you need to stay tuned.
However, we know that you also like to know that stupid people do weird, absurd, or unusual things for no apparent reason, so here’s a round-up of some of them.
The Texas lawnmower without a massacre
An unidentified Fort Worth, Texas resident was involved in a four-hour armed argument with police over the condition of his lawn on Friday.
According to local Fox 4 KDFW news agency, the grass on residents’ lawns must be kept under 12 inches under Fort Worth city law.
This homeowner had received seven summons for his overgrown lawn in just two years, so police arrived at 8:30 a.m. with representatives from a city-appointed horticultural company to enforce the law and cut the grass.
The police knocked on the door several times but received no response, so the mowers started mowing. At this point the homeowner opened fire on the assembled police officers and landscapers, luckily without meeting anyone.
“We heard about five to six shots,” said Melissa Sandoval, a witness who lives nearby. “And that’s whenever I’ve actually screamed because I’ve never heard it before.”
“No one was hit by gunfire, but it appears that some of the code compliance vehicles were hit by bullets,” added Fort Worth Officer Jimmy Pollozani.
Everyone involved then took cover, the police were reinforced with a SWAT team and a stalemate arose in which the homeowner opened fire at least twice. The standoff lasted almost four hours before police used tear gas and forced the man out of his home so he could be arrested.
When he was arrested, police said he was armed and wearing a protective suit of unknown origin.
“This is the first time I’ve heard of this in my 15-year career,” said Officer Pollozani. “Getting shot to make the community look better? That only proves the dangers of this job.”
The lawn was later successfully reduced in height by appropriately cautious gardeners.
Ciggy raid in quarantine hotel
A woman in COVID quarantine at a hotel on Australia’s Gold Coast may be the first person to break the terms of her stay as a result of the intervention of a drone.
On June 11, a drone was spotted by a hotel worker bringing a pack of cigarettes onto the balcony of her room, according to Australia’s 9 News.
The hotel notified the police, who questioned the recipient of the unconventional charge. She was later fined AU $ 1,300 (£ 697, $ 955) for violating her quarantine conditions.
If identified, the drone pilot could also be prosecuted by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority for unsafe flying.
It is not known whether the room was smoking or non-smoking.
North Korean accordionists hit the charts
Norwegian artist Morten Traavik worked with an unusual group of musicians to come up with a truly unique recording.
Take over us! Pyongyang Gold Stars Play Big Popular Hits Vol. 1 is a re-recording of the 1985 album Hunting High and Low by Norwegian pop sensations A-ha, performed by a quintet of accordionists from the Pyongyang No. 1 Music School in North Korea.
Traavik told NK News that the album was created as part of a cultural collaboration with the DPRK and evolved from a video of students at the school performing a chipper version of A-ha’s world hit “Take On Me,” which hit in 2012 YouTube went viral.
“The impact of this clip inspired me to return to the DPRK some time later and record the full A-ha debut album, Hunting High and Low,” he said. “I dare say that the Kum Song Music School did not disappoint this time either.”
The music on the album was originally recorded in 2013, but Traavik thinks it unlikely there will be a sequel anytime soon due to the deteriorating political climate in the isolated country.
“Unfortunately, the domestic political climate in the DPRK has been far less permissive and liberal since the Workers’ Party’s Seventh Congress in 2016 – if that is a word,” he said. “Today, culture and public space are more strictly controlled than they have been for a long time.”
The album was released earlier this month on the Ship to Shore PhonoCo. Label.
Mosquito tornado darkens the Russian sky ski
After US President Joe Biden finally managed to survive an attempted decapitation by a terrible monster swarm of Brood-X cicadas, Russia decided to prove to the world that it rivals the United States in all things by Apocalypse reveals his own hexapod: a tornado of mosquitoes.
While covering the phenomenon, the New York Post quoted a worryingly undisturbed Russian entomologist named Lyudmila Lobkova who said, “These are male mosquitoes that swarm around one of several females to mate – there is nothing wrong with that.”
Maybe not for you.
That’s the way it is now. Horny mosquitoes form terrifying biblical weather phenomena and boobies shrug their shoulders and say: “There’s nothing wrong with that.”
If, like me, your 2021 News Bingo Card is now full, please mumble an apprehensive “home?” To me? from under the table.
It’s not even August yet. ®