This Week's Weird News

The disappearance of an iconic waterfall in Ecuador, 'ghosts' enforcing coronavirus lockdowns, and a man arrested while trying to teach his dog to drive were among the strange, unusual, and enlightening stories to cross our desk this past week.

By far the most bizarre story of the week unfolded in Washington State where a man led police on a high-speed chase down the highway and offered a jaw-dropping explanation for his actions when he was finally caught. As officers approached the vehicle, they were understandably surprised to see a dog sitting in the driver's seat. It was then that the man, located on the passenger's side of the car, told the cops that he had been trying to teach his pet pit bull to drive!

The breathtaking beauty and profound power of Mother Nature were on display this past week when it was announced that a whopping seven new peacock spider species had been discovered and, among them, was one particular arachnid which bears an uncanny resemblance to Van Gogh's Starry Night painting. On the other end of the spectrum, Ecuador's tallest waterfall disappeared when a sinkhole diverted the river feeding into it, effectively erasing the picturesque site from the planet forever.

One weird trend which has emerged in the wake of lockdowns being instituted to combat the coronavirus is that some communities have turned to the supernatural to help enforce quarantines. This occurred in Malaysia where a man donned a spooky costume in an attempt to frighten rebellious teens into staying in their homes. Meanwhile, in India, a village on lockdown tasked two residents to dress as spirits known as 'pocongs' and stand guard over the town.

You can find more strange and unusual stories from the past week at the Coast to Coast AM website.