• Joe Rwamirama, 48, of Kampala, Uganda, has an unusually practical superpower: "He is known all over the city as the man who can kill mosquitoes with his farts," local barber James Yoweri told The Sun on Dec. 10.
Rwamirama said no one in his home village has ever contracted malaria because his gaseous ejections knock out insects over a 6-mile radius.
"He is respectful of people around him and will only fart when there are mosquitoes around," Yoweri continued.
Rwamirama hopes to market his gas and claims that insect repellant companies have been looking into its chemical secrets, but The Sun couldn't verify those claims. [The Sun, 12/10/2019]
• When a Shelby, Ohio, police officer responded to a call on Nov. 13 about a sick or rabid raccoon on a residential street, he had a tough decision to make.
The raccoon did seem either injured or ill, and according to WJW, the officer decided it needed to be destroyed.
However, there is no area animal control department, and police officers don't have the "training or equipment to capture a potentially rabid animal," officials said.
And the officer was hesitant to use his firearm because of the time of day and because some residents were outside their homes. So he decided to use his vehicle to eliminate the raccoon, running over it several times to finish the job.
Unfortunately, a bystander was recording the incident, and people on social media are calling for the officer's removal.
The Shelby police chief responded: "The video is disturbing to watch. ... We are having an independent group, with a prosecutor, to determine if any criminal charges are appropriate (but) ... this incident doesn't violate any wildlife laws." [WJW, 11/15/2019]