March 1st, 2021


Government in Action | Life in America's Weirdest State

News of the Weird

By News of the Weird

Published June 19, 2019

Government in Action  |  Life in America's Weirdest State
New Zealand's House Speaker, Trevor Mallard, ejected National Leader Simon Bridges from the chamber on May 7, claiming that Bridges' conduct was inappropriate during Question Time.

"The member earlier made a barnyard noise of the sort that would not be accepted in a junior classroom," Mallard said. But Bridges objected, saying, "I made no such noise and it is entirely unfair for you as a speaker to say that sort of unprofessional comment."

The New Zealand Herald reported that Bridges later said Mallard's comments made him feel like a "naughty boy"; later inspection of video from the session revealed that Bridges had made a loud sound of disapproval after an answer given by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. [New Zealand Herald, 5/7/2019]

A police officer in Haines City, Florida, was inside a local business on May 4 when he heard "a loud noise" outside. In the parking lot, he found Gary Wayne Anderson, 68, had just crashed his riding lawnmower (with trailer carrying a red cooler) into the officer's cruiser, reported the Miami Herald.

"F--- it, I'm drunk," Anderson told officers, according to an arrest affidavit. "Take me to jail."

He was so intoxicated, police said, that he failed a field sobriety test and "almost fell to the ground multiple times."

At the police station, Anderson accused police of poisoning him and requested that he be taken to a hospital, where test results found his blood-alcohol content to be three times Florida's legal limit.

Anderson has two prior DUI convictions and has not had a valid driver's license since 1978.

"It's never a good idea to get behind the wheel drunk," noted police Chief Jim Elensky, "even if that wheel is to a Craftsman, Massey Ferguson or John Deere." [Miami Herald, 5/6/2019]