February 26th, 2021


(Not so) Bright Ideas

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published Sept. 27,2018

(Not so) Bright Ideas
Jeffrey Jacobs, 37, thought he had a great thing going.

Last year, when a tree fell on his White Plains, New York, home, he told the owner of a tree service (and big hockey fan) that he was the owner of the NHL's Boston Bruins, reported The Hour.

Impressed, the tree service owner sent a crew in the midst of a storm, then billed the actual club owner, 78-year-old Jeremy Jacobs, $5,100 for the service.

Police in nearby Wilton, Connecticut, heard about the deception when they received a call in May from security officials at a company chaired by the Bruins' owner.

The story sounded familiar: In November, Jacobs had been pulled over in Wilton, and he told officers he owned the Bruins in an effort to get out of the ticket.

On July 20, Jacobs was pulled over for using his phone while driving in Poughkeepsie, New York, sent back to Wilton and charged with criminal impersonation. [The Hour, 7/24/2018]

Diamonds are SO 20th century.

In Japan, Warp Space is offering newlyweds the chance to make their union universal with wedding plaques launched into space.

According to United Press International, the startup company, founded by faculty members from the University of Tsukuba, will print a titanium plate with the names of the betrothed and put it, along with a few hundred other plaques, in one of a series of small cubes to be released into space from the International Space Station.

Astronauts will memorialize the launching by taking photographs, which will then be sent to the newlyweds.

The service costs $270. [UPI, 7/26/2018]