January’s Unusual Bizarre & Weird News

Black summer truffles anyone? Photo Courtesy: Adrian Pingstone
Black summer truffles anyone? Photo Courtesy: Adrian Pingstone

By Andrew J. Hewett

The month of January has had some strange stories. Here is this month’s best snippets of unusual, bizarre and weird news.

White winter truffles, also called Alba truffles, are very pricey, costing $6,000 to $10,000 per pound, depending on the time of year and availability. Less expensive truffles include white summer truffles and black winter and summer truffles. The largest single truffle known (4.16 pounds – nearly the size of an American football) sold Dec. 6, 2014, at a Sotheby’s auction in New York. The winning bid? $61,250.

You’ve probably heard of birds eating fermented berries, then flying into trees or crash-landing? The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News reported that so many Bohemian Waxwings in Canada’s Yukon became intoxicated the Environment Yukon organization set up an “avian drunk tank” to provide safer sobering surroundings.

Indonesia’s holy “Sex Mountain” on the island of Java allows Muslims to feel prosperous and optimistic if they have sex with total strangers. A reporter with Australia’s SBS Dateline TV program visited Mount Kemukus, near Surakarta, to watch the mass adultery. This practice, which originated in the 16th century, allows these devout pilgrims to pray, bathe and pair off with non-spouses seven times, 35 days apart.