Around the Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

Around the Weird: Bizarre News Briefs

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Wireless Flash) – The force is with an Illinois couple who recently got married while dressed as Star Wars characters. Bride Marjorie Phares dressed as Princess Leia, while hubby Arnaldo de Carvalho II wore a Luke Skywalker get-up, reports Springfield’s State Journal-Register. And get this: the Reverend dressed as red-faced villain Darth Maul.

NEW YORK – Here’s some emotionally “moo-ving” news for vegetarians – a butcher shop recently closed its doors and opened up as a cow-free leather store. New York’s Moo Shoes offers faux leather shoes, purses, belts and all sorts of accessories for vegetarian folks who still want that leather look.

SEATTLE – A 32-year-old woman who’s been dragging a battered Sesame Street Ernie doll around with her everywhere she goes is at her wits end after losing the toy in Seattle. Physics teacher Leslie McGourty last spotted her fuzzy-headed companion near the Space Needle and hopes someone has found her little buddy.

CAMBRIDGE, N.Z. – A 15-year-old in Cambridge, New Zealand, has been suspended from school after writing an essay about having an erection in front of his classmates. The student says he was only following the topic: How does your body betray you?

ST. LOUIS – Interest in hot-air balloon flights is ballooning. Millionaire Steve Fossett will make his sixth attempt to circumnavigate the globe on a solo hot-air balloon flight next month. Meanwhile, two British balloonists will attempt to fly vertically up to the edge of space – about 132,000 feet in altitude – later this year.