7 quirky stories you may have missed this week

2015-01-16 16:11

Cape Town - Despite last week's petrol price cut, 2015 has started on a fairly negative note for many - the Paris attack, warnings of more Eskom power troubles, and, of course, going back to work or school after the summer holiday.

So as the week winds down, let's take a look at seven quirky, interesting and heart-warming stories you may have missed in the midst of all the other news.

1. Robben Island ferry gets lost

Anyone who's been to Cape Town can attest that Robben Island is fairly prominent in Table Bay, but that didn't stop the island's tourist ferry from getting lost. A passenger later recounted how he'd feared for his safety as the ferry went off course.

2. Woman cuts off husband’s penis. Twice.

In international news a Chinese woman cut off her cheating husband's penis with a pair of blunt scissors. Surgeons managed to reattach it, but the wife sneaked into the hospital and cut it off again. Talk about a woman scorned.

3. MEC caught speeding in bling Bentley

A man claiming to be a Western Cape MEC was caught driving at 207km/h in a 120km/h zone along the N1 South near Midrand. It was later reported that the imposter, who was driving a gold Bentley, was in fact an Eastern Cape business man.

4. Church rejects proposal to ban ‘Silent Night’

As the memory of Christmas carols being relentlessly played in shopping malls fades, the Reformed Church of SA had an interesting proposal to consider: Banning the carol Silent Night because there was no clear link to Christ's birth. They rejected the proposal.

5. 40kg dog carried to safety down Table Mountain

A Cape Town dog named Bella also made the news this week, after she cut her paws while walking on Table Mountain. Her owner battled to carry the 40kg dog down, and was helped by two trail runners, who were hailed as heroes, but they refused to accept a reward, saying they were just helping out.

6. Man caught pushing dead girlfriend in wheelbarrow

On a more serious note, a man was arrested after being found pushing the decomposing remains of his girlfriend in a wheelbarrow. Residents noticed a foot sticking out of the blankets.

7. Angry hippo chases after speedboat at incredible speed

Daunting footage of a massive, and not-so-friendly-looking hippo, chase after a speedboat was caught on camera and narrowly miss the rear of the boat as it launches out of the water. Toby Jermyn, of Pangolin Photo Safaris shared the experience with Traveller24 saying, "At the beginning of the year one of our clients captured this amazing footage of a hippo charging our photo boat in The Chobe."

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