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Weekly Wack | Amanda Arnett
by Amanda Arnett
We live in a world that never stops. Everyday our senses are bombarded with new information about anything and everything that is going on as global news about politics, natural disasters, the economy, and crime radiates from our technological devices. While keeping updated on all these major events is important, sometimes we need to hear something unconventional, weird, or just plain random. So, today I have presented you with a couple of the wackiest stories from recent news.
March 13, 2018. Have you ever seen someone that you know looks familiar, but you simply cannot put a name to the face? Well that is exactly how the country is feeling about a 1-year-old Shih-poo (a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Poodle) puppy. This dog named Yogi has become an internet sensation because his face looks strikingly similar to that of a human. Yogi’s pouted lips and soft, soulful eyes have people questioning whether he is real, or if the owner just did a face swap with a human. While web users have even begun to compare the dog to celebrities such as Zach Galifianakis and Nicholas Cage, Yogi’s owner swears that this is his real face.
March 16, 2018. Here we find the story of what some may call a real life version of The Walking Dead. After returning to his home country of Romania after 20 years of living in Turkey, 63-year-old Constantin Reliu was informed at the airport that he was dead. Are you lost now? I know this sounds impossible, because obviously Constantin was not dead. What had happened, however, was that Constantin’s wife had officially registered him as dead while he was in Turkey. The Romanian government has refused to overturn his death papers because he has no papers that officially “prove his existence”. Now, Constantin calls himself “a living ghost” as he cannot get a job and legally does not exist! On March 22nd, however, the court declared that Constantin, and any dead man, can have his drivers license back.
So no, these headlines are not exactly what most adults have in mind when they tell kids to keep up on current events. But when almost all news seems to be somber or negative, these stories are certainly a source of laughter or entertainment.