Swedish airport officials were evidently not amused when a team from a hidden camera TV show recently tried to check in a suitcase containing a dwarf.
Judging from the way airport security reacted to our missile-shaped lighter incident last year, I can only imagine how this stunt went over.
As you may recall the six-inch metal lighter, the perfect item to try flying out of Israel with, was given to us as a gift when we were there last summer.
It drew the attention of Israeli airport security, who got a chuckle out of it, once they stood down from full terrorist alert mode and let us explain.
German airport officials were less amused, and, in fact, insisted the item stay in Germany altogether.
I’m not familiar with the Swedish sense of humor, but, according to reports, employees at Bromma airport called police when the dwarf sprang out of the suitcase at the check-in counter.
Airport staff reportedly decided against filing charges even though they were “shocked and humiliated” by the stunt.
They’re probably lucky they didn’t try that in Germany.
This is not to imply that Germans have no sense of humor altogether.
Clearly, they occasionally loosen up, as evidenced in a recent report filed from Berlin, where it seems that two cops showed up at a 30th birthday party, and were mistaken for strippers.
No one had actually ordered strippers for the party, according to the story, but the two policemen who arrived after midnight to quiet the celebration down at a neighbor’s request, found themselves greeted by wild applause.
“It took them a while to realize they were real police officers,” a police spokesman said. “It was a bit funny for all sides.”
So at about the same time the German cops were mistakenly expected to get naked, the Calimesa, California cops were called to rescue three men who already were.
The men were lured to a motel by three women they met at a park, according to a recent report. The men told police they rented a room at the women’s request.
After the men took their clothes off, four other men burst in, robbed them of about $80 and fled, followed by one of the victims, which led to 911 calls about a naked man running around in the area, according to the story.
Meanwhile, British cops were reportedly searching for someone who broke into a pet store and made off with a shark.
The two foot long, mottled brown female Australian marbled cat shark was one of a breeding pair kept behind the store about 20 miles west of London’s Heathrow Airport, the story says.
The owner’s wife said the pair might be worth as much as $20,000 because of their rarity. She also said she couldn’t figure out how the shark was stolen since the top of the tank was around five feet off the ground. Not to mention most sharks don’t fit easily under the typical topcoat.
And apropos of nothing, a Canadian woman recently gave birth to her 18th child, according to an AP report.
The 44-year-old Romanian immigrant had the child in British Columbia, making her the province’s most prolific mother in 20 years, AP reported.
The couple’s 17 other children — nine girls and eight boys — range in age from 20 months to 23 years. Eighteen. That’s three egg rolls, right?
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