A Boeing 757 for Air Europe.
A Boeing 757 for Air Europe. A Michigan man’s airline ticket was cancelled for not showing up, even as he was sitting on the same plane (Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)

From a petition sent to Death to bring a famous author back, to a meth lab discovered in a backpack in Wal-Mart, here’s this week’s five crazy headlines!

  1. Petition asks Death to bring Sir Terry Pratchett back

As beloved fantasy author and satirist Sir Terry Pratchett passed on last week, fans petitioned Death, a recurring character in Pratchett’s long running “Discworld” series, to bring him back.

Pratchett, 66, died of Alzheimer’s last Thursday. Though the character Death, who always speaks in all caps in Pratchett’s novels, has not agreed to send him back, he did show up on the author’s Twitter feed Thursday afternoon.

“AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER,” he tweeted.

Source: BBC News

  1. During Bakery Break-In, Only Recipes Are Taken

During a break-in last week of the three-month-old shop “Mr Holmes Bakehouse,” none of the food, baking equipment or even the owner Ry Stephen’s iPad, was touched. Instead, the thief made off with all of Stephen’s recipes.

Most valuable was Stephen’s signature recipe for a “cruffin”: a hybrid muffin/croissant that had inspired customers to line up at the shop early each morning for their own.

Now it inspired a break-in.

Source: The New York Times

  1. Meth Lab Found Inside Walmart Restroom in Indiana

It’s not exactly “Breaking Bad.”

After police were called to a local Wal-Mart restroom to investigate a suspicious backpack, officers reported the pack was a fully functional, active meth lab.

They dismantled the lab promptly and began decontamination of the Wal-Mart’s restrooms. The owner of the backpack has not yet been caught.

Source: WNEP Pennsylvania

  1. Southwest cancels man’s ticket while he sits on plane

Bob Woudstra was sitting on a flight home, enjoying the Wi-Fi, when the Michigan man received an email informing him his ticket was canceled because he didn’t show up.

As Woudstra’s ticket was a round-trip with multiple connections, he had to buy another one to get home to Grand Rapids.

Southwest Airlines eventually refunded his tickets, and the company is currently investigating where the error occurred.

Source: KSDK Missouri

  1. Milwaukee Brewers ban high-fives

After an outbreak of pinkeye with Catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitching coach Rick Kranitz the latest victims, the Milwaukee Brewers banned high-fives for the team in hopes of curbing the spread of the disease.

The ban on the popular baseball team will be lifted once the outbreak ends. For now, team members will have to settle for “air fives.”

Source: ESPN

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