Welcome back in another week of strange stories, curious chronicles and deviant anecdotes. If you missed last week's list, you can get it here.
There are two short stories this week, but they differ considerably. One shows a pigeon with great comedic timing, while the other examines a scientific experiment to see if it is possible to make a useful knife from frozen feces.
We also have a few weird mystery stories for you: two Amish men are running out of law, a Mummy Marauder is on the loose, and thieves are escaping with a massive gold toilet.
10 The Three Gorges of the Water Monsters
Earlier this week, videos surfaced showing a long, black figure slithering across the Chinese Yangtze River. They immediately made comparisons with the notorious Loch Ness monster, leading to speculation that China might be able to lure its own version of "Nessie" into its waters. However, this puzzle has been solved fairly quickly, and unfortunately the truth is far less exciting.
Three Gorges Water Monsters' clips, as the nickname was, were first aired on Chinese social media platforms, bringing in millions of views and eventually their way to the West. After a professor suspected that the creature was probably a large water snake, it was said that the animal mutates to a gigantic size due to pollution in the river.
A few days later, the "snake" was discovered to be just a piece of floating debris, although its exact nature is still unclear due to contradictory reports. A Chinese news agency claimed that it was a long piece of rubber hose that was peeling off a yard. In the meantime, the state broadcaster CCTV said it was a mesh sunscreen that was removed from the nearby ferry terminal and wrapped up to form a snake-like shape. 
9 Pigeon Poop Problem Provokes Politician  A lawmaker from Chicago conducted an interview about the pigeon problem at a notorious bus stop when one of the birds made a bold statement to highlight the problem – the dove on him had shitting.
The Irving Park Blue Line station has a reputation as Chicago's "Pigeon Poop Station" among Chicago's residents. The entrance is located below the Kennedy Expressway and has an underpass just above the commuter path where the birds sit and settle as they please.
There is at least one official trying to do something about it. State representative Jaime Andrade has been trying since last year to raise funds to solve the problem. He recently conducted another interview with a local television station. Just as he was mouthing the pigeons badly, one of them punched right on the head.  He did not miss an opportunity and pointed out that his voters had to do with it.
Delays in Settlement The matter appears to have been caused by a technical consideration of who is responsible for the pigeons. Last year, Andrade secured money from the state budget, but this money went to the Chicago Transit Authority, which oversees the bus terminal as part of the Kennedy Expressway. However, the underpass is not considered part of the station and falls under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Transportation, while the pavement on which the birds poop falls within the jurisdiction of the City of Chicago.
8 Cattle Semen Lost In Fire
A fire at a genetics laboratory in Yarram, Victoria, Australia resulted in the destruction of 100 canned bovine semolina bottles.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Yarram Herd Services camp burned down. Firefighters took two hours to contain the fire, but until then it was too late: everything inside the building was destroyed.
The largest loss was 100 vessels in which cattle seeds were kept. The company offers herd testing, artificial insemination and other services to many farmers in the region who often store the genetic material of their own animals in the facility.
The value of the destroyed goods is currently particularly high when we just entered the AI season. The cylinders themselves were worth between $ 500 and $ 1,000, while their contents were much more valuable. Bull sperm is worth between $ 5 and $ 95 per straw. 
This flame proved to be a unique challenge for the fire department. First, they had to stay in a defensive position. The heat allowed the fluid to expand in the cylinders, which in turn caused the lids to skip as high-speed projectiles. The investigators are still investigating the cause of the fire.
7 The Hunt for the Mummy Marauder
While all rediscovered photos of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concentrated in black writing (which he strangely blamed) on White Privilege, they have the weird story missed a man with a white face!
On Friday, the 13th, a criminal robbed First Convenience Bank of Harris County, Texas, near Houston. He threatened the cashier and left with an unknown amount of money. He raced away in a black Mitsubishi Montero SUV. To hide his identity, the man wrapped himself in white gauze. To further obscure his resemblance, he also wore sunglasses, a wig, and a baseball cap. However, it was really the linen covers that attracted attention and later earned the criminal the nickname "Mummy Marauder".
According to FBI, the culprit was a black man in his early 20s, about 1.8 meters (5 feet). 11 ") tall and medium in size. They published pictures of the suspect in the hope that someone could help identify him. A reward of $ 5,000 for information leading to his arrest was offered by Crime Stoppers of Houston. 
6 Don & # 39; t Drink & Jive
Ohio police are looking for two Amish men who fled the scene after they left by deputies had been stopped because they had drunk with their horse-drawn car.
Last Sunday, an official from Trumbull County watched an unusual scene as a buggy passed him. It had a sound system with huge speakers, and on the roof was an open box of ultra-light beer. Inside was an elderly Amish man and a teenager drinking iced tea while driving in the carriage. A horse & buggy is considered a vehicle, which means that the same drinking and driving laws apply, so that the deputy wanted to run over the coach.
As soon as the vehicle stopped, the men ran into the forest on the side of the road.  At the same time the horse sped off and pulled out the empty buggy. The deputy decided to follow the horse to make sure the carriage came to a safe halt.
The Amish men fled and remained unknown from that moment on, but they have to come forward if they want their horse. Buggy back.
5 How viable is a hacking knife?
In a new study published in the anthropological journal Sapiens, a scientist experimented to find out if it is possible to make a useful knife from frozen feces.
In the 1990s, the popular anthropologist Wade Davis of the University of British Columbia recounted an anecdote from an older 1940s or '50s Inuit man who refused to leave his igloo in the wild and move to a modern settlement , Even when his family took away all his tools, he came out with what he had. In particular, he took his own droppings, modeled them into a knife, and only sharpened them with his hands and saliva. Then he let it freeze and got a solid blade to kill a dog.
The experimental archaeologist Metin Eren of Kent State University, Ohio was one of the people who were fascinated by Davis' story. He was still a teenager at the time, but now he had everything he needed to put the story to the test.
He ate a protein-rich diet rich in salmon, beef, and turkey for eight days. He received several "raw materials," which he shaped into blades with both hands and shape. He even used a metal file to sharpen some of the knives and give them the best chance of success, but it was pointless. Neither of them could cut through skin, just melted and left stripes "like a brown crayon". 
4 Neutron star too large, almost
Astronomers at the Green Bank Observatory (GBO) in West Virginia have found the most massive neutron star ever discovered and this could be detected for the foreseeable future. It's at the theoretical limit of how big a neutron star could be without falling into a black hole.
Neutron stars are the remnants of massive stars that could have the second largest density in the universe after the black holes. To put them in perspective, GBO scientists say that a sugar cube of neutron star matter would weigh 100 million tons on Earth.
Researchers at the NANOGrav Physics Frontier Center observed a fast spinning object using the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) The Pulsar J0740 + 6620 is 4,600 light-years away. They soon realized that it might indeed be the most massive neutron star ever discovered. It pushed 2.17 solar masses into a sphere with a diameter of only 30 kilometers. 
In addition, scientists believe that neutron stars can not grow much larger. Recent research suggests that 2.17 solar masses could be the limit before a neutron star crushes into a black hole.
3 A lint for the record books
A Guinness record of six months in the making took place on Thursday, when Michigan briefly became the home of the world's largest lint, before being burned to ashes.
Half of the event was a publicity stunt / half was a public service announcement courtesy of the Farmington Hills Fire Department and the Dryer Vent Wizard company that provides washer-dryer cleaning and repair services.
Since April, the company has instructed its employees in 95 franchise companies to keep the lint collected at work in order to save for recording. The giant fiber ball filled up with 313 kilograms.  There was no previous record holder, but to qualify, the ball had to weigh at least 45 kilos according to Guinness rules. After the officials had certified the record, the firemen set fire to the ball.
One reason for this step was to show how flammable lint is and to raise awareness of the importance of regular cleaning of the dryer openings. Non-compliance is the most common cause of dry fires in residential buildings.
2 Storm Area 51, finally
The date for "Storm Area 51" is here. After months of publicity and a successful viral campaign, this weekend will be a bizarre event that began as an online joke to "see aliens" and turn into a music festival.
It all began in June when a man named Matty Roberts launched a Facebook event to raid the site in search of extraterrestrial life. Of course, everything was a joke and Roberts has since rejected him when the US government warned people against actually getting on the military base.
Nevertheless, over two million people on Facebook said they will be present, so the event turned into two music festivals scheduled to take place in the nearby cities of Rachel and Hiko, Nevada. Since then, Roberts has dropped out completely, but it seems that the concerts will continue without him.
According to Sheriff Kerry Lee of Lincoln County, around 1,500 people appeared early Friday morning as music group Wily Savage prepared for the performance of their set.  There is concern that the arrival of a huge crowd could create chaos in small towns with fewer than 200 inhabitants. Lincoln County Emergency Manager Eric Holt estimated that the local authorities could handle a group of 30,000 people, but anything bigger would cause problems.
It remains to be seen how many people will attend, although most are to be said The two million Facebook participants have just signed up for a joke.
1 Thieves Get Liberated with Golden Toilet
A $ 6 million solid gold toilet was stolen at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England. A burglary reminiscent of a "raid movie".
The toilet is an "art" installation called by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan America. The copy, produced in 2016, is part of the permanent collection of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, but was lent to the stately home of the Duke of Marlborough, where Winston Churchill was born. The 18-carat gold toilet is fully functional and visitors to the exhibition were invited to use it for its intended purpose.
The theft was discovered in the early hours of the previous Saturday. Blenheim Palace had a sophisticated security system that could bypass the criminals. Although the investigators are not sure yet how the raid went, they believe that the thieves got away in two separate vehicles.
The first arrest in the case came quickly. On the same day, a 66-year-old man was suspected of burglary. As a result, a 36-year-old man was arrested under the same circumstances.  Both men were released, but are still under investigation. The police are up to date on their progress. They say that the main priority is to regain the artwork, although it does not exclude the possibility that it might be melted down.
The artist Maurizio Cattelan was "ashamed" when he heard the news for the first time, but later tried to look to the brighter side. He enjoyed being part of a real "robbery movie".