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The Official Funny, Violent, or Bizarre News Story Thread
Members of a gender reveal party in Iowa inadvertently created a pipebomb for the reveal, and shrapnel from the device killed a grandmother:

Quote:Family members had hoped to build a contraption for a fun gender reveal party in Iowa, but they instead built an explosive device that killed a grandmother, police said Monday. 

"This family got together for what they thought was going to be a happy event with no intent for anyone to get hurt," Marion County Sheriff Jason Sandholdt said. 

Pamela Kreimeyer, 56, was killed when a piece of shrapnel from the device struck her in the head at the Saturday soiree in rural Knoxville, about 40 miles southeast of Des Moines. 

Members of Kreimeyer's family got together Friday to begin experimenting with "different types of explosive material" in hopes of creating a gender reveal device and recording the unveiling for friends and family on social media, the sheriff's office said in a statement. 

"On Saturday afternoon five family members and the expectant mother gathered and placed gunpowder in the bottom of a homemade stand that was welded to a metal base plate," the sheriff's statement said. 

They drilled a hole in the side of the stand to install a fuse and placed a piece of wood on top of the gunpowder, before adding colored powder indicating the baby's gender, the statement said. The idea was that once the gunpowder ignited, it would launch the powder into the air -- typically blue for a boy or pink for a girl. 

But when the family members placed tape over the top of the metal tubing, they inadvertently created a pipe bomb, authorities said. 

Once the device was lit, the metal tubing exploded, sending shrapnel flying, the sheriff's office said. 

A piece of metal hit Kreimeyer, who was standing with family members about 45 feet from the device, killing her, the statement said. 

The chunk of metal moved with such velocity that after slamming into Kreimeyer, it continued to travel more than 400 feet through the air, landing in a field. 

Kreimeyer was killed instantly, police said. The sheriff's office described her as a wife, mother and grandmother. 

Sandholdt did not immediately return CNN's calls seeking additional information, including Kreimeyer's relationship to the expectant mother and the baby's gender. 
Well, this is pretty gross:

Quote:The woman had just rounded a corner while running along a steep trail in coastal California in February 2018 when she charged face-first into an unpleasant surprise: a swarm of flies. The pesky bugs quickly engulfed her, forcing her to swat them away from her face and even spit some out of her mouth. But little did she know, things were about to get much worse.

A month later, her right eye started to bother her. She rinsed it with water and out came the source of the irritation - only it wasn't an errant eyelash or a wayward dust particle.

It was a live worm, roughly half an inch long, transparent and wriggling. And it wasn't alone.

Soon after the first worm revealed itself, the 68-year-old plucked another one of the squirming critters from her eye, where it had been living in the space between her lower eyelid and eyeball.

In a rare occurrence, of which there is only one other documented case, experts say the Nebraska woman was infected by a parasitic eye worm known as Thelazia gulosa, a species normally found in cattle, according to a recent paper published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. The parasites often spread among cows - their preferred hosts - through certain types of face flies that eat eye secretions, such as tears, the Oct. 22 paper said. The flying insects carry the worm’s young, and when they’re feeding, they expel the larvae onto the surface of the new host’s eye, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The flies the woman ran through were likely larvae carriers, and at least one managed to come in contact with her eyes long enough to leave the parasites behind, Richard S. Bradbury, the paper's lead author, told Gizmodo. The trail she was running on is located near Carmel Valley, an area southeast of Monterey known for cattle ranching.

"Normally people would shoo any flies near their eyes away before they could do this, but in this case the patient had run into so many flies at once that she could not shoo them all away before one expelled larvae onto her eye," Bradbury, a former member of the CDC's Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria, wrote in an email.

Once the woman, who was not named, discovered the two worms in March 2018, she went to an ophthalmologist in Monterey, Calif., near where she was staying at the time. The doctor extracted a third worm, which was preserved for analysis.

Still, her eye irritation persisted, so when the woman returned to Nebraska, she consulted another doctor. No worms made an appearance during that visit, but the woman was informed that both her eyes were inflamed.

It didn't take long for the woman to find and pull out what would be the fourth and final worm herself. Her symptoms finally cleared up about two weeks later, the journal article said.

Meanwhile, the worm sample was making the rounds. It was first sent to the California State Public Health Laboratory before getting forwarded to the CDC, where researchers nailed down the exact species and noticed a significant detail about the eye worm.

The worm was an adult female and her eggs contained developed larvae, "indicating that humans are suitable hosts for the reproduction of T. gulosa," the paper said.

The Nebraska woman's horrific experience was preceded by an eerily similar case involving a 26-year-old woman, who also became infected with the worms in 2016 after spending time in cattle fields near her native southern Oregon, The Washington Post's Lena H. Sun reported. In that instance, the woman had 14 of the tiny translucent worms removed from her eye.
We might be able to shut the thread down after this story.  I'm not sure we'll ever top it:

Quote:Back in May, three Indiana judges got into a fight. It was the crescendo of an incident brimming with colorful details: a gaggle of judges drinking the night before a judicial conference, a failed attempt to visit a strip club called the Red Garter, a brawl in the parking lot of an Indianapolis White Castle.

The altercation apparently started sometime after 3 a.m., when one of the judges, Sabrina Bell, raised a middle finger at two men yelling from a passing SUV, and ended after one of those men shot two of the judges.

In between, the three judges took a number of actions that "discredited the entire Indiana judiciary," according to an opinion posted by the Indiana Supreme Court this week, suspending the judges.

The court found that the three — Andrew Adams, Bradley Jacobs and Sabrina Bell — had "engaged in judicial misconduct by appearing in public in an intoxicated state and behaving in an injudicious manner and by becoming involved in a verbal altercation." Adams and Jacobs engaged in further judicial misconduct "by becoming involved in a physical altercation for which Judge Adams was criminally charged and convicted."
Somebody call the Cohen Bros., we need them on this.
You can definitely file this Papa John interview under "bizarre."
I like how it took 40 pizzas for him to determine that they weren't the same as before.

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