This week, we were terrified by the Times’ map of DOH grades and delighted by the idea of a Thin Mint-cookie candy bar. Most of the other stuff we discovered was just plain weird, and we’ve gathered it all in the James Weird awards, straight ahead.
• The Maine State Aquarium will be making lots of room for its newest donation: A 27-pound lobster named Rocky. Give that a second to sink in. It’s bigger than a small child and it has claws. Plus, the lobster boil could feed your whole extended family. [HuffPo]
• A woman in Cornwall, England, has eaten more than 100 bars of organic soap and over 4,000 sponges owing to a rare eating disorder called pica. Though she is now in counseling and must adhere to a strict diet, at one point the woman was knocking back sponges like crackers, and topping them with condiments like barbecue sauce, mustard, jam, or honey. [Sun UK]
• A soccer player at the University of Georgia was arrested after she tried to sneak out of a café with stolen hash browns stuffed in her pants. According to police records, when an employee spotted the theft, the woman tried to put the potatoes back on the counter like nothing had happened. [AJC]
• You know the phrase, "Fake it till you make it"? A Wisconsin man with drug problems took that to heart last weekend when he walked into a Denny’s, told the general manager that he was her replacement, effective immediately, then made himself a meal of a burger, fries, and a soda. "This is why you don’t dine and dash, kiddies," he yelled at onlookers as he was escorted off the premises by police. [AP via MSNBC]