This Week

[December 29, 2019-January 4th, 2020] Tumbleweed terror, the world’s oldest know forest, stolen llamas, and the rest of the week’s weird news from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Tumbleweeds Trap Cars

While the citizens of Washington state might be used to finding their cars covered in snow in the winter, one group of unlucky people discovered they had a much stranger problem. After celebrating the New Year, several cars alongside State Route 240 were completely entombed in renegade tumbleweeds. The dried bushes had become so thick that it took a snowplow 10 hours to remove the 30-foot-high pile.

Keeping Their Marriage Fresh

In 1997, Jordan and Jennifer Olson began working at a Subway in Utah. The pair got along well, making sandwiches together and eventually married. Now, over 20 years later, the happy couple has bought the sandwich shop where they met. Apparently, the couple still likes making subs for each other to this day!

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New York’s Fossil Forest

It turns out the oldest forest known to man has been hiding in upstate New York for 386 million years. The flora has turned to stone, but the fossilized remains still render giant roots and trees in stunning detail. Discovered in a limestone quarry, scientists say the site used to be where the Hudson River delta was located. Different from modern trees, experts say these trees didn’t have seeds but reproduced using single-cell spores.

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A fossil from the nearby Gilboa forest, which is 2-3 million years younger than the newly-discovered one!/CC Frank Mannolini

Stolen Llamas

A llama farm in Southern California says at least 20 of their beloved camelids have been stolen after being released from their pens a few weeks ago! The farm has been the target of social media criticism, with some people concerned for the llamas’ care—though county animal services officers have since cleared the park of any neglect. In the meantime, law enforcement is on the lookout for a herd of lost llamas.

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The History Of Toilet Paper

While most people hope to peruse books while at their local library, the Phoenix Library in Oregon hopes visitors will also check out their toilet paper. The library has put a collection of vintage toilet paper on display dating back to 1969. The paper was collected across Europe and shows off a variety of colors. Apparently, colored toilet paper came into fashion in the fifties but eventually fell out of favor when doctors warned it could be harmful.