A gang of creepy clowns in North Dakota, a wish-granting cat for sale in Russia, and a possible sonar sighting of the legendary Loch Ness Monster were among the strange and unusual stories to cross our desk this week.
In what has become something of a nightmarish annual tradition around this time of year, creepy clowns once again popped up in the news this week when a mother in North Dakota reported encountering a group of the haunting harlequins while playing tennis with her son. The frightening incident which took place over the weekend in the city of Fargo saw the duo initially being watched by four people wearing clown masks. Things took a terrifying turn when the gang of miscreants began chanting and started to approach the pair. Fortunately, the group fled when the woman called police, who told her that she was the second person to report such unnerving activity that night.
After making waves over the last few weeks thanks to a series of sightings at Loch Ness, the site's legendary monster once again spawned headlines when sonar equipment aboard a tour boat at the location picked up a sizeable object that many suspect could be the famed creature. The intriguing underwater event occurred as a vessel from Cruise Loch Ness was located over a deep portion of the site. Much to the surprise of captain Ronald Mackenzie, a sonar return showed an anomaly that appeared to measure a whopping 33 feet in length. The curious image was hailed by seasoned Nessie researchers as some of the best evidence for the creature yet and an Irish bookmaker agreed, slashing the odds of proving the existence of the monster sometime in the next two years.
Easily the weirdest story of the week came from Russia where a woman posted an online ad selling what she described as a wish-granting cat. According to the allegedly magical feline's owner, the animal provided her with a new apartment as well as a similar residence and a new car for her family. Alas, she explained, the cat is apparently only able to grant three wishes per owner and so she has decided to sell him in order to share the proverbial wealth. The current asking price for the feline that can manifest one's greatest desires? The relatively meager sum of $127,000.
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