A 12-year-old Detroit boy who went missing for 11 days was found alive in the most unlikely place. His own basement.
But strange gets even stranger. Charlie Bothuell's father was told that his son was found during a live televised appeal on Nancy Grace.
According to an article in NBC News, Charlie had been discovered crouching in a corner of the basement surrounded by boxes. He had a supply of cereal and soda. Police say it's unlikely that the boy could have built the barricade himself.
While authorities process the unexpected outcome, Charlie is in custody receiving medical attention.
It's not clear whether his father, who passed the FBI's lie-detector test, will be charged in the case.
While Charlie was missing, his home was searched on several occasions, including by police dogs.
"I checked my basement, the FBI checked my basement, the Detroit police checked my basement... I've been down there several times," said Charlie's father, Charles Bothuell IV. "God, they brought dogs, everything ... Everybody has searched. Oh god, my son."
A cyclist suffered facial injuries and a concussion after being attacked by a Canada goose.
According to an article in the CBC, Kerry Surman was riding along the Trans Canada bike trail in Ottawa when she encountered a family of geese.
Assuming the path was clear, Surman continued along her way.
"What I remember is the goose giving me the evil eye and then the goose wrapping its wings around my head, and I can't see and I hear myself screaming."
Like a scene out of Hitchcock, Surman then found herself on the ground, unable to get up. She wasn't sure how long she was unconscious. Eventually a passerby called an ambulance.
Surman spent a total of five nights in hospital after the attack left her with a "concussion, fractured cheekbone, face lacerations including a scar under her eyebrow and loose teeth."
While the incident gave her a "healthy respect for nature," Surman admits her injuries could have been much worse had she not been wearing a helmet and sunglasses.
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources recommends exercising caution, particularly with children, around geese. If threatened, these birds can be highly aggressive.
Nice to know that our government bodies are up with the 21st Century. Our very own Justice Minister, Peter MacKay, gave two very different messages celebrating the contributions of mothers and fathers.
According to an article in the National Post, MacKay saluted employees with Mother's Day and Father's Day notes, lauding moms for changing diapers and fathers for being future leaders.
MacKay rightly stated in a staff memo obtained by The Canadian Press that many women effectively hold down "two full-time jobs," as mothers and employees:
“By the time many of you have arrived at the office in the morning, you’ve already changed diapers, packed lunches, run after school buses, dropped kids off at daycare, taken care of an aging loved one and maybe even thought about dinner.”
True enough. Except then Father's Day rolled around a month later, and dads were touted with “shaping the minds and futures of the next generation of leaders.”
There was no mention of household or parenting responsibilities beyond the "immense and life-long influence we have over our children.”
So, dads influence and moms nurture. Gee, here we were under the impression that both parents influence and care for their children.
Time for Mr. Minister to climb out from under his monolithic rock and see how real Canadians live.
What do you think of MacKay's comments?
This pilot's reaction to a sexist note was perfect in every way.