Great Moments of 2012!
Topless deejays? Crazed Samoan dogs? Roadside fish memorials? Our celebratory salute to last year’s cavalcade of weirdness.
by Martin J. Smith and Jim Walters / illustration by Mark Matcho
Here's one sample from each category.
No Wonder He Doesn’t Have Time to Return Calls
A Santa Ana plastic surgeon was sued in January by a woman who claims that just days before he lost his medical license, he gave her much larger breast implants than she asked for. Why’d he lose his license? For having sex with a tummy-tuck patient. While her family waited in his office.
What’s the Drop Rule Say About This?
A course marshal patrolling near the 12th tee at San Juan Capistrano’s San Juan Hills Golf Club in October found a 2-foot leopard shark wriggling on the ground, after apparently being released by an ambitious over-flying bird. Course staffers drove the shark back to the sea, where it swam away.
It’s a Dirty Shame
O.C. ranks among the top 10 locales hit by organized retail crime, the National Retail Foundation said in June. Among the trends: the rising theft of laundry detergent.
But the City Erected One for That Poor Bison
A volunteer for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked the Irvine Public Works Department in October to erect a sign at Walnut and Yale avenues to commemorate the 1,600 fish that died at the intersection after the container truck in which they were riding crashed, bursting their tanks. Said a department spokesman: “I do think it’s fair to say we have no plans to erect a memorial.”
By His Nickname You Shall Know Him
Deputies followed a trail of vandalism through Mission Viejo’s Mission Hills Church in August—including a broken window and pictures, strewn books, spray paint, and a discharged fire extinguisher—which led them to mixed martial arts fighter and former MTV “Bully Beatdown” host Jason “Mayhem” Miller, dozing naked on a church couch. Said Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino: “When they asked him his name, he kept saying, ‘Mayhem.’ ”
Irony in Education
Malcolm Wilson, a Regional Occupational Program teacher at San Clemente High School, speculated in July that the 30-pound, GPS-equipped trimaran his students launched toward Hawaii was crushed just 34 miles into its journey by the passing Carnival cruise ship Inspiration.
We’ll Assume It Was a No-Sale
Firefighters were summoned after a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 burst into flames on a highway near Aliso Viejo in April. The driver of the $376,000 luxury sports car escaped unscathed during what turned out to be a test drive.
Anyone Else Think This Honeymoon Seemed Flawed From the Start?
A South Dakota couple sued Medieval Times in September, claiming the husband’s left eye was injured by a flying shard from a mock swordfight after they were talked into buying front-row VIP tickets for a jousting performance. The couple asked for $10 million in damages, saying their April 2011 honeymoon was ruined.
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