It’s the 100th edition of Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, and can I just say… I can’t believe I have been doing this for that long. You know, this series started as a joke about something silly at the time and now it has grown into one hundred weeks of entertainment and, well, jokes.
First, we look at a case out of Quebec featuring a fantastic high-stakes bet that went awry. Then, we head to Florida for a Florida man that had the worst excuse to explain why there were firearms in his vehicle. And we look at the case of a Florida woman who used an unlikely weapon in an assault on her partner.
Follow the jump to read more of the weirdest and wackiest legal cases from around the globe!
High Stakes Rock Paper Scissors
I love this story for so many reasons. Apparently, a man in Quebec played a ridiculously high-stakes game of rock, paper, scissors with a friend and bet half a million dollars on the outcome! And he paid up – taking a mortgage out on his house to settle the debt.
In 2017, the Quebec Superior Court got involved, and cancelled the gambling debt, declaring the bet invalid. The decision was appealed, and the Quebec Court of Appeal had to rule on whether or not a high-stakes game of rock, paper, scissors was a legitimate gambling debt that had to be repaid.
But… I have so many questions. What prompted the court to get involved? Why would someone appeal the ruling? And what on earth prompted him to make such a foolish bet – or bother to pay it – in the first place? This case has more unanswered questions than answered one. It’s a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, swaddled in a schoolyard game. And I love it!
Find a Better Alibi
It wouldn’t be Weird and Wacky Wednesday’s 100th edition celebration without a little Florida Man. And this Florida Man sure sets the bar low.
Apparently, when police were responding to a domestic violence complaint involving Getro Gelin, they learned that Mr. Gelin may have hidden a firearm used in the attack in his Porsche SUV. Police conducted what appears to be a warrantless search for the SUV and located some guns.
When Mr. Gelin was then questioned about the guns, he allegedly told police that he had sold the Porsche to his cousin, John Wick. Yes, the fictional assassin portrayed by Keanu Reeves.
When it became clear that the police officers had also seen the multi-million-dollar-grossing franchise, Mr. Gelin backtracked, claiming that he had indeed sold his Porsche to his cousin but that he could not reveal his cousin’s name. My guess? Since his cousin is an international assassin, he wanted to protect his identity from the police.
It’s Not Even Christmas
And, since we are all about the gender equality here at Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, today we are also featuring a Florida woman.
Christina Zicuis was arguing with her partner about her daughter, who is no longer alive. Mystery! What happened to the daughter? She stabbed her partner in the arm with a pen, and then chased him into the yard. Action! Weapons of opportunity! After she had him in the yard, she picked up a brick and threw it at him, missing.
So, Ms. Zicuis then chose the next logical item of attack, a candy cane, of course. She threw the candy cane at her partner, hitting him in the arm. Where did she get a candy can in Florida, under quarantine, in April? We will never know.