New Jersey’s Weirdest News Stories Of 2021

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NEW JERSEY — “Truth is weirder than any fiction I’ve seen …”

Those phrases have been stated by iconic bad-boy journalist Hunter S. Thompson, and his phrases stay true at the moment. Or to place it extra bluntly:

You simply cannot make this s*** up.

We’ve seen a whole lot of bizarre issues within the new enterprise, however 2021 could take the cake. For your end-of-year studying pleasure, Patch summed up the funniest, craziest and simply plain odd tales we witnessed this yr:

March brings plenty of rain to New Jersey, and now apparently skin-crawling, disgusting worm gatherings, too. The Hoboken “wormnado” occurred when thousands and thousands of worms fashioned an odd funnel form on the sidewalk after an evening of heavy rain. The story went viral and even began a scientific debate on Livescience, the place even earthworm scientists stated that they had “by no means seen them type a spiral earlier than.” Scientists Still Trying To Explain Hoboken ‘Worm Tornadoes’

Remember the brood X cicada craze of late May/June? That was when these little buggers emerged from the bottom after a 17-year-long slumber. Well, these Princeton High School college students apparently bought hungry trying on the smashed guts on their automotive windshield — and determined to eat them. As members of the Princeton High School Insect-Eating Club, they might accumulate the bugs after which meet after college to whip up chocolate-covered cicadas, cicadas roasted on skewers, cicadas with soy sauce and ginger, deep-fried cicadas. After the dinner, they might then gauge the dietary worth of the bugs. Hey, beats McDonald’s. Or the most recent TikTook problem. Princeton HS Students Make A Meal Of Cicadas For Research

Not to be outdone, this Princeton ice cream store then began serving cicada ice cream. The “cicada chocolate chip” on the Bent Spoon bought out in lower than an hour. Princeton Gets Buzzy With Bent Spoon’s Cicada Ice Cream

And really, really not to be outdone with the cicada love was an NJIT professor who performed a jam session with the insects. “Playing along with these guys is like joining into a fantastic trove with millions of singers,” mused music and philosophy professor David Rothenberg, who played his clarinet in tune with the buzz of hundreds of cicadas swarming his body. “Once you hear the sounds of nature as music, it becomes ever more beautiful and alive.” NJ Music Professor Finds His Zen Jamming With Cicadas (WATCH)

New Jersey, dwelling to Capt. Sully Sullenberger’s “Miracle on the Hudson,” loves some good airplane heroism. And in July an 18-year-old flying a banner airplane delivered precisely that. Teen pilot Landon Lucas stated he was flying close to Steel Pier in Atlantic City when he abruptly had engine bother. He ditched the banner into the ocean and was desperately making an attempt to achieve the Ocean City Municipal Airport. Instead, he noticed a niche in visitors on the causeway and landed the airplane on the Ninth Street Bridge in Ocean City. Luckily, he averted any automobiles and was unhurt. Pilot Makes Emergency Landing On Ocean City Bridge

Many issues can catch on hearth, however a water slide? And much more so, a water slide named “High Anxiety” meant to scare the residing bejeesus out of riders who go to Mountain Creek water park? That’s precisely what occurred on the previously identified “Action Park,” nicknamed Traction Park within the ’90s due to all of the individuals injured on their rides. The water slide remained closed all summer season, leaving thrill seekers to look elsewhere. Waterslide Catches Fire In Sussex County’s Mountain Creek Park

August was a sleepy month, however when you ever wished to know why there’s an Orange, NJ, a West Orange, an East Orange and a South Orange — however no North Orange, effectively here is your reply: Why Is There No ‘North Orange?’ Historian Explains NJ Oddity

September: We know the great individuals of Middletown will hate us for this one, however we have got to incorporate it: Many dad and mom — and youngsters! — have been aggravated when Gov. Phil Murphy stated masks need to be worn in class day by day this yr. Well, the Middletown college board tried to get round this mandate by quietly passing a rule {that a} be aware from the kid’s mother or father — not their physician — or perhaps a be aware from the kid themselves would get them out of masks sporting. All the be aware needed to learn was that masks sporting was “detrimental” to the scholar. To the shock of no person, Murphy stated it would not fly and needed to challenge a completely rewritten government order. All due to these pesky Middletown residents. Middletown BOE Backs Off Parental Notes To Exempt Mask Wearing

Many home- and retailer house owners needed to throw away piles of broken objects when Tropical Storm Ida hit the state round Labor Day. And in Hoboken, that included water-damaged grownup toys. Yes, a Hoboken grownup retailer needed to lug 5 packing containers of broken intercourse toys to the road, which residents promptly snatched up. We thought these issues have been all waterproof? And sure, FEMA stated the shop proprietor might submit the misplaced intercourse toys as a declare. Residents Grab Discarded Adult Toys After Flooding In Hoboken

In Montclair in November, somebody returned a library guide that was due in 1978. The patron even included a be aware within the kids’s guide “Paddington Abroad,” which learn: “My apologies for the late return. I assume it is higher late than not returning it in any respect.” No phrase on the tremendous dimension. Overdue Book Returned To Montclair Library After 43 Years

And lastly, in a heart-warming end-of-year story, this Brick lady has been exchanging the identical precise Christmas card with one other lady for the previous 41 years. The two ladies have been pals at first, however then misplaced contact through the years. But they nonetheless doggedly stored sending one another the identical precise Christmas card, yr over yr — no message or household replace inside. Just the cardboard. Finally, the 2 met at a restaurant in Pemberton this December — and spent greater than 4 hours speaking and catching up. All collectively now: Awwww. Christmas Card Is The Tie That Binds NJ Women After 41 Years

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