Weird Week: An artistic breakthrough gone wrong, a missing butt, and more

  • To whoever needs to hear this: If you lost your toupe in Miami, your Uber driver found it. Uber released its eighth annual Lost-and-Found Index, which offers insights on items reported lost by the platform’s riders. Per the report, the most forgetful city was Miami, and the most forgotten color, surprisingly, was red. Among the more commonly forgotten items were clothes, phones, wallets, and luggage, while some more unique ones — a box of spiders, surgical implants, a pet turtle, a fake butt (?), and a paternity test — require their own backstories.
  • You don’t get to Carnegie Hall without practice, but you can apparently get your art in a major museum with just a couple screws and a lot of self-confidence. A 51-year-old museum technician sneakily hung his own artwork at the Pinakothek der Moderne, one of Munich’s largest modern art museums, alongside masterpieces by Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Paul Klee. The self-proclaimed artist, who reportedly thought this would be his “artistic breakthrough,” has been fired from the museum and could face up to two years in prison over the $107 in property damages caused by the screws he used to install the piece. “Believe in yourself” is unfortunately not the moral of the story here.
  • Not what the doctor ordered: Botox seekers are facing more than a wrinkle in their beauty regimens. At least 19 women across nine states, all between ages 25 and 59, have reported serious illnesses after getting counterfeit Botox injections from unlicensed administrators or in nonmedical settings. Experts have likened the symptoms — including blurred vision, difficulty swallowing, drooping eyelids, and slurred speech — to botulism, a rare disease that attacks the nervous system. The CDC is currently investigating the botched procedures.
  • “Careful what you wish for:” climate change to Dubai, probably. Torrential downpours in Dubai flooded homes, closed schools, and grounded flights at one of the world’s busiest airports this week — and many are blaming cloud seeding: a method of adding chemical particles to the atmosphere to increase precipitation, which the drought-stricken UAE regularly employs. But, according to experts, the more likely culprit is… good ol’ climate change.

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