This Week's Weird News 1/8/21

Puzzling footprints that appeared atop a car in England, a 'ghost child' spotted in Malaysia, and a 'werewolf' that was arrested in India were among the strange and unusual stories to cross our desk this week.

Potential ghosts and purportedly haunted locations popped up multiple times in the news this past week beginning with an odd story out of South Carolina wherein a group of teens ventured into an abandoned house looking for paranormal activity and wound up discovering a dead body stuffed inside a freezer. Over in India, a curious video from a gas station seemingly showed an apparition briefly appear over the shoulder of an unsuspecting group of me. And, finally, some friends driving around the streets of a city in Malaysia thought that they had spotted a ghost child riding a tricycle at 3 AM, but it turned out that the 'spirit' was a very-alive and quite precocious tot who had slipped out of his house in the dead of night.

One of the weirder arrests we've seen in a while made headlines this past week in India, where cops busted a young man who was riding around on his bike dressed as a werewolf. As if his strange appearance were not enough to scare people, police say the faux lycanthrope had taken to roaring at frightened bystanders, presumably giving them quite the fright. Upon taking the man into custody, cops released a rather amusing image of the 'captured werewolf' which quickly went viral on social media and spawned something of an unusual debate over whether or not his Halloween mask was within the regulations for preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Easily the most puzzling story of the past week came by way of England where a woman woke up one morning and discovered a series of inexplicable four-toed footprints atop her frost-covered car. Alicia Smith shared photos of the very weird markings on social media, expressing bewilderment over what may have created them, since the frigid conditions the night before would seem to preclude a barefoot youngster climbing onto her vehicle. This led to some speculation that perhaps they were left behind by a supernatural being akin to an elf, while more skeptical observers posited that they were merely a clever prank.

For more strange and unusual stories from the past week, check out the Coast to Coast AM website.

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