Weird things happen all over the country, but crazy stories from Texas are a unique brand of bonkers. From criminals committing all manner of unusual acts to supposedly bygone diseases making a comeback, the weirdest Texas news seemingly never ends.
There are plenty of bizarre Texas tales out there; maybe you've heard creepy stories about the strange creatures inhabiting the state. But have you heard the one about the man who was trapped in a Texas ATM? That one is 100 percent true, and every bit as fascinating – though it may only frighten claustrophobics.
It's not surprising that a state with an unofficial slogan like "Don't Mess With Texas" is home to some kooky characters. From unexplained sightings to state guns to deep-fried cupcakes, here are the most outrageous things that have happened in the Lone Star State in 2017.
In February 2017, Leslie Ray Charping of Galveston, TX, passed away at the age of 75. Rather than write a glowing obituary, his relatives took another approach:
"Leslie's hobbies included being abusive to his family, expediting trips to heaven for the beloved family pets, and fishing, which he was less skilled with than the previously mentioned. Leslie's life served no other obvious purpose, he did not contribute to society or serve his community and he possessed no redeeming qualities besides quick [witted] sarcasm, which was amusing during his sober days.
With Leslie's passing he will be missed only for what he never did; being a loving husband, father and good friend. No services will be held, there will be no prayers for eternal peace and no apologizes to the family he tortured. Leslie's remains will be cremated and kept in the barn until 'Ray,' the family donkey's wood shavings run out. Leslie's passing proves that evil does in fact die and hopefully marks a time of healing and safety for all."
On July 12, 2017, a repair man was trapped in an ATM in Corpus Christi, TX. He was changing a lock on the door that connects with the ATM room, and accidentally locked himself in. Worse still, the man had forgotten his phone in his truck, meaning he couldn't call for help. He came up with the ingenious solution of passing slips of paper to customers using the ATM asking for help and was soon rescued.
On June 18, 2017, a thief in Houston, TX, was apprehended by a police officer dressed as Batman as he attempted to steal a copy of The Lego Batman Movie from a Walmart. The officer was at the store dressed as the comic book hero to do a safety talk for kids. After writing the thief a citation, the shoplifter asked the officer to take a selfie with him and promised to never steal again.
The school district for Springtown, TX, allows students to be spanked, as long as parents don't opt their children out of corporal punishment. In response in March 2017, the Satanic Temple raised a billboard reading, "Never be hit again in school. Exercise your religious freedom."
A website connected to the church states, "We are putting the worst school districts on notice by posting billboards near their schools announcing that students no longer have to be subjected to their sadistic practices. The Satanic Temple religiously believes in bodily autonomy, this kind of abuse is a violation of your civil rights."