And, apparently, some sheep.
Police on the island reported yesterday that 60 sheep mysteriously appeared near the hamlets of Hale Common and Horringford, according to the Isle of Wight County Press.
“We are fairly sure there’s around sixty,” the police wrote on Twitter. “They are a little too quick to count fully though.”
The police kept tweeting, appealing to the public for any information. No solid leads came, even if they did get some jokes.
“Looks like the farmer has been fleeced,” @bruno1cat tweeted, along with others tweeting a lot of bad puns that include the word “ewe.”
But today, the police reported that the sheep were gone, having left just as quickly as they appeared. This time, the police came armed with hashtags.
2. Pokemon statue mysteriously appears in New Orleans park
Someone put up a statue of the iconic Pokemon, Pikachu, at the center of a broken fountain in a park over the weekend. Pictures show a defiant looking Pikachu with his arms folded standing on a cement base with a Pokeball on the side. The inscription "#POKEMONUMENT" is also written in the cement .
Pokemon fans have been visiting the statue in the city's upscale Lower Garden District, posing for photos with family and posting selfies with the statue on social media. One picture shows someone in a Pikachu costume posing with it.
"The kids are fans and I'm just kind of amused at how something so heavy can appear so quickly," said New Orleans resident, Jennifer Curry, who came with her two children to see the statue. A friend who lives around the corner had told them about it.
The statue of Pikachu — described by Curry's daughter Kylie as similar to a mouse albeit one that can shoot electric lightning balls — stands atop a pedestal with its arms crossed, ears back and looking fiercely out over the park.
Karon Reese, vice-president of the neighborhood association that oversees the area, said she first heard about the statue Monday when a friend emailed her a photo. When she walked by that morning with her dog, people were already gathering.
She has a neighbor who lives on the street where the park is located who is fairly certain it appeared sometime Saturday night. Since then a parade of moms with kids, young people after work, and elderly couples have come to see the statute.
"The fun thing was that it was just bringing groups of people together. It was almost like a festival," Reese said. "It was very much New Orleans."
Adding another layer of mystery was a man Reese encountered Monday evening. She spoke to him — he wouldn't give her his name — and he said he'd been part of the installation, although he hadn't created the statue itself.
She told him the statue seemed rather "Banksyesque" — a reference to the elusive street artist famous for his satirical stencils that have appeared on walls in England and elsewhere. The man replied that he couldn't confirm or deny that Banksy was involved — and then he left: "He was just very mysterious."
New Orleans police say they haven't received any complaints about the statue, don't know where it came from and don't plan to do anything about it.
That seems to be fine with the tourists and fans who keep coming by. Lara Viator was on vacation in New Orleans from Rhinebeck, New York, when she and her kids heard about the statue.
"A friend of mine does tours and he knew that the boys were into Pokemon," she said. "They wanted to come see it. ... It's funny how it just popped up."
3. Thousands of Giant Snowballs Suddenly Appear on Siberian Beach
The giant snowballs began to appear on the beach about a week and a half ago. Locals in the village of Nyda, which is situated on the Yamal Peninsula just above the Arctic circle, have never seen anything quite like it. The balls of ice and snow range in size from just a few inches across to almost three feet wide—and they number in the thousands.
The snowballs look as if they were meticulously crafted by hand and then strategically placed across the beach, but they formed through natural processes. As Sergei Lisenkov from Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute explained in the Siberian Times, they’re caused by a rare environmental process in which small pieces of ice form and are rolled by the wind and water:
When the water in the gulf rose, it came into contact with the frost. The beach began to be covered with ice. Then the water began to slowly retreat, and the ice remained. Its pieces were rolling over in the wet sand, and turned into these balls.
It is a rare natural phenomenon. As a rule, grease ice forms first, slush. And then a combination of the action of the wind, the outlines of the coastline, and the temperature, may lead to the formation of such balls.
4. Putin banner mysteriously appears on Manhattan Bridge
The massive banner featured the Russian leader in a suit and tie against the backdrop of the country’s flag along with the word “peacemaker” emblazoned at the bottom.
At least two people unfurled the politically driven banner around 1:45 p.m., witnesses said.
“We were just at our desks, we have some large windows from our office and we just saw it going up,” Quinn Formel, 27, whose office building in Dumbo faces the Manhattan Bridge, told The Post.
“These two guys … they were struggling for a little bit, but eventually got it [the banner] up,” he said.
Formel added, “We realized it was Putin and it was the Russian flag and it said ‘peacemaker’ and then after that we were all confused about what this is supposed to be saying or expressing — it’s not very clear.”
Heath Raymond, who works in Dumbo, said, “I turned around. I was in my office and it was just hanging there.”
“Everybody thought it was interesting, but nobody really got it. Nobody understood the political message or whatever message was behind it,” said Raymond, an executive producer at a production studio.
People quickly took to social media and posted photos of the mysterious flag.
“2 dudes just hung a giant Vladimir Putin ‘Peacemaker’ flag of the manhattan bridge,” Twitter user @FAMOUSCLASS tweeted.
Kathryn Peters tweeted a photo of the flag with the caption, “The Manhattan bridge, right now. (Vladimir Putin, peacemaker???)”
Another Twitter user wrote, “This just dropped on the Manhattan Bridge. Living in some weird and scary times,” with a photo.
The NYPD received a 911 call about the approximately 20-by-30-foot banner hanging above Adams Street and John Street in Brooklyn around 2:30 p.m., a police spokesman said.
Responding police officers removed the flag around 2:55 p.m.
5. Piles of Worms on a Road in Texas
6. Sex toys have been mysteriously appearing on power lines in the US city of Portland, Oregon
The white and orange dildos have appeared above major commercial streets in Portland, Oregon - but so far no explanation has been given.
Online forums have reported sightings of the dildos for weeks but the number has increased in recent days.
One Portland resident, Lucila Cejas Epple, told Reuters that she had first seen them at a street fair over the weekend.
She said: “You could spot them in several intersections and you could see all sorts of reactions to them. Some would blush, others would laugh, and most would take photos.”
7. Mysterious piano on the East River has a supporter — the guy who did the same thing in Miami
So says Nicholas Harrington, 20, who dropped his grandparents’ baby grand in Miami’s Biscayne Bay in 2011 — then later faced the music. He’s been living with regrets ever since.
"It had more artistic value as a mystery," Harrington told the Daily News in a phone interview. "(Viewers) can let the mind wander."
But Harrington specifically denied that he was the classical craftsman behind the Mason & Hamlin piano that appeared last month at the Manhattan end of the Brooklyn Bridge. The installation has stupefied and inspired New Yorkers, but Harrington said he hadn’t attempted an encore of his earlier — and widely praised — magnum opus.
"I'm definitely not affiliated with it," he said. "But I think it's a pretty cool spot under the bridge there."
Artists and photographers think so, too. They’ve come in droves to snap photos of the washed up piano since it was first spotted in late May.
"It's just gorgeous," said top photographer Richard Corman, who has used the piano as a prop for shoots, including one with ballerina Misty Copeland. "The setting is surreal and I've never seen anything like it."
East River tides have battered the piano and washed away its black finish, but haven't carried it away — and a piano expert confirmed that the baby grand could not have simply floated over from someplace else.
"Not even for a minute," said Carl Demler, owner of Beethoven Pianos on W. 58th St. "It would sink because it has a very heavy cast iron plate inside of it."
Mason & Hamlin pianos are the most expensive type made in the United States, said Demler, so it must have been irreparable to be junked in such a manner.
"Someone probably was in desperation to get rid of it if they did something like that," he said.
Harrington speculated that an artistic individual with a piano to dispose of decided to install it on a whim, like he did.
"We were just contemplating what to do with this piano and it's better than dumping it in the garbage," he said. "It's sort of the same concept. I'm glad to see it's living on."
8. Tiny, Magical Shops For Mice Are Popping Up In Sweden
If you happen to be walking through the Swedish city of Malmö, make sure to pay attention to the little details.
If you take a look down you may notice something amazing inside a basement window in the neighborhood of Möllevången. Tiny businesses — a bakery and a “cheese and cracker” shop — just the right size for mice.
“It’s just too darn charming to imagine a world where mice lives parallel to ours but just slightly out of sight,” said one representative of the artist group Anonymouse MMX, who wishes to remain anonymous. (The group has no connection with Anonymouse.org, a site devoted to online privacy.)
They cited the works of Don Bluth, Disney and Astrid Lindgren as “big influences” for the idea. The photos appear to show only two adjacent shops, but the group says they have plans for more.
So what goes into the construction of a store for mice?
“They are built of things that we had laying around and also things we collected, like caps, lids from tin cans, matches, buttons, a lamp shade, Italian stamps etc.,” one of the artists said in an email. “The idea was to use things mice themselves could have collected and reused.”
The shops aren’t actually open for business, though.
“The nuts are real but the store is closed at the moment, so unless the mice possess some kind of lockpicking talent we doubt they’ll get it,” an artist said.
But it does sound like the place certainly has some human fans.
“The idea is for them to stick around until someone breaks them, and for them to become an organic part of the city,” the mysterious mouse artist said. “Already people have started to interact with them ― someone has baked miniature buns and posters have been added to the scenery.”
We can’t wait to see what critter-centric establishments crop up next.
As Anonymouse says in their email sign-off, “Cheese out!”