German Puppy Halts Hells Angels, Confusing World

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When Reuters's Max Chrambach filed this report under "Oddly Enough," he wasn't kidding. Here's the story and, below, the perplexed responses.

German student attacks Hell's Angels with puppy

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German student created a major traffic jam in Bavaria after making a rude gesture at a group of Hell's Angels motorcycle gang members, hurling a puppy at them and then escaping on a stolen bulldozer. ...

"What motivated him to throw a puppy at the Hell's Angels is currently unclear," said a spokesman for local police, adding that the student had lately been suffering from depression.

The puppy was now in safe hands, the spokesman added.
  • Foreign Policy's Joshua Keating  "There's literally not one sentence in this story that makes sense."
  • Conservative blogger BigFurHat  "This sounds like a story that was concocted by using Mad Libs."
  • Slate's John Dickerson  "I believe in Germany they call this art. By the way, what would the german term for this be? Hellspuppydozerslingzer?"
  • New York Magazine's Jessica Pressler  "Germany Out-Weirds Everyone Once Again ... Your move, Japan."
  • Marginal Revolution commenter Andrew  "I had no idea hurling puppies was so offensive to Germans. American's just 'shoot the bird.' Is 'hurl the puppy' a type of hand gesture?"
  • Gawker commenter Trai Deep  "It's like watching a James Bond film, only in real life! ...If Ian Fleming was a cat person."
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