Weird Virginia: Naked Driver, Forgotten Weed, High-Tech Art and High-End Funny Money

Plus, Iguana models, cell towers in disguise, a Ladybug exodus and two birds ask, "Who cooks for you?"


Editor's Note: Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and D.C., and not a day goes by that something weird isn't happening somewhere in the area. Here's a look back at some weird goings on over the past week.

Drivers at the Lake Ridge commuter lot near Interstate 95 saw more than the road crews and heavy machinery that have become standard commute scenery. Prince William County Police arrested a man April 19 when they found him dancing naked on the hood of his car. 

Without question, you should surrender to authorities when police have identified you as the suspect in a grand-larceny case. But we feel compelled to caution suspects about checking their pockets after a 27-year-old Annandale man turned himself in. Police in Falls Church say they found marijuana in his pocket during processing.  

There's a mysterious white box in front of the Beyer Kia dealership in Falls Church, and it may soon provide some competition for a famous pig statue across the street. Fox? Big bad wolf? “I told the city manager it was a statue of me dumping money down the storm drain,” owner Michael Beyer joked Tuesday.

The world of high-tech art has solved your phobia of professional athletes. Area players spent some time in the studio for a series of augmented reality statues for this year's Taste of Arlington on May 19. Attendees will be able to use a smart phone at certain spots and get their picture taken with virtual clips of these stars.

In Fredericksburg, store owners are puzzled by counterfeit bills used at two locations. In both cases, the money passed the fraud detection used at the register by cashiers.

Is a cell tower more appealing when its disguised as a 115-foot-tall tree? Centreville residents say no. You know what is appealing? An Iguana modeling at an Old Town Fairfax gallery. 

Moving on to bugs, Chantilly preschool students into the wild this week to recognize Earth Day. 

Moving on to birds, we've got two owl stories this week. A pair of "hoot owls" are squatting in Montrose Park in Georgetown's East Village. Their distinctive call reportedly sounds like, "who cooks for you, who cooks for you." In Alexandria, animal control saved a Barred Owl after an attack by a murder of crows. With an injured wing, the owl was taken to a raptor rehabilitation center.


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Kimberly Dalferes April 27, 2013 at 02:34 PM
T Ailshire April 29, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Not a single story I've read about the naked guy in Woodbridge had him driving. What makes him a naked "driver"?


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