Globe Gone Wild

4:30 PM -- Here is your strange world news wrap-up, starting with a Reuters report on a Chilean lake:

    A lake in southern Chile has mysteriously disappeared, prompting speculation the ground has simply opened up and swallowed it whole.

Hmm... Thirsty ground.

    "In March we patrolled the area and everything was normal... we went again in May and to our surprise we found the lake had completely disappeared," said Juan Jose Romero, regional director of Chile's National Forestry Corporation CONAF.

There in March... gone in May. Give it a second... What comes between March and May? APRIL FOOLS! The lake's been in my pocket the whole time! I GOT YOU! HAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh man, you should've seen your face -- whew!

In other world news... Here is what's up with children in the third world:

The Associated Press reports on expecting parents who are upset and, presumably, stoned:

    New Zealand authorities have blocked a couple's bid to officially name their new son "4real," saying numerals are not allowed.

    Pat and Sheena Wheaton said they decided to name their new baby "4real" shortly after having an ultrasound and being struck by the reality of his impending arrival.

Yes. More children should be named after their parents' epiphanies. I hear, "Oops" and "WHY?!" are currently up for grabs in New Zealand.

And finally, News 24 reports that children in India don't know how to play nice with others:

    Police in India have charged a three-year-old boy for allegedly leading a group of rioters and firing at security personnel, the toddler's uncle said on Thursday.

A three-year-old riot-leader? Anyone seen Gary Coleman lately?

    Instances of Bihar police charging children for crimes are not uncommon.

    Last August, a court in the state dropped charges against a six-year-old boy accused of molesting and assaulting a woman in her thirties.

Ha! Kids today -- I'll tell you! Who knows what these little whipper-snappers are capable of!

— Red "4real guys, where's my lake?" Panda, Light Reading

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