From a mom getting ticketed for her toddler peeing in public to more men taking up couponing, THV's Tom Brannon catches you up on some Weird But True headlines.
Americans seeking the hottest place on earth won't have to travel far.
Long known as the lowest, driest and hottest spot in the United States, Death Valley this week was named as the hottest place on the globe by the World Meteorological Organization.
An international team of weather experts said the title comes after it investigated a long-held record from El Azizia, Libya, and found that an inexperienced weather observer recorded the temperature incorrectly.
The Libyan record was logged as 136.4 degrees on Sept. 13, 1922. It was set after the observer broke a more reliable instrument and used a complicated and less reliable type of thermometer, experts said. They believe the temperature was off by about 5 degrees.
The new official highest recorded surface temperature is 136 degrees on July 10, 1913, in Death Valley. The average daily high temperature in Death Valley last month was 113 degrees. The hottest day this year was July 11, with 128 degrees.
From the hottest place to getting in hot water, a Philadelphia mother is outraged over receiving a $50 ticket and a parenting lecture by a police officer after her 2-year-old son peed on the sidewalk.
Caroline Robboy was out with her family on Sunday when her kids, ages 9 and 2, had to use the bathroom.
After being refused restroom access at a clothing store, 2-year-old Nathaniel, who is still being potty trained, couldn't hold it any longer. The boy took relief into his own hands and peed on a nearby lamp post.
Robboy said that a police officer wrote her a ticket for public urination and then gave her a lecture on parenting, telling her that the ticket was "for her own protection" in case there was "a pervert watching [her] son."
Robboy maintains the situation was an accident, although the ticket does not acknowledge it. She plans to fight the fine.
And if you think clipping coupons is something only women do, think again. Men are taking up couponing and in increasing numbers.
A new survey by Coupons.com says the number of men looking for deals is up.
51-percent say that they've clipped a coupon from a newspaper or magazine. That's up seven percent from last year. 41-percent say they're using coupons they've printed from the web, which is eleven percent higher than the year before.