In 2011, a man in a Gumby suit attempted to rob a 7-Eleven store but became nervous and escaped with only some loose change, the San Diego Police Department said. The unusual robbery attempt occurred at a store in the Rancho Penasquitos neighborhood of San Diego. Initially, the clerk thought the man was joking, but when the robber announced he had a gun and began fumbling with his Gumby suit, he soon changed his mind. When the robber's apparent accomplice in a car outside honked the horn, the suspect fled, dropping his whopping take of 27 cents on the floor. San Diego Crime Stoppers offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Gumby and/or the accomplice. The suspect, a 19-year-old man, turned himself in the following day.
Mermaids have always haunted the imagination of humans. So in 1842, P. T. Barnum decided to exploit this curiosity and exhibited the “remains” of a creature believed to be half mammal, half fish. Many people bought the story but, in reality, the “mermaid” was nothing but the head and torso of a baby monkey sewn to the tail of a fish and covered in papier-mâché.