WEIRD NEWS
02/10/2013 08:19 am ET Updated Feb 10, 2013

Dog With Human Face Not So Beastly (Weird News Top 10)

What kind of animal would tattoo his name on his girlfriend's face 24 hours after they met in person for the first time?

That could only be a human. Specifically, it was Rouslan Toumaniantz, a French-born tattoo artist, who picked up his 18-year-old Belgian girlfriend in an online chatroom before festooning her face in 5-inch Gothic lettering.

"It's a symbol of our eternal devotion," the happy teen said, according to Gawker. "I'd like him to tattoo every inch of my bod."

Let's see how long she feels that way . . . or if she'll end up at Venezuela's Expotattoo, where extreme body modification has been taken to new heights -- and depths.

This week's top weird news stories reminded us just how wrong journalists can be when they use words like "beastly" to describe humanity at its worst. We just can't blame our animal friends for our behavior.

"Monstrous" might be the best way to describe Andrew Mendoza, who admitted that he forced himself on his neighbor's horse because he was 'trying to make the horse have a baby," a theoretical offspring he describes as a "horseman."

Perhaps a woman wouldn't sink so low. But if so, how do you explain IRS agent Dora Abrahamson, who allegedly coerced a tax-paying man by giving him a choice -- sex or an audit.

One has to just look into the soft eyes of Tonik, the human-faced dog, to realize the thin line between humans and other creatures. This "eerily humanoid" poodle-Shih Tzu mix became an Internet obsession on Tuesday.

HuffPost trends editor Andres Jauregui followed Tonik's lightning-fast ride to stardom, exchanging email with the Homeward Bound Animal Welfare Group in Indiana, where the dog was up for adoption.

Days later, we were happy to announce that 350 people stepped forward to share their home with the fuzzy-faced canine-human hybrid.

At the same time, we were reminded that dogs are capable to take matters into their own paws.

Hilary Hanson wrote an amazing report on "Four Legged Miracles" -- dogs like Zena, an Alaskan malamute, who had been adopted from an animal shelter multiple times, but kept escaping from her new homes to find her way back to her favorite shelter volunteer.

Other real life dogs traveled thousands of miles, Lassie-style, to find their human families.

In other weird news, we bid goodbye to Guinness star Stewie, the World's Longest Cat -- 4 feet long from whisker to tail.

Andy Campbell gave us a glimpse of tomorrow with a look at an experimental fabric that turns transparent when the woman who wears it becomes sexually aroused.

And Lee Speigel pointed out that findings from the Kepler Space Telescope suggest that billions of Earth-like planet are much closer to Earth than we ever before believed.

This means if we have to leave what's left of this rotting planet, we can go to a place, perhaps, where the half-dog, half-human hybrids live in peace with the horsemen.

But what was the best weird news story of the week? Scroll through the gallery and vote below.

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