Strange But True Category
Weird, offbeat and bizarre news from around the world. Funny, strange & odd news stories that make you wince, laugh and fear for humanity.
Meet Patrick, the “simulated patient that talks to medical students while offering real-time feedback about the virtual prostate exam he’s receiving.” Patrick is the voice of a robotic backside:
Medical Daily reports:
Patrick serves a dual purpose: personal and professional. Personally, he comes equipped with software that enables him to interact emotionally with the student and voice any concerns he has about the procedure. Dr. Benjamin Lok, one of the program’s designers, says the interpersonal relationship Patrick helps foster is invaluable from a practicing perspective. “This virtual human patient can talk to the learner, expresses fears and concerns about the prostate exam, and presents a realistic patient encounter,” Lok told Geekosystem.
The other purpose he serves is functional. Patrick is endowed with force sensors, which can alert the student when he or she is being too aggressive, and can report how thorough the student was in his or her examination.
“Consider this,” Lok said, “how would a medical student know if they are doing a good prostate exam? Currently it is impossible for the educator to gauge performance. This simulation provides performance, feedback, and an opportunity to learn and lower anxiety.”
File under: robots taking students’ jobs.
Via: Medical Daily and DM
The naked man stood inside Charlotte Douglas International Airport, North Carolina, didn’t arrive that way. He removed his clothes in reaction to being told his US Airways flight to Jamaica was overbooked.
Sherry Ketchie was there:
“I seen some people running and I was wondering what they was running from and people were standing there snickering, so I walked over and [an airport employee] told me the man was angry over the Jamaican flight. He had his clothes on, at that point, and then he started standing there with his arms crossed and hollering at the lady at the desk. He stood there for a moment and then started taking off his clothes. I ain’t never seen nothing [like that] in my life.”
“More people started getting back because that’s when security started surrounding him, waiting for Charlotte-Mecklenburg police to come in. I was not expecting to see nothing like that, I’ve never seen nothing like that at Charlotte Douglas airport. Never. And that’s when I got out my phone and started taking pictures.”
And thanks to her you can now see what you’ve never seen nothing like never before:
To the fascistic hellhole that is Dubai, where a Kazakh tourist has been arrested for tapping a policewoman on the shoulder and asking her for directions to Dubai Mall. The 21-year-old policewoman tells the Dubai Court of First Instance how she was directing crowds of commuters at the Metro station, when the man known only as KB struck:
“Someone touched my shoulder. When I turned back, the defendant asked me for directions to the mall. I guided him and then asked him why he had touched me. I couldn’t understand his language. He touched my hand again. I pulled my hand away, then I asked him to escort me to the police office. He refused. My two colleagues presented their police IDs. He refused to go with them to the police office and, when they tried to take him, he assaulted them.”
We’re not told how he assaulted the two other police officers, and we cannot rule out his shaking their hands or patting them on the back.
K.B, who denies assulting anoyone, has been convicted of molestation, fined Dh2,000 (£350, $550) and imprisoned for three months after which time he will forcibly returned to the relative sanity of Kazakhstan.
In the 1980s, TV cook Delaih Smith taught the British how to boil an egg. She did not tour the US, an oversight that has led to a row in Florida.
There, Cory Lee Shinkman, 23, has been arrested for rowing with his cousin at the St. Petersburg they share. Police says Shinkman and his relative argued over the right way to boil eggs. He says she was boiling them wrong. She disagreed. And now he’s under arrested for scratching her.
Shinkman has previous, which makes him an bad egg.
At Prestatyn magistrates’ court Martin Roberts, aged 34, pleads guilty to burglary in Rhyl. His crime was not in the taking, rather in what he broke into his girlfriend’s house and wrote “Cheating cow” with brown sauce on her carpet.
Mr Roberts will appear in Mold Crown Court for sentencing on June 4.
How anyone knew it was brown sauce and not something more sinister and gutteral is best left uninvestigated.
Yu, a teacher in South Korea, reportedly killed the school’s pet hamster in front of children and ate it.
Yu, 44, is is quoted in the Korea Times:
“I couldn’t control the situation and couldn’t stand it. While watching the hamsters die from teasing, I thought I should teach the children it was wrong to make light of life.”
Let that be lesson to you, kids. Whoever you tease gets eaten – but not the kids in the corner who eats his boogers. That would be digusting.
To Hong Kong, where a woman has been spotted taking a dump in public. Dogs and birds can do this but human beings are held to higher standards.
When the woman laid a pipe in the Tai Wai’s Lung Hang Estate, a passer-by took a photo and supplied the caption “Be careful of stepping on landmines”.
“This is completely normal, Hong Kong’s been ‘returned’ [to China]!”
Is it normal to poo in the street in China? And if it is, does anyone bother to record it and publish the pictures on social media? We’ve not see hundreds of photos of this trend, which means that either the above comment is a slight on the Chinese or else, like the nudists in Central Park and flying cars in San Francisco, it’s lost the power to shock…
Spotter: Bastille Post.
Trophy Scarves sees Nate Hill photograph himself “[sporting] white women for status and power”.
Hill explains that it’s not a kink, but “a satire on black men who like to see white women as status symbols”.
But even better than the cold willing white women Hill’s using to warm his black neck, head, ears and easel are the comments.
It’s infectious. The bird laughs like a supervillain. Then everyone else is parroting it.
Will you go boldy into the Star Trek flat in Hinckley, Leicestershire.
Public Health England cites Sy Allen, 30, arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs on March 31. Police belived Allen, of Wood Green, London, had secreted drugs inide his body.
He denied it. So. The police put him in custody and waited for nature to take its course. And a mere 23 days later Sy – and, boy, was that one big sigh – let it out: 24 wraps of heroin and 20 wraps of crack cocaine.
The man on a train from China to Tibet has secreted heroin inside his foreskin.
Having spotted the man behaving in an agitated manner, police patted him down. They found nothing. He took a urine test whish showed up positive for smack. So the police carried on and on patting and poking until they found one-tenth of a gram heroin stuffed down his foreskin.
He would have smuggled more, but, you know, it’s cold….
Chinese looking for a thrill can take the “death simulator” at the Window of the World amusement park in Shenzhen, China. The Indy reports:
Once inside (a coffin), players are then blasted by hot air (up to 40C) and light to create an “authentic experience of burning,” according to its creators, Huange Weiping and Ding Rui.
When the “burning” is over, volunteers see a womb projected on the ceiling and must crawl until they reach a large, white padded area – supposedly representing a womb – where they are “reborn”.
It’s a bit like getting a fake tan in your clothes…
Anyone keen to have their beloved leader preserved as a relic, should know that the bodies of Vladimir Lenin, Ho Chi Minh, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il are waxed and dipped in aspic by the “Mausoleum group.” Scienific American reviews their work:
To maintain the precise condition of Lenin’s body, the staff must perform regular maintenance on the corpse and sometimes even replace parts with an excruciating attention to detail. Artificial eyelashes have taken the place of Lenin’s original eyelashes, which were damaged during the initial embalming procedures. The lab had to deal with mold and wrinkles on certain parts of Lenin’s body, especially in the early years. Researchers developed artificial skin patches when a piece of skin on Lenin’s foot went missing in 1945. They resculpted Lenin’s nose, face and other parts of the body to restore them to their original feel and appearance. A moldable material made of paraffin, glycerin and carotene has replaced much of the skin fat to maintain the original “landscape” of the skin.
Come the Revolution, you can eat him…
Is Nothing Safe? In Zambia, a man has been sentenced to 15 years prison for having sex with a cow. The details in the Zambia Daily Mail’s report are crucial:
A PEASANT farmer of Chimula village in Mbala district has been sentenced to 15 years simple imprisonment by the Kasama High Court for having sex with his brother’s cow.
Ndola High Court judge Charles Chanda, sitting in Kasama last Monday, imposed the sentence on Wegress Simpanzye, 73, after corroborating evidence adduced to the court by the prosecution and the witnesses.
During trial, Gerald Simpanzye told the court that on the material day in the morning, he took the cattle for grazing in one of the fields but later went to another field to harvest maize. Mr Simpanzye testified that as he was returning to where he had left the cattle grazing, he saw the convict standing on a log and having sex with one of the cows.
When he asked the convict what he was doing with the animal, he apologised and offered to give the witness K500 and a cow as compensation. But Mr Simpanzye reported the matter to his brother Richard, who is the owner of the animal, who later reported the matter to the police.
Police then advised the complainant to take the convict and the cow to the veterinary department, where the animal was examined and semen was discovered in the cow’s genitalia.
The court also heard that the convict must have used charms on the animal as he was found with leaves in one of the pockets of his pair of trousers and that when the leaves were taken away from him, the molested cow became violent…
In defence, the convict attributed his actions to demonic attacks, which he had been suffering from since 1972.
Is nothing safe..?
Japanese game show of the day is the one where young women dressed in early 20th Century children’s fashions see who can spread their legs the widest. The winner is the contestant with the smile as wide as their gait:
Much as we like the idea that villains are master crimianls who stay one step ahead of the rules and bend technology to their aims, the reality is that many criminals are idiots.
Meet Levi Charles Reardon, a 23-year-old Montana man. Police were hunting Reardon in connection with an alleged forgery. Where was he? Well, he would soon let police know. Reardon logged onto the Cascade County Crimestoppers’ Facebook page, found his own wanted poster and “liked” it.
With his location ascertained, police soon picked him up.
And how was your day?
Spotter: NY Daily News
Intruder of the Day is Makena Marie Haydon. The Arizona Daily Sun 20-year-old Makena broke into a stranger’s house. She then removed all her clothes and bounced up and down on his bed.
According to the police report, the victim called police around 4 p.m. Friday after a young woman he did not know ran into his apartment when someone there opened the door. The suspect ran into a bedroom, started jumping on the bed, took off all her clothes, started shouting “am I pretty?” and refused to leave.
To Kenya, where a man is forced to confront the goat he raped in court before getting 10 years in prison.
To the Urs Festival in Rajasthan, India, where Sufi Muslim holy men are showing their love for God by sticking knives into their eyes. The men are devotees of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti.
It’s what he would have wanted…
Dungeons and Dragons is a gateway to hell. So says Baptist pastor Win Worley.
The obituary notice for Dorothy A. “Stella” Scrobola tells of a “unique, caring individual who touched the lives of all who knew her.” Stella is mourned and celebrated by her six children and many, many grandchildren:
Good news, deadsters. You can carry on shagging after you’ve stopped breathing. Mark Sturkenboom’s “21 grams memory box” has a box for the widow or widower in need of company. It contains: a diffuser for the deceased’s perfume, an iPod dock to play “your” songs, a necklace on which to keep the key and an urn shaped like a dildo ready on contain 21 grammes of the dead lover’s red-hot ashes.
“I sometimes help an elderly lady with her groceries and she has an urn standing near the window with the remains of her husband. She always speaks with so much love about him but the jar he was in didn’t reflect that at all.”
Aussie farmer Bruce Cook has been threatened with “publishing pornographic images”. Will he remove the offended hay bales?
“I couldn’t believe it. How could anyone be offended by something that happens out in the paddocks for real every day of the week?
“It’s just nature,” Mr Cook told The Weekly Times…
“I told the copper to p. s off.
“They have picked on the wrong person. I don’t care what they threaten me with. The sculpture stays,” he said.
You just know there is peer group for this kink…