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Weird, offbeat and bizarre news from around the world. Funny, strange & odd news stories that make you wince, laugh and fear for humanity.

Computers fines drivers for ‘parking’ in a traffic jam

Computers can be wrong. Yes, we know what the system says but it is wrong. This bit of computer knowing resulted in human beings fined £100 per carload:

Parking cameras went live at the Ashford Retail Park in Kent in

Posted: 10th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Eating more salt makes you less thirsty and burns fat

Eating salt is bad for you. So goes the message that has been hammered into us for an age. Salt improves the taste of things but a cost to your health. Eating too much salt means dying younger. But more …

Posted: 10th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Costa Coffee Salford offers its toilet as a birthday party venue

Anyone looking for a compact and bijou venue for a birthday party, a UKIP conference, an intimate wedding or just a place to mingle with fellow urban badger enthusiasts after work can head long to Costa Coffee in Salford. The …

Posted: 9th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How to recognise the artists of classic paintings

 

how to recognise the artists of painting

 

Spotter: antique-royals

Posted: 7th, May 2017 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Masturbation breaks on the NHS?

Good news for you in wanky jobs seeking a healthy and more socially alternative to a cigarette break. Wanking is the way ahead. And unlike smoking, you don’t need to freeze your knackers off outdoors.

Known as a ‘masturbation break’,

Posted: 6th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Press: ‘200 year old wolves return to Denmark’

Wolves are back in Denmark. The Telegraph has the scoop:

At least five wolves, including one female, have returned to Denmark for the first time in two centuries, a zoologist who has obtained DNA evidence said on Thursday.

 

wolves denmark

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Posted: 5th, May 2017 | In: Broadsheets, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Have our ashes pressed into an playable vinyl LP

and-vinyly lp death ashes

 

When you die And Vinyly will work your remains into a playable vinyl record. No, they won’t turn your arm into a novelty stylus limb and play the wrinkles on your flattened face. You need to be cremated and …

Posted: 3rd, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


This photo of a sleeping woman dropping her pizza on the Tube at 8am proves chivalry is dead

On the London Underground, a woman is carrying a pizza. It’s 8am. She’s dropped it. So what do you do. Yep, you take a photo:

pizza tube drop

pizza tube drop

Spotter:Twitter/@JamesAALongman, The Poke

Posted: 2nd, May 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How to survive an armed robbery by Jimmy John’s manager Tuker Murray

Tuker Murray Jimmy Johns robbery Kansas

 

To Kansas, where a robbery is going down. The local police tells all:

At 9:15 p.m. April 26, 2017, officers with the KCPD were dispatched to the location at 3900 Broadway Blvd. in regard to an armed robbery. An

Posted: 1st, May 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man adapts car to let him piss whilst driving

One man has turned his car into a mobile toilet. With the power of hosing, need and creativity, he’s created a car you can piss in without soiling the seats.

Behold the Jeep Catheter:

 

driving wee toilet seat

 

If that’s Number 1, …

Posted: 1st, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Indian minister gives 700 brides wooden bats to beat drunk husbands

To India, where a politician is equipping women with foot-long wooden bats “for beating drunkards”. The first batch of bats was presented to 700 brides during a mass wedding on Saturday.

As Gopal Bhargava handed out the gifts, he told …

Posted: 1st, May 2017 | In: Politicians, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


William Hitler: “Why I Hate My Uncle”

On Flashbak, there’s great story about William Hitler, Adolf Hitler’s Liverpool-born nephew. In a 1939 feature for Look magazine the Scouser explains why he hates his uncle.

 

 

A few highlights:

“Being very close to my father at

Posted: 28th, April 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mafia used SMS text-message ticker at the bottom of a sports broadcast to get reach mob bosses

To Italy, where TV show Quelli che il Calcio (That which is Football) is announcing the latest breaking news on its below the faces ticker. It slo show SMS messages sent in by fans. The potential for upset is …

Posted: 28th, April 2017 | In: Sports, Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ironton Tribune reports the deaths of three members of the ‘asdf’ family

Sad news from the Ironton Tribune, where three members of the asdf family have died. The paper also reports the demise of sdfa, not thought to be any relation.

 

ironton tribune obituary funny fail

Posted: 28th, April 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The year my father got my mother a hoover for Christmas 1984

he year my father got my mother a hoover for Christmas 1984.

 

On Reddit, Mr-Irrelevance recalls Christmas 1984, when his father gifted his mother a hoover. The picture of her present is fabulous.

Below the photo, others share their gift memories:

When I was a kid my dad pulled something similar.

Posted: 26th, April 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Tires down a ski jump – alternative Olympic sports

tyres down a ski jump

 

With the UK’s olympic-sized Olympics budget under review – can we just embrace technology and go long on drugs and short on training? – Anorak’s on the look out for cheap and cheerful alternative events.

And here is one: …

Posted: 23rd, April 2017 | In: Sports, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nigerian spy chief had $43m dollars in his Lagos flat

Can it be that the bloke whose been emailing you all these years has been caught? Police in Nigeria have noticed Aoy Oke, the country’s National Intelligence Agency boss, after finding $43 Million in cash at his four-bedroom Lagos flat.…

Posted: 21st, April 2017 | In: Money, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Glasgow woman gives mouth to mouth to dying pigeon

To Glasgow, where a woman is trying to resuscitate a pigeon with mouth to mouth.

@charlismyname spotted this ‘Glasgow kiss’ and tweeted that the pigeon was then eaten by …

Posted: 20th, April 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0