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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.

Woman Changes Name To Sexy Crabtree

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RANEA Crabtree of Pataskala, Ohio, is a keen follower of nominative determinism, the idea that your surname can shape your destiny.

Ranea is not her actual first name. It’s not the one her parents gave her. They called her Sheila. She says: “I absolutely hate it. I think it’s really ugly.”

You can’t chose your parents, but you can choose your name. So. She uses her middle name. Sheila became Ranea.

 

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Posted: 29th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Give Back My Kidney: Devon Woman Wants Estranged Husband To Return Her Donated Organ

THE People report on “Caring Samantha Lamb”, 41, of Ivybridge, Devon, who gave one of her kidney’s to ailing husband Andy, 45. The People says it saved his life. She says after the transplant he had an affair. He says he didn’t. She wants her kidney back. You could deduce that she wants him dead.

Says the mum-of-one:  “I can’t ­believe he now has a second chance to live to see his grandchildren grow up. I would definitely go through the operation again – but I wouldn’t give the kidney to him. I hate him. If I could I’d take it back and give it someone else. Obviously I don’t want people to be put off putting their names on the organ donor list. But all I want from him is his name on the divorce papers.”

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Posted: 26th, January 2014 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


James Herbert New Watch: Cannibal Rat Ship Heads To Scotland

IS James Herbert writing the news? After the mutant rats beware of the Cannibal Rats. The vermin are aboard the Lyubov Orlova, an old cruise liner adrift in the North Atlantic.

The boat, constructed in the former Yugoslavia in 1976, has been without a human crew since its owners abandoned it in Canada over unpaid harbour fees. Plans to take the ship to the Dominican Republic for salvage were undone by a terrible storm that cast the Lyuov Orlova loose. The vessel moved from Canadian waters into the North Atlantic. The only life on board – so they say – are rats.

Hundreds of rats. 

 

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Posted: 24th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Murmuration Marvels: Photographer Islolates The Paths Of Starlings In The Mob

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ANORAK loves a good murmuration.  Dennis Hlynsky, a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, wondered what flight paths each bird takes.

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Posted: 22nd, January 2014 | In: Photojournalism, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Horrifying figurines of foetuses, now available to buy

EVER looked at the world and become suddenly depressed? You realise that everything ugly you see, is man-made. So, your attentions turn to nature, where everything is beautiful. And vicious. And cruel. And bloody.

In a bid to couple the two worlds, some weirdos have decided to make models – which you can buy – of unborn babies. That’s right. You can now pay money for something that still lives inside a woman you know.

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Posted: 21st, January 2014 | In: Reviews, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Nominative Determinism: The World’s 8th Richest Man Is Called Ka-Shing

TRUE fact: The 8th richest man in the world is called Ka-Shing. Excellent nominative determinism:

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Posted: 20th, January 2014 | In: Money, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 12 Months Of March: Germany Orders ‘Homes Of The Nazis’ Calendar To Be Pulped

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BRANDENBURG Germany is enticing tourists with a calendar featuring a photo of an expansive cottage. It turns out that this holiday home once belonged to Hermann Goering, the German politician. The German federal Government is aghast, ordering the calendar to be pulped. You won’t get to look at Himmler’s en-suite (March) or Martin Bormann’s spare room (also March. In fact, it’s all March.)

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Posted: 20th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Epic Adverts: The 1981 Mitsubishi Mirage

HERE at Anorak, we love looking at old adverts. Take this one for the 1981 Mitsubishi Mirage. Filmed at the Colorado Air Force Academy, the advert begins in grand fashion. Jets soar an swoop.  The sir throbs with energy. Letters appear in space, as if by magick. And then the hero arrives. The brassy fanfare strikes up. The brown hatchback zips around a bend in the road. A button is pressed. What does it do? Is it the afterburner? Who know because soon the saviour is at Jack Frost’s diamond palace to rescue housewives trapped in a Ford Pinto…

Posted: 20th, January 2014 | In: Flashback, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


RIP Bob The Opossum – We Shall Soon See Your Like Again

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RIP Opossum Bob, or Bob The Opossum, to give you your title. It was back in 2011 that Bob was found suffering from spinal injuries. He was taken to Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Too hurt to be released back into the wild, Bob got a job at the Wild at Heart Rescue in Gulfport, Mississippi. Reports say, “Last year alone he took part in nearly 300 educational programmes.”

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Posted: 20th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Miss Belgium Cindy Stabbe Says World War One Began In 2004

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CINDY Stabbe, Miss Belgium 2014, says the First World War began 10 years ago.

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Posted: 20th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Falling Porcupine Injects 200 Spines Into Woman’s Head

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SANDRA Nabucco was out walking her Gávea close to her home in the Rio de Janeiro suburbs when, as Globo reports, a porcupine fell on her head. She says:

“It was a huge shock. I felt a thud on my head and then felt spines with my hands. The pain was enormous. I’m a strong woman; an old person or a child would have died. I also care about the animals.”

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Posted: 18th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comments (2) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Muslim Clerics Will No Longer Pray For Dead Drunks

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“IT is a historic decision not to offer funeral prayers of the drunkards who die,” says Hafiz Maulana Mahtab Alam Makhdumi, of the Anjuman Faizane Mustafa Committee, Nalanda. “We hope that it will send a strong massage among Muslims not to consume liquor.”

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Posted: 17th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Funny Names Watch: Professor Chew Shit Fun

THE National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NIE/NTU), Singapore, introduces Associate Professor Chew Shit Fun.

 

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Posted: 16th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man Sues Close Up Toothpaste After He Failed To Seduce Women

 

“WHERE is the Close Up effect? I’ve been waiting for it for over seven years,” says Anthony Olatunfe. He’s using Unilever Nigeria Limited for failing to live up to the promise that brushing with Close Up toothpaste makes you irresistible to women.

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Posted: 14th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jeweller Frances Wadsworth-Jones Makes ‘Lucky’ Bird Poo-Themed Broaches

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FRANCES Wadsworth-Jones’ jewellery is inspired  by bird poo. The artist, who studied silversmithing and jewellery at Glasgow School of Art says her work is based on the idea that being shat on by a bird is lucky.

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Posted: 14th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Possyum, A Dog Food Made From New Zealand’s Marsupial Menace

Angry Possyum

“Dogs love Possum”

 

In New Zealand, there is a big problem with an ever-growing population of small, cat-sized critters, the non-native possum. Now considered the island country’s public enemy #1, the beady-eyed brushtail possum was introduced in 1837 to New Zealand from Australia as a way to establish a fur trade. Prior to this, New Zealand had evolved without such mammals for many millions of years. Not only are these marsupials dangerous predators to the South Pacific nation’s defensiveless indigenous species, they have also dramatically impacted its delicate ecosystem by multiplying into the millions and eating literally tons of the country’s vegetation each night. On top of all that, they are often carriers of the contagious disease, bovine tuberculosis.

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Posted: 14th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Pervert Cheese Feta-shist At Large In Philadelphia: Chris Pagano Is Smeared

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UPDATE: Mr Pagnano has been arrested.

WHO is the Swiss Cheese Pervert? Philadelphia magazine report on the man who takes his own cheese to the drive thru. The Swiss Cheese Pervert is a man. Philly.com reports on the man abnormally interested in blue-veined cheese and biscuits:

According to the group, the suspect, a heavyset white man estimated to be in his late 40s or early 50s, approaches women while driving a silver or black sedan with his genitals exposed. He then displays a piece of sliced Swiss cheese and offers to pay the women to put the cheese on his penis and perform sexual acts on him using it.

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Posted: 13th, January 2014 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Sidcup Kent McDonald’s Bans ‘Youths’ From Being ‘Serverd’

NO youths are “serverd” inside Sidcup’s McDonald’s after 7pm.

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Posted: 11th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Potato Ambassador Digs Up Bits Of Local Woman In Market Harborough, Leicestershire

TO the Farndon Fields Farm Shop, in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, where staff have found a potato of interest. Marketing manager Nicola Stokes tells us: “Kevin the managing director brought it into the office and everyone fell around laughing. He’d been sorting the potatoes which had been harvested and found this. It was hilarious.”
potato breasts
Kevin Stokes is a “potato ambassador”, sitting on the Potato Council in the east of England.Nichola adds: “We’ve put it in a dark drawer. Mainly because we don’t really know what to do with it. But we might use it to promote a Breast Cancer campaign or something. It would be nice to do something productive with it.”

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Posted: 11th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


For Sale: Teddington House With Two Dead Bodies

FOR sale:

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Believed to date from 1875 and one of only three buildings of Townscape Merit in Schoolhouse Lane, this building, along with no 23, was probably built as a Pub since it has an imposing pedimented top and pediments over the windows. At the front it has an extension at ground floor level to the pavement and two entrances, one of them with a double door.

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Posted: 10th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0