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.
SMARTIES are a drug:
At least three middle school children in Clovis, New Mexico, are accused of snorting Smarties on campus. The Clovis Municipal School District suspended the boys for 10 days. In a letter the district classifies Smarties as drugs and explains students can be suspended or even expelled by possessing them.
THE Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae lander has picked up sound on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, upon which it now sits.
The ESA released tbgis audio clip of 67P/C-G singing. MNany sya it sounds a lot like Predator, the bearded Hollywood alien that tried to kill Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“I’LL be walking around the supermarket doing my food shopping and I have to put my earphones in to listen to my own music just in case it comes on,” says Zoe Fennessy, 26, of Nottinghamshire. Every time she hears singer Ne-Yo’s voice she suffers an epileptic seizure.
“It’s the same with most shops. I have to walk in with my ear phones in at first just to make sure they don’t have Ne-Yo on. If he ever releases a greatest hits album it’s going to be a nightmare. Whenever I hear the first few beats of the song I have to drop whatever I am doing and run. People might think it is funny – and I can laugh at it myself – but it has taken over my life. It’s ruined my life.”
Zoe…had her first seizure on New Year’s Day in 2006 after a long period of sickness and doctors put it down to tiredness and stress. But when her seizures increased to six a DAY her GP booked her in for a brain test and doctors diagnosed her with epilepsy in 2008. But it wasn’t until she heard Ne-Yo’s ‘Give Me Everything’ featuring Pitbull – which topped the charts in May 2011 – that she had her first music-induced seizure.
THE demon of tax avoiders stands no chance as the Stabuck on W. Parmer Lane in Austin, Texas. Umgar writes:
“I stuck around for a while and I can tell you that these guys really believed they were exorcising a demon… Not a student film project, prank, or social experiment. Just the bible belt.”
CHRISTIMAS is coming. Fetch the boardgames. And hide the weapons. The Utah County Sheriff’s Office can hear yelling and screaming from inside a trailer. Inside, John Valenzuela, 68, and a 17-year-old female relative are playing a game of Battleship. She’s accused him of cheating.
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WHEN patients at the University of Texas Mental Hospital died, their brains were removed.
In the 960s, they were stuffed into jars and stored. And forgotten.
Photographer Adam Voorhes and journalist Alex Hannaford recorded the organs drenched in formaldehyde for his book Malformed: Forgotten Brains of the Texas State Mental Hospital.
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MEET Colorado State University student Stefan Sortland, the 18-year-old who allegedly spent Halloween in the approved manner.
Police claim Sortland took MDMA and MDMA, stole an ambulance and after arrest (which featured a tasering)masturbated in the police station.
AND the winner of the new gym in Selby, North Yorkshire – he wins a year’s free membership – is… Steve Wadsworth, who chose the name ‘Selby Leisure Centre’ for the facility which is set to open in Spring 2015.
Take a bow, Steve:
“I was really surprised and excited to win the membership prize. I’m looking forward to seeing the centre open and being able to use the swimming pool and checking out this fantastic facility for the residents of the Selby area.”
Says Paul Hirst, general manager of the centre:
“Well done to Steve on winning the competition. It’s great that the residents of Selby have had the chance to play a part in the development of this modern facility, which is set to bring huge benefits back to the community in terms of encouraging people to be active and healthy.”
Selby District Council says that the Selby Leisure Centre exercises your arms as well as your mind…
WHEN confronted with a 7ft-tall duck in the road do you:
a) slow down
b) speed up
MONSTER Energy drinks are the work of SATAN!
IS Nothing Safe? In Greece a man has become impaled on his girlfriend’s strap-on phallus.
The caring medics retrieved the large rubber knob, but not before they filmed the operation and laughed loud and heartily at the poor sod.
If this was a woman, whose boyfriend had turned her into a kebab, would it be as funny?
EVER wondered how to best pop a spot? No. You don’t just shave them off as former Anorak writer used to.
The corect technique is now demonstrated by Dr Mehmet Oz, on the Oprah Winfrey show.
You should not pinch the zit. You should fetch a pin, clean it with booze and skewer the thing.
“Never squeeze a pimple because you will macerate it. You’re destroying all the healthy tissue with the pressure you are putting on there by squeezing. Place the needle parallel to the skin – rather like you would skewer something – and pierce the skin from one side to another. Then rip up!”
Acne sufferers swear by it:
And if you want to know about black heads, brace yourself…
JENNA Louise Driscoll, 25, was under suspicion of selling drugs when officers searched her phone. On it, they allegedly found three videos of her having sex with a dog.
RSPCA Queensland says:
‘This isn’t something you’d normally expect, it’s quite unusual. Under the Animal Care Protection Act bestiality isn’t included. To take action and remove the dog we would have to prove actions there were cruel or that it was tormented. We’d try to do everything we can to help the dog if that is the case.”
AS I write, it’s 23 degrees Centigrade in London. On Halloween.
PBS has news:
By the time the giant spot on the sun rotated into view on October 18, it was already 80,000 miles wide, big enough to fit all of Jupiter, big enough to lay 10 Earths, side by side, across. It is the largest spot the sun has harbored in 24 years.
But while most erupting sunspots lob chunks of plasma outward in events called coronal mass ejections, this one’s keeping its plasma close to the surface.
To rewind, a sunspot is a darker, cooler area on the sun’s visible surface that stores intense magnetic energy. (Note: Cooler, in this case, means roughly 7,500 degrees Fahrenheit, down from about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit.)
The sun is not a solid body. It’s a ball of hot, hot ionized gas called plasma that’s threaded with magnetic field, created by charged particles moving around. The sun spins faster at its equator, and the result is that some of that magnetic field drags, getting twisted and knotted up in the process. As this happens, these knots of magnetic field gain energy, pressure and buoyancy, and some of them float to the surface, and penetrate it, popping out…
Releasing this pent-up energy typically takes two forms: a solar flare or a coronal mass ejection, and this is key to what makes the behavior here unusual. A coronal mass ejection is made up of balls of gas ejected from the sun’s outer atmosphere, consisting of charged particles and magnetic field. The fastest CME’s travel up to 93 million miles a day, or millions of miles per hour. A solar flare is a burst of x-rays and energy, typically smaller and shorter-lasting than a CME, and rather than being launched out into space, it is caused by material accelerated back into the sun…
When a solar flare erupts, it lights up the side of the Earth that’s facing the flare, and heats up the Earth’s upper atmosphere, or ionosphere, which can temporarily change its properties. Solar flares pose less danger than CME’s, but they can affect short-wave radio communication used by pilots and ships, since the radio waves are bounced off the upper atmosphere.
Sunspots, first seen through a telescope by Galileo, are classified by how complex they are. Similar to a mole, a clean, round sunspot is of less interest to sun watchers.
“Imagine the doctor says you’ve got a nice little round mole,” Young said. “But when it starts to break up into pieces and change color and get jagged and complicated, that’s when you start to become concerned.”
IS Nothing Safe? A 3-feet long lungfish has become stuck up a man’s anus.
The Metro reports:
Graphic footage has emerged of the procedure which shows medical professionals pulling the Lungfish from a Brazilian man’s backside. The eel-like fish had venture so far up that it had become lodged in the patient’s bowels. People can be heard laughing and gasping in amazement as the operation nears an end.A number of people have phone cameras out at the ready to capture the moment the creature is pulled free.
TO China for a prelude for the funniest joke in the world. Chi Fang was in a bar when his wife called. She wanted him home fast. So. Fang took a shortcut home over a bridge. He’d drunk a lot and felt ill. He stopped on the bridge to vomit.
He leaned over the railing. And fell head-first into what the bridge was passing over: a septic tank full of human faeces.
MUG SHOT of the day comes via Police in Oregon.
IT’S protein a-go-go at the Golden Corral in Florida, where Billy Wilson has found a large chunk of extra meat in his chilli dinner.
He tells the media:
“It’s usually pretty great. I go maybe once a week. The first bite I took out of it was a crunch, and at the time I was like, maybe you know, sometimes you get a hard bean inside of the chilli.”