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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.

Politician sues god for failed promotion

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Life imitates Billy Connolly movies in India. If you hire the priest to perform the service then the service must be done. Or else:

An MLA, who belongs to the ruling party in Telangana, paid Rs 50 lakh to two tribal priests to perform a special pooja so that he gets a ministerial berth. However, when the duo failed to give him the promised political fortune, the MLA sent them to police custody.

A Lakh Rupee is one hundred thousand rupees. The politician paid around £60,000 for prayers! You trust this man’s judgement?

Spotter: India.com

 

Posted: 17th, July 2017 | In: Money, Politicians, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Medics pull 27 contact lenses from patient’s eye

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Contact lenses can be hard to see. One aged patient had trouble locating theirs. None of us have ever seen this before,” says eye surgeon Rupal Morjaria, a trainee ophthalmologist at Solihull Hospital near Birmingham. “It was such a large mass. All the 17 contact lenses were stuck together. We were really surprised that the patient didn’t notice it because it would cause quite a lot of irritation while it was sitting there.”

They then found 10 more.

“She was quite shocked.,” adds Morjaria. “When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable.’

Spotter: Optometry TodayBritish Medical Journal.

 

Posted: 16th, July 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The G20-riots bicycle guy

So who was the bloke with the bicycle at the G20-Riots?

Queer Anarchism has the low down:

60 year old historian Martin Buehler (who is a member of the press , I do not identify activists without consent) ‘photobombed’ a lot of media images of the G20 in Hamburg. In reality he is a long time observer documenting police brutality. In Hamburg he chose to cultivate the most non-activist ‘white bystander in a suit with a bike’. As police slow down or intermittent attacks and waited for the ‘bystander’ to get out of the way (is caught on the camera), activists had time to regroup or retreat.

 

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You don’t need a protective cloak to doge the police and fight for justice. You just need to be ordinary middle-aged, white bloke with a push bike. The magic doesn’t end there. If you want to be truly invisible, you need to be old.

 

Posted: 16th, July 2017 | In: Politicians, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dash Cam: biker jumps onto bonnet of car in compensation attempt (video)

Idiot of the day is the biker who leapt on the bonnet of car in an attmept to win compensation cash. Dash cam – you got on?

Posted: 15th, July 2017 | In: Money, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A brilliant tree of languages infographic

tree of languages infographic

Minna Sundberg has taken the idea that all languages are linked and turned it into this Tree of Languages.

Spotter: Flashbak

Posted: 14th, July 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Australian checks in can of beer on flight from Melbourne to Perth

To Australia where an Australian travelling from Melbourne to Perth checked in a can of beer..

 

Aussie beer check in can

 

“Sure enough there she was, alone on the carousel proudly making her way around. And there I was in my flanno and RMs to greet her. It was perfection,” said the traveller.

 

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Spotter: Reddit

Posted: 11th, July 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Emery Blagdon and His Healing Machine

 

In an unheated shed near Stapleton, Nebraska in the late 1950s, visionary artist Emery Blagdon began twisting pieces of old wire into patterns with pliers, attaching aluminum foil, beads, ribbons and an infinite array of everyday cast-off items. His work became part of a unique environment that he created, believing it could generate natural energy from the earth and help people attain better health. Spurred on by personal tragedy, Blagdon’s obsession to create a “Healing Machine” was life-long as he believed people could be cured by his work.

 

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Spotter: PBS

 

Posted: 11th, July 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


‘Drummer Needed’ flyer is very specific

This flyer for a drummer is very specific:

 

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Posted: 11th, July 2017 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vet finds turtle still wearing shell he repaired years ago

“Several years ago, a client brought me a box turtle that had been hit by a car,” writes a vet working at Ohio’s Hocking Hills Animal Clinic. “I used fiberglass to repair his broken shell and then released him in my woods.”

“Recently, while walking on my hillside, I spotted an odd pattern in the leaves. To my amazement, there was my old patient with the fiberglass still on… years later! Sometimes, being a vet is the best thing there is.”

 

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Spotter: Bored Panda

 

Posted: 10th, July 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


RSPCA moves to become an unaccountable police force

Your home can be invaded at any tine if you own a pet and a charity suspects all it not well.

The RSPCA wants to be allowed to enter private property to seize pets in England and Wales.

The charity is in talks with the Government and police chiefs to negotiate new powers which will allow it to enter gardens, sheds and outhouses without an officer present.

An private police force in your home is progress?

Under current rules the RSPCA has to contact the local police force and wait for an officer to arrive if they believe an animal is in distress on private property.

Belief should always be questioned. But the RSPA want it enforced.

But if granted special statutory powers, its 33 officers would be able to remove animals from private land without police permission – though the powers do not extend to entering a private home.

First they came for your goldfish…

Spotter: The Indy

 

Posted: 9th, July 2017 | In: Broadsheets, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Ms Sheila Michaels RIP

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Sheila Michaels has died. It’s largely thanks to her that people use the term “Ms.” for women. The term was adopted for women without a husband by the New York Times in 1971. The BBC:

“I didn’t belong to my father and I didn’t want to belong to a husband – someone who could tell me what to do.”

Born in St Louis, Missouri, Ms Michaels spent some of her childhood in New York City. She was a lifelong feminist activist, biblical scholar, and collected oral histories of the civil rights movement later in life.

In her professional life, she worked as a ghostwriter, editor, and even ran a Japanese restaurant – but her obituary in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes her favourite job was being a New York City taxi driver.

 

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Posted: 9th, July 2017 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Jacob Rees-Mogg hails new son Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher

To man -of-the-people – the man with the commonest of common touches – Jacob Rees-Mogg a child: Sixtus Dominic Bonifcace Christopher:

 

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Posted: 5th, July 2017 | In: Politicians, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How to open a wheel of Parmesan cheese (Video)

 

You can crack open a wheel of Parmesan-style Trentingrana cheese inside 7 minutes. Carlo Guffanti stars in this how-to do it video guide  us through the process. It’s not easy.

Questions later.

Spotter: The Cheese Channel

Posted: 4th, July 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How not to handle a tank slapper motorbike crash – but survive (with added Peppa Pig)

 

 

Youtuber Erica Hoff shares this video of a motorcyclist having a very bad day.

This guy merged onto the I-80E (Sacramento, CA) on his motorcycle as we were driving in the fast lane. As he merged, his bike would shake and wobble. He sometimes would only have one hand on the handle bars while it was shaking!! We couldn’t figure out why it was shaking, but we noticed it would only do it once he hit high speeds. We paced him for 5-10 miles after watching him “almost” loose control (about 5 or 6 times), so I got my phone out, thinking “its only a matter of time before he crashes” and I wanted the video as evidence in case anyone else got hurt. Sure enough the very moment I get my phone out, happens to be the time he loses control. We pulled over immediately…..called 911, and help the man (and his bike) off to the side of the road as quickly as possible. He did walk over to the right shoulder by himself. His face was really mashed up (his nose looked broken) and arms covered in blood. Crazy road rash!!! I still wonder how he’s doing 🙁

Oh, and the sirens you hear in the background aren’t because he’s being chased by the cops….my kids were watching peppa pig…..it was just a coincidence 😉

This is called a tank slapper. Nasty.

Spotter: Boing Boing

 

Posted: 3rd, July 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Stasi Training Video: how to search and apartment in the GDR (1984)

In 1984, East Germany’s Stasi (Ministerium für Staatssicherheit, MfS) produced this video used to train operatives in how to conduct a secret flat search without being detected.

Parents looking for adolescent contraband, this is how you do it:

 

 

Spotter: BoingBoing

Posted: 3rd, July 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Czech nuclear power plant auditions bikini-clad students for internship

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The search for Miss Nuclear Power Plant has reached the swimwear section at the Czech Republic’s nuclear facility in Temelin. The winner will secure a two-week internship at the site. All 10 contestants are given a hard hat – safety first! – but lamentably not work boots and a high-vis bikini.

And you get to vote for your favourite worker. The power plant has posted photos of all the candidates on its Facebook page. The one who gets the most votes wins.

But no sooner have the photos gone up then complaints pour on. “We didn’t want to offend anyone,” the plant says in a Facebook post. “The purpose of the competition was to promote technical education. But if the original vision raised doubts or concerns, we are very sorry.”

Fair enough. We live and learn. Technical matters are important. Next time best to include the ladies’ vital statistics.

UPDATE: all 10 finalists were given an internship.

Posted: 30th, June 2017 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The NRA vows to fight a coming US civil war with a ‘clenched fist’

The NRA will fight the domestic US enemy with a “clenched fist” . And a gun. Lots of guns:

 

 

If you want to know the Right Way With Guns, read this.

Posted: 30th, June 2017 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dog steals the show at outdoor orchestra performance in Turkey

To Ephesus, Turkey, where the orchestra is playing among the ancient Greek ruins when a dog gatecrashes the show. And steals it:

Posted: 30th, June 2017 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Vermont maple syrups takes like urine? The advert says it does

Vermont maple syrup takes of…

 

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Spotter: OneBakingPanda

Posted: 29th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Carp escapes fishermen by crawling on land

 

The carp will be the talk of everyone back at base. “You should see the size of the one I got away from,” he’ll boast. Unlike the ergonomic, rhythmic fish, the one the carp got away from was lumpen and possessed of the grace of Donald Trump at a naked yoga retreat trailing a shard of toilet paper from his wobbling seat of power. Fish are from another dimension.

 

Posted: 29th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Coins and the superstitious to be added to banned items on planes

Add coins to the list of items banned on aircraft. And you can add the superstitious, too. Because a woman boarding a China Southern Airlines Flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou thought it good luck to toss nine coins into the plane’s engine. As she boarded her flight the woman “blessed” the plane by lobbing a handful of coins into the important bits.

China Southern Airlines told reporters that passengers were reminded to comply with civil aviation laws and regulations, which prohibit behaviour that could jeopardise the safety of the flight.

Best to slip the coins into the little paper bags they pass around passengers for charity collections, or, as superstition dictates, investing in lucky heather from a woman who looks like she’s very much down her hers despite having bought armfuls of the stuff.

Spotter: SCMP

Posted: 29th, June 2017 | In: News, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Teenagers put glasses on museum’s floor and people thought it was art

When we saw Brooklyn Beckham’s terrible photography being passed off as a talent for anything other than parody, we recalled another example of meaningless nonsense being passed off as art. In 2016, two pranksters placed a pair of spectacles on the floor at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. Before long the glasses were being viewed as a telling and important piece of art.

 

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The hoaxers, @TJCruda and @k_vinnn, would doubtless be delighted to realise that their artwork fared better than other proper arty things. Tate Britain once threw away a Gustav Metzger installation, a bag of paper and cardboard.

Meanwhile, my own artwork, Vomit In Sock, has been touring the country’s music festivals. Catch it where you can.

Is it art? Dunno. What do you care? It is if it looks like it is.

Spotter: Bored Panda

Posted: 28th, June 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kurdish YPJ Sniper almost hit by ISIS Sniper inside Raqqa. She just laughs it off.

Kurdish YPJ Sniper almost hit by ISIS Sniper inside Raqqa. She just laughs it off.

 


 

Spotter: LaloGagach

Posted: 28th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0