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.
CAN you game Rock-Paper-Scissors? Yes. There is “the strategy of real players looks random on average but actually consists of predictable patterns that a wily opponent could exploit to gain a vital edge”:
On average, the players in all the groups chose each action about a third of the time, which is exactly as expected if their choices were random. But a closer inspection of their behavior reveals something else. Zhijian [Wang] and co say that players who win tend to stick with the same action while those who lose switch to the next action in a clockwise direction (where R → P → S is clockwise). This is known in game theory as a conditional response and has never been observed before in Rock-Paper-Scissors experiments. Zhijian and co speculate that this is probably because previous experiments have all been done on a much smaller scale. … In fact, a “win-stay, lose-shift” strategy is entirely plausible from a psychological point of view: people tend to stick with a winning strategy.
BEING in the mile high club (for those who don’t know if means you’ve shagged in a plane more than a mile up in the air) isn’t all that much of a distinction these days. Hell, even middle aged hacks have sometimes managed it. But quite how you manage it does offer the possibility of distinction.
Nipping into the loo with a current lover qualifies but it doesn’t quite rise to the glory of actually picking up a stranger on the plane and managing it.
But then there’s the creepy versions of it:
A British woman in her 20s was arrested after losing her temper with cabin crew who caught her locked in an aeroplane toilet with a man she had just met.
The apparently drunk tourist is said to have been handcuffed to a chair by flight attendants – to the horror of her parents, who were travelling with her.
“I apologize for the hacking your website, but I wanted to congratulate my wife Bashayir, my partner, after graduating. I wanted to tell her this through your website. I would like to wish everyone luck and success.”
WHO is the unhappiest man in the Liverpool?
The Liverpool Post leads with the poor unfortunate.
No. Not him.
The Royal Liverpool Hospital has “apologised unreservedly”. They are conducting an – get this – internal investigation.
A 7-FT TALL STATUE of Satan could soon be sat on the lawns before the Oklahoma State Capitol next to a monument of the ten commandments, pictured below. Note the spellings of “SABETH” and “MAIDSERAUNT”. The Divine hand was big on Creation but not too hot on spelling.
PATRICIA Jackson, from Bridlington, is no jihadi. She did not attempt to blow up a plane with a bomb hidden in her shoes. She is a cosmetic surgery survivor whose belly button shot off on a flight to Portugal.
Her navel exploded, filling the cabin with the sweet scent of her stomach juices, fluids and travel sweets. The other passengers noticed the stink.
WHEN Mickey Easterling died she left instructions for how she’d like to feature in the casket room. Chiefly, she’d like to be not in the casket. She’d like to be like this.
Note the pink feather boa, cigarette in holder, champagne flute, the word “bitch” on a broach on her shirt and doing… is that the Lambeth Walk?
Mickey left instructionsfor her wake and funeral.
— Interiorator (@Interiorator) April 27, 2014
IN Australia, the dogs are getting hire on skin licks:
Queensland dogs are getting high by licking the poison off cane toads. Vets are warning some pooches may become addicted to the hallucinogenic and are risking their lives trying to get their next toad fix. It’s being reported the dogs have worked out how to lick the toad just enough to get high. “This phenomenon of animals deliberately getting intoxicated by cane toads, it’s fascinating,” says veterinarian Megan Pickering. “It just seems unbelievable that an animal will go back for a second try.”
Getting caned on Cane Toads.
WHEN you see one efit that looks like David Cameron, you laugh.
This one was issued by police in Stockbridge, Hampshire, seeking a man who had conned an elderly woman of £60.A police spokesperson says
And now we see another efit of ‘Dave’ and it’s get us thinking…
Just me, or for this criminal look a lot like the PM? pic.twitter.com/aTyzXsZc9i
— Luke McGee (@lukemcgee) May 1, 2014
EVER swallowed sea water? David Littschwager took a single drop of seawater and magnified 25 times. Want to see what’s in one drop of the salty soup?
IT’S a Nominative Determinism knob-off in Canada, where and Ottawa man has been arrested for for indecent exposure.
Donald Popadick, 62, has been Charged with Indecent Act and Mischief.
News of the arrests was broken on twitter by Ottawa Police Sgt. Iain Pidcock.
Such are the facts…
Spotter: National Post
IS this the most epic photograph ever taken a dog show:
Hands down the best photo ever taken at a dog show. pic.twitter.com/ouKlVbiK24
— MicahGoulart (@micahgoulart) April 22, 2014
HOW do we know God exists? In a word: bananas. They are a sign of God’s love for humanity, and chimpanzees who can peel.
What does an athist think of that?
Christopher Hitchensonce recalled a class with his teacher, Mrs. Jean Watts:
“Seeking ambitiously to fuse her two roles as nature instructor and Bible teacher, she said, ‘So you see, children, how powerful and generous God is. He has made all the tress and the grass to be green, which is exactly the color that is most restful to our eyes. Imagine if instead, the vegetation was all purple or orange, how awful that would be.’
“I was frankly appalled by what she said. My little ankle-strap sandals curled with embarrassment for her. At the age of nine I had not even a conception of the argument from design, or of Darwinian evolution as its rival, or of the relationship between photosynthesis and chlorophyll. The secrets of the genome were as hidden from me as they were, at the time, to everyone else. I had not then visited scenes of nature where almost everything was hideously indifferent or hostile to human life, if not life itself. I simply knew [his emphasis], almost as if I had privileged access to a higher authority, that my teacher had managed to get everything wrong in just two sentences. The eyes were adjusted to nature, and not the other way round.”
WE introduce Felipe Cruz of Pompano Beach, Florida.
Mr Cruz is an idiot.
On April 10, Mr Cruz attempted to rob from the Chase bank. He handed a note to the clerk. It commanded:
“Give me the 100s 50s 20s now. Do not set the alarm. Hurry!!!”
Man Records His LSD Trip In India’s Thar Desert: ‘It Was The Most Beautiful And Frightening Experience Of My Life’
IN India’s Thar Desert, a man is “enjoying his LSD trip”. He records his experience on as a long selfie video. The YouTube description tells us:
it was the most beautiful and yet frightening experience of my life, i spend whole day from Noon 12 & whole night in Thar Desert, i was alone in whole Thar Desert accept lots of Scorpion ,insects lolz, snakes come in Desert not in this month but in may ,june haaaa heeee but i will advice Tripping in Desert is not for everyone ,it can be tough job,as body need proper nourishment water etc also, during tripping, and my water got finished lolz very earlier , i bear hotness of desert as well as coldness in night, .The Dose was very Strong & Visions were like anything spectular i had seen ever seen…..knowledge , beauty , & Universal Love, as well as Death & Destruction. lolz it was all Paradoxical, and i was wrong earlier, we can learn a lot , a lot, can improve a lot , from a Bad Trip, bad trip is not really bad trip, it is Good Trip :)))) & finally when i was going to Jaisalmer city from Sam Desert in morning,as i came out of Desert, everyone was laughing at me , Haaaaa Heeee, some also scare off as my face was full of sand dust, & eyes were Red like red light.when i see my face in mirror in hotel , i got scared lolz, .but i can see the magic, of being polite, magic of softening my ego, things which could have effected earlier in the city, did,t touched me, i was smiling, was lost into Trace, i was feeling kind of affection who so ever i obseve in the city from animals to Humans, all living beings.
WANT to see Swiss artist Milo Moiré give birth to a painting? No. She’s not got one rolled up inside her vagina. And it’s not certainly not framed. Nothing so conventional for Milo.
Milo uses ink and acrylic filled eggs to create the “compressed birth of a piece of art.” She stuffs the ink balls up her vagina and squirts them out. There are women in Bangkok who use brushes to produce passable forgeries of the Haywain. They might think Milo’s work no big deal. But Milo is white, naked and likes the big portrait, much as Rolf Harris used to. Her work matters.
Lest you think this simple exhibitionism – remember, she’s naked (ink stains clothes, dude) – Milo is here to tell us that it is all deeply layered in meaning. It is deeply serious.
FASTER than the officials can ban ways of getting high, the kids are finding news ways to get goofed.
They’ve tried smoking bed bugs, and those still able to move and use their hands have moved on to “Beezin”.
‘What’s that?’ you ask.
TO Lehi, Utah, and Dan Pearce has spotted a portable toilet with the runs.
This is the toilet that come to you. Never be caught short again:
IN 1973, Dolly Parton released the song Jolene. It would become a smash hit.
Mark Wigmore gives some background to the great song:
There are several myths and legends about Dolly Parton’s song “Jolene.” It’s been said that the song is about a bank teller who had been flirting with her husband. There’s another story about a ten-year-old girl named Jolene who asked Parton for her autograph after a concert. But the real story is that of Parton striking out on her own after parting ways with her long-time mentor, Porter Wagoner...
Jolene was her first single after Dolly made the decision to embark on her solo career. It was released in October of 1973 and reached the number one position on the country charts in the U.S. and Canada in February of ’74. It was also her first song to cross over to the pop charts. “I Will Always Love You” followed suit a few months later. By the middle of 1975, Dolly had five number one hits in a row and a bona fide superstar was born.
But did you know that when played at 33 RPM, it sounds like this:
Spotter: Fraser Nelson
FLIES. Why? Let’s take the dermatobia hominis, a large, hairy species of botfly which lives off humans. The botfly traps a mosquito, lays sticky eggs onto it and let’s it go.
TO Kansas, where suspected killer Jeffrey Chapman says the tattoo spelling a mirror image of the word “MURDER” on his throat might prejudice a jury.
Mr Chapman, accused of first degree murder, wants a a professional tattoo artist to remove the message.
THE more specious the world record, the more Anorak appreciates it. So, to Walker Harnden, 19, from Pittsboro, North Carolina, who has whistled the highest note ever.
Harnden, a student of the oboe at The UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, has had his whistle certified and posted by The Guinness Book of World Records, which reports:
The highest note whistled is a B7 (3951 Hz), which was achieved by Walker Harnden (USA) at the Hoad Recital Hall, University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA, on 7 November 2013. The “B7” note is the B just below the high C on a piano.
Anyone keen to best Harnden should know that he whistles “all the time,” up to four or five hours a day. A third of his waking day is spent whistling.
WHEN Jared Michael stood by the rumbling train track for a selfie, he took a kick in the chops from the conductor.
Frank filmed his idiot abroad selfie in Peru. He posted it on internet. Many wondered why?