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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.

Langton’s Ant: Creating Endless Order From Chaos

langtons ant Langton’s Ant: Creating Endless Order From Chaos

 

LANGTON’S Ant is a story of habit. Scientist Chris Langton discovered the phenomenon in 1986.

Chris Langton  Langton’s Ant: Creating Endless Order From Chaos

Chris Langton

 

If you were to put an ant down on a grid of squares and ask the ant to follow two rules something odd would happen.

The rules:

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Posted: 8th, April 2014 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Irish Bomber Blows Himself Up: Forgot About Putting His Clock Forward

dublin bomb idiot Irish Bomber Blows Himself Up: Forgot About Putting His Clock Forward

THE Telegraph has the headline that we can all take a minute to appreciate:

Irish bomber blew himself up after device went off too soon ‘because he forgot to put his watch forward’

Our hero had placed a bomb beneath a Volvo SUV. Kaboom!

The suspected bomber was seen fleeing the area in Dublin with “blood dripping down his face” .

A police source told the Mirror:

“This certainly was a high-grade explosive used in this bomb. It wasn’t garbage stuff. It would appear the bomber got his timings wrong. It could be a case where he didn’t put his watch forward on Sunday and the timer went off too soon. If anyone had been in the car or walking near it at the time then they would have been killed.”

Supt Dave Taylor ads, lest the most simple fact escape us, as it seems to have escaped the cretinous villain:

“It is quite obvious that the car was the object of this attack.”

The owner of the vehicle, a local businessman, has offered no comment.

Posted: 8th, April 2014 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Circa 1780: Francis Gerber’s Vampiryc Research Case

CIRCA 1780: Francis Gerber Vampiryc Research Case:

 

 Vampyr1 Circa 1780: Francis Gerbers Vampiryc Research Case

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Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester Professor Films Real Fairies In Lancashire

UNIVERSITY lecturer John Hyatt claims to have photographed fairies flitting about Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. Mr Hyatt, who works at Manchester Metropolitan University, has showcased his discovery and said: “A lot of people who have seen them say they have brought a little bit of magic into their lives and there’s not enough of that around.”

 

Screen shot 2014 04 07 at 13.18.39 Manchester Professor Films Real Fairies In Lancashire

 

Is magic a doily cut into wings shapes and suspended on dental floss Is that what fairies are, offcuts from Blue Peter?

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Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man Gets Rich When Hyena Eats His Dick

CHAMANGENI Zulu is now surely on his way to riches. Currently in residence at Zambia’s Chipata General Hospital in Zambia, near the Malawi border, Mr Zulu followed doctor’s orders: he went into the bush and allowed / encouraged a hyena to eat his penis. Mr Zulu tells the Times of Zambia:

“I met some business persons who told me the best way to become rich was to sacrifice parts of my body. I was instructed to be naked and a hyena came to me and started eating my toes and eventually my manhood was eaten. Even if I have lost some important parts of my body, I still want to get rich.”

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Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: Money, News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The 1940 Reader: A Potato That Wasn’t A Christian

IN 1940, the pamphlet A potato that wasn’t a Christian hit the streets.

A potato that wasnt a Christian The 1940 Reader: A Potato That Wasnt A Christian

 

Now read on:

Screen shot 2014 04 06 at 20.17.47 The 1940 Reader: A Potato That Wasnt A Christian

 

Mummy. Who makes potatoes..?

jesus is my potato The 1940 Reader: A Potato That Wasnt A Christian

 

Spotter: Baby Jesus on a Cross, Christian Nightmares

 

Posted: 6th, April 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Strange But True | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Mug Shot: Man Wearing Appropriate T-Shirt Arrested For Drunk Driving

MUG Shot of the day features 21-year-old Ross McMakin, of Philomath, Oregon, arrested last Sunday on multiple charges including driving under the influence of intoxicants.

 

T shirt drunk Mug Shot: Man Wearing Appropriate T Shirt Arrested For Drunk Driving

Funny Mugshot T-Shirts: A Gallery

Posted: 6th, April 2014 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kent Teenager Ella Birchenough Gets Stuck In A Drain Trying To Retrieve Her iPhone (Photos)

TODAY  Ella Birchenough was rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in a storm drain while trying to retrieve her iPhone.

The 16-year-old, squeezed down the hole to try to fetch her phone in Eaves Road, Dover, Kent. But she became stuck fast in front of a group of amused onlookers, including her mother, according to witness Tim Richards.

It was thoughtful of someone to take photos.

 

PA 19466960 Kent Teenager Ella Birchenough Gets Stuck In A Drain Trying To Retrieve Her iPhone (Photos)

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Posted: 3rd, April 2014 | In: News, Strange But True | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Aberdeen Woman Decorates Dog Poos With Strawberries And Cream

poo aberdeen Aberdeen Woman Decorates Dog Poos With Strawberries And Cream

WHEN THERESA Ritchie spots a dog poo on an Aberdeen street she decorates it in strawberries and cream, or icing sugar and Nutella, which she keeps in her handbag.

Theresa says:

“People in Peterhead are regularly stepping on dog mess on the pavements. I wanted to highlight the problem in an amusing way. This shows people are watching dog owners who can’t be bothered to clean up after their pets. The food idea has showed that dog poo wasn’t being cleaned up by the council. It sometimes lies on the streets for around eight weeks.”

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Posted: 1st, April 2014 | In: News, Strange But True | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Cliffe Bonfire Society Meeting Hired Lewes’ Phoenix Theatre Destroyed By Fire

Screen shot 2014 03 30 at 22.57.36 Cliffe Bonfire Society Meeting Hired Lewes Phoenix Theatre Destroyed By Fire

 

FIRE has gutted the newly refurbished Phoenix Theatre and Studio building on North Street in Lewes, East Sussex.

Witness Adrian Sunderland says the venue had been hired by the – get this – the Cliffe Bonfire Society.

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Posted: 30th, March 2014 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Other Parents’ Kids With Stupid Names: ‘Elektra Esmerelda, a little sister for Dorothy, Wulfstan and Cleopatra’

OTHER Parents’ Kids With Stupid Names: an occasional look at birth announcements he press:

On 22nd March 2014, to Gilly (née Ivil) and Rupert, a daughter, Elektra Esmeralda, a little sister for Dorothy, Wulfstan and Cleopatra..— 9lbs 6ozs.

 

Screen shot 2014 03 29 at 23.00.41 Other Parents’ Kids With Stupid Names: Elektra Esmerelda, a little sister for Dorothy, Wulfstan and Cleopatra

 

Previously. Biggles.

Spotter

 

Posted: 29th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Other Parents’ Kids With Stupid Names: Biggles, Posie and Tuppence JACKSON-KEW

Screen shot 2014 03 28 at 20.02.14 Other Parents Kids With Stupid Names: Biggles, Posie and Tuppence JACKSON KEW

 

OTHER Parents presents those parents who give their ordinary kids extraordinary names:

Biggles and Posie JACKSON-KEW

On 29th March 2013, to Emily (née Kew) and Christian, a son, Biggles George Fittleworth, and a daughter, Posie Betsy Winifred, a brother and sister for Tuppence.
Published in The Times on April 13, 2013

Take them up, Ginger. Higher. Higher. Higher…

 

Posted: 28th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


McDonald’s Fan Stian Ytterdahl Gets Entire Menu Tattooed On His Arm

MEET 18-year-old Stian Ytterdahl of Lørenskog, Sweden. He’s got a tattoo on his arm of the entire McDonald’s menu. 

mc tattoo McDonalds Fan Stian Ytterdahl Gets Entire Menu Tattooed On His Arm

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Posted: 27th, March 2014 | In: News, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Dying Mario Meets The Giraffes At Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo

giraffe kiss Dying Mario Meets The Giraffes At Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo

 

 

FACE of the week belongs to Mario, a mentally handicapped man dying of cancer, whose job was to muck out the giraffe enclosure at Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo. Dying, he asked to bale to save farewell to his friends.

Is that kiss? Or is it a failed attempt at revenge for Copenhagen...

Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Drunk Yorkshire Woman Drove To McDonald’s Drive Thru When Staff Refused To Seve Her Unless She Was In A Car

WENDY Simpson had been drinking when she walked up to the Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, branch of McDonald’s.
But the shop was shut. Staff won’t serve her unless she used the 24 hour drive-thru window. 

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Posted: 23rd, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man Arrested For Locking Wife In Shed For Singing ‘Ding-Dong The Witch Is Dead’ When His Mother Died

PA 16253956 Man Arrested For Locking Wife In Shed For Singing Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead When His Mother Died

 

TO Cornwall, where Andrew Salmon reportedly locked his wife in a garden shed when she began singing “Ding dong, the witch is dead” following death of his mother.

Questioned later, Salmon explained his actions by saying that his wife never liked his mother and was very unsympathetic when she died.

He told magistrates she kept saying “ding dong, the witch is dead”.

“I was provoked but I am sorry for what I have done to my wife and regret everything I did.” he said. “I was pushed towards it although I should not have done it.”

Margaret Thatcher’s son Mark Thatcher was unavailable for comment. And stories that after his mother death he hired a huge silo are unfounded…

Spotter: The Independent

Photo:  Anti-Thatcher protesters react to the death of former British Prime Minister as they gather at Trafalgar Square in London, Monday, April 8, 2013. Opponents of the late Margaret Thatcher are taking a kind of musical revenge on the former prime minister, pushing the song “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead” up the British charts in a posthumous protest over her polarizing policies. By Friday, April 12, 2013, the online campaign had propelled the “Wizard of Oz” song to No. 1 on British iTunes and into the top five of the music chart used by the BBC to compile its weekly radio countdown. 

 

Posted: 22nd, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Policeman Sacked For Letting Cat Eat Prime Minister’s Peacock

WHEN a cat at a pet peacock on the lawn at Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Jaati Umra official residence in Raiwind, three policemen were suspended.

One officer tells The Express Tribune, “21 police officers were questioned about not doing their duty and failing to spot the cat eating the peacock. But the constables said they were on duty but did not anticipate a cat eating the peacock at night.”

It being known that cats eat peacocks in the day.

And it could have been worse…

 

Posted: 21st, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Saudi Arabia Bans The Names Linda And Sandy But June Is OK

 Saudi Arabia Bans The Names Linda And Sandy But June Is OK

 

SAUDI Arabia has banned the name Linda.The country’s  interior ministry says Linda contradicts the religion or the culture of the Kingdom.

It’s also banned Elaine and – get this – Sandy. You’d expect the Ministry is tired of fielding cll for people looking for a Sandy King. It’s a wonder that June remains ok. But give it time and a few calls asked for ‘June Buggy’ and her sort will also be banned.

The full list of banned name is below. If your name’s on the list, chances are that one day Saudi Arabia will not let you enter its wonderland. It’s a ban  akin to being forbidden from being stuck in a lift with Noel Edmonds. You might never know you’ve been banned until it’s too late and you crave sweet death.

 

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Posted: 17th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Man Conceived After Phil Collins Concert Protests At Destruction Of His Heritage

oases Man Conceived After Phil Collins Concert Protests At Destruction Of His Heritage

“IT is a weird story, I must admit, ” says Kevin Walters. “About 21 years ago, my parents were at a Phil Collins concert here in Chicago, and one thing led to another. They ended up at the oasis … and I was conceived there. They were like, ‘Oh yeah, hey, we never really told you how you were born, or your conception,’ and my parents are weird people, so it’s not that surprising.”

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Posted: 16th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Reckless Youth Prankster Who Pretended To Rob ATM Machine User Gets Punched (Video)

PRANKSTER pranked. No, it’s not fake blood pouring from the nose of the fool who pretended to rob someone using an ATM machine.

The ‘Reckless Youth’ merry pranksters are Sydney’s Daniel Maran, 19, Robert Milazzo and little George Proestos, both 16.

Daniel was playing the victim. He says:

“The reason we made the video was it was a social experiment and what we wanted to try prove was that there are people out there that are going to help in a robbery. Literally in every clip someone came and pulled George off me except in the last clip where it went a bit far. We don’t blame anyone for that, we expected that.’’

Did George expect that?

Posted: 15th, March 2014 | In: Anorak TV, Strange But True | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Anti-Racism Event Cancelled For Banning White People

COMBATTING racism in America by showcasing racism in America:

An event meant to celebrate diversity and combat racism at a Washington state community college has been cancelled after a flier emailed to guests said white people weren’t invited.

Perfect.

Posted: 15th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0