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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.

Free your mind with 12 hours of ambient New York traffic noise

For you New Yorkers away from home, missing the noise and the visible air, help is at hand. Thanks to YouTuber “Cheesy Nirvosa” you can chill out with the sound of “ambient geek sleep aids.” These looped pulsing sounds continue for 12 hours, ensuring a proper night’s sleep. This one is of New York City street traffic at night.

 

 

Spotter: Flashbak – which has ways to make you dream like you’re in space.

Posted: 13th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Daily Express leads with scoopiest scoop of all time

What news from the Daily Express? Well, the investigative team has been in full cry:

 

theresa may daily express weather scoop

 

It’s going to be hotter in the summer! Get me an ice-cream – and make it double, no, a treble scoop!

Posted: 13th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, Tabloids | Comment


Regret the error: the Hampshire Chronicle spots a UKIP ‘c*nty councillor’

The Hampshire Chronicle regrets referring to UKIP’s Martin Lyton as something like a “county councillor” that “looked like a crude remark”:

 

fail typo

 

Spotter: @dderbyshire

PS – Is the TimesCaitlin Moran moonlighting on a local rag?

Posted: 8th, June 2017 | In: Politicians, Strange But True | Comment


A Tube-style diagram of major Roman roads, ca. 125 AD

This map of Ancient Roman roads (ca. 125 AD) in the Tube / Metro / Subway style is the work of Alexandr Sasha Trubetskoy, an undergraduate economics student at the University of Chicago. Using Stanford’s ORBIS model, the Antonine Itinerary, The Pelagios Project and a little bit of educated guesswork, Alexandr’s map will help any time traveller get around the Roman Empire.

 

A subway-style diagram of the major Roman roads, based on the Empire of ca. 125 AD.

 

Spotter: CityMetric

Posted: 7th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Saudi censors turn woman a in swimming pool advert into a ball

Saudi censors have been busy adapting an advert selling a swimming pool. The man is dressed. The children are ready for school. And the woman’s been turned into a Winnie the Pooh ball:

 

saudi swimming pool censor woman ball

 

saudi swimming pool censor woman ball

 

Spotter: @omar_quraishi

Posted: 6th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Dominoes falling show us how changes happen

Something about butterflies and things getting bigger:

 

 

No, me neither. But I like the video

Posted: 5th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment


Jeremy Corbyn ‘looks forward to an asteroid wiping out humanity’

In 2004,Jeremy Corbyn was one of three signatories on an anti-human motion.

 

Jeremy Corbyn pigeons

 

 

Early day motion 1255

Session: 2003-04
Date tabled: 21.05.2004
Primary sponsor: Banks, Tony

Sponsors:
That this House is appalled, but barely surprised, at the revelations in M15 files regarding the bizarre and inhumane proposals to use pigeons as flying bombs; recognises the important and live-saving role of carrier pigeons in two world wars and wonders at the lack of gratitude towards these gentle creatures; and believes that humans represent the most obscene, perverted, cruel, uncivilised and lethal species ever to inhabit the planet and looks forward to the day when the inevitable asteroid slams into the earth and wipes them out thus giving nature the opportunity to start again.

Nice opinion to the electorate, Jeremy.

Tory Peter Bottomley amended that to the hope that “humans and other creatures may with luck have the chance to live together again”.

Posted: 5th, June 2017 | In: Politicians, Strange But True | Comment


After London Bridge: the geezer who ran with his pint didn’t spill a drop

After the London attack: Geezer Watch:

 

At £6 a pint, who can blame him?

 

london attacks

Posted: 4th, June 2017 | In: Reviews, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


BBC admits to ‘election rigging’

Finally! The BBC has admitted what so many suspected: they’ve been ‘rigging” the election:

Posted: 3rd, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment


Idiot throws glove at Tower of London guard: Beefeater responds in style

Idiot throws glove at Tower of London guard

 

To the Tower of London, where a woman has dropped her glove close to one of the serving soldiers who guard the place. Did she toss the glove to see what the soldier would do? A Beefeater approaches:

 

 

Humour works better:

 

Posted: 3rd, June 2017 | In: Royal Family, Strange But True | Comment


Parent’s Kiss: How to retrieve small things stuck up a child’s nose

parent kiss small toy

 

How do you get small items from inside a child’s nose, where they’ve become stuck? Beth Skwarecki,  You perfore the Parent’s Kiss:

Step 1: Use your finger to close the nostril that doesn’t have the object stuck in it.

Step 2: Press your lips over your child’s mouth.

Step 3: Blow a quick blast of air into their mouth (think back to the last time you tried to shoot a spitball through a straw).

Step 4: get a snake:

 

Parent Kiss

Posted: 3rd, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Mansplaining: Do not put wasps nests in your vagina, doctor warns

If you’re keen on vaginal rejuvenation, Canadian gynaecologist Jen Gunter says it’s best not to stuff a dried wasp’s nest up there.

Oak galls, created when wasps lay eggs, can, as it is claimed, be good for your vagina when ground into a paste. If anyone comes after you with a flicked kitchen towel or spatular, you’ve only got yourself to blame.

 

‘Love what you’ve done with the place, Mavis”

 

Dr Gunter tells us: “Drying the vaginal mucosa increases the risk of abrasions during sex (not good) and destroys the protective mucous layer (not good).”

Hands up who wants to stick their bellend into a wasps nest? Oh, that many.

Spotter: Indy

 

Posted: 2nd, June 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Job advert typo fail: 8 hour what?

job advert fail

 

Spotter: Reddit

Posted: 1st, June 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Rare black lion spotted in Leicestershire: panthers warned to be vigilant

A Black Panther is loose in British woods. The “beast” was spotted by a “terrified mum”. She was left “paralysed with fear”. Emma Adam, 29, is quoted in the Star: “Now I’m scared to even leave the house.”

 

daily star black panther

 

On page 15 of the Daily Star, Emma tells us about coming “face to face” with the black panther in Ashby-de-la-Zouche, Leicestershire. She says it was “eating something, ripping it apart. My mother-in-law and I froze.”

And…? And that’s it. But it’s enough to make front-page news on the Star.  We do get to see a photo of a black panther, but not the one Emma says she saw. There are no photos of that beast.

The Star’s scoop is rooted in a story in the Burton Mail. Emma tells it:

“We were having a late barbecue and I felt a bit bloated so we decided to go for a walk.

“It was getting late, so we decided to take a torch – there was just about enough light to walk. As we were coming along the path, I saw something lying down and I was trying to figure out what it was.

“I kept looking at it, and I realised its head was going up and down because it was eating something, ripping it apart. My mother in law and I froze, and we just walked backwards. Luckily it didn’t see us.”

She continued:

“People were saying why didn’t you take a picture of it, but in that moment you are too frightened to take a picture. I always thought they would be very stocky, but this was much thinner.

Like a domestic cat, perhaps. Or a dog. Or a jihadi? Or a rare panther-eating black lion?

Posted: 1st, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, Tabloids | Comment


Burqa Babes: Daily Telegraph identifies jihadi bride of the month

Working on the Telegraph’s picture desk is a skilled task. To illustrate the story that “British jihadi brides are returning home after being widowed, or being sent away by husbands preparing to make a final stand with the Islamic State group”, the paper publishes this:

 

 

jihadi brides

 

“A woman believed to be British female jihadi Asqa Mahmoud, 20,” is the figure in the “centre”. She is “pictured with friends”.

Their identities are unknown. Although the one on the right is ringer for Lord Lucan whilst the other could be Shergar.

 

Posted: 31st, May 2017 | In: Broadsheets, Strange But True | Comment


Liverpool has the friendliest hackers in the world

To the Liverpool One Shopping Centre, England, where hackers have issued a directive: ‘we suggest you improve your security – sincerely –  your friendly neighbourhood hackers – #JFt96’.

 

hackers liverpool

 

Spotter: Reddit

Posted: 30th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer | Comment


Mic Drop: winner declared in New York City’s Post It Wars

mic drop post it notes

 

When someone wrote the word “Hi” on a New York window using Post-its, two office blocks engaged in a contest. The @Postit war between @havasnyc and @harrisonandstar was on.

And the winner was clear:

 

post it notes war

post it notes war post it notes war post it notes war

 

Here’s the mic drop:

 

Posted: 30th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Thanks to Bic even women can light a candle

 quips about this Bic fire lighter for women: “Finally my fragile female hand will be able to light a candle too!”

 

Bic sexism

 

Things to note about the pink one:

1. Miss Bic – but neither Mr Bic nor Master Bic. Sexism?

2. Is the Miss Bic fire lighter meant as a present, perhaps to go with the hoover or small gift you bought her indoors at Christmas?

Posted: 29th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Here is a whale creating a rainbow. Enjoy.

Here is a whale creating a rainbow. Enjoy.

Here is a whale creating a rainbow. Enjoy.

 

Spotter: @ShakesTweetz

Posted: 28th, May 2017 | In: Gifs, Strange But True | Comment


Didgeridoo sex act is ‘racist’

Is it culturally insensitive to use a cross as a sex aide. How about making the West making MILF – a clear reference to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front based in Mindanao, Philippines – into a comment on fancying mothers? And then there’s all that Latin for foreplay.

 

Didgeridoo sex act is 'racist'

 

The Mail reports that a “gay porn studio has sparked a furious backlash over a film that shows a man performing a sex act using a didgeridoo. The explicit movie has been branded ‘racist’ and ‘incredibly disrespectful to the Australian aboriginal community’ for its portrayal of the wind instrument as a sex toy.”

The studio’s description for the film tells us: “Didgeridoos create a one-of-a-kind sound, and can reach deep into one’s ass.”

It is in every sense a wind instrument, but not one to be played after a night on the Beans.

Spotter: Star Observer

 

Posted: 22nd, May 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment


King Willem-Alexander relaxes by flying passenger jets for KLM

Should Prince William seeks another leisure pursuit or hobby he can present as a working job – an actual job – he can always work as a commercial pilot. We read in the Washington Post:

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands prefers a less leisurely activity. He works as a “guest pilot” for a commercial airline.

The King, who flies KLM’s Fokker 70 planes, tells Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

“You have an aircraft, passengers and crew. You have responsibility for them. You can’t take your problems from the ground into the skies. You can completely disengage and concentrate on something else. That, for me, is the most relaxing part of flying.”

How about, Wills? At the very least it’s a good excuse for another holiday?

Posted: 18th, May 2017 | In: Royal Family, Strange But True | Comment


King of Thailand threatens to sue Facebook over a video of him in a small yellow crop top

Not long before he became King of Thailand, Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn was on a trip to Munich, Germany. He mooched about a shopping centre with a woman. That’s him in the natty yellow crop top, showing off the tattoos on his tum-tum and back.

Thanks to Somsak Jeamteerasakul, “a prominent Thai historian and critic of the monarchy who lives in France”, the video of Maha’s shopping trip has appeared on Facebook, as The New York Times reports. Apparently, the King has had the video blocked in Thailand. He’s also told Facebook to remove the video or else.

Under the country’s lese-majeste laws, people can be jailed for 15 years for insulting monarchy. But is it an insult merely to show the monarch out and about? And won’t all the cool kids be dressed like this next year?

The video has been blocked in Thailand but was still available outside the country on Tuesday.

Facebook, which opened an office in Thailand in 2015, declined to answer questions about its operations in the country or the pages that the government wants to remove. A spokeswoman, Clare Wareing, said only that the company’s policy was to comply with requests by governments to restrict access to content that officials believed violated local laws.

“When we receive such a request, we review it to determine if it puts us on notice of unlawful content,” Ms. Wareing said in an emailed statement. “If we determine that it does, then we make it unavailable in the relevant country or territory and notify people who try to access it why it is restricted.”

 

 

Spotter: The New York Times.

Posted: 17th, May 2017 | In: Royal Family, Strange But True | Comment