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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.

The Sunday Sport: ‘teenage Jeremy Corbyn squashed girl’s pet rabbit with his pogo stick’

The Sunday Sport has news on Jeremy Corbyn. It might not be the current Labour Party leader. It might be a “sex dwarf”  look-alike. But someone thinks Jeremy Corbyn “squashed my sister’s bay rabbit with his pogo stick”:

 

sunday sport corbyn

 

Spotter: @Poshboy97

Posted: 17th, May 2017 | In: Politicians, Strange But True, Tabloids | Comment


Crocodiles eat pastor trying to walk on water at Crocodile River

To Crocodile River, Zimbabwe, where a pastor is trying to walk on water. Pastor Jonathan Mthethwa of the Saint of the last days church was unsuccessful. And is devoured by crocodiles.

“We still don’t understand how this happened because he fasted and prayed the whole week.” said Deacon Nkosi, one of the church members.

 

pastor eaten by crocodiles

pastor eaten by crocodiles

Spotter: Zimbabwe Today

Posted: 15th, May 2017 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment


Warning: ‘You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks’

To Capistrano Beach, California, where the police are issuing a warning:

“You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks. They are advising you exit the water in a calm manner. The sharks are as close as the surfline.”

The OC Register adds:

(Orange County Lifeguards Chief Jason) Young said it was not an ocean closure, which occurs when sharks are more than 8-foot long and/or are acting aggressively in the water.

“We haven’t had any reports of anyone being bumped or charged, just observations of them either swimming or breaching,” he said.

 

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


The Paleobiology Database Navigator show you where to find fossils

The Paleobiology Database Navigator

 

The Paleobiology Database Navigator is a map that shows where the most fossils have been found.

Last week, an approximately 110-million-year-old fossil revealed a new species of nodosaur.

 

fossil found skin

 

 

The best-preserved dinosaur fossil ever to be found was unveiled today in Canada’s Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, nearly six years after miners discovered it by accident.

The dinosaur’s remains were so well preserved, that pieced together, they didn’t look real, according to National Geographic.

Fossilized remnants of skin still cover the armor plates on the dinosaur’s remains, which are petrified from the snout to the hips. “We don’t just have a skeleton. We have a dinosaur as it would have been,” Caleb Brown said, National Geographic reported.

Spotter: Kottke

 

 

Spotter: @srikardr

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


‘A sasquatch tried to rape me’: Colorado hunter tells all

hunterinterview sex sasquatch

 

Darrel Whitaker, 57, of Glenwood Springs in Colorado, says he was sexually assaulted by a sasquatch. He says it was attempted rape.

Darrel was at his hunting cabin when a “gorilla-like” creature dropped from a tree and punched him in the face. “It was at least 8-foot tall and it’s punches hurt like hell.” says Darrel. “I was knocked right out at the first blow! When I regained consciousness, he had already torn my pants and was tearing through my underwear. I stabbed him in the shoulder with my hunting knife, and that made him run away.”

Back at the Sasquatch lodge you can see the beast regaling his furry comrades with the time-aged tale, “You should have seen the size of the one that got away.”

It is, of course, no joking matter. Glenwood Springs Police Department (GSPD) and the Colorado Parks and Wildlife agency are investigating.

 

Spotter: World News Daily

Posted: 12th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Computers fines drivers for ‘parking’ in a traffic jam

Computers can be wrong. Yes, we know what the system says but it is wrong. This bit of computer knowing resulted in human beings fined £100 per carload:

Parking cameras went live at the Ashford Retail Park in Kent in April, with signs telling drivers the new maximum stay is three hours.

But motorists got caught in gridlock on Easter Monday, and were trapped in the car park for hours when they struggled to join traffic on adjoining roads.

Says one customer parked in neutral:

Mr Donald continued: “On Monday we received a penalty charge notice from Highview Parking who enforce the three hour time limit on parking at this site.

“They must have had a flood of Penalty Charge Notices from this day.

“What troubles me is that there’s no quality control. It was utter madness. It’s just a money making exercise.

“I find it rather disappointing that these companies apply no common sense or quality control to their issuing of parking fines to innocent motorists who have over stayed due to no fault of their own.”

They apply computer sense.

Spotter: Daily Mail

Posted: 10th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer | Comment


Eating more salt makes you less thirsty and burns fat

Eating salt is bad for you. So goes the message that has been hammered into us for an age. Salt improves the taste of things but a cost to your health. Eating too much salt means dying younger. But more research tells us that science is not settled. This is true to such a degree that we know learn that eating salt makes us less thirsty.

The New York Times reports:

The crew members were increasing production of glucocorticoid hormones, which influence both metabolism and immune function.

To get further insight, [Dr. Jens Titze, now a kidney specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research in Erlangen, Germany] began a study of mice in the laboratory. Sure enough, the more salt he added to the animals’ diet, the less water they drank. And he saw why.

The animals were getting water — but not by drinking it. The increased levels of glucocorticoid hormones broke down fat and muscle in their own bodies. This freed up water for the body to use.

But that process requires energy, Dr. Titze also found, which is why the mice ate 25 percent more food on a high-salt diet. The hormones also may be a cause of the strange long-term fluctuations in urine volume.

Scientists knew that a starving body will burn its own fat and muscle for sustenance. But the realization that something similar happens on a salty diet has come as a revelation.

Eat what you like, then.

 

salt safe

Posted: 10th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Costa Coffee Salford offers its toilet as a birthday party venue

Anyone looking for a compact and bijou venue for a birthday party, a UKIP conference, an intimate wedding or just a place to mingle with fellow urban badger enthusiasts after work can head long to Costa Coffee in Salford. The toilet is available for hire.

 

Costa Coffee Salford hire

 

Spotter: @ThePoke

Posted: 9th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


How to recognise the artists of classic paintings

 

how to recognise the artists of painting

 

Spotter: antique-royals

Posted: 7th, May 2017 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment


Masturbation breaks on the NHS?

Good news for you in wanky jobs seeking a healthy and more socially alternative to a cigarette break. Wanking is the way ahead. And unlike smoking, you don’t need to freeze your knackers off outdoors.

Known as a ‘masturbation break’, psychologists believes it could be a great way to combat the stress of your job. While using such a pastime as an escape, perhaps from your boss who is constantly breathing down your neck, would provide similar benefits.

Onanism is now a pastime. Well, anyone who reads the Mail Online knows that already, right?

Spotter: Daily Mail

Posted: 6th, May 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Press: ‘200 year old wolves return to Denmark’

Wolves are back in Denmark. The Telegraph has the scoop:

At least five wolves, including one female, have returned to Denmark for the first time in two centuries, a zoologist who has obtained DNA evidence said on Thursday.

 

wolves denmark

 

Those wolves sure do live for a long time.

Posted: 5th, May 2017 | In: Broadsheets, Strange But True | Comment


Have our ashes pressed into an playable vinyl LP

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When you die And Vinyly will work your remains into a playable vinyl record. No, they won’t turn your arm into a novelty stylus limb and play the wrinkles on your flattened face. You need to be cremated and have your ashes pressed into an LP.

If you want to, as the company promises, “Live on from beyond the groove”, it’ll cost you $4,000 for 30 copies of the record, each with a dash of you and running for 12 minutes per side. The one downer – other than being dead (vinyl never dies!) – is that you cannot “use copyright-protected music”.

But looking aside from the restrictions, as Dan Colman wonders, what music would you forever like to be linked with?

Spotter: Mental Floss

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


This photo of a sleeping woman dropping her pizza on the Tube at 8am proves chivalry is dead

On the London Underground, a woman is carrying a pizza. It’s 8am. She’s dropped it. So what do you do. Yep, you take a photo:

pizza tube drop

pizza tube drop

Spotter:Twitter/@JamesAALongman, The Poke

Posted: 2nd, May 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)


How to survive an armed robbery by Jimmy John’s manager Tuker Murray

Tuker Murray Jimmy Johns robbery Kansas

 

To Kansas, where a robbery is going down. The local police tells all:

At 9:15 p.m. April 26, 2017, officers with the KCPD were dispatched to the location at 3900 Broadway Blvd. in regard to an armed robbery. An unknown black male wearing a light blue hooded sweatshirt entered the restaurant, placed an order, then pointed a gun at the cashier demanding money from the register.

Meanwhile, all eyes are on the server. Just chill….

 

 

The mellow dude behind the counter is Tuker Murray, 24-year-old assistant manager at a Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches in Kansas City, MO. Here he is talking to KCTV5:

 

Posted: 1st, May 2017 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, Strange But True | Comments (2)


Man adapts car to let him piss whilst driving

One man has turned his car into a mobile toilet. With the power of hosing, need and creativity, he’s created a car you can piss in without soiling the seats.

Behold the Jeep Catheter:

 

driving wee toilet seat

 

If that’s Number 1, is this Number 2?

 

Rolls-Royce toilet 2

 

Spotter: Reddit

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


Indian minister gives 700 brides wooden bats to beat drunk husbands

To India, where a politician is equipping women with foot-long wooden bats “for beating drunkards”. The first batch of bats was presented to 700 brides during a mass wedding on Saturday.

As Gopal Bhargava handed out the gifts, he told the women that only after attempting to reason with their drunk husbands should they “let the wooden paddles do the talking”.

 

india wooden bats

“You’re FOUR it now!”

 

The Guardian notes:

Bhargava said he wanted to draw attention to the plight of rural women who face domestic abuse from their alcoholic husbands.“Women say whenever their husbands get drunk they become violent. Their savings are taken away and splurged on liquor,” he said.

He’s ordered a further 10,000 bats to give to future brides.

But all might not be as it seems. The bats are the same type used to help clean dirty laundry. Yeah. It’s a trap!

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


William Hitler: “Why I Hate My Uncle”

On Flashbak, there’s great story about William Hitler, Adolf Hitler’s Liverpool-born nephew. In a 1939 feature for Look magazine the Scouser explains why he hates his uncle.

 

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Why I hate my Uncle, by William Hitler – Look magazine – 1939

 

A few highlights:

“Being very close to my father at the time, he (Adolf Hitler) autographed this picture for me. We had cakes and whipped cream, Hitler’s favorite desert. I was struck by his intensity, his feminine gestures. There was dandruff on his coat.”

“When I visited Berlin in 1931, the family was in trouble. Geli Raubal, the daughter of Hitler’s and my father’s sister, had committed suicide. Everyone knew that Hitler and she had long been intimate and that she had been expecting a child – a fact that enraged Hitler. His revolver was found by her body.”

“I published some articles on my uncle when I returned to England and was forthwith summoned back to Berlin and taken with my father and aunt to Hitler’s hotel. He was furious. Pacing up and down, wild-eyed and tearful, he made me promise to retract my articles and threatened to kill himself if anything else were written on his private life.”

“This is Hitler’s new Berchtesgaden home which I first saw in 1936. I drove there with friends and was shown into the garden. Hitler was entertaining some very beautiful women at tea. When he saw us he strode up, slashing a whip as he walked and taking the tops off the flowers. He took that occasion to warn me to never again mention that I was his nephew. Then he returned to his guests still viciously cracking his whip.”

“I shall never forget the last time he sent for me. He was in a brutal temper when I arrived. Walking back and forth, brandishing his horsehide whip, he shouted insults at my head as if he were delivering a political oration.”

Via Flashbak, which has more on William Hitler and why he wanted to join the US military and send his uncle to Hell.

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


Mafia used SMS text-message ticker at the bottom of a sports broadcast to get reach mob bosses

To Italy, where TV show Quelli che il Calcio (That which is Football) is announcing the latest breaking news on its below the faces ticker. It slo show SMS messages sent in by fans. The potential for upset is clear. But the Mafia saw an opportunity for messages to communicate with mob bosses in their prison TV lounges.

The show’s presenter, Simona Ventura, said she was “shocked” by the revelation, and said fans would no longer be allowed to send text messages when the programme goes back on air on Sept 12.

“It strikes me as pretty ingenious,” she told La Repubblica newspaper. “We opened up a line of communication with our viewers in order to give them direct contact with the show. It proved to be all that I had expected apart from the fact that it was apparently used to send messages to mafia bosses.”

Mafia bosses looking to communicate with their minions will now revert to the old methods of bribing the referee and letting the result do the talking, allegedly.

Spotter: Telegraph

Posted: 28th, April 2017 | In: Sports, Strange But True, TV & Radio | Comment