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Monkeys mug lab assistant and escape with Coronavirus samples

To Delhi, India, where news is that monkeys have made off with samples of Covid-19. The monkeys attacked a laboratory assistant and made off with a batch of coronavirus blood test samples. One of the monkey’s was spotted up a tree by Meerut Medical College in Delhi, India. It was chewing on one of the blood samples. But don’t worry. Meerut medical college superintendent, Dheeraj Raj says, “They were still intact and we don’t think there is any risk of contamination or spread.”

End of days, readers. End of days.

Posted: 31st, May 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Coronavirus Amen: Priests Baptise With Water Pistols

water pistol baptism

To maintain the correct social distance in the coronavirus age priests are performing baptisms with water pistols.

File under ‘Guns for Jesus’.

Posted: 27th, May 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Football team populates stands with sex doll WAGs

South Korea sex doll

To South Korea, where FC Seoul being are being cheered on by a platoon of immaculate WAGs. But take a closer look and these women are entirely made of man-made fibres. Has Vicky overcooked the injections and filler? No. These are factory-fresh, coronavirus-proof sex dolls.

“We will think hard about what we need to do to ensure that something like this never happens again,” says an FC Seoul rep who mistook Bot345 for Victoria Beckham. “We want to sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused by the instalment of the mannequins. Our intention was to do something lighthearted in these difficult times. We will think hard about what we need to do to ensure that something like this never happens again.”

Said one player: “She never took her eyes off me nor even blinked. It filled me with energy and desire. Now I feel a bit deflated – which is how Bianca was looking after we left the hotel. Please don’t tell my wife.”

Posted: 26th, May 2020 | In: Sports, Strange But True | Comment


Cafe in Germany keeps social distancing with swimming pool noodles

coronavirus noodles

To the “Café Rothe Schwerin” in Germany, where punters can maintain social distancing by wearing a swimming noodle on their heads. The cafe is open for al fresco dining, and tables are service 1.5m apart, as the rules dictate. But to ensure no accidental touching occurs, you can keep other punters at noodle-distance. Why a pool noodle and not, say, a barge pole, javelin or sombrero-styled MAGA hat? Things to ponder. Call me McDonald’s, I have ideas.

Posted: 25th, May 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Coronavirus means the Cannonball Run record has been broken

The Cannonball Run record for the fastest drive across the US has been beaten seven times in five weeks. The new record stands at 26 hours. That means making the 4507 trip at an average speed of a least 108 miles an hour. Accounting for fuel stops means the new record holders averaged 193km/h when crossing “several” States. You can thank the coronavirus pandemic for the empty roads.

Posted: 24th, May 2020 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment


The Covid-19 movie: couple trapped on never-ending honeymoon

covid 19, coronavirus, the maldives

The made-for-TV Covid-19 movie is being outlined in the Maldives, where Egyptians Khaled and Peri are living in a never-ending honeymoon. The Dubai-based coouple married on 6 March in their adopted homeland. Then it was off for honeymoon in Cancún, Mexico. On March 19, they headed back to Dubai. They never made it. “While we were on the plane we had access to internet and then we started getting messages from people ‘Are you going to be able to get to Dubai? There’s a new law, they’re banning expats,'” Peri told the BBC.

The coronavirus pandemic had hit. They’d left Mexico and had arrived in Istanbul for a connecting flight home. But flights to Egypt were suspended. And Turkey would not let them enter the country. For two days they languished at the airport.

“We decided to go on Google and check all the countries that allowed Egyptians without a visa, and then check if they had flights,” Peri said. It appeared they only had one option: the Maldives.

“Every time we tell people we are stuck in the Maldives, they laugh and they’re like ‘it’s not the worst situation, I wish I could be in your position’,” Peri added. “It’s not as easy or happy, it’s definitely very stressful… enjoy being at home with family. I would take that over anything.”

Posted: 24th, May 2020 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment


Cadiz Beach sprayed with bleach to kill Covid-19 – Spain already soaks seafood in hydrogen peroxide

How long does the Covid-19 bug survive on sand? In readiness for Spain’s partial easing of lockdown, the beach at Zahara de los Atunes, near Cadiz on the country’s southern Atlantic coast, was sprayed with bleach. Why? Why do meddling politicians who do stupid things do anything. Yep. To “protect children”.

María Dolores Iglesias, who leads an environmental volunteer group in the Cadiz region, is not happy. She said the bleach “killed everything on the ground, nothing is seen, not even insects”.

What about the seafood?

A Member of European Parliament has inquired whether or not the country has breached EU law by using hydrogen peroxide in the processing of seafood in a bid to make it seem fresher.

Spain authorised the practice in seafood such as squid, cuttlefish and octopus in 2011, with Italian authorities following suit.

But while hydrogen peroxide is authorised as a processing aid among EU countries, it is not allowed as a food additive.

Maybe a staycation isn’t so bad, after all…

Posted: 1st, May 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Post ICU syndrome in the age of Covid-19

I’ve been in intensive care. I remember the nurse from Redcar who made me laugh. She worked with the strength of purpose and efficiency of a submarine commander. I remember the brightly lit room, my back being to the window so I couldn’t see out and wondering about the man to my left who’d been in there for over a year. I don’t remember sleeping. Does that matter? Diagnosis changes how you sleep. Treatment does something else. I can relate to the stories of people who wake suddenly in the night. I’ve found myself stood on the bed, dashing around outside the bedroom or heading for the front door. Is that behaviour linked to my health? Recurring nightmares are one of the hallmarks of post-traumatic stress disorder. But that’s not it. It’s not a nightmare I’m having. It’s more like a trip. Dr Dhruv Khullar looks at what some are calling post-ICU syndrome and what it means in the age of Covid-19:

Among the patients I care for at the hospital is a young woman recovering from covid-19. To keep her blood oxygenated, she needs a device called a non-rebreather mask… It’s considered an advanced oxygen-delivery device, because it supplies more oxygen than a simple nasal cannula; it is also cumbersome and uncomfortable to wear. But the mask, my patient says, isn’t her biggest problem; neither is her cough or shortness of breath. Her biggest problem is her nightmares. She can’t sleep. When she closes her eyes, she’s scared she won’t wake up. If she does fall asleep, she jolts awake, frenzied and sweating, consumed by a sense of doom. She sees spider-like viruses crawling over her. She sees her friends and family dying. She sees herself intubated in an I.C.U. for the rest of time

The ill and the well is a true divide. You cross the line with a jolt…

Spotter: The New Yorker

Posted: 27th, April 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Coronavirus Warning and Tape Prevent People Sitting Down In London’s Brockwell Park

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To London’s Brockwell Park, where sitting in the park will not be tolerated. Lambeth Council have covered the benches with tape. the message is you can only use the park to “walk or run”. Joggers, strollers and malingers have been warned.

brockwell park covid-19

Posted: 26th, April 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Lockdown Challenge: Museums Compete to Show ‘Creepiest Objects’

On Twitter a #CuratorBattle is testing museums to showcase their creepiest objects.

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Posted: 25th, April 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Tory councillor in hot cross bun swastika row

Tory councillor Portsmouth hot cross buns swastika

Usually a hot cross bun is embossed with a cross, to symbolise Christianity. English folklore says that buns baked and served on Good Friday will not spoil or grow mouldy during the subsequent year. Supermarkets offer non-believers a sell-by date printed on their ready-to-eat buns. They do not feature the words ‘SEX’ or ‘FUCK’, the flag of Scots nationalist nor a Swastika. Doing so would mean them no longer being hot cross buns, rather Swear Buns, SNP Buns or National Socialism Buns.

Tory councillor Lee Mason, a former Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, has been removed from his party while bun investigators look into his tray of home-baked buns which featured in a Snapchat post “leaked” to Portsmouth’s local paper, The News. Mr Mason denies baking any bun with a swastika on it. He suggests the image of the Swastika bun may have been altered, and we note that whoever made it or don’t make it has the arms pointing anticlockwise, which as any caterer for Nazi-themed parties and weddings will tell you is the wrong way. He has however admitted to baking the other buns.

“I have not baked a bun with a Nazi symbol. You can see from the picture that is not a Nazi symbol,” Mr Mason tells Portsmouth News. “I baked some cakes, yes, but I haven’t done a Nazi symbol on any of them. And there’s no Nazi symbols there.”

The News tells readers that the “swastika-style emblem – similar to one used by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, whose party slaughtered millions of Jews during the Second World War – appeared to have been baked on a bun.”

A spokesman for a local Jewish group is upset. Another former Tory councillor named – get this – Jezz Baker says: “I’m a Pompey Jew, born and bred, and my hatred for swastikas is enormous. But if there is one person that is not anti-Semitic and has nothing Nazi about him whatsoever it’s Lee Mason.”

Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth South MP (Labour), puts the bun in context of the fight against racism, the Covid-19 pandemic and given time probably global warming. “At a time when our whole community is pulling together to support each other, anything suggesting the use of the most offensive of symbols is shockingly inappropriate and shameful,” he says. “If true, it may also breach the members’ code of conduct. It is only right that serious and legitimate concerns be reported to the city council under its complaints system for councillors.”

No word yet from victims of the Crusades, crucifixion nor Christian fundamentalists about why the cross is unsuited to cakes and anyone who serves such a symbol of persecution, idolatry and suffering with butter and jam deserves to rot in hell for all eternity.

Posted: 25th, April 2020 | In: News, Politicians, Strange But True | Comment


The NHS advert for staying at home during coronavirus crisis features a headless woman trapped beneath two laughing women and a dog

The NHS advert tells us to Stay At Home. Yeah, you can go out to exercise for an hour a day. And you can go shopping. And if you’re in the police force you can stand on a bridge and clap. But STAY AT HOME! One tip to prevent any urges to leave the home is to trap yourself beneath two fiends and a dog.

File under: it’s amazing what you can find down the back of a sofa.

Posted: 19th, April 2020 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True | Comment


Everything explained in one huge conspiracy theory graphic

Everything explained in one huge conspiracy theory graphic

The conspiracy theory about the conspiracy theories has been pulled together in one graphic. Of course, what you can’t see is the real evidence just just off the page to the right. And it will blow your mind!

Posted: 19th, April 2020 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True | Comment


Sign in Bronx booze shop tells customers the 7 Coronavirus rules

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In The Bronx, New York City, a sign in the booze store winder lays out the 7 rules of coronavirus for all shoppers.

Posted: 15th, April 2020 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment


Cambridge police patrol the aisles at Tesco supermarket

Cambridge police coronavirus

A tweet from the Cambridge police force aka twitter’s ‘Cambridge Cops’: “Officers visited Tesco Barhill this morning as part of their patrols around supermarkets and green spaces this weekend. Good to see everyone was abiding by social distancing measures and the non essential aisles were empty. #1732”

File under: essential policing.

Update: the Cambridge Cops have deleted their tweet.

Posted: 10th, April 2020 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment


The Medieval Elephant in Art

The Medieval Elephant in Art

Drawing an elephant when you’ve never seen one is testing, as these images drawn by Medieval artist prove. Uli Westphal’s Elephas Anthropogenus project shows us European illustrations of elephants between the fall of Rome to the end of the Renaissance. Around that period sightings of elepahants in what is now modern day Wigan or Oslo were rare. He writes:

After the fall of the Roman Empire, elephants virtually disappeared from Western Europe. Since there was no real knowledge of how this animal actually looked, illustrators had to rely on oral and written transmissions to morphologically reconstruct the elephant, thus reinventing an actual existing creature. This tree diagram traces the evolution of the elephant depiction throughout the middle ages up to the age of enlightenment.

An album of Medieval elephants can be seen here.

Posted: 4th, April 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Mega-rich TV evangelist executes judgement on Covid-19

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US televangelist Kenneth Copeland will slay the coronavirus by channelling God’s powers. It’s the smackdown we’ve been waiting for:

Here’s Kenneth explaining why God made private jets:

Posted: 31st, March 2020 | In: Celebrities, News, Strange But True | Comment


May 16 2020: The Moon, Venus and Jupiter will make a smiley face in the sky over North America

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This May 16, a crescent moon beneath Venus And Jupiter will form a smiley face in the sky. The occultation, says ABS-CBN News, will only be visible from the USA and Canada.

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Sunday May 16, 2010 in Manila, Philippines

Posted: 29th, March 2020 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True | Comment


Nighthawks by Edward Hopper – the Coronavirus Years

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper - the Coronavirus years

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper – the Coronavirus years.

Spotter: https://www.facebook.com/anticajaepetrella

Posted: 13th, March 2020 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Coronavirus: taking out a virus with guns

The Coronavirus can be defeated. Like anything else, you just needs bigger guns:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=137008477698737

Posted: 11th, March 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Woman snorts 500 times LSD dose thinking it’s cocaine – case study

A volunteer undergoing LSD research project at an honor camp in Viejas, California, Sept. 6, 1966.
A volunteer undergoing LSD research project at an honor camp in Viejas, California, Sept. 6, 1966.

The woman who snorted 550 times the average dose of LSD thinking it cocaine has lived to tell the tale. The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, tells of the middle-aged woman who believing it to be cocaine snorted 55 milligrams of pure LSD. This, we read, is 550 times the usual recreational dose of LSD. 

The women, who had been taking morphine for a decade to treat “foot pain”, was decidedly unwell, blacking out, vomiting and being otherwise immobile for 12 hours. She then felt “pleasantly high’ for the next 12 hours (with infrequent vomiting)”. Adding: “The collateral report from the roommate revealed that she sat mostly still in a chair with her eyes either open, closed, or rolled back, frothing at the mouth, occasionally vocalizing random words and vomiting frequently. Ten hours later she was able to converse.”

And then she felt good. Pain in her foot was music reduced. She ceased taking morphine, experiencing no withdrawal. 

Do not try this at home.

Posted: 4th, March 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment


18 Syrians* found living inside takeaway boxes in a Darlington hedge (*Syrian hamsters)

How did twenty hamsters inside takeaway food containers come to be living in a hedge in Darlington? The 18 Syrian and two dwarf hamsters were noticed in Park Crescent, Darlington, last Sunday. Volunteers for the National Animal Sanctuaries Support League (NASSL), in Newton Aycliffe, say the creatures were “traumatised” but doing well.



Posted: 3rd, March 2020 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment


Demons in the bedroom – illuminated Medieval intrigue and the birth of Merlin

These images from illuminated Medieval manuscript tell the story of the birth of Merlin. Upset by so many souls being released from Satan’s bondage thanks to Christ’s harrowing of Hell, demons plotted to undo Christ’s work by breeding an antichrist, a figure who will perform as their puppet in the world. So a demon squires a virtuous sleeping woman. But the plot is ruined because she is so true of heart and a priest named Blaise baptises the boy at birth. The child is, of course, Merlin, who lives to do good deeds.

Spotter: Sleeping With the Devil – Medieval Illuminations of Demonic Sex

Posted: 2nd, March 2020 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Misbehaving Whilst Black: Six-year-old girl handcuffed and arrested in Florida

Six-year-old girl handcuffed and arrested in Florida

To Orlando, Florida. It’s September 2019 and police are carting off a six-year-old girl. Kaia Rolle is under arrest. The child is filmed by the copper’s bodycam as she’s retrained with zip ties and led to a police car. Her alleged crime: misbehaving in class. The story goes that she had thrown a tantrum and kicked and punched three school employees.

The Orlando Police Department investigated. The arresting officer has been sacked. Officer Dennis Turner failed to adhere to the correct protocol, which states that a police officer must have their supervisor’s approval to arrest any child under the age of 12.

Turner, who was fired days after the arrest became national news, had worked in OPD’s Reserve Unit, which is made up of retired officers who are required to work a certain amount of hours at the agency per month and can pick up extra-duty jobs for pay.

Over the course of Turner’s 23-year tenure at OPD prior to retiring last year, he was disciplined seven times for violations of department policy that ranged from unsafe driving to a child-abuse arrest in which he was accused of injuring his 7-year-old son, record released Tuesday showed. He was also accused of sending threatening text messages to his ex-wife in 2009 and racial profiling, records show.

Lawyer’s repressing the child’s family have released the following footage.

Posted: 26th, February 2020 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True | Comment


Exceptional Asteroids Versus New York City

The Size of Asteroids Compared to New York City

Some of those asteroids hurtling through space are pretty large. 3D animator Alvaro Gracia Montoya has made this video comparing exceptional asteroids (classed as ‘minor planets’) to New York City.

Posted: 25th, February 2020 | In: Strange But True | Comment