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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.

Kurdish YPJ Sniper almost hit by ISIS Sniper inside Raqqa. She just laughs it off.

Kurdish YPJ Sniper almost hit by ISIS Sniper inside Raqqa. She just laughs it off.

 


 

Spotter: LaloGagach

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


Jeremy Corbyn: the tot Trots named Corbyn

Would you call your child ‘Corbyn’? The Daily Star says you might if you drink enough scrumpy cider with your magic mushrooms.

The paper says parents are “flocking” to name their “tots” after the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. No, not Trots, tots. No typo. But are parents really massing at council offices to demand their children are named and renamed after Jeremy Corbyn? The Star says Corbyn’s “cool” was “boosted after appearing on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage”.  I’d spin that round and say that Glastonbury was stripped of cool when it invited a leading politician to address the crowd and build a personality cult around a man who wants more State control, favours Brexit and has worked for Iran’s theocratic regime.

The fact is that in 2015, 15 children were named Corbyn (source: Office for National Statistics).  The Star reasons that if “festival nookie” results in anything other than a nasty rash and regret, “thousands” more children could be named after the Labour leader.

They could also be named Theresa, if they shagged in a field of wheat.

Posted: 27th, June 2017 | In: News, Politicians, Strange But True | Comment


Children’s cigarette dummies are smoking’s new taboo

Richard Littler‏ spots this warning on cigaret packets in Germany. He tweets: “My powers of judgement are totally shot. From this image, I can’t tell if smoking is a good or bad thing.”

 

dummy smoking

 

First one to spot this in novelty gift shop, et us know.

Spotter: the excellent Richard Littler

 

Posted: 27th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


American life: the most popular pastime when your old is being alone

According to Dan Kopf’s study ‘Who Americans spend their time with‘, the sixth most popular pastime for Americans is being alone. Of course, being alone might be enforced, something formed by circumstance rather than choice. But, then, so is spending time with your family and co-workers:

 

chart, americans, alone ,

 

 

 

Spotter: Quartz

Posted: 26th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment


This is why we hate the word ‘moist’

Words I do like and words I don’t like are many. I like “twat”, “spoon”, “bingo”, “slash”, “bins” (when referring to spectacles) and “pastry”. I don’t like “schedule” when it’s pronounced with the hard Americanised ‘k’, “cockwomble” and “moist”. On the last prejudice I’m no alone. In 2012, The New Yorker asked readers to nominate a word to remove from the English language. ‘Moist’ was the clear winner. Not that any words should be censured, of course. Better we make up better ones and recognise the hatred and loading when saying things are ‘moist’. (This might explain the furore over Dapper Laughs, the British comedian who aimed to teach losers how to “moisturise” women – get ’em “proper moist”. Dapper wasn’t nuanced enough to be in on his own joke; his act was not based on self-deprecation. But the use of “moist” in any catchphrase gave him limited appeal and shelf-life. Generally, in my experience, men who use the word “moist” have something to hide and would make a decent case study for any budding psychotherapist.)

Also, our dislike of “moist” might be down to what the word does to our faces:

A separate possible explanation not tested in the current studies, but which the author acknowledges, is rooted in the facial feedback hypothesis. This hypothesis suggests that facial movement can influence emotional experience. In other words, if facial muscles are forced to configure in ways that match particular emotional expressions, then that may be enough to actually elicit the experience of the emotion. On this explanation, saying the word “moist” might require the activation of facial muscles involved in the prototypical disgust expression, and therefore trigger the experience of the emotion. This could explain the visceral response of “yuck” people get when they think of the word. Separate research has identified the particular facial muscles involved in the experience and expression of disgust, but no research as of yet has tested whether the same muscles are required when saying “moist.”

There might be something worse than moist. Something could be ‘like, moist’. Or, perish the thought, “M.O.I.S.T”, the word spelled out to give it added repulsion.

Posted: 25th, June 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True | Comment


Poop doping: one woman’s DIY faecal transplant and how turd implants can improve performance

poop doping

 

How full of the brown stuff are you?  One cyclist is into poop doping. What’s that, then?

The madwoman behind “poop doping” is Lauren Petersen, a postdoctoral microbiologist at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. Petersen has been racing bikes all her life, but as she told The Scientist earlier this month, she’s struggled with chronic Lyme disease since her teen years. She finally rid herself of the disease in 2013, but the intense course of antibiotics she took had ravaged her system and left her with chronic fatigue and stomach problems.

Eventually, she learned that her microbiome (the colony of microbes in her body) was dangerously unbalanced and was not functioning as it should. She was not breaking down any food, and she learned that she was not eligible for a potentially beneficial fecal transplant. So she simply did one herself. As she said, it was a fairly dangerous DIY procedure and it wasn’t fun, but it worked better than she thought it could:

In February 2014, with the support of her family, she recruited a donor and did it herself. “I just did it at home. It’s not fun, but it’s pretty basic. It costs like six bucks to do.” (The $6 being for the drugstore enema kit.) The do-it-yourself solution worked. “Within two months I was a new person,” Petersen says. “I had no more fatigue. I could ride my bike hard three days in a row, no problem.” She started racing four months after her fecal transplant, and was winning races at the pro level soon after that. “Everything changed,” Petersen says.

Petersen’s donor was a fellow elite cyclist, and after analyzing the sample and those of other riders, she discovered an unusually high prevalence of the bacterium Prevotella, which helps synthesize amino acids that help in muscle recovery. Petersen’s analysis of her friends’ craps also showed an abundance of M. smithii, which performs a complementary function. The science is complicated, but in short, a healthy amount of both bacteria types in one’s gut means you can more efficiently process food and then deal with debilitating byproducts like carbon dioxide and hydrogen.

Spotter: Boing Boing

Posted: 25th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment


All aboard the Betty Bus where boys are looking at a sad girl on her period

The Betty Bus aims at “encouraging open and honest conversations about periods with girls and boys aged 8-12”. What will the boys learn about periods? Well, here’s a picture of boys looking at a sad girl on her period. Pity her and her suffering.

 

Betty Bus

 

And it’s got a slide.

 

betty bus

 

The Betty Bus has a slide. Your period is an adventure playground. Which way to the (mood) swings? It is a slide, isn’t it – not an applicator?

Spotter: Joanna Williams

Posted: 23rd, June 2017 | In: News, Strange But True | Comment


Someone stole the amputated toe from the Sourtoe cocktail

Amateur drinkers drink cocktails. They’re the Happy Hour dross fuel, the drinks the witless and bovine sup at moments of enforced joviality and acute self doubt. At Dawson City’s Downtown Hotel, Yukon, Canada,  the cocktail of choice is Sourtoe Cocktail Club. It might well be the perfect anti-cocktail cocktail, a lampooning of the usual pretentious swill . The Sourtoe cocktail is 1 oz of whisky, mostly a decent bourbon, with a severed toe.

You don’t drink the toe – it’s not pureed. You just chin the proper booze and let the toe touch your lips. It’s the literal kicker to the hard liquor slap.

And now it’s gone. Not swallowed. Stolen. Someone has stolen the toe.

“We are furious,” says Terry Lee, the hotel’s Toe Captain. “Toes are very hard to come by.” No, they’re not. You just need to look in the right places. The inside of rugby boots, graves and building sites have plenty. The original Sourtoe toe was found in a jar.

 

sourtoe cocktail

 

CBCNews has more:

The hotel says the suspect is from Quebec and had earlier boasted about wanting to steal the toe. Lee says the man reportedly coaxed the bartender to serve him the drink after the nightly 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. “Toe Time.”

“One of the new staff served it to him to be nice. And this is how he pays her back. What a low life.”

If you can’t trust a toe sniffer, who can you trust? But, then again, all cocktail drinkers lack spirit in the hard drinkers’ race to the bottom.

Posted: 21st, June 2017 | In: Key Posts, News, Strange But True | Comment


Chicago says: ‘Ohio will be eliminated’

The Chicago Transit Authority has issued a threat: “Ohio will be eliminated”

 

Ohio will be eliminated

 

Spotter: Reddit – r/softwaregore

Posted: 21st, June 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment


North Korea wakes its citizens with this eerie alarm call

Cock your ear towards Pyongyang, and in the morning you can hear the city’s PA systems waking citizens up to another rosy-fingered dawn. The North Korean regime’s choice of alarm is, well, alarming:

 

 

Spotter: Richard Littler

Posted: 20th, June 2017 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment


‘May Your City Be Overrun By Trees’: man gets revenge on mayor who cut down his 30-year-old tree

To Redondo Beach, California, where a man lamenting the city’s destruction of his 30-year-old pepper tree has exacted revenge.

 

california tree revenge letter

 

 

Spotter: Imagur

Posted: 20th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Advert for man looking for a wife in 1865 sets pulses racing

In 1865 an 18-year-old man from Aroostook County, Maine, was looking for a wife. It was the “Chance for a spinster” to gain a husband. He had a “good set of teeth”. His “potatoes are bully”. He “believes in Andy Johnson, the star spangled banner and the 4h of July”.  He has “nine sheep”. He wants to spoil a woman but “I don’t know how to do it”.

 

19th century man looking for wife advert

19th century man looking for wife advert

Posted: 20th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comments (3)


Shopper uses great keepy-uppy skills at the supermarket

To Brazil, where a local man is demonstrating how to shop with style. Forget the 5p bag and go native. And get me a dozen eggs… Game on!

 

football gif funny shopping

Posted: 20th, June 2017 | In: Sports, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


80 years of New York city side by side in this neat video

The New Yorker has created this neat video of showing how New York City has changed from 1930s until today.

 

 

Spotter: Open Culture, Flashbak,

Posted: 19th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology, The Consumer, TV & Radio | Comment


A camera falls from an airplane and lands in a trough for pigs

A camera falls from an airplane and lands in a trough for pigs.

 

 

Spotter: @robertoglezcano

Posted: 18th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Artist creates brain-controlled sperm

thought-controlled sperm

 

If you sperm start swimming towards the front door and then onto Massachusetts, this is why? Ani Liu reveals her plan:

Reflecting on the cultural and scientific discourses that shape notions of the female body, and in an expression of female empowerment, I seek to challenge this status quo by engineering a system by which I, a woman, can control something inherently and symbolical male: spermatozoa (sperm). Through the use of a brain-computer interface, I control the movement of sperm along an XY axis with the agency of my thoughts.

While at first glance the idea of controlling sperm might be absurd, it is my hope that it causes the viewer to reflect on the very real absurdities of control happening to the bodies of women. Genital mutilation, forced sterilization, sexual abuse, rape, and contraceptive regulation currently occur as forms of control projected onto female bodies. In creating a subversive counter-narrative to these practices of control, this work presents a hope for reimagining and shifting our notions of gender.

Spotter: MIT

Posted: 16th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment


Man sues date for texting during Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2

Brandon Vezmar is suing his date for $17.31, the price of the movie ticket he bought her. Vezmar claims the woman’s behaviour on their night out “is a threat to civilized society”.

Vezmar, 37, of Austin, Texas, is unhappy that whilst on a date at Barton Creek Square cinema, the woman, 35, became disinterested in the 3D showing of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 and began texting.

He talks to the American-Statesman. “It was kind of a first date from hell,” he says. About 15 minutes into the movie she took out her phone and texted. “This is like one of my biggest pet peeves,” he adds. In his small claim’s law suit Vezmar claims the woman “activated her phone at least 10-20 times in 15 minutes to read and send text messages”. This, he states, was a “direct violation” of the cinema’s policy on mobile phone use.

He says he asked her to stop. She refused. He invited her to text outside, which she did. She left and never returned. She took off in the car she and Vezmar had shared to reach the cinema, leaving him to make his own way home.

“I had my phone low and I wasn’t bothering anybody,” she says. “It wasn’t like constant texting. I’m not a bad woman. I just went out on a date.”

This being America, the woman says “she planned to file a protective order against Vezmar for contacting her little sister to get the money for the movie ticket”.

This one will run and run.

Posted: 16th, June 2017 | In: Film, Money, Strange But True | Comment


Rabbi takes a ‘kill pill’ to become MMA fighter

Mazel tov, Rabbi Yossi Eilfort on winning your first MMA fight.

UFC fighter Thierry Sokoudjou tells us: “I never thought that a rabbi would be interested in fighting. But I was stoked. He never quits.”

Posted: 16th, June 2017 | In: Sports, Strange But True | Comment


Kansas inmate freed after dead ringer found 17 years later

 Ricky Amos (left) and Richard Jones (right).

Ricky Amos (left) and Richard Jones (right).

 

It wasn’t me. I was someone who looks just like me. It wasn’t Richard Jones, who in 1999 was found guilty of aggravated robbery and sentenced to 19 years in choky. At his trial, Jones’s lawyer argued that his client was innocent. It wasn’t him. It was a man who looked just like him.  He was right:

In 2015, other inmates at Lansing Correctional Facility began telling Jones there was another inmate who looked like his twin. On top of being doppelgangers, the other man had the similar-sounding name of Rick.

Jones contacted attorneys at the Midwest Innocence Project and the Project for Innocence at the University of Kansas Law School. They tracked down Ricky Amos, the lookalike who lived on the Kansas side of town.

In booking photos, the two men looked nearly identical, with the same facial hair and cornrows. They are both close to 6-feet-tall and weigh around 200 pounds. The two men are also roughly the same age: Jones was born in 1976, while Kansas corrections records show Ricky Lee Amos was born in 1977.

Jones is now free.

Posted: 14th, June 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment


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