Strange But True | Anorak - Part 32

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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.

See what happens when you stick a hummingbird in a wind tunnel

See what happens when you stick a hummingbird in a wind tunnel


So. What does happen when you place a hummingbird in a wind tunnel?

Someone put that question to scientists at UC Berkeley. And they set about answering it, seeking to know what hummingbirds do in different wind conditions.

This film is at 1000 frames per seconds. And even that that speed the birds still look pretty quick:



Posted: 14th, April 2015 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Turkish mayor erects massive robot statue

A view of the 'Transformers-esque' statue near Turkeys new presidential palace in Ankara, erected by the city Mayor Melih Gokcek, seen on April 2, 2015. The people of the Turkish capital believed it an April Fools joke, but no, it was real: The controversial mayor of Ankara has erected in the center of the megacity a giant statue made of metal and polyester that looks suspiciously like a production robot American 'Transformers'. The statue is expected to promote a giant amusement park, the Anka Park, which is under construction despite a court order which has found it in part to be contrary to the town planning rules.


To Turkey, where Mayor Melih Gökçek of Ankara is being sued by the Turkish Union of Engineers and Architects’ Chambers for investing tax money on a wonderful 20-foot tall robot statue. The statue is not a 3D version of a self-portrait. It’s to advertise a new theme park.

Said Gökçek in reply to the many critics who have slammed his project: “Respect the robot.”

Spotter: The Independent,

Posted: 13th, April 2015 | In: Politicians, Strange But True | Comment

Manchester 10-year-olds get Sex On The Beach in a ‘Red Hot’ Buffet

World Buffet Manchester


To the Red Hot Buffet World on Deansgate, Manchester, for a story that has the lot.

Ashley Dodds, 29, is with her daughter… Dennon. Dennon is 10. Dennon is with a friend of the same age. (We’ll get tired to saying Dennon eventually).

Mum orders a Sweet Kiss ‘mocktail’ for the girls. She then goes outside for a cigarette. The waiters brings the girls their cocktails – two glasses of Sex On the Beach (“A naughty little mix of vodka and peach schnapps topped with both cranberry and pineapple juice”).

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Posted: 12th, April 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Police hunt thief who stole $1 bag of dog poo from trucker’s bed

dog poo


To Des Moines, Iowa, where a thief has broken into a truck and stolen a bag of dog poo valued at $1.

There are so many questions.

“He broke in thought the driver’s side door,  the victim told police. “He tried to stealing the truck by breaking the plastic around the steeeing column. But he couldn’t make it start. So he look around the bed and stole my bag of dog feces.”

The Des Moins Register says the dog faeces are valued at $1.

Posted: 11th, April 2015 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Watch window cleaners’ horrific ride at the top of China’s second tallest building

Two window cleaners are in the cradle at the top of China’s second tallest building. Outside the 91st floor of Shanghai’s World Financial Center it’s windy. Very windy.

Pass the bucket:


They walked away with only minor injuries.

Posted: 7th, April 2015 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Police arrest Easter Bunny for distributing meth

meth easter bunny

A bad egg and its mule


One more reason to mistrust the Easter Bunny: Police in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, parade one Easter Bunny stuffed with $30,000 worth of meth.

If there was one holiday creation you’d suspect of drugs dealing, it would be the Easter Bunny.





Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King tells media:


“We’ve intercepted narcotics in the mail before. The Easter Bunny I thought was a strange touch. A hole was cut into the bottom of the rabbit and we found quite the surprise waiting inside. There were two condoms and meth stuffed inside the rabbit. It’s not the prize egg that we want in Tahlequah. We didn’t know who at the home would receive the meth or if they knew what they were receiving. We got a plain white van, drove to the residence and served an anticipatory warrant on the resident.”

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Posted: 5th, April 2015 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Photos: leopard, lemurs, snakes and monkeys found in suitcase at Russian airport  

To Domodedovo Airport near Moscow, Russia, were officials have pulled over a woman returning from Indonesia via Qatar.She has failed to decalre the 55 different breeds of snake, 35 lizards, turtles, six lemurs, two monkeys, two baby crocodiles and a baby leopard. The animals were stuffed inside tiny boxes and plastic containers, and the snakes in cloth bags.

The traveller says she bought the animals for $200 an Indonesian market.

The two baby crocodiles were dead. The rest are in an animal shelter.

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Domodedovo Airport detained a passenger who is wheeling a suitcase Zoo


Posted: 4th, April 2015 | In: Strange But True | Comment

You’ll never believe what the child who only eats Petit-Filous is called

Emilie-Lea petit-filousThe Daily Mail’s story on the four-year-old girl who only eats yoghurt is a disappointment. The child from Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, will only eat strawberry Petit-Filous. She eats 30 pots of the stuff every day. If given any other make of yoghurt, she “bursts into tears”. She “becomes hysterical” when offered solid food.

All good stuff that other parents can judge, mock and sink their teeth into.

But our beef is with the Mail because the child who only eats cheesy yoghurts is called – get this – Emilie-Lea. Yeah, as in Dairy Lea. C,mon, Daily Mail, sort your headlines out:


Posted: 31st, March 2015 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Police burning massive pile of marijuana get entire own stoned

weed Indonesia


There’s something in the air over Palmerah, a sub-district of West Jakarta. And that something is the smoke from a 3.3-ton heap of marijuana.

When masked police torched the seized mega-stash they didn’t bank on what the smoke would do to air quality. As the cloud drifted over the town, locals got a free blowback.

It turns out that you can dope an entire town without any need for mirrrors.

Spotters: reddit Males Banget

Posted: 28th, March 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Why panda bears are endangered (video)

So. Why are panda bears endangered? Here’s why:

SDpotter: @MichaelMoran

Posted: 27th, March 2015 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Kickstarter: polish a turd with the Poop ‘n Pull Potty trainer

Poop 'n Pull.

Best wash your hands before yanking that chain, kids


Mums and dads are invited to “turn your child’s potty training milestone into a fun, interactive and successful experience”.

But how can you polish a turd? Why, with Poop ‘n Pull. The Ultimate Potty Training Experience.

Heather & Josh Moffatt want to talk crap with you.

We want to use Kickstarter to help other parents share the incredible success we’ve seen with the Poop ‘n Pull Potty Training Experience.

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Posted: 25th, March 2015 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

Indian villagers stage mass pooing against amendments to land acquisition bill

Inda poo protest

We shall be moved


Can you poo on demand? They can in Jharkhand, eastern India, where around 60 locals protesting the Narendra Modi government’s land reforms squatted and defecated on demand in front of the Barwadih office block.

They would “raise a stink about the bill.”
As they grunt in Jharkhland: ‘one out, all out…’

Posted: 22nd, March 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Sunderland man tricked into crime by burrowing Rampant Rabbit

Sunderland magistrates’ court calls David Hutchinson, 48. So.  Why ddi he have an unpaid for £35 Rampant Rabbit marital aide device in his pocket he left the Ann Summers store?

Prosecutor Lee Poppett puts it to him:

“This matter of theft dates back to February 9. On that occasion Mr Hutchinson attended Ann Summers…He paid for a number of items legitimately and left the store. It was later in the day that staff discovered a Rampant Rabbit sexual vibrator missing from its shelf.”

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Posted: 20th, March 2015 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Basketball player with sexually suggestive name sees it used over and over

 Guilherme Carabagiale Fuck
To Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, wher the local Medican Hat News has been reporting on Medicine Hat College Rattlers men’s basketball player Guilherme Carabagiale Fuck.
Mr F is a Brazilian of German heritage.

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Posted: 20th, March 2015 | In: Sports, Strange But True | Comment

Dad straps child to motorbike and makes her go to school (photos)

dad india bike school arrested child


To India, where 40-year-old Bhagwat Singh has been spotted taking his daughter to school in Uttar Pradesh, India.

His youngest daughter wants to say at home. She has an exam and wants to skip school.  Having tried and failed to coax her to class with offers of sweets and gifts, Singh opts for force: he ties her to the back of his motorbike with ropes and goes on the school run.

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Posted: 19th, March 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Darth Vader robs a bank: police say his outfit is ‘rare’ (video)

Disguise of the day: the man dressed as Darth Vader who robbed bank in Pineville, North Carolina.

Unless it was Darth Vader and what with the high price of electrity he’s swapped his light sabre for a gun?

WCNC say they will catch the thief “because most adults don’t have that kind of Star Wars gear”.

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Posted: 19th, March 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

The uplifting story of an armless man and blind friend who planted 10,000 trees in China

Samuel Beckett, eat your heart out. Two men in a barren landscape have not sat around bickering as they wait for nothing; they have planted 10,000 trees over ten years. Jia Haixia is blind. Jia Wenqi is a double amputee. And rather than sitting around doing nothing they have set about enlivening the barren landscape around Yeli Village in northeastern China.


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Posted: 18th, March 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Epic fail: White man pants face black to avoid police

man paints face black to avopid police


Jose Espinoza wanted to hide from the police. So. He spray-painted his face black and drove off in a stolen car.

You can think of a few other things that would arouse suspicion amongst the racially blind police force more than DWB (Driving While Black), such as:

a) Having a huge ISIS flag surgically attached to your forehead

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Posted: 17th, March 2015 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)

Proof that pets do go to Heaven (video)

jack van impe animals in heaven


Do all pets go to Heaven? It;’s big question to all you pets overs worried about the pets left behind after the rapture. Sure, pets can pray. But is any of it enough? Yes!  Televangelist Jack Van Impe and his wife Rexella have news to thrill.


Spotter: Christian Nightmares

Posted: 15th, March 2015 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Man busted for dipping cotton wool on McDonald’s coffee and rubbing them over his skin

To a McDonald’s in Roseburg, Oregon, where coffee is a perfume:


Meanwhile at McDonald's in Roseburg, Oregon

Posted: 15th, March 2015 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

Police news: ISIS fag is a jacket in a tree

ISIS jacket flag
Have we let the murderous goons of Islamic State infect out minds? In Italy, police were called when a local spotted an Isis flag hanging outside an apartment building.
They called the police because they saw a flag. Incredible.
But the really sad thing is that the police responded, racing over to the apartment block in Porto Recanati, on Italy’s eastern coast. The police searched the building and questioned residents. They then noted that the ISIS flag was a jacket that had been blown into the trees after being hung out to dry.

Posted: 13th, March 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

A thieving Romanian dwarf could be hiding in your holiday luggage

Romania dwarf


“The Daily Star has a short story on a “thieving Romanian dwarf”.

In “‘Jet Bag’ for dwarf, the Star says a Romanian is being “probed for planning to smuggle a thieving dwarf out of  Britian in his plane lugguage”. The man is Doru Apetrei wrote on Facebok. The Daily Mirror has the full text of his appeal in the story headlined “Police investigating ‘plan to smuggle thieving dwarf out of UK in plane luggage'”:

“Good evening! I’ve got a midget friend, 38 inches tall. He’s done a lot of stupid stuff here: he broke into a gas station in Elephant & Castle, also into some houses in Seven King (3 or 4), and he’s done some cards. But I won’t go into details! He’s being looked for here and wants to go back to Romania. He knows I’m leaving on the 11th [of March], so he suggested I put him in my luggage. He’ll add some money to my ticket and extra for the luggage (which is normal, I think!).

“Is there any risk of me getting caught? And if so, what can happen to me? The midget is an adult (he’s 30).”

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Posted: 13th, March 2015 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Philippines police arrest man who raped a cow and made her pregnant

man arrested for sex with a cow, pregnant cow

The Philippines police showcase Andy Loyola, arrested after he was allegedly caught having sex with a missing cow. Farmer Rustico Sarno says his cow went missing. And when it came back it was pregnant. But it has never been with a bull.

Go figure.

Sarno alleges Loyola, 46, raped his cows, horses and water buffalo.

Loyola is at Silang Cavite Municipal Police Station, south of Manila. He is charged of violating the Animal Welfare Act.

This is a water buffalo:


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Spotter: Abs-cbnnews.


Posted: 11th, March 2015 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Killer surgeon Padge-Victoria Windslowe was the ‘Travis Perkins of buttock injections’

adge-Victoria Windslowe is the self-styled  "the Michelangelo of buttocks injections".


Padge-Victoria Windslowe is the self-styled “the Michelangelo of buttocks injections”. Like you high-brow readers, we know Michelangelo to be a teenage mutant ninja turtle who gets his energy to whoop ass from pizzas. In turns out that Windslowe was referencing the Vatican ceiling painter who made David with the tiny penis.

And it further transpires she was more Travis Perkins or Tony Hart than Michelangelo, because in 2011 Padge-Victoria killed 20-year-old Claudia Aderotimi during an illegal surgical procedure that involved industrial-grade silicone and Krazy Glue.

Windslowe has been convicted of murder.

Posted: 10th, March 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment