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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.

Who is Ann Arbor’s Mystery Slide Pooper?

WHO is the ‘Mystery Pooper of Ann Arbor defecating on slides?

Will police get to the bottom of it before the poo does?

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Spotter: Boing Boing

Posted: 14th, April 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Meet Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene of Australia

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MEET Mary Magdalene, Jesus Christ’s girlfriend. You may know her as Mary Luck. Mary lives in Australia. She is “somewhat known historically but largely unknown”. She hangs out with Jesus, known locally as AJ Miller.

G’day, AJ.

It took a week for AJ to realise that he was Jesus.

It might have taken others longer. But he’s the real deal, as he says:

“There’s probably a million people who say they’re Jesus and most of them are in asylums. But one of us has to be. How do I know I am? Because I remember everything about my life.”

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Posted: 14th, April 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Thieves Make Off With $15,000 Of Nads Hair Removal Cream

WHEN thieves breaking into a store in Barrie, Ontario, failed to crack the safe, they settled on fleeing with $15,000 worth of hair-removal products.
But what really stands out is the name of the product they took:
nads hair


Posted: 14th, April 2014 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Mug Shot Tattoo Tips: Hunt For Gun Theft Suspect

MUG SHOT of the day: Police in Maryland are looking for 30-year-old Antoine Petty, who is wanted in connection with the theft of a gun – but not the felt tips; he already had those:
mug shot


Posted: 12th, April 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Son Sues Nursing Home For Allowing 85-Year-Old Mother To Hire A Stripper

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WHEN Franklin Youngblood saw the picture of his 85-year-old mother Bernice stuffing cash in the knickers of a young male stripper at Long Island’s East Neck Nursing home he was upset.

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Posted: 9th, April 2014 | In: Money, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Langton’s Ant: Creating Endless Order From Chaos

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LANGTON’S Ant is a story of habit. Scientist Chris Langton discovered the phenomenon in 1986.

Chris Langton

Chris Langton


If you were to put an ant down on a grid of squares and ask the ant to follow two rules something odd would happen.

The rules:

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Posted: 8th, April 2014 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment

Irish Bomber Blows Himself Up: Forgot About Putting His Clock Forward

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THE Telegraph has the headline that we can all take a minute to appreciate:

Irish bomber blew himself up after device went off too soon ‘because he forgot to put his watch forward’

Our hero had placed a bomb beneath a Volvo SUV. Kaboom!

The suspected bomber was seen fleeing the area in Dublin with “blood dripping down his face” .

A police source told the Mirror:

“This certainly was a high-grade explosive used in this bomb. It wasn’t garbage stuff. It would appear the bomber got his timings wrong. It could be a case where he didn’t put his watch forward on Sunday and the timer went off too soon. If anyone had been in the car or walking near it at the time then they would have been killed.”

Supt Dave Taylor ads, lest the most simple fact escape us, as it seems to have escaped the cretinous villain:

“It is quite obvious that the car was the object of this attack.”

The owner of the vehicle, a local businessman, has offered no comment.

Posted: 8th, April 2014 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Circa 1780: Francis Gerber’s Vampiryc Research Case

CIRCA 1780: Francis Gerber Vampiryc Research Case:



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Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: Flashback, Strange But True | Comment

Manchester Professor Films Real Fairies In Lancashire

UNIVERSITY lecturer John Hyatt claims to have photographed fairies flitting about Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. Mr Hyatt, who works at Manchester Metropolitan University, has showcased his discovery and said: “A lot of people who have seen them say they have brought a little bit of magic into their lives and there’s not enough of that around.”


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Is magic a doily cut into wings shapes and suspended on dental floss Is that what fairies are, offcuts from Blue Peter?

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Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Man Gets Rich When Hyena Eats His Dick

CHAMANGENI Zulu is now surely on his way to riches. Currently in residence at Zambia’s Chipata General Hospital in Zambia, near the Malawi border, Mr Zulu followed doctor’s orders: he went into the bush and allowed / encouraged a hyena to eat his penis. Mr Zulu tells the Times of Zambia:

“I met some business persons who told me the best way to become rich was to sacrifice parts of my body. I was instructed to be naked and a hyena came to me and started eating my toes and eventually my manhood was eaten. Even if I have lost some important parts of my body, I still want to get rich.”

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Posted: 7th, April 2014 | In: Money, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

The 1940 Reader: A Potato That Wasn’t A Christian

IN 1940, the pamphlet A potato that wasn’t a Christian hit the streets.

A potato that wasn't a Christian


Now read on:

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Mummy. Who makes potatoes..?

jesus is my potato


Spotter: Baby Jesus on a Cross, Christian Nightmares


Posted: 6th, April 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Strange But True | Comments (2)

Mug Shot: Man Wearing Appropriate T-Shirt Arrested For Drunk Driving

MUG Shot of the day features 21-year-old Ross McMakin, of Philomath, Oregon, arrested last Sunday on multiple charges including driving under the influence of intoxicants.


T-shirt drunk

Funny Mugshot T-Shirts: A Gallery

Posted: 6th, April 2014 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

Kent Teenager Ella Birchenough Gets Stuck In A Drain Trying To Retrieve Her iPhone (Photos)

TODAY  Ella Birchenough was rescued by firefighters after getting stuck in a storm drain while trying to retrieve her iPhone.

The 16-year-old, squeezed down the hole to try to fetch her phone in Eaves Road, Dover, Kent. But she became stuck fast in front of a group of amused onlookers, including her mother, according to witness Tim Richards.

It was thoughtful of someone to take photos.



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Posted: 3rd, April 2014 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comments (2)

Aberdeen Woman Decorates Dog Poos With Strawberries And Cream

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WHEN THERESA Ritchie spots a dog poo on an Aberdeen street she decorates it in strawberries and cream, or icing sugar and Nutella, which she keeps in her handbag.

Theresa says:

“People in Peterhead are regularly stepping on dog mess on the pavements. I wanted to highlight the problem in an amusing way. This shows people are watching dog owners who can’t be bothered to clean up after their pets. The food idea has showed that dog poo wasn’t being cleaned up by the council. It sometimes lies on the streets for around eight weeks.”

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Posted: 1st, April 2014 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comments (3)

Cliffe Bonfire Society Meeting Hired Lewes’ Phoenix Theatre Destroyed By Fire

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FIRE has gutted the newly refurbished Phoenix Theatre and Studio building on North Street in Lewes, East Sussex.

Witness Adrian Sunderland says the venue had been hired by the – get this – the Cliffe Bonfire Society.

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Posted: 30th, March 2014 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment (1)

Other Parents’ Kids With Stupid Names: ‘Elektra Esmerelda, a little sister for Dorothy, Wulfstan and Cleopatra’

OTHER Parents’ Kids With Stupid Names: an occasional look at birth announcements he press:

On 22nd March 2014, to Gilly (née Ivil) and Rupert, a daughter, Elektra Esmeralda, a little sister for Dorothy, Wulfstan and Cleopatra..— 9lbs 6ozs.


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Previously. Biggles.



Posted: 29th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Other Parents’ Kids With Stupid Names: Biggles, Posie and Tuppence JACKSON-KEW

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OTHER Parents presents those parents who give their ordinary kids extraordinary names:

Biggles and Posie JACKSON-KEW

On 29th March 2013, to Emily (née Kew) and Christian, a son, Biggles George Fittleworth, and a daughter, Posie Betsy Winifred, a brother and sister for Tuppence.
Published in The Times on April 13, 2013

Take them up, Ginger. Higher. Higher. Higher…


Posted: 28th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

McDonald’s Fan Stian Ytterdahl Gets Entire Menu Tattooed On His Arm

MEET 18-year-old Stian Ytterdahl of Lørenskog, Sweden. He’s got a tattoo on his arm of the entire McDonald’s menu. 

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Posted: 27th, March 2014 | In: Reviews, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment (1)

Dying Mario Meets The Giraffes At Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo

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FACE of the week belongs to Mario, a mentally handicapped man dying of cancer, whose job was to muck out the giraffe enclosure at Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo. Dying, he asked to bale to save farewell to his friends.

Is that kiss? Or is it a failed attempt at revenge for Copenhagen...

Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Drunk Yorkshire Woman Drove To McDonald’s Drive Thru When Staff Refused To Seve Her Unless She Was In A Car

WENDY Simpson had been drinking when she walked up to the Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, branch of McDonald’s.
But the shop was shut. Staff won’t serve her unless she used the 24 hour drive-thru window. 

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Posted: 23rd, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Man Arrested For Locking Wife In Shed For Singing ‘Ding-Dong The Witch Is Dead’ When His Mother Died



TO Cornwall, where Andrew Salmon reportedly locked his wife in a garden shed when she began singing “Ding dong, the witch is dead” following death of his mother.

Questioned later, Salmon explained his actions by saying that his wife never liked his mother and was very unsympathetic when she died.

He told magistrates she kept saying “ding dong, the witch is dead”.

“I was provoked but I am sorry for what I have done to my wife and regret everything I did.” he said. “I was pushed towards it although I should not have done it.”

Margaret Thatcher’s son Mark Thatcher was unavailable for comment. And stories that after his mother death he hired a huge silo are unfounded…

Spotter: The Independent

Photo:  Anti-Thatcher protesters react to the death of former British Prime Minister as they gather at Trafalgar Square in London, Monday, April 8, 2013. Opponents of the late Margaret Thatcher are taking a kind of musical revenge on the former prime minister, pushing the song “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead” up the British charts in a posthumous protest over her polarizing policies. By Friday, April 12, 2013, the online campaign had propelled the “Wizard of Oz” song to No. 1 on British iTunes and into the top five of the music chart used by the BBC to compile its weekly radio countdown. 


Posted: 22nd, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Policeman Sacked For Letting Cat Eat Prime Minister’s Peacock

WHEN a cat at a pet peacock on the lawn at Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Jaati Umra official residence in Raiwind, three policemen were suspended.

One officer tells The Express Tribune, “21 police officers were questioned about not doing their duty and failing to spot the cat eating the peacock. But the constables said they were on duty but did not anticipate a cat eating the peacock at night.”

It being known that cats eat peacocks in the day.

And it could have been worse…


Posted: 21st, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment