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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.

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

Saudi Arabia Bans The Names Linda And Sandy But June Is OK

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SAUDI Arabia has banned the name Linda.The country’s  interior ministry says Linda contradicts the religion or the culture of the Kingdom.

It’s also banned Elaine and – get this – Sandy. You’d expect the Ministry is tired of fielding cll for people looking for a Sandy King. It’s a wonder that June remains ok. But give it time and a few calls asked for ‘June Buggy’ and her sort will also be banned.

The full list of banned name is below. If your name’s on the list, chances are that one day Saudi Arabia will not let you enter its wonderland. It’s a ban  akin to being forbidden from being stuck in a lift with Noel Edmonds. You might never know you’ve been banned until it’s too late and you crave sweet death.


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Posted: 17th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)

Man Conceived After Phil Collins Concert Protests At Destruction Of His Heritage


“IT is a weird story, I must admit, ” says Kevin Walters. “About 21 years ago, my parents were at a Phil Collins concert here in Chicago, and one thing led to another. They ended up at the oasis … and I was conceived there. They were like, ‘Oh yeah, hey, we never really told you how you were born, or your conception,’ and my parents are weird people, so it’s not that surprising.”

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Posted: 16th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Reckless Youth Prankster Who Pretended To Rob ATM Machine User Gets Punched (Video)

PRANKSTER pranked. No, it’s not fake blood pouring from the nose of the fool who pretended to rob someone using an ATM machine.

The ‘Reckless Youth’ merry pranksters are Sydney’s Daniel Maran, 19, Robert Milazzo and little George Proestos, both 16.

Daniel was playing the victim. He says:

“The reason we made the video was it was a social experiment and what we wanted to try prove was that there are people out there that are going to help in a robbery. Literally in every clip someone came and pulled George off me except in the last clip where it went a bit far. We don’t blame anyone for that, we expected that.’’

Did George expect that?

Posted: 15th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)

Anti-Racism Event Cancelled For Banning White People

COMBATTING racism in America by showcasing racism in America:

An event meant to celebrate diversity and combat racism at a Washington state community college has been cancelled after a flier emailed to guests said white people weren’t invited.


Posted: 15th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comments (2)

Real Barbie And Real Ken Meet In New York – Pictures Of The Plastic Fantastic Couple

WHEN Valeria Lukyanova, 23, from Ukraine met American Justin Jedlica, 32, for a TV show, it gave us a vision of the future. When all human life is extinct, the planet dead and alien lifeforms from millions of miles away are searching for signs of what might have gone before on the rocky ball once called Earth,  they will find Val and Just exactly as they look now. They would have reproduced but, you know, as anyone who has performed the Ken and Barbie Karma Sutra knows, breeding without a match and a packet of candles is impossible.

Anyhow, cue the Dynasty reunion:


ken and barbie


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

Sri Lanka’s Executioner Quits After Seeing Gallows For First Time

WITH 405 convicts on death row, Sri Lanka’s Prisons Department is looking for an executioner. The preferred method is not stress-induced heart attacks but hanging. The last three hangmen employed to off the felons quit when they saw what they had to do.

“We gave him one week’s training, but he resigned after seeing the gallows, saying that he didn’t want the job,” Chandrarathna Pallegama, commissioner general of prisons said. “He told me that after seeing the gallows he got upset. Next time, we will show the gallows to the new recruits before giving them basic training.”

Isn’t there a serial killer they could make some use of?

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

Colorado Barber Shop Bans Anyone Smelling Of Marijuana

MARIJUANA is legal in Colorado. But one barber isn’t keen on its smell. Hugo Corral, owner of Hugo’s Barber Shop in Greeley, has issued a policy:


smell like marijuana

He says:

“I feel that it’s my right to make the statement. It’s the same thing as no shoes no service.”

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Posted: 11th, March 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment