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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.

For Sale: Teddington House With Two Dead Bodies

FOR sale:

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Believed to date from 1875 and one of only three buildings of Townscape Merit in Schoolhouse Lane, this building, along with no 23, was probably built as a Pub since it has an imposing pedimented top and pediments over the windows. At the front it has an extension at ground floor level to the pavement and two entrances, one of them with a double door.

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Posted: 10th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


South Africa Government Wants OAPs To Stop Using Condoms For ‘Rubbing Knees’

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“MEC (Member of the Executive Council) Candith Mashego-Dlamini was discouraging the elderly when she heard about them rubbing their knees with condoms. She called on those who were practising to stop as condoms are meant for something other than rubbing knees,” says her spokesman Ronnie Masilela.

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Posted: 10th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)


South African Pastor Walks On Congregation And Makes Them Eat Grass As He Commands Demons

AT the Rabboni Center Ministries Pretoria South Africa, Pastor Lesego Daniel is encouraging his congregation to eat grass as he walks on them. He keeps his shoes on.

The grass, says Daniel, is a sign that if humans believe they can eat anything.

Indeed. If they really believe they will swallow any old crap.

 

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Posted: 10th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Is Nothing Safe? Angus Man Admits ‘Sex’ With Train’s Drinks And Snacks Trolley

IS Nothing Safe? Andrew Davidson, 25, shouted “I want to kiss you” and attempted to have sex with a drinks and snacks trolley onboard the train travelling from Aberdeen to Glasgow.

 

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


Four Live Cows Found Inside Car

I SAY, I say, I say, how many live cows can you get inside a Proton Wira car? Four.
Two in the back.
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Posted: 8th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Chicago Zoo Moves Polar Bears Indoors To Escape The Cold

The Chicago skyline is seen behind a large chunk of ice near North Avenue Beach as cold temperatures remain with wind chills nearing minus 30 Fahrenheit on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Chicago. Dangerously cold polar air snapped decades-old records as it spread Tuesday from the Midwest to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and eastern Canada, making it hazardous to venture outside and keeping many schools and businesses closed. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

The Chicago skyline is seen behind a large chunk of ice near North Avenue Beach as cold temperatures remain with wind chills nearing minus 30 Fahrenheit on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014, in Chicago. Dangerously cold polar air snapped decades-old records as it spread Tuesday from the Midwest to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and eastern Canada, making it hazardous to venture outside and keeping many schools and businesses closed. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

HOW cold is it? At Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, public relations director Sharon Dewar etlls us that its so cold that the polar bears have been taken inside:

“In Chicago we’re accustomed to weather extremes, with very cold winters and very hot summers, so the animals that are part of our zoo are chosen for their hardiness for winter or summer. But this is obviously an excessive extreme. So even animals that are pretty hardy, and would be able to stay outside for normal winters — like the Mongolian camels and polar bear — even those animals we’re keeping indoors.”

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


Idiot Watch: Smoking Men Huffing Lighter Fluid And Heating Frozen Pipes With Kerosene Go Kaboom

MEN and flammable things presents a double-header of stupidity.
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One of the two men huffing lighter gas in a car parked in Ajman in the United Arab Emirates should not have lit that cigarette.

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


Olive Oil Rescues Nude Man From Washing Machine

“HE was very well wedged in there and we were concerned for his health and wellbeing,” says Sergeant Michelle De Araugo of the man wedged inside a washing machine at his home in Victoria, Australia . “It was just a game gone wrong. I would be fair to say the gentleman was very embarrassed.” 

First Constable Ingram Luke adds: “It was lucky the man was naked. I guess if he’s going to get into a washing machine it’s best if he has no clothes on to be about to get him out like that. I guess the clothes can provide a bit of resistance to try to get him out. My advice would be for people not to climb into appliances.”

The man was freed by being rubbed down in olive oil. A decade or more ago, it would have been Vegemite…

Spotter: The Australian 

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


Big Foot Is Neither Jew Nor Muslim: Texas Monster Lured To Death By Pork Ribs

BIG Foot is…dead. He’s curled up his big toes and croaked. Big Foot was shot dead, some say murdered, by Rick Dyer. It turns out that Big Foot was partial to WalMart pork ribs – all the non-kosher monsters love ’em. Dyer tells us: “Every test that you can possibly imagine was performed on this body — from DNA tests to 3D optical scans to body scans. It is the real deal. It’s Bigfoot and Bigfoot’s here, and I shot it and now I’m proving it to the world.”

 

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In 2008, Dyer nabbed Bigfoot in a caper that took in a rubber suit.

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


Baker Sends Customer ‘Eat Sh*t’ Wedding Cake

“I HAVE no regrets at all about what I did. I feel she got what she deserved,” says Emma McDonald, of New Zealand’s Oh Cakes. “I don’t make cakes as a business. It is just a hobby and I’m taking it all with good humour.”

McDonald had created a cake for the engagement party of 24-year-old Micaela Harris. The bride-to-be’s relative had won a $50 voucher. McDonald said the winner owed her $20 from a previous deal and reduced the free token to a value of $30.

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Posted: 6th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Balliol Balls: Three Englishmen Saved from Boiling Pot By Cannibal Chief, Who Was Friend at Oxford University

EPIC headlines harks back to December 16, 1922:

Three Englishmen Saved from Boiling Pot By Cannibal Chief, Who Was Friend at Oxford

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Posted: 5th, January 2014 | In: Flashback, Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Life Imitates The Day Today: Man Blows Up Pet Dog

TO Stevenson, Washington, to see Christopher Wayne Dillingham, 45, jailed for blowing up Cabella, the family’s dog he thought possessed by the devil. Dillingham claimed his ex-girlfriend, who had given him Cabella, had “put the devil” in the pet.

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Posted: 5th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Christmas Row Watch: Husband Abused Wife With Turkey Neck

CHRISTMAS Row Watch – Volume 3:  Michael Mullady, 49, of Spring Hill in Hernando County allegedly

 assaulted his wife with a turkey neck.

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During the row over a cheque book, Mrs Mullady was hit by the turkey neck.  Mullady admits to having tossed the neck but is denying it struck her.

Posted: 3rd, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Waiter: There’s A Fox In My Chinese Ass

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NEWS is that your packet of Wal-Mart donkey meat contains other meats.  The Five Spice donkey meat sold in Wal-Mart’s China stores has been found by the Shandong Food and Drug Administration to contain fox.

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Posted: 2nd, January 2014 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Michigan Woman Shocked To Find Snake Living In Couch She Found On Street

“WE smelled it and everything – it looked okay.We peeled off the cushions, cleaned it up, never saw anything,” says Holly wright of the sofa she found in the street in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Posted: 2nd, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Drop The Dead Possum: Things Dropped on New Year’s Eve

HOW did you know when 2014 had arrived? What singled the change? Was it a text from your mum? A kiss from a waiter? Or were you stood in Kennett Square in Chester County, Pennsylvania, waiting for the eight feet wide and 7½ feet tall illuminated mushroom to drop from a crane at the stroke of midnight?

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Posted: 2nd, January 2014 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


How To Tell Good People From Bad People According To The International Order of The Golden Rule

THE International Order of The Golden Rule is a funeral homes organisation based in Austin, Texas. On their website filed under “history”, they tell us:

To a group of funeral directors in 1928, the “Golden Rule” – a fundamental principle that is universally admired and upheld – became the cornerstone upon which to built a professional association.

The founders embarked on a mission to seek out a dependable, ethical funeral directors in every community by means of a carefully tested screening process. They wanted to establish a quality-minded identity in the minds of families everywhere. The Golden Rule credo – “Service measured not by gold, but by the Golden Rule” – speaks to that identity.

And:

Each Golden Rule® Funeral Home must show a commitment to provide to their client families: “Service measured not by gold but by the Golden Rule.”

So. What is the Golden Rule? We never do get to nail it down. Under “STandards of Ethical Conduct”, we get not one rule but 10 rules.  We also see their name printed on this booklet called “How To Tell Good People From Bad People”.

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Posted: 1st, January 2014 | In: Books, Flashback, Strange But True | Comment


Why Is This 6-Second Movie Scary As Hell?

WHAT makes this six-second movie so utterly horrific?

Posted: 1st, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)


Derby Mystery: Why Has So Much Cutlery Been Flushed Down The Toilet?

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IT’S been a big week for cutlery. First, we saw Etibar Elchyev, 41, seize the world record for having metal objects stuck by magnetic force to his body. His record stands at 53 spoons. Now we learn of goings on in Derby.

Severn Trent Water has broadcast this picture of hundreds of spoons, knives and forks found in the local sewers around Chaddesden.

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Posted: 31st, December 2013 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Snoopy Island Rises Off The Coast Of Japan

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THINGS that look like Cartoon characters: Japan’s Nishinoshima island looks a lot like Snoopy. The volcanic island has risen from the Pacific Ocean.

 

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Posted: 31st, December 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Human Magnet Etibar Elchyev Attracts 53 Spoons To His Body

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ETIBAR Elchyev, 41, now holds the world record for having metal objects stuck by magnetic force to his body. His record stands at 53 spoons. Says Elchyev:”When the time comes I am going (to move) an airplane, then an empty train carriage, something like this, I won’t reveal all my cards at once.”

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Posted: 30th, December 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Muggers Refuse To Steal New York Man’s Old Mobile

“ONCE he saw my phone, he looked at it like, ‘What the f–k is this?’ and gave it back to me,” recalled Kevin Cook, 25, of Brooklyn, New York. Cook was in Central Park when two armed men held him up. Cook handed over his phone.  “It’s like a 3-year-old generation Windows phone,” says Cook. “I guess he didn’t think he could get anything for it. It’s kind of humorous.”
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Photo: ROSE COUTTS SMITH AT A PHOTOCALL TO LAUNCH CELLNET CELLULAR RADIO SYSTEM BRITISH TELECOM MOBILE PHONE SERVICE IN LONDON. Date: 31/01/1985

Posted: 30th, December 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment


The Hanging Dolls Of Mexico’s Dead Girl Island

DOLLS die in Xochimilco, Mexico.

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They’re in the trees and on the ground, bunched together on wooden fence posts and hanging from clotheslines like laundry left to dry. Their dead eyes stare at you from half empty sockets, their dirty hair hangs like cobwebs. Their skin is scabbed and peeling away, and their plump limbs are scattered everywhere—arms and legs strewn about haphazardly, decapitated heads impaled on stakes.

This is not a nightmare. It’s La Isla de las Muñecas, a real place located in a southern borough of Mexico City, on a man-made island, which for decades has been home to hundreds of dilapidated dolls.

The island was once the property of Don Julián Santana, a local farmer. Legend has it that in 1950, he saw a little girl drown in the canal and her spirit began haunting the place.

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Posted: 30th, December 2013 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment