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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.

Family lock dad’s head in helmet cage to stop him smoking

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ONCE they put the smokers in a room, it would not be long before the put them in cages. You’re looking at pictures of 42-year-old İbrahim Yücel.

İbrahim lives with his family in Kütahya, Turkey.  He want sto live with them for as long as possible. He’s worried what smoking two packs a day is doing to his health. He wants to quit. So. He’s taken to wearing a metal cage on his head. It’s held in place by two locks.

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Posted: 4th, July 2013 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Face of the day: Antonio Lopez Chaj

Antonio Lopez Chaj, a 43-year-old house painter, appears with his attorneys at a news conference in Los Angeles Monday, July 1, 2013. Lopez Chaj is so badly brain damaged for a beating in a bar that left him with half his skull permanently bashed in that he cannot speak. His lawyers announced he has been awarded a $58 million by a jury in Torrance Superior Court. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

FACE of the day: Antonio Lopez Chaj, a 43-year-old house painter, appears with his attorneys at a news conference in Los Angeles Monday, July 1, 2013. Face of the day: Antonio Lopez Chaj  His lawyers announced he has been awarded a $58 million by a jury in Torrance Superior Court.

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Posted: 3rd, July 2013 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Man sells coffin. One problem – it has a skeleton in it

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SELLING a coffin is problematic at the best of times. Imagine your glee when someone finally takes you up on the offer, but you’re a dumbass and crucially, you forget to take the skeleton out of it.

Dave Burgstrum, from Iowa, put the creepy item on Craigslist for $12,000 in a bid to raise money for property tax money for the Order of Odd Fellows (more on those guys, here).

Police were alerted to the advertisement and seized the coffin and body, deeming the sale illegal.

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Posted: 3rd, July 2013 | In: Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment


Postmen frightened of pensioners ‘aggressive’ raspberries

raspberry fight

IN the age of the internet, the Royal Mail seem like a delightfully antiquated company, who must only deliver spam leaflets and postcards from elderly relatives these days.

However, they might be losing the oldsters now after one old coot got refused by the post office for his “aggressive” raspberry bush.

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Posted: 3rd, July 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Massive babies spotted on the London Underground (photos)

IF you were on the London Underground yesterday, you might have seen these gigantic babies. It was all part of a promotional event for a bookmakers, perhaps to show that forced to mingle with the great unwashed the rich are as helpless as babies.

Or maybe the foursome are real babies escaped from the Buckingham Palace breeding compound?

The minf boggles…

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Posted: 2nd, July 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Australian ‘The Italian Job’ Mini Cooper doesn’t quite evade the police

IF you are going to set up a road block, it might be an idea to block the road. fail, police, police log, crime, Brisbane, police trap, police chase, crime, The Italian JobAlso, suspect that the wanted driver will try to evade the barricades by, erm driving around them.

To Brisbane, Australia, then, where a Mini Cooper driver is confronted by a police trap. What to do? The two young men inside the vehicle have stolen the green Mini,  robbed a booze shop, punching the clerk in the process.

In this video, the police look pretty dumb. But they remain just that bit shaper than the idiot criminals, who evade the stinger only to drive into a fence.

They are soon captured.

The Italian Job it’ ain’t:

Spotter: Nighthawkwill7, Jaliopnik

Posted: 1st, July 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Hunt is on for foreign Centaur pooing in a Somerset car park

 poo somerset
TO Misterton, Somerset, where the hunt is on for the ‘person’ who has taken to leaving a pile of poo in the middle of the village hall car park.
Booking clerk Lorraine Clarke has a hunch:
“Obviously we get dog walkers and different things like that up here but to be honest, by the size of it – unless it was a huge dog the size of a horse – it’s not a dog. It has got to be human because it is a fair pile and it’s got toilet paper – and I don’t see many dogs going around with a loo roll. It’s been going on long enough now. We want to know who is responsible.”

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Posted: 29th, June 2013 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment


Woman who mistook superglue for lip salve gives muffled call to emergency services

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TO Dunedin, New Zealand, where a 64-year-old is calling the police.
Senior Sergeant Steve Aitken tells us.

Basically, she could only grunt. Ambulance received a call, but due to the muffled speech … they were unsure whether it was a medical event or whether someone had been gagged.”

What had happened to her?

“She got up in the middle of the night, in the dark, and grabbed what she thought was the tube of medication. It was an extremely frightening event for her because her breathing was impeded. I’ve heard of a few other things super-glued, but never lips. You wouldn’t have wanted to have had a blocked nose.” 

 Anorak wishes to cast no aspersions, but we remember the 1980s when glue-sniffing was  destroying society and blocked noses were common.

Posted: 29th, June 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Toddler wishes for ‘big boobies’ – blame mother and video games

baby boobs

KIDS say the darnedest things don’t they? Well, one girl will make you coo/vomit when you see her at her birthday party (which doesn’t look great if we’re being honest here) making a wish!

After the birthday girl blows out the candles on her cake, she wishes for “big boobies”.

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Posted: 27th, June 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Bus advertising ‘drive home’ crashes into home

THE sign on the side of the bus that drove into a home in Massachusetts says:

“Drive Your Message Home with the Worcester Regional Transportation Authority.” 

Irony overload:

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Posted: 26th, June 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment


The headline-grabbing statues that moved, drunk, wept and even sung

THE Spinning Mummy of Manchester is enjoying its 15 minutes of fame after being filmed – using time-lapse photography – rotating 180 degrees in its glass case. The Egyptian statuette in the Manchester Museum is said to have attracted the attention of numerous experts, including the inevitable Brian Cox, and there has been “talk” apparently of an ancient curse.

We here at Anorak are adopting our usual skeptical position until a rational explanation emerges.

In the meantime, it is worth remembering other headline-grabbing statues that have moved before. Hell, they’ve drunk, wept, and even sung. And there is usually a perfectly sensible explanation…

1973: Japan

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When statues ‘weep’, the chances are that the lachrymose protagonist will be the Virgin Mary. Reports are legion, but only one has been officially sanctioned by the Vatican: Our Lady of Akita, reported in 1973 by Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa (below) in the remote area of Yuzawadai, near Akita. This wooden statue of the Virgin Mary – which also apparently manifested stigmata, as did Sister Agnes – is said to have wept on 101 occasions over the following six years.

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1985: Ireland

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Reports that a roadside statue of the Virgin Mary had started to move in Ballinspittle, County Cork, triggered off a series of sightings of other moving statues around the country. Sadly on this occasion a Catholic bishop declared this Marian apparition to be an illusion. Nevertheless, around 100,000 people were said to have visited the site of the ‘miracle’. Incidentally, after 15 pints of Guinness, whole churches can sometimes appear to move.

1995: India

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Early in the morning of 21 September 1995 a worshipper in New Delhi offered milk to a statue of the Hindu deity Ganesha, whereupon the elephant god reportedly snorted it up his trunk. Throughout the morning the milk drinking spread to statues of other gods in temples all over India. Later the same day, the new craze reached Britain and other countries.

Indian scientists suggested that capillary action was causing the liquid to rise from proffered spoons before running down the front of the statues.

2001: Worldwide

Big Mouth Billy Bass caused a worldwide sensation when he moved his head and tail and sang Don’t Worry, Be Happy and Take me to the River.

2012: India

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The Church of Our Lady of Velankanni in Mumbai became a major venue for pilgrims after its statue of Jesus began to drip water, and the church was happy to encourage this stat of affairs. So when pesky old skeptic Sanal Edamaruku revealed that faulty plumbing was causing water to leak onto the Son of God, the protests were none too happy. Although he is a longstanding debunker of religious myths, and a vocal critic of the church (including Mother Teresa), on this occasion things went further. After being charged with blasphemy, and receiving death threats, he sought exile in Europe, where he is trying to persuade governments to put pressure on India to abandon its archaic law.

Posted: 25th, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment


Is nothing safe? Police seek man who punctures bike wheels and masturbates over the saddles

Bicycle tosser

IS nothing safe? Who is the man seen puncturing the wheels of a bicycle, rubbing himself against the seat, consulting a photograph and masturbating to climax?

The bike’s owner is Per Edström’s girlfriend. Per recorded the man’s antics on CCTV by the couple’s home in  Östersund, northern Sweden.. He’d been experiencing a spate of punctures. He says:

“I am not scared of him, but mostly irritated over all the punctures I have had to fix.”

Edström wonders about that picture in the tosser’s hand:

“My girlfriend finds it all a little concerning, you never know if he has checked her out in some way, and whether it is a picture of her he has in his hand when he is masturbating.”

It could be anything. It could be a picture of a dead peacock

Posted: 25th, June 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)


Walle wins World’s Ugliest Dog title 2013 – photos

Walle poses for a portrait while competing in the 25th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 21, 2013, in Petaluma, Calif. The 4-year-old beagle, boxer and bassett hound mix went on to win top honors. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

WALLE is the World’s Ugliest Dog 2013. Walle (above) took top spot at the 25th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif. The 4-year-old beagle, boxer and bassett hound mix is described by Judge Brian Sobel: “This dog looked like he’s been photo shopped with pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals.”

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Posted: 23rd, June 2013 | In: Key Posts, Strange But True | Comment


Man gets finger trapped in car’s petrol tank

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YOU saw the man with his head trapped in a bin? Now get a load of the man with his finger caught in his car’s petrol tank.

To Fort Worth, Texas, where a customer at the QuikTrip petrol station was trying to add an “additive” into his car’s tank. Having pushed the flap open, the man finger became trapped in the venting tube just inside of the tank.

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Posted: 21st, June 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment


EGADS! This giant albino snake knows how to open your bedroom door

julius snake door

WE are doomed. We are so doomed that it isn’t even nearly funny.

Basically, snakes have worked out how to open doors, which means, they’ll be able to escape from zoos, slither up to your house, let themselves in and then swallow you whole.

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Posted: 20th, June 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Tied and bound decapitated man committed suicide, say police

TO Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a man has been found decapitated in the garage at his home. His hands and feet were tied. Tulsa police says it was suicide.

Such are the facts. Nothing to see here. Move along…

Posted: 20th, June 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Toddlers are more stupid than chickens – birds outperform kids in numeracy and logic

chicken brain

YOU’VE cooed and coochied at your darling little baby, posting endless identical photographs of them on Facebook and heard your friends tell you barefaced lies about how beautiful it is, and that it has it’s ‘daddy’s eyes’… but here’s some news for you and your little shit-machine – chickens could well be smarter than your human toddler.

A survey was conducted and found that chickens have the ability to out-perform young children at numeracy and logic.

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Posted: 19th, June 2013 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comment


13 funny lines that should be typos

TYPOS. Anorak loves them so much we use them often. But few of ours are as good as these:

5B2wNXP

 

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Posted: 19th, June 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comments (2)


Professor of snot: biochemist researchers benefits of eating bogies

The Queen during The International Driving Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

“SNOT has a sugary taste and that may be a signal to the he body to consume it and derive information for the immune system, ” says Scott Napper, professor of biochemistry at the University of University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

Eating the pathogens  caught in the mucus could be a way to teach our immunte system  about what its surrounded by. 

“I’ve got two beautiful daughters and they spend an amazing amount of time with their fingers up their nose. And without fail, it goes right into their mouth afterwards. Could they just be fulfilling what we’re truly meant to do? All you would need is a group of volunteers. You would put some sort of molecule in all their noses, and for half of the group they would go about their normal business and for the other half of the group, they would pick their nose and eat it. Then you could look for immune responses against that molecule and if they’re higher in the booger-eaters, then that would validate the idea.”

“From an evolutionary perspective, we evolved under very dirty conditions and maybe this desire to keep our environment and our behaviours sterile isn’t actually working to our advantage.”

“The greatest value of the snot-eating question is that, when he brings it up with his first-year science students they are instantly engaged in the class. Get the student to think, rather than just sitting there taking down notes.”

Who knew that picking your knows was research..?

Posted: 18th, June 2013 | In: Strange But True, Technology | Comments (2)


‘Thieves’ pose with stolen credit card in these photo booth pictures

credit card thieves

ON June 6 a woman reported her credit card missing.  She had last used it in the Crofton area of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. But others had used it later at a Regal Movie Theater.

CCTV showed a few teens using the card to pay tor tickets. But it was hard to see their faces clearly. Happily, the fools then used the credit card to pay for a photo booth session. They posed for this series of pictures.

To help police further, one of the gang held up the ‘missing’ credit card in two of the photos.

The pictures are digital, meaning a copy is stored on the booth’s computer hardware.

Yeah, that racy picture you took of you are your lover at it in the photo box… Engineeer Billy has it as his screen saver.

Posted: 17th, June 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment


The Squirrel Kings: photos of squirrels fused together by pine tree sap

Six squirrels tails

THE Animal Clinic of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, presents the Squirrel Kings. They might be a famous act. Dr. Steven Kruzeniski explains:

“It just doesn’t happen too often. It’s a pretty rare thing to see but I have seen it happen once before.”

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Posted: 17th, June 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Farmer arrested for this dead alien in his freezer

rubber chinese alien

WHY do aliens only seem to go for people who live in the sticks? UFOs, extra terrestrial beings and such don’t tend to appear in cities, where everyone would film them with camera phones and where there is loads of CCTV. Aliens like the countryside where all the posh alcoholics, dim-witted yokels and bored teenagers live.

And so, to a farmer who claimed he had captured AND electrocuted an alien, who has been arrested by police for being crackers and a hoaxer.

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Posted: 14th, June 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment


Colombian poet sells his testicles to fund European peace tour

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MR Raffael Medina Brochero is a Colombian poet selling his testicles. He hopes the monies raised will fund his Poetry for Peace in Colombia tour of Europe.

The first person who coughs up $20,000 will get to own Mr Bochero’s gonads. He hopes the money will keep him on the straight and narrow. On previous tours, he says he broke the laws of five different countries.

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Posted: 14th, June 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment