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Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Artificial Moon

This came out Tuesday with thanks to People.cn.

 

"What do you think about an artificial moon? There's plans for one over Chengdu, China, that's 8x the size of the regular moon. It'll be done with satellites and controlled with precision."

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Notable Note

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Xiao Lung Wang, a young man from China, set a new Guinness record for the “highest vocal note by a male”, with a truly ear-splitting performance."

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Man Eats Pizza Daily for 37 Years

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Mike Roman, a teacher from New Jersey, recently got his five minutes in the internet spotlight after coming on a podcast to discuss his unusual eating habits. The 41-year-old claims to have eaten pizza at least once a day for the last 37 years."

 

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Drivers Who Can't Pay Fines Won't Lose Licence

This came out today with thanks to the Tennesseean.

 

 

"Tennessee can no longer revoke people's driver licenses because they cannot afford to pay traffic tickets, a federal judge said Tuesday in a landmark ruling that could affect as many as 291,000 people."

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Could E-Scooters Work in Chilliwack?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

Week one of San Francisco’s year-long electric scooter pilot program is reportedly already creating problems, both with the way they’re being operated and seemingly by the sheer fact that they now (legally) exist on its streets. Problems with the e-scooters just days into the program include illegal parking, devices left astray, and riders on sidewalks, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

A Visual History of Women's Shoes

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"The earliest years of the 20th century were heavily influenced by Victorian moral principles. Women were still expected to be stay-at-home wives and carry out the domestic chores."

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

How Many Kids Did This Woman Have

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"The theoretical limit of how many babies a male human could father seems to be limitless. Genghis Khan is a popular historical example."

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Buy This 1000 HP Yenko at the Dealer

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

Was the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon not powerful enough for you, or is that just what you’re telling everyone because you’re ashamed of not ordering one in time? Swing by your local Chevrolet dealership soon, then, because the 1,000 horsepower 2019 Yenko Camaro is your chance for redemption.

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

How to Find Cameras in Your Air BNB

This came out yesterday with thanks to Lifehacker.

 

"There’s a lot to think about when you’re staying in a stranger’s house. Will they kill me? Is it okay to eat lunch in my bedroom so I don’t have to talk to them? And ... are there hidden cameras waiting to catch me naked?"

 

Thursday, Oct 18, 2018

Edible Cotton

This came out yesterday with thanks to Takeout.

 

"Yesterday, the U.S. Department Of Agriculture gave a preliminary go-ahead to an edible cotton product, paving the way for farmers to grow cotton as not just a textile but a food. Before you, like me, get too fixated on the fascinating image of popping cotton poofs into your mouth like, well, cotton candy, that’s not exactly what edible cotton will look like. It’s the cotton seeds that would be edible; currently, cottonseed is mostly used as feed for cattle or is pressed to make cottonseed oil."

 

 

 

Monday, Oct 15, 2018

Bounding Baby

This came out yesterday with thanks to Circa.

 

"Harper Yeats, a 5-month-old baby will soon become the youngest person to travel all 50 states in the U.S. on Thursday."

 

 

Monday, Oct 15, 2018

Dance to the Music

This came out today with thanks to Circa.

 

They're known for their viral choreography, and The Best Damn Band In The Land didn't disappoint Saturday when they performed their take on some pop hits.

 

While playing "Shut Up and Dance With Me" by Walk The Moon, the Ohio State marching band showed that anyone can do the floss dance. Forming three stick people, the band flossed its way across midfield.

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Looting Anyone?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"Family Dollar in Florida looted in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael."

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Google Streetview Catches Cheating Wife

This came out Saturday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"A Peruvian man recently divorced his wife after discovering her infidelity while looking around on Google Street View."

 

"The unnamed man who recently posted photographic proof of his discovery on Facebook, was allegedly looking for the fastest way to reach the Bridge of Sighs, in Barranco, Lima."

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

The Strange Days of 1960s Women Fashion

This came out Thursday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"The 1960s was an exciting time to be a young woman in the Western World. The shockwaves of a cultural revolution were starting to rumble through the once modest and subdued societies of American and Western Europe."

 

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Railroad Jack

This came out Thursday with thanks to Mental Floss.

One day in the 1880s, a peg-legged railway signalman named James Edwin Wide was visiting a buzzing South African market when he witnessed something surreal: A chacma baboon driving an oxcart. Impressed by the primate’s skills, Wide bought him, named him Jack, and made him his pet and personal assistant.

 

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

E-Bikes Now Get 90 Miles

This came out Friday with thanks to Popular Mechanics.

 

"The number of electric motorcycle companies has just grown by one. Tarform, based in New York City and Stockholm, Sweden, has announced its first model."

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Frog Plague

This came out Friday with thanks to Mysterious Universe.

 

What did North Carolina do to deserve 2018? Besides a hurricane (and the possible remnants of another one), it’s been hit by strange animal sightings, multiple UFO reports, spillover from strange objects washing ashore in South Carolina, and now a biblical plague of frogs and toads that has amphibians raining down, popping up and clinging to the sides of everything

 

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

New US Choppers

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Zerohedge.

 

"Boeing Co. was awarded a large contract to supply the US Air Force with new helicopters to guard intercontinental ballistic missile bases across the US, the Pentagon said." (Video) 

 

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Algae Diesel Fuel

This came out Friday with thanks to Popular Mechanics.

 

"Researchers at the University of Michigan are working on a way to make renewable diesel fuel from algae. A new $2 million grant from the Department of Energy will help those researchers successfully develop a method to harvest algae and turn it into fuel that doesn’t contribute to climate change."

 

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Can Mars Be Colonized or What?

This came out Thursday with thanks to Nautilus.

 

"It seemed inevitable that Elon Musk would eventually get into a Twitter war over whether Mars can be terraformed. When you’re on Twitter, he told Businessweek in July, you’re “in meme war land.” “And so essentially if you attack me,” he said, “it is therefore okay for me to attack back."

 

 

Sunday, Oct 14, 2018

Man Shot a Family of Apes

This came out Sunday with thanks to Daily Mail.

 

"An Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner  is being criticized by some after he shared photos of himself posing with a family of baboons and other animals he killed while hunting in Africa."

 

 

Saturday, Oct 14, 2018

Pink Starbucks

This came out last week with thanks to Tech Times.

 

"Starbucks is serving three special pink drinks to customers in Indonesia to raise awareness for breast cancer this October."

 

 

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018

Mushrooms Could Help Save Bees

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"Over the past decade, beekeepers have experienced dramatic colony losses, with average bee losses of more than 30 percent. Causes range from pollution to habitat loss to viruses transmitted by parasites."

 

 

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018

Air Head

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A Russian man miraculously survived after inserting an 8-inch kitchen knife into his skull. Asked why he did that to himself, the man told police that he was trying to make another hole so he could breathe better."

 

 

Monday, Oct 8, 2018

Old Fashioned Halloween

This came out Saturday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Every year on October 31st, people all over America dress up in scary costumes, throw crazy parties, or take their kids trick or treating around the neighborhood. But it wasn’t always the fun, candy-fueled time it is seen as today."

 

Sunday, Oct 7, 2018

Yazidi Woman Wins Nobel

This came out Saturday with thanks to Vox.

 

"A Yazidi woman just became the first Iraqi ever to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
Nadia Murad, 25, an activist from the persecuted Yazidi religious minority in Iraq and a former captive of ISIS, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. She shares the award with Dr. Denis Mukwege, 63, a Congolese surgeon who treats victims of rape."

 

 

Sunday, Oct 7, 2018

Writers Brutally Killed

This came out Saturday with thanks to the Daily Beast.

 

 

"ROME—The face of 30-year-old Bulgarian investigative journalist Victoria Marinova had been beaten with such brutal force that the popular television journalist was not recognizable."

 

 

Sunday, Oct 7, 2018

Murray Still Rockin and Rollin'

This came Sunday with thanks to Clickhole.

 

"Bill Murray just cemented his reputation as one of the best pranksters of all time with his latest epic stunt. When a plane landed after a 16-hour flight from L.A. to Japan, one lucky man opened the overhead luggage bin and got the surprise of a lifetime when Bill Murray’s corpse tumbled out."

 

 

Sunday, Oct 7, 2018

Biffy Bonanza

This came out Sunday witht thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Ancient Rome is huge. So huge that people end up finding remnants of it even when they are simply fixing the toilet."

 

"That was the case for Luciano Faggiano, owner of a building in the center of Lecce, Italy."

 

"When a serious sewage issue showed up, Mr. Faggiano was amid plans to launch a local trattoria business, an Italian-styled eatery."

 

 

 

Sunday, Oct 7, 2018

Astounding Asteroid

This came out Saturday with thanks thanks to Unexplained Mysteries.

 

A rock used to prop open a door for more than 30 years has been identified as a rare type of meteorite.

The owner of the space rock, who wishes to remain anonymous, originally acquired it from the previous owner of a farm that he had purchased back in 1988.

 

 

Friday, Oct 5, 2018

Pumpkin Bumpkins

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Reuters.

 

"Grown specially for the race, the pumpkins must weigh at least 250 kilograms (550 pounds) and, to minimize the risk of capsizing, more for heavier participants."

 

 

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018

Could They Really Make a Black Hole?

This came out Sunday with thanks to Unexplained Mysteries.

 

"Maybe a black hole could form, and then suck in everything around it," he wrote. "The second scary possibility is that the quarks would reassemble themselves into compressed objects called strangelets."

 

 

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018

History is Being Made

This came out Sunday with thanks to Fast Company.

 

"Last week, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, asked me to come and see a project he has been working on almost as long as the web itself. It’s a crisp autumn day in Boston, where Berners-Lee works out of an office above a boxing gym. After politely offering me a cup of coffee, he leads us into a sparse conference room."

 

 

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018

Skull Shaped Asteroid

This came out Sunday with thanks to Popular Mechanics.

 

"Halloween is still a month away and fans of the holiday are already stocking up on fake spider webs and vampire teeth. But Halloween 2018 will bring an unusual new visitor: A ghost asteroid."

 

 

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018

A Day in the Life of Pompeii

This came out Sunday with thanks to Aeon.

 

Before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 CE, Pompeii was a thriving Roman port city and commercial hub near modern-day Naples, and home to an estimated 15,000 people. Closer to the mountain’s base and on the other side, the nearby town of Herculaneum, estimated population 5,000, was smaller, wealthier and a popular resort for elite Romans.

 

 

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018

Sex Doll Brothel

This came out Sunday with thanks to Inverse.

 

"Sex robot brothels could soon be opening their doors across the continent in the coming months, if they could only get the appropriate paperwork together. That even includes what could be the first-ever robo-brothel in the United States."

 

 

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Could Orcas Go Extinct?

This came out Sunday with thanks to National Geographic.

 

"They live in chatty groups, and can hunt in teams—sometimes working in tandem to create waves that dump unlucky prey off floating ice. Savvy orcas, with their splotchy two-tone flesh and rich family lives, have survived mass slaughter, being captured with nets and lassos, and being trucked and airlifted to marine theme parks."

 

 

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Famine Caused By Greed

This came out Sunday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"In 1958, Chinese Communist Cadre descended into farmers’ homes on an official government mission: to confiscate food supplies and cooking equipment, and destroy private kitchens. Officially, the communist government demonized private kitchens as “symbols of selfishness.” But for Chinese farmers, this meant that the ubiquity of cooking and eating meals at home suddenly became illegal."

 

 

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Burning Lake

This came out Sunday with thanks to Live Science.

 

"So exactly how do you light a lake on fire? You'd have to watch the 2 minute clip to find out. No spoilers here."

 

 

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Millions Spent to Enforce Legal Weed

This came out Sunday with thanks to Vice News.

 

"A Toronto-area police force expects to spend more than $20 million to enforce legal weed laws over the next two years, and about $7 million more on enforcement every year after that. Most of the money is earmarked for cracking down on impaired driving and rooting out any remaining black market businesses after legalization comes into effect on October 17th."

 

 

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Weird Neutron Star

This came out Sunday with thanks to Mysterious Universe.

 

"Neutron star: a celestial object of very small radius (typically 18 miles/30 km) and very high density, composed predominantly of closely packed neutrons; thought to be formed form by the gravitational collapse of the remnant of a massive star after a supernova explosion, making it essentially a stellar corpse and too small to be a black hole."

 

 

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Brazil Rainforest Now Called an 'Extinction Vortex'

This came out Sunday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"It's sometimes a challenge for scientists to articulate just how extensively certain ecosystems in sensitive areas around the world are being threatened. There's nothing ambiguous about the term "extinction vortex," however."

 

 

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Rabbit Saves Cat

This came out Sunday with thanks to Digg.

 

 

Saturday, Sept 29, 2018

Just Nuke 'Em

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News. test

 

Scientists are talking about using 20 megaton hydrogen bombs to punch the eye out of the storm over open ocean. The bomb that leveled Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, was about 20 kilotons.

 

 

Saturday, Sept 29, 2018

Creative Wedding Dress

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central. (30 sec video)

 

"A creative female farmer in China recently broke the internet with a gorgeous wedding dress she made out of 40 cement bags leftover after repairing her country house."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 29, 2018

Finding Your Inner Chi

This came out Thursday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Jesse Rix has been tattooing since 2005 and specializes in a wide range of styles, from realism to nature pieces, but it’s hid geometric, three-dimensional optical illusion tattoos that really get people talking. Some of his works are so trippy that you could swear you’re looking at a fantastic world underneath a person’s skin."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 29, 2018

Eat and Don't Leave

This came out yesterday with thanks to Huzlers.

 

"Richmond, Virginia – A mother was arrested yesterday after she left her four children aged between one and seven years old in her car for more than nine hours while she was eating alone in a restaurant."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 23, 2018

Fancy Dance Coin Released

 

This came out earlier this week.

 

"The Royal Canadian Mint has joined McGill University's First Peoples' House 17th Annual Pow Wow to unveil a vividly coloured silver collector coin celebrating the spectacular pageantry of the Fancy Dance, a modern Indigenous art form that is a powerful and captivating expression of Indigenous pride and heritage." The coin etails for $189.

 

 

Sunday, Sept 23, 2018

Kids Sports Day at White Spot Friday Sept 28

 

"It's back! Triple O's ninth annual KidSport Day fundraiser takes place at 41 participating restaurants on Friday, September 28. The province-wide initiative helps financially under-privileged kids learn teamwork skills and build self-confidence through team sports. Donations cover annual registration fees, and all funds raised go back to kids in their community."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 23, 2018

Cocaine Bust in Banana Boxes

This came out today with thanks to Mashable.

 

"On Friday, Sept. 21, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) posted on Facebook about a drug mix up that sounds like it has just as wild a story behind it as the hit AMC TV series."

 

"The department received 45 boxes of donated bananas from Ports of America in Freeport near the Gulf of Mexico. But it turns out the donation was a greater gift than either organization could have imagined, containing an additional 540 packages of cocaine, valued at nearly $18 million."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Like Mayo? Like Ketchup?

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Mental Floss.

 

"Like it or not, Heinz Mayochup is on its way to a store near you. As Us Weekly reports, bottles of the blended sauce—made from mayonnaise and ketchup, naturally—will be available for purchase later this month."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Japan Makes History As Rovers Land on Asteroid

This came today with thanks to Unexplained Mysteries.


"The two mobile rovers - the first ever to land on the surface of an asteroid - were deployed on Friday from the main Hayabusa2 spacecraft which arrived in orbit around the asteroid back in June."

"Part of the Japanese Space Agency's MINERVA-II1 program, the plucky little rovers have been designed to hop around on the asteroid's surface while snapping pictures and recording data."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Electric Therapy Could Reduce Prison Sentences

This came out yesterday with thanks Daily Mail.

 

Each year, an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enters the world’s ocean from coastal regions. That’s about equivalent to five grocery bags of plastic trash piled up on every foot of coastline on the planet. All that plastic is causing harm to the creatures that live in the ocean, from coral reefs smothered in bags, to turtles gagging on straws, to whales and seabirds that starve because their bellies are so jammed with bits of plastic that there’s no room for real food.

 

 

Brain stimulation could change the morality of criminals so they are forced to feel remorseful about their crime, according to a cognitive neuroscientist.
Convicted criminals could have years shaved off their custodial sentences if they agree to have electrical stimulation therapy that made them feel guilty.

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Electric Blue Night Clouds Says NASA

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network. (video)

 

"Every year, for a period of between five to 10 days, the night skies over Antarctica and the Arctic Circle are visited by an unusual phenomenon known as noctilucent clouds (NLCs) or polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs). Residing at an altitude between 47 to 53 miles, these electric-blue clouds are the highest in Earth's atmosphere and can only be observed well after the sun has dipped below the horizon at twilight."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Coke and Marijuana?

This came out Monday with thanks to Vice News.

 

"Coca Cola may be jumping into the weed business, according to a media report, which says the beverage giant is interested in producing CBD-infused drinks and is in talks with Canada’s third largest weed company."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Canadian Gov't to Scan Online for Potheads

This came out yesterday with thanks to Motherboard.

 

"The Canadian government is seeking a company that will scour social media and the dark web for data on Canadians’ use of cannabis. The request comes just weeks before recreational pot use becomes legalized on October 17."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Finally Facebook Dating?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Futurism.

 

"Facebook has already tried to help you find your dream job, catch up on the latest news, and even sell all that junk cluttering up your basement. Yes, all those ventures have either flopped or become mired in controversy."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

World's First Recycled Bottle Bike Path

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network

 

"News that the world's first bike path made from recycled plastic has been completed in the Netherlands is impressive — and also not at all surprising."

"In fact, this very moment seemed inevitable. In a country with a famously robust yet easygoing bicycling culture as well as a penchant for transforming plastic waste into marvelous new things, why wouldn't the Dutch be the first to start paving bike lanes with old soda bottles?"

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Geisha Guy

This came out Thursday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Hosts are considered the modern version of geishas in Japan. They are charming women who engage in a carefully choreographed performance designed to make clients feel like the most important person on Earth. But in certain clubs around Tokyo’s Kabuchiko district, the tables have turned; here it’s male hosts who cater to the needs of female clients, and there’s no one better at it than Roland, the so-called emperor of Japan’s male host industry."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018

Clowning Around

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A man managed to get himself jailed for 16 weeks and miss the birth of his child, after lying to his pregnant girlfriend that he had been kidnapped, just so he could get drunk with his buddies."

 

 

Wednesday, Sept 19, 2018

The Fake Cop Who Pulls Off Gigantic Heist

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"In a still and quiet Tokyo suburb, just across the city’s Fuchū Prison, Japan witnessed its greatest heist of a century some 50 years ago."

"While thoughts might flash to Bonnie and Clyde style kind of mischief, the crime scene that grim Tuesday morning of December 10, 1968, would have looked completely different than that."

 

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018

What Happened at the Observatory?

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"This is how it happens when extraterrestrials make contact with Earth."

 

"It starts with a newspaper report about suspicious activity at a space research facility—government agents and military vehicles. The local sheriff gets angry and confused. Then the TV news reports feature interviews with locals saying things like, “Nothing really happens here very much. And since nobody knows, it could be almost anything."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018

Halloween 2018 With Jamie Lee Curtis

This came out Friday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"On October 19, 2018, a reboot of Halloween will open in theaters across America. Set 40 years after the original film, Laurie Strode will come face to face with Michael Myers yet again. Jamie Lee Curtis returns in the iconic role; John Carpenter is executive producer and composer on the new film."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018

Beautiful Women of the Past

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

 

"The Edwardian era is the period between 1901 and 1910, named after King Edward VII of Great Britain, the most fashionable royal of the century who demanded extreme glamour."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018

Night Balls

This came out Saturday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Ever wish you could play a game of catch at night, without needing a powerful light source? Well, with the new SparkCatch LED-illuminated baseball, now you can."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018

No Appendixes Allowed

This came out Saturday with thanks to Oddity Central.


"
Can you imagine needing to have your appendix removed just to be able to live in your city? That’s exactly what the residents of Villa Las Estrellas, a small Chilean settlement in Antarctica, are required to do in order to live there long-term."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018

Upbeat "Beat It" on Piano

This came out Friday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Hungarian pianist Peter Bence covers popular songs by performers like Sia, Queen (check out his "Don't Stop Me Now"), and The Beatles. His latest cover is "Beat It" by Michael Jackson and it might well be the most chipper version of it I've ever heard. Absolutely delightful!"

 

 

Sunday, Sept 16, 2018

What Different Heights of Storm Surges Do

This came out Friday with thanks to Motherboard.

 

"Hurricane Florence is coming for me. I live in the middle of South Carolina and, as I type this, the sky is darkening and the wind is picking up."

 

"There’s an electricity in the air—that weird drop in barometric pressure is a sure sign a storm is coming. I live in a flood-prone area that might see high waters, but nothing like what’s battering the coast, where the storm surge might put up to nine feet of water in the street."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 15, 2018

Ugly Halloween Sweaters

This came out Thursday with thanks to Bustle.

 

"It is time, my friends. For all you people who have been biding their time while friends fawned over summer dresses while you were secretly waiting to bust out the pumpkins and ghost prints, your time has come. And luckily for you ugly Halloween sweaters are becoming a thing this year, where they take the concept of ugly Christmas sweaters and turn them spooky and ghoulish."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 15, 2018

The Original Food Trucks

This came out Thursday with thanks to Motherboard.

 

"In 1893, Boston was bustling, especially after the sun went down. “Night owls of all classes” roamed the streets, wrote the Boston Daily Globe, including “workers, idlers, pleasure seekers, spendthrifts, tramps and bums.” At some point, all of these people would want something to eat. The wealthy could get their quail on toast at any hour, observed the writer. For everyone else, there were the night lunch wagons. While they served inexpensive eats, the wagons themselves could be as fancifully decorated as music boxes on wheels."

 

 

Saturday, Sept 15, 2018

A Door to Treasures?

This came out today with thanks to Mysterious Universe.

 

 

"Lying within Thiruvananthapuram, in Kerala, India, is a grand structure known as Padmanabhaswamy Temple, with the name derived from the word Padmanabha, meaning “One emerging from the lotus.” Dating back to at least the 6th century and steadily renovated throughout the 16th century by the Kings of the Travancore Royal Family, it is one of the 108 temples of Vaishnavism, or the worship of Vishnu, one of the main deities of Hinduism."

 

 

Thursday, Sept 13, 2018

Look Ma, No Hands

This  came out yesterday from came out yesterday with thanks to Futurism. (VIDEO)

 

 

On Tuesday September 11, BMW released a video of its self-driving motorcycle in action. In it, the driverless motorcycle starts its engine and then takes off down a track. It accelerates and makes turns all on its own before returning to a complete stop. The best part: the tech powering the motorcycle could one day keep bikers safer on the road.

 

 

Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018

Stamp Honours Armed Forces

This  came out yesterday from Canada Post.

 

"Canada Post today unveiled a stamp that pays tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for their critical role in responding to emergencies across Canada, such as wildfires, floods and ice storms."

 

Monday, Sept 10, 2018

Stamp Honours Paramedics

This  came out today with thanks to Canada Post.

 

"Canada Post today unveiled a stamp that honours the country's paramedics for providing life-saving medical care to Canadians."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 9, 2018

Can an Elephant Survive Without Its Trunk?

This sad item came out Friday with thanks to Nat. Geographic.

 

"Unfortunately for one calf in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, this is not a hypothetical question. It’s an experiment that’s unfolding in real-time."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 9, 2018

No Litter Boxes Needed

This item came out Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

 

Sunday, Sept 9, 2018

Would You Eat Spiderman?

This item came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"If you’re looking for someone to make a realistic, three-dimensional portrait of your pet cat using felt wool, you’ll have a tough time finding someone better than Wakuneco. Just have a look at what she can do with a needle and wool thread."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 9, 2018

Chinese Food Smell Candles

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"With hints of soy, lemongrass, and ginger, here's a candle crafted to smell like Chinese food. Because. That's why."

 

 

Sunday, Sept 9, 2018

Stoned Military?

This came out Friday with thanks to Vice.

 

"Canada’s military will impose stiff restrictions on cannabis use among members of the armed forces once the legal market opens up next month. The force has long had a zero-tolerance approach to drug use in general, but the legalization of cannabis has prompted a revamp of those guidelines."

 

 

Friday, Sept 7, 2018

EV Semi Trucks Coming to Surrey

This came out yesterday with thanks to Engadget.

 

"Walmart must be enthused with Tesla's vision for electric trucking, since it's quadrupling the size of its Semi order. The retailer is buying 30 additional Semis on top of the 10 it purchased back in November 2017, with the latest batch destined for Canada. The first 20 will bolster Walmart's core fleet in Missisauga, while the rest will support a future fulfillment center in Surrey, BC that will rely solely on EVs. It's part of a larger strategy that will see Walmart's Canadian branch rely exclusively on "alternative power" for its fleet by 2028."

 

 

Friday, Sept 7, 2018

Giant Garbage Catch-All Heads to the Pacific

This came out an hour ago with thanks to BBC.

 

"When a Dutch teenager went swimming in the sea in Greece seven years ago, he was shocked to see more plastic than fish."

 

"In fact, Boyan Slat was so appalled by the pollution that he soon started to campaign for the oceans to be cleaned up."

 

 

Friday, Sept 7, 2018

Wal-Mart Doors Won't Open for Blacks

This unconfirmed report which may be fake news came out today from Huzlers.

 

"A Wal-Mart in Kentucky has allegedly been fixed with automatic doors that don’t open for African Americans. However, African Americans are still permitted in the store, only they had to use the manual doors. “I tried to walk in that b*tch and them muthaf*ckin doors aint open, so I thought the Wal-Mart was closed until a white dude just walk by and the doors opened for him, so then I try again and they ain’t open for me, I knew it was cause I’m black cuz” says Darrius Fletcher, a victim of the new Wal-Mart technology."

 

 

Friday, Sept 7, 2018

Common Painkiller has Serious Heart Risks

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"A commonly used painkiller might be too risky for people to keep taking, suggests a new study published this week in the BMJ. It found that people who use diclofenac, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), are more likely to come down with cardiovascular disease than people who take other NSAIDs or acetaminophen."

 

 

Friday, Sept 7, 2018

Man Electrocuted While Having Sex with Doll

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Huzlers.

 

"31-year old Barry Smith died yesterday while testing a new sex doll he was attempting to create. He was not satisfied with the current sex dolls in the market, so he decided he was going to create a brand new sex doll which would beat the rest. “Innovation is key”, he said once."

 

 

Friday, Sept 7, 2018

Elf Queen

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"The Lord of the Rings is widely regarded as one of the most influential intellectual properties of all time. The fantasy genre as we know it today was almost single-handedly inspired by Tolkien’s epic novels, and has generated many fans across the globe. But Kimberel Eventide of Illinois has taken her love of Tolkien’s fantasy world to a whole new level."

 

 

Wednesday, Sept 5, 2018

There's No Place Like Home—Even for Shoes

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"The FBI always gets their man — or, in this case, their slippers, a pair of red ruby slippers."

 

"Thirteen years after Dorothy’s sequined red shoes from The Wizard of Oz were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, the FBI has recovered them, proving there is no place like home."

 

"It’s unclear if anyone will be charged, reported CNN on September 4, 2018."

 

 

Wednesday, Sept 5, 2018

Going Up?

This came Monday with thanks to CNET.

 

"Elon Musk may not believe in space elevators yet, but Japan is taking a step forward to realize the dream of traveling to space by elevators instead of the traditional rocket."

 

 

Monday, Sept 3, 2018

Music to Big Ears

This came out Friday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"The first time Paul Barton played a piano for elephants, an old, blind male named Plara was closest to the piano. He was one of the many residents at Elephants World, a sanctuary for sick, abused, retired and rescued elephants in Thailand, where Barton had decided to volunteer."

 

 

Monday, Sept 3, 2018

Water Where?

This came out last Sunday with thanks to Esquire Mag.

 

"For eons, the earth has had the same amount of water—no more, no less. What the ancient Romans used for crops and Nefertiti drank? It’s the same stuff we bathe with. Yet with more than seven billion people on the planet, experts now worry we’re running out of usable water. The symptoms are here: multiyear droughts, large-scale crop failures, a major city—Cape Town—on the verge of going dry, increasing outbreaks of violence, fears of full-scale water wars. The big question: How do we keep the H20 flowing?"

 

Monday, Sept 3, 2018

Jeffery Dahmer Museum

This came out Friday with thanks to The Onion.

 

"Saying the newly unearthed materials would help shed light on the serial killer’s extensive oeuvre, the Jeffrey Dahmer estate held a press conference Friday during which it announced plans to exhibit victim remains never before seen by the general public."

 


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Sept 3, 2018

Real Ghost Ship Drifts in Ocean

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"A large, rusty ship with no crew or cargo on board made a startling appearance this week, drifting off the coast of Myanmar."

 

"The vessel bears the name Sam Ratulangi PB 1600 and is about 580 feet long. It ran aground on August 30, 2018, near Thongwa township in the country’s Yangon region."

 

“No crew or cargo was found on the ship. It was quite puzzling how such a big ship turned up in our waters,” said a regional parliament MP for Thongwa to The Myanmar Times.

 

 

Monday, Sept 3, 2018

Live 150 Years

This came out yesterday with thanks to Unexplained Mysteries.

 

A revolutionary new regenerative treatment that can extend human life could begin clinical trials by 2020.

Developed by Harvard Professor David Sinclair and colleagues at the University of New South Wales, the process involves regenerating the human body by reprogramming its cells.

 

 

Monday, Sept 3, 2018

Solar Minimum Spells Trouble

This came out yesterday with thanks to Express.

 

"Scientists are reporting that the sun has been free of sunspots for a total of 133 days this year. With only 241 days of 2018 passing, that means the sun has been blank for the majority of the year."

 

"Experts warn this is a sign that the solar minimum is on its way."

 

 

 

Monday, Sept 3, 2018

Eye Thought So

This came out yesterday with thanks to Engadget.

 

After days of fighting crowds and trudging through miles of IFA's chaotic show floor, I just needed a break. I found my oasis in Aurai's water-powered eye massager. It's exactly what it sounds like: A small $239 headset that rubs your eyes with pulsating water jets.

 

 

Sunday, Sept 2, 2018

Doctors Hail MS Breakthrough

This came out Thursday with thanks to The Guardian.

 

Doctors in the US have raised hopes of a treatment for muscular dystrophy, the most common fatal genetic condition in children, after mending mutations that cause the disease in dogs.

 

 

Sunday, Sept 2, 2018

Missing Nukes Underwater

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"In October of 1986 a 667-A project Yankee class submarine, K219, belonging to the Soviet Union was on a routine patrol of the waters off the coast of Bermuda when it was damaged and inevitably sank eighteen thousand feet under the sea."

 

 

Thursday, Aug 30, 2018

Driving Bricks

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Drive.

 

"Danish toymaker Lego announced Thursday that it has built a full-scale model of the $3 million Bugatti Chiron hypercar, and that it's the first life-size, fully-drivable Lego vehicle."

 

 

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018

Monroe Has Company

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Marilyn Monroe died tragically at the age of 36, leaving behind an enduring legend that has made her a beloved figure and timeless icon. The same cannot be said for Richard Poncher."

 

"Little is known about Poncher — by all accounts, he was a successful businessman and entrepreneur who provided for his family and lived until the grand age of 81."

 

 

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2018

Rental Clothes

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Do you buy too many clothes? Or do you often buy new garments only to wear them once before throwing them away? Research shows that you are not alone; a recent YouGov survey in Australia has shown that roughly a quarter of Australians have thrown away an article of clothing after wearing it just once."

 

 

Monday, Aug 27, 2018

Aerosols Helping Climate Change

This came out today with thanks to Engadget. Prince George Gets honourable mention from one of the top US websites.

 

Heatwaves, hurricanes and other extreme weather might be the "face of climate change," but it's not the only sign. A grim new visualization from NASA shows another problem caused indirectly by global warming: airborne particles and droplets. These "aerosols," shown on a single day on August 23rd, come from dust, volcanic ash and other sources. They're particularly brutal this year because of fires in California, British Columbia and the southern part of Africa.

 

 

Sunday, Aug 26, 2018

Zoologist Tried to Eat Every Animal on Earth

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"The Victorian Era brings to mind pictures of a society that was bound by a strict code of behavior and etiquette, a time where very proper people moved through a world where following the expected social norms was of utter importance.  To an extent, that is true."

 

"It’s also true, though, that the Victorian Era was a time of great mental curiosity, innovation, and exploration.  Those very proper people could be interested in some very odd things."

 

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018

Farmer's Almanac Forecast

This came out Thursday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

 

"If last winter's chill and heavy snowfall has you fearing an impending sequel, take a little heart in the latest forecast from the Old Farmer's Almanac."

 

 

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018

Building To Space

This came out yesterday with thanks to Aeon.

 

"In recent years, engineers have been able to build on grander scales thanks to the strength and reliability of substances such as novel steel alloys. But as we enter the realm of megastructures, maintaining safety and structural integrity has become a fiendish challenge." 

 

 

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018

Cruise in Luxury for $170,000 a Week

This came out today with thanks to Business Insider.

 

"Three years ago, Royal Caribbean set out to double its earnings and increase its return on invested capital. Part of the strategy CEO Michael Bayley followed to achieve that goal involved upgrading the cruise line's high-end offerings and raising their prices. If he made them attractive enough to customers, Bayley figured, they'd be happy to pay a premium."

 

 

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018

Electric Jaguar

This came out yesterday with thanks to ArsTechnica.

 

"It must be restomod Friday or something. You may remember that last year Jaguar revealed it had created an electric powertrain conversion for the E-Type. Or perhaps you watched the royal wedding earlier this summer and noticed that the happy couple drove off into the sunset in that same electric E-Type. Well, now Jaguar has announced that the E-Type Zero is a concept no more: it will offer the (fully reversible) conversion to the rest of us."

 

 

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018

New Starbucks Cap Flavors

This came out Thursday with thanks to Bustle.

 

"In the years since its launch, the mighty Frappuccino has become increasingly creative in its flavor options — and now, two new flavors have arrived that literally taste like candy: You can get Cotton Candy and Bubblegum Frappuccinos at Starbucks now."

 

 

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018

A Global Look at a Map of Forest Fires

This came out Thursday with this came out yesterday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"As NASA satellites orbit the Earth, they’re collecting information about the planet below. In the thermal infrared band, the satellites’ instruments can detect bits of the earth that are heating up, including active fires."

 

 

Saturday, Aug 25, 2018

Radar-Penetrating Autonomous Cars

This came out today with thanks to Tech Explore.

 

"Autonomous vehicles need to stay in their lanes and if hazardous weather conditions dominate the morning, day or night drive, then the self-driving car will need to have the right tech to cope. US-based WaveSense thinks that it can be a big help in that direction."

 

 

Friday, Aug 24, 2018

Robot With Facial Expressions

This creepy 1 minute clip came out Sunday via Mashable. Watch on YouTube here.

 

 

Friday, Aug 24, 2018

Most Detailed Pen and Ink

This came out today with thanks to Mashable.

 

"The amount of detail in artist Olivia Kemp's massive landscape drawings is breathtaking."

"Especially when you consider the fact that she works predominantly in pen. But for Kemp, who draws her work directly onto the paper, it's not even about the details."

 

 

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018

Camaro Wagon

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"While the current look of the Chevrolet Camaro has taken a turn for the worse, the fifth-generation car went a long way in reestablishing a classic. Someone at this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise found a way to make it look even better—they made it a wagon."

 

 

Wednesday, Aug 22, 2018

Two-Year-Old a Two Pack a Day Kid

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Many smokers pick up the habit at an early age, but there are probably not many who started as early as Rapi Pamungkas. This Indonesian 2-year-old apparently started smoking by picking up discarded cigarette butts nearby his mother’s market stall, which older boys would then light for him, and now reportedly goes through 40 cigarettes a day."

 

 

Sunday, Aug 19, 2018

Gleason's Party House Up For Sale

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Jackie Gleason may have been best known to American TV audiences as Ralph Kramden, a bus driver in Brooklyn living in a small apartment, on the 1950s hit series The Honeymooners, but on the weekends, the actor enjoyed his country retreat north of New York City that was the essence of 1950s swanky style — with a special twist."

 

 

Sunday, Aug 19, 2018

Roman High Fashion

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Italians are generally renowned as excellent shoemakers throughout the world. Their products are usually placed in a more luxurious category as their designer shoes tend to cost a bit more an average person can afford."

 

 

Sunday, Aug 19, 2018

The Scoop on Poop

This came out Friday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"A man fed up with dogs pooing on his verge has set up CCTV to catcowners and their four-legged friends in the act. After the act, he laminates a photo to shame the owners."

 

Sunday, Aug 19, 2018

Satanic Statue Revealed

This came out Friday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Members of the Satanic Temple held a "Rally for the First Amendment” yesterday at the Arkansas State Capitol, where they unveiled an 8.5-foot bronze statue of Baphomet with two adoring children at his side to the Arkansas State Capitol. The Satanic Temple is suing the Federal Government for the right to permanently install the statue on the Capitol grounds, arguing that since the Capitol has a Ten Commandments monument, other religions must be allowed to display their symbols there, too."
 

 

Saturday, Aug 18, 2018

Virtual Reality Walmart

This came out today with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

 

"Retail giant Walmart has apparently concluded that the experience of visiting its massive retail stores can be kind of unpleasant and appears to be working on technology that would, uh, simulate a flashy version of that experience from the comfort of your couch."

 

 

Friday, Aug 17, 2018

Firenado!

This came out yesterday with thanks to Earther.

 

 

"The Carr Fire is in the record books as one of California’s largest and most destructive fires. But it will also forever live in nightmares for unleashing one of the most terrifying spectacles on Earth in the form of a firenado."

 

 

Friday, Aug 17, 2018

With This Ring...

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Brooklyn-based jewelry designer Matthew White, the creator of the sterling silver spork, has now fashioned this ladies' Full Finger Ring ($175). It's a sterling silver ring that is for, and looks like, an index finger (just don't call it a FingeRing)."

 

 

Friday, Aug 17, 2018

Pool Float for Pregnant Women

This came out  yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"This pink inflatable floatie has a hole for your baby bump which means, for once, you can lie on your front (if you're in the water, that is). It's like a massage table but instead of putting your head in the hole, you put in your swelled belly."

 

 

Friday, Aug 17, 2018

Open-Air Urinal

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"A supposedly odorless, open-air urinal has been set up in the middle of Paris, and some folks are irked. The bright red no-flush urinal – set up so that pissers face tourist boats cruising the Seine river – could pass as a planter, trash can, or some sort of utility box at first. But a sign above it reads "uritrottoir" (pavement urinal)."

 

 

Friday, Aug 17, 2018

Chicken Huggies

This came out last Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"In urban areas like New York, Denver, and Los Angeles, it’s become a trend for the elite to shy away from traditional pets such as dogs and cats, and to raise chickens instead."

"Although raising chickens used to be predominantly for rural farmers, it’s now not only chic to own these birds , but a status symbol as well. And Julie Baker, an enterprising woman from New Hampshire, is cashing in on the trend by making fashionable chicken diapers. That’s right, chicken diapers. In fact, she’s drawing in $50,000 a year from this business, which isn’t exactly small change."

 

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018

What Do You Want to Look Like?

This came out last Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"In the past, plastic surgery patients would bring in photos of celebrities to show their surgeon what they wanted to look like, but in recent years, this is becoming less common. Patients are now more likely to present surgeons with their own selfies that have been enhanced using apps such as Snapchat or Facetune. It has been suggested that wanting to look identical to your perfected Snapchat selfies is a new psychological phenomenon scientists are calling “Snapchat dysmorphia”."

 

 

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018

Don't Blink or You'll Miss It

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A Thai woman who went to a backstreet salon for “super model” eyelash extensions ended up with no eyelash at all after the beautician allegedly used super glue to attach the extensions, leaving the woman unable to close her eyes."

 

 

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018

You Know How to Whistle Don't You?

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India, recently documented the strange case of a 4-year-old boy with a mysterious “squeaky cough”"

 

 

Wednesday, Aug 15, 2018

Thousands Sign Up for a Sip of Mummy Juice

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"When Egyptian archaeologists announced in July that a large black sarcophagus had been discovered in an Alexandria underground tomb, unopened for 2,000 years and sealed with mortar, interest surged — but trepidation stirred too."

 

 

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018

One-Wheeled Wonder

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Unexplained Mysteries.

 

"As if travelling around the entire world on a regular bicycle wasn't enough of a challenge, Ed has managed to achieve the impossible by doing the whole thing on a unicycle."

 

 

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018

Cow Crazy

This infrared clip came out Tuesday with thanks to the Orlando Sentinel.

 

 

"The Sanford Police Department received a bovine assist in apprehending a felony suspect Monday in Sanford, according to a video recorded by a Seminole County Sheriff’s Office helicopter team."

 

 

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018

Something to Crow About

This came out today with thanks to The Guardian.

 

"Six crows trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish will be put to work next week at a French historical theme park, according to its president."

 

 

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018

World's Most Dangerous Trail

 

This came out today with thanks to Business Insider.

 

"You've probably seen the photos of tourists hanging off the side of a stunning mountain. Or else, walking across a few thin planks bolted into a mountainside, their faces buzzing with adrenaline."

 

 

Friday, Aug 10, 2018

Bottoms Up Beer

This came out today with thanks to The Takeout.

 

"This came out a while ago, but it’s new to me and likely new to a lot of people. Just look at that lady in the GIF above fill those four cups of beer. How?! What is this sorcery? I furiously Googled “beer fill from the bottom holy cow” and found out it’s from this company called—ha!—Bottoms Up."

 

 

Thursday, Aug 9, 2018

Fat Cat

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"When you see pictures of this massive cat, you may be forgiven for thinking that the images have been photoshopped. At 33 pounds, Bronson is more than double the weight of the average cat, he looks like a real life version of Garfield, but there’s nothing funny about it."

 

 

Thursday, Aug 9, 2018

Parents Not Parrots

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"On January 26, 1931, a physician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Joliet, Illinois, injected a 15-year-old girl with parrot’s blood."

 

"This story, which appeared in the Sunday edition of the San Bernardino Sun, reported that the patient, Lilian Fisher, was “going to recover because of, or perhaps, in spite the blood of a parrot which was injected into her veins by mistake."

 

Thursday, Aug 9, 2018

The Last Act

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

Remember Robert Redford? He's 81-years-old now and is going to be making one last movie. Say's he's moving toward retirement.

 

 

Thursday, Aug 9, 2018

Fishbone Challenge

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"The so-called “fish in collarbone challenge” has women filling their collarbone indentation with water and put one or more live fish into it to show off how skinny they are."

 

Thursday, Aug 9, 2018

Expensive Book

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"$30,000 may not buy you a new Ferrari, but it’s enough to cover the cost of this limited edition book on the history of the iconic sports car brand."

 

"Before you freak out about the price, you should know that it includes a beautifully sculptured steel and chrome book stand, as well as an aluminum display case for the incredibly rare book. Together, the two artistic pieces created by designer Marc Newson are supposed to emulate the legendary Ferrari 12-cylinder engine. Titled simply ‘Ferrari’, the book itself is described as a “massive tome” and includes loads of photographs from the Ferrari archive that tell the history of the luxury Italian brand."
 

 

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018

Bicycle Mountain

This came out today with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"Last month, Dallas officials imposed new fees on companies operating bike-sharing programs in the city, including an $800 application cost for a permit. Several companies left town in response, including Beijing-based Ofo, who disposed of hundreds of their bikes at a nearby recycling center, creating—as you can see—quite a sight."

 

 

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2018

Fires Swallow California

This came out today with thanks to Jezebel.

 

"Northern California is in the midst of fighting approximately 17 large fires occurring simultaneously, and now, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, this includes the largest wildfire in the state’s recorded history. More than 14,000 firefighters have been deployed to combat the blazes that plague the state."

 

 

Monday, Aug 6, 2018

Take A Deep Breath

This came out today with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"A seemingly far-fetched idea for dealing with one of the world's worst pollution situations will soon become a reality in China. Could the combination of architecture and plant life be the answer to the world's carbon problems?

 

 

Monday, Aug 6, 2018

Don't Fence Me In

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

 

"Photos of a small house on the Vietnamese island of Hon Thom have getting a lot of attention on social media for its unique fence made exclusively out of discarded old television sets."

 

 

Monday, Aug 6, 2018

Nuts About Coke

 

This came out yesterday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

 

"Coca-Cola and peanuts are two iconic pieces of culinary Americana. In the South, the snacks swirl together in an unusual, but incredibly satisfying pairing."

 

 

Monday, Aug 6, 2018

Franken Steins

This came out today with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"It’s a sweltering July morning and stein collector extraordinaire George Adams is enjoying a glass of Yuengling from the kegerator. Sitting at the workbench of his home-museum, Steins Unlimited, in Pamplin, Virginia, the 79-year-old attempts to match a “nice, somewhat rare” 18th-century earthenware stein with a period-correct pewter top."

 

 

Monday, Aug 6, 2018

Look Who's Talking

This came out yesterday with thanks to LifeHacker.

 

"A new Alexa skill got a bit of press this week for essentially doing the same thing, although in a bit of a different way. The skill Away Mode plays audio tracks that sound like they’re actual conversations. The idea being that you would set one to play when you headed out for the afternoon and would-be burglars will hear the recording and think that it’s actual people inside your house having a conversation."

 

 

Monday, Aug 6, 2018

American Woman Beats Up on Canada Dry

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"There is no Santa Claus, Lassie was played by nine different dogs over the years and, according to a recent lawsuit filed in New York, there isn’t any ginger in Canada Dry Ginger Ale."

 

 

Monday, Aug 6, 2018

Bug Burgers Coming Soon to a Plate Near You

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

 

"Whether or not you've ever chosen to eat insects, you've eaten insects, or parts of them, in the grains, legumes, fruits and nuts you've consumed (not to mention the occasional inhaled kamikaze mosquito)."

 

 

Saturday, Aug 4, 2018

Cloud Angel

This came out Thursday with thanks to ABC 13 News.

 

A couple driving on a Texas highway were shocked when they spotted a cloud formation that looked like an angel.

 

 

Saturday, Aug 4, 2018

Vote For Me!

This came out today with thanks to The New York Times.

 

"Marla Hohner was at home in Dallas when a text message arrived from an unfamiliar number."

 

“Hi Marla,” it read. “This is Nate volunteering w/ Beto For Texas. Beto O’Rourke is running for Senate to represent Texans statewide, not special interest megadonors. And unlike Ted Cruz, Beto doesn’t take any money from PACs. Can we count on your vote?”

 

 

Saturday, Aug 4, 2018

Sheepish Shoes

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Mother Nature News Network.

 

"Tim Brown was vice captain of the Wellington Phoenix soccer team in New Zealand nearly a decade ago when he began thinking about a second act after his sports career. He was interested in design, particularly footwear. And being a Kiwi he also had a particular fondness for wool (New Zealand is home to some 27 million sheep)."

 

 

Saturday, Aug 4, 2018

Small Spaces Have Big Impact on Mental Health

This came today on Mother Nature Network.

 

"There's no doubt urban green spaces are more pleasing to the eye than trash-strewn vacant lots that have been sitting in various stages of neglect for who knows how long."

 

"But can transforming scattered patches of urban blight into green spaces also help to alleviate the blues?"

 

Saturday, Aug 4, 2018

Trekking Back

This came out today with thanks to Engadget.

 

CBS is banking on more Star Trek shows as a way to draw in more viewers, and it's clearly ready to pull out all the stops in the process. The network has confirmed that it's launching an All Access series that will continue the story of Star Trek: The Next Generation's Jean-Luc Picard -- and yes, it will star Patrick Stewart. Discovery co-creator Alex Kurtzman will oversee the new show with help from other veterans from All Access' inaugural Star Trek show.

 

Saturday, Aug 4, 2018

Nothing to Bark About

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature News Network.

 

"As animal experts around the country amplify their warnings about dog flu outbreaks, pet owners are scrambling to understand the illness and learn how they can protect their pets. The virus has been circulating in the U.S. since 2015, infecting thousands of dogs throughout much of the country. So far in 2018, dog flu has hit every state except Alaska, Hawaii, Nebraska and North Dakota."

 

 

Saturday, Aug 4, 2018

Get Yer Goat

"Every property is different and everyone has different landscape objectives. That’s why we like to come and visit you, take a look at your property and your weeds, and talk to you about what you want to accomplish. We have a per day/per goat and per acre charge. And there may be a set-up fee to cover the cost of getting the goats to and from your property and, if necessary, a fee to cover the cost of setting up electric fencing."


 

Saturday, Aug 4, 2018

Jenga Made from Fishing Nets

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"About 10% of plastic ocean pollution is ghost nets, the countless lost or abandoned fishing nets that maim and kill marine life. Jenga Ocean, made of recycled nets, tries to raise awareness, recycle recovered nets, and raise funds to help end this type of pollution."

 

 

Thursday, Aug 2, 2018

First Leisure Canoes Were Made from Paper

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"The late 19th century in the United States has been called “The Gilded Age.” The Civil War had ended, the American Industrial Revolution was in full swing, new incredibly abundant resources were being found, millionaires were being made seemingly overnight, and a new group was emerging – the American Middle Class."

 

 

Thursday, Aug 2, 2018

Sweden Crown Jewels Stolen

 

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jezebel.

 

 

"Thieves carrying out a daring robbery in broad daylight walked into a medieval cathedral in Sweden, smashed open a glass security case and stole priceless gold and jewel-encrusted crowns dating to the early 1600s before hopping onto bicycles and racing to a nearby lake, where they disappeared."

 

 

 

Thursday, Aug 2, 2018

Four days Hottest Temps Ever Recorded on Earth

 

This came yesterday with thanks to Earther.

 

"July has been one for extreme heat around the world, but every locale pales in comparison to what’s going on at Death Valley in California. Already one of the hottest places on the Earth, the heat has gone into overdrive this July. Death Valley is in line to set a record for the hottest month ever recorded on Earth."

 

 

Thursday, Aug 2, 2018

Super Mom

This came out last Thursday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"When wildlife photographer Brent Cizek bought a small plastic boat last winter, he was hoping to ply the lakes of northern Minnesota and capture the most intimate scenes of animals in their natural environment."

 

 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Monster California Forest Fire is Still Growing

This came out today with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"California’s devastating Carr Fire is now measured to have spread to over 89,000 acres on Sunday, resulting in at1 least five deaths, hundreds of destroyed structures, and severe damage to western parts of the city of Redding after it ravaged the nearby communities of Shasta and Keswick."

 

 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Albertan Changes his Gender for Cheaper Car Insurance

 

This came out Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A Canadian man who claims he identifies as 100% male legally changed the gender on his identification documents to female in order to save over $1,000 on car insurance."

 

 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Tesla Goes Surfboarding

This came out today with thanks to Engadget.

 

"Good news: you won't have to wait until 2020 to try a new Tesla-branded ride. However, you may want to learn how to hang ten first. Tesla has quietly introduced a limited-run (just 200 units) surfboard that matches the company's vehicle aesthetic to a tee, including its red-and-black coloring and hints of carbon fiber (in this case, to reinforce the deck). Naturally, it'll fit inside the Model 3 and Tesla's other existing cars. And this isn't a casual effort -- Tesla had the help of Lost Surfboards and professional board maker Matt Biolos, so this design should carve the waves quite nicely."

 

 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Drug Cartel Puts Bounty on Cop Dog's Heads

This came out today with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"The 6-year-old German Shepherd has been a scourge to the Colombian drug gangs since March 2016, following a major bust of 2,958 kilograms (6,521 pounds) of cocaine hydrochloride in a banana box, The Washington Post reports. She hasn't let up since then. In May 2017, she found another shipment of cocaine totaling 1.1 tons, and in June 2017, she sniffed out 5.3 tons of cocaine. Another four tons were found in an auto parts shipment."

 

 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Extreme Ice Cream Flavors

Like your ice cream? You'll like these, or will you? This came out Friday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

 

"Americans eat more ice cream than anyone else in the world, with an average of 48 pints per person consumed each year. Although we eat the most ice cream, the history of the sweet frozen confection is much older than our country. In fact, it goes all the way back to the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 A.D.)."

 

 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Old Churchill Money Worth Millions

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"In June 2018, workers in Brighton, England, were removing boards and tiling from a sporting goods store when they noticed something odd. The workers at first thought they had found a big chunk of moldy wood, but when they picked up a piece, they realized it was a one-pound note."

 

 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

A Sad State Affairs in the US Medical System

This came out Friday with thanks to The Root.

 

"Hillsborough County, Fla., has suspended four fire-rescue medics for refusing to give a black 30-year-old woman suffering stroke symptoms a ride in an ambulance."

 

"According to the victim’s mother, she and her daughter, Crystle Galloway, were told they couldn’t afford the ambulance ride. Galloway had just given birth to baby via a cesarean section five days before."

 

 

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Seriously Haunted

This came out Friday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

You'll like this one that came out Friday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

Only two visitors at a time can visit this haunted house in the US, but not before signing a 20-page waiver.

 

The waiver covers things like: possibly being shaved bald incl. eyebrows, be bound and gagged and possible injections, mousetraps that could break fingers, tooth-pulling

 

 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Killer Heat Coming to Stay Say Scientists

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"The current heatwave could become the new normal for UK summers by 2040 because of climate change, MPs say."

"The Environmental Audit Committee warns of 7,000 heat-related deaths every year in the UK by 2050 if the government doesn't act quickly."

 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Runners with the Flip Flop Look

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

 

These Hanao Shoes are two mints in one. They are a combination of geta sandals (those traditional Japanese clogs/flip flops) and white sneakers. They're made by Who Love Kyoto and appear to be sold out at this time.

 

 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Too Cool

This came out today with thanks today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A 354-foot-tall waterfall flowing down the side of a futuristic skyscraper sounds like the kind of thing you would expect to see in a big-budget sci-fi movie, but it’s actually a sight you can feast your eyes on in real life, if you’re ever in the Chinese city of Guiyang."

 

 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Is Mummy Coming to Dinner

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"The strange phenomenon of cannibalism has, in many different forms, been around since the earliest times of human history."

 

 

Friday, July 27, 2018

 Medic's Axe

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"For years, I’ve kept a tomahawk on hand. It accompanies me into the bush, lives next to my side of the bed when we’re staying in sketchy areas for protection, and has traveled with me to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Spain, across Canada and the United States. As I live in a 40-foot RV, I consider it to be as vital a piece of safety gear as the fire extinguishers we keep in the front and rear of the vehicle."

 

 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Armpit Ads

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

 

"Of all the places to advertise on a living human being, the armpits are probably at the bottom of the list for most people, but one Japanese company believes they are prime real-estate and is currently recruiting young female models willing to walk around with ads on their armpits."

 

 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Phone Number Tattoo on Mentally Challenged Boy

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"The parents of a mentally challenged boy attracted criticism for tattooing their home phone number on his arm, to make it easier for anyone who found him to contact them."

 

 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Ripped 81-Year-Old

This came out Monday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Most octogenarians would consider themselves lucky to be able to not have a hip or back problem, but this 81-year-old Japanese bodybuilder is not only in perfect physical condition, he also looks better than a lot of men a quarter his age."

 

 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Skyscraper Builders Rooftopped all the time

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Rooftopping – that dangerous and bizarrely trendy “hobby” of adrenaline junkies seeking a sky-high thrill–is actually not a new phenomenon at its core. While the social media aspect of it may be, it was once a necessary part of construction work."

 

 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Kid Builds Action Figures from Insect Shells

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Of all the places to advertise on a living human being, the armpits are probably at the bottom of the list for most people, but one Japanese company believes they are prime real-estate and is currently recruiting young female models willing to walk around with ads on their armpits

 

 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Frightening Number of  Nukes the US Has Lost

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"The most obvious reasons to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons, aside from full-blown nuclear war and terrorism, are nuclear accidents. We all know about the civilian accidents at Chernobyl, Fukushima, and Three Mile Island, but there have been numerous accidents involving nuclear weapons or their transports themselves."

 

 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Carrying a Satellite Dish in the Car

 

This came out today with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

 

We all know you shouldn’t leave pets, infants, or the elderly in your car on a sunny summer day. But giant parabolic mirrors also deserve a spot on that list, a lesson a teacher in residence at a San Francisco science museum learned the hard way last week when he accidentally melted his Subaru Outback’s interior.

 

 

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Fish Oil Scam?

This came out today with thanks to Jezebel.

 

"Fish oil, those omega-3 pills that have dominated the over-the-counter health industry for years as one of the most popular dietary supplements, doesn’t actually help lessen the chances of contracting heart disease or suffering a stroke. In a phrase: this is yet another health scam, sheeple."

 

 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Elizabeth's Genetic Mutation

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.
 

"It is quite surprising to learn that one of the most beautiful actresses of all times, the violet-eyed Elizabeth Taylor rose up to stardom thanks to a genetic mutation."

 

 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Guy Dresses

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A Minnesota felt so comfortable the first time he put on a skirt that he started thinking about why there weren’t more people making skirts for men. In the end, he started making them himself."

 

 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

A Very Brady House

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"The house where America’s favorite blended family of the 1970s “lived” is up for sale for $1.885 million. During the famous opening credits for The Brady Bunch, the house that was shown was this three-bedroom, two-bathroom in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles."

 

 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Why Holes Punched in Depression Photos

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"During the Great Depression, which lasted from 1929 to 1939, the U.S. government sent a multitude of photographers out around the country to document the pains and trials that many Americans were suffering during this time."

 

 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Ice Cream Dogs

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A cafe in Taiwan has been getting a lot of attention online for serving puppy-shaped ice-cream that most people describe as adorable and terrifying at the same time."

 

 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Eyeglasses for the Head

This came out Thursday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"French car maker Citroën recently unveiled a pair of glassless, liquid-filled eye-glasses that can reportedly treat the symptoms of motion sickness."

 

 

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Please Be Seated

This came Thursday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"If you thought you needed a steering wheel to actually drive a car, let this story be an example of the opposite. A man in Norfolk, England, was really caught by police driving a battered car by using a metal bucket as a car seat and pliers for steering."

 

 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Summer Games Torch

Cowichan Rolls out the Rug for BC Games athletes.

 

"More than 2,000 of the province’s best young athletes are arriving in the Cowichan Valley for the opening of the 2018 BC Summer Games, and the chance to compete for glory in 18 sports."

 

 

Thursday, July 18, 2018

Heat Alert Cancelled

 

The summertime heat continues over much of the inner south coast early this week. Daytime temperatures will reach into the low thirties over inland areas of the south coast today and Tuesday. Overnight lows in the high teens will provide little respite from the heat until mid-week.

 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Heat Alert Today

Environment Canada says to expect up to 33C in the Fraser Valley today.

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Pricey Camel Toe Shoes

 

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Yes Ladies, There is a God

 

 

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Step aside couture platform Crocs, you've got some competition for world's most ridiculous spongy-soled shoes. Crocs now come in high heels. I wish I were kidding. Check it and see."

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Those Damn Canadians!

 

 

This came out today with thanks to Endgadget.

 

"The race to build a "flying car" has just become more crowded. This week, the Canadian company Opener revealed its new vehicle, called BlackFly. The one-person aircraft can travel up to 25 miles at a speed of 62 miles per hour. Because the operations are a simple joystick, according to the release BlackFly shouldn't require a pilot's license, though operators will require training.

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

He's Inhuman

 

This came out today with thanks to Deadspin.

 

"Last night he outdid even himself, tracking a Matt Carpenter fly ball to the wall in dead center for an absurd play-of-the-year type catch."

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

What's Musk Up To Now?

 

This came out today with thanks to Earther.

 

"Tech billionaire Elon Musk has been known to offer help, from donating solar batteries to Puerto Rico to building a tiny ‘submarine’ to rescue that Thai soccer team that was trapped in a cave. (It was never put to use.) The latest disaster to land on Musk’s radar? The water crisis in Flint, Michigan."

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The 5,221-HP Alieno Arcanum

 

This came out today with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"I know what you’re thinking. You took one look at this shadowy render, read the horsepower figure in the headline, climbed to the roof of your house and screamed to the neighborhood, “THAT’S BULLSHIT!” But no, dude, you’re wrong. The Alieno Arcanum is definitely happening. I’m, like, so convinced of it."

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Real Estate Future Office

 

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

 

"eXp Realty, one of the world’s fastest growing and most successful real estate companies, has become famous for not investing in any actual real-estate, opting instead for virtual reality offices that allow its agents and brokers to interact and socialize from anywhere around the globe."

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

What With These Puppies?

 

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Miracle Milly, a six-year-old Chihuahua from Puerto Rico, was awarded the title of World’s Most Cloned Dog, by the Guinness Book of Records, after scientists in South Korea created a whopping 49 genetically-identical copies of her."

 

 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

$13 Flea Market Ring Fetches $850,000 at Auction

 

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Whether you’re in the search of a Boho vintage dress, a unique belt buckle, or maybe even a cute vase for your collection of trinkets, any flea market is the place to be. Everyone is looking for their own great deal. But one English lady unknowingly picked out something quite remarkable at a “car boot sale” at West Middlesex Hospital, London, in the 1980s. What she believed to be a piece of costume jewelry made the headlines 30 years later."

 

 

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

No Fossil fuels in Half a Decade

This came out today with thanks to Earther.

 

The Irish have beaten the rest of us to it. The Republic of Ireland is the first country in the world to move toward divesting from fossil fuels. The divestment process should be wrapped up in five years, per the Guardian.

 

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Ouch!

This came out Monday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Chinese media recently reported about a new high-tech laser assault rifle that can allegedly fire an energy beam that cannot not be seen by the naked eye, but can cause “instant carbonization” of human tissue from up to half a mile away."

 

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sued After Death?

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Lindsay Durdle died on 31 May aged 37. She had been first diagnosed with breast cancer about a year-and-a-half earlier. The disease had later spread to her lungs and brain. PayPal was informed of Mrs Durdle's death three weeks ago by her husband Howard Durdle."

 

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Lion Lives in Glass Booth for Enjoyment

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Most people spend a considerable amount of time deciding what design or phrase they want permanently inked on their bodies, but one tattoo artist asks his clients to leave that decision to him. Several hundreds of people have already allowed him to ink the phrase of his choice on them without even knowing what it reads beforehand."

 

 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sure It's A Tattoo, But...

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Most people spend a considerable amount of time deciding what design or phrase they want permanently inked on their bodies, but one tattoo artist asks his clients to leave that decision to him. Several hundreds of people have already allowed him to ink the phrase of his choice on them without even knowing what it reads beforehand."

 

 

Friday, July 12, 2018

First Multi-Millionaire  Fortune on Opium

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Opium was one of the most important resources of the 19th century. It had medicinal and recreational value and most importantly, it was in hot, hot demand by those who enjoyed the illicit effects. Merchants knew the value of opium ever since the 7th century, and while many rulers and leaders attempted to suppress the sale and purchase of the drug, there was money to be made in the opium trading business."

 

 

Friday, July 12, 2018

Cops Get Slingshots Instead of Guns

This came out Tuesday on Oddity Central.

 

"Police officers in the Mexican town of Alvarado were recently stripped of their firearms and armed with slingshots and rocks instead, after most of them failed their control tests and were deemed unfit for service."

 

 

Friday, July 12, 2018

He Nailed a Bidder

This came out today with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"It took a mini circular saw to hack off the keratin talons that had been growing on Shridhar Chillal’s left hand for the last 66 years."

 

 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Coffee Soda Trend

This came out today with thanks to The Takeout.

About five years ago, a friend took me to a Nashville coffee shop to try something called coffee soda, which sounds like a mash-up of two of America’s favorite beverages. The effervescent, iced tea-hued drink was served in a cup, accompanied with a sliver of an expressed orange peel. It tasted like no other coffee drink I’d had before.

 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Outside the Box
"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
~ Steve Jobs