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Monday, February 18, 2019

Queen at the Oscars

This came out Yesterday with thanks to Mashable.

 

"With Adult Goth/possible vampire Adam Lambert at its helm, Queen is set to dazzle us all during the awards show, which controversially tried to cut four categories from its broadcast in hopes of saving time."

 

 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Cougar Killer Speaks

This came out Thursday with thanks to Popular Mechanics.

 

"With still-healing cuts on his face and arm, the trail runner who killed a mountain lion on February 4 at Horsetooth Mountain Park near Fort Collins, Colorado, finally revealed himself on Thursday afternoon at a press conference facilitated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources."

 

 

 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Air Bag on the Outside

This came out Friday with thanks to Popular Mechanics.

 

"Over the past three decades, we've gotten used to things blowing up in our faces. The advent of airbags has done wonders to protect cars' fragile flesh-and-blood cargo when vehicles go smash."

 

 

 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Saving Planet Earth

This came out today with thanks to Space.

 

"It's not just a Hollywood exaggeration that an impact from an asteroid crashing into Earth would be massively catastrophic. Depending on the size of the asteroid, the effects could range from millions dead to an outright end of all life. Cities destroyed. Climate altered forever. Remember the dinosaurs?"

 

 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Just Put it on My Bill

This came out Friday with thanks to today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Offbeat Marvel character Howard The Duck is getting his own animated series, thanks to Hulu. The streaming service has signed a deal with the comic book giant to bring Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik’s creation to life, following an announcement at the Television Critics’ Association press tour."

 

 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Bets Are On When This Car Sinks

This came out Friday with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"Michiganders from the upper peninsula—also known as as Yoopers—have me scratching my head today, as I just learned via Michigan news site MLive that a Rotary club is putting on a contest asking people to guess when a 1998 Saturn SL will break through ice and fall into a lake. And there’s even a live feed showing the car...just sitting there...on some ice."

 

 

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Super Blooms

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mental  Floss.

 

"In spring of 2017, people flocked to Southern California's deserts to see fields of wildflowers brightening the normally sparse terrain. That level of vegetation, also known as a super bloom, is an event that only occurs after winters of heavier-than-average precipitation."

 

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ashes in Albums

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"David Bowie released Ashes to Ashes on vinyl in 1980. Though the Thin White Duke was ahead of his time, even he couldn’t have foreseen how prophetic the release was… a radical way of treasuring departed loved ones is proof of this."

 

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Used Pizza

This came out Monday and already has over 16 million views.

 

A restaurant is apparently using pizza left on customer's plates to make new pizzas with.

 

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Ahnold is Back

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"For the sixth movie — which has the working title Terminator: Dark Fate — producer James Cameron and director Tim Miller are taking the T-800 into new and dangerous territory."

 

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

400-Year-Old Bonsai

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"It’s not the kind of break-in you hear about every day, but a bonsai theft reported in January this year has left the owners without seven of their precious dwarf trees. The worth of the plunder is estimated as at least 13 million yen, or the equivalent of $118,000"

 

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Chair-Tosser Turns Herself In

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"The Toronto woman who tossed a chair from a 45th-floor balcony into traffic last week turned herself into police today. Marcella Zoia, 19, is charged with mischief endangering life, mischief involving damage to property, and common nuisance."

 

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Butt Biter

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Fitness influencer" Michelle Lewin was romping around on Pig Beach in the Bahamas when a large wild pig couldn't help itself. It saw her butt cheek and bit it.

 

 

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Cokesicle

This came out Yesterday with thanks to Takeout.

 

"In the ongoing beverage wars, established soft drink dynasties like Coke are struggling against booming industries like natural sodas and seltzer waters. This has caused Coke to dig deep into the innovation well, coming up with zesty fruit flavors for Diet Coke last year, and now the first new flavor for classic Coca-Cola in 10 years: Orange Vanilla Coke and Orange Vanilla Coke Zero Sugar."

 

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Inside the Neverhaul

This came out Sunday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"The sci-fi worlds of Jules Verne, Hugo Gernsback, and H.G. Wells were initially inspired by the Industrial Revolution in the late 19th century, while their books sparked the imagination of future generations."

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Eurovan's Coming Back

This came out Sunday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Mustangs, Camaros, Dodge Chargers, and Trans Ams are iconic cars from America in the 50s and 60s. They paint a scene of the open road: cruising down Route 66 with the top down, riding in style through the land of the free."

 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

100MPH in 1935

This came out Sunday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"When the Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia, they were impressed with the first serially produced and aerodynamically designed automobile in Eastern Europe, the Tatra 77a."

 

 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Frozen Hair Contest

This came out Thursday with thanks to Smithsonsian.

"Tendrils of steam curl up softly from the searing waters of Takhini Hot Pools, fed by a natural hot spring located just northwest of Whitehorse in Canada's Yukon Territory."

 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Cool Cat

This came out  Thursday with thanks to Boing Boing.

"Fluffy the cat's human caretakers found her frozen and unresponsive last week in a Kalispell, Montana snowbank."

 

 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Fairy Tale Subdivision

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"An ambitious Turkish housing development with a fairy tale twist has become a ghost town of epic proportions."

 

 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Java Flair

This came out yesterday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"If the heart on your cappuccino foam looks extra-twirly, you might consider inquiring whether your favorite caffeine purveyor is using the newest tool in the coffee kit: barista milk."

 

 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Flights of Fancy

This came out Saturday with thanks to Circa.

 

"A new Miami high-rise is bracing for flying cars. Paramount Miami Worldcenter will have America’s first flying-car dock."

 

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Coffee Pot

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Following on Willie Nelson's "Willie's Reserve" cannabis brand, the music icon and weed enthusiast has launched the new Willie’s Remedy line of CBD-infused health and wellness products, starting with coffee."

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Vortex Should Have Been Colder

This came out Friday with thanks to National Geographic.

 

"Now that the latest frigid, deadly Arctic blast is giving way to warmer conditions in the Midwest and Northeast, some clarity is emerging on how to think about cold waves in a warming climate."

 

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Creepy Jewellry

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

Kyiv-based sculptor Polina Verbytska (AKA WeirdSculpture) is a prolific and grotesque maker whose jewelry and knickknacks are superb and grody, all the teeth especially: rings, necklaces, earplugs, etc, and then the rest of it, like these severed fingertip hairpins.

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hair Affair

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"African artist Laetitia Ky, 22, transforms her hair into fantastic sculptures as a hirsute form of socially-conscious art and, sometimes, just for fun."

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Bio Toilet

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"If the monitoring system works as expected, the device could help catch early signs of heart decline and decrease the number of hospitalizations for heart patients."

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Cigarette Ban

This came out today with thanks to Futurism.

 

"The bill calls for a gradual increase in the minimum age to buy cigarettes in the state, from the current 21 years old to 100 years old by 2024 — and if it passes, the bill could signal the beginning of the end for cigarette sales in the U.S."

 

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Fake News: Cocaine Recalled Due to Poor Quality

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Quite a bust. And not a great look for Russia. Nearly ten tons of cocaine hauled by 11 Russian nationals on a vessel registered in Panama. The sailors and their 9.5-ton coke stash were arrested in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), an island nation off the north-western edge of Africa."

 

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

A Smart Woman

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A newlywed couple in Kuwait recently made history for having the shortest marriage in the country’s existence. They decided to go their separate ways just three minutes after getting married."

 

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Feather Lamp

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Man Kills Cougar With His Bare Hands

This came out yesterday with thanks to Deadspin.

 

"Yesterday afternoon, a trail runner was out for a run alone in the Horsetooth Mountain Open Space area outside of Fort Collins, Colorado, when he was attacked by a mountain lion."

 

 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Snow Rollers

This came out Sunday with thanks to BBC.

 

"A rare natural phenomenon which makes it look like wheels of snow have been rolled on their own has been captured in photos."

 

 

Monday, Feb 4, 2019

Weather Alert: Arctic Outflow

Update: Ended Environment Canada still has the cold weather and wind alert up.

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Fentanyl Bust Enough to Kill 57 Million People

This came out yesterday with thanks to today with thanks to Zero Hedge.

 

"Just days after we reported that the Massachusetts Attorney General is suing the makers of OxyContin, the deadly nature of America's opioid crisis has again reared its ugly head: US border patrol agents just made the largest Fentanyl bust in the country’s history, confirming that this nationwide epidemic is worse than ever."

 

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

KFC's Chicken & Cheetos

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"A magazine named after something kids shouldn't eat REALLY hates on a sandwich."

 

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Fender Releases Gas Guitar

This came out today with thanks to the Onion.

 

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Sweet Air Spray

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"The air pollution crisis in Thailand has gotten so bad that authorities are trying some unconventional methods of clearing the air of dust and hazardous particles. For example, the local Government in Bangkok recently started spraying sugar-infused water in the atmosphere."

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Cheesy Coffee

This came out Today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"The intrepid travelers of Atlas Obscura suggest nine traditional hot drinks from across the world that may seem weird to our narrow, boring palates but are quite popular in their regions."

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Jail for Soap

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Last month, Matt Crull, 29, of Martin County, Florida, was sleeping in his van when police came to investigate what they described as a “suspicious van." Martin County Sheriff’s deputy Steven O’Leary found a plastic bag of white powder, claimed to run a field test on it, and arrested Crull for possession of 92 grams of heroin."

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Pennies From Heaven

This came out Wednesday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Bryanna ‘Bry” Marie is an Arizona-based artist who specializes in painting on coins, preferably pennies. She’s only been doing it for four years, but looking at the tiny details she’s able to reproduce on such tiny canvases, you’d think she’s been doing it her whole life."

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Air Tent for Diving

This came out today with thanks to Futura.

 

"A new underwater tent can give divers a brief respite — the floating pocket of air could either let divers take a breather or help them prevent potentially dangerous cases of decompression sickness."

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Deadly Area 51

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mysterious Universe.

 

"A mysterious and unexplained security breach at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) turned deadly this week, highlighting the serious nature of the Air Force’s secretive desert research facilities which include Area 51."

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Frosty Head

This came out Today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Wattie Buchan no doubt envious of how easy it was for this woman to style her hair in subzero weather."

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

To Save a Planet

This came out today with thanks to National Geographic.

 

In a joint statement posted online in December, some of the world’s largest conservation organizations called for 30 percent of the planet to be managed for nature by 2030—and for half the planet to be protected by 2050.

 

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Pablo Escoburger

This came out today with thanks to Takeout.

 

"People seem to be easily offended these days, but this restaurant’s shtick might warrant the outrage: A restaurant named Pablo’s Escoburgers in Melbourne, Australia has adapted the notorious Colombian drug lord (known as the King Of Cocaine) as its theme, right down to its menu items. “The Patron Burger,” describes The Daily Mail, “features a line of white garlic powder on top of the bun.”

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Tunnel to Bank Found

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"FBI agents in Florida are investigating a potential bank burglary, after a small sinkhole in a road in Pembroke Pines revealed a mysterious 50-yard tunnel that appeared to be heading toward a local Chase bank."

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Rail Companies Light the Tracks to Warm them Up

This came out yesterday with thanks to yesterday with thanks to Popular Mechanics.

 

"Chicago is currently in the middle of a vicious cold spell caused by rogue Arctic winds. The temperatures, which reached -30℉, have prompted individuals and organizations to take some extreme measures to fight the cold. For instance, Metra Rail, which runs some of the commuter trains in the city, has taken the extreme measure of setting its tracks on fire."

 

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

About the Polar Vortex

This came out today with thanks to Big Think.

 

A huge mass of Arctic air is sweeping across the U.S., bringing subzero temperatures that have grounded flights, closed schools and killed at least two so far.

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

NASA Finds a Hole in a Glacier

This came out today with thanks to Motherboard.

 

"Climate change is wreaking havoc in Earth’s remotest corners. At the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica, scientists found a massive cavity—roughly two-thirds the area of Manhattan—that has been growing in the ice for decades."

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Canadian Guy Digging with Toys for 14 Years

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"If you though excavating a basement was hard work, try doing it with R/C miniature construction machinery. One Canadian man has been doing it for 14 years and he’s still not done. Luckily, he’s in no hurry to finish."

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Barbie Doll Shrine

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Azusa Sakamoto loves Barbie so much that she spent a small fortune turning her Los Angeles home into a shrine to the popular Mattel doll."

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Is It Food or Is it Memorex?

This came out Monday with thanks to Ripley's.

 

"Have you ever eaten bull penis or vomit fruit? What about roasted guinea pigs or frog smoothies? These are some of the items you can check out at the Disgusting Food Museum in Malmo, Sweden, which aims to introduce visitors to a variety of snacks from different cultures. You can even smell and taste a few of them."

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Singer Gets One Direction Tattoo on Her Face

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Kelsey Karter, a 24-year-old singer from New Zealand, has been getting a lot of attention these past couple of days for allegedly getting former One Direction member Harry Styles’ face tattooed on her cheek."

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Oops, Sorry About That

This came out yesterday with thanks to Deadspin. They took out a few rows of seats.

 

"At some point in the Miami Heat’s embarrassing 16-point home defeat to the Bulls last night, cops were called to the top of the lower bowl to deal with an apparently belligerent fan. The fan, 23-year-old Adrain Mato, was apparently arguing with some Bulls fans when the police came and told him to cool it with the yelling."

 

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

Message in a Bottle Comes Back 17 years Later

This came out yesterday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"Emily Edwards was only 7 years old when, during a vacation in Wales, she wrote a quick note on a piece of paper, stuffed it in to a plastic bottle and threw it in to the waves."

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

What Will the Birds Do in the Cold?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Atlas Obscura.

 

"Chicago is shuddering. With temperatures dropping down to -20 degrees Fahrenheit (colder, with the windchill), school is canceled, museums are closed, and transit agencies are relying on flaming, kerosene-soaked ropes to warm up steel tracks. The temperatures are life-threatening, and several 24-hour warming shelters are open. Humans are trying their best to hunker down, but what are the region’s birds supposed to do?"

 

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019

The Puppy Bowl

This came out today with thanks to Vox.

 

"On Super Bowl Sunday, Americans across the country will gather in front of their televisions and laptops, forgetting for a few brief, shining moments their bitter ideological divides and giving themselves over to one of the cultural events that truly makes America great: the Puppy Bowl."

 

 

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

Inside a $4.4 M Mansion on Water

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"While the word “yacht” isn’t exactly synonymous with the image of “old-school, rough, tough, good-ol’-boy” NASCAR drivers that’s often painted, even the most famous of those, the late Dale Earnhardt Sr., had a few. One of those yachts, a custom-built boat called “Sunday Money,” is up for sale."

 

 

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

Beach Terror

This came out yesterday with thanks too with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"The Beach Behemoth is a 12-foot beach ball. Perhaps you think that this is a mere toy, one of those ultimately trivial impulse buys of no permanence beyond momentary amusement. This is because you have not read the buyer reviews at Amazon."

 

 

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

Cat Mill Cat

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central. (Video)

 

"Getting a house cat to exercise can be quite a challenge, but a Korean company claims that it’s smart exercise machine can keep felines in tip-top shape even when their owners are away. There’s just one catch – it costs $1,800."

 

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

Tapping Ground Water

This came out yesterday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 

"Humans need water. We need it for farming, bathing, washing clothes and, of course, drinking. We're not tardigrades after all. (They can without water for 10 years; we can only go for three days.)"

 

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

Uke Like Teen Spirit

This came out Thursday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"This kid is a star in the making. Feng E, from Taiwan, has been strumming ukulele for six years, but that doesn't seem like enough time to reach this level of playing. He's got it all – talent, charisma, and that look that only rock stars have – and in the above video he nails Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit."

 

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

Speedy Road Rage Man

This came out yesterday with thanks to ABC News.

 

"In this spectacular example of road rage, a Massachusetts senior clings to the hood of a vehicle as it accelerates to 70 MPH on the state turnpike."

 

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

Meth House Booby Trap

This came out Thursday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"See if you can guess how you would die if you walked up this completely innocuous staircase."

 

 

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

Skull Mic

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Von Erickson Laboratories created this skull microphone, which the press release compares to the Shure 55. It's $375 and made in bright chrome, dark chrome, gunmetal, white and orange, but the chrome models are sold out."

 

 

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

Rock-a-Bye Adults

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Here's another fine development in sleep science today! A new study shows that young adults, like babies, sleep better when rocked. University of Geneva neuroscientist Laurence Bayer and colleagues built a gently rocking bed and used EEG to monitor adults' brain activity as they slept."

 

 

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

App to Publicly Finger People in Debt

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Authorities in the Chinese province of Hebei have created a smartphone app that allows users to see if they are within 500 meters of a person in debt so they can report or publicly shame them."

 

 

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

Gator Later

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Joei Henney, 65, of Strinestown, Pennsylvania has an alligator as his registered emotional support animal. According to Henney, the 5-foot alligator, named Wally, helps Henney manage his depression. Apparently, the reptile is very generous with his hugs."

 

 

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

Death By Spaghetti

This came out yesterday with thanks to with thanks to Fox 5.

 

"A tragic case report involving a fatal helping of leftover spaghetti is regaining attention after a doctor featured the 2008 death on his popular YouTube channel. According to the initial report published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, a student in Belgium identified as “A.J.,” became sick after eating spaghetti and tomato sauce that had been prepared five days earlier."

 

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

Door Knocker Alarm Clock

This came out yesterday with thanks to with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Today, almost none of us could imagine waking up in the morning without the sound (and for many of us the multiple snoozing) of the alarm clock placed on our bed table."

 

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019

Take a look Inside Vintage Trailer

This came out yesterday with thanks to with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Rare, vintage trailers are often in high demand from campervan aficionados seeking a one-of-a-kind holiday experience. That’s why the discovery and restoration of a Holiday House Geographic X has caused a stir among campervan enthusiasts across the United States."

 

 

Monday, Jan 28, 2019

Feeling Lonely? There's a Pill For That

This came out yesterday with thanks to the Guardian.

 

"Loneliness is part of the human condition. A primeval warning sign, like hunger or thirst, to seek out a primary resource: connection. Millions of years of evolution have shaped us into creatures who need social bonds in the same way that we need food and water."

 

 

Sunday, Jan 27, 2019

$1.7 M Alberta home for a $19

This came out yesterday with thanks to Lifehacker.

 

"On the market for a new home? This one comes with a hefty discount."
 

"This week, a homeowner in Alberta, Canada announced she’d sell her home, worth an estimated $1.7 million, in exchange for a $19 USD entry fee and a letter, explaining why they deserve it."

 

 

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019

And Another One Bites the Bird

This came out yesterday with thanks to Bong Boing.

 

"I'm surprised the record company hasn't filed a takedown notice and confiscated the bird for being an illegal recording of "Another One Bites the Dust."

 

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019

Blur 2 on Floppotron

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"Get your head checked with the latest from the Floppotron, an electronic music instrument comprising floppy drives and other ingeniously abused computing peripherals."

 

 

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019

Tiny Trucks

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"We reported last week that a new small Ford truck might be coming, and a Ford executive confirmed the news yesterday at a conference in Detroit. The truck might also be called the Courier. Hopefully it looks as good as the old Courier or Bantam. Will it come to America? Maybe! We can only hope."

 

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019

New Perry Mason Series

This came out Monday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"In January 2019, a new Perry Mason series was announced, this one for HBO. Mason will be portrayed by Matthew Rhys, who recently finished a successful, award-winning series of his own: The Americans."

 

 

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019

Gowns Made From Old Books

This came out Monday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Fashion has played a big role in human culture since ancient times. People have always enjoyed and paid great attention to their appearance and their clothes."

 

 

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019

Dream Homes a New Trend

This came out Monday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"It is no secret that millennials are influencing the RV industry and the hot “home on wheels” trend. The millennial generation makes up an astonishing 31 percent of the adult population."

 

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019

Pay Up or Else

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A public utility company in the Russian city of Irkutsk has come up with an ingenious way of reminding people to pay their bills if they want to continue using their indoor toilets."

 

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019

Nod Pods?

"Now we've heard it all. First it was the Nodpod. Then there was the Head Hammock. And now we have the Dream Sling."

 

 

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019

Pray With Pope Phone Application

 

This came out Friday with thanks to Lifehacker.

 

"If you’ve always wanted to pray with the Pope, now there’s an app for that.
Pope Francis unveiled “Click to Pray” app this weekend. Exactly what it sounds like, the praying app allows people (if they’re the praying sort) from around the world to come together to pray about a certain issue."

 

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019

New Book About Hells Angels

This came out Friday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"The Hells Angels are notorious for their ruthlessness, violence, brawling and sometimes even murder. However they did not need to pull one of their stunts, habitually shocking people all around the globe, to make them even more famous."

 

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019

Steak Cooks on Car Dashboard

This came out Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"An Australian man from Mildura, in the state of Victoria, wanted to show the world just how hot the inside of a car can get on a hot day, so he left a raw steak inside his car for a few hours. When he came back, the steak was allegedly well done."

 

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019

Afghan Dog Hair

This came out Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"AJ Nirvana Battle, a three-year-old Afghan hound from China is the canine version of a fashion model. He’s got a slender physique, loves posing for pictures and he has the most incredible hair."

 

 

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019

New Type of Pickup Tailgate

This came out Friday with thanks to Jalopnik.

 

"On Thursday in Detroit, General Motors unveiled the new 2019 GMC Sierra, a truck whose craziest feature by far is the “MultiPro” tailgate that can be set into six different configurations. Here’s exactly how it works."

 

 

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019

Uber Bikes

This came out Friday with thanks to Jezebel.

 

Uber—the company that had to pull its self-driving cars off the road for most of 2018 following a lethal accident that allegedly came after warnings of routine accidents—is hiring for a program that may work on self-driving “micromobility” devices, TechCrunch reported on Sunday.

 

 

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019

Plastic Bottles Found at Bottom of Big Hole

This came out Friday with thanks to Mysterious Universe.

"Last month, entrepreneur Richard Branson lead an expedition to reach the bottom of the hole in an effort to learn more about what lies within, as well as to find out how it came to form in the first place."

 

 

Saturday, Jan 19, 2019

Advertising in Space

This came out Thursday with thanks to Digital Trends.

 

 

"We’re accustomed to being bombarded by ads. TV, radio, smartphones, newspapers and magazines, movie theaters, billboards — all of them feeding us with a steady supply of messages designed to influence our purchasing choices, among other things. Now, though, a Russia-based startup has a plan to use constellations of tiny satellites to fill the sky with brightly lit ads from hundreds of miles up."

 

 

Saturday, Jan 19, 2019

Deadly Mexican Explosion Kills 66

This came out Thursday with thanks to Gizmodo.

 

"At least 66 people are dead and over 70 more are injured following a massive gasoline pipeline explosion Friday night in the town of Tlahuelilpan, north of Mexico City in the state of Hidalgo, with authorities putting the blame on fuel thieves."

 

 

Saturday, Jan 19, 2019

Digital Plates? Yep

This came out today with thanks to Digital Trends.

 

"The state of Michigan approved the use of digital license plates on motor vehicles registered in the state. Reviver Auto, the manufacturer of the Rplate connected car platform, worked with Michigan's Department of State to pass the bill."

 

 

Saturday, Jan 19, 2019

Just Another Brick in the Truck

This came out today with thanks to Digital Trends.

 

"This truck is made entirely of Lego bricks — 334,544 of them, to be precise. It’s a life-size model of the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss built to promote The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, which hits theaters February 8."

 

 

 

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019

New Mineral Found is Harder Than Diamonds

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"A new discovery in the mountains of northern Israel has caused significant excitement for geologists around the world. While working in the Zevulun Valley, close to Mount Carmel, Israeli mining company Shefa Yamim found a new mineral never before discovered on earth."

 

 

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019

Drinking Polluted Water

This came out today with thanks to The Takeout.

 

"Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are at their highest ever, leading scientists to warn of disastrous potential consequences. Meanwhile, sales of carbonated water are up double-digits and fizzy water is now a $2.2 billion industry. In a perfect world, wouldn’t there be some machine exist to turn the CO2 in our atmosphere into bubbles for our LaCroix? A European company says it’s possible."

 

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019

They Call Him Mellow Yellow

This came out Monday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Can you imagine wearing only one color every day for three and a half decades? Abou Zakkour, a 68-year-old man from the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo has become known as the Yellow Man after wearing only yellow for the last 35 years."

 

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019

Woman Can't Hear Men's Voices

This came out Monday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A Chinese woman recently made the news after being diagnosed with a very rare form of hearing loss which leaves sufferers unable to hear low frequency sounds, like men’s voices."

 

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019

New Ted Bundy Doc on Netflix

This came out today with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

 

 

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019

The Nitty Gritty

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Researchers at the University of South Australia claim to have discovered clay materials in a certain type of dirt, which, if consumed with an evening meal can help soak up fat droplets from the gut."

 

 

Sunday, Jan 13, 2019

Baby Hears for the First Time With Hearing Aids

This came out Friday with thanks Mother Nature Network.

 

"Scarlet was born three months early and contracted a serious bacterial infection, which kept her in neonatal intensive care unit. The medication she needed caused hearing loss, but it was what she needed to fight the infection."

 

Sunday, Jan 13, 2019

Tree of Knowledge

This came out Friday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Funding cuts, lack of support and space, and the advent of new technologies mean that many public libraries have closed down over recent years, often depriving marginalized communities of their primary point of access to knowledge and literature."

 

Sunday, Jan 13, 2019

Oldest Woman in the World Dies

This came out Friday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"Lessie Brown, believed to be the oldest person in America, died on January 9, 2018, at the age of 114."

 

"Brown’s daughter, Verline Wilson, confirmed with cleveland.com that she died at approximately 10:45 a.m. in her home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio."

 

Sunday, Jan 13, 2019

There's An App For That

This came Friday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Eleven schools in the Chinese province of Guizhou have introduced micro-chipped uniforms that track and monitor the students even beyond school grounds."

 

"The school and the children’s parents monitor their activity at all times. A GPS system tracks their movements and an alarm informs both teachers and parents whenever a student leaves the classroom or school grounds without permission, or if he falls asleep during classes."

 

 

Sunday, Jan 13, 2019

Rocket Ready to Rock

This came out Friday with thanks Popular Mechanics.

 

"Complete with a decidedly retro feel, SpaceX's new experimental rocket has been fully assembled at the company's Boca Chica, Texas, launch site. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has tweeted out a picture of the Starship test rocket."

 

Sunday, Jan 13, 2018

New Tesla's Can Fly

This came out yesterday with thanks to Unexplained Mysteries.

 

"Due to go in to production in 2020, Tesla's latest Roadster model will be so advanced that it will reportedly be capable of hovering above the road much like the DeLorean in Back to the Future."

 

 

Saturday, Jan 12, 2018

Towering People

This came out Wednesday with thanks Ripley's.

 

"Each year, hundreds of acrobatic individuals show up for Catalan festivals to build human towers called castells. Far more serious than a human pyramid, these towers can reach 50 feet into the air and consist of 300 people."

 

 

Thursday, Jan 10, 2018

Horse Shaving with a Twist

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"30-year-old Melody Hames has been clipping horses for over two decades, and it shows. Today she is credited for turning horse clipping into an art form."

 

 

Thursday, Jan 10, 2018

Two for the Price of One

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

"Michael Jackson's "Thriller" masterfully covered by a single guitarist playing two guitars at once"

 

 

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2018

Praying for a Free Ride

This came out today with thanks to Jezebel. (VIDEO)

 

Molly Kreuze learned the hard way that you really just can’t control what additional guests you’re inviting inside along with your tree. More than a hundred praying mantises—previously contained in an egg case under one of the trees’ branches—were birthed in her Springfield, Virginia home after she tossed the tree out. Aren’t they cute?

 

 

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2018

Chev and Ford's New Off-Roader for Earth?

This came out yesterday with thanks to Popular Mechanics.

"No, this isn't a new lunar rover you're looking at, or a Star Wars creation. But Hyundai's new walking car concept for CES is just about as otherworldly. Called the Elevate, this futuristic vehicle—which is entirely hypothetical at this point, mind you—has four wheels mounted on robotic legs that can move around in all sorts of different configurations to traverse essentially any terrain you can imagine."

 

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2018

Lonely George: Last Snail of Species Dies

This came out today with thanks to National Geographic.

 

"George, a Hawaiian tree snail—and the last known member of the species Achatinella apexfulva—died on New Year’s Day. He was 14, which is quite old for a snail of his kind."

 

 

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2018

Nude Restaurant Closes

This came out yesterday with thanks to WND.

"The first nudist restaurant in Paris has been forced to close its doors 15 months after opening because it failed to attract enough customers."

 

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2018

Woodception

This came out yesterday with thanks to Ripley's.

"Canadian artist Maskull Lasserre hand-carved his latest work “Schrödinger’s Wood”—now retitled “Study of Cord Progression”—from the giant trunk of an ash tree. Starting the process on the 13-foot-tall behemoth of a tree trunk with a chainsaw, he eventually whittled his way down to what looks like just a few fibers of rope keeping the tree together."

 

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2018

Hair and Nails grow After Death

This came out yesterday with thanks to Ripley's Believe it or Not.

"Everyone wonders what happens to them when they die, and while we like to ignore the more gruesome parts of putrefaction, there has long been the rumor that your hair and nails continue to grow after death. Accounts of this urban legend have been going around as far back as 1929 when writer Erich Remarque described the process."

 

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2018

Plans for a Birth in Space

This came out today with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

 

"Netherlands-based startup SpaceLife Origin wants to send a pregnant woman 250 miles above the Earth to give birth to the first extraterrestrial baby in history, in the name of science."

 

 

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2018

What Would Music Stars Look Like Now?

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

"Rock ‘n’ roll music has been plagued by the premature deaths of some of its most important protagonists. From Elvis Presley to Amy Winehouse, many of the music industry’s biggest stars succumbed to the pressure of fame, wealth and popularity."

"But have you ever wondered what might have been if they were still among the living?"

 

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2018

Giants Cloned

This came out today witih thanks to Boing Boing.

"The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive has been cloning giant redwoods from genetic material still living in their stumps, and planting them around the world."

 

 

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2018

Kennedy - Monroe Love Nest House Bought

This came out yesterday with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"The California estate where President John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe are rumored to have had an affair is up for sale for $5 million."

 

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2018

Firefighter a Firebug

This came out Friday with thanks to yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A 19-year-old volunteer firefighter from western Pennsylvania was recently charged with arson, criminal mischief and risking catastrophe after allegedly setting two houses on fire out of boredom."

 

 

Monday, Jan 7, 2018

Weird Weather: Snow in Arizona

This came out Friday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

"Arizona's deserts, with their golden sand and rust-hued canyons, already have an otherworldly quality to them. So when Mother Nature decides to change the decor, it can make things seem even more mystical.  Such was the case when multiple cites in the Copper State received a dusting of snow this week."

 

Monday, Jan 7, 2018

Super Moon Eclipse Only 1 of 26 This Century

This came out Friday with thanks to Mother Nature Network.

 "What makes this eclipse special: While lunar eclipses aren't exactly rare — 87 will take place over the course of the 21st century — only 26 will occur during a super moon. A super moon is the term given to a full moon or new moon that is at its closest point (roughly 238,000 miles) to Earth. Called perigee, this closeup makes the moon appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon."

"This month's event will start at 9:36 p.m. EST on Jan. 20 and conclude at 3:48 a.m. on Jan. 21. Totality, the point at which the surface of the moon will be completely covered by the Earth's shadow, will last for over an hour and start at 12:41 a.m."

 

Monday, Jan 7, 2018

Electric Plane Will Do Over 300 MPH

This came out yesterday with thanks to Jalopnik.

"Rolls Royce leads a group of UK Government funded projects under the name ACCEL, which is an abbreviation of “Accelerating the Electrification of Flight” somehow. With the group’s newest flight project, the Spirit of Innovation, they aim to exceed 300 miles per hour, and sustain speed for at least forty minutes, enough to cross over from London to Paris."

 

 

Sunday, Jan 6, 2018

How to Save a Planet

— Ours

This came out today with thanks to Space.

Humans are preparing to punch the solar system — but in self-defense, not anger.

It's all part of a NASA mission in development called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART. Unlike most spacecraft the agency has launched to date, DART isn't about gathering scientific data and learning more about how the universe works. Instead, it's NASA's first planetary-defense mission.

 

Saturday, Jan 5, 2018

Alert Ended

Environment Canada issued a cancellation at 5am Sunday morning.

 

 

Saturday, Jan 5, 2018

Anchorage Hit by M 7.0!

USGS says that this morning just before 11am, a M 6.1 struck off the coast of Alaska. The CNN main video is here and three other CNN videos here.

 

Then 45 minutes later a M 6.1 hit Peru. No reports of injuries or damage in this one.

 

Saturday, Jan 5, 2018

Vancouver's Star Trek Scotty shot 6 Times on D-Day 

This came out today with thanks to Vintage News.

 

"What many people outside the world of Star Trek fandom don’t know is that Doohan landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944 — “D-Day”.

 

"Juno Beach was the Canadians’ “Omaha.” Though less bloody than the American landing beach, Juno was no cakewalk, and Doohan’s unit faced the strength of two German battalions in their landing area."

 

Saturday, Jan 5, 2018

A Head of His Time 

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Luca Luce is a talented makeup artist who uses his expert skills to turn his own head into mind-boggling 3D optical illusions."

 

Saturday, Jan 5, 2018

Fan Attic 

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A Peruvian football fan recently showed his love for his favorite club by getting their jersey tattooed straight on his body. The tattoo took a total of 60 hours to complete, and has been getting mixed reactions on social media."

 

 

Thursday, Jan 3, 2018

Toto Tater

This came out yesterday with thanks to Boing Boing.

 

"YouTuber Toni Patanen "Pupsi" likes to make musical instruments – ocarinas in particular – with vegetables. Here he cuts up some sweet potatoes and a squash, and then (at 1:39) plays a mystical version of Toto's Africa."

 

 

Thursday, Jan 3, 2018

Far Side of the Moon

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Guardian.

 

"A Chinese spacecraft has become the first ever to land on the far side of the moon, according to state-run media, in a giant leap for human space exploration."

 

 

Thursday, Jan 3, 2018

Ultimate Photo of Ultimate Thule

 

This came out Tuesday with thanks to Jezebel.

 

"NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has delivered us images of the most distant object seen in space to date, and look! It’s this cute little space puppet, nicknamed Ultima Thule (though they should really come up with another one)."

 

Thursday, Jan 3, 2018

Doing Laundry?

 

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"Japanese design studio CWF has created the “Backpacker’s Closet”, a backpack so large it can literally be used a closet or even to carry a grown person around."

 

Thursday, Jan 3, 2018

The Biggest Asteroid in the World

This came out Monday with thanks to The Vintage News.

 

"Virtually every day, Earth is bombarded with some 100 pounds of meteoric material. As they hit the atmosphere, they quickly burn up as shooting stars. Particles large enough to survive their trip through the atmosphere will fall to the ground and become a meteorite."

 

Thursday, Jan 3, 2018

Filet-o'-Fist

This came out yesterday with thanks to The Root.

 

"A viral Facebook video of a man physically assaulting a Florida Mcdonald’s employee had a happy ending when the man was arrested, after the woman generously decided to give her attacker a lifetime supply of Filet-o’-Fist sandwiches."

 

Thursday, Jan 3, 2018

Barking Man Viral Video

This came out yesterday with thanks to Oddity Central.

 

"A viral video of a South-African man barking like a dog after allegedly being bit by a canine infected with rabies has sparked a heated debate on African social media."

 

 

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