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February 27 2017


Potato Gun Highlights State Patty's Day Oddities - Onward State

Onward State

Potato Gun Highlights State Patty's Day Oddities
Onward State
Update 1:55 p.m.: We've learned that a male was in fact struck with an object projected from said spud launcher. Instead of a tater, a stress ball was fired at the roommate of an apartment resident. There were no injuries reported, nor were there ...

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February 26 2017


Only in Nebraska — Cornhusker state oddities - Omaha World-Herald

Omaha World-Herald

Only in Nebraska — Cornhusker state oddities
Omaha World-Herald
Only in Nebraska — Cornhusker state oddities. Compiled by Sue Story Truax/World-Herald Correspondent; 9 hrs ago; (0). Carhenge. KILEY CRUSE/THE WORLD-HERALD. Carhenge at sunset. Toadstool Geological Park. KURT A. KEELER. Toadstool ...

February 25 2017


Wacky Lactation in Nature: Underwater, Nipple-less, and Other Milky Oddities - GeekDad (blog)

GeekDad (blog)

Wacky Lactation in Nature: Underwater, Nipple-less, and Other Milky Oddities
GeekDad (blog)
Having breastfed both of my children for a whole year each, I had a lot of time to ponder this evolutionary trait we share with our mammal cousins. It started out innocently, with questions like “how does cow milk differ from human milk?” But pretty ...

February 24 2017


Freaks, Oddities, Misfits and Rats of the Detroit Autorama - Hot Rod Network

Hot Rod Network

Freaks, Oddities, Misfits and Rats of the Detroit Autorama
Hot Rod Network
They're the freaks and oddities of the Detroit Autorama, and we love them. Dubbed “Autorama Extreme,” these Rat Rods, Traditional Customs, and just about anything that doesn't “fit in” are showcased in the basement of Cobo Center. Like a bunch of bad ...

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Man Stabs Himself in the Hip So He Could Skip Work, Gets Arrested

A 54 year old man from Kasugai city, in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, was recently arrested after he confessed to stabbing himself in the hip area as an excuse to skip work. He had previously told police that a stranger had attacked him with a knife.

It happens to the best of us, we wake up one morning and at least think about emailing or calling the boss to tell him we’re too sick to come to work, and spend the rest of the day binge watching our favorite TV series. But some people really go all-out in order to make their excuses seem more legit. Case in point, 54-year-old Masaru Miura who wanted to skip work on February 22 so badly that he stabbed himself with a kitchen knife in the bathroom at Nagoya Municipal Subway station, Kasugai. He then proceeded to call the police and tell them that he had been attacked by a total stranger while he was relieving himself.



Japanese White T-Shirts Promise to Finally Conceal Men’s Nipple Properly

Fans of white T-shirts have long been looking to a solution to their transparency problem. No matter how thick the fabric is, you can almost always see through them, and the nipples, being slightly darker than the rest of the skin, are the most visible. Well, a Japanese company claims to have come up with an answer to this issue.

According to a 2013 Japanese study, 84 percent of women find looking at male nipples through their see-through white shirts disgusting, and men don’t like wearing transparent white clothes too much either, but they don’t really have too many options, especially when it comes to t-shirts. But now, a Japanese company called the the Seiso Shiro T Production Committee claims to have come up with the ultimate male nipple-concealing technology. Developed over a period of two years, using special Japanese stitching techniques and high quality, pesticide-free cotton from Japan, the USA, Uganda, and India, their new white t-shirts promise to make visible nipples a thing of the past.



Male Chiropractor Invents Controversial Glue Stick to Contain Women’s Menstrual Flow

Leave it to a man to come up with the  dumbest solution to one of women’s most uncomfortable problems – menstruation. Daniel Dopps, a chiropractor from Kansas, USA, has obtained a patent for the “Mensez Adhesive Vaginal Lipstick”, essentially a glue stick that seals the vagina shut to contain menstrual flow. Yes, really!

“Mensez feminine lipstick is a natural patented compound of amino acids and oil in a lipstick applicator that is applied to the labia minora and causes them to cling together in a manner strong enough to retain menstrual fluid in the vestibule above the labia minora where the vaginal opening and urethra exit,” Dr. Dopps explains on his LinkedIn page. “The Mensez compound is instantly washed away with urine, which releases the menstrual fluid along with the urine into the toilet every time a woman urinates. No pads or tampons are needed. Safe, secure and clean.”



COVER: Space oddities - Philippine Star

Philippine Star

COVER: Space oddities
Philippine Star
David Bowie turned cosmic weirdness into high art and introduced us to the fictional astronaut Major Tom on signature classics Space Oddity, Ashes to Ashes, Hallo Spaceboy and Blackstar. On the Grammy-nominated single Many Moons, futurist R&B vixen ...

February 23 2017


French Performance Artist Seals Himself Inside a Giant Stone for Eight Days

Abraham Poincheval is no stranger to daring performance art, but his latest project is probably the toughest one yet. The French artist will spend eight straight days sealed in a human shaped hole carved out inside a giant boulder. The purpose of this unusual performance – “to find out what the world is”.

On February 22, 2017, 45-year-old Poincheval was sealed in this carved out stone sarcophagus at Paris’s Palais de Tokyo gallery, where he will allegedly spend eight straight days, until March 1st. His temporary prison, a large boulder split in two with just enough room to fit the artist’s body in sitting position, and enough food and water to keep him in good physical condition over his eight days of isolation. His only connection to the outside world is a ventilation duct that keeps him from suffocating in the tight space.

“The purpose is to feel the aging stone inside the rock,” told media reporters. “There is my own breathing, and then the rock which lives, still humid because it was extracted not so long ago from the quarry. So there is that flow, that coming and going, between myself and the stone.”



Looking for an Exciting Night Out? How Does Dinner and Dissection Sound?

Going out to the same restaurants and bars every week can get pretty boring after a while, but if you like in a large UK city, you now have the chance to spice up your nights on the town in one of the most macabre ways imaginable, thanks to Anatomy Lab Live. The unique experience involves a fancy dinner followed by a live dissection of what looks to be a real human body.

There’s nothing like watching a pathologist sink his hands into a corpse and pulling out bloody organs to help the digestion after a hearty meal. At least that’s what Sam Piri, the man behind the Anatomy Lab Live experience seems to think. Sam, who works as a school teacher, claims to have been inspired by the excitement of his students while studying biology, and becoming familiar with pig organs. He decided adults might get a kick out of seeing a live dissection and learning more about the wonders of the human body, but why he thought it would be a good idea to feed his guests beforehand is a mystery.

Anatomy Lab Live, which debuted recently at the Village Hotel in Solihull, outside Birmingham, starts off with a fancy dinner of salmon, served with roast potatoes, green beans and roasted butternut squash and carrots. Dessert includes apple pie and custard or Eton mess, and for drinks, guests get to choose between wine and beer. As they feast on the generous spread, the only sign that something unnerving is about to happen is a center table full of syringes, medical waste bags and petri dishes.



82-Year-Old Grandmother Accidentally Calls 28-Year-Old Man, Ends Up Marrying Him

They say love knows no boundaries, and the touching story of how a 28-year-old man in Indonesia fell in love with a woman 54 years his senior over the phone and ended up marrying her despite objections from both their families seems to confirm the old saying.

About a year ago, Sofian Loho Dandel, a 28-year-old warehouse worker from the Indonesian island of Mantehage, received a call from an unknown number. Upon answering, he learned that the women on the other end of the line had dialed his number by mistake, while trying to call someone else. Only instead of hanging up and moving on with their lives, the two started making conversation and getting to know each other. Little did either of them know that they were talking to their future spouse.

“A year ago, I received a phone call from an unknown caller, I answered and we came to know each other,” Sofian recently told Indonesian reporters. “Since then, we have constantly kept in contact without knowing her age. I had never dated before, I felt in love.”



Keyboard inconsistencies & oddities plaguing some 2016 MacBook Pro users - 9 to 5 Mac

9 to 5 Mac

Keyboard inconsistencies & oddities plaguing some 2016 MacBook Pro users
9 to 5 Mac
In some cases, these issues seem to be related to software flaws rather than hardware defects, but Apple has replaced devices for some users affected by these keyboard oddities. With the 12-inch MacBook, some users reported issues with stuck keys.
Some 2016 MacBook Pro Owners Experiencing Keyboard Problems Mac Rumors
MacBook Pro 2016 Random Key Repeat Keyboard Issue | Official Apple Support Communities Apple Support Communities
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February 22 2017


Russian Programmer 3D-Prints His Very Own T-800 Terminator Robot Complete with Artificial Intelligence

The machine-dominated world envisioned by James Cameron in “Terminator” once seemed like pure science fiction, but now, not so much. Just a few days ago, a Russian programmer from Perm unveiled his 3D-printed version of the T-800 robot featured in Cameron’s famous blockbuster, and while it can currently only move its head, it is equipped with a “brain” that allows it to speak and even answer various questions, by looking up the answers on the internet.

Perm-based programmer Alexander Osipovich knew he wanted to one day build his own Terminator robot as a child, after watching the 1984 movie featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2009, while studying programming at university, Osipovich started working on a program that would one day act as the brain of his real-life T-800 machine. Over the next two years, he developed multiple versions of it in Visual Basic, and in 2011 he decided that technology had come far enough to allow him to fulfill his childhood dream.



These "Smarter Socks" Can Communicate with Your Smartphone ... - odditycentral (blog)

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These "Smarter Socks" Can Communicate with Your Smartphone ...
odditycentral (blog)
As the name suggests, Smarter Socks are smart socks that can communicate with smartphones via radio frequency chips, to help them pair them.

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These “Smarter Socks” Can Communicate with Your Smartphone

What if your smartphones could send data about themselves to your iPhone? It sounds absurd, but Swiss sock manufacturer BlackSocks has been producing “Smarter Socks” that actually communicate with the owner’s smartphone ever since 2012. And yes, you can still buy them, but they’re definitely not cheap.

BlackSocks believes mankind is made for greater things than sorting socks, so in order to save their clients some valuable time, they came up with a high-tech way of helping them figure out which two socks go together. They might have overdone it a little bit, though, as this system involves Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips on the socks, a handheld device that decodes the info on these chips, as well as a dedicated app for your smartphone. It sounds like a pretty complicated system for such a simple task as sorting out socks, but if you’re the kind of guy who likes to keep his socks paired, you’re going to love it.



Kenya’s “Elephant Guardian” Vows to Deliver Water to Thirsty Drought-Stricken Wildlife Until It Rains Again

It is very dry in Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, and the animals there are struggling to find vital water water sources. The bad news is that rain isn’t expected to fall again until November, but the good news is that there are people willing to bring water to the animals by the truckload until that happens.

Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua is the founder of Tsavo Volunteers, a group of animal lovers who look after the vulnerable wildlife of Tsavo National Park. Poachers are generally their biggest problem, but these days, the drought is threatening to kill even more animals . The prolonged drought has made water “a very precious commodity”, and thirsty animals sometimes have to walk long distances to find the few watering holes that haven’t dried up. Due to their scarcity, elephants often fight each other for the right to drink, which leaves the smaller, weaker ones at risk of dying. But Patrick and his team are not about to let that happen.



A Few of Our Favorite Oddities and Attractions - San Antonio Current

San Antonio Current

A Few of Our Favorite Oddities and Attractions
San Antonio Current
You can still see Emilie's rattlesnake art at the expanded saloon and museum, which includes everything from wildlife artifacts and exotic taxidermy to shrunken heads and worldly oddities that recall old-school circuses and Buffalo Bill's Wild West ...


Oddities: Iceland's president says he would not ban pineapple pizza - Times Colonist

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Oddities: Iceland's president says he would not ban pineapple pizza
Times Colonist
Gudni Th. Johannesson disclosed his opposition to pineapple on pizza to Icelandic high school students last week. Icelandic media reported that he said he'd ban the fruity topping if he could. It proved Johannesson's most controversial statement since ...
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President of Iceland announces that he would ban pineapple as a pizza topping | Icelandmag - Vísir Iceland Mag - Vísir
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Michael Oliver's Arsenal record and other referee oddities - Football365.com


Michael Oliver's Arsenal record and other referee oddities
To celebrate the news that the Mark Calttenburg farewell tour is now confirmed, starting with the big West Brom-Bournemouth clash this weekend, WhoScored.com have launched a new referee statistics feature. You can now find out just how well your team ...

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February 21 2017


Chinese Women Use “Graveyard Meditation” to Cope with Divorce

A group of Chinese women recently made headlines after being photographed while lying in shallow graves on the outskirts of Chongqing City. It was revealed that they were taking part in a bizarre ritual called “graveyard meditation” which allegedly helps them cope with divorce.

Graveyard meditation is the brainchild of Liu Taijie, a 30-year-old divorcee who now helps other women get over romantic breakups. After getting married at the age of 19, and having a baby at 21, Liu went through a hard divorce in 2015, after also failing to launch her own business. It was a tough time, but she managed to pull through, and she now wants to help other women understand that life goes on and they have to put the past behind them, where it belongs.

“I know how a woman felt when she was feeling abandoned. I had the thought of committing suicide when I got divorced,” Ms. Liu said. When a person is desperate, he or she could almost feel they’re near death. By lying in the grave, my students could try to experience death. This will remind them that they have not done many things in their life and that they need to forget about the past and start a new life.”


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