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January 26 2018


Leading Member of German Far-Right Political Party Quits After Converting to Islam

Arthur Wagner, a leading member of Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), a far-right German political party whose slogan is “Islam doesn’t belong in Germany”, recently resigned after converting to Islam.

Originally created as an anti-euro party, the AfD has recently campaigned on an anti-Muslim, anti immigration platform, strongly criticizing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to allow over a million refugees into Germany, since 2015. Just last summer, Arthur Wagner, who sat on the party’s executive committee in the state of Brandenburg, accused Merkel of “making a big mistake” by allowing so many Muslim refugees into the country, and warned that “Germany is mutating into a different country”. On January 11th, he left the party citing personal reasons, but it was later revealed that he had converted to Islam.

January 25 2018


Indian Artist Creates Stunningly-Detailed Portraits Using Human Hair

Hair is not the easiest art medium to work with, especially when you’re trying to create detailed portraits of people and animals, but young Indian artist Midhun R.R. had developed a technique that allows him to manipulate thousands of short hair strands into impressive artworks.

All Midhun needs to create his art is some hair, obviously, a white sheet of paper for canvas and a long needle to manipulate the tiny hairs. He makes the whole thing look easy in the time lapse videos he posts on YouTube, but admits that arranging the hairs the way he wants is actually harder than it seems. To make it easier for himself he has the hair chemically treated before using it. The hair strands are then cut at various lengths, depending on the image he is trying to create, and carefully arranged on the paper canvas using the needle. Once Midhun is satisfied with the result, the artwork is sandwiched between two glass panes for long-term preservation.


Five oddities and coincidences from the Packers' 2017 season - Acme Packing Company

Acme Packing Company

Five oddities and coincidences from the Packers' 2017 season
Acme Packing Company
The Packers gave McCray a shot at the roster prior to the season after participating in his alma mater Central Florida's pro day. Former executive Alonzo Highsmith vouched for McCray and wasn't disappointed. By the end of a rusty preseason, the ...
Packers finalize coaching staff Packers.com

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Hobby Historian Claims to Have Discovered Forgotten 80-Meter Section of the Berlin Wall

Save for a few symbolic sections in the center of the German capital, the Berlin wall was completely demolished in 1989 . However, a local hobby historian claims to have discovered an 80-meter-long section of which authorities apparently knew nothing about.

37-year-old Christian Bormann found the forgotten section of the Berlin Wall between two train stations in the Pankow district in the northeast of the city, back in 1999. The local government office responsible for monuments was unaware of the surviving segment, and records showed the section registered as demolished. Bormann kept his discovery to himself until recently, when he noticed that it had been damage by storms. Concerned about the slowly deteriorating monument, he finally revealed his secret in a blog post and contacted Pankow district authorities, calling on them to protect it as a historical monument.


Chinese Man Lives Under Bridge for 10 Years to ‘Crack Lottery Code’

A 49-year-old man in South West China has spent the past decade living rough under a bridge trying to break the lottery code.

Wang Chengzhou used to work construction in Sichuan Province, but moved to Chongqing in 2008 after suffering a work-related injury. Instead of using the $50,000 yuan he had received as compensation from his former employer to start a new life, Wang spent it all on his obsession – cracking the lottery code. He cut off all communication with his family and settled under a bridge where he has been working hard on figuring out the algorithms behind the lottery. After 10 years of hard work, he claims to have finally cracked the secret to getting filthy rich overnight.

January 24 2018


Oddities and outrage on Australia Day - SBS - SBS

Oddities and outrage on Australia Day - SBS
More than 16000 people will become citizens at Australia Day ceremonies across the country on Friday, while others protest the 'Invasion Day' date.

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Woman Answers Man’s Marriage Advert on Facebook as a Joke, Marries Him a Week Later

When Sophy Ijeoma, a makeup artist from Nigeria, decided to comment on an acquaintance’s Facebook marriage advert as a joke, she never imagined she would marry the man just seven days later, but I guess she underestimated the power of social media.

The day before New Year’s Eve, Nigerian furniture maker Chidimma Amedu decided it was to find a wife. Instead of probing his friends or going on a dating site, he just posted an advert on Facebook, asking all women interested in becoming his wife to reply to his post. It read “Am of age to and I am ready to say I do and I am wasting no time. Send in your applications. The most qualified will be married on January 6, 2018. Application closes 12 midnight, December 31, 2017. I am serious about this… and don’t say you did not see it on time. Goodluck.”


Insanely Talented tattoo Artist Creates the Most Realistic Portrait Tattoos You’ve Ever Seen

At just 30-years-old, Karol Rybakowski is already one of the biggest names in the world of tattoos, and looking at some of his works, it’s pretty easy to see why. His portrait tattoos look as if a picture has been slapped on the subject skin, and in many cases they turn out even better than the photos that inspired them.

It won’t surprise you to learn that Karol Rybakowski studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, in Warsaw, before becoming a tattoo artist, but while that explains his artistic style, I for one still can’t wrap my head around how a 30-year-old can create such stunningly-realistic tattoos. And apparently, I’m not the only one. About four years ago, just when his works started showing up online, people in the business who had never seen his tattoos in person actually thought that they were photoshopped. There was a particularly heated debate surrounding his tattoo of Bradley Cooper as sniper Chris Kyle in “American Sniper” with many people claiming that it looked too good to be true.

January 22 2018


A guitar made from a shovel? Musician's instrumental oddities coming to Orland Park - Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

A guitar made from a shovel? Musician's instrumental oddities coming to Orland Park
Chicago Tribune
Another electrified oddity, which he calls a "buzz box," is a wood box with ordinary items, such as kitchen utensils, springy metal door stops, coat hooks and L-brackets affixed to the top that Rauen plucks and scratches to create sounds. He said he ...


This year's Florida State Fair food oddities include catfish 'sundae ... - Tampabay.com


This year's Florida State Fair food oddities include catfish 'sundae ...
Being the first in the country on the fair-going calendar, the Florida State Fair is also the first to roll out the outrageous deep-fried food. Among this year's entries is a Banana Frenkel Funnel Cake, a funnel cake surrounded with a ring of bananas ...

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January 08 2018


Multiplicative Idiocy

Multiplicative Idiocy

An immutable law of design.


December 30 2017


A Year of Animal Oddities Around the World: 7 Reader Favorites - New York Times

New York Times

A Year of Animal Oddities Around the World: 7 Reader Favorites
New York Times
The animal kingdom is full of wondrous, wild and weird stories. So it's no surprise that animals made headlines across the globe in 2017 for rare, odd and heroic episodes. Here is a look at some of the stories that captured our readers' attention ...

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September 26 2017


My new book came out today!

My new book came out today!

If my dogs were a pair of middle-aged men is now available for purchase.


September 25 2017

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