Odd News Archives

September 25, 2009

Things Maury Povich Viewers Already Know...

According to a report by China Daily, a leading Beijing paternity testing center says up to 30 percent of tested men were not the biological fathers of their children.... [Full Story]

August 5, 2009

'Dumpster diving': New York's coming wave

A handful of inventive New Yorkers have dreamed up an ingenious idea for getting relief from the summer heat, filling reclaimed trash dumpsters with water to create an instant urban oasis. The improvised swimming hole in an industrial section of Brooklyn also has given a new meaning to the... [Full Story]

August 3, 2009

Japanese astronaut tests endurance of underwear

In what might embarrass less adventurous souls, astronaut Koichi Wakata is returning to Earth with the underwear he kept on for a solid month during his space station stay and scientists will check them out. They're experimental high-tech undies, designed in Japan to be odor free. The Japanese spaceman... [Full Story]

July 27, 2009

Three escape prison in hijacked helicopter

Like a real life Lex Luther, one of Belgium's most dangerous criminals has escaped a Belgian prison by hijacking a helicopter Thursday, authorities said. Ashraf Sekkaki, who had more than 16 convictions for violence, including kidnappings for ransom, and two fellow inmates, flew to the town of Aalter, then... [Full Story]

July 16, 2009

Wisconsin court praises drunken concert goer

An Illinois teen knew he was too drunk to drive home after a Dave Matthews Band concert south of Milwaukee. So he fell asleep in his car, only to be awoken by a state trooper. Travis Peterson, 19, of Dixon, Ill., said even though he told the officer he... [Full Story]

July 14, 2009

Teen media report is all The rage everywhere...but twitter.

A research report written by a 15-year-old Morgan Stanley intern that described his friends media habits has generated a flurry of interest from media executives and media geeks. The US investment bank's European media analysts asked Matthew Robson, an intern from a London school, to write a report on... [Full Story]

July 7, 2009

Woman arrested for prank calling grandma 45 times

A 21-year-old woman faces felony charges after allegedly prank-calling her 69-year-old grandmother 45 times in one day, threatening to kill her. The woman faces five felony counts including harassment. A criminal complaint said she told police she was "bored" and "wanted to have some fun." The woman and a... [Full Story]

July 2, 2009

Sears Tower unveils 103rd floor glass balconies

Visitors to the Sears Tower's new glass balconies all seem to agree: The first step is the hardest. The balconies are suspended 1,353 feet in the air and jut out four feet from the building's 103rd floor Skydeck. Their transparent walls, floor and ceiling leave visitors with the impression... [Full Story]

June 29, 2009

Denny's Pulls An 'All-Nighter' For The Younger Crowd

Denny's restaurants have been courting younger, late-night diners -- those who wander in from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The company has created an Allnighter menu program, featuring value-priced items and alternative rock music played in the restaurants. The new value meals start at $2.99 and include Half Moons... [Full Story]

June 26, 2009

Stoned wallabies make crop circles

The mystery of crop circles in poppy fields in Australia's southern island state of Tasmania has been solved -- stoned wallabies are eating the poppy heads and hopping around in circles. "We have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around... [Full Story]

June 23, 2009

San Francisco Model Made of 1 million toothpicks

A California artist has spent the last 34 years building a rendition of San Francisco made out of toothpicks. It started as a school project, and 1 million toothpicks later, it's now complete. The replica city is seven feet wide, nine feet high, and it has entrances for ping... [Full Story]

June 19, 2009

Mich. great-grandmothers become bowling champions

Two great-grandmothers from Grand Rapids have become state bowling champions. The women are 86-year-old Emma Dausman and 69-year-old Judy Conner. They won a Division 2 doubles title at the U.S. Bowling Congress' Women's Bowling Association state tournament. Dausman carried a 125 average but the octogenarian rolled games of 192,... [Full Story]

Tadpoles Rain Down in Japan!

Residents, officials and scientists have been baffled by the apparent downpour of tadpoles in central Japan's Ishikawa Prefecture. Clouds of dead tadpoles appear to have fallen from the sky in a series of episodes in a number of cities in the region since the start of the month. In... [Full Story]

June 17, 2009

Teen says she was over tattoo'd while sleeping

A Belgian teenager has told police how she emerged from a tattoo parlor with 56 stars over one side of her face, rather than the three she had asked for, prosecutors said on Tuesday. "I said this part, the top, is ok, but not the rest," Kimberley Vlaeminck from... [Full Story]

June 11, 2009

English gets millionth word on Wednesday

English contains more words than any other language on the planet and added its millionth word early Wednesday, according to the Global Language Monitor, a Web site that uses a math formula to estimate how often words are created. The Global Language Monitor says the millionth word was added... [Full Story]

June 3, 2009

Traces of cocaine found in Red Bull in Hong Kong

Hong Kong officials have found traces of cocaine in cans of Red Bull, a few days after Taiwanese authorities confiscated close to 18,000 cases of the popular energy drink. Officials at the Centre for Food Safety said a laboratory analysis found tiny amounts of the illegal drug in samples... [Full Story]

June 2, 2009

Snake-bitten cock-in-a-pot: Metaphors Abound

Chinese health authorities are putting a stop to restaurants serving chickens which have been bitten to death by poisonous snakes and cooked up for a supposedly detoxing meal. The dish, served by a small number of eateries in the southern province of Guangdong and the southwestern city of Chongqing,... [Full Story]

May 26, 2009

Craps player sets record at Borgata

Saturday was a record-setting night for a novice craps player at an Atlantic City casino. Patricia Demauro set a new record for the longest craps roll, hanging on for four hours and 18 minutes at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Borgata officials say she beat the previous record... [Full Story]

May 19, 2009

Man calls 911 over 28-year-old son's messy bedroom

An Ohio man who argued with his grown son over a messy bedroom said he overreacted when he called 911. Andrew Mizsak called authorities Thursday after his 28-year-old son -- who's a school board member in the Cleveland suburb of Bedford -- threw a plate of food across the... [Full Story]

May 12, 2009

Ghost hunters inspect 180-year-old NM hotel site

The former owner of a 180-year-old adobe building hears the door of a potbellied stove opening and wood being stacked inside, but no one is there. Mysterious whispers echo in the current owner's ear. Things fall off shelves for no apparent reason. "The creepiest I had was a voice... [Full Story]

April 24, 2009

Man pretending to fall off bridge actually falls

Police said a 23-year-old man is in stable condition after he pretended that he was falling off a bridge over the Minnesota River, then actually fell off the bridge. Police got a call just before 5 a.m. Sunday from a 21-year-old man who said his friend fell off the... [Full Story]

April 21, 2009

Mass. lake with 45-letter name has spelling errors

Officials have agreed to correct spelling errors in road signs pointing to a central Massachusetts lake with a 45-letter name. Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg (wiki) in Webster has one of the world's longest place names. It's been spelled many different ways over the years. Some locals have given up and simply... [Full Story]

April 16, 2009

Russian surgeons find TREE in mans lungs

A fir tree has been found growing inside a man's lung by surgeons who were operating on him for suspected cancer. The tree, measuring 2 inches, was discovered by Russian doctors when they opened up Artyom Sidorkin, 28, to remove what they thought was a tumour. Medical staff believe... [Full Story]

April 2, 2009

Pigeons fly cell phones into Brazilian prison

Inmates have devised an innovative way to smuggle in cell phones into a prison farm in Brazil: carrier pigeons. Guards at the Danilio Pinheiro prison near the southeastern city of Sorocaba noticed a pigeon resting on an electric wire with a small cloth bag tied to one of its... [Full Story]

March 31, 2009

Madoff gets Topps trading card

Now you can trade your two Ponzis for a Madoff. The Topps Co. Inc. says jailed Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff will be featured this summer in a set of trading cards dubbed the "world's biggest hoaxes, hoodwinks and bamboozles." The New York-based marketer of entertainment products says the... [Full Story]

March 27, 2009

What's in a name?

The number of people in Britain with surnames like Cockshott, Balls, Death and Shufflebottom -- likely the source of schoolroom laughter -- has declined by up to 75 percent in the last century. A study found the number of people with the name Cock shrank to 785 last year... [Full Story]

World's largest egg goes on sale

The eggtra-ordinary orb was hatched in the early 17th century. It was laid by the now-extinct great elephant bird of Madagascar, a flightless beast which could weigh up to half a ton and measured 10ft tall. Hundreds of years later, it has been painstakingly put back together from shell... [Full Story]

March 26, 2009

Robot fish to detect pollution

Robot fish developed by British scientists are to be released into the sea off north Spain to detect pollution. If next year's trial of the first five robotic fish in the northern Spanish port of Gijon is successful, the team hopes they will be used in rivers, lakes and... [Full Story]

March 20, 2009

Colorado woman with flammable water fears blast

A woman said she lives in constant fear and is terrified her home could blow up because of natural gas that has managed to seep into her water supply. Amee Ellsworth can turn on a faucet in her kitchen or bathroom, flick a lighter and watch flames shoot up... [Full Story]

March 17, 2009

Medieval 'Vampire' Skull Found

The remains of a medieval "vampire" have been discovered among the corpses of 16th century plague victims in Venice, according to an Italian archaeologist who led the dig. The body of the woman was found in a mass grave on the Venetian island of Lazzaretto Nuovo. Suspecting that she... [Full Story]

March 12, 2009

LA offers reward in 1977 death of `Rocky' figure

The city of Los Angeles announced a $50,000 reward Wednesday for information that helps solve the 32-year-old murder of the flamboyant boxing manager and gym owner who helped inspire a character in the "Rocky" movies. The City Council approved the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction... [Full Story]

March 10, 2009

Man claims psychic defrauded him of $250,000

A New York man is suing a New Jersey psychic, claiming she defrauded him of nearly $250,000 he paid her to craft a golden statue that was supposed to ward off negativity. Charles Silveira, 38, of Seaford, Long Island, claims he never received the statue. On Monday, he filed... [Full Story]

March 5, 2009

Aging nation cuts cost of 100th birthday gifts

Japan now has so many people over 100 that it is cutting costs by reducing the size of silver cups it presents to those who reach that age. Last year 19,769 people reached triple figures in the world's most rapidly aging country, compared with only 153 in 1963, the... [Full Story]

March 4, 2009

Are you there God, it's Whoever...

God is taking calls. Dutch artist Johan van der Dong has set up a local telephone number in the Netherlands, where he urges people to leave messages for God on his answering machine. Van der Dong said he set up the number to give people an opportunity to take... [Full Story]

March 2, 2009

Chinese e-cigs gain ground all around

With its slim white body and glowing amber tip, it can easily pass as a regular cigarette. It even emits what look like curlicues of white smoke. The Ruyan V8, which produces a nicotine-infused mist absorbed directly into the lungs, is just one of a rapidly growing array of... [Full Story]

February 27, 2009

Making Cents of Things

A sign posted outside the Village Quick Lube business expresses an opinion on the stimulus package, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, in Newtown, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)... [Full Story]

February 24, 2009

Bulgarian grandmaster breaks chess marathon record

Bulgarian grandmaster Kiril Georgiev managed to break the world record for the largest number of simultaneous chess games played, organisers said Monday. Georgiev played a total of 360 games simultaneously and wrapped up his chess marathon within 14 hours and 8 minutes. He registered only six losses and some... [Full Story]

February 13, 2009

Woman's record-length fingernails broken in crash

A Utah woman listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for her long fingernails has lost them in a car crash. Lee Redmond of Salt Lake City sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the accident Tuesday. Redmond's nails, which hadn't been cut since 1979, were broken in the... [Full Story]

February 5, 2009

'Zombies' and 'Raptors' Hit Austin

Pranksters in at least three states are messing with electronic road signs meant to warn motorists of possible traffic problems by putting drivers on notice about Nazi zombies and raptors. And highway safety officials aren't amused. The latest breach came Tuesday during the morning rush hour near Collinsville, Ill.,... [Full Story]

February 2, 2009

Team finds another shipwreck

The ship, the fourth of six HMS Victories, sunk with its 1,150 sailors in October 1744 around The Casquets, a group of rocks off the Channel Islands. Among other valuable artefacts, it is thought to contain 100,000 gold coins. After months of secrecy, Odyssey Marine Exploration, a US company,... [Full Story]

January 29, 2009

Man smears feces on his lawyer, flings it at jury

A San Diego judge has declared a mistrial in a kidnapping and assault case after the defendant smeared excrement on his lawyer's face and threw it at jurors. The judge boosted defendant Weusi McGowan's bail from $250,000 to $1 million after the Monday incident. Prosecutor Christopher Lawson says McGowan... [Full Story]

January 27, 2009

Gene Roddenberry, wife to spend eternity in space

The creator of " Star Trek " and his wife will spend eternity together in space. Celestis Inc., a company that specializes in "memorial spaceflights," said Monday that it will ship the remains of Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett Roddenberry into space next year. The couple's cremated remains will... [Full Story]

January 26, 2009

Man drives off cliff, gets stuck

This Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009 photograph provided by the Colorado National Monument shows a 1987 Dodge van that got stuck on a rock overhang , near Grand Junction, Colo., after the driver sent the vehicle off a cliff in an apparent suicide attempt. The 34-year-old male driver survived the... [Full Story]

January 23, 2009

Man admits sending 'monkey out of cage' message

University of Florida officials said a man has confessed to sending a mysterious message through the school's emergency text message system. UF spokesman Steve Orlando told The Gainesville Sun that the man, a former employee of the university's text messaging service, told investigators the message was sent by accident.... [Full Story]

January 21, 2009

Jenna & Barbara Bush Give Advice to Sasha & Malia

In keeping with tradition, President Bush left President Barack Obama a note in the White House - and now his daughters have offered their own advice, in the form of an open letter, to Sasha, 7, and Malia Obama, 10. Published in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday Barbara and... [Full Story]

January 19, 2009

Philadelphia museum receives 'Big' musical gift

A Philadelphia museum has received a musical gift for children and "Big" kids alike. The 16-foot piano Tom Hanks walked on in his 1988 film "Big" will be on display next month at the city's Please Touch Museum. The instrument is a gift to the children's museum from a... [Full Story]

January 15, 2009

Demand for "best job in the world" crashes website

The chance to be the caretaker of a tiny tropical island in Australia has sparked so much interest around the world that a rush of applications crashed the website advertising the post. ( The job, which offers a salary of $105,000 to spend six months on the Great Barrier... [Full Story]

January 13, 2009

Atlanta thieves nab 2 bicycles from Jimmy Carter

Not even a former president is immune from thieves. Two bicycles belonging to President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, were snatched from inside the Carter Center near downtown Atlanta earlier this month. The couple likes to ride bicycles in nearby Freedom Park when they have free time. Peter... [Full Story]

January 9, 2009

NY man demands estranged wife pay him for kidney

A Long Island surgeon embroiled in a nearly four-year divorce proceeding wants his estranged wife to return the kidney he donated to her, although he says he'll settle for $1.5 million in compensation. Dr. Richard Batista, a surgeon at Nassau University Medical Center, told reporters at his lawyer's Long... [Full Story]

January 7, 2009

Thank you for hand carving a friend

Dedicated to Patrice. Do you see it? It's not a dream. Mikie over at Dlist found these dolls and I couldn't be happier. Rose, Blanche and the Zbornak dames all look perfectly frozen in all their sassy splendor. Wicker house with covered veranda sold separately. See lots of other amazing... [Full Story]

January 6, 2009

Fabulous fib is named Wis. club's top lie of 2008

A whopper about a devious baby and his diapers is the top lie of 2008, an organization of champion fibbers declared Monday. The Burlington Liars Club bestowed its top award for this line: "My grandson is the most persuasive liar I have ever met. By the time he was... [Full Story]

December 31, 2008

Boy Scout earns all 121 merit badges

A Long Island teenager has earned all 121 merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts of America. Oceanside resident Shawn Goldsmith earned his final badge -- for bugling -- in time for his 18th birthday in November. He far surpassed the 21 badges required to achieve the elite rank... [Full Story]

December 18, 2008

No Cake For You!

Heath Campbell, left, with his wife Deborah and son Adolf Hitler, 3, pose in Easton, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008. Deborah and her husband Heath attempted to buy a birthday cake for their son at a near by ShopRite supermarket in Greenwich, N.J. and were told that the store would... [Full Story]

December 15, 2008

Prepare to be slightly ill...

This image shows what a little hard work (and a few steroids) can do if you put your mind to something. Dr Jeffrey Life - yes, that's really his name - may be eligible to draw his pension and what hair he has left is white. But take a... [Full Story]

December 10, 2008

Fox to adapt 9-year-old's self-help book

Fox is ready to take advice from a 9-year-old. The studio has acquired the film rights to "How to Talk to Girls," a cute 46-page self-help tome written by Alex Greven, a Colorado fourth-grader. Greven wrote "Girls" as a handwritten, $3 pamphlet sold at his school book fair; he wrote... [Full Story]

December 1, 2008

Station takes call letters of TV show

WKRP is back on the air in Cincinnati -- but this time it's for real. A low-power TV station has changed its call letters to WKRP, the same as the fictional radio station in the 1970s hit series "WKRP in Cincinnati." The station changed its call letters to promote... [Full Story]

November 25, 2008

Men guilty of selling prosthetic for drug tests

Two men whose company sold a device known as the Whizzinator that helped men cheat on drug tests have pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh. George Wills and Robert Catalano each pleaded guilty Monday to two conspiracy counts. They owned the California-based Internet company Puck Technology. The Whizzinator is... [Full Story]

November 17, 2008

Ancient Greeks pre-empted Dead Parrot sketch

"I'll tell you what's wrong with it. It's dead, that's what's wrong with it." For those who believe the ancient Greeks thought of everything first, proof has been found in a 4th century AD joke book featuring an ancestor of Monty Python's Dead Parrot sketch where a man returns... [Full Story]

November 14, 2008

Robber threatens to complain after finding no cash

Police say a central Pennsylvania man tried to rob a bank -- but tellers' empty cash drawers thwarted his attempt. Springettsbury Township Police Lt. Scott Laird said the tellers were waiting for their cash drawers to be filled when a man entered a Susquehanna Bank branch Thursday morning and... [Full Story]

November 13, 2008

Town of Batman suing Batman over use of Batman

The mayor of Batman, Turkey, is suing Warner Bros. and The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan for using the Cape Crusader's name without the city's permission. Variety reports Huseyin Kalkan, mayor of the predominantly Kurdish town located in the Batman province of Turkey on the Batman River, is preparing... [Full Story]

November 10, 2008

Toy Hall of Fame points to new addition: the stick

The lowly stick, a universal plaything powered by a child's imagination, landed in the National Toy Hall of Fame on Thursday along with the Baby Doll and the skateboard. The three were chosen to join the Strong National Museum of Play's lineup of 38 classics ranging from the bicycle,... [Full Story]

November 7, 2008

Man attempts to pay $32 bar tap with gum wrappers

A 28-year-old man who attempted to pay for his bar tab with gum wrappers was arrested after a scuffle with a police officer on Tuesday night, authorities said. A bartender told police the man was playing pool with an open bottle of beer and spilled some of it on... [Full Story]

November 6, 2008

"Little House on Prairie," adults-only version!

Finland has rated the DVD release of the much-loved children's television series "Little House on the Prairie" suitable for adult viewing only. To save money, Universal Pictures decided not to submit the series to state inspection, the company's Finland marketing manager Meri Suomela told Reuters on Wednesday. Finnish authorities... [Full Story]

October 31, 2008

Kitty Caucus Dirty Job

To put it in a tasteful way, a vote in Ohio is determining which White House hopeful is the pick of the litter. The ballot boxes are cat litter boxes in the 2008 "Kitty Caucus" being conducted by the Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus and local radio station... [Full Story]

Turn Your Clock Back - For Your Life

Turning back the clock and getting an extra hour sleep protects people against having heart attacks the next working day, according to a research letter in the New England Journal of Medicine. The heart attack rate is generally lower on the Monday after the transition out of daylight saving... [Full Story]

October 27, 2008

Italian police to use 200mph Lamborghini

The new Gallardo, which boasts a 560-horsepower engine, will prowl Italy's autostradas in search of the country's notoriously lead-footed drivers. The custom made sports car is equipped with a specially designed mini fridge, which will be used to transport organs and plasma to help save the lives of traffic... [Full Story]

October 23, 2008

Climbers claim to find Yeti tracks

Japanese climbers returning from a mountain in western Nepal said Tuesday they had found footprints they think belonged to the abominable snowman or Yeti. "We saw three footprints which looked like that of human beings," Kuniaki Yagihara, a member of the Yeti Project Japan, said in Kathmandu, after returning... [Full Story]

October 21, 2008

When 'YOU DAMN KIDS!' Gets Out of Hand

Police in Ohio say an 89-year-old woman is facing a charge of petty theft because neighborhood children accuse her of refusing to give back their football. Edna Jester was arrested last week in the Cincinnati suburb of Blue Ash. Police say one child's father complained that Jester kept the... [Full Story]

October 14, 2008


All over sunny San Diego, tough economic times have forced people to cut back on their $4 lattes and sushi dinners. But one new business is booming -- and ka-booming -- precisely because of frustration from the worst financial crisis to hit the United States in decades. Welcome to... [Full Story]

October 13, 2008

Prostitutes Thrive in Economy Meltdown

The NY Daily News has a fascinating look at how the worlds oldest proffession is fairing in the growing financial crisis. "The market is down, business is down, but we feel it less," said Dylan, 24, a promotional model-turned-Manhattan prostitute. "We're still busy." Dylan works for a Manhattan madam... [Full Story]

Couple Split, Saw House in Half

A Cambodian couple has simplified the messy legal task of divorce by literally sawing their house in two. Divorce has become an increasingly convoluted legal process in Cambodia, with couples now required to go through their commune chiefs who often pressure them to stay together. It can also cost... [Full Story]

October 8, 2008

Penn State Trading Cards: brains, not brawn

Perennial college football powerhouse Penn State University is promoting glossy trading cards similar to those collected by sports fans. Only, there's no card for Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno or any of his Nittany Lions. The 10-card set showcases top faculty members. Glaciologist Richard Alley is a... [Full Story]

October 7, 2008

Crowd catches toddler falling from carnival ride

A group of fairgoers caught and saved a toddler who was dropped nearly 40 feet from a carnival ride as her mother dangled above the crowd. "It was very scary witnessing the mother hanging from the ride with her daughter," witness Leann Craft said. "The little girl was completely... [Full Story]

October 6, 2008

Father of 'Smoot' Honored at MIT

The father of a measurement known as the "Smoot" returned Saturday to be honored at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the school where he and his fraternity brothers invented it 50 years ago. Oliver Smoot was the shortest pledge in the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity in 1958 when its... [Full Story]

September 30, 2008

UCLA group discovers humongous prime number

Mathematicians at UCLA have discovered a 13 million-digit prime number, a long-sought milestone that makes them eligible for a $100,000 prize. The group found the 46th known Mersenne prime last month on a network of 75 computers running Windows XP. The number was verified by a different computer system... [Full Story]

September 22, 2008

Man finds rifle his dad used in Korea

As gifts go, Jim Richardson's choice for his father's 79th birthday was a long shot. Virgil Richardson fondly remembered the .30-caliber M1 Garand rifle he carried during his time as a soldier during the Korean War. He even still had the weapon's serial number. Using that number, Jim Richardson... [Full Story]

September 20, 2008

Ike's Waves Uncover Mystery Shipwreck

When the waves from Hurricane Ike receded, they left behind a mystery -- a ragged shipwreck that archeologists say could be a two-masted Civil War schooner that ran aground in 1862 or another ship from some 70 years later. The wreck, about six miles from Fort Morgan, had already... [Full Story]

August 22, 2008

Man uses Barbie fishing rod to make record catch

David Hayes' granddaughter just asked him to hold her Barbie rod and reel while she went to the bathroom. He did. And seconds later he landed the state record channel catfish at 21 pounds, 1 ounce. Alyssa's father had bought the pink Barbie fishing rod for Christmas and she had... [Full Story]

August 19, 2008

The Craziest F*cking Thing I've seen all month

Oh. My. God. The body of deceased Angel Pantoja Medina stands erect and leans against a wall by his coffin during his own wake in his mother's home in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, Aug. 18, 2008. The last wish of Medina, 24, who was found dead on Aug.... [Full Story]

August 18, 2008

"Bigfoot" fails DNA test

Bigfoot remains as elusive as ever. Results from tests on genetic material from alleged remains of one of the mythical half-ape and half-human creatures, made public at a news conference on Friday held after the claimed discovery swept the Internet, failed to prove its existence. One of the two... [Full Story]

August 14, 2008

Hate-Monger Fred Phelps picket Bernie Mac's Memorial

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Big Foot Captured?

Two Northern California men and two Georgians say they've got a body, a photo and DNA evidence pertaining to the elusive forest-dwelling man-ape -- and that they'll reveal all at a press conference in Palo Alto, Calif., on Friday. "I think you'll find that this is the real deal,"... [Full Story]

August 11, 2008

Spanish shopkeeper finds Homer Simpson euro

A one euro coin has turned up in Spain bearing the face of cartoon couch potato Homer Simpson instead of that of the country's king, a sweetshop owner told Reuters on Friday. Jose Martinez was counting the cash in his till in the city of Aviles, northern Spain, when... [Full Story]

August 5, 2008

Ohio woman bills Michigan $16 for work zone delay

An Ohio woman has sent Michigan transportation officials a bill for the $16 she says she wasted on gasoline sitting in construction zone traffic. Carol Greenberg complained there were no signs warning about the work on southbound Interstate 275 where it merges with I-75 near Newport, Michigan, about 27... [Full Story]

July 31, 2008

My sickness has a name: The Truman Show Delusion

Joel and Ian Gold, brothers and psychiatrists from Montreal, believe they have discovered a signature mental illness of the YouTube era: patients who claim they are subjects of their own reality TV shows. They have named the malady the "Truman Show Delusion," and though they are in the process... [Full Story]

Fat N.J. cat's origins uncovered

A 44-pound cat found lumbering around New Jersey was abandoned by a woman who said her home was foreclosed, an animal shelter official said Thursday. The porky white cat found Saturday became a local media sensation and was dubbed "Princess Chunk". But the animal is really a male whose... [Full Story]

World's oldest joke traced back to 1900 BC

The world's oldest recorded joke has been traced back to 1900 BC and suggests toilet humor was as popular with the ancients as it is today. It is a saying of the Sumerians, who lived in what is now southern Iraq and goes: "Something which has never occurred since... [Full Story]

July 29, 2008

'Joker' Arrested for Batman Poster Theft

Police in Michigan have arrested a man who they say tried to steal posters and other items related to the new Batman movie from a cinema lobby while dressed up as the Joker. Detective Mike Mohney said Monday 20-year-old Spencer Taylor of Three Rivers has been booked for investigation... [Full Story]

July 28, 2008

The Comic Con Photo Album

All the fun of Comic Con without all the pesky cavorting with nerds. San Diego's Comic Con is the biggest in the country and it's tickets for attendance are sold out in minutes. If you're promoting a Sci Fi show or movie, this is the nucleus of your demographic. The... [Full Story]

July 24, 2008

Judge Say No to Ridiculous Names

A family court judge in New Zealand has had enough with parents giving their children bizarre names here, and did something about it. Just ask Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii. He had her renamed. Judge Rob Murfitt made the 9-year-old girl a ward of the court so that... [Full Story]

July 22, 2008

Men sentenced for setting friend's crotch ablaze

Two practical jokers are behind bars for setting their passed-out drinking buddy's crotch ablaze while boozing in Grover Beach. Matthew Craig Pillers and Jack Brent Nicholas Keiffer pleaded no contest to a felony great bodily injury charge. Prosecutors say the 22-year-old Pillers, a parolee, was sentenced to two years in... [Full Story]

July 18, 2008

Boy, 11, tracks speeders with toy radar gun

Landon Wilburn, 11, has a future as a cop -- a traffic cop. The youngster, who used to shout at speeders to slow down as they drove through the Stone Lakes subdivision in Louisville, now has taken matters into his own hands. Dressed in a reflective vest, wearing a... [Full Story]

July 15, 2008

Ravers lose sight at laser show

Dozens of partygoers at an outdoor rave near Moscow last week have lost partial vision after a laser light show burned their retinas, Russian health officials said on Monday. Moscow city health department officials confirmed 12 cases of laser-blindness at the Central Ophthalmological Clinic, and daily newspaper Kommersant said... [Full Story]

July 11, 2008

Dog meat off the menu during Beijing Olympics

Canine cuisine is being sent to the doghouse during next month's Beijing Olympic Games. Dog meat has been struck from the menus of officially designated Olympic restaurants, and Beijing tourism officials are telling other outlets to discourage consumers from ordering dishes made from dogs, the official Xinhua News Agency... [Full Story]

July 3, 2008

Crazy Broad Steals Cat to Get Dog Back

Police say a South Florida woman stole a couple's cat to get them to return her dog. Linda Urioste's black Labrador was recently picked up by animal control officers and later adopted by Jutta Hollar and her husband. Hollar learned a couple of weeks later that Urioste had been... [Full Story]

July 2, 2008

Faceless freaks in the crowd

So Splash news has a ton of pictures of these creepy faceless people at Wimbledon yesterday and apparently they've been spotted other places such as the opening of Harrod's summer sale and Elton John's White Tie & Tiara Ball. So who or what are they? Mike D at DListed... [Full Story]

June 29, 2008

Dutch marijuana coffee shops brace for smoking ban

Pre-rolled joints with tobacco are seen at The Green House coffee shop, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday June 15, 2008. Amsterdam's marijuana bars may be facing the ultimate buzz kill: a smoking ban. On July 1, the Netherlands will comply with European law banning smoking in bars and restaurants. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)... [Full Story]

June 27, 2008

Motorcyclist Cited For Driving 144 MPH

A motorcyclist clocked by state police driving 144 miles-an-hour in a 55 mile-an-hour zone in New York's Putnam County faces having his license suspended. The state police in Brewster said the motorcycle driven by 21-year-old David Puchalski, of Carmel, was stopped at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at I-84 in the... [Full Story]

Cloud machine takes marketing to new heights

Pretty soon, when we're lying staring at the sky, we're likely to see Nike swooshes or Mercedes insignias floating above our heads thanks to a new cloud machine made by magician and Hollywood special effects entrepreneur Francisco Guerra. His US-based company Snowmakers has developed a machine that can produce... [Full Story]

June 22, 2008

Surfers Turn Protective, attack pappazzi

Around 12 photographers were on the beach in Malibu this afternoon trying to get shots of Matty hitting the surf, when an all-out smackdown was laid on the pappers by turf-protecting surfers. One pap was hit in the face and we're told suffered a broken nose, while another was... [Full Story]

June 9, 2008

Stranded divers chase off Komodo dragon on island

Scuba divers swept away in strong currents survived 12 hours in shark-infested waters before scrambling onto a remote Indonesian island where they faced yet another threat: a Komodo dragon. The divers -- three from Britain and one each from France and Sweden -- came face-to-face with the giant, carnivorous... [Full Story]

June 5, 2008

Japanese patient's 'tumour' turns out to be 25-year-old towel

Doctors who carried out surgery on a Japanese man to remove a "tumour" had good news and bad news for him. He did not have cancer -- but the "growth" that had been causing him pain was in fact a 25-year-old surgical towel. The patient had been carrying the... [Full Story]

June 2, 2008

Spell-check run amok changes names in Pa. yearbook

A computer spell-checker run amok christened several Pennsylvania high school students with new -- and in some cases unflattering -- last names. Middletown Area High School's yearbook listed Max Zupanovic as "Max Supernova," Kathy Carbaugh as "Kathy Airbag" and Alessandra Ippolito as "Alexandria Impolite," just to name a few.... [Full Story]

Pa. man & 71yr old friend in wheelchair nab robber

A 21-year-old robbery suspect was jailed in Luzerne County thanks to the efforts of the 71-year-old victim and his friend in a wheelchair. Harry Kopenis, said he went to an ATM at a bank near his Kingston home Monday morning and withdrew $100 when a woman came out of... [Full Story]

June 1, 2008

Japan man discovers woman living in his closet

A Japanese man who was mystified when food kept disappearing from his kitchen, set up a hidden camera and found an unknown woman living secretly in his closet, Japanese media said Friday. The 57-year-old unemployed man of Fukuoka in southern Japan called police Wednesday when the camera sent pictures to... [Full Story]

May 23, 2008

Buy a car and get a free gun

A Missouri car dealer said on Thursday sales have soared at his auto and truck business since launching a promotion this week that promises buyers a free handgun or a $250 gas card with every purchase. Max Motors, a small Butler, Missouri dealership that has as its logo a... [Full Story]

May 20, 2008

Photographer Speared during javelin Competition

Medical personnel stabilize Ogden Standard-Examiner photographer Ryan McGeeney's leg after he was pierced by a javelin directly below his right knee while covering the Utah state high school track championships at Brigham Young University's Clarence Robison track stadium in Provo, Utah. McGeeney was transported by ambulence to Utah Valley Regional... [Full Story]

May 15, 2008

Teen sells 17,328 boxes of Girl Scout cookies

A Girl Scout sold 17,328 boxes of the group's signature cookies this year by setting up shop on a street corner, shattering her troop's old mark and probably setting a national record. Jennifer Sharpe, a 15-year-old from Dearborn, plans to travel to Europe with her troop with the proceeds... [Full Story]

May 13, 2008

Iowa man charged with throwing candy at police

A college student whose friend was being questioned in a hit and run found himself charged with assaulting an officer with a curious choice of weapons: M&Ms. Sean McGuire was arrested early Sunday at a convenience store after Drake University security guards noticed the colored candies falling on the... [Full Story]

May 5, 2008

NYPD horse throws officer, makes his way home alone

Police say a patrol horse found his own way back through Manhattan streets to his stable after throwing his rider. The officer was treated for minor injuries after traffic noise spooked Aldo on Friday. The 8-year-old took off about eight blocks to the stable. New York police spokesman Paul... [Full Story]

April 23, 2008

That's So Raven star Orlando Brown Missing

Orlando Brown of TV's That's So Raven has been missing since early Tuesday morning, PEOPLE has learned exclusively. The 20-year-old reportedly left his manager's house around 10:20 a.m. to make a quick trip to 7-Eleven and has not been seen since. According to Brown's publicist, Elayne Rivers, he had... [Full Story]

April 16, 2008

Large Cruise Liner to have New York-style Central Park

The world's biggest cruise liner is to have a New York-style "Central Park" on the ship, its owners have revealed. Royal Caribbean is building the 220,000-tonne liner with the working name Project Genesis and the announcement is the latest salvo in the intensely competitive global cruise market. The company... [Full Story]

April 15, 2008

He's Back! 'French Spiderman' scales Hong Kong hotel

"French Spiderman" Alain Robert, who has become famous for illegally climbing buildings across the world, scaled a top Hong Kong hotel on Tuesday, eyewitnesses said. The 45-year-old urban climber scrambled up the outside of the 46-storey Four Seasons Hotel before being detained when he reached the roof, said one... [Full Story]

April 14, 2008

Red Sox Fan Foiled in Attempt to Curse Yanks

The New York Yankees may have foiled an attempt to curse their new stadium. The construction workers on the site included a fan of the hated Boston Red Sox. While on the job recently, he buried a Red Sox jersey. Call it superstition, but the Yankees took it seriously. Over... [Full Story]

April 11, 2008

Keith Richards: 'Doctors Want My Body For Science When I Die'

Keith Richards has been inundated with requests to donate his body to medical science when he dies, because doctors want to examine his immune system. The Brown Sugar rocker, who spent much of the '70s addicted to heroin and continues to live a rock 'n' roll lifestyle, credits his... [Full Story]

April 4, 2008

5th-grader finds mistake at Smithsonian

Is fifth-grader Kenton Stufflebeam smarter than the Smithsonian? On a winter break trip with his family to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, the 11-year-old southwestern Michigan boy noticed that a notation, in bold lettering, mistakenly identified the Precambrian as an era. Since it opened in 1981,... [Full Story]

April 2, 2008

Cyber vigilante brings worldwide heat on thieves

Philly police learned what can happen when a tech-savvy victim gets tired of waiting for help. On Mar 12th Burglars broke into the Fishtown home of Jesse McPherson and ripped his flat-screen TV off the wall and nabbed his Xbox 360 and Apple PowerBook. A few days later, co-workers... [Full Story]

March 26, 2008

Circus "slave" forced to swim with piranhas

Police rescued two teenage Bulgarian sisters from a circus in southern Italy which forced one of them to swim with flesh-eating piranhas for the amusement of guests, police said. While the 19-year-old sister swam in a transparent tank, the younger, 16-year-old was forced into a container where the circus... [Full Story]

March 24, 2008

Oregon man's property ransacked after Craigslist hoax

A pair of hoax ads on Craigslist cost an Oregon man much of what he owned. The ads popped up Saturday afternoon, saying the owner of a Jacksonville home was forced to leave the area suddenly and his belongings, including a horse, were free for the taking, said Jackson... [Full Story]

March 21, 2008

Man Commits Suicide Via Robot

An elderly man has killed himself by programming a robot to shoot him in the head after building the machine from plans downloaded from the internet. Francis Tovey, 81, who lived alone in Burleigh Heads on the Australian Gold Coast, was found dead in his driveway. According to the... [Full Story]

March 20, 2008

Happy 40th birthday to the Corporate Cage

Fo' realz ya'll... it was 40 years ago that the geniuses in office design came up with the soul-destroying workspace we call the modern cubicle. In celebration, office designers IDEO have teamed up with Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, to create the ideal cubicle. You can put one together using... [Full Story]

Universal Orlando Building High Tech Coaster

Universal Studios Orlando has announced that they will be building The Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit Rollercoaster, a new high-tech roller-coaster ride which will hold the title of the tallest coaster in Central Florida and one of the fastest in the state. Rockit will rise 167 feet into the air,... [Full Story]

Warren Buffett Guest Stars on 'All My Children'

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett will be drawn into a fictional insider-trading scandal in an upcoming appearance on the TV soap opera "All My Children." Buffett, 77, will play himself in an episode set to air during the May "sweeps" ratings period. It will be his second guest turn on... [Full Story]

March 19, 2008

Runaway Bride's ex Fiance gets Married

John Mason, who was once engaged to Jennifer Wilbanks (a.k.a the "Runaway Bride"), has gotten married - but not to Wilbanks. Mason, 35, and Shelley Martin, 34, wed in a quiet ceremony in front of their families at his parents' home in Duluth, Ga. on Sat. March 15. "We... [Full Story]

March 11, 2008

Wrath, Lust, and Littering? The New Seven Deadly Sins

Pollution and drugs are on a list of new mortal sins produced by the Vatican. Others include genetic manipulation and social and economic injustice. Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti, who heads the Apostolic Penitentiary - a Vatican body that issues decisions on matters of conscience and grants absolutions - said in... [Full Story]

March 5, 2008

Spielberg to Launch Paranormal - ET Social Network

Hollywood super producer Steven Spielberg is preparing to launch a new social network. The focus will be on users who've had or who are interested in sharing paranormal and extraterrestrial experiences. The new social network may also have original video content investigating alleged ghost and UFO stories. Spielberg has... [Full Story]

Fire fighters in one hot competition

Firefighters Charlie Schmidt, left, and John Stewart, both of Vancouver, Wash., fire dept., pick up their gear and head out after resting following racing up 1,311 stairs in competition Sunday, March 2, 2008, in the Columbia Center tower in Seattle. More than 1,000 firefighters from throughout the U.S., as well... [Full Story]

March 4, 2008

Moses was high on drugs: Israeli researcher

High on Mount Sinai, Moses was on psychedelic drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments, an Israeli researcher claimed in a study published this week. Such mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites of Israelites in biblical times, Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive... [Full Story]

March 3, 2008

Oscar winner Cotillard backs 9/11 conspiracy theories

French actress Marion Cotillard, who picked up an Oscar for best actress in Hollywood last week, has admitted to having doubts about the official version of the September 11 attacks in the US. "I think we're lied to about a lot of things," she said during a television programme... [Full Story]

January 29, 2008

Peterson Finds new level of Creepy

A well-placed source at FOX tells TMZ that reps for suspected wife killer Drew Peterson have contacted the producers of the new show "Moment of Truth," asking to hookup their client to a lie detector test on national television. Peterson's wife Stacey has been missing and presumed dead since... [Full Story]

January 24, 2008

Guinness names worlds largest pool

A view of the swimming pool at the resort of San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo city on the southern coast of Chile, some 100 km (62 miles) west of Santiago, January 21, 2008. Acknowledged by the Guinness World Records as the world's largest swimming pool, the lagoon measures... [Full Story]

Dime Bags of Freshness

Law enforcement and community leaders on Thursday tasted sweet victory in their fight against the sales of a candy they said looked too similar to bags of heroin or crack-cocaine. The Hershey Co. announced it would cease production of Ice Breakers Pacs -- mints said to resemble illegal street... [Full Story]

January 23, 2008

Cat Racks Up Frequent flyer Miles

Seth Levy's Cat, Gracie Mae, crawled into her owner's suitcase, went through an airport X-ray machine, got loaded onto a plane, thrown onto a baggage belt and mistakenly picked up by a stranger and taken to Fort Worth Texas. The last time Levy's wife, Kelly, saw Gracie was before... [Full Story]

January 15, 2008

Smurf Celebrate 50th Anniversary

The Smurfs will celebrate their 50th anniversary this year with a movie deal and an invasion of new female characters. Smurfs -- known in the original Belgian comic strip as Schtroumpfs -- may only be as tall as three apples and do little more than forage for food and... [Full Story]

Dozens in Texas town report seeing UFO

STEPHENVILLE, Texas - In this farming community where nightfall usually brings clear, starry skies, residents are abuzz over reported sightings of what many believe is a UFO. Several dozen people -- including a pilot, county constable and business owners -- insist they have seen a large silent object with... [Full Story]

January 11, 2008

Three prisoners sue Illinois jailer over soggy cookies

(click to enlarge) Vexed by soggy cookies and cakes, a trio of inmates is suing an Illinois sheriff for $2 million, claiming their rights have been violated by the provision of lousy baked goods. Which, if memory serves, is exactly what led to the Attica uprising: In a December 31... [Full Story]

Twins Marry by Mistake

A Married couple have had their union annulled - after discovering they were twins. The twins were separated at birth and not told they had any siblings. They were adopted by different families, and - amazingly - as adults they met, fell in love and married. The High Court... [Full Story]

January 10, 2008

'Mean mom' sells son's car after misdeed

Jane Hambleton has dubbed herself the "meanest mom on the planet." After finding alcohol in her son's car, she decided to sell the car and share her 19-year-old's misdeed with everyone -- by placing an ad in the local newspaper. The ad reads: "OLDS 1999 Intrigue. Totally uncool parents... [Full Story]

January 3, 2008

Lake Superior State University 2008 List of Banished Words

The wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University are giving back to English speakers everywhere with their 33rd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. This year's list derives from more than 2,000 nominations received through the university's website, Word-watchers target pet... [Full Story]

January 2, 2008

5- and 9-Year-Old Break into House, Steal CD's

Local police said it was a typical holiday Grinch tale: A home was broken into on Christmas Eve, and wrapped presents were stolen off a kitchen table. Little did they know the culprits were kids. Authorities said Friday that a 9-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy used a gift... [Full Story]

December 13, 2007

This Means You, Stupid...

A warning on a compact tractor that reads 'Danger: Avoid Death' has been chosen as the nation's wackiest warning label by the anti-lawsuit group. The' Wacky Warning Label Contest,' now in its 11th year, is conducted by the Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch as part of an effort to show... [Full Story]

December 7, 2007

How this doesn't happen every day I don't know...

From SFGate: A pedestrian apparently absorbed in a cell phone call was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in San Leandro today after he walked around a lowered crossing gate and onto the tracks, authorities said. The victim, a man who was not immediately identified, was struck at... [Full Story]

New York store red faced over 'Hanukkah hams'

A posh food store in New York's Greenwich Village has found itself red faced after offering hams for sale with the slogan "Delicious for Hanukkah," the current Jewish religious holiday. The non-kosher labelling was spotted at the weekend by Manhattan novelist Nancy Kay Shapiro, 46, who decided instead of... [Full Story]

December 5, 2007

Tea Leaves and Tummy Rubs

'Ichigo', one of the cats customers can play with at the Cat Cafe Calico, enjoys a scratch from a visitor in western Tokyo December 3, 2007. Calico is one of at least three cafes that have opened up in Tokyo this year where visitors can mingle with cats as they... [Full Story]

December 2, 2007

Mafia boss arrested while watching Mafia TV show

Italian Carabinieri police accompany Michele Catalano (C) after his arrest in Palermo November 29, 2007. Italian police burst into the room of the suspected Mafia mobster in Sicily and arrested him as he watched a television show about the arrest of a Mafia boss, investigators said on Friday. Police said... [Full Story]

November 28, 2007

Dude, didn't we have 60 pounds of pot?

This photo provided by the Florida Highway Patrol shows a State Police cruiser covered with bags of marijuana Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007. The Florida Highway Patrol says anyone missing two big bags of pot can call their Tampa area office. A crew picking up litter from along Interstate 4 Tuesday... [Full Story]

November 11, 2007

The Pan Man's Getting F'ing Married???

If you're single and were looking for a reason to kill yourself I have news for you. A grown man known for dressing like Peter Pan has found someone to love him. Lets set aside the fact that there is no way in hell this guy is straight. Let's forget... [Full Story]

October 29, 2007

Scarlett Johansson Gives Ryan Reynolds Some Wisdom... Teeth

While having her wisdom teeth removed earlier this month, Scarlett Johansson was struck with an idea: these would make a great gift! When boyfriend Ryan Reynolds recently turned 31, the blonde starlet presented him with one of her teeth dipped in gold and strung on a necklace, reports The... [Full Story]

October 19, 2007


This is so cute... With the 54-date "Best of Both Worlds Tour" kicking off in St. Louis, Missouri, on Thursday, local radio station Y98 offered dads the chance to be their daughter's hero by putting on heels and racing 50 yards to win four tickets. Director of programming at... [Full Story]

October 17, 2007

Sex, Nazi, burrito and Viagra: Who Googles what?

Internet users in Egypt, India and Turkey are the world's most frequent searchers for Web sites using the keyword "sex" on Google search engines, according to statistics provided by Google Inc. Germany, Mexico and Austria were world's top three searchers of the word "Hitler" while "Nazi" scored the most... [Full Story]

October 11, 2007

Artist implants 'third ear' on his own arm

Performance artists are known for pushing the bounderies, but one Australian has astonished his contemporaries by having a third ear implanted onto his arm. The Cypriot-born eccentric Stelios Arcadious spent 10 years searching for a surgeon willing to perform the controversial operation. He got his wish after working as... [Full Story]

September 27, 2007

Guinness -- weird, wonderful and wacky abound

When it comes to the world's weirdest achievers, nothing beats the ultimate accolade -- a place in Guinness World Records for demonstrating bizarre skills. Using only one hand, Germany's Thomas Vogel unfastened 56 bras in 60 seconds. Australian John Allwood smashed 40 watermelons with his head in just one minute.... [Full Story]

September 20, 2007

It's Funny Cuz it's True

Down in Kentucky the Humane Society hopes these billboards will do more than make you smile. Keeping the stray population down takes more than just cousin Cooters hankerin' for feline pie.... [Full Story]

September 19, 2007

'Dead' Man Wakes Up Under Autopsy Knife

Carlos Camejo, a Venezuelan man who had been declared dead but woke up in the morgue in excruciating pain after medical examiners began their autopsy, poses for the camera in La Victoria September 17, 2007. Camejo, 33, was declared dead after a highway accident and taken to the morgue,... [Full Story]

September 18, 2007

Ride the S.L.U.T.

Image: Fuzzirella The Seattle Post Intelligencer notes a story about an acronym for the South Lake Union Streetcar being built by billionaire former Microsoft executive Paul Allen's development company Vulcan, Inc. It seems that the locals prefer the term "trolley" to "streetcar," in part because it makes the acronym... [Full Story]

August 29, 2007

Helmsley's dog gets $12 million, Grandkids get nothing

Leona Helmsley's dog will continue to live an opulent life, and then be buried alongside her in a mausoleum. But two of Helmsley's grandchildren got nothing from the late luxury hotelier and real estate billionaire's estate. Helmsley left her beloved white Maltese, named Trouble, a $12 million trust fund,... [Full Story]

August 25, 2007

Man leaves dead mother in armchair for two years

A German left his dead mother seated in her favorite armchair at their shared home for two years because he could not face organizing a funeral, police in the southern town of Fuerstenfeldbruck said Friday. The woman died of natural causes in the chair in July 2005 at the... [Full Story]

August 14, 2007

Japanese biker fails to notice missing leg

A Japanese biker failed to notice his leg had been severed below the knee when he hit a safety barrier, and rode on for 2 km (1.2 miles), leaving a friend to pick up the missing limb. The 54-year-old office worker was out on his motorcycle with a group of... [Full Story]

August 11, 2007

Man says hold the cheese, claims McDonald's didn't, sues for $10 million

A West Virginia man, his mother and his friend are suing McDonald's for $10 million. The man says he bit into a hamburger and had a severe allergic reaction to the cheese melted on it. Jeromy Jackson, who is in his early 20s, says he clearly ordered two Quarter Pounders... [Full Story]

August 8, 2007

Giant Lego man found in Dutch sea

A giant, smiling Lego man was fished out of the sea in the Dutch resort of Zandvoort on Tuesday. Workers at a drinks stall rescued the 2.5-metre (8-foot) tall model with a yellow head and blue torso. "We saw something bobbing about in the sea and we decided to take... [Full Story]

The Official "Vick" Dog Chew Toy

This is a must have for all dog lovers! Buy yours today! Is it different you ask? You bet it is! Vick's Dog Chew Toy is made of state of the art "dog" material. The Vick's Toy Doll is so strong and flexible, it will challenge every breed. Especially... [Full Story]

August 6, 2007

Post-It's mean never having to say good-bye

Jack Wang's best friend robbed his office's supply closet blind in order to give his pal a send off he wont forget. Jack's last day at work ended with his car was completely covered in Post-it notes. Oh, and one parking ticket from a bastard cop with absolutely no... [Full Story]

August 1, 2007

Mom, Daughter Fend Off Attacker with a Sword

Beverly police are looking for a man who terrorized a mother and daughter about 10:00 Monday night in their Cooper Street home. He fled after the daughter began hitting him with a sword used in marshal arts training. The sword scared away the intruder, but not before he beat 61-year-old... [Full Story]

July 30, 2007

Exclamation point costs texter a win

Kevin Taylor, 30, of Minneapolis, lost out on a $1,000 first prize in a text messaging contest at the North Dakota State Fair because he forgot the punctuation mark at the end of a phrase that he and his sudden-death competitor had to enter. So he settled for $200. Beth... [Full Story]

Police Kill Man in Bid to Stop Exorcism

Police in Phoenix are investigating the death of a man who grappled with officers as he attempted an exorcism on his 3-year-old granddaughter. Police Sgt. Joel Tranter told The Arizona Republic the incident happened Saturday when officers were tipped off by a relative an exorcism was being performed on... [Full Story]

July 27, 2007

K-WHAT? TV Station's Call Letters Make Me KLOL

THE call letters KUNT have landed at a yet-unbuilt low-power digital television station in Wailuku, Maui. Alarmingly similar to a word the dictionary says is obscene, the call letters were among a 15-page list of new call letters issued by the Federal Communications Commission and released this week. The... [Full Story]

July 26, 2007

PUURRRRRR! You're Dead!

Oscar the cat has a habit of curling up next to patients at the nursing home in Providence, Rhode Island, in their final hours. According to the author of a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the two-year-old cat has been observed to be correct in 25... [Full Story]

UFO sightings bring town to a standstill

A crowd of 100 stunned stargazers brought a town centre to a standstill when five mysterious UFOs were spotted hovering in the sky. Drinkers spilled out of pubs, motorists stopped to gawp and camera phones were aimed upwards as the five orbs, in a seeming formation, hovered above Stratford-Upon-Avon for... [Full Story]

July 15, 2007

Because when you said you were lazy you meant L.A.Z.Y.

It sounds like the perfect invention for all those couch potatoes who find even using a remote control just a little too much like hard work. Scientists have come up with a box that lets television viewers change channels, switch on the DVD player or switch off an irritating presenter... [Full Story]

July 13, 2007

Brothers Gored By Bulls at Same Time

What was top story tonight in your town? Here in Philadelphia all networks were beaming with pride over the local brothers who each took a horn up the ass in what is arguably the most ridiculous tradition man obersves today. The brothers were gored by a fighting bull during a... [Full Story]

July 9, 2007

Guest helping with leftovers finds bodies in basement; man is arrested

A Belgian man appeared in court on Friday after a woman at his dinner party found the bodies of his wife and stepson in the freezer as she put away the leftovers, prosecutors said. The woman went to the police after discovering the 46-year-old woman and her 11-year-old son... [Full Story]

July 4, 2007

Drunk takes a free bike ride on car roof

Police officers in the Dutch city of Alkmaar were surprised to see a car passing by with a man sitting on a bicycle on its roof. The driver and his wife, when stopped by the police, said they heard a noise while waiting at a traffic light, but did... [Full Story]

June 21, 2007

Man bursts into flames after being shot by a taser gun

Police are investigating the firey death of a man who burst into flames after dousing himself in petrol and then being shot with a taser gun. Officers used the gun after the man had poured gasoline over himself. Juan Flores Lopez, 47, died on Tuesday at a hospital in Texas.... [Full Story]

June 18, 2007

Real Buried Pearl Treasure Found

Salvagers discovered thousands of pearls Friday in a small, lead box they said they found while searching for the wreckage of the 17th-century Spanish galleon Santa Margarita. Divers from Blue Water Ventures of Key West said they found the sealed box, measuring 3.5 inches by 5.5 inches, along with a... [Full Story]

Dog Gives Birth To Kitten?

A dog has become a local celebrity in a Chinese village after she reportedly gave birth to a kitten. Hua Chengpeng, of Huayang village, Jiangyan city, told People's Daily that the unlikely animal was the third 'puppy' in his pet's litter. "The first two puppies the dog produced were both... [Full Story]

June 15, 2007

Baby Monitor Picks Up NASA Images

Since Sunday, one of the two channels on Natalie Meilinger's baby monitor has been picking up black-and-white video from inside the space shuttle Atlantis. The other still lets her keep an eye on her baby. "Whoever has a baby monitor knows what you'll usually see," Meilinger said. "No one would... [Full Story]

June 14, 2007

Balloon Mystifies Citizens, exaggerations ensue

A mysterious blimp-like object seen hovering over Salt Lake City on Wednesday was a small craft that was being developed by a resident - when it lost power and drifted over the valley, according to police. The silver, zeppelin-type object was seen by dozens of witnesses at approximately 8:00... [Full Story]

July 18, 2006

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned

If That Girl Emily and her cheating husband Steven seem too conveniently one dimensional - sort of like a plot line for a new TV series or indie movie - they probably are. Emily promises "14 days of wrath" against her cheating husband, but the odds are there's some... [Full Story]

June 7, 2006

Coors Markets to the Clean and Well Dressed

Bravo Coors for branching out to include the boys who spend the most money when they go out clubbing! I just don't feel these ads are quite gay enough. Sure the pool shot could almost pass as porn but couldn't there be a peacock involved? Maybe in the background a... [Full Story]

May 5, 2006

The Glass Slipper Fits Playboy's Playmate of the Year

Nothing says "serious actress" like being named Playmate of the Year. This year's winner is a former Disney World dancer, Kara Monaco. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former Walt Disney World dancer who used to dress up as Cinderella and Snow White was named Playboy magazine's Playmate of the... [Full Story]

April 14, 2006

Continuing to NOT do magic... David Blaine is back

David Blaine intends to sleep with the fishes -- but only for a week, and in full public view. The 33-year-old magician will perform his latest stunt by living underwater for seven days and nights in a 'human aquarium' in front of New York's Lincoln Center. He will conclude... [Full Story]

March 15, 2006

Chicken Nugget Inventor Dies

A generation of children have no concept of small pieces of chicken in anything other than a breaded crust. The man responsible for this innovation, Robert C. Baker, passed away today. Ithaca, NY - Presidents, governors and other dignitaries digested his work over the years, along with generations of... [Full Story]


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