Archive for the ‘Strange & Weird’ Category

Brooklyn Sinkhole

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

This story really would not have that much gravity except that it’s not the first large Brooklyn sink hole to form this year.  It looks like this borough might start competing with Guatemala for most sink holes in a year.  Last night a sink holed formed between 4th and 5th Avenues in the Bayridge neighborhood of Brooklyn.  The hole is about 20 feet wide and 20 feet deep.

In late June a much larger sink hole developed around Third Avenue and 92nd street.  This one was about 50 feet deep and was apparently was caused by the sewer lines running through the neighborhood.

I am not sure what this means except that I would be scared to step on any depressed ground in Brooklyn in fear of it opening up into a giant sinkhole.

Is there a way to prevent or predict if a sinkhole is going to occur?  It seems like a lot of underground testing/mapping would have to take place but I think the Bayridge neighborhood of Brooklyn should get whatever experts the government has over there quickly before the entire borough is underground.

Jack the Gripper

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Some creepo is running around Missouri.  That’s weird, I feel like I could probably start a story with that sentence every day.  Anyway some lonely dude has been running around looking for women shopping by themselves and asking if they remember him.  He has a couple different lines but basically pretends they had met somewhere previously.  Then he goes in for the kill, and by kill, I mean hug.  Then again in two weeks it will probably be kill, he just needs to get a little more comfortable.  They have not released a description but I think I found a picture, posted below, that shows the back of his head.  I mean it is definitely an awkward looking hug that is not enjoyed by either participant.

So if you see the back of that head watch out for a weird embrace.

Prosecutors are deciding whether or not this man dubbed as ‘Jack the Gripper’ or ‘John Wayne Embracey’ has committed a crime but they need to do some further investigation on this “touchy” subject.  Being that 36 women have made complaints to the police department I am guessing this creepo is crossing the line.  They’ll probably have to charge him with something like fraud since the women are allowing him to embrace them ever so awkwardly even though it’s under false pretenses.

What do you think, can hugging be a crime?

50 Shades of Grey Hotel

Friday, July 13th, 2012

If there is one hotel room I don’t want to stay in, it’s the one modeled after the description from the book 50 Shades of Grey.  Just in case you have been living under a rock or never talk to women, 50 Shades of Grey is a book (trilogy) with a light BDSM theme that all women seemed to have read over the past year.  Although you would probably be in for a kinky weekend you might be the 500th couple to stay in that room and that’s just dirty.  I would have to imagine that room will see more body excrement than any room in Vegas.  Okay maybe not than Vegas but definitely your typical hotel room.

These rooms have been popping up around the pacific northwest the area where the book took place.

Hotel Max in Seattle offers the 50 Shades of Seattle package which states:  “Live out your fantasies with a two-night getaway in an Artist King room on the romantic 8th floor. During your stay, enjoy chauffeured town car service, a helicopter tour of the city and a private four-hour skippered sailing excursion on Puget Sound with gourmet picnic and a bottle of Bollinger Grande Année Rosé 1999 Champagne, a favorite of Mr. Grey himself.”   It’ll run you around $1,600.00 for the weekend but it’ll probably be one slaptastic weekend.

You can stay at The Heathman in Portland, Oregon, has the following package, “In honor of Mr Grey’s chopper, The Heathman is offering a “Charlie Tango No Limits” add-on package that includes appetizers and white wine at the hotel restaurant for six people, a helicopter tour of Portland, roses for the women, dinner at the hotel and limo transfers.”  This one will run you about $2,750.00 for the weekend.

It sounds pretty crazy but I guess everyone wants to live out their fantasy.  I am sure men will be supportive of their wives and girlfriends being it’s a fantasy based around sex, won’t be that hard to sell.  I am just waiting for the movie to come out.  Somehow I think this would be one chick flick men might want to go see with their wives and girlfriends.  Then again you could probably piece-meal together all the scenes from the book with scenes already on the internet.

NASCAR Corpse

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Holy Mother of Jesus!!  It’s not too often you hear about someone this crazy.  Linda Chase, a 72 year old Michigan woman, left her deceased partner, Charles  in his chair for 18 months before Zigler’s son called the authorities and asked them to investigate.  Just in case you didn’t really process the 18 months part, police are estimating that Zigler died around December 2010.

She didn’t report it because he was the only man that was ever nice to her and she liked to keep him around for company and someone to talk to.  It’s actually pretty depressing when you think about it.  But Chase changed his clothes on a daily basis and said they watched NASCAR together for the past year.

Chase has not been arrested yet, but she probably will be because she cashed Zigler’s benefits checks and although he was still “around” he didn’t really get any benefits from them.

Personally I think locking her up in a loony bin might be a win-win.  She will have plenty of people to talk to and we don’t have to worry about the creepy old lady next door.

What do you think?  Just a story about a poor old lost woman or someone who has lost touch with reality and could benefit from some monitored care?

Bob Marley Parasite

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Bob Marley was recently honored by having a blood-sucking fish parasite named after him.  It’s official scientific name is “Gnathia marleyi” and it feeds off fish in the coral reefs of the the Caribbean.  Ooooooh, to be so lucky.  Seriously what kind of honor is that, that’s borderline insulting.  It is basically a tic in the water.  Not only that it’s practically microscopic so the only people who will ever see it will be scientists.

I mean seriously.  If this is an honor I want is for scientists to find is a new species of a blood sucking leach they could name after Kim Kardashian.  I could just imagine the media uproar.  Hey we discovered this fat nasty blood sucking leach that we are going to name in honor of Kim Kardashian, isn’t that special?

When I first read this I honestly thought it was a joke but unfortunately for Bob Marley it’s not.  To me this is about one step above a friend telling you he took a huge dump and named it in your honor then flushed it down the toilet.

What do you think?  Would you like to have a blood sucking parasite named after you?  Twilight and other vampire groupies need not reply.

Comic-Con Death

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

It’s a sad day in nerd world.  A 53 old Comic-Con Twilight fan was struck by a car while crossing the street to go into the event in San Diego.  I can’t believe there is a 53 old Comic-Con fan and they were a woman, but I have never been to a Comic-Con event.

All joking aside it is very sad that someone was killed and lost their life.  Summit and Lionsgate already released a statement expressing their condolences for the lost fan and said they will be doing something to honor her on Thursday at the event.

Do Mermaids Exist?

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Do not continue to read this if you are a four to nine year old girl, but the government has just officially announced that mermaids do not exist.  I am sorry I know that is heartbreaking for many people, by many people I mean young adolescent girls and grown men who have mermaid fantasies.

Although she looks real, it’s just a costume, trust me.  Apparently the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) felt compelled to release this statement after some really stupid people watched a documentary on Animal Planet.

Apparently Animal Planet had a special where they used CGI to speculate what they thought mermaids would look like if they were real.  After viewing this made science fiction theory based show some morons contacted NOAA and wanted to know if they had a body of a mermaid.  I love stupid people, without them the rest of us would not seem so smart.

Sunscreen Pill

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Sunscreen, in pill form?  I have my doubts.  It might be effective but I feel like the side effects might outweigh the benefits.  I realize that one benefit is not getting cancer but sunscreen lotion helps prevent that with minimal side effects.

I just can’t see how a pill would be that much more convenient unless you have no friends to put sun tan lotion on your back or you’re just that gross.  That could be their advertisement.  Does your back keep getting sunburned because you are hideous and no one wants to touch you or just a complete loser with no friends.  Well have we got the answer for you . . .it’s the sunscreen pill.  No more awkward back burns with this puppy and now being a complete loner will not be a problem.

This just seems like a gimmick product that will cause more problems then it will solve.  It would be like taking a pill so you didn’t have to cut your finger nails.  If they made one so you didn’t have to cut your toe nails I might be in though.

What do you think?  Would you buy a sunscreen pill or would you just use lotion?

San Diego’s Fireworks

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Ever wonder what would happen if they ever just fired off all the fireworks at once on the 4th of July . . .no?  Well, maybe if you are/were a pyro you have.  Well it happened in San Diego.  Apparently  there was a technical glitch and all of the fireworks went up in about 30 seconds.  So basically just a massive finale or massive FAIL.  As you can see in the picture and video below it was basically just a big smoke cloud and you couldn’t really see any individual awe inspiring fireworks.

Talk about a let down for a 4th of July show.  You go find a spot on the grass about 3 or 4 hours ahead of time for what is supposed to be a 20 or 30 minute show to have it end in 30 seconds.  Now I guess I know how a woman feels after a disappointing night, all this build up for a short quick explosion of zero fun.  Oh well, there will always be more 4th of July shows next year.

Bikini Onesie

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Everyone grab your pitchforks and torches and lets go get the creator of the Bikini-Onesie (pictured below). I can’t believe how inappropriate this outfit is, I mean what does it say about the parents who buy it? . . .wait a second, who really cares? It’s a funny outfit for an 18 month old baby.

The issue many are having is that not only is not that it’s a bikini onesie but that it has a woman’s silhouette printed on the front which they say is just completely inappropriate for young children.  The more classic bikini onesie is okay because there is no silhouette printed on it, as you can see below.  So apparently the line has been found and crossed.

Both of these are made for children around 18 months old.  If I am up-to-date on my baby timeline I am pretty sure an 18 mont old can’t feed itself so I doubt they really notice/care what clothes they are wearing.  Get over yourself people and learn to have a sense of humor.  I could understand this argument a little better if the children were 3 or 4 but not 18 months.  Plus it’s basically an undershirt, if you are letting your baby out in public in a onesie you got other issues besides what’s printed on it.

Would you let your daughter wear this outfit?  Better yet would let your son wear this outfit?   Now that would be funny.

Facebook Law

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

A Missouri Teacher, Christina Thompson, is suing the state of Missouri over a new law banning teachers from contacting students via the internet.  Thompson states that this law would prevent her from talking to her own child over Facebook.

The law, which  has been coined the Facebook Law, prohibits teachers from having exclusive communication with a student over a non-work internet site.  Students qualify as any persons under the age of 18 who attend or used to attend the school where the teacher works.  Seems like a good idea to me, there is no reason a teacher needs to contact a student outside of a “work” environment.

Thanks to Christina now the courts have to waste their time on a technicality that might of been overlooked.  I don’t think any person in their reasonable mind would consider talking to your own child via Facebook a violation of this law.  Yes, I know that technically she is right.  Maybe she is just trying to protect herself from that annoying person at the board who is like the student that reminds others of every school rule even when they don’t apply like ‘no running while at school’ even though they are outside, then I understand.  Unfortunately those people tend to stay in the school system.

If the board would just go back and add the exception this lawsuit could be over and then Christina would not have a case,  but instead the ACLU has backed her and is representing her.  The fact that the ACLU is defending Christina goes to show that this case is ridiculous.  Yes the ACLU does some good things but 90% of the time they defend rights on the pure principle that it inhibits our lives in a very minor way, without looking at the entire picture.

This law is created to protect the children from “bad/dumb” teachers who overstep their boundaries.  It does not prohibit communication between a teacher and a student it just prohibits private communication.  Some teachers forget that they are at work and that their role is to be an educator or a guide in a students life, not a friend.  Yes you can be nice and like your student and help them but like a parent has a role to be a parent and not a friend a teacher has a role to be a teacher and not a friend.

Clearly, I completely support this law and I could go on for hours how stupid this lawsuit this but I think you get the point.  If the board amends the law so parents can still talk to their children/student via Facebook or any other internet medium then Thomspon needs to drop her case.

The only reason I can even see her filing this suit is to prevent that little snot nosed brat at the board who tries to fire a teacher over talking to their own kid.  In that case I fully support Thompson and would like to give that person a knuckle sandwich and five other reasons why the suck.

Vampire Bat Death in U.S.

Friday, August 12th, 2011

A nineteen year old man has become the first person ever to die from a Vampire Bat bite in the U.S.  Granted the man was bitten in Mexico and then immigrated into the U.S. days later to work on a farm in Louisiana where he then passed away.  So yes it happened in the U.S. but it could be challenged on a technicality.

Apparently the nineteen year old, whose name has not been released, was bitten in Michoacán, Mexico on July 15, 2010.  After being in the U.S. for a day he got a pain in his shoulder and his left arm became numb.  He died on August 12, 2010 from a rabies infection.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently wrote, “This case represents the first reported human death from a vampire bat rabies virus variant in the United States.” According to the CDC, the victim had a notably aggressive form of rabies.

The good news is that vampire bats only live in Latin America currently; however, the CDC said due to climate change the vampire bats may be moving farther north and we might be seeing more rabies infections in animals and humans in the Southern U.S.  Of course this means that the news media will be all over this “epidemic” and will be covering the bejeezus out of every story and making it seem like the bats will probably take over the world.

In the end, although this man did die in the U.S. it’s quite a stretch and although his even is very unfortunate and it is sad I don’t think there is too much to worry about until the climate really changes in the U.S.  Duhn Duhn Duhn (say it like you would hear it in a scary movie)

Crop Circles

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Breaking news, you heard it hear first or fiftieth, scientists believe crop circles are made now using lasers and GPS and not aliens.  Unless of course it’s aliens with lasers and GPS which seems very possible.

Anyway researchers believe the method for making crop circles has changed from using planks of wood, bar stools, and rope to using GPS, lasers, and microwaves.  Little more advanced, little bit cooler crop circles.

I just find it weird that it’s such a mystery how these things are formed.  The only amazing thing is that these farmers with 3rd grade educations stay sober long enough to pull off some pretty neat designs.

DB Cooper Lead

Monday, August 1st, 2011

There is a new lead in the DB Cooper case.  What is it you ask?  Well that seems to be just as much of a mystery as the rest of the DB Cooper legend.  If you don’t already know DB Cooper is the only man who hijacked an airline in the United States and managed to evade the authorities.  He parachuted from a 727 near the southern border of Washington and some people believe he died while others believed he survived, but his body was never found.

Well apparently there is a new lead, but it’s not being released what that lead is, just that an item was given to authorities and is going to be analyzed in Quantico, VA.  Not that it really matters considering this caper happened in 1971 and DB Cooper is most likely dead now regardless of whether or not he initially survived the alleged jump, but it would be interesting if they discovered his true identity and whether or not he survived.

Antiques Road Show Rhinoceros Cups

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

A second person has brought in an old collection to the Antiques Road Show worth over $1 Million dollars.  In a recent taping in Tulsa, Oklahoma a man brought in his collection of ancient Chinese Rhinoceros Cups which valued between 1 -1.5 million dollars.

That is an expensive coffee cup.  So what happens when you find out what you own is worth a mint?  Do you sell the stuff or do you keep it?  I think I would keep it until I really needed the money or if possible rent it out to Museums until they got stolen and collect the insurance.

Great White Shark Jumps onto Boat

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

You read that correctly a Great White Shark jumped onto a research boat in South Africa.

I imagine it probably looked something like this except with a boat underneath it.  Unfortunately there is no video of it, at least not yet just two crappy pictures and a video (at the bottom).  I don’t know who this “research” crew is but whoever is granting them some money needs to send a little more so they can have a video camera.

There is a video after the break that describes it a little bit better then I did.  But seriously get that researcher a camera even if it is a crappy one.

Cheap Trick Stage Collapse Video

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Cheap Trick was playing a concert in Ottawa Canada when their stage literally collapsed due to high winds.  Talk about being blown away by a performance (too soon?).

There are reports of five seriously injured with one person in critical condition.  The band was playing during the collapse but all members were okay and lucky to be alive.

Chupacabra Sighting Again

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

There has been another sighting of the mysterious “Chupacabra” again in Texas but this time by a non-believer.  This guy says he saw what everyone believes to be a Chupacabra but clearly was just a coyote.  THANK-YOU, Enough with these mystical creatures.  The Chupacabra is supposed to be a mythical doglike beast that sucks the blood from goats, it’s not even cool, it sucks goats.  Although all the “Chupacabras” that have been caught turned out to be coyotes with mange.

Jack Crabtree is retired wildlife biologist from Texas and believes this is just another case of a coyote with mange.  At least someone has made sense of this story along with Ned Potter of ABC who did an investigative report unearthing the origins of the “legend”.

Thank-you for putting your foot down and trying to get people to stop making stupid claims about mythical beasts.  We don’t need another Bigfoot or Loch Ness, two made up animals is enough.

[via ABC]

Giant Hogweed Alert

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Hogweed is no joke.  It is a nasty plant that can cause severe skin irritation and even blindness.  Upstate New York is battling the weed right now because they receiving an absurd amount of reports of possible Hogweed sightings, which in most cases have turned out to actually be Hogweed.  If you think you see the weed you are not suppose to approach it simply take a picture then run away, don’t worry you don’t have to run fast they aren’t known to chase.

Hogweed is known to inhabit New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Understand this people, Hogweed puts Poison Ivy in the bush league when it comes to poison plants.  New York has had to put together four teams to work on eradicating this menace, and remember if you think you see it take a picture (post it online) and call the authorities to tell them where it is and they will get rid of it.

Good luck everyone.  This war on Hogweed presents an entirely new kind of enemy, be sure to stay on the lookout.

Giant Wombat Found

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

A giant wombat or diprotodon was found in Northern Australia.  After excavating the skeleton paleontologists presume the beast was about 14 feet long and weighed about 3 tons.  This is the first time a complete diprotodon skeleton was discovered which should help paleontologists understand the animal even better.  It was found near the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Although this guy was not a meat eater you would want to stay clear to avoid being trampled to death.  Today people would laugh if you were trampled by a wombat but 10,000 years ago this wombat would of made you soil yourself.

[via Daily Mail]

Cy Twombly Dies

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Cy Twombly, a famous American painter, passed away Tuesday at the age of 83.  Twombly was recognized for his unique style that went against the grain of the typical postwar American art.  The best way to describe his style in layman’s terms would be scribble art (click to view his gallery).  Now granted I am not artist so I don’t share the same appreciation as other artists who value his work but that is the best description I could come up with.

The above picture is an example of his work from 1960, it is untitled.  I don’t know what I am missing but I feel like my 5 year old nephew could draw something like this and I would tell him it was awesome, then throw it away a few weeks later.

So am I missing something here, is this truly amazing art?

[via New York Times]

What is Tau Day?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Tau day is a math holiday, similar to Pi Day, and it is celebrated today on 6/28.  Why is it celebrated today?? because Tau is the ratio of a circle divided by the radius which is 6.28 or twice that of the constant Pi which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to the diameter or 3.14.  There is also a Pi day which is celebrated on 3/14 with pie eating contests.  Since some mathematicians didn’t want Tau feeling left out and wanted another excuse to party, Tau Day was created.

The mathematical symbol for Tau

To ring in Tau Day the correct way Michael Blake composed a melody to play to the numbers of Tau, similar to the Pi song but different numbers of course.  Hopefully there is no copy right infringement for stealing such an original and awesome idea.

Get Reay to Rock out:

Luckily there are a lot of nerds out there making stuff up and celebrating it, that way other nerds have something to write about.