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Category Archives: Weird

And Now for Something Completely Different

hedge1bzpR0VjV6PYmgR2QA topiarist in England has complained that drunks keep having sex with his ornate “privet lady” hedge. Designer and silversmith Keith Tyssen, 84, has been carefully cultivating the hedge in the shape of a Greek goddess for more than 30 years at his Sheffield home. Read more of this post

When a Mob of Seagulls Destroyed a Hotel Room

Seagull_2Just read one of the funniest stories ever in The New York Times about seagulls destroying a hotel room in British Columbia when Nick Burchill left a suitcase filled with pepperoni in his room next to an open window and about 40 sea gulls invaded the room, drawn by the smell of the meat. Read more of this post

The Joy of Spam Emails

spam_email_screen_stock-100664936-largeSometimes I love reading those endearing spam emails from Nigeria/Sierra Leone/Ivory Coast, the ones that start “dearest beloved friend,” we have millions of dollars/pounds/euros in a bank/trust/ and need your help. It’s heartening that someone would want my help to release millions of dollars/pounds/euros from their bank/trust. Read more of this post

Dinosaurs Went Extinct After They Left the Ark & Other Mad Ideas

evolcg4f843193896e6“God made the earth and every kind of creature in a single week just 6,000 years ago,” suggests creationist scientist Dr. Andrew Snelling. He goes on: “Later, because the earth was filled with evil, the Lord destroyed it in a worldwide Flood, and all the land creatures died. We can see reminders of this mass destruction everywhere. Yet God in His mercy preserved representatives of every kind of air-breathing land creature on Noah’s Ark.” Read more of this post

Monkey King of Prophet’s Prediction

china-us-vote-offbeatAs this may be the most surreal election in US history, why not see what the Chinese monkey thinks about the election. The Shiyanhu Ecological Tourism Park in China’s Hunan province decided to roll out their Chinese monkey described as the “king of prophets.” His name is Geda, and local legend has pegged him as a mystical monkey with prophetic insight — one with an impressive record of correctly predicting the winners of European soccer matches. Read more of this post

The Wacky Wit of Boris Johnson


As the world seems to slip deeper into insanity maybe it’s time for a bit of a laugh courtesy the UK’s new Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson. Known as BoJo, the former Mayor of London has come up with some real crackers over the years like: “My chances of being Prime Minister are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.” Read more of this post

Korean Smart Phone Cold Turkey


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At a “space out” Relax Your Brain event in South Korea about 60 people  spent 90 minutes sitting in a public park in Seoul without talking, sleeping, eating or using any electronic devices during the time.

The “space out” competition was launched by local activists in 2014. Sunday’s event – organised by Seoul city council – drew more than 1,500 online applicants for the available places in the competition.

“Let our brain – never free from information overload from a smartphone, TV or computer – relax!” the council said in a statement. “Let’s enjoy just thinking nothing!”

Participants are also not allowed to look at their watches or move around too much. The person measured as having the most stable heart rate is adjudged the winner. On Sunday the honors went to a famous local rapper. “I was so exhausted physically and mentally while preparing an album, so I just wanted to relax for a while,” said Shin Hyo-Seob, a.k.a. Crush.

“This event is highly recommended for those who have migraines or complicated thoughts,” the 28-year-old said, holding his glass trophy.

“I came up with the idea for the competition while spacing out,” the event’s organizer is quoted as saying on a Korean news site. A 9-year-old girl paid the least attention in the 2014 contest. Her mother said, “I took my daughter to this event because I had been scolding her after when her school teacher said that she was spacing out.”

More than 80 per cent of South Korea’s 50 million people have smartphones, with a growing fixation on everything digital seen as a serious problem.

Robot Monk Gives Pearls of Buddhist Wisdom

robot228dd228b45efNeed advice on the stages of enlightenment or the Four Noble Truths? In Beijing you can ask a robot monk. According to Reuters, a Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Beijing has decided to ditch traditional ways and use technology to attract followers. The robot monk can chant Buddhist mantras, move via voice command, and hold a simple conversation. Read more of this post

More Bizarre News – The Jesus Shot


A doctor in Edmond, Oklahoma, has become notorious for injecting patients across Oklahoma with a mysterious formula called the “Jesus shot.” It’s administered by Dr. John Michael Lonergan, a former federal prison inmate who was convicted of tax evasion, mail fraud and healthcare fraud in Ohio. The “Jesus shot” is described as an injection that takes away pain for life. It costs $300. Its ingredients include Dexamethasone, Kenalog and B12. Read more of this post

Presidential Hopeful Ted Cruz Supports Banning Dildos


When Sen. Ted Cruz was Texas’ solicitor general, a post he held from 2003 to 2008, he helped defend a law criminalizing the sale of dildos. Read more of this post