Artist Mark Menjivar has created a work that is as much an anthropological study as it is art. By taking photographs of the contents of strangers' refrigerators he allows us a glimpse into not only a moment in their food storage but into the pattern of their lives as well. http://www.good.is/post/picture-show-you-are-what-you-eat/?GT1=48001
Familial relationships don't always pay off and sometimes they can kill ya.
A California woman had some of her husband's sperm harvested and frozen after his death in1995. In 1999 she concieved and gave birth to his child with the use of the frozen sperm. Since that time she has been trying to collect Social Security survivor benefits for the child, born a full five years after her biological father's death. So far her attempts are unsucessful. Read the story here- http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/strange/news-article.aspx?storyid=140113&catid=82
Thomas Parkin wasn't about to let a little thing like his mom's death ruin his standard of living. So for the last six years he and his buddy have been working together to keep Irene Prusik alive in the eyes of the Social Security Administration. They have been very sucessful too. The friend cashed Mrs. Prusik's Social Security checks for 'her' each month as her nephew. Then Parkin went to the DMV, in drag, to renew mom's drivers license-oops! Check it out here- http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/strange/news-article.aspx?storyid=140059&catid=82
Then we have the love story of the couple who shall remain nameless. Atleast till after the autopsies. The man and woman were found faces up in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor of the home they shared. Neighbors say they seemed happy toghether. Police say they apparently stabbed eachother to death. Ah love!- http://www.jcfloridan.com/jcf/news/local/article/unusual_double_murder_in_calhoun/78665/
My pal Andy Duncan is a wonderful fiction writer, and loyal reader of WEIRD UNIVERSE. But I never knew he had written this compilation of weird Alabama stuff till he showed me a copy of the second edition this weekend. I think a road trip to Alabama is definitely in order for all WU-vies.
A few months ago a big remote for Windows Media Center appeared on michbex.com. It was made from two Dance Dance Revolution mats. If you want to learn how to do it yourself you can find the source code on this site:
You'd think the President of the United States has more important worries than a house fly. Apparently PETA doesn't though. During an interview on Tuesday President Obama swatted and killed a pesky fly. Like most people would do, but not those bug lovin' PETA people. A spoksman for the group said the act shows the President isn't perfect even though his Senate record shows him voting for animal rights often. They are sending a 'humane' catch and release fly trap to the White House. Maybe one Secret Service Agent could be designated fly catcher for the President. Catch the whole story here- http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31422688/ns/us_news-weird_news/
Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.
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