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May 11, 2009

Slowest Marathon Ever

Now, I can be easily distracted, but I'm nothing compared to this guy. It seems that he stopped for some OJ at a garden party during his run, and just had a hard time starting again. He did eventually finish, 54 years later. Futility Closet

What’s On Your Mind?

Are we just a few steps from being able to read people's minds? Japanese researchers have discovered a way to process mindwaves by deciphering the images we see. In one experiment they flashed a series of letters on a screen and recorded the brain patterns of those watching. The software was able to break down the rough shapes of the letters into recognizable patterns. The Story. Won't be long now before we're all forced to wear tinfoil hats.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Mon May 11, 2009 | Comments (3)
Category: Body, Dreams and Nightmares, Science

Your Daily Loser & Jury Duty for May 11th

Your Daily Loser - Talk about a wrong number. The Webster County, West Virginia, prosecutor received text messages asking if he wanted to buy drugs. Dwayne Vandevender originally thought the messages were a joke but after confirming the text senders were serious, he set up a sting. Michael Cowger and Anna Green were arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell. The Story.

Jury Duty - Eric Carmen. Yes, that Eric Carmen, crooner of 'Hungry Eyes' and 'All By Myself' was arrested for driving under the influence in Ohio.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Mon May 11, 2009 | Comments (4)
Category: Drugs, Your Daily Jury Duty, Your Daily Loser, Alcohol, Goofs and Screw-ups

Breaking the Ice

Back in 1917, Railroad workers in Alaska who were bored during a long winter, set up a betting pool in which the winner determined the date and time that the ice on the Tanana River would break. Since then the event has grown to become the Nenana Ice Classic which attracts thousands. This year's jackpot is $283,723.00. But the neatest part is how they mark when the ice has broken. A wooden tripod is set up on the ice and wired to a clock in a tower along the shore. The winning time is determined when the ice moves enough to tighten the wire and trip the clock.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Mon May 11, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Boredom, Contests, Races and Other Competitions, History, Nature

May 10, 2009

Probably shouldn’t laugh…

...but I did anyway, when I read that two adorable moppets in Victoria, Australia, trying to make Mother's Day breakfast for their beloved mum, instead set fire to the kitchen. The mother, upstairs in bed, heard a commotion, but assumed the kids were just fighting. Dad managed to sustain second degree burns putting the flames out, and firefighters estimated the damage bill to be AU$15,000. (,,25456628-2862,00.html)
Happy Mother's Day!
Posted By: shadowkat | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (3)

Three Stooges sell Car Wax
Posted By: gdanea | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (2)

Rescue Team Searching For Lost Tourist, Finds Seven Corpses

A rescue team was assembled and they searched areas around Taishan Mountain in Shandong province in Northern China for a lost tourist. Instead of the missing tourist, the rescue team discovered seven corpses.The tourist is still missing and probably forgotten now. And they say there is no crime in China.

Posted By: hickory_johnson | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (4)

Man Who Missed Jury Duty Jailed for 83 Days

Douglas Maupin 34, was pulled over for speeding and that's when police realized there was an outstanding warrant from 2003 for failure to appear for jury duty.

Houston Chronicle

Posted By: hickory_johnson | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (2)

How to Hack Your Brain

The Boston Globe awhile back posted an article on how to fool your brain without having to take hallucinogens. Apparently, the human mind is addicted to sensory information and you can put halved ping pong balls on your eyes while listening to static and see some pretty interesting things. There are a few other techniques too. This is probably why people can see images in the clouds and in stains, it's the mind trying to make something of the chaos. I haven't tried any of them yet, but am looking forward to soon. If anyone tries any of these out let me know, because I'd love to hear about your experiences.
Posted By: mdb777 | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (3)
Category: Magic and Illusions and Sleight of Hand, Brain

Mother’s Day Special

Normally I try to stay local, but there's just too much that happens outside of Illinois that's too good to pass up. Without further ado, I present to you my Mother's Day Special.

A case of poor judgement: Sheila and hubby Gayle Muhs, from somewhere near Houston, TX. thought an SUV was trespassing on their property. Their response? Open fire! After seeing their mug shots, I can see how they believed it appropriate. MSNBC

Government At Work: The politicians in Britain are under fire after a list of claimed expenses became public. Said public is outraged to see a wide array of things such as pool cleaning and pest control to a chocolate Santa and pay-per-view porn movies on the list. PM Gordon Brown has admitted that the system for claims, "is broken." MSNBC

Shirts vs. Skins for the 21st century: The University of Oregon’s Ultimate Frisbee team (ranked #3 in the nation) decided that if the other team was going to play shirtless, then they were losing their pants and underwear. They were disqualified, but insisted they did nothing wrong. "We put on the longest shirts we had." NBC Sports

Can't Possibly Be True: What some doctors thought was a cyst or an in-grown hair turned out to be Gavin Hyatt's parasitic twin, which eventually burst out of his stomach ala "Alien." The Sun

The greatest birthday present ever: A Georgia man (name not given) got what he thought was a birthday present shipped UPS. Turns out it was 36lbs of Cannibis.

Chickens aren't the only ones: According to this article, it has been reported that people have also been known to walk around, remove things from pockets, etc. after being beheaded. Not too sure of the validity, but worth a read. Pravda

Pardon me, waiter? What's this severed snake head doing in my vegetables? MSNBC
Posted By: Reverend Ira | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (7)
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