A few months ago, an inspired couple went digging through their old photographs to find just one that didn't involve alcohol. Unfortunately it seemed that all of their trips down memory lane included mass quantities of beer (and what's wrong with that?). But those types of photos can make a negative statement when posted on social sites like Facebook and when found by employers, or even worse, mom and dad. The quick fix? Replace all of the beer with cats. Yes, cats. And thus, Boozecats was born! So kick back with a tall, frosty Himalayan and enjoy the weirdness.
A young man studying chemistry at the Ukraine Polytechnic Institute made a costly mistake. He was studying in his room at his parents house when they heard a loud popping sound. Upon checking they found him dead, the bottom of his jaw blown off. It seems the student was in the habit of dipping his chewing gum in citric acid. That would have been fine, except there were packets of both citric acid and an unidentified explosive present. Apparently he dipped his gum in the wrong one. Ouch!! http://www.news.com.au/weird-true-freaky/chemistry-student-killed-by-exploding-chewing-gum/story-e6frflri-1225808518676
News of the Weird/Pro Edition (Extra)
December 7, 2009
Correction: Yesterday's post of the 12-7-2009 Pro Edition mistakenly reported that a "U.S. Congressman" was the source of demanding a U.S. consular official's resignation in the matter of the illegal Paraguayan immigrant. He is, rather, a Paraguayan congressman (which makes his inclusion in the story not very interesting).
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Christmas in Los Angeles: The clothing store Madison on Robertson Blvd. has a nativity scene in the window, but it's L.A., so Mary is a scantily-dressed babe, Jesus is resting in a spot barely an inch from where he originally emerged, and the Three Wise Men are hunks. KTLA-TV
What to do about a government child-abuse reporting system that's grown too large? The Florida Dept. of Children and Families has "quietly," according to a Miami Herald investigation, ignored "thousands" of the tips to its child-abuse hotline. Besides, they say, more than half of the calls we ignored did not deserve investigation. (They're correct. Only about 25% of the "thousands" rejected, should not have been, according to a follow-up study. But that group includes at least one death: A 1-year-old was beaten to death after three faxes to the hotline were ignored. Bonus: The three faxes were sent by the kid's parents' domestic-court judge.) Miami Herald
Organizers of San Francisco's summertime Folsom Street Fair (a carnival gathering of gay-pride celebrants, including flamers) offered a solution to complaints about open sex acts in the street—just set up a "sex tent" for the flamers to use. One city legislator said he'd consider the suggestion. San Francisco Chronicle
It says here that Ramchandra Das, 53, has just finished the arduous task of breaking through part of a mountain in India's Bihar state to free up enough room to drive vehicles through. He's been working on the project for 14 years, using only hand tools, and the purpose was just to be able to park in front of his home instead of parking on the other side of the ridge and walking home. Herald Sun (Melbourne)
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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