Perhaps you saw a glow in the sky Wednesday night? A number of people in North America did. Some, like Abe Megahed of Madison, Wisconsin, even took pictures of the beautiful glow. So what celestial event caused the lovely light in the sky? Urine, astronaut urine to be exact, as well as other waste water from space shuttle Discovery. It was a larger than usual dump, 150 pounds, due to the new policy of not dumping waste water while docked at the space station. So 10 days worth was dumped at once after undocking. I guess that's one example of making a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Story and picture available here- http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/090911-space-water-dump.html
Having problems solving that Sudoku puzzle? Well, worry no more because someone had the idea to construct a robot to do that for you. Now you can sit back, relax and drink your morning coffee without having to worry about all those pesky little numbers. The robot is built from the ever versatile Lego Mindstorm kits. There's also one that solves a Rubik's cube. Head over to Tilted Twister to check it out.
"Wanna Go Out?"
Three men robbed a home in Columbus, Ohio Sunday night. One of them, Stephfon Bennett, was quite taken with the victim, apparently. He returned two hours later to ask her out, and she recognised him as one of the robbers. Well, at least she remembered him. Bennett was arrested in front of the home and is in the Franklin County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090908/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_robbery_date
What Time Is It?
While at a Wilmington, Delaware restaurant Sunday a Delaware State trooper noticed a vehicle parked close to his own. After the Chevy Blazer left the trooper found that his car was broken into and his wife's wallet was stolen. He went after the Blazer and found a 54 year old man going through the glove compartment of an SUV. The man tried to drive away, and the trooper stopped him. At which point the trooper noticed the man was wearing a very distinctive watch. A 20th anniversary Delaware State trooper watch that had been stolen from a fellow trooper two years ago. http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2009/09/08/3239025-del-trooper-nabs-man-wearing-colleagues-watch
Have you ever seen a bicycle-built-for-two where the riders sit side-by-side? Me neither! And the fact that this one is ridden by Walt Disney and wife Lillian makes the whole scenario even more tantalizing.
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.
Chuck is the purveyor of News of the Weird, the syndicated column which for decades has set the gold-standard for reporting on oddities and the bizarre.
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