Dream Job Winner
Ben Southall, 34 bested over 34,000 applicants to get the dream job. For the next six months he will be kicking back and writing a promotional blog about life on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef. His pay..a paltry $111,000.
Smoke or Be Fined
Gong'an county government in Hubei province China requires it's staff to smoke and smoke and smoke some more. The idea is to raise tax monies and help local cigarette brands compete with other Chinese brands.
Mail Carrier Delivers More than Mail
Michele Rene Crabill charged with possessing and selling drugs. She was allegedly in possession of 7.57 grams of methamphetamine packaged for sale, prescription drugs and other incriminating evidence.
It's definitely a recurring theme in weird news since an example of it was included in my "name that list, #15" (things people smuggle by stuffing down their pants). However, I've never seen a picture of it before. But the Smoking Gun has obtained a photo of a California man, Sony Dong, who was caught trying to illegally smuggle 14 live Asian songbirds into the country by hiding them beneath his pants.
Your Daily Loser - If the police are kind enough to put your drunken butt into a cab and send you home rather than write you a ticket for being drunk and disorderly, do yourself a huge favor and stay home! Unfortunately this advice comes too late for Erik "Knucklehead" Salmons of Copley, Ohio. Once he arrived home, Salmons thought it over and decided he wasn't too drunk to drive. To prove his point, he drove himself to the police station and insisted on being given a breathalyzer... which he failed. The Story.
Jury Duty - Is it really possible that he smokes pot? It could be that he just sells it, but I have my doubts. Being high as a kite would help to explain the hair. The Mugshot.
Be the envy of every other survivalist and have your own converted cold-war Atlas-F missile silo home! You too can live in complete cold war safety and luxury. The converted missile launch site is marketed as a getaway, luxury home, and in my opinion is every survivalist’s dream. The property includes its own private runway, 2000 square foot luxury home above ground with master suite, a private airstrip, and a hangar/garage. Below ground, past the 2000 lb. blast doors and three feet of reinforced concrete built to withstand brutal missile assaults lies two additional stories of space in the converted control room where you will find two additional suites with luxury marble Jacuzzi baths and an escape hatch to your private hangar.
In the world of weird, there is weird and then there is WEIRD. Kenneth Pinyan was WEIRD.He was depraved..he was sick. He was a Boeing aerospace engineer and businessman at the time of his death. His death was both untimely and highly unusual in that it came due to engaging in receptive anal sex with a stallion. He suffered a perforated colon afterwards and fearful that his injuries would adversely affect his career, refused to go to seek medical treatment.
Later a documentary film about Pinyan was made called Zoo. It was one of 16 award winners out of 856 entries in 2007 at the Sundance Film Festival.It was also chosen as one of the top five American films to be presented at the Directors Fortnight sidebar at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Highly acclaimed because of it's sensitive treatment of a very delicate subject the Toronto Star said "gorgeously artful ... one of the most beautifully restrained, formally distinctive and mysterious films of the entire festival".
So, in the world of weird there is weird and then there is Kenneth Pinyan who by all rights might be the King of Weird.
Rumor has it that pigeon or squab is a delicacy, particularly to the Asian community in New York's Chinatown district. This might explain the mysterious ongoing disappearances of many of the pigeons there. These pigeon abductions have also occured in the Greenwich Village area. It's clear from the Youtube link that humans aren't the only ones partaking of this culinary delight.
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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