News of the Weird (February 7, 2013)
News of the Weird 2.0
Angst, Confusion, Cynicism, Ridicule
Hand-Picked and Seasoned by Chuck Shepherd
Thursday, February 7, 2013
I hate it when NBC News comes late to the party, way after
, and puts up basically the same story Alex did earlier (and he did it more concisely, by the way), and gets 1000x the hits on it than we got.
Money-Making Tip for WU Readers (no charge!):
“Of the 1,000 adults interviewed Dec. 17-18, the HuffPost/YouGov poll revealed 45 percent believe in ghosts, or that the spirits of dead people can come back in certain places and situations. When asked if they believe there's a life after death, 64 percent responded Yes,” matching the results from a 2009 CBS News study, except it was 78 percent then who believe in life after death. Clearly, there’s money to be made from these people (unless they’re already broke from sending it to televangelists or buying books or buying tickets to mediums’ shows. Y’all might be looking for an Authority Figure to tell you that it’s OK to be a capitalist, and Yr Editor is here for you on that.
The Changing Face of Bank Robbery:
Why would we believe that technology could change manufacturing, communications, travel, etc., but keep “bank robbery” old-school? Numbers are “plummeting,” says the
Wall Street Journal
, as criminals realize that, contrary to Willie Sutton’s aphorism, “the [brick and mortar] bank” is no longer where the money is. The street-level bank has more security than before, but more significant, wiser thieves have migrated to online crime.
News of the Weird
earned its chops with incompetent bank robbers, but jeez, sometimes it’s complicated to explain stupidity in electronic schemes.
Wall Street Journal
Posted By: Chuck -
Thu Feb 07, 2013
More weirdness from the WU archive:
The Burbank Beard, winner of 1951 beard contest
Frances Glessner Lee, millionaire heiress, creator of murder dioramas. [circa 1941]
Ronson Hood 'N' Comb Hair Dryer, 1958
Grooming injuries- Congrats Scoop Boese! Aheaad of the curve as usual.
spirits- People have made money off of the spirtual beliefs of others since forever. Houdini exposed a number of charlatins in his day.
banks- You do not get shot doing an online robbery.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 02/07/13 at 07:45 PM
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