Weird Universe Archive

September 2009

September 14, 2009

Wrecked ‘Em?  He Nearly Incinerated Him!  Plus Tongue-Eating Parasites!

News of the Weird/Pro Edition

September 14, 2009
(alarming and/or delicious news from September 5-12)

An Improvised Sphincterial Device
Saudi prince Mohammed bin Nayef survived the suicide-bomb attempt on his life on August 28th (which killed the perp), and not much more came of it. But apparently someone with the Australian Associated Press has a source at Stratfor, which is a private intel group in the U.S., and other details oozed out last week, to the website of ASIS International, an info clearinghouse for security professionals. Jeez, this is a long way to go to reach this one bit of news: The perp was carrying the bomb in his rectum. Australian Associated Press via Sunday Star Times (Wellington, N.Z.) (9-4-2009) /// SecurityManagement.com (9-9-09)

Avoiding Mob Malpractice
The country's alpha-dog Yakuza group, Yamaguchi-gumi, has ordered its thugs to take written tests on the law, since the organization is being sued too much lately. Mainichi Daily News

What Would Jesus Do?
Pastor Rodney McGill of Jensen Beach, Fla., was sentenced to 20 yrs in prison for engineering nine fraudulent real estate transactions worth about $1m, but he's confident that Jesus has his back. Barked McGill, to the packed courtroom of Judge Sherwood Bauer Jr.: "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, for every witness called against me, I pray cancer in their lives, lupus, brain tumor, pancreatic cancer." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

God Was Looking Out for Gunther Link . . Poor Fella
The devout Catholic in Vienna, Austria, was trapped on a stuck elevator, got scared, started praying furiously. And he got free. So he reported immediately to the nearby Weinhaus Church to give copious thanks for his rescue . . by embracing a pillar at the church's altar . . whereupon an 860-lb. stone statue fell and crushed him. Daily Telegraph (London)

Recurring Theme: Art That's Not, But Is
German artist Diane Mitchell won New Zealand's Waikato National Contemporary Art Award, worth NZ$15k (US$10.6k), with an entry consisting of discarded wrapping materials collected from other contestants' entries. [Well, of course they were pissed!] New Zealand Press Association via TV3 (Auckland)



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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Sep 14, 2009 - Comments (2)
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September 13, 2009

Japanese police vs. Darth Vader

This is a short piece designed to give you a laugh -- I really want to know what the guy at the end is saying!!



Any Japanese translations?

Posted By: gdanea - Sun Sep 13, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Humor

Millions of Locusts

<a href="http://www.joost.com/3519f7j/t/Marathon-Flying-Locusts">Marathon Flying Locusts</a>

Millions of birds in flight are pretty, albeit just a little scary.

Millions of hungry bugs in flight are just plain scary!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Sep 13, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Insects, Australia, Natural Wonders

The World’s Largest Gummy Bear

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I'm not a fan of gummy anything so I find this to be a little disgusting myself, but over at Vat19 they are selling a five pound gummy bear. This goliath of a bear consists of 1,400 normal size gummy bears and contains an amazing 12,600 calories. They are available for $29.95 and in three different flavors: blue raspberry, red cherry, and green apple. As of right now they are sold out, but you can sign up for an email alert when more become available.

Posted By: mdb777 - Sun Sep 13, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Shopping, Candy

September 12, 2009

1.5 billion birds and counting

There are three sections to this video, showing an ever increasing number of birds.


I understand no one actually counts the birds, but how the estimate is made would be interesting.

Posted By: gdanea - Sat Sep 12, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals

Worst Laugh in the World?

Posted By: Paul - Sat Sep 12, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Human Marvels, Europe

Oregano Banditos

In Clarksville, Tennesse two teenage girls were robbed at gunpoint by three other teenagers. The robbers heard through the grapevine that one of the girls had marijuana in her purse, but all that was there was a baggie of oregano that "was a prop used in a school project." All three suspects were charged with aggravated robbery. Here is the mugshot of the leader of nefarious oregano bandits.

Posted By: mdb777 - Sat Sep 12, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Stupid Criminals

Want to Live Forever?

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Well, you can't, but your DNA can for the small one time fee of $399. Under a mountain in a nuclear proof shelter in Switzerland is where it would be stored. Not only do they store your DNA, but also your memories. Once you get your DNA kit and send it back you can upload images, video, audio and documents to the SwissDNABank for them to store forever. I guess if human cloning ever becomes legal you could always come back.

Posted By: mdb777 - Sat Sep 12, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Death, Technology

September 11, 2009

Tectonic plates movement over 650 million years

Cool simulation of past and future tectonic plate movement!!



I like the music too!!

Posted By: gdanea - Fri Sep 11, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Science

Glowing Discovery

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

Posted By: patty - Fri Sep 11, 2009 - Comments (4)
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