Weird Universe Archive

January 2010

January 11, 2010

Cold Weather Effects IQ

Does reading the following stories make you wonder if the average IQ drops during cold weather?

In St. Petersburg ,Florida a family was hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning. This following 12 hours in which the family used a charcoal grill in the living room for heat as their electricity was not working.
http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/family-becomes-ill-from-fumes-while-using-grill-to-stay-warm/1064443

In Charlotte, North Carolina another family must move in with relatives due to $150,000 worth of damage to the home. This due to a fire which started as a result of a male occupant of the home using gasoline to start a fire in the fire place. The man and one firefighter were injured.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/breaking/story/1172748.html

Posted By: patty - Mon Jan 11, 2010 - Comments (8)
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Bad Boys Blue






Well, at least the "bad" part was accurate in the name of the group Bad Boys Blue.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Jan 11, 2010 - Comments (1)
Category: Music, 1980s, Europe

News of the Weird / Pro Edition (January 11)

Heroin for Dummies, Plus Cop Milks Woman, the Coke Machine Wrangler, and a Bag of Teeth

News of the Weird/Pro Edition
"You're Still Not Cynical Enough"
January 11, 2010
(datelines January 2-9)

New York City has taken an unequivocal position against smoking cigarettes (and has even banned trans fats in restaurants). Heroin, not so much. Its Department of Health's 16-page pamphlet actually suggests ways to find a vein and recommends the "safer" way if you miss the vein slightly (pull out and try again!). (But, there are various admonitions in the booklet urging junkies to just say no, so . . problem solved!) New York Post /// "Take Charge, Take Care" [pdf]

Australian Olympic hurdler Jana Rawlinson has made the ultimate sacrifice for her country. To improve her speed for the 2012 games in London, she had her breast implants removed. Agence France-Presse: She "said she enjoyed having larger breasts but did not want to 'short-change Australia.'" Agence France-Presse via Yahoo News

Leading Economic Indicator: In Tokyo, the equivalent of $640 will let you rent a nice-sized piece of real estate: 32½ square feet (even worse, 130 cubic feet). Seriously. It's an "apartment" house of lie-down lockers with thin mattresses, tiny TV sets, flimsy walls, and bathroom and kitchen down the hall (free wi-fi, though). For Japan's unemployed who need convenient downtown access to job interviews, it's big. New York Times [with slideshow]

The War Will Be Over Sooner Than You Think: In Afghanistan's Kunduz province on Tuesday night, 14 terrorists riding to their target were killed when their bombs blew up prematurely. And in Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday, an explosion at a terrorist "safe house" killed 8 terrorists. [Ed.: So, if we assume there are 10,000 super-rabid jihadi terrorists in the Afghan-Pakistan theater, at this rate, they'll have completely wiped themselves out by December 2014.] CNN /// Associated Press via Voice of America

More People Who Can't Connect Dots: After several years of bits and pieces of accusations, some by patients' parents, some by colleagues (one openly calling Dr. Earl Bradley a pedophile), pediatrician Bradley, 56, of Lewes, Del., was finally charged with sexually assaulting patients. According to a probable-cause affidavit, when one 12-year-old girl went in with a sore throat and pink eye, he didn't take her temperature, nor a urine sample, nor a throat culture—just gave her a vaginal exam. New York Times


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Posted By: Chuck - Mon Jan 11, 2010 - Comments (5)
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The Ministry of Silly Walks

Whether this is comedy for comedy's sake or political satire I'll leave up to you.

Posted By: Expat47 - Mon Jan 11, 2010 - Comments (3)
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January 10, 2010

How Much Affection?



When petting goes too far.....

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jan 10, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Sexuality, Teenagers, Documentaries, 1950s

Unclaimed Baggage


Did you ever wonder what happens to lost luggage? Most people eventually get their bags, even if there is a delay because the stuff travelled to a different destination and had to be shipped back. In some cases people don't get their bags back until they get home. But what happens to the ones that are never returned? What of the luggage that the airline is unable to find and so compensates the traveller for it. I mean it has to go somewhere, right? Well as it turns out there is just one place where unidentified and unclaimed luggage from all airlines ends up. The Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scotsboro, Alabama. It is a 40,000 square foot retail outlet full of nothing but items lost by travellers. Nearly 1 million items a year are bought and sold here. The usual items like cameras and laptops but some unexpected treasures as well. A 40.95 carrat natural emerald, a suit of armor, even some high tech equipment from NASA (returned) and the Navy (also returned). It sounds like shopping there is a cross between the Flea Market and a treasure hunt. One woman bought a Barbie doll for her little girl and discovered $500 dollars inside. Another person bought a painting for $60 that turned out to be worth $20,000. Not all the finds are good though, one bag contained a live rattlesnake. Still, it sounds like a fun way to spend a day.
http://travel.aol.com/travel-ideas/articles/weirdest-unclaimed-luggage?ncid=AOLCOMMtravdynlprim0761&icid=main|aim|dl4|link3|http://travel.aol.com/travel-ideas/articles/weirdest-unclaimed-luggage?ncid=AOLCOMMtravdynlprim0761

picture from Yahoo images

Posted By: patty - Sun Jan 10, 2010 - Comments (5)
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January 9, 2010

Once Bitten…


The Oatmeal web site has a zombie bite caculator. Input your information and it calculates how long it would take for you to become a zombie after being bitten. Of course this is just an estimate and real times could differ. As always it's best that you avoid all contact with zombies and those having been bitten.
http://theoatmeal.com/quiz/zombie_bite
For those of you who have already been bitten or turned there is a social site just for you! No more hunting for and eating brains alone. Find companionship and similar tastes here.
http://www.zombiefriends.com/?vi=5249

Posted By: patty - Sat Jan 09, 2010 - Comments (5)
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Royal Doulton Lucky Cat

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Is this Royal Doulton figurine particularly creepy, or is it just me?

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 09, 2010 - Comments (6)
Category: Horror, Statues, Monuments and Memorials, Cats

Tales of the Riverbank



No hamsters were harmed in the making of TALES OF THE RIVERBANK--or were they?!?

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 09, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Television, 1970s, Europe

January 8, 2010

Ice Sculptures

Submitted for your enjoyment. The 26th annual Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, China began on January 5th and will continue until some time in February. There are pictures at the link and they are all magnificent.
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/01/harbin_ice_and_snow_sculpture.html
updated-
Originally posted with a picture that turned out to be too large for the page. My apologies.

Posted By: patty - Fri Jan 08, 2010 - Comments (3)
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