Oregon is running a voluntary per mile travel tax instead of the current per gallon standard. The volunteers do not have to pay the gas tax while participating in the study.
Does anyone really believe the gas tax will go away if the per mile tax is enacted? Does any tax ever go away once it is put in place? So if this goes through we may as well expect both.
What a great way to control travel, especially for the poor. This idea is a greater threat to personal liberty than the Patriot Act. It is much easier to control a non-moving populace.
One of the unwritten rules of weird news is that if you're trying to be weird, then you're not really weird. Instead, you're a comedian. And I suspect that this reviewer of Air Jordans is probably trying to be weird. Then again, maybe he really is a slightly awkward super-fan of Air Jordans. This is one of three videos he's posted to YouTube.
Teacher, a different one, in South Korea became upset with the kids mistreating hamsters in the classroom. He decided to teach them a lesson about the sanctity of life. So he ate a live hamster in front of them. To think some people are horrified by stories of how kids used to swallow goldfish.
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May 19, 2015 (Part 2) [weird stuff that made me excited (frightened) (ROTFL) (appalled) last week, some of which will appear in News of the Weird soon] [Part 1 on Monday, Part 2 on Tuesday]
Best Protests: (1) After Turkey’s Istanbul Technical University announced it was building a popular new “landmark mosque,” dissenters at Dokuz Eylul University began circulating petitions for a Buddhist temple--and, more urgently, a Jedi temple “to bring balance to the Force.” (2) After recent submarine sightings off Sweden (suspected Russian), leading some Swedes to demand more vigilance, the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society suggested repelling the Rooskie subs with a sonar system called “The Singing Sailor” sending the message, “Welcome to Sweden. Gay since 1944,” which would surely tighten Russian sphincters. United Press International /// The Local (Stockholm)
Multitasker: A 33-yr-old driver was arrested near Orlando, drunk, with four unbelted kids in the car, while breastfeeding the youngest (2 months old). (Bonus: expired license plate!) WKMG-TV (Orlando)
The Legend of F State Judge John “Jay” Hurley Continues: His Fort Lauderdale courtroom is the Radio City Music Hall of justice, where the show never stops (as News of the Weird has documented). May 13, 2015: Veteran perp David Riffle makes his latest appearance. Riffle: How you doin, asshole? Hurley: I’m doin’ fine. How are you, sir? Riffle: You are now going to hell . . for the glory of God . . Amen. Hurley: $100 bond. Next.WPLG-TV (Miami)
Suspicions Confirmed: Oh, no--Prince Charles may not be blessed with gravitas. A series of secret letters he sent to the Prime Minister in 2004 and 2005 were finally released after a long freedom-of-information fight with London’s The Guardian. Did Charles privately excoriate Mr. Blair for cooperating on the invasion of Iraq? Well, no. Britain must do more, Charles wrote, to save the albatross by protecting their food supply. And so forth. Washington Post
In the Internet’s Low-Rent District Last Week: (1) Kim Anami began the European part of her current world tour; she draws in the crowds by showcasing weights attached to her hoo-hah; (2) The American Edward Smith, 62, calls attention to himself by humping cars, like this Porsche--as they are his only love interests; (3) Leonard Delaney, who writes Kindle books fiction under a pseudonym, specializes in hardcore porn stories about iWatch and Tetris fans; (4) Somehow, the F State is not weird enough for some websites so they make up stuff so . . no, if you read about a guy who tried to cash a check for $388bn at a Bank of America in Jacksonville, well, no. Metro (London) /// Daily Mirror (London) /// Daily Mirror (London) /// Inquisitr News (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
The Clavilux was a device that displayed a psychedelic light show on a screen. It was invented by Thomas Wilfred in 1919, who hoped that it would become so popular that one day every home would have one. That didn't quite work out. Though one of these sitting in your living room definitely would be a conversation piece. More info.
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May 18, 2015 (Part 1) [weird stuff that made me excited (frightened) (ROTFL) (appalled) last week, some of which will appear in News of the Weird soon] [Part 1 on Monday, Part 2 on Tuesday]
Once Again--Rothko! Every time Mark Rothko’s Untitled, (Yellow and Blue) gets resold, it provokes News of the Weird to act. Sotheby’s auction house sold it last week for $46.5m. As you know, the painting consists of a yellow rectangle on top of a blue rectangle, on top of a smaller rectangle of yellow again (showing “how truly miraculous a painting can be,” according to the Sotheby’s guide). New York Times
Speaking of art, New York City’s Fox TV station, showing Picasso’s Women of Algiers (which brought in $179m at Christie’s) actually felt the need to blur out the nipples when it broadcast the seemingly-enhanced-stick-figure work. The Guardian (London)
Our Hardiest Generation (I): A nursing student at Pennsylvania’s Misericordia University is suing the school because she’s all nervous and can’t pass a required exam, twice, even with extra time. The school should have helped her more, the potential nurse--nurse!--thinks. Fox News
Our Hardiest Generation (II): Four Ivy League students demanded in a newspaper piece that classes like Greek mythology and Roman poetry come with “trigger warnings,” meaning that students might learn that there was viciousness and abuse chronicled in those olden times and that some students may swoon--or get, y’know, really upset--upon reading. Washington Post
On Second Thought, Hmmm, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz? South Korea’s intelligence service claimed that Kim-Jong Un had his defense chief, Hyon Yong Chol, assassinated by having him test-receive anti-aircraft fire. All Hyon did was disobey Kim and fall asleep during a meeting; he never, for example, got the trillion-dollar invasion of a country wrong. Reuters
Brad Davis, 34, finally pleaded guilty in the 2013 death of his step-father in Shawnee, Okla. He copped to manslaughter for strangling the man in his own underwear (i.e., an “atomic wedgie,” as Internet click-bait goes). The Oklahoman via Tulsa World
Recurring Theme: Perp swallows packets of heroin and cocaine; police wait for nature to take its course so they can recover the evidence. But 23 days? East Anglian Daily Times (Ipswich, England)
Lede Sentences That Cannot Be Improved: [from the NY Times obit of weird performance artist Chris Burden): “Chris Burden, a conceptual artist who in the line of duty had himself shot, pierced, starved, crucified, electrocuted, cut by glass, kicked down stairs, locked up, dropped from heights and nearly drowned [died on May 10th in Topanga, Calif. He was 69,]” New York Times
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