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It’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow some magic mushrooms

Psilocybe tampanensis

Image via Wikipedia

Everyone knows the potential destructive power of hurricanes, but few people are aware that storms like Hurricane Irene encourage growth of psychedelic mushrooms.Yes, it sounds trippy, but one of the strange aftermaths of a hurricane is an increased amount of mushrooms popping up — especially the psilocybin — or “magic” kind — the ones that cause hallucinations.

via Magic Mushrooms.

August 29, 2011 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off

You mean this isn’t a motel?

Police in Tennessee were called to a funeral home where workers found two intruders sleeping inside caskets.

One man escaped, but police caught and arrested Barrett Lance Hartsock, who was charged with burglary and vandalism over $1,000.

via 2 Intruders Found Sleeping In Funeral Home Caskets.

According to police the two did $9000 in damage to the two caskets. Maybe because the funeral home didn’t want to sell two slightly used caskets?

August 25, 2011 Posted by | Creepy, Dumb Crook, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Crime tip: Transporting weed on your bike? Be sure you have a bell.

A 17-year-old Sarnia, Ont., teen faces drug charges after police say they caught him with almost a kilogram of marijuana after stopping him because his bicycle had no bell.

via Canoe.ca.

August 25, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off

It’s so important to start your marriage on the right foot

A newly wed Pennsylvania couple was arrested while stealing $1000 worth of food for their reception from a super market. Those strange looking tubes up in the corner? Those are security cameras, folks.

via TBOEXTRA.com

August 25, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off

Quick! Hide! It’s the cops! Except it wasn’t.

Okay, so you’ve broken into a disused building to steal metal and you suddenly hear what you think is the police searching for you. What do you do? Hide in the duct work, of course…for five hours. Turns out though that what you heard wasn’t the cops. It was another metal thief who thought you were the cops and hid on the roof.

When the real police got there, after a call to the emergency number alerted them to strange goings on, their dog quickly found the guy in the duct work and shortly afterward found the one on the roof.

“Book ‘em, Dano!”

via BBC News – Metal thief hides from second thief at Devon hospital.

August 24, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off

This ain’t no eensy weensy spider

A five-inch Brazilian Wandering Spider—the most venomous spider in the world, stowed away in a box of bananas and leaped out in a German grocery store, running through the aisles and causing pandemonium on Friday.

After shutting down the store…for three days, a team of 30 wildlife experts failed to find the spider. They did, however, spray so many pesticides on the premises that they’re pretty sure it’s dead by now, unless it left the supermarket and is roaming the German countryside as we speak. No injuries have been reported.

via Spider Rampages in Supermarket.

August 22, 2011 Posted by | animals | Comments Off

Crime tip: Stealing a car? Make sure the steering wheel is attached

A man stole a car from an Escondido auto sound business on Saturday but did not get far because the car had no windshield and the steering wheel came off during the attempted getaway, police said.

More via  KGTV San Diego.

August 21, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off

Great Headline: “Five Ways to Cook a Cricket”

In an interview during her recent Journey To Cambodia video for Louis Vuitton, Angelina Jolie talks about how her boys “love to eat crickets.”

“It’s their favorite thing,” she said. “They ate them like Doritos. As soon as we landed (in Cambodia) we had a friend bring us two to-go boxes full of crickets, and we all sat in the car eating them.”

This globe-trotting family has it right — crickets are good eating.

via Daniella Martin: Five Ways to Cook a Cricket.

August 16, 2011 Posted by | Food | 1 Comment

How do you find an escaped cow? Call in a psychic, of course.

A cow named Yvonne has eluded capture since escaping a German farm in May. She’s been spotted roaming a forest, but searchers haven’t been able to get close to her. Now an animal psychic has been called in.

via Yvonne, A Cow Wrapped In A Mystery Inside A Forest : The Two-Way : NPR.

August 16, 2011 Posted by | animals, Fun stuff | Comments Off

Watch for low flying aircraft cows

Safety officer Robert, of Barlaston, Staffs, said: “I was driving along when a cow jumped out and landed on my bonnet.

“It had hurdled a three-foot high fence and hit the front of my car.

“I had no time to brake and my car veered to the other side of the road.

“I was very lucky that nothing was coming in the opposite direction.

“The police were very nice about everything, although I don’t think they could quite believe it either.

“They breath-tested me which came back negative.”

via Cow leaps three foot fence and squashes car – Telegraph.

August 16, 2011 Posted by | accident messes, animals | Comments Off

Here’s looking at you (with my diamond encrusted contacts)

So you’ve blinged up your neck, decorated your ears and added horns to your forehead okay, maybe not the last one. Whats next?

Your eyeballs, thats what. A company is offering contact lenses fitted with real diamonds and gold that you position over the most delicate organ of the human body. No sweat.Thats right, 18 diamonds studded onto an 18-carat gold plate on a special lens is yours for just $15,000 (£9,000.)

via ShortList Magazine.

August 16, 2011 Posted by | Art?, Creepy, Strange | , , | Comments Off

You might say they have a rocky relationship.

A small-town mayor is under police investigation after finally giving his wife a nice, big rock.

Make that his ex-wife. And the rock was a 20 tonne boulder, not a ring.

Dany Larivière, the mayor of Saint-Théodore-d’Acton, east of Montreal, told a French news station that he had dropped the boulder off on his ex-wife’s lawn early Sunday morning. The rock is spray-painted “Happy Birthday, Isa XX” and topped with a big pink bow.

“I had to do something so she’d leave me alone,” he told TVA Monday morning. “That’s the biggest rock she’ll ever get in her life.”

via 20-tonne boulder- thestar.com.

August 15, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | Comments Off

Turns out that roaches are Lady Gaga fans

Australian cockroach

Image via Wikipedia

When a cockroach wants to shake a tail feather, what music does it prefer? Apparently, Lady Gaga.

This summer, four teenagers in an engineering program at New York’s Cooper Union were studying the movement of roaches by hooking them up to electrodes and then exposing them to electric pulses. But soon the roaches got used to the pulses and stopped moving about when they started. Desperate to find a way to get the roaches moving, the guys decided to try playing music for them. They tried Weezer, but got no response from the bugs. Ditto for heavy metal rockers Avenged Sevenfold.

But when they started playing Lady Gaga—well, the roaches responded immediately, and never stopped their flapping.

via Roaches Love Dancing To Lady Gaga – ABC News.

August 15, 2011 Posted by | Scary, Strange | Comments Off

Maybe Hitler would have lost the silly mustache…

As wartime plots go, it stood as much chance of success as Captain Blackadder’s attempt to avoid battle by sticking two pencils up his nose, putting underpants on his head and claiming to be from the planet Wibble.

With no end to the Second World War in sight, British spies came up with a plan to lace Adolf Hitler’s food with female sex hormones to curb his aggressive impulses.

More via Hitler hormone plot:

August 15, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Stuff, Hitler | Comments Off

They used to split a raven’s tongue but people?

A British teenager was so desperate to speak the Korean language with the proper accent that she had a surgery that lengthened her tongue, reports The Telegraph. Wait. What?

Nineteen-year-old student Rhiannon Brooksbank loves Korean culture and plans to study it in college. Her only problem: She struggled to correctly pronounce certain sounds in the Korean language, because of her shorter-than-average tongue, “caused by an unusually thick lingual frenulum – the flap of skin that joins the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth,” the UK paper reports.

Her parents agreed to her having a lingual frenectomy, a 15–minute operation under local anaesthetic that involved an incision in the flap of skin. Rhiannon admitted that it was “agony at first” but her tongue is now about 1cm longer and she can say words that were impossible before.

via The Body Odd

August 15, 2011 Posted by | crazy | Comments Off

Ummm–you’ve got it backwards, man

Folsom Prison s520

Image by uvw916a via Flickr

Most inmates are trying to get out of prison, but authorities say they caught a California parolee trying to sneak back in. Corrections Sgt. Tony Quinn says 48-year-old Marvin Lane Ussery was spotted late Wednesday night scaling the 7-foot tall, barbed wire-topped fence that encircles a large wooded area behind the California State Prison in Sacramento.

via Calif. Man Accused Of Trying To Break In To Prison.

August 13, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Crook | Comments Off

How do you find a ghost’s phone number?

It's a ghost!

Image via Wikipedia

When modern technology combines with good old-fashioned ghostbusting, the result is a series of paranormal phone apps that might help tech-savvy ghost hunters detect other-worldly presences without the need for costly equipment.

A number of spirit-seeking cellphone apps have hit the market in the past few years, including EVP Analyzer, which records sounds believed by some to be voices from the beyond, Paranormal State EMF Detector, which scans electromagnetic fields for alleged spirits or ghosts and Ghost Radar, a radar-influenced app said to use electromagnetic fields, vibrations and sounds to point users toward apparitions.

via Paranormal Phone Apps (Links to apps are here too.)

August 13, 2011 Posted by | ghost | 2 Comments

Words of wisdom from Mark Twain


‎”A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”
–Mark Twain

August 11, 2011 Posted by | animals, cats | Comments Off

Charge: Operating a Motorized Beer Cart while intoxicated

Plenty of drunk drivers spend a night in the cooler after they get busted. Very few spend a night on the cooler before their arrest.

Police in Australia say Christopher Ian Petrie was under the influence and driving without a license in Noosa on June 16 when they spotted him behind the wheel of a motorized beer cooler.

The 23-year-old had reportedly outfitted the cooler — known in Australia as an Esky — with a 50cc two-stroke engine, according to The Courier Mail.

via Motorized Beer Cart In Australia.

August 9, 2011 Posted by | beer, Dumb drivers | Comments Off

Uh Oh!

August 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off


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