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
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- Woman Has Tongue Lengthened to Speak Korean Better (neatorama.com)
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A German passenger stripped naked on an Iberia flight from Madrid to Frankfurt, forcing the pilot to turn the plane around so the man could be arrested, the Spanish airline said Friday.
“A German passenger took all his clothes off on the plane” Thursday night, an Iberia spokeswoman said. “Staff on board tried to dissuade him, but he became aggressive and finally locked himself in the toilet. The pilot then decided to turn around and land in Madrid.”
- Naked passenger disrupts Spain flight (thenewstribune.com)
State police in Michigan are trying to find who left what appear to be a grandmother’s cremated remains in an urn at a Goodwill store near Flint.Fenton Goodwill store manager Allen Ryckman says “it’s got to be the No. 1 or No. 2 weirdest item” the store has ever received. He says it appears to have come from a house that was cleaned out.
- Box labeled `grandma’s urn’ left at Goodwill store (hosted.ap.org)
A man who dressed as Brian the Snail from The Magic Roundabout to compete in the London Marathon has finally finished… after 26 days.
After donning the giant 9ft-long snail suit, Lloyd Scott had to lie on his stomach and slide along on a sled until he’d completed the famous 26.2-mile course.
- Ex-Blackpool keeper Lloyd Scott finishes the London Marathon after 26 days (offthepost.info)
- Marathon man’s snail pace (thesun.co.uk)
A 42-year-old Indiana woman who authorities believe was high on bath salts trashed a hotel room Wednesday, Indiana State Police said this morning.
Police said (she) was sitting on (a) bed when they arrived at the hotel…rambing about evil spirits and needing to write on the walls of the room to protect her from the spirits.
A family member who was present told police that Winter was an abuser of bath salts. When snorted, bath salts cause hallucinations, police said.
- Bath Salts Drugs: Problems, Ingredients, Dangers, and More (webmd.com)
- What is cloud nine bath salt (wiki.answers.com)
The problem with most touchscreen smartphones is that you need two hands to run them. This weird looking nose stylus solves that problem, by letting you peck away using your nose when your other hand is…uh…preoccupied.
Do not store chemicals in soft drink bottles, do not leave nicotine chewing gum near children, and do not give your child ant-killer if they have just eaten ants.
These are some of the tips from the Dunedin-based National Poisons Centre, which receives about 35,000 calls, and thousands more internet inquiries, each year.
“Yes,” said office manager Lucy Shieffelbien. Staff once received a call from a mother who was so concerned about “ants jiggling inside” her child, she fed them ant-killer.
Brooksville (Florida) Police are searching for two men who used a hand grenade to rob a Chase Bank Monday morning.
Investigators say the men went into the bank at 7170 Broad Street and threatened to throw the grenade unless they got money.
Source: Sent by a friend. Original source unknown (to me)
KPRC has announced that residents in Fairfield, Texas are living in fear ever since a figure, which has been described as a “mummy,” began rearing its head in their neighborhood.
Cypress homeowner Jon Hill — who called the police after claiming to have seen the entity in the front yard of his home on Chestnut Falls Drive in Fairfield — which is located in Cypress — described the being:
“(It had) bandages, like a mummy. He looked like a mummy. It’s scary not knowing what this man is up to or what he wants.”
- the mummy’s curse in fiction from Blog of Holding (blogofholding.com)
Although the claim that listening to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s complicated scores can boost your IQ has been debunked, its effect on bananas has yet to be disputed. So in July, the Hyogo Prefecture-based fruit company Toyoka Chuo Seika shipped out its first batch of “Mozart Bananas” to supermarkets in the area. Toyoka Chuo Seika’s Mozart bananas are sent to stores after one week of music at a ripening chamber.
Arriving as ordinary unripe bananas from the Philippines, “Mozart Bananas” meet an odd fate. “String Quartet 17” and “Piano Concerto 5 in D major,” among other works, play continuously for one week in their ripening chamber, which has speakers installed specifically for this purpose.
- Mozart-Ripened Food and Drink All the Rage in Japan (weirdasianews.com)
- Saké Enhanced By Mozart (passionatefoodie.blogspot.com)
After robbing three people at gunpoint early Saturday morning, Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) police said the suspect shook his victims’ hands – an odd gesture that police said was not so polite.
via Morning Call.
It’ll take more than a few parking meters to cover the $200,000 bail for a West Side (Chicago) man charged with knocking over meters with his van in order to steal the contents.
At a bond hearing today, prosecutors said Jeffrey Kaput literally knocked over four of the 200-pound boxes, valued at more than $6,000 each, earlier this month. “He would knock the boxes over with his van, at which point he would place them in the back of the van and remove the cash box,” Assistant State’s Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said in court. She did not say how much money Kaput allegedly recovered from the meters.
Eighteen people died while mushroom picking in Italy in little more than a week – but not from inadvertently eating poisonous fungi.
The victims were killed by falling into rocky crevasses and gorges or from similar physical mishaps while undertaking the popular pastime, London’s The Daily Telegraph reported.
via Courier Mail.
- 18 people die in 10 days picking mushrooms (telegraph.co.uk)
- Italian mountain mushrooms claim lives (guardian.co.uk)
- Mushroom hunter ‘massacre’ claims 18 lives in Italy (calgaryherald.com)
A Romanian woman did not report her husband’s death for two weeks because she thought he was faking his death to get away from her.
The 72-year-old woman told police in Vaslui she wanted to make sure her husband wasn’t trying to trick her by faking his death so he could start a new life with his mistress, so she sat over his body for 14 days before going to authorities, the Romanian Times reports.
Police responding to reports of a man leaping between cars in a Colorado supermarket parking lot didn’t need a detailed description of the suspect. Boulder Police Sgt. Fred Gerhardt said witnesses on Wednesday reported a man was dressed as a leprechaun and pretending to shoot at people with his fingers…
Gerhardt said this is the first time Boulder police have received a complaint about a leprechaun.
An unruly passenger who banged on the cockpit door of a SkyWest flight and claimed he was a space alien was arrested after the plane made an emergency landing Sunday in Idaho Falls…
… Pocatello TV station KPVI reported he told flight attendants he was a space alien and wanted to fly the plane.
More via Deseret News.