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Turns out that roaches are Lady Gaga fans

Australian cockroach

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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.

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August 15, 2011 Posted by | Scary, Strange | Comments Off on Turns out that roaches are Lady Gaga fans

Not the best place to park your big rig

An 18-wheel truck pulling an empty water tank is hanging precariously off an interstate ramp in Fort Worth after a predawn crash, and three people have been rescued from the wreck.

via Three rescued

March 24, 2011 Posted by | accident messes, Scary | Comments Off on Not the best place to park your big rig

Let’s see now…which one of these thingies makes this thing fly?

India’s fake pilot scandal began unravelling when a female captain landed her packed airliner on the nose instead of the rear wheels as she touched down in the holiday hotspot of Goa…

The case set alarm bells ringing for passengers, anxious about the idea of a semi-trained fraud being responsible for their lives, and for airline bosses, who have been hiring crew at a furious pace in recent years.

via Yahoo! News.

March 24, 2011 Posted by | Airplanes, Scary | Comments Off on Let’s see now…which one of these thingies makes this thing fly?

Toasted buns?

A Huntsville woman is suing the makers of a hand warming product after she claimed the product ignited and burned her buttocks and legs, said Huntsville attorney Brent Jordon. In a statement released by Jordan, the lawsuit claims Lauren Self, of Madison, was using (the hand warmers) on Feb. 5 when she reached hand into her back pocket and the product caught fire.

via  al.com.

March 15, 2011 Posted by | Scary | Comments Off on Toasted buns?

Got an iPhone? Watch the battery.

“The phone got hot then started smoking then blew up. My wife and kid were in the room and it set off my fire alarm. It slighty burned my hand when I tried to pick it up. Basically the battery caught on fire.”

via This iPhone 4 Exploded

Remember the laptop fires a couple of years ago? This is certainly not Apple’s fault but it would be a good idea to be aware of your iPhones temperature.

February 16, 2011 Posted by | Scary | Comments Off on Got an iPhone? Watch the battery.

Woman run over by own car – twice

Paramedics in Australia described a woman as “incredibly lucky” after she was run over by her own car – twice.

The 37-year-old had pulled into the driveway of her Melbourne home and, in her haste, failed to put on the handbrake.

The runaway car knocked the woman to the ground and ran over her abdomen and legs, reports the Melbourne Age.

As she lay injured on the driveway, the car continued rolling down the incline, hit a fence and rolled back towards her, running her over again.

via Orange UK

If this is “lucky” think of the kind of day she would have had if she was “unlucky.”

November 28, 2010 Posted by | Cars, Scary | Comments Off on Woman run over by own car – twice

This will make you squirm

Terrified householders had to abandon an entire town after 3,000 illegally bred king cobra eggs hatched out and gave their owner the slip.

The eggs – bred to supply the traditional health industry – had been stored in a cage in a house in Xianling, south west China.

But the newly hatched snakes escaped through a hole in their enclosure and took over the entire town.

via Quirky News | Orange UK

The king Cobra is one of the most dangerous snakes in the world.

October 25, 2010 Posted by | animals, Scary | | Comments Off on This will make you squirm

That celery you just bought? Wash it. Thoroughly.

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A food processing plant in Texas has been shut down after contaminated celery was linked to the deaths of four people.

The victims all died from listeriosis food poisoning after eating chopped celery from the factory in San Antonio.

The rare bacterial infection is particularly dangerous for newborn babies, pregnant women and the elderly.

It can be caused by not washing or cooking raw vegetables properly.

via  Mail Online.

October 25, 2010 Posted by | Scary | , , | Comments Off on That celery you just bought? Wash it. Thoroughly.

Poke that elevator floor button with your umbrella tip

Next time you use the lift (elevator, Yank), you might want to wash your hands. A typical elevator button harbours nearly 40 times as many germs as a public toilet seat, scientists have found.

A study carried out in hotels, restaurants, banks, offices and airports found 313 ‘colony forming units’ of bacteria on every square centimetre of lift button.The equivalent surface area of toilet seat had only eight units.

Mail Online.

September 24, 2010 Posted by | Scary | Comments Off on Poke that elevator floor button with your umbrella tip

If you use Calvin Klein cologne remember jaguars like it too

Biologists tracking jaguars in the Guatemalan jungle might smell nice but it’s all in the name of science, with researchers finding the Calvin Klein cologne Obsession for Men attracts big cats.Biologists Rony Garcia and Jose Moreira from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s WCS Jaguar Conservation Program say they use hidden cameras as a primary source for observing and tracking jaguars in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve.But they also rely on Obsession for Men, a cologne known for its complex scent, to help lure then research and hopefully ultimately preserve jaguars in the Central American country.

via  Yahoo! News.

June 16, 2010 Posted by | animals, Scary | | Comments Off on If you use Calvin Klein cologne remember jaguars like it too

Maybe he should retake that course in Pastoral Counseling

The son of a well-known Alcoa (Tenn.)pastor has taken out an order of protection against his father, claiming he was threatened with a gun during an argument at a church over his lack of church attendance…

The younger man told police his father pulled out a handgun when they met at the church to discuss church attendance. He told officers his father pointed the gun at him and threatened to kill him, his wife and family.

via Pastor accused of pulling gun on son at church.

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Scary | | Comments Off on Maybe he should retake that course in Pastoral Counseling

This program was brought to you by your friendly local witch doctor

The Ugandan ethics minister has put a halt to witch doctors advertising their services on the radio claiming that the stations “…are promoting witchcraft-related activities to the detriment of Uganda’s integrity” and are in violation of the 1957 Witchcraft Act.

via www.screenafrica.com

November 4, 2009 Posted by | Scary, Strange, Strange jobs | | Comments Off on This program was brought to you by your friendly local witch doctor

It’s a bad sign when your pilot asks you to pray

A worried Iranian airline pilot asked passengers to start praying after his plane was hit by a technical glitch early on Thursday, highlighting once again the notorious record of Tehran’s aircraft.

The Aseman Airlines Boeing plane had taken off from Tehran airport after a six-hour delay, but had to return following a technical fault, the ISNA news agency quoted a passenger as recounting…

“The pilot told the passengers ‘the plane is facing a technical problem and has to return. So please pray.'”

via Worried Iran pilot asks passengers to pray – Yahoo! News.

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Scary, Strange | Comments Off on It’s a bad sign when your pilot asks you to pray

Where are all the feet coming from?

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A right foot has been found inside a running shoe on a beach in Richmond, the seventh foot found along B.C.’s coast in two years, RCMP said Wednesday.

More via Foot found on Richmond beach is seventh foot found on B.C. coast.

October 29, 2009 Posted by | Scary, Strange jobs | , | Comments Off on Where are all the feet coming from?

Irony defined

A Catholic who believed his prayers were answered when he was rescued from a lift was killed when he went to church to give thanks and the stone altar fell on him.

via Ananova – Missing Link found in church.

September 13, 2009 Posted by | Scary, Strange | | Comments Off on Irony defined

She must have really needed a job…she’s 16 stories above the ground

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September 4, 2009 Posted by | Scary | | Comments Off on She must have really needed a job…she’s 16 stories above the ground

It’s surprising how fast you can run with a 3 ton hippo chasing you…

This gamekeeper sprints for his life after disturbing a hungry hippo while it was stuffing its face. He fled as the angry three-ton beast – which can hit speeds of up to 30mph – charged at him, still with a mouthful of grass.

The keeper only managed to escape a nasty end with an impressive 100m dash – in flat work shoes.

via Curb your hippo! – mirror.co.uk.

August 23, 2009 Posted by | animals, Scary | | Comments Off on It’s surprising how fast you can run with a 3 ton hippo chasing you…

Check your medicine cabinet: Sanitizer not so sanitary

Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service have seized all skin sanitizers and skin protectants, including ingredients and components, at Clarcon Biological Chemistry Laboratory s facility in Roy, Utah, the Food and Drug Administration said.

The FDA also warned the public Saturday not to use any Clarcon products because they contain harmful bacteria and are promoted as antimicrobial agents that claim to treat open wounds, damaged skin, and protect against various infectious diseases. No cases have been reported to the FDA.

Full details at  Ozarksnow

August 2, 2009 Posted by | Scary | , | Comments Off on Check your medicine cabinet: Sanitizer not so sanitary

Lightning is a cure for arrhythmia?

Picture 14A Serbian woman has been cured of a deadly heart condition – when she was struck by lightning.

Shocked doctors who’d been treating Nada Acimovich, 51, for arrhythmia – irregular heartbeats that can be a killer – discovered she had made a complete recovery.

via Ananova – Woman cured by lightning.

The doctors were “shocked”? I bet she was too.

July 11, 2009 Posted by | Medical, Scary, Strange | , | Comments Off on Lightning is a cure for arrhythmia?

Caution! Low flying aircraft! (This is a real picture)

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There’s video here, taken from the beach.

July 1, 2009 Posted by | Airplanes, Scary | Comments Off on Caution! Low flying aircraft! (This is a real picture)