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Most drivers like red light cameras? Maybe…

A red-light camera in use in Beaverton, Oregon...

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If you are put off by those seemingly ubiquitous red light cameras — and the expensive tickets they generate — the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has a news flash for you. You are in the minority. The cameras appear to be gaining some traction as acceptable safety devices.

The institute released a survey last week showing that two-thirds of drivers in 14 major U.S. cities where red light cameras have been in place for a while actually support them. St. Louis was not among the cities surveyed.

via Drivers surveyed in 14 cities support red light cameras.


July 3, 2011 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on Most drivers like red light cameras? Maybe…

Montauk Monster? Yesterday. Here come the Montauk ET’s

In a year when a respected investigative journalist suggested that the Roswell UFO scare may have been the handiwork of Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele and Joseph Stalin, along comes another story involving space aliens and outrageous experimentation on a U.S. military base.

Montauk, N.Y. — like Area 51, written about in Annie Jacobsen’s new book — has been the center of an otherworldly conspiracy theory for decades.Believers say that people were kidnapped at a U.S. Air Force base and subjected to mind control and time travel experiments. And extraterrestrials somehow had a hand in it all.

via Montauk Project: Mind Control, Time Travel And Alien Encounters At Military Base.

June 21, 2011 Posted by | Area 51, Strange | Comments Off on Montauk Monster? Yesterday. Here come the Montauk ET’s

Must be Taos’s sister city

Now a tiny English village is the latest community to claim to be being hit by the phenomenon known as “the hum”.

Residents of Woodland, in County Durham, claim that every night a noise permeates the air similar to the throb of a car engine. It is sometimes so strong that it even shakes the bed of one of the householders.But no matter how hard they look, the community cannot find the source of the problem and, at their wits end, have called in the council to investigate.

via ‘The hum’ – Telegraph.

June 12, 2011 Posted by | Creepy, Strange | Comments Off on Must be Taos’s sister city

“Passenger Strips Naked on Flight…” Maybe he was too warm?

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.”

via Passenger Strips Naked on Flight

June 11, 2011 Posted by | crazy, Strange | Comments Off on “Passenger Strips Naked on Flight…” Maybe he was too warm?

That crunch in your ice cream isn’t nuts


(Missouri)  Public health officials… have asked an ice cream shop to cool it with the cicada-flavored ice cream that customers apparently can’t get enough of…

The cicadas were fully cooked by boiling then covered in brown sugar and milk chocolate. The base ice cream is a brown sugar and butter flavor.

via  KansasCity.com.

June 8, 2011 Posted by | Food, Strange | Comments Off on That crunch in your ice cream isn’t nuts


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.

via Odd News | newslite.tv.

May 15, 2011 Posted by | animals, crazy, Strange | Comments Off on Snail-athon

Pinocchio would have loved this

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.

via Crazy nose stylus

May 2, 2011 Posted by | crazy, Fun stuff, Strange | Comments Off on Pinocchio would have loved this

911? Help!!

You may have heard of house calls, but this is ridiculous.

After months of enduring a leaking pipe that buckled its floors and sagged its ceilings, an empty Massachusetts house somehow called police for help.

The Salem News reports the emergency call went out to police from a house in Marblehead after water short-circuited the phone system, apparently sparking the emergency call.

Officers were sent to the address after the call was recorded as a hang up and a return call got static.

via News.com.au

April 30, 2011 Posted by | accident messes, Strange | Comments Off on 911? Help!!

Maybe they should add to that disaster plan

Hancock County Public Library administrators were gathering to discuss an earthquake-preparedness plan this afternoon at the Greenfield branch when a different kind of disaster struck — the building caught fire when a lightning bolt apparently struck the roof.

via indystar.com.

April 19, 2011 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on Maybe they should add to that disaster plan

Evidently they didn’t use library paste

The Metropol Parasol (Spain) looks from afar like it’s constructed from popsicle sticks — but it is actually built from bonded timber with a polyurethane coating (translation: extra-strong glue). The unusual materials have given it two unique claims to fame: It’s the largest wooden building in the world, and the largest structure to be held together by glue.

via The Upshot

April 15, 2011 Posted by | Art?, Strange | Comments Off on Evidently they didn’t use library paste

Artist thinks “out of the box”… or urn, as the case may be

Raven Collins puts her heart and other people’s souls into her art.

The 37-year-old Thonotosassa artist has been sketching for more than 15 years, specializing in detailed hand-drawn portraits. Nowadays, most of her commissioned work incorporates an unusual ingredient: Cremated remains — ashes — brushed right into the portrait.

It’s a fast-growing trend in the art world, though Collins says she is the only one she’s aware of who uses ashes in sketch drawings. Others mix remains in the paint of abstract works, and some sculptors put cremated remains in jewelry or glass. One artist in Canada compresses cremated remains and puts them into pencils. “Like lead,” Collins says.

via Loved ones live on in art.

April 11, 2011 Posted by | Art?, Strange | Comments Off on Artist thinks “out of the box”… or urn, as the case may be

With a cluck cluck here, a cluck cluck there…

An adult male chicken, the rooster has a promi...

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A UK man has set up a hotel for chickens to provide five-star service for pampered hens while their owners are away, a report says.

According to orange news, David Roberts, 31, came up with idea for the Chicken Hotel in response to the growing popularity for people to rear their own hens.

Many people thought he was joking at first but he now runs a thriving business on his farm in Helston, and has bookings as far ahead as Christmas, the report said.

via  IOL.co.za.

March 23, 2011 Posted by | animals, Strange | Comments Off on With a cluck cluck here, a cluck cluck there…

…And you thought designers don’t like women

Models show creations from Netherlands designers Victor and Rolf as part of their Fall-Winter ready-to-wear 2012 fashion collection, presented in Paris, Saturday, March 5, 2011.

via HeraldTribune.com.

March 8, 2011 Posted by | Creepy, Strange | Comments Off on …And you thought designers don’t like women

Band Aids not required on male nipples. Well…that’s a relief

Male exotic dancer Ed Cloyd, who goes by the stage name “Total Package” at clubs in Prince George’s and Washington, D.C., will not have to wear Band-Aids over his nipples when he dances close to customers.

via County’s strip club restrictions upheld by judge as unconstitutional.

February 26, 2011 Posted by | Strange, Strange jobs | Comments Off on Band Aids not required on male nipples. Well…that’s a relief

World’s fattest contortionist

With the ability to press his soles to his cheeks, turn himself into a human dart board, and dislocate his shoulders to escape from a straitjacket, Matt Alaeddine’s resume reads more like a medical examiner’s report.

Couple that with his sizable mass — well over 400 pounds — and the city comic and contortionist has found a ticket around the world, securing him a place in the infamous Jim Rose Circus.

via Edmonton performer claims to be world’s fattest contortionist.

February 26, 2011 Posted by | Strange, Strange jobs | Comments Off on World’s fattest contortionist

Hey, doc, can you do anything for my headache?

Surgeons in southern China successfully removed a rusty, 4-inch (10-centimeter) knife from the skull of a man who said it had been stuck in there for four years, the hospital said Friday.

Li Fuyan, 30, had been suffering from severe headaches, bad breath and breathing difficulties but never knew the cause of his discomfort, said the senior official at the Yuxi City People’s Hospital in Yunnan Province.

Li told doctors he had been stabbed in the lower right jaw by a robber four years ago and the blade broke off inside his head without anyone realizing it, said the director of the hospital’s Communist Party committee’s office

via Doctors remove knife from man’s head after 4 years – Yahoo! News.

February 22, 2011 Posted by | Strange | Comments Off on Hey, doc, can you do anything for my headache?

Biodegradable shoes?

It used to be that the only thing to do with an old pair of shoes was to tie the laces together and chuck them up over a telephone line. Now, a better answer has come along: just bury them in your backyard, and they’ll magically grow into something beautiful.

OAT sneakers are made entirely of biodegradable materials, but integrated into those materials somehow are an assortment of dormant seeds. When you’re done with the shoes, just douse them in water and bury them somewhere, and in a little bit, they’ll sprout flowers.

More via DVICE.

February 12, 2011 Posted by | Big stink, Strange | Comments Off on Biodegradable shoes?

Looking for your Mummy? Try Fairfield, Texas

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.”

via IS A MUMMY ON THE LOOSE IN TEXAS? | American Monsters.

February 3, 2011 Posted by | crazy, Strange, Zombie | Comments Off on Looking for your Mummy? Try Fairfield, Texas

You never call! I’m going to sue!

National emblem of the People's Republic of China

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On the eve of the Lunar New Year festival, when Chinese flood train stations, bus terminals and airports to reunite with loved ones, one Chinese ministry is proposing that the government mandate closer families.

Under a proposal submitted Monday by the Civil Affairs Ministry to China’s State Council, adult children would be required by law to regularly visit their elderly parents. If they do not, parents can sue them.

via CharlotteObserver.com.

February 3, 2011 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats, Strange | Comments Off on You never call! I’m going to sue!

Sonic boom? Shallow earthquake?

Locals in Saffron Walden, Essex, called 999 at 8pm on Sunday to report an earthquake after homes shook, furniture moved and windows rattled. Two loud bangs resounded through the medieval town, prompting suggestions that there had been a plane crash or a meteorite landing nearby.

Noises were heard as far as six miles away in Thaxted and residents of Haverhill, Cambs., 13 miles away reported thuds, moving furniture and shaking houses.

via Market town shaken by “unexplained” loud bangs | swns.com

I once experienced a shallow earthquake in the Spokane, Washington area that fits this description perfectly. A terrific, really loud bang accompanied by shaking of the house and rattling of dishes in the cupboard. We thought there had been an explosion.

January 18, 2011 Posted by | Explosion, Strange | Comments Off on Sonic boom? Shallow earthquake?