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Posted October 22, 2014in News of the Weird

The new normal New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell manages his own fantasy league team by “drafting” NFL players for virtual competitions based on their real-life statistics of the previous weekend. Donnell lamented to New Jersey’s The Record in October that he had benched virtual “Larry Donnell” on his

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Posted October 15, 2014in News of the Weird

Bionic shoes Police in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture raided a shoe manufacturer in July and commandeered a list of about 1,500 purchasers of the company’s signature “tosatsu shoes” — shoes with built-in cameras. Investigators have begun visiting the purchasers at home to ask that they hand in the shoes (but, out

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Posted October 08, 2014in News of the Weird

Professional biology research The job of determining stress levels in whales is itself apparently stressful. The most reliable information about tension lies in hormones most accurately measured by researchers’ boarding a boat, sidling up to a whale and waiting until it blasts snot out of its blowhole. By catching enough

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Posted October 01, 2014in News of the Weird

Frontiers of flight Dutch inventors Bart Jansen and Arjen Beltman struck again recently when Pepeijn Bruins, 13, called on them to help him grieve over his pet rat, Ratjetoe, who had to be put down because of cancer. Having heard of the inventors’ work, Pepeijn asked if they could please

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Posted September 24, 2014in News of the Weird

New frontiers The WE cable network disclosed in August that it had ordered a nine-episode adaptation of a British series, “Sex Box,” in which a couple enters a large opaque chamber on-stage and has intercourse. The pair, pre- and post-coitally, are clothed and seated before a panel of probably D-List

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Posted September 17, 2014in News of the Weird

A nerd’s rhapsody Nicholas Felton’s latest annual recap of his personal communications data is now available for just $30. Key findings, graphically presented, of Nicholas’ busy 2013 (according to a report by He received 44,041 texts and 31,769 emails, had 12,464 face-to-face conversations and 320 phone calls (all detailed

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Posted September 10, 2014in News of the Weird

They didn’t see this coming? German Rolf Buchholz, who owns the Guinness Book world record for most body piercings (453), said he was upset to be denied entrance into United Arab Emirates in August to fulfill a performance of sorts at Dubai’s Fairmont Hotel. Buchholz said officials gave no explanation,

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Posted September 03, 2014in News of the Weird

All war is weird, but this ISIS war … As summed up by a writer: “The absurdity runs deep.” America uses American military equipment to bomb American military equipment that ISIS captured from inept Iraqi soldiers, inept in part since America disbanded Iraq’s professional military in 2003. America’s Kurdish

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Posted August 27, 2014in News of the Weird

It’s Facebook’s world now Up-and-coming Sicilian mobster Domenico Palazzotto, 28, was outed in August by Italy’s L’Espresso magazine as the owner of an ineffectively pseudonymous Facebook page showing off his muscled, bare-chested body and perhaps recruiting members. One fan asked, “Do I need to send a (resume)?” “Yes, brother,” came

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Posted August 20, 2014in News of the Weird

Think your own last flight was unpleasant? The May 28 U.S. Airways flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia had to be diverted to Kansas City after a passenger’s service dog did what dogs do, in the aisle, twice (an hour apart). One passenger used the terms “lingering smell,” “dry heaving”

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