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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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Posted August 13, 2014in News of the Weird

Weird old world “The Chinese fondness for napping in odd places is a well-documented phenomenon, one that’s spawned a popular website and even a book,” wrote The Wall Street Journal in a July dispatch. In a recent photo essay, a Getty Images photographer captured a series of shots of customers

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Posted August 06, 2014in News of the Weird

Perspective Jeff Mizanskey, 61, is a poster child for one well-known criticism of mandatory-minimum sentencing laws — that nonviolent marijuana users (and small-time sellers) may wind up doing decades of hard time and, in fact, more time than some sociopathic offenders serve for heinous offenses. Mizanskey is 20 years into

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