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Zombieland

dave submitted a bizzare story which is really too short to be summarized. So here it is: IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa City police are investigating an early morning assault in which a man accused another of being a zombie, then punched him twice. Police said the assault occurred at 1:17 a.m. Sunday at...



Ridiculous.





A one-eye veil

dave submitted a ridiculous story about a one-eye veil: A Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia has called on women to wear a full veil, or niqab, that reveals only one eye. Sheikh Muhammad al-Habadan said showing both eyes encouraged women to use eye make-up to look seductive. The question of how much...



Apparently Craigslist is great for recruiting decoys for robberies

Yes, the guy robbed a bank, but everything about this story is amusing. A guy approached a Bank of America location wearing a dust mask and carrying a pump sprayer (which makes me picture Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men) which he used to spray an armored truck guard with pepper spray. He then...



Shape-Shifting Architecture

Kirat submitted a story about a shape-shifting building being constructed in Dubai. An innovative way to blow off some of the ludicrous amounts of money they have over there, now that they've already created elaborate man made islands for houses. The 80-story Dynamic Tower, described as the...



Odd coincidence?

I just saw two items in my Google Reader list with the title "When in Rome" and thought they must be related at first glance. I saw the imdb one first, so I assumed that the second article must be talking about the movie with Will Arnett that just got updated on imdb. But reading the rest of the title...



Twins get married...to each other.

Kirat submitted a funny article from CNN about how some twins accidentally married each other because they had been separated and didn't know they were related. The couple's identities have been protected for legal reasons. Their case was first highlighted by Lord Alton of Liverpool during a discussion...



Dave loves Haaaaretz

dave submitted a story from Haaretz over a week ago, but since I was on vacation I'm just getting around to posting it. Apparently Christians in Jerusalem are complaining about getting spit on by Jews there. A few weeks ago, a senior Greek Orthodox clergyman in Israel attended a meeting at a government...



Real-life 24/Prison Break

You may recall that in April I posted about someone escaping a prison via helicopter to a getaway car. Apparently at the same prison, a similar event occurred again, though this one turned out more ridiculous: A Belgian inmate made a dramatic escape from jail for the fourth time Sunday evening after...



Man smuggles monkey on flight from Peru to New York

There's a story about how a guy snuck a monkey onto a plane from Peru to New York, but the best part is he did it by hiding the monkey under his hat. It began Monday when the man boarded a flight from Peru to Fort Lauderdale, Florida with the tiny monkey tucked under his hat. He then spent several...



F*ck, that's hot

dave submitted a funny and odd story about the Finland sauna-sitting championships. Timo Kaukonen won the male championship for the third year in a row, staying in a sauna heated to 110 degrees Celsius (230 Fahrenheit) for 12 minutes and 26 seconds. Among the women, Leila Kulin endured the incredible...



Weird and amusing footwear

This link dave submitted about "barefoot footwear" is odd but interesting. Apparently a company called Vibram has what is basically a rubber skin/sole that you can wear so you can walk around barefoot while protecting the bottom of your feet from stray pebbles and dirt. At first it seems like...



Did Jon Lovitz beat up Andy Dick over the death of Phil Hartman?

This story has been making its way around the internet, and it's not only surprising, but it's also revealing of some stuff if it's true. Reportedly, Jon Lovitz clobbered Andy Dick in a comedy club because of his involvement in Phil Hartman's death. The details: Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada,...



Judge in internet terrorism trial: "What's a website?"

When you're in the middle of a trial about internet terrorism, how would you like to hear the judge say, "I don't really understand what a Web site is."? Dave submitted an article about a trial where that's exactly what happened: A judge admitted on Wednesday he was struggling to cope with basic terms...



Wendy's managers caught by Wendy's manager

What? Two managers of a Wendy's restaurant tried to rob the manager of another Wendy's, only to get caught by him. Hamilton County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Deputy Vicky Dunbar said the robbery occurred Friday morning at a Carmel area Wendy's, 10595 N. Michigan Rd. The fast food shop is located...



Talk about Prison Break

Not the show, but a real life prison breakout. This sounds like it's right out of something like 24. [Two men] paid for a helicopter ride at an airstrip near the city of Sint-Truiden, about 40 miles east of Brussels, saying they were tourists from Marseilles in southern France, pilot Eric Mathieu...



Go to a class taught by "Kumar"

That's right...Kal Penn, the guy who played Kumar in Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, is going to be a guest professor at Penn. [Kal Penn] will be a guest instructor at the University of Pennsylvania during the spring 2008 semester. Penn, 29, will teach two undergraduate courses, tentatively titled,...



Environmental irony

You know how global warming is being blamed for melting the Arctic ice caps? It looks like it's also increasing the possibility of allowing for sea travel which wasn't possible previously. And ironically, it can also allow for more oil drilling since there could be as much as 25% of the oil left in the...



A little disorienting....

What a difference a week makes... It was 35 degrees last Monday, and today it's supposed to hit 62. Not that I'm complaining. Last week (3/5/2007): This week (3/12/2007): So we've suddenly jumped out of winter and kind of skipped over spring. Of course if the past few weeks have...



Curb Your Enthusiasm saves murder suspect

You've been charged with a murder and your alibi is that you were at a baseball game. But your lawyer can't spot you on the televised footage, and you can't prove it. You better hope that Curb Your Enthusiasm just happens to be shooting in the stadium that day like it was for this guy. Catalan, 28,...



Michael Vick gets busted for marijuana at Miami Airport

Michael Vick got busted yesterday for carrying marijuana at Miami International Airport. But the real story is how he got busted: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was reluctant to throw away his 20-ounce water bottle at a Miami International Airport security checkpoint Wednesday morning. The...



Ninjas steal gas station ATM

If I get one more ninja story, I may have to consider creating a ninja topic! Florida local news reported on an ATM stolen by four men dressed in ninja outfits: Tampa Police say four men dressed in ninja outfits slammed a white Ford pickup truck into the Sunoco gas station at MacDill and Azeele on...



Want a tree house? Just pay $3500 in permits!

After over a week on hiatus (due to illness), I'm finally posting again! There's a story about how a family in Vancouver is being told they must pay $3500 in permits to keep a tree house they built. Somehow, the father who is an architect spent $2500 just building the thing already, so he's obviously...



Caught speeding? Blame the music you're listening to!

There's an article about a song that's being blamed for speeding tickets around the country. At least that's what thousands of drivers are experiencing all across the country -- all due to an instrumental rock song called: "Let's Drive" by singer/songwriter Plissken. The three-and-a-half minute...



Can cops lie?

dave submitted a really interesting story about someone who consented to a police search. The catch? The officer asking to do the search knew he was looking for drugs, but claimed he was searching for a place described in a sexual assault case. Manar was allowed into the home, where he found a small...



School with 13% pregnant teens decides to change sex ed program

dave submitted a story about a high school where 13% of girls are pregnant changing its sex ed program. There were 490 female students at Timken High School in 2005, and 65 were pregnant, WEWS-TV in Cleveland reported. The new Canton school board program promotes abstinence but also will teach students...



Masked group leaves sauce at Taco Bell

dave submitted a bizzare story about a group of people in masks dropping off bags of sauce at a Taco Bell. Authorities said 10 to 15 people wearing masks left six big trash bags full of taco sauce packets at a Taco Bell. A note attached to the bags said they had been collecting them for three years. Marion...



Punching cute otters

"I started punching the otter in the face which I felt really bad about because it's cute..." How could I resist posting this story?? Apparently a woman's dog was getting attacked by an otter, so she jumped in the water and started punching it to save her dog. Leah Vanon watched in horror last week...



Watch what you put on your check memo line

Local6.com has a story about a guy that could face jail time for a message he left on the $10 check he sent the Berkley District Court for a parking violation. The computer programmer [Robert Militzer] from Allen Park got the ticket May 29. When Militzer wrote the check to Berkley District Court,...



Guy caught reading after claiming innocence in murder due to blindness

The St. Paul Pioneer Press has an article about Minnesota's policy on taping of interviews of people in custody, and how it has helped catch criminals. In the most recent example, a man claimed he did not murder the person police dug up in his backyard, stating he couldn't have done it because he is...



Three people arrested for stealing Coca-Cola secrets

There's an article on CNN about 3 people who were arrested for trying to steal Coca-Cola trade secrets to PepsiCo. One of the three was an employee at Coke, and provided the information that the other 2 were trying to sell. They offered both confidential documents and a sample of a new, unreleased Coke...



Baby born with three arms

kirat submitted an article about a baby born with 3 arms. Apparently while this has happened before, in this case the third arm was very developed, which is uncommon. The article has a picture of the baby. He'd be the ultimate soccer goalie.



Ridiculous car chase

It's not everyday you hear about a car chase where the pursuing state trooper gets his car stuck in concrete and the fleeing driver drives into a truck. First, the trooper ran into wet concrete. Then, the escaping driver crashed the van he was in near a construction area. Some people came to help him,...



College student spends 41 hours in Wal-Mart

How bored are you? dave submitted a story about a college student who tried to spend an entire week in a Wal-Mart during his spring break. Bartels, 20, an aspiring writer and Drake University sophomore, thought he'd spend a week in a Wal-Mart as a test of endurance, using it as the premise for a magazine...



Don't rent property to Prince

There was a great piece on the radio this morning about Prince, and I had to verify if it was true. Sure enough, the Smoking Gun has posted about it. Apparently, Prince decided to do some redecorating in a home he was renting. But the changes were far from minor: In a January complaint, Carlos Boozer,...



Bathroom innovations

dave submitted two bathroom innovation related stories. First, a company called Atech Flash has created an iPod-docking toilet paper dispenser. Sporting both a USB slot for the iPod Shuffle and a dock for iPod models with dock connectors, the speakers are housed within the arms that support the toilet...



Wheelchair Athlete sues school system

dave submitted a Washington Post article about how a wheelchair athlete has filed a federal suit against her school to be allowed to compete alongside her teammates. Tatyana McFadden , who won two medals at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, doesn't expect to compete against others on the field, but...



Thieves accidentally find money

There's a mosnews.com article about some thieves who broke into an abandoned Russian missile silo with the intent of stealing nonferrous metals from missles that were dismantled there. They were instead surprised to find the silo filled with money. They would have probably gotten away with it, except...



Don't forget to get some toilet paper

dave submitted a CNN story about a man killing another man in an argument over toilet paper. MOSS BLUFF, Florida (AP) -- A man was arrested and accused of fatally beating his roommate with hammers because there was no toilet paper in their home, police said. Capt. Thomas Bibb said Crow initially...



Basketball player gets "woman allowance"

dave submitted a story from the Salt Lake Tribune about how Jazz player Andrei Kirilenko's wife gives him a "woman allowance." Masha Lopatova, a former Russian pop star who has been married to the Jazz forward for nearly six years, understands the temptation NBA players are faced with as they travel...



Couples do a kidney swap

dave submitted a Chicago Sun-Times article about 2 couples doing a kidney swap. Paulette Chandler watched helplessly as high blood pressure destroyed her husband's kidneys and forced him on to dialysis. She wanted to give him one of her kidneys so he wouldn't have to spend years on the transplant...



Turn in a gun, get a ticket to a 76ers' game

dave submitted a link to a Washington Post story about a program where you can get a ticket to a Philadelphia 76ers' game for turning in a gun. The one-week program opens today. Anyone can bring a working gun into a city police station and exchange it for a voucher good for a pair of tickets to an...



Gym teacher took bribes from students

dave submitted an ESPN article about a gym teacher who took $1 a day from students who wanted to skip gym class. A former Escambia County middle school gym teacher who allegedly let children pay a $1 a day bribe to skip gym class turned himself in Thursday. Detectives had been looking for Terence...



1,000 pound bull jumps into crowd of spectators at bullfight (with video)

CNN has a video of a 1,000 lb. bull that jumped into the stands at a bullfight in Mexico City. This video is nuts.



Woman donates her $1.1 million estate to help pay off national debt

According to , a woman donated her $1.1 million estate to the government to help pay off the national debt, as she had no kids and her husband passed away. A woman who died Nov. 9 at age 98 has bequeathed her $1.1 million estate to the federal government and requested that it be used to help pay down...



Texas Town changes name to DISH

dave submitted an ABC article about a Texas town changing its name as part of a deal with DISH tv. Back in the 1950s, Hot Springs, N.M., was renamed Truth or Consequences, N.M., after a popular quiz show. During the dot-com boom of 2000, Halfway, Ore., agreed to become Half.com for a year. This...



Felony for trying to save 80 bucks

According to ABC News, a guy faces a felony charge for trying to alter a parking ticket. William S. Shufro, 46, faces a felony forgery charge for allegedly trying to alter a $100 ticket received for parking illegally in a handicapped space. Police allege that Shufro tried to alter the ticket to...



I trained my ass off for that?

dave submitted a Sports Illustrated article describing the new medals for the next Winter Olympics: No, athletes at the Winter Games are not being rewarded with gold doughnuts -- it just looks that way. The new medal design for the Olympics in Turin, unveiled Wednesday, features a hole in the center...



Model hires hitman to kill for wheel of cheese

In one of the most ludicrous stories ever, todaysthv.com reports on an incredibly bizzare chain of events. Police in Memphis say a woman mistook a block of white cheese for a cocaine stash and tried to hire a hit man to kill four men and steal it. Police say Jessica Sandy Booth was mistaken about...



Call it Christmas!...or get sued

dave submitted a story in the Chicago Tribune about a bunch of lawsuits over the diminishing use of the word "Christmas" and replacement by "holidays." Christian groups point to recent controversies such as Boston naming its official Christmas tree a "holiday tree"--a label that has caused far more...



Pregnant teacher sues Catholic school for firing her

dave submitted an article about a teacher who got fired. The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal discrimination complaint against a Catholic school, charging that it unjustly fired an unmarried teacher for being pregnant. "I don't understand how a religion that prides itself on forgiving...



Gregory Peck's star missing from Hollywood Walk of Fame

According to The Canadian Press, someone cut Gregory Peck's star out of the sidewalk. "They just left a big hole out there," said Johnny Grant, 82, who serves as Hollywood's honorary mayor and oversees ceremonies honouring star recipients. "Somebody went out there with a cement saw and carved it out...



Fan dumped mother's ashes on Eagles' field

According to an AP article, the man who ran out on the field during the Eagles' game on Sunday did it to dump his mother's ashes on the field. Christopher Noteboom, of Tempe, Ariz., ran onto the field holding a plastic bag, leaving a cloud of fine powder behind. As he reached the 30-yard line, he...



Oprah owes her success to Ebert

That's right. Roger Ebert is responsible for Oprah's success because he suggested she go into syndication...when they were on a date. Ever since Oprah Winfrey revealed on her 20th anniversary program Monday that I was the person who first suggested she go into syndication, I have been flooded with...



Cheap gas leaves people stalled

According to ABC local news, people filling gas at a gas station selling it at 26 cents lower than the one across the street experienced problems immediately after. The sound of a stalled engine was all anybody was hearing after filling it up at the Rising Sun Gas and Food Mart in Crescentville. The...



18-year-old becomes mayor

Yahoo has a story about an 18-year-old ousting a former mayor in Michigan. Michael Sessions is too young to drink champagne legally, but the 18-year-old high school senior has reason to celebrate: He unofficially won a race for mayor Tuesday by defeating the baby boomer incumbent. Sessions, who...



Woman racks up 3,000 toll violations

According to this story in the Washington Post submitted by dave, a woman managed to collect 3,000 toll violations. The North Texas Tollway Authority says it has a forgiving attitude for Dallas-area travelers who sometimes pass through their booths without anteing up. "We recognize that sometimes...



Government sends The Onion a letter to stop using presidential seal

dave submitted an article in the New York Times about how the government sent The Onion a letter telling them they could not use the Presidential Seal. You might have thought that the White House had enough on its plate late last month, what with its search for a new Supreme Court nominee, the continuing...



Man sues Metra for potential injuries to unborn child

"What injuries has the child suffered? Hopefully, none," he said. "But we know the child is at risk, and we know there are lots of lawsuits being filed and lots of things being done that could affect this child's cause of action should it be born with any kind of injuries." That is why a man is filing...



$4,000 in fines for unpaid $1 tax bill

dave submitted an AP article about a woman with an outrageous tax bill. LOVELAND, Ohio -- A woman who hasn't paid a $1.16 income tax bill to this Cincinnati suburb faces up to 18 months in jail and $4,000 in fines. City officials say Deborah Combs hasn't filed city income tax returns for five years....



83-year old woman fined for walking too slowly

There's a story at news.com.au about an 83-old woman with a walking stick getting fined for "crossing the street too slowly." Police recently issued a $30 fine to aged pensioner Pat Gallen for not crossing a road "in the most direct route" in the small township of Malanda, near Cairns in far north...



Say hello to Mr. Freeze

There's a story at mosnews.com (Moscow News) about a guy who has been living in a self-made fridge for more than 15 years. Suffering a rare disorder he cannot stand the heat and sunlight Matyukhin has been confined to a self-built giant fridge for over 15 years now, the Moskovsky Komsomolets...



"Building fortresses against recklessly driven cars"

There's a story in the Salt Lake Tribune about a ridiculous case: The Appellate Court of Illinois ruled in July that the family of Detroy Marshall Sr. could proceed with their lawsuit against Burger King for Marshall's wrongful death caused when a car jumped the curb and crashed into a BK whose building...



Crime occurs right by Brittany's apartment

dave submitted this article about a crime that occurred in downtown Chicago where a family feud escalated into a stabbing. "The crazy part: This is less than a block from brit's apartment, and we could see the massive crime scene taped off from brit's window. Bananas."



Guy turns into Storm, almost becomes Human Torch

There's an article at Yahoo about a guy in Australia who was wearing a woolen shirt and nylon jacket which, as a result of rubbing together as he walked, built up a charge of 40,000 volts. When he walked into a building in the country town of Warrnambool in the southern state of Victoria Thursday,...



Italian rock star gets robbed while in concert

There's a story at ABC News about how a handful of people stole several items from the home of an Italian rock star while he was in concert. It was billed as one of Italy's biggest rock concerts and it seemed as though the whole city had turned out to see Luciano Ligabue play in front of 200,000...



The President of Turkmenistan is insane

Ok, I was thinking about posting this a while ago, but decided not to since it was just kind of funny. But since then, so many things have happened that this deserved a story. Here are the reasons why the President-for-life of Turkmenistan, Saparmurat Niyazov, is insane: From the most recent article: has...



Bogus email creates panic

In more gas news, Miami's local news is reporting that an email describing a gas shortage in the wake of the Katrina disaster launched a crazy dash in Miami-Dade County. The email had said that gas would stop being sold at midnight, and would not be sold for 2 to 3 days following that. Gas stations had...



Surgeon Punches Patient During Surgery

A surgeon punched a patient who wiggled while under local anesthesia and was yelling for the operation to stop, and also yelled at him to "Stay still!" and "Shut up!" according to Yahoo. Funny line: "The doctor didn't speed up the patient's recovery." Oh, really? I wonder why. Maybe because he punched...



The Unpredictable Holidays of the Philippines

Oh, those Philippines with their "disruptive last-minute holidays." Yahoo's got an article about how firms in the Philippines are upset with the government flip-flopping about which days to consider national holidays and making decisions at the last minute: "'A good business environment requires predictability,'...



Bear arrested for begging

According to Yahoo, police in Siberia arrested a bear for begging: "According to the RIA-Novosti news agency, police picked up the female bear after reports she had been cajoling food from drivers parked at a roadside cafe. 'Capturing the bear didn't require much effort,' a local police commander...



SUV Crashes into Operating Room During Surgery

Yahoo's got an article about an SUV crashing into an operating room in New Jersey. The surgeon in the room was providing cataract surgery to a patient. "No one was injured, but Dr. Bernard Spier said that if the accident had happened moments earlier, it could have hurt the patient's eye. Spier...



Ninja robs Steak 'n Shake

According to this article, "A man wearing a ninja mask and dressed in black crawled into an Orange County, Fla., Steak 'n Shake restaurant early Wednesday and robbed several workers at knife-point, according to police. Investigators said the man was on his stomach when he entered the restaurant located...



Cheap iBooks cause stampede

In Virginia, a school was selling 4 year-old Apple iBooks for $50 each, since they were being replaced with new computers. "Officials opened the gates at 7 a.m., but some already had been waiting for hours in line. When the gates opened, it became a terrifying mob scene. People threw themselves forward,...