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Conversation Hearts Get A Lackluster Update

Sweethearts, the candies that come out each Valentine’s Day, have been around for 145 years, but the messages on them have changed with the times. Some of the original conversation heart phrases — “Be Good,” “Be True,” and “Sweet Talk” — are still in use, while others have been discarded after only a few Februaries. NECCO, which makes Sweethearts, has thrown out the phrases “Fax Me” and “Email Me” (seriously, what girl wants a love fax?), and this year “Tweet Me” and “Text Me” will be printed on some candies. Romance is officially dead. Keep reading »

Woman Jailed For Loud Sex

Happily married U.K. couple Caroline and Steve Cartwright really pissed off their neighbors, and it wasn’t because of some untrimmed bushes or unruly trash bins. After receiving hundreds of complaints from neighbors about their obnoxiously loud sex noises, 48-year-old Caroline was placed on four-year noise probation which she violated on various occasions. And thus she was sentenced to eight weeks in prison. Really? But why only Caroline? Isn’t Steve also partially responsible for making her scream? Go Steve! And how loud could she possibly be? The judge on her case said, “I can see how the neighbors [were] upset,” after listening to some of the tapes. Am I the only one who thinks everyone should leave Caroline and Steve alone to enjoy their amazing sex life? I think her neighbors are just jealous. Loud, frequent sex at 48 is something to show off. We are hoping she will write a book with some tips after she is released from prison. [Mirror] Keep reading »

Is Freedom Of Choice Making You Unhappy?

Freedom of choice is a by-product of modern life, and with more choice comes misery, claims a new study. Having to make choices like what foods we eat, which movies we rent, or where we vacation cripples middle-class Americans with indecision and makes us unhappy, according to this study conducted by Stanford University. The depressed feelings can grow out of uncertainty or regret for the choices we’ve made. Basically, too much variety is a bad thing because we become obsessed about what our decisions say about us. Then, we worry whether we’ve made the right choice. And it gets worse. We’re not only miserably dissatisfied, but we’re also selfish and lack empathy because we’re so darn focused on ourselves. Hmm, maybe it’s time to go back to hunting and gathering. Have you been crippled by your abundance of choices? [Impact Lab] Keep reading »

Wuh-Woh! Not Enough Snow For The Winter Olympics?

Everyone’s getting pretty excited for the Winter Olympics, which start in Vancouver on February 12th. Only one thing is missing. And unfortunately, it’s a big one—snow. None is in the forecast and it’s too warm there to let snow machines do their usual work. The Vancouver Olympic Committee is busy figuring out a plan B—they’ll be bringing in stockpiles of snow from higher elevations and maybe even shipping some in. They also plan to lay star under the existing snow to give it a base. Darn you, global warming. [NY Times] Keep reading »

70 Percent Of Young Italians Just Can’t Cut The Apron Strings

This will put that mama’s boy you dated in perspective: Over 70 percent of Italians between the ages of 18 and 39 still live at home with their parents, according to recent statistics. Mama mia!

The government is even proposing a law to deal with these “bamboccioni,” the Italian word for “big babies.” Minister of Public Administration Renato Brunetta has suggested a law to force Italian children to leave home at age 18. “All these young people think they’re living in a free hotel and actually there’s a price they pay,” Brunetta said. “It allows their parents to keep control of them, emotionally, socially and financially — and deny them their freedom and the chance to mature.” Keep reading »

A Tongue Fit For …

Foraging! Geez, get your mind out the gutter. Despite being only 4-feet tall, this Sun Bear has a foot-long tongue that’s perfect for accessing honey. [1/20/10] Keep reading »

Blondes Aren’t Entitled Warrior Princesses

Yesterday, the internet was aflutter with news that blondes are more determined, likely to go to war, and feel more entitled than redheads and brunettes. This news, however, was kind of wrong. It turns out that the researcher credited with the findings has never conducted a study that proves anything. Instead, Aaron Sell says his University of California study on anger found that women who consider themselves pretty and stronger than men tend to feel more entitled, regardless of their hair color. [Gawker] Keep reading »

Clothes … For Chickens?

Forget pugs, teacup piglets, and kittens. The hot new pet trend? Chickens! Yes, you can have a chicken as a pet. New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean wrote about her chicken obsession after readers of her Twitter feed were fascinated by the exploits of her pet chicken, Chicken Orlean. But if you’re going to have a trendy pet, you’re going to have to dress it up in human clothes, right? Ergo, the Chickens Suit. It’s like a jumpsuit! For chickens! The different ensembles come in a variety of styles, including those modeled after your nation’s flag, and the Chickens Suit website directs you on how to dress your chicken without turning it into dinner: “Carefully rotate your chicken’s wing and then simply pull it through the tailored wing opening.” Check out more chickens modeling the latest on the poultry runways after the jump. Keep reading »

Cocaine In Space?

This NASA scandal isn’t nearly as juicy as the Astronaut Love Triangle/Diaper Incident of 2007, but it’s still pretty interesting. NASA says that it found a small baggie of cocaine by a bathroom in a hangar for the space shuttle Discovery, which will be launching in March. Naturally, they’ll be investigating this to the high heavens, and are in the process of drug testing all 200 employees who had access to the hangar. Chances are it was some low-level paper pusher’s, but the scandal-lover in me hopes an astronaut was trying to sneak it in so they could have a coke-fueled orgy while weightless in space. Yeah, I went there. [CNN] Keep reading »

Random Cuteness: Dillie The Domesticated Deer


We’ve heard of some strange pets, but never have we come across a deer that lives in the home of its owners, walks up stairs, turns on lights, and eats ice cream. Keep reading »

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