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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 »

We Feel Better On Weekends, Study Says

No matter how cool your job is, you’re in a better mood and have less aches and pains from Friday evening to Sunday morning. We knew we loved weekends! According to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, people feel mentally and physically better on the weekend, regardless of how much money they make, what they do for a living, how old they are, or whether they’re single or married. The study also found that we feel more competent on weekends, which is a shame for our bosses. So why are weekends so much better than Monday through Friday? The findings suggest having more freedom and getting to spend time with friends and family makes us happier, and weekdays tend to be filled with constraints. I concur with this verdict: Not having to wake up to the sound of my alarm puts me in a wonderful mood on Saturday morning. [Newswise] Keep reading »

The Strength Of A Mother’s Love

A Chinese mother has carried her son on her back for 35 years in order to give him a more enriched life. Xiong Mingqiang was born with a deformity that has caused his head to grow disproportionately large for his 80-centimeters-tall (31.5 inches) body, making him unable to stand. His mother chose to carry him in a bamboo basket, so he says he’s more familiar with the back of her shoulders than her face. For decades, Wen Qizhen hauled him up stairs and slopes with her hands on her knees for more strength and her body bent forward for balance. She’s transported her son to village fairs and other events and taken him to visit friends and relatives in order to widen his view of the world. “Because I’m dying to see what’s there outside. If I had sealed myself up in home without learning, I would even be mentally disabled,” said Xiong to China Daily. But Wen, who says she was advised by neighbors to abandon Xiong for his sake and hers, says any mother would have done the same thing. [China Daily via Impact Lab] Keep reading »

Nevada OKs First “Prostidude” Ranch

The state of Nevada proved that they don’t discriminate. Officials have rubber stamped the Shady Lady Ranch, the first all-male bordello for female customers about 150 miles outside of Las Vegas. Yee-haw, cowgirls! But officials weren’t exactly kicking up their heels about the stud farm. Why? They’re concerned about the health risks for the young bucks … Keep reading »

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