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Worst Nightmare: 550 Lb. Snake Pile Massage

Worst Nightmare: 550 Lb. Snake Pile Massage

After spending the day wandering around a tourist-packed zoo, I can understand why you might be in need of a massage. So it’s cool that visitors to the Philippines Cebu City Zoo are entitled to a free massage as part of their entry fee. Too bad that massage is given by four giant — and deadly! — Burmese pythons.

NOPE. NOPE. NOPE. Keep reading »

Be My Boyfriend: Dana McGregor, Pismo Beach’s Preeminent Goats Rights Activist

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Remember Dana McGregor, the magical SoCal dude who taught his goats to surf? As if his interspecies surfing lessons weren’t admirable enough, he’s now become Pismo Beach’s leading only goats rights activist. His focus switched from surfing to activism in the face of a law passed by the city council that bans goats within Pismo city limits. In January, McGregor begged the council to reconsider. “I talked about all the good things the goats are doing in the community,” he said. “They’re our mascots for surfing and stand-up paddleboard camps.” (Was that not how you were expecting that sentence to end? Me neither.) McGregor has received numerous tickets for letting his goats graze within city limits, but he’s undeterred. “I want what’s best for the city too,” he said. “I’m hoping we can work something out.”  Meanwhile, I’m wondering if McGregor and I can work something out. Like, a relationship. Because as the old saying goes, “When you find someone who shares your pathological obsession with goats, you should marry them immediately. And then go surfing with your goats to celebrate.” Dana, give me a call. [The Tribune]

Cool Or Creepy: New App Lets You Embed Yourself In The Life Of A Stranger

Would you share your life with a stranger?

We all got stern warnings about stranger danger when we were kids, but according to a research group at MIT, we could all use more contact with strangers, not less. That’s why they developed a new iPhone app called 20 Day Stranger, which connects you and a stranger and lets you anonymously observe each other’s lives. You get updates on what they’re doing, how they’re feeling, where they are (the app pulls photos from Google Maps and FourSquare instead of using exact locations), all delivered matter of factly, without Instagram filters or disingenuous Facebook status updates clouding reality. At the end of the 20-day period, each person has the opportunity to send the other a single message, in which they can include their real contact info (but only if they feel so inclined).

The goal of all this anonymous life sharing? Fostering connection, understanding, and empathy. Keep reading »

Woman Wears Painted-On Jeans, Most Seem Not To Notice (NSFW VIDEO)

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Would you notice if someone wasn’t wearing pants?

Don’t be so quick to answer. In the video above, a model identified only as “Marie” saunters through the streets of Lille, France, according to Nerve.com. She is dressed normally from the waist up, but on the bottom wearing only a thong and jeans that have been literally painted on. Watch the video on Huffington Post…

Roommates Return $40K Found In Old Sofa

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A 91-year-old widow in New York state has been reunited with her life savings thanks to the honesty of three young roommates who found the cash in a beat-up sofa they bought from the Salvation Army. Months after buying the couch, the trio were astonished to discover $40,000 stashed in the arm cushions, the AP reports. Read more on Newser…

Amazing: Cat Rescues Boy From Dog Attack

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When a neighbor’s dog began attacking their four year old son, Jeremy Triantafilo. Tara (a stray who was adopted into the family six years ago) put one of her nine lives at risk by heroically going after the dog and interfering with the attack. Tara’s courage and compassion saved the young boy’s life and captured our hearts. Watch the video on Your Tango…

Joran Van Der Sloot Is Becoming A Father

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Love is a complicated thing. The most complicated thing, even. Montagues fall in love with Capulets. Americans fall in love with Australians. And no matter how morally depraved and heinous his crimes, there always seems to be some woman who will marry a convicted murderer. Take Leydi Figueroa Uceda, a Peruvian woman who has been engaged to Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man who allegedly killed teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005, since last year. Not only are these two engaged, but Uceda is now five months’ pregnant with their child.  Keep reading »

Study Finds That Beer Goggles Are An Actual Thing (As If We Had Any Doubts)

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Surprise! Researchers from the University of Bristol found in a study that booze really does make you find people more attractive than you would if you were sober. Yes, beer goggles are real— even though most of us have already learned this the hard way. Thanks, science! Keep reading »

Ill-Advised Selfie Leads To Guy’s Arrest

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Pro tip: It may not be a great idea to post selfies on Facebook that show you dealing drugs … particularly if you were doing so next to sheriff’s deputies. That’s what Taylor Harrison, a 21-year-old South Florida man, allegedly did before he was arrested last week, First Coast News reports. Read more on Newser…

Dream Job Alert: Swiss Town Seeks Village Hermit

Swiss Town Seeks Hermit

The small community of Solothurn, Switzerland, is having a crisis, and maybe you can help. You see, there’s a cave just outside of town, the Verena Gorge Hermitage, which for the past 600 years has been inhabited by a hermit (not a single immortal hermit, obviously, but a succession of hermits). The current hermit recently had to step down for health reasons (perhaps related to not getting enough sunlight? Just a thought) and now the town is scrambling to find a replacement to keep the hermit tradition alive. Unfortunately for introverts who are salivating at the prospect of getting paid to live in a cave and never talk to anyone, this hermit job is a decidedly social one. According to an ad the town placed in a local newspaper, “The new hermit should have a religious background, have an idealistic attitude, be willing to speak with the visitors and answer to their questions or give them advice.” But! If you can put up with advising tourists about the meaning of life, the gig does come with a free cave, a monthly salary of $1,140, and paid vacation. As far as hermit jobs go, this seems like a great one. [The Daily Beast]

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