Robbers Target Club During Biker Meeting
Two masked men with machetes went to a Sydney, Australia nightclub intending to rob the place. They picked the night that about 50 members of the Southern Cross Cruiser motorcycle club were holding their monthly meeting.
"These guys were absolutely dumb as bricks," Jerry Vancornewal, leader of the bikers, told CNN Thursday. "I can't believe they saw all the bikes parked up front and they were so stupid that they walked past in."
The bikers subdued one robber... READ ON
Dog Walks 70 Miles Through War Zone
Major Brian Dennis adopted an abused mixed-breed dog in Anbar Province, Iraq. He named the dog Nubs because his ears had been cut off. Dennis nursed Nubs back to health over four months, but then he was ordered to move his squadron 70 miles away. Two days later, Nubs rejoined Dennis! The dog had tracked him down despite 18 degree weather and rough terrain. But the major received orders to get rid of the dog within four days or he would be shot. Dennis started an email... READ ON
Woman Falls Head-First onto Knife... and Survives
72-year-old Mary Townsen fell on a knife she was using in the garden, which plunged through her eye socket and into her brain. Neurosugeon Dr. Kent Grewe removed the knife.
"We took it out and nothing happened," he said. "It's like, remember the Sword in the Stone?"
There was barely any bleeding and her eyeball was somehow untouched.
The accident left her immediately unable to read or do math. In the two years since the accident, Townsen has... READ ON
Man Sets Station On Fire Over Playlist
24-year-old Paul Webster Feinstein has been charged with arson in the case of the February 5th fire at radio station KOOP in Austin, Texas. Feinstein was a volunteer broadcaster at the station. He told police he had become "very unhappy" over changes that had been made in the playlist of songs for his overnight internet show, "Mellow Down Easy". Feinstein had quit his job the week before. He returned Tuesday night and set two studios on fire after dousing the... READ ON
Snakes on a Plane
Authorities in Vietnam seized a literal ton of ratsnakes packed into 60 boxes aboard a Vietnam Airline flight from Thailand.The snakes are a protected species, Ptyas Mucosus, and may have been smuggled out of Thailand bound for other parts of the world. Only a month ago, a similar shipment was confiscated aboard a Thai Airways flight.
Missing Cat Found in Wrong Suitcase
Rob Carter of Fort Worth, Texas arrived home from Chicago and collected his luggage at the airport -but picked up the... READ ON
Children Given Mercury as Toy; Hazmat Crew Responds
The Salinas, California hazardous materials response team was called in after a doctor had found the children in the home had high mercury levels. The health department red-tagged the home and relocated the family until the home can be professionally decontaminated. The source of the mercury? Their mother's boyfriend had given the children a jar of mercury as a gift about a month ago.
A Protest with Balls: Half a Million of Them
The famed Piazza de... READ ON
Where's the Beef?
A truck carrying $100,000 worth of prizewinning bulls headed for a professional bullriding show was hijacked in Nashville last Friday. The woman who was driving the truck managed to jump to safety. The bulls were recovered Saturday morning as the truck had run out of gas, but the thief remained at large. And that's no bull.
Bridge Stolen Overnight
Russian police are searching for thieves who dismantled and carried away a 200 ton metal bridge. The bridge leading to the... READ ON
Hello Kitty Merchandise for Men
After adorning every product possible for women, Sanrio will soon begin to market Hello Kitty merchandise for men. The Hello Kitty logo for men will be changed slightly, with text in the place of the eyes and nose, and an emphasis on black instead of pink. The for-men products will go on sale in Japan next month, and later this year in the rest of Asia and the United States.
Big Panties Save the Day
John Marsey and his cousin Darren Lines were frying some bread when... READ ON
Christmas Cards Arrive from Dead Man
Chet Fitch was known for his sense of humor. He died in October at age 88, but 34 of his friends received Christmas cards from him with the return address "Heaven." It came out that Fitch had planned the after-death Christmas cards beginning twenty years ago by arranging for his barber to do the mailing.
Squirrels Use "Snake Perfume" to Fool Predators
California ground squirrels and rock squirrels chew on discarded rattlesnake skin, then smear it on... READ ON
Drug Traffickers Open Fire on Santa's Helicopter
Drug traffickers in a Rio de Janeiro slum opened fire on a helicopter carrying a Santa to a children's party. The helicopter was forced to land, and two bullet holes were found in the fuselage. Apparently, the gangsters that control the slum areas mistook it for a police chopper. Uninjured and undeterred, Santa got a ride to the party by car.
Blue Man Leaves Oregon in Search of Acceptance
Paul Karason is as blue as a man can be, but he's not... READ ON
Blitzen Held Hostage
Someone has stolen a decorative reindeer from outside florist Christine Small's shop in England, and left a ransom note demanding Â£56.60 for Blitzen's return! A threatening phone call followed. A taxi driver returned the reindeer a few hours later, saying he had found it, but it was stolen again within minutes. Police are looking into the matter.
South Korean scientists have produced cloned cats that produce RFP (Red Fluorescent Protein). The... READ ON
We are introducing a new column today, featuring links to some of the stranger news stories from the past week that you may have missed. Let us know what you think!
School Evacuated Over Their Own Suspicious Package
The students sent a package of letters to troops in Iraq. The military refused and returned it. A teacher got nervous, and raised an alarm. Sometimes you can't even trust the mail you... READ ON
Bite Down to Change Songs
My least favorite part about the iPod is having to always stop running to pull it out to switch songs. The researchers at Osaka University must have had me in mind when they came up with a creative new way to control a music player- teeth. They've designed a piece of head gear that detects when the user is clenching their teeth, which can then be used to control a music device. Clenching on the left skips a song, while clenching on the right side makes a song start or... READ ON
A Toothpaste Cathy Would Love
I didn't think it could get any better than the day my dental hygienist told me that beer cleaned teeth (a fact I've never bothered to verify because I just don't want it to be wrong). But now it turns out that chocolate may be the best ingredient to add to toothpaste. A doctoral candidate at Tulane University has shown that cocoa extract is more effective at fighting cavities than fluoride, having done animal tests and developed a peppermint toothpaste... READ ON
Every roving bachelor has the fear that he's got a son out there. But hey, it could be worse. Just look at Genghis Khan, who spawned enough children that he is now related to 16 million men in Central Asia. The great warrior was legendary for having his way with women, but the scope of his exploits was never fully realized until now. A team of geneticists studying Asian men found that a number of them had similar DNA, which they managed to pin on Khan. From this they realized that 1 in... READ ON
So this robot walks into a bar"¦
What's a robot's favorite album? Spark Side of the Moon.
Robots don't get that joke, since it requires a (relatively) complex analysis of word substitution and figuring out why it's funny. Two researchers at the University of Cincinnati are working on a robot that does understand simple puns, though. By giving the bot a vocabulary and then teaching it how certain words can be substituted for others, they say they can teach the robot to... READ ON
Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don't drift apart.