News about weird and bizarre happenings from around the world.

Friday, 25 December 2009

CCTV released of bizarre 'bum smelling' shopper

.Officers are treating the incident as sexual assault and are appealing for help in tracking down the mystery man, who has struck at least twice at a Co-op store in Plymouth

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Woman Topples Pope at Mass, but He Isn’t Hurt

An “unbalanced woman” jumped the barriers in St. Peter’s Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass, a Vatican spokesman said Thursday.

Pope Benedict XVI arriving to offer Mass at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Thursday night. The pope began the observance two hours earlier than on any Christmas Eve in recent memory.

But the pope quickly got back on his feet and celebrated Mass before thousands of the faithful, urging them in his homily to become “truly vigilant people.”

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Man comes home to find belongings wrapped

A Chicago man could be unwrapping the hundreds of Christmas gifts spread around his apartment for days, even weeks.

Trouble is, they aren't really presents. They're his own belongings meticulously wrapped by friends as a prank while he was out of town.

Louie Saunders' packages contain everything from couch cushions to the beer in his refrigerator.

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Tuesday, 22 December 2009

NORAD Track Santas Movements

NORAD Santa Tracker.

When Desmond James joined the navy in Canada, he never expected to end up in the mountains of a landlocked American state.

The former Hamiltonian is posted to the Colorado headquarters of the North American Aerospace Defence Command, whose role is to monitor the continent's skies for enemy missiles and terrorist threats.

And now, the 39-year-old lieutenant is charged with one of the binational security agency's most crucial air surveillance responsibilities: Tracking Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.

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Friday, 18 December 2009

Golden Wii costs £300,000

IF YOU'RE one of the bunch of banksters receiving a ridiculously large bonus payout for helping to bring the financial world to its knees and you're wondering how best to spoil your mistress or pre(co)cious child this Christmas, you need look no further than a Nintedo Wii encased in gold and diamonds.

We'd only just finally managed to stop snickering every time Nintendo's unfortunately named console was mentioned, but needless to say talk around the office of a golden Wii suddenly brought out a host of bad puns. We'll leave you to come up with your own.

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Australians believe in God: poll

A poll has revealed that most Australians believe in God or a similar universal spirit, but a majority also believe in miracles, life after death and angels, and many believe in astrology and UFOs.

The surprising findings from a Nielsen poll for Fairfax newspapers show Australia is a credulous nation, willing to mix and match religious faith with belief in other phenomena.

Although Australians are widely considered to be a secular people, nearly half of the population believe in psychic powers such as extrasensory perception, while 41 per cent believe in astrology.

The research shows that Australians are more religious than we might have thought - 68 per cent of us believe in God or a universal spirit.

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Hovering Pyramid Over Kremlin Russia

3 In A Bed

A billboard sponsored by an Anglican church in that shows Joseph and Mary in bed has been condemned by the Catholic Church -- the billboard in Auckland, N.Z., shows a dejected-looking Joseph under bedcovers beside a sad Mary. A caption reads: "Poor Joseph. God is a hard act to follow."

A Weird, Wonderful Waterworld?

With the count of exoplanets (planets known to orbit other stars) now at 415, it's not often that a new find makes much of a splash in the astronomical world, let alone the news media. And the competition for getting noticed is going to get harder, now that NASA's Kepler mission is working on its quest to find even small, Earthlike worlds out in the Great Beyond.

An artist's concept of the dim red dwarf GJ 1214 and its close-orbiting waterworld. The planet is actually one-eighth the apparent diameter of the star.
David A. Aguilar / CfAFor example, so far this month, ground-based planet hunters headed by Paul Butler and Steven Vogt announced that a total of three smallish worlds (with minimum masses of 5, 18, and 24 Earths) orbit the star 61 Virginis, a near-twin of the Sun just 28 light-years away. And the same group announced an 8-Earth-mass world, and hints of two more, orbiting HD 1461, a close copy of the Sun 76 light-years away in Cetus.

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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Mystery as spiral blue light display hovers above Norway

A mysterious light display appearing over Norway last night has left thousands of residents in the north of the country baffled.

Witnesses from Tr√łndelag to Finnmark compared the amazing sight to anything from a Russian rocket to a meteor or a shock wave - although no one appears to have mentioned UFOs yet.

The phenomenon began when what appeared to be a blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain. It stopped mid-air, then began to circulate.

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Chinese husband allows wife to attack him once a week

A Chinese man has signed a contract with his wife that entitles her to attack him once a week.

The 32-year-old man, who was named by the Chongqing Evening News as Mr Zhang, took the unusual step after suffering intense abuse from his wife, who studies kung fu.

"I don't want to beat him, but arguments are inevitable and I can't help myself," his wife told the newspaper. She added that in the week before they signed the deal, she had beaten him up three times.

Mr Zhang said his wife, who is a sales manager at a trading company, had studied kung fu since her childhood and that he was attracted to her "strong and independent temperament".

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Gripping stuff: the world's first bionic fingers go on sale

The world's first bionic fingers which allow users with damaged hands to pick up a glass, hold cutlery and even write have been developed by British scientists.

Phil Newman, Director of Marketing at Touch Bionics in Livingston near Edinburgh, demonstrates the new bionic fingers Photo: PA The custom-made motorised digits, which cost between £35,000 and £45,000, are directly controlled by the brain and yet require no surgery.

Those fitted with the device can bend, touch, pick up and point, simple actions which can be impossible with absent fingers and thumbs.

They can also write and grip thanks to a special sensor that allows the fingers to detect when they have closed around an object.

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Intelligent UFOs are visiting Earth, says physicist

Evidence is overwhelming that intelligently controlled vehicles are visiting the Earth, which would lead to a cosmic Watergate if disclosed by the government, a nuclear physicist said Saturday in Murfreesboro.

Physicist Stanton T. Friedman said he has not seen an unidentified flying object but he hasn’t seen Tokyo either, even though he knows the city exists.

His beliefs are based on years of study and interviews with citizens who sighted UFOs.

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Thursday, 3 December 2009

Oceans can feed the human race

Oceans could become a source of more human food if steps are taken to expand and improve marine aquaculture, says a new study.

As the world's population continues to grow, lack of fresh water and space mean that agriculture is unlikely to meet food demand, says Carlos M Duarte of the University of the Balearic Islands, (UBI) Spain, and his seven co-authors.

Fishery catches have been declining globally for two decades, and although conservation measures and a shift in consumption patterns could allow some recovery, marine aquaculture holds more potential for sustained growth.

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Rare gold artefacts discovered in Hungary

A unique collection of gold items dating back thousands of years has been discovered in Hungary.

Several thin gold sheets thought to have been used to cover the eyes and mouth of a corpse were found by archaeologists in a grave near Szeged, MTI reports.

The relics are believed to date back to the period when Hungarian tribes first began arriving in the Carpathian basin.

Tibor Paluch, an archaeologist at the Ferenc Mora Museum in Szeged, said the gold sheets would have been used to protect the deceased's soul.

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China: Secret Pilot UFO file released

A detailed UFO report of an incident involving a commercial pilot that includes radar images and recordings of the conversation between the pilot and the airport tower has just been made public in China. The report was released at a scientific forum held in Shanghai.
The event occurred on March 18 in the morning in Shanghai. Later that day hundreds of readers rang a local newspaper ‘The Xinmin Evening Times’ to report a strange object they had seen in the sky. One of these callers was the Tower Manager at Hongqiao Airport, Mr Jin Xin. He mentioned that a UFO had been spotted by tower staff and picked up by radar and that he had the recording.

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