Oddities

Wild mushrooms proved deadly

2 dead after eating soup with poisonous mushrooms – latimes.com. Two residents of a senior living facility in Loomis, Calif., died after eating a meal that contained wild mushrooms picked on the property, officials said. The women, who were residents of Golden Age Villa, fell ill Friday and were taken to an area hospital, where…

Girl really steps in it, but survives

California teen steps into rattlesnake nest, survives | Reuters. A teenage California girl searching for a cell phone signal to call her mother in a rural area outside San Diego inadvertently stepped into a nest of rattlesnakes and was bitten six times, but survived. The 16-year-old, Vera Oliphant, spent four days in the intensive care…

Giants on a drunken spree in India

Tipsy jumbos on the rampage – Times Of India. High on country liquor, an elephant herd created havoc in Dumurkota village under Kotwali police station in the wee hours of Sunday. The strong smell of the Mahua drink drew about 50 elephants from the nearby jungle. They first raided a shop that sells the drink.…

It’s no joke: Home pregnancy OR cancer test

Man Takes Pregnancy Test as Joke, Finds Testicular Tumor A Reddit post about a man’s positive pregnancy test appears to have alerted him to a testicular tumor. The man, whose name has not been made public, was shocked to see two pink lines after jokingly taking the test, which had been left in his bathroom…

Mad phantom gluer of Ireland

Well this is weird! BBC News – Letterkenny glue attacks: more houses are targeted. On Wednesday morning, up to 60 cars and houses in the Glencar Park area of Letterkenny had their locks glued by a disguised man who was captured on CCTV. Local locksmith, Conal Kelly, said the glue renders the doors useless and…

Vandals admit burying “orgonites” at Serpent Mound. Yeah, that’s illegal.

Vandals admit muffin-crystal-thingie assault at Serpent Mound | The Columbus Dispatch. A group of “light warriors” buried what may be hundreds of small muffinlike resin objects, embedded with aluminum foil and quartz crystals, at Serpent Mound with the intent of realigning the energy of the ancient Native American site in Peebles. The Ohio Historical Society…

Elephant mimics Korean words

This is a remarkable behavior noted for the first time. BBC News – Elephant mimics Korean with help of his trunk. An Asian elephant called Koshik has astounded scientists with his Korean language skills. Researchers report that the mammal has learnt to imitate human speech and can say five words in Korean: hello, no, sit…

Swiper, NO SWIPING! Oh, maaaan…

Foxy thief snatches bag – then returns it to owner (From The Argus). Jeremy Clark, 38, told The Argus how he was at home in Maple Drive, Burgess Hill, when he spotted a fox making off with his wife’s handbag – then return it to her. “Next thing I knew he had my wife’s handbag…

Parents stressed out over school yoga class

Parents considering legal action over school yoga A group of parents is bent out of shape by free yoga classes at schools in this San Diego County beachside community, fearing they are indoctrinating youngsters in eastern religion. “There’s a deep concern that the Encinitas Union School District is using taxpayer resources to promote Ashtanga yoga…

Tuna factory worker’s death still mysterious

A horrible story about an industrial accident Mystery over Bumble Bee tuna worker cooked to death continues Authorities are still trying to solve the mystery of how a Bumble Bee seafood worker was cooked to death in an industrial oven last week. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, which is investigating the death,…

Beeping sound causes couple to tear down the walls

Essex couple tear down walls in ‘beeping sound’ search. Paul and Jeanette Henry, of Frinton, Essex, are facing a bill of hundreds of pounds to replace the plasterwork. Mrs Henry, 68, said she was “absolutely amazed” when they found the culprit – a 10-year-old smoke alarm in an old desk. The couple, who first heard…

Chakra energy must be strong in this sixth grader

Sixth grader gets third eye in school picture – The Local. The photo-fixing foul-up was discovered following the distribution two weeks ago of the annual photo album for students at Månesköld school in Lidköping in central Sweden. According to Tilde, there was nothing unusual at the actual picture-taking session, during which the photographer took several…