Elephants on Parade?

July 13, 2007 at 4:24 pm (funny, weird)

A group of Newmarket residents came across the two elephants, escapees from the circus, around 3 a.m. yesterday, resulting in the following call to 911:

Caller: “Hi. Umm… we’ve found an elephant walking down the street near the community centre, the Ray Twiney.

Operator: “Sorry?”

Caller: “We’ve found an elephant walking down the street. Like the ones from, like, the circus at the Ray Twiney Centre. One of them got loose and it’s walking down the street.”

For the full story or to listen to the 911 call and subsequent police dispatch, head over to the Globe & Mail.

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Dream a Lucid Dream

June 25, 2007 at 3:01 pm (cool site, cool stuff, weird)

Have you ever had a lucid dream? I have. They’re amazing. Even better than my “movie dreams” (that’s what I call my dreams that actually make sense and have rather epic story lines). In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, lucid dreams are dreams in which you are aware that you are dreaming while the dream is in progress. In lucid dreams, it is often possible to exert conscious control over the dream characters and environment, as well as to perform otherwise physically impossible feats. Personally, my favourite thing to do in a lucid dream is fly, but I don’t limit myself to that. I mean, it’s a dream… by its very nature it should be limitless.

But I haven’t been having as many lucid dreams lately as I used to. I think it might be partly to do with the medication that I need to take to help me sleep these days. I’m not as in touch with my dreams as I used to be and I feel like it’s sapping my creativity. So, although I haven’t tried it yet, I am intrigued by this site that says it can help me rediscover lucid dreaming. The site’s author says that, over the years, he tried all the lucid dreaming tools out there. Some of them worked, some of them didn’t. So he’s put together the best of what he found with some of his own techniques and created a Lucid Dreaming Kit. And it has a money back guarantee. I’ve gotta admit that I’m tempted…

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Brain Itch?

June 25, 2007 at 1:11 pm (random, trivia, weird)

Do you ever get a song stuck in your head that just keeps repeating itself over and over again? Well, scientists are suggesting that certain songs create a “cognitive itch” and the only way to scratch that cognitive itch is to repeat the offending melody in our minds: ‘Brain itch’ keeps songs in the head. (Or, if you don’t like “brain itch” you could always use the German term that translates to “earworm”… *shudder*.)

The article goes on to say that there’s no easy way to get rid of an “earworm.” Some people claim that listening to the whole song will get rid of it. For me, it’s just a more satisfying scratch but the itch is still there. I opt for the replacement technique and the song I use in my replacement? “Help!” by The Beatles. Works every time.

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A Zorse, a Zorse, My Queendom for a Zorse!

June 15, 2007 at 7:13 pm (trivia, weird)

I was watching one of those late night talk shows (don’t ask me which one… aside from Jon Stewart, they all sort of blend together for me) and I saw Alexis Bledel talking about “I’m Reed Fish” and the Zorse used in the film. Yep… that’s not a typo, I wrote “Zorse.” That would be a cross between a horse and a zebra. Very cool for a hippophile like myself (I really wish the proper word was equinophile or something like that… hippophile makes me sound like a lover of hippos!)

Anyway, a little internet research led me to a site with the Top 10 Hybrid Animals. My Liger is there, too! Well, not my specific Liger but a Liger nonetheless. If this stuff interests you, I definitely recommend checking out this article because there are some other very cool hybrids worth discovering.

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Coincidence?

June 2, 2007 at 10:41 pm (random, weird)

Do you remember the beginning of Magnolia, when the narrator describes all of these strange (and true) coincidences? Well, I just found a bunch more thanks to Oddee. Their article about amazing coincidences is pretty… well… amazing. Here’s number one on their list:

James Dean’s car curse

In September 1955, James Dean was killed in a horrific car accident whilst he was driving his Porsche sports car. After the crash the car was seen as very unlucky.

a) When the car was towed away from accident scene and taken to a garage, the engine slipped out and fell onto a mechanic, shattering both of his legs.

b) Eventually the engine was bought by a doctor, who put it into his racing car and was killed shortly afterwards, during a race. Another racing driver, in the same race, was killed in his car, which had James Dean’s driveshaft fitted to it.

c) When James Dean’s Porsche was later repaired, the garage it was in was destroyed by fire.

d) Later the car was displayed in Sacramento, but it fell off it’s mount and broke a teenager’s hip.

e) In Oregon, the trailer that the car was mounted on slipped from it’s towbar and smashed through the front of a shop.

f) Finally, in 1959, the car mysteriously broke into 11 pieces while it was sitting on steel supports.

Read the rest of them at 20 Most Amazing Coincidences.

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Holy Kryptonite, Superman!

May 13, 2007 at 4:07 pm (geeky, movies, weird)

The substance famous for sapping the power from Superman has been discovered in a Serbian mine. Mining researchers discovered the unusual mineral and enlisted the help of Dr. Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at London’s Natural History Museum, to identify it. Dr. Stanley analyzed the chemical make up and discovered it was the same formula referenced in the Superman tales. Dr. Stanley said, “I’m afraid it’s not green and it doesn’t glow either… although it will react to ultraviolet light by fluorescing a pinkish-orange.” For more information, check out the BBC article.

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Hotdoll

April 16, 2007 at 5:14 pm (weird)

Sex toys for dogs?! Yep… it’s a Hotdoll! Shaped like a dog, it’ll allow your tension-filled pet to go to town as much as his little heart desires, humping away until he passes out in exhaustion, leaving a wispy coil of friction-singed dog-fur smoke wafting into the air.

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A Tasty Treat?

April 12, 2007 at 4:16 pm (weird)

Canned insects anyone?


According to Thai Tastes, the website that sells them:

Thai rural communities like many in Asia and South America know that eating insects provide a valuable source of protein, minerals and vitamins as well as a tasty snack. Crickets and grasshoppers or locusts are a seasonal delicacy while the giant water beetles know as mangdana are used in salads.

Using the latest canning and pasteurization techniques Insect Inter, has made it possible to ship them worldwide. The insects are fried to make crunchy snacks, that go so well with a cold beer. Try some, either just for the experience or to be remembered for your next party.

Now for the scary part… I remember an acquaintance of my Dad’s actually ate stuff like this when I was a kid. Try being 10 and politely turning down cricket cookies. The polite part doesn’t really come off too well.

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Here Kitty, Kitty

April 4, 2007 at 7:06 pm (trivia, weird)

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Meet Hercules. He’s a Liger (lion-tiger hybrid), the unintentional result of two enormous big cats living close together at the Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, in Miami, Florida. Check out those fangs… like something out of the Flintstones, dontcha think? I wonder if that’s Pebbles all grown up in the pic with him.

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According to Snopes, this one’s for real.

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It’s Not a Tumour! Um, Actually…

March 25, 2007 at 7:49 pm (weird)

Huang Liqian of China first discovered a bizarre growth on the back of his neck in 1990, but chose to ignore it. The growth continued to enlarge, reaching its current size of 15kg. Liqian finally went to the doctor and was diagnosed with a neck tumour… ya think?!?!

Thanks to Metro.co.uk for the story!

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