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News of the Weird (May 24, 2015)

News of the Weird Weirdnuz.M424, May 24, 2015 Copyright 2015 by Chuck Shepherd. All rights reserved. Lead Story Among the requirements of “Visual Arts 104A” at the University of California San Diego is that, for the final exam, students would make a presentation while nude, in a darkened room.

Zero Gravity Frog

NASA footage of experiments with frogs in a zero-g environment, performed on the Space Shuttle Endeavor, 1992.

Windmill Car

Ecowarriors love 1) electric cars and 2) wind turbines. A stroke of genius to combine the two! Original article here.

Air Guitar?  ...  pffffftttt

Bare your instrument and win the championship

Dentist’s Handbook for Carnivorous Penis Worms

The title sounds unpleasant on many different levels. But this is all just science. Nothing to be afraid of.

Follies of the Madmen #249

Hey, buddy: those pallets aren't gonna stack themselves! And, lady, those clothes aren't gonna pin themselves to the line!

A wedding and a funeral

The Washington Park East Cemetery provides a full range of services for the burial of your loved one.

Your Town:  A Story of America

Don't be a "tearer-downer," always causing a "rumpus!"

Transportation of Avocados

Browsing through the municipal code of La Mesa, CA (it's a suburb of San Diego and also happens to be the fine town that I call home), I came across this unusual law: Every person who transports a commercial quantity of avocados shall cause a statement of ownership to be prepared and retained in his personal possession at all times while transporting said avocados...

Judy the Dog:  Only Canine POW of WWII

Judy the dog survived internment in a Japanese POW camp. Her story is told in No Better Friend (see sidebar).

Anty Gin

We have explored the idea of eating insects here on WU. Well, how about drinking them? Anty Gin is gin infused with the essence of wood ants.

Tax Per Mile

Oregon is running a voluntary per mile travel tax instead of the current per gallon standard. The volunteers do not have to pay the gas tax while participating in the study.

Air Jordan Review

One of the unwritten rules of weird news is that if you're trying to be weird, then you're not really weird.

Hippie Wisdom from Donald Sutherland and Rod McKuen

Mad Men is over. But you can still savor that era with lots of videos such as these two. Is that the actress's real voice?

Hamster Tartare

Teacher, a different one, in South Korea became upset with the kids mistreating hamsters in the classroom.

Sex Ed.

Teacher arranged for middle school students to use a storage room for sex. At least he bought condoms for them.

News of the Weird / Plus, May 19, 2015

News of the Weird / Plus May 19, 2015 (Part 2) [weird stuff that made me excited (frightened) (ROTFL) (appalled) last week, some of which will appear in News of the Weird soon] [Part 1 on Monday, Part 2 on Tuesday] Best Protests: (1) After Turkey’s Istanbul Technical University announced it was building a popular new “landmark mosque,” dissenters at Dokuz Eylul University began circulating petitions for a Buddhist temple--and, more urgently, a Jedi temple “to bring balance to the Force.” (2) After recent submarine sightings off Sweden (suspected Russian), leading some Swedes to demand more vigilance, the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society suggested repelling the Rooskie subs with a sonar system called “The Singing Sailor” sending the message, “Welcome to Sweden.

Spider Rain

Watch it if you dare...... And we're all moving to Australia!

The Clavilux, or Color Organ

The Clavilux was a device that displayed a psychedelic light show on a screen. It was invented by Thomas Wilfred in 1919, who hoped that it would become so popular that one day every home would have one.

Ostrich Feather Fan

Just in time for summer! Original article here.