Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – March 2nd 2012

32 year old out in the wild today…, supervillain who abducts a pair…, Teacher Leaves Wife, Kids for High School Student …, Competitive yoga is a growing movement…, Dosing cats with Uncle Sam…, Brazilian arrested for fake ID…, Why Do Cats Run the Internet?, The Internet newspaper…, A song for space kittens and meowy robots…, seniors actually take better sleep…

1. Saw this 32 year old out in the wild today.

2. Our script is about a supervillain who abducts a pair of conservative political candidates…

A woman dubbed the “Black Madam” was arrested Wednesday evening at a so-called “pumping party” in Philadelphia, where she was reportedly planning to perform illegal butt-enhancement procedures. She was then charged with aggravated assault in connection with a previous “butt pumping” incident. WCAU-TV’s Rosemary Connors reports.

3. Teacher Leaves Wife, Kids for High School Student 

James Hooker — the 41-year-old married father who left his wife and kids for his 18-year-old-student — might be the worst teacher ever. Last week, he resigned from his job at Enochs High School in Modesto, California over the scandal that’s shaken up a community and pit one mom on a crusade to save her daughter from a man she calls a “master manipulator.”

4. Competitive yoga is a growing movement, and some want it to become an Olympic event

There’s a growing competitive yoga movement in this country—there are national championships this weekend in New York—and a push to make it an Olympic event. The Associated Press ran a widely-disseminated feature on this the other day, and the suggestion freaks some folks out, since yoga-for-medals sounds antithetical to what yoga supposedly is. On the other side, sports bars may hesitate to flip the big screen over to a yoga final.

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5. Dosing cats with Uncle Sam – Video of cats enduring acid trips (LSD). PETA now searching for time travel method.

The chemical corps tests psychoactive substances on a cat while the narrator cheerfully natters about the strategic military benefits of hallucinogens.

 6. Brazilian arrested for fake ID with Jack Nicholson photo

Ricardo Sergio Freire de Barros, 41, was arrested in the northeastern city of Recife and charged with using false documents and forgery, police said. He also was carrying identification documents belonging to other persons. A copy of the forged document released by police shows a photo of Nicholson’s face next to the signature of “Joao Pedro dos Santos” and a fingerprint.

Brazilian Civil Police showing the reproduction of the forged ID card with a picture of US actor Jack Nicholson and the name Joao Pedro dos Santos being used by Ricardo Sergio Freire dos Santos.

 7. Why Do Cats Run the Internet? A Scientific Explanation 

Cats may not be man’s best friend, but they’re arguably something even better: man’s key to instant Internet pageviews. It’s a long-established fact that Internet content—whether it’s a cutesy video, a photoshopped inside joke, or a longform public health article—has a better chance of achieving coveted “viral” status if it somehow evokes the sound of purring.

 

 8. The Internet newspaper 

 9. A song for space kittens and meowy robots.

10. Sometimes so well they don’t even wake up!

Contrary to popular belief, healthy seniors have no problem getting a good night’s rest, a large new study shows. In fact, researchers found that many seniors actually report better sleep than your average 20- and 30-somethings, according to the study published Thursday in the journal Sleep.

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