Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 09th 2012

Totally Addicting…, Canada’s folk hero…, repeal Nebraska law…, Inside a Peeps factory…,  Vang Vieng, Laos…,  Easter egg hunts…, Killdozer…, I believe I am Hitler’s grandson…, 1 in  5 Kids…, London’s Shard of Glass…

1. Totally Addicting

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 09th 2012

2. How an armed vigilante became Canada’s folk hero

Toronto is in the grips of its own vigilante crisis, and because it’s Canada, nobody is dead. Or even bleeding. It’s so non-lethal, it’s almost funny. Canada’s crisis isn’t so much a “stand your ground” issue. No, it would be more apt to think of it as a “stand your ground pepper” issue.

Frank Cerabino

3. Phone companies are looking to repeal Nebraska law that requires a pay phone in every town; the phones are pulling in as little as $3.35 annually

Phone service was spotty in Chambers before the two new nearby cell towers. If you didn’t have a land line — or you were just rolling through Holt County on Highway 95 — you’d have to search high and low, mostly high, for a signal.

4. Inside a Peeps factory 

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 09th 2012

5. Vang Vieng, Laos: the world’s most unlikely party town

It is Adam Axford’s last day in Vang Vieng. We know this because scrawled across his na*ed torso in jumbo marker pen are the words “Last Day!” The 26-year-old Essex boy is returning to Ilford (“the real world”) in the morning, and the message is designed to elicit “snogs and sympathy” from the spray-painted, bikini-clad women partying at a riverside bar in this tiny town in rural Laos.

Tourist jumps into Nam Song river, Laos

6. Easter egg hunts get rowdy, thanks to parents 

Meanwhile, it seems parents in Katy were on their good behavior on Easter eve. A helicopter dropped hundreds of eggs at PowerHouse Church, and the adults left the scramble to the kids, KTRK-Channel 13 reports.

 Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 09th 2012

7. When life gives you lemons, some people make lemonade. Marvin Heeymer constructed “Killdozer” and destroyed half of his town. 

In 1992, Colorado resident Marvin Heemeyer was living out a pleasant and successful life as a business man and civic activist.  He had leased his 4 car muffler repair shops in Boulder, Colorado to other operators and opened Mountain View Muffler in Granby, approximately 16 miles from where he lived.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 09th 2012  8. ‘I believe I am Hitler’s grandson’: French plumber tells his astonishing family story.

Philippe Loret and his six siblings were sitting around the dining room table chatting about everyday things when their father, Jean-Marie, broke the news. ‘Suddenly my father said, “Kids, I’ve got something to tell you. Your grandfather is Adolf Hitler,” ’ explains Philippe. ‘There was stunned silence as no one knew what to say. We didn’t know how to react.’

Hitler's grandson? Philippe Loret, 56, has two portraits of the Fuhrer hanging on the wall of his home in Saint Quentin in Picardy, northern France

 9. 1 in  5 Kids 

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 09th 2012

10. Urban explorers climb London’s Shard of Glass, an unfinished “vertical city” and the tallest building in the EU.

I’ve always been in two minds when it comes to London and the buildings that now inhabit it. While being a fine display of Victorian, Edwardian and Tudor architecture, London has hit, in my opinion, somewhat of a speed bump in recent years. Giant glass and concrete eyesores have been sprouting up all over the capital, each seemingly inspired by fruit, vegetables and items that have likely melted in the sun.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 09th 2012