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Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 17th 2012

A Toddler survived…, Featuring Bill Clinton…, using math to successfully beat a traffic ticket in court…, a professional sperm donor specializing…, Shoes from the Titanic…, Norman Maclean wrote back to a book publisher…, A Texas man attacked by bees dies…, Shoe-smartphone combo helps visually impaired…, Youtube sensation Katie the Hula Hoop Girl stops…, Top 20 Photos Of Funny Pets…

1. A Toddler survived on chocolate Easter eggs after mother dies

The dehydrated two-year-old was discovered by local pastor who helped a concerned neighbour gain access to the house in Ashmont, near Wagga Wagga, on Friday afternoon. The body of the 36-year-old mother was also inside the home.

House

2. A set of stamps from the 90s from the Republic of Abkhazia, featuring Bill Clinton, in his underwear, with Monica Lewinsky

3. “Here’s a practical application for your physics education: using math to successfully beat a traffic ticket in court. Dmitri Krioukov..did just that to avoid paying a fee for(purportedly) running a stop sign. Krioukov not only proved his innocence, but he also posted a paper detailing his argument”

Krioukov not only proved his innocence, but he also posted a paper detailing his argument online on the arXiv server. The succinct abstract for his paper certainly distinguishes itself from other research papers: “A way to fight your traffic tickets. The paper was awarded a special prize of $400 that the author did not have to pay to the state of California.”

4. 30 yo virgin with no girlfriends, ever, becomes a professional sperm donor specializing in ‘natural method’ inseminations.

On the way to fathering his 83rd child, Ed Houben walks into Arrivals Hall D at Berlin’s Schönefeld Airport. He’s wearing hiking pants with pocket flaps and a fleece sweater, and he’s carrying a backpack with a bottle of water in one of the side pockets. “Hallo,” he says, overemphasizing the letter “l” in his Dutch accent.

5. Shoes from the Titanic: Note the position of those shoes. Now think about the position of your feet if you were to lie on the floor, on your side, with your ankles crossed.

This photo, taken by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, shows a pair of shoes resting on the sea floor amidst the wreck of the Titanic. It’s a powerful image, on its own. But with the background information, it becomes downright tear jerking.

6. Norman Maclean wrote back to a book publisher after they begged to see his next manuscript, having rejected his last.

In 1975, Norman Maclean’s book, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories, was rejected by publishers Alfred A. Knopf after initially being green-lit — thankfully, it was eventually released by University of Chicago Press, to much acclaim. Some years after the rejection, in 1981, an editor at Knopf named Charles Elliott wrote to Maclean and expressed an early interest in his next book.

7. A Texas man attacked by bees dies after the ambulance taking him to the hospital is knocked over in a traffic accident.

One person is dead and four injured in a collision involving an ambulance at the intersection of 11th Street and Holliday in Wichita Falls.

One person was killed and at least two others injured in this collision involving an ambulance at 11th and Holliday in Wichita Falls during the noon hour Monday

8. Shoe-smartphone combo helps visually impaired to navigate with ease

Advancements in technology have made life easier not only for the common people, but also for the physically-challenged people. Bengaluru based graduate, Anirudh Sharma, has invented an intelligent shoe that leads the visually impaired people to their destinations at ease. In fact, he had made a few visually-impaired people to use his conceptual shoe that relies on smartphone for navigation, and has received positive feedback as well.

Le Chal

 9. Youtube sensation Katie the Hula Hoop Girl stops moving her hips long enough to give an interview

A few weeks ago, I was messing around on fark.com when someone posted the video linked below.  I watched it (a few times) and was struck by a couple of things:
1. This girl is incredibly attractive
2. I didn’t know hula hooping could be this cool or awe inspiring.
Take a look for yourself:

10. Top 20 Photos Of Funny Pets From Imgur

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