Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 21th 2012

Egg-cuber: neato…, “Cash Cab” Canceled…,Talking pineapple question on state exam stumps…, Smartphone controlled jacket…, US nuns reprimanded over focus on poverty…, Thieves broke into theme park to swim with dolphins…, early humans had been vegans…, Jonathan Frid dead at 87…, Dirty Ba*tard? Not in Alabama…, Teacher calls 7 year old Student’s outfit…

1. Egg-cuber: neato

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 21th 2012

2. TV gameshow “Cash Cab” Canceled

The ride’s over for Discovery Network’s Cash Cab. Vulture has learned exclusively that, after nearly seven years and more than 200 episodes, the cable network has decided to halt production on the Emmy–winning game show. A Discovery PR rep confirmed the demise.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 21th 2012

3. Talking pineapple question on state exam stumps … everyone!

Students across the state are still scratching their heads over an absurd state test question about a talking pineapple. The puzzler on the eighth-grade reading exam stumped even educators and has critics saying the tests, which are becoming more high stakes, are flawed.

	Pineapple, front view

4. Smartphone controlled jacket calms children with autism

Now here’s something both astonishing and wonderful – a jacket that makes children afflicted with autism feel that they’re being hugged. The smart jacket, dubbed as T.Jacket, would come as a boon to the parents who have to calm and soothe autistic children.

T.Jacket

5. US nuns reprimanded over focus on poverty and social justice

A US Catholic nuns’ group said it is “stunned” that the Vatican reprimanded it for spending too much time on poverty and social justice concerns and not enough on abortion and gay marriage.

The Vatican has reprimanded a leading group of US nuns

6. Thieves broke into theme park to swim with dolphins and steal a penguin

Three men have been arrested after breaking into a Queensland Sea World to swim with the dolphins and steal a fairy penguin.

Thieves broke into theme park to swim with dolphins and steal a penguin

7. If early humans had been vegans we might all still be living in caves.

If early humans had been vegans we might all still be living in caves, Swedish researchers suggested in an article Thursday.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 21th 2012

8. Jonathan Frid (the real Barnabas Collins) dead at 87

Jonathan Frid, the Canadian actor who brought the suave bloodsucker to life on the 1966-71 gothic soap opera, passed away from natural causes on April 13 in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, according to MPI Home Video, which releases the Dark ShadowsDVDs.

jonathan-frid

9. Dirty Ba*tard? Not in Alabama.

You can buy Fat Bastard wine in Alabama, but you’ll have to go elsewhere for Dirty Bastard beer. The state alcoholic beverage control agency said Thursday it has banned the sale of Dirty Bastard beer in the state because of the profanity on its label.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 21th 2012

10. Teacher calls 7 year old Student’s outfit “too s*xy,” gets suspended.

A southern New Jersey school district has suspended a 40-year-old accused of telling a 7-year-old she was “too s*xy” for gym class from its list of substitute teachers. The Egg Harbor City school board plans to consider the case against Marco Inskip in May.

Top 10 Offbeat Stories of the Day – April 21th 2012